Update to the Community on Ryan Vermette

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Dear Members of the Bentley Community–

We are sure that many of you read the news in yesterday’s Vanguard regarding our student Ryan Vermette, who was involved in a serious car accident during his semester abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Bentley’s Office of International Education, in cooperation with the University of Cape Town’s International Academic Programmes Office, has been assisting Ryan and his family since the accident occurred on April 4th.  Our many colleagues in Cape Town have provided tremendous support, visiting Ryan often and providing frequent support to his family, while we and Gloria have been communicating with Ryan’s parents by phone.  We are happy to report that Ryan is making steady progress and his doctor will likely approve his return flight to the United States next week to continue his recovery.

We want to assure you that all Bentley students, faculty and staff who travel on Bentley sponsored academic programs are enrolled in international insurance plans that provide 24-7 emergency assistance services, worldwide coverage for medical expenses, and medical evacuation transport, among other benefits.    It is important for all of you, especially those who travel abroad, to know that Bentley provides every support possible to its community members anywhere in the world.

However, Ryan’s recovery will continue to take time.  There will be many expenses for a family in a situation like this, so we do hope you will consider making a contribution to support Ryan and his family.  We are very pleased that this year the proceeds from Breakfast by Moonlight will be donated to this worthy cause.

Thank you for keeping Ryan in your thoughts and prayers.

Andrew Shepardson                   Natalie Schlegel

Dean of Students                        Director International Education

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