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Spring 2013

The ROI of BIG

Fifteen years and $370,000 have a way of quelling uncertainty.  

The university’s investment of $250,000 to start the Bentley Investment Group (BIG) has blossomed into $621,727 as of January 2013. Indeed, over its lifespan, BIG has convincingly outperformed its benchmark, with an average annualized growth rate of 8.2 percent as compared to 6.1 percent for the S&P 500.

Equal Opportunity Advising

“Women are often double inheritors — inheriting from their parents and, because they live longer, from their husbands,” explains Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, wealth-psychology expert; adjunct faculty member in Law, Taxation and Financial Planning; and author of How to Give Financial Advice to Women (McGraw-Hill, 2013).

That’s $28.7 trillion in women’s hands to manage and invest. Savvy financial advisers are taking steps now to make sure their practice is female friendly. And well they should, according to Kingsbury.

Brand New Moves

Building a distinctive brand is among five goals outlined in Bentley’s strategic plan for 2013 to 2017 (look for details in the next Observer). The plan took shape as academic institutions compete for students and resources like never before. Higher education also faces a rising degree of public skepticism.

Action Heroes

Bentley students are going deep with business processes across a range of industries, through an undergraduate course launched in fall 2011. Business Processes and Systems is a business core requirement for juniors and seniors.  

Finding the More in Less

The primary audience for the message may be another surprise: students who chose to drink moderately.

“These are the students who experience the greatest number of negative consequences from drinking, but often don’t recognize their choices as risky,” explains Jessica Greher Traue, senior assistant director of the Center for Health and Wellness. In developing the OneLess program, she and other members of the Student Affairs team took a measured, reality-focused approach.

Remembering Richard Cross

Through exemplary teaching, fair and rigorous course work, and a deep commitment to students, the professor furthered academic and professional success for scores of Bentley graduates.  Commencement 2008 — over which he presided in his longtime role as ceremonial marshal — marked the close of Professor Cross’s long career at Bentley. His retirement from the faculty prompted the school to establish the Richard L. Cross Fund for Excellence in Accountancy Education.

Alumni Pride Goes Coastal

Falcons of a Feather Ski Together

During the weekend of January 25 to 27, Bentley alumni and guests took their skis, boards, gloves and goggles to Killington, Vt., to reconnect during the 13th annual Young Alumni Ski Trip. In addition to enjoying great conditions on the slopes, attendees gathered throughout the weekend for dinner, drinks and lots of laughs. The trip remains at the pinnacle of mid-winter getaways.


Saying it With Numbers: Dick Lipe '77

Lipe took up duties as the university’s first full-time sports information director (SID) soon after earning his BS in Accountancy. In 1979, he added the role of statistician for Boston Celtics home-game television broadcasts.

“I basically retired from accounting on graduation day,” says Lipe, who was groomed for the SID post by its previous part-time occupant, Rich Bevilaqua. “Four years working as a student in the Athletics Office helped me learn about sports information, and that it was a career that I wanted to pursue.”


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