Alumni Oktoberfest and Class of 2008 Ten-Year Reunion
Last Friday, Bentley alumni gathered for an Oktoberfest celebration at the Lost & Found Beer Garden in the heart of Oakland’s Uptown arts and entertainment district. A warm evening paired perfectly with the outdoor space of picnic tables and lawn games that included corn hole and ping-pong tables. Gourmet bites were served and alumni enjoyed a variety of brews and wine on tap. Most importantly, it was an opportunity for our alumni to reconnect with their former classmates and to form new friendships with Bentley alumni across class years.
Memories were shared among generations of former students who attended the Hiller and Lafayette campuses, but we also had the pleasure of speaking to alumni who attended Bentley when it was located at the small school building on Benvenue Avenue in Berkeley. In attendance were the Guess sisters, Valerie Galloway ‘76 and Angela Robinson ‘76, who last made an impromptu visit to the Hiller Campus in 2015. The sisters were excited to speak with Head of School Arlene Hogan about the numerous events planned for Bentley’s Centennial Celebration in 2020. Gregory Pearson ‘60, a system administrator at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, shared about his brief encounter with former classmate Dennis Dean ‘57 at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in France. Greg was returning home to the U.S., and Dennis was arriving with his wife for a week in Paris. The last time the two classmates saw each other was in June 1957.
We also celebrated the Class of 2008 on the occasion of their ten-year reunion. The classmates were entertained by a spread of yearbooks and enjoyed good laughter over their senior portraits and yearbook quotes. Alumni exchanged updates on their lives and careers: Noelle Phillips ‘08 will be launching the first women’s sailing clothing brand in 2019; Ian McCreery ‘08 is a geotechnical project engineer in the Bay Area; Isaac Farias ’08 works remotely as a web application developer. With the help of Daniel Blanchard ’08 and alumnus-trustee Jordan Moncharmont ‘04, who called and messaged invitations to their former classmates, the turnout exceeded prior reunions. As we build Bentley’s Alumni Relations, we’re confident that in the years to come, the alumni program will increasingly grow as alumni reconnect with their alma mater.
Thank you to all who shared their memories and stories from their time at Bentley, as well as milestones and achievements in your life after Bentley. Keep in touch and we look forward to seeing you at the next alumni event!