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Faculty Awards Presented During Commencement

May 27, 2003

Five faculty members were recognized for their academic work during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17.

Brigitte W. Muehlmann, associate professor of Financial Planning & Taxation, and Jane D. Tchaicha, adjunct associate professor of Modern Languages were presented with the Gregory H. Adamian Excellence in Teaching Awards.

According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Galliers, who presented the awards, Brigitte Muehlmann "combines the current, in-depth knowledge of a first-rate practitioner with the exceptional pedagogical abilities of a natural born teacher to produce an exceptionally high level of learning& She expects much of herself and she expects her students to reach their full potential& [She] combines exacting standards with great humanity, openness, and generosity."

Jane Tchaicha was recognized for her innovative teaching approaches and her work in the Center for Languages and International Collaboration: "Her teaching is truly transdisciplinary, weaving language learning together with a hands-on study of how culture and technology impact business practices in different countries. [She] exemplifies the leading edge in liberal arts teaching at a business university."

Bentley bestowed two Scholar of the Year awards - to Associate Professor of Marketing Pierre Berthon and Associate Professor of Economics O. David Gulley.

Pierre Berthon was recognized for his research on electronic commerce, marketing information processing, organization and strategy, and management decision-making. He has published more than 70 papers in less than eight years and a number of his papers have won awards in the US and in the UK. About Berthon, Galliers said, "Dr. Berthon's recent arrival at Bentley has not prevented him from making a great impression on the Bentley community as a scholar with superlative quality and quantity of output& [He] represents the exciting present and promising future of the Bentley College faculty."

David Gulley's research spans several areas within economics, particularly focusing on the points of intersection between economics and finance. He has written papers on issues as diverse as the relationship between economic conditions and stock and bond markets, the link between saving and investment flows, health care markets, and lotteries. About Gulley, Galliers said, "[He] embodies that fine combination of wide interests scholar and teacher that characterizes faculty at Bentley."

The Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, established by the Board of Trustees in honor of the fifth President of Bentley College, was presented to Karen K. Osterheld, senior lecturer in Accountancy. The award is presented annually to the faculty member who, based upon student recommendations, has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to academic advising.

Osterheld is advisor to more than 30 accountancy majors and coordinates the department program. According to Galliers, "She takes an active and willing role in helping Bentley students shape their academic and professional goals and realize their potential. As one student put it, 'Ms. Osterheld is always willing to take the time to listen and respond with very good advice!'"

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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