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ALUMNI MAGAZINE//NO.2//2008/2009


Learning beyond the classroom in El Salvador

opening statement//sUFFOLK ARTs + sCIENCEs


“Tomesuccessmeanseffectivenessin the world,
that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world
– that I am able to change it in positive ways”

MaxineHongKingsTon,Novelist, poet & scholar,
College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Scholar ‘07, ‘08,
and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Suffolk in 2008

A l U M n i M A g A Z i n e // 2 0 0 8 / 2 0 0 9

College of A rts A n d sCi e n C e s
President, Suffolk University
David J. Sargent
Kenneth S. Greenberg
edi tori Al
Sherri Miles
Executive Editor
Lauri Umansky
Assistant Editor
Nicole Vadnais ’03, ‘06
Director of Alumni Relations
Laura Piscopo ’02
Editorial Interns
Ashley Boyd ’08, Patty Barrett ’08
Editorial Assistants
Erin Cheuvront ’08, Tiffany Hassin ’10, Ipek Mentesh ’08
Contributing Writers
Greg Clay Adamczyk ’09, David D’Arcangelo ’96, Thomas Gearty,
Amy Nora Long, Michael Madden, Alex Minier, Dan Morrell, Sara Romer
Contributing Photographers
Kindra Clineff, Molly Ferguson, Fred Gaylor, Thomas Gearty, Mariano
Guzmán, Justin Knight, Ken Martin, Gary Moore-RealWorldImage,
Mark Ostow, Ginny Warren
Contributing Art Editors
New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University (NESADSU)
faculty: Rita Daly, Doug Seidler, Audrey Goldstein, Laura Golly
Contributing Artists
NESADSU faculty: Lydia Martin, Susan Nichter; NESADSU students:
Chris Cavallero ’10, Christine Ferguson ‘09, Sung Lee ’08,
Christine Lindberg ’08, Haley Matzell ’08, Katie McLaughlin ’10,
Rachelle Rickert ’10, Amy Pagano ’09, Alex Serpis ’10, Amy Tufts ’09,
Christina Watka ’09, Clara Wolverton ’08
desi gn
Creative Director/Design
Seth Sirbaugh
Cover Photo
Waiting for a bus after shopping in San Salvador, El Salvador, Central
America. Photo by Gary Moore,
On a Green Note: This issue of Suffolk Arts+Sciences marks an important new
direction for the production of the magazine. We spent our first year developing an
award-winning publication; the second year was time to think about sustainability,
and focus as much on the materials and printing of the magazine as we did on the
pages inside. We selected a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified printer, Royle
Printing in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, committed to conservation-minded operating
practices that make it a good steward to the environment. FSC certification, “the
mark of responsible forestry,” extends to paper choices as well, and this issue is
printed on recycled FSC-certified Sappi Opus Dull, with 30% post consumer waste.
In addition, we continue to offer a paper-less digital edition of the magazine online.
We’re a few steps further along in our mission to be more environmentally responsible, and we’ll keep on walking.
Suffolk Arts+Sciences magazine is produced and published annually by Suffolk
University College of Arts and Sciences. The magazine is distributed free of charge
to alumni, students, friends, parents, faculty and staff. The views expressed in this
magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or the official policies of the College of Arts and Sciences or the University. © Copyright 2008/2009
Suffolk University. All rights reserved.
Contact us: We welcome your correspondence. Please send submissions or
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No. 2// VOL. 2


Above: Always on the scene sporting a warm glow of Ram pride, Coach Jim Nelson
shows up to support the school’s many NCAA Division III match-ups. Inheriting varsity
teams in only six sports in 1977, Nelson added hockey, men’s and women’s soccer,
men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s softball and volleyball teams.



Teaching & Mentoring

The 1-2 Punch

Like Suffolk history professor Bob Bellinger did for him, Greg Hazelwood ‘98 leaves a
lasting impression on African American history students at Brockton High School


Perfect Form

The Coach & Suffolk U
TEXT//Dan Morrell

“Coach” Jim Nelson thrives on helping people; on the court or in the classroom,
he’s in your corner



Learning Beyond the Classroom in El Salvador
TEXT//Thomas Gearty

A dozen students spend S.O.U.L.S. Alternative Winter Break digging ditches,
raising walls, and building bridges to the past and future in Central America




Writer Rachel Kelsey ‘08 and director Purnima Baldwin ‘08 had one more production to do before graduating–a story about the seen but unseen, the known
but unknown–a play about the homeless of Boston Common   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


No. 2// VOL. 2





Above: San Salvador, El Salvador, one
stop along the way for Alternative Winter
Break students following in the footsteps
of former congressman and alumnus
Joe Moakley ‘56.


From 41 TEmple






TEXT//Kenneth S. Greenberg

TEXT//Patty Barrett ‘08



SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009   Alumni Magazine







TEXT//NESADSU students & faculty

TEXT// avid D’Arcangelo ‘98
Ashley Boyd ‘08

TEXT//Chris Cavallero ‘10

from 41 temple//THE DEAN’S LETTER

a letter from the dean
We published the first issue of
Suffolk Arts + Sciences last year with the
word “Encore!” splashed across the cover,
in reference to the lead story on Suffolk’s C.
Walsh Theatre. We did not quite expect the
applause that followed: words of appreciation
from across the Suffolk community—“Bravo!”
“Knockout!” “Congratulations on an outstanding publication!”—plus five national awards.
What means most to us, however, are the
kudos and suggestions from our alumni, who
responded with enthusiasm.
This fall we bring you the second issue
of Suffolk Arts + Sciences. The “Journey” of
the cover story refers literally to the Alternative
Winter Break trip to El Salvador undertaken by
a dozen Suffolk students and staff members,
under the leadership of history professor Chris
Rodriguez. In addition to completing the construction of an outdoor arena for community
gatherings in the small town of El Sitio, the
Suffolk delegation commemorated the work
of the late Massachusetts congressman and
Suffolk University alumnus Joe Moakley JD’56,
whose efforts helped to facilitate an end to the
civil war that wracked the Salvadoran nation
from 1980-1992.
As Maxine Hong Kingston, the renowned
author, repeat visitor to the College, and 2008
recipient of an honorary doctorate from Suffolk University, has remarked, “success means
effectiveness in the world, that I am able to
carry my ideas and values into the world—that
I am able to change it in positive ways.” This is
precisely what the volunteers on the trip to El
Salvador did: they harnessed their classroom
learning to their passion for social change and,
continuing the legacy of Joe Moakley, shared
the “success” of their Suffolk education.

This issue of Suffolk Arts + Sciences
pulses with the “journeys,” the success stories,
of our alumni, faculty, and students: Gregory
Hazelwood BA’98 teaches African American
history at Brockton High School, where his
mentorship truly matters; Coach Jim Nelson
models self-respect and decorum as surely
as he demonstrates a sweeping hook shot;
and recent theatre graduates Rachel Kelsey
and Purnima Baldwin make a bold and important statement about homelessness in Boston
with their play, Infinity. The “Standout Talent”
section this year features seven students who
have taken the injunction to “learn beyond the
classroom”—a value literally embedded in our
new curriculum through the Expanded Classroom requirement—seriously as they spread
across campus and into their communities,
applying what they have learned in our classrooms to the world as they find it.
As you will see in these pages, and as I
have witnessed throughout my 30-year career
at Suffolk University, some of the most precious rewards of a Suffolk Arts and Sciences
education take form in civic engagement, in
serving others and making a positive change
in the world. Let us bring you down a few of
the paths, passages, and byways explored by
members of our community over the years as
they have journeyed toward “effectiveness in
the world,” as they have taken their education
and built “success.”
And let us know how your Suffolk education has shaped your years since graduation.
How have you brought the ideas and values
that took form during your time on campus
out into the world?
I hope that your journey allows you to
stop by campus this year to experience the
College in full swing. Believe me, you will leave

Kenneth S. Greenberg
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

IMAGE//Kindra Clineff   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


students today//IN THE COMMUNITY


Early rising students spent their morning preparing spring baskets with flower seeds, plant pots
and fun trinkets for the elderly residents of the Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.
(ABCD), a neighborhood center that provides housing for low-income seniors. Another group
of students delivered the baskets and hand-made cards to ABCD at the “Villa Michelangelo”
in Boston’s North End, staying to chat and share stories with the residents.

Suffolk students grabbed their Best Buddies and visited the Greater Boston
Food Bank (GBFB) in South Boston. The Best Buddies program provides
one-to-one friendship opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
Students and their buddies spent their day in the GBFB warehouse taking in
shipments and preparing food to be sent throughout New England.


SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009   Alumni Magazine

Design for the Environment
New England School of Art & Design students in Professor Karen Clarke’s Sustainable Design for
Interiors course hosted “Design for the Environment,” a green/sustainable design trade show
in the atrium of 10 St. James Avenue. The trade show educated visitors about green design—
maximizing the efficiency of energy and water systems, using recycled materials in construction,
and minimizing the environmental impact of construction and operation. (see story pg. 10)

Spring cleaning ON the Esplanade
Down by the banks of the River Charles, Suffolk University
students got their hands dirty in an effort to clean up the
Esplanade in time for spring. Their time was spent raking
leaves, cleaning up trash, and beautifying one of Boston’s
most famous locations.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009





Designing for tomorrow, today
Future friendly furniture. Self-generating

hydropower faucets. Recycled rubber flooring. No paint
polymer siding. Cardboard fiber countertops.
These and other innovations were on display at a
green/sustainable design trade show hosted by Professor Karen Clarke’s Sustainable Design for Interiors class last spring. Students discussed product life
cycles, chemical composition, and the environmental
impacts of materials as they examined carpet recreated
from “mining office buildings instead of the earth,” and
fabrics made from crushed water bottles broken down
to polymers, melted, spun, dyed, and then woven into
new textiles.
The trade show, “Design for the Environment,” provided real-world examples of a growing market dedicated
to green building. “This is out there now,” says Clarke.
“Students want to be green designers, and it’s important
because that is what the industry is demanding.”
The July/August issue of New England Home notes,
“Interior designer Karen Clarke co-chairs one of the
best-kept secrets in the country: the interior design program at New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk
University.” But it’s no secret that Clarke has long been
Interior Design Professor Karen Clarke (in white)

an advocate for sustainability. “She has really taken
green issues on, not only on behalf of our students but
also the University. It was she who pushed for University-wide recycling, for example,” says Sara Chadwick,
director of administrative services at NESADSU.
Clarke guides students through the industry standard for sustainable building: the Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, set by the US Green Building Council. Her
goal is to prepare students to take the LEED exam
and become accredited professionals. “Architecture is
changing, and we have to be respectful of the environment and incorporate design that takes into account the
future now,” she says. “There are requests for sustainability and builders who want to go for LEED certification. Clients need people who specialize in this area.”
“In the next 10 years, every project, every product
will have some sort of green aspect to it,” says Clarke.
“As interior designers, we shape and design buildings
for the users. Good design is being responsible socially
and environmentally. And since 95% of our time is spent
in interior environments, it’s important that our environments are healthy.”

< See photos of the trade show on p. 9, and related story online:

David D’Arcangelo, ’96

Ready, Set, Vote
Since becoming an assistant professor in

2006, Rachael Cobb has already put her stamp on
the Government Department of Suffolk University
by being a catalyst for two innovative programs, the
University Poll Workers Project and the Boston Area
Colleges Election Project.
The University Poll Workers Project, which Cobb
established, recruits and trains a diverse array of
students to be the next generation of poll workers.
It has already yielded positive results, with over 100
Suffolk students working the polls for the City of
Boston on Election Day during the past two years.
The program will continue to be a resource for students and the community in the fall 2008 Presidential election.
The Boston Area Colleges Election Project is a
collaborative effort between the Suffolk and Harvard University Government Departments and Harvard Law School. Through the project, students


help to gather data on voter satisfaction in the city
of Boston.
“I am passionate about our political processes,
and these two programs will enable our students to
be even more politically competent by taking action
in our democracy,” says Cobb.
Cobb was born and reared in Cambridge, where
she still lives with her husband and two young children. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bryn
Mawr College and received her PhD from MIT.
Now, as a professor on Beacon Hill, Cobb is
motivated by the eagerness of her students and
appreciates Suffolk’s dedication to small class
sizes. Her passion for public service is contagious.
“Rachael has a remarkable ability to work with
all kinds of people,” says professor and chair of
the Government Department John Berg. “She is
excellent at bringing people together and making
things happen.”

SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009   Alumni Magazine

Assistant Professor
of Government Rachael Cobb



Anatomy in the earbuds
Students from Eric Dewar’s Anatomy and Physiology course huddle

English Professor George Kalogeris ‘79

For the first time in the University’s 101-year history,

the College is offering a concentration in ancient classical
literature. Students will be able to immerse themselves in
the epics of Homer, Virgil and Dante. They will be charmed
by Ovid and challenged by Aeschylus. They will sit on the
shoulders of Tacitus and Suetonius in observing Imperial
Rome at its apex.
For Professor George Kalogeris BS’78, the Classics
program’s guiding force, it is the first time in a 20-year
teaching and writing career that he can work full time with
two things he loves most: ancient writers and the students
who want to study them.
“When young people engage with these texts it helps
them to develop an inner life, whether they know it or not,”
says Kalogeris.
Raised in Winthrop with the smell of the oceans and
the sounds of rebetika—a style of Greek folk music popular
among 1930s day laborers—Kalogeris’ interest in words
and language came from his mother, who understood
and conversed in nearly every regional dialect of modern
Greek. As an undergraduate, Kalogeris took the Blue Line
for four years to Suffolk University where he studied literature and psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on
Jim Morrison’s allusions to Sophocles in The Doors’ tune,
“The End.”
After a brief stint as a psychologist, Kalogeris entered
the University Professors Program at Boston University
where he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Comparative Literature. He recently released a collection of
his translation of Albert Camus’ diary notebooks, Carnets
(Pressed Wafer Publishing, 2006) and had his translation
of a C.P. Cavafy poem read before a commencement audience at Oxford University.
Kalogeris believes the most valuable lesson he has
learned as a Suffolk professor is the importance of students. “It’s about people seeing things for the first time,” he
says. He fosters this awareness in students, from giving out
his home phone number and taking calls night and day to
spending countless hours hosting informal poetry discussions. “I kind of hate English and classical literature,” said
a student at a discussion on Sappho, “but I like Kalogeris
and I could never miss this seminar.”

around a softball-sized orb balanced on a short metal tripod at the corner of his
desk. They’re working on an extra credit project, recording a podcast into the
space-aged looking microphone for class.
Dewar, a paleontologist and assistant professor in the Biology Department, is one of several professors in the College using podcasting in his
courses, uploading lectures and class recordings to iTunes University and
making course content as mobile as a browser or mp3 player.
“Part of what I wanted to do with this is meet students where they are,”
he says. “But I also wanted to show students that scholarship or research
in science isn’t something that requires a ton of buildup, it’s just what we
do when we’re scientists and any way we can communicate our ideas is
The podcasts might be 10-15 minute lecture recaps or topics examined
by students in small groups. “The thing I like about being able to involve
students in the podcast is creating a sense of ownership,” he says. “Students have had tons of science by the time they get to college. But have
they ever really done science? I want to model what a professional scientist
does. Students can do this. It’s like an Amish barn raising, and when we’re
done we have something we built ourselves and it looks nice.”
Students post the recorded podcasts online for their classmates. Eventually, some podcasts may reach a wider audience. “I’m hopeful that some student projects can be made publicly available,” he says, anticipating results from
project-based laboratories, surveys, or data gathered from the basketball team,
for example, to see what their oxygen consumption is like on a treadmill. “That’s
the kind of thing we can post up on the public site and say, here’s what students
are doing at Suffolk.”
“A student told me she was driving in her car, and her boyfriend was
looking at her iPod and said, ‘What’s this anatomy thing you have? Oh
hey let’s listen to it.’ To know that I’m somewhere between Beyoncé and
50 Cent in my students’ playlists I think is very funny.”

Assistant Professor of Biology Eric Dewar (left, with students)   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009




Education and Human Services
Professor Joseph McCarthy

“The department chairman asked me what
I wanted as a retirement gift so I told him I wanted
an iPod,” says Education and Human Services (EHS)
Professor Joseph McCarthy in reference to his sell-out
Popular Songs seminar.
McCarthy, who retired in 2007, first came to Suffolk in
the early 70s and has taught in both the EHS and History
departments. Had he been an Oxford don in the 19th century, he would probably have been classified as a generalist. Then again, this would be an atypical Oxford don with
his blue jeans, sneakers and Claddaugh earring.
McCarthy’s teaching career at Suffolk has moved
from one area of interest to another. He created the
university’s master’s degree program in Higher Education Administration, advised graduate students, taught
freshmen, encouraged young history majors in their
baccalaureate pursuits, and taught courses about
World War II, medieval popular culture and the theory
and practice of history.
“I always marvel at Joe,” says Dean Kenneth
Greenberg. “He is such a great scholar who knows

so many of these different ways of learning and knowledge. It’s remarkable.”
McCarthy taught his students that the worker, the
scholar or the professional should have an unfettered
intellectual curiosity. From the first day of a new course,
he would say that his course would not be a pedantic
regurgitation of names, facts and half-baked analysis,
just “story time with your Uncle Joe.”
In the words of an old 70s soul song, there ain’t no
stopping McCarthy now, because he’s on the move. On
the South Shore of Massachusetts, he presides over a
bit of the old agrarian Massachusetts where he splits
logs and raises chickens that have claimed the blue ribbon at the annual Marshfield Fair for two years running,
all the time looking after his grandchildren.
McCarthy will continue to teach and informally advise
at Suffolk. He is a living connection to Suffolk’s days as
that small upstart Beacon Hill institution educating commuter students. No matter what course he teaches, the
fundamental lesson will always be the same: never lie
about facts and never be afraid of ideas.


In New York, where you can see

productions originating from Africa to
Iceland, you can also see musicals this
year that came from your own back yard,
Suffolk University.
Three musicals originally developed by
the Boston Music Theatre Project (BMTP),
a program of the Suffolk University Theatre Department, had professional New
York area debuts this season. The incredible circumstances are not the triumph of
coincidence, but the result of a carefully
crafted model and the tenacity of Theatre
Department Chair Marilyn Plotkins.
Plotkins founded BMTP in 1987 as
the first professional organization in the
Greater Boston area dedicated exclusively
to the development of new work in musical
theatre. “I have a life-long interest in musicals,” says Plotkins. “BMTP was a natural
outgrowth of my training, experience and
professional interests.”
For the next 10 years, Plotkins partnered with local and national organizations
and artists to develop new work, including
Elmer Gantry, produced by the Nashville


Opera and the Peak Performances series
at Montclair State University in January,
2008, and Look What a Wonder Jesus Has
Done, featured in the New York Music Theatre Festival this September.
In 1999, Plotkins integrated BMTP
into the academic framework of the newly
formed Theatre Department to engage
Suffolk students in the development process. Crossing Brooklyn, a new musical
by Laura Harrington and Jenny Giering,
premiered off-Broadway in the fall at the
Transport Group and was the first BMTP
piece developed with students—but it certainly won’t be the last.
The hands-on experience of BMTP is a
unique facet of the Suffolk Theatre Department and has inspired other in-house professional development opportunities, such
as Wesley Savick’s National Theatre of Allston and Richard Chambers’ professional
design apprenticeships. As the program
continues to grow, so will the opportunities. Plotkins is currently in negotiation with
two New York writers for the next BMTP
project, slated for spring, 2009.

SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009   Alumni Magazine

Professor and Chair of the Theatre Department Marilyn Plotkins

Ford Hall Forum
at Suffolk University

Tomorrow’s Ideas,
Today’s Conversations.

FALL 2008
Free Speech, Free Minds, Free Markets:
Competition and Collaboration
Thursday, September 11
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales joins journalist
Christopher Lydon to address where “Web 2.0” will
take us next and how Objectivist philosophy guides
his vision.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Rappaport Center of
Law and Public Service.

Secrecy in the United States:
Priorities for the Next President*
Thursday, September 18
In recognition of International Right to Know Day,
Thomas S. Blanton, Director of the National Security
Archive at George Washington University, joins Professor
Alasdair Roberts, Suffolk University Law School, to
discuss government transparency and suggest top
reform priorities for the next President.

The Invisible Constitution*
Thursday, September 25
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School
Renowned legal scholar Professor Laurence Tribe,
Harvard Law School, discusses how we interpret our
country’s most important document.
Receive a free copy of the US Constitution at the door.

The Bluest State: How Democrats Created
the Massachusetts Blueprint for American
Political Disaster*
Sunday, October 5
Jon Keller, WBZ-TV News’ Political Analyst, joins Jeff
Jacoby, Boston Globe columnist, to review the ups
and downs of our beloved state’s political culture
and what can be done to carve out a “new frontier”
of American leadership.

War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at
the Dawn of the War on Terrorism*
Thursday, October 23
Old South Meeting House
Douglas J. Feith, former United States Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (2001–2005), discusses
the dynamics of the first Bush term, and how we
make foreign policy decisions.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting
House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

Constantine’s Sword
Thursday, October 30

James Carroll, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence
at Suffolk University and author of the forthcoming
book Practicing Catholic, screens the film Constantine’s Sword and explores why intolerance, violence
and war are so deeply ingrained in religion.

Stirring it Up: How to Make Money
and Save the World*
Thursday, November 6
Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, President, and CEO of
Stonyfield Farm, joins Professor Nancy F. Koehn,
Harvard Business School, to discuss how businesses
are leveraging quality products, creative marketing,
and cost-saving efficiencies to both enrich shareholders
and make the world a better place.

Panel discussion with speakers to be
Thursday, November 13
Old South Meeting House
Join us as we unravel the deciding factors that led
one candidate into the Oval Office—and then
look forward to its impact on the coming years for
our nation.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting
House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

All events are FREE and OPEN to the public. No
registration is necessary. They will take place from
6:30 to 8pm in the C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University unless otherwise noted.
For more information, please email, or call 617.557.2007.
*A book signing will follow these events.

the faculty//IN PRINT + FILM



Communication and Journalism


The Competition

Another World Instead: The Early
Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947

BY Paul Ceriello & Jason Carter 2007

The Competition is a film about two kids who represent each side of the blue vs. red divide in the United
States. Their school announces a trip to Space Camp
as the prize for the most money raised at the town
fair. The two students have very different ideas about
developing a product to sell at the fair. In the end, does
either have what it takes or is the winner somewhere
in the middle?

Graywolf Press, 2008

This selection of a major American poet's early work
tells the twinned story of a committed pacifist during
a time of war and a young poet getting started. Many
of these 160 poems have never before been published
or have been long out of print.

edited by Jennifer Barber Suffolk University, 2008

Vol. 13, no. 1 (fall/winter 2007/8) features fiction by
David Crouse, Rachel Klein, Dana Kinstler, and Kathryn
Gahl; an essay by Junichiro Tanizaki, translated from
the Japanese by Ivan Gold and Liz Doles; and poetry by
John F. Deane, Todd Hearon, Carol Moldaw, Eric Pankey,
and Jessica Greenbaum, among others, as well as a
portfolio of photographs by Emily Hiestand entitled
"Consider the Oyster."

Literature for Composition

Making Poor Nations Rich:
Entrepreneurship and the Process
of Economic Development
BY Benjamin Powell Stanford University Press, 2007

Why do some nations become rich while others remain
poor? Through a collection of case studies from Asia
and Africa to Latin America and Europe, this volume
urges the examination of the critical role entrepreneurs
and the institutional environment of private property
rights and economic freedom play in economic development. The lesson is clear: economic growth will
remain elusive until pro-market reforms begin to promote productive entrepreneurship.

The Professional Paralegal
BY Allan Tow McGraw Hill, 2008

The Professional Paralegal presents a comprehensive
and pragmatic overview of today’s legal system and the
diverse roles of the contemporary paralegal. The innovative use of profiles and experiences of professional
paralegals woven throughout the text provide personal
and motivating insight while introducing practical tools,
substantive issues and the all-important consideration
of ethics. This textbook presents information easily
accessed by students and offers many opportunities
for discussion, research and review.


edited AND introduction by Fred Marchant



edited by Quentin Miller and Julie Nash

Connections is an introductory literature textbook that
stresses thinking and writing strategies.  The anthology contains works from around the world and from
all literary periods.  It is organized thematically to show
how literature complicates traditional moral oppositions
such as love and lust, honesty and deception, or gluttony and generosity.

Vol. 13, no. 2 (spring/summer 2008) includes fiction by C. D. Collins, Bill Bukovsan, Joseph Riippi, and
Sue Williams; early poems by William Stafford, and
new poetry by Laura Kasischke, Ben Berman, Sharon
Dolin, Elizabeth Kirschner, and Carrie Etter, and others,
along with translations of poems by Montale, Du Fu,
Leopardi, and contemporary French poet Emmanuel
Merle. The cover and portfolio feature watercolors
by Beth Balliro.

Defying the Eye Chart


Houghton Mifflin, 2008

BY Marilyn Jurich Mayapple Press, 2008

This collection of poems attempts to revisualize how we
sense ourselves and others and to redirect our awareness and understanding. Apart from this reorientation of
perception, the poems as poems are distinctly musical
compositions—we "see" through sound and structure;
each piece has a breath and “atmosphere” of its own—
from how an individual copes with the loss of vision to
what Philadelphia "looks like" to the homeless, to the
magical transformation of Grafton Street in Dublin when
a harpist shares his ecstatic tunes.

SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009   Alumni Magazine

edited by Jennifer Barber Suffolk University, 2008

After Vienna: Dimensions of
the Relationship between the
European Union and the Latin
America-Caribbean Region
edited by Roberto Dominguez & Joaquin Roy
Thompson Shore, Inc., 2007

The book explores the intricate nature of the special
Trans-Atlantic relationship between Latin America and
Europe.  Based on the analysis of the summits held periodically between the two regions and the development
of the so-called Strategic Partnership, the chapters
argue that the new Central America Common Market,
CARICOM, the Andean Community and MERCOSUR are
facing an internal crisis, which hampers not only their
integration processes, but also the dynamic relationship
with the European Union.

Branded Conservatives:
How the Brand Brought the
Right from the Fringes to the
Center of American Politics


BY Mark Schneider Rowman and Littlefield, 2006

Salvodon Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007

BY Ken Cosgrove Peter Lang, USA, 2007

After World War I, African Americans moved north to
form vibrant new communities, got good jobs in industry, built new churches, and established a burgeoning
commercial and professional class. Writers and musicians flocked to Harlem and produced a body of work
known as the Harlem Renaissance, about their experiences in the urban north. African Americans fought for
their civil rights – both physically in the streets during
the "Red Summer" of 1919, and in the halls of Congress
and the courts, with the NAACP leading the way.

European films have become a vital cultural space
where the relationship between borders and identity
is being renegotiated. This collection of nine essays
written by film scholars from various countries self-consciously addresses the questions of European identity
while overtly crossing geographic, cultural, linguistic,
and aesthetic borders.

The book argues that Conservatism has made good use
of branding in its move from the fringes to the center of
American political life. Conservatives have built a unique
brand around their candidates, their movement and
their issues that has facilitated their ability to win elections and implement public policies. Branding has been
one of the major tools through which Conservatives
have built an enduring movement over the last several
decades and a tool through which their movement has
become very resilient.

African Americans in the Jazz Age:
A Decade of Struggle and Promise

Varieties of Capitalism in Spain:
Remaking the Spanish Economy
for the New Century
BY Sebastian Royo Palgrave, 2008

Is globalization forcing non-Coordinated Market
Economies, such as Spain, to converge on an AngloAmerican model? How do national  institutional
differences condition economic policies and performance?  This book seeks to build on the hypotheses
generated by the literature on ‘Varieties of Capitalism’
to analyze the challenges of developing and sustaining
coordination while adjusting for economic change.

Zoom in, Zoom out: Crossing Borders
in Contemporary European Cinema
edited by Sandra Barriales-Bouche and Marjorie ATTIGNOL

Digital Drawing for Designers:
A Visual Guide to AutoCAD
by Douglas Seidler Fairchild Books, 2007

Abstraction and the Classical Ideal
by Charles Cramer University of Delaware Press, 2006

This study traces abstraction in art from empirical epistemology to the pursuit of idealism. Abstraction served
as the nucleus of debates ranging from the philosophy of mind to the visual appearance of ideal truth and
beauty; it was a major focus of philosophical, scientific,
and aesthetic discourse. Through a close examination
of these debates, this study significantly revises and
enlarges our understanding of abstraction and idealization in art.

Women and Politics in Iran

by Nina Bouraoui, and translated by Marjorie Attignol

By Hamideh Sedgi Cambridge University Press, 2007

Salvodon and Jehanne-Marie Gavarini

Hamideh Sedgi’s Women and Politics in Iran explores
the lives of Iranian women, both in the private and public
realm, and across the classes, examining identity, sexuality, culture, politics, and economics. Using the veil as
an example, specifically the veiling of Iranian women
in the 1900s, the unveiling between 1936-1979, and the
re-veiling after the revolution, she explains the historical
importance of gender in shaping Iranian politics.

University of Nebraska Press, 2007

Tomboy is the story of a girl who was born five years
after Algerian independence in 1967 and navigates the
cultural, emotional, and linguistic boundaries of identity
for a girl living in a world that doesn’t seem to recognize
her. With prose modeling the rhythm of the seasons and
the sea, Tomboy enters the innermost reality of a life
lived on the edge of several cultures.

We learn best when we can create connections
between new knowledge and prior knowledge. Digital
Drawing for Designers introduces AutoCAD through
the language of manual drafting. Neither simplistic nor
exhaustive, this textbook teaches by relating to what
architects and interior designers understand best: hand
drawing and the visual world.

by Wesley Savick 2007

Adapted from the writings of James Hillman, Chris
Hedges and Lawrence LeShan, Shrapnel explores the
nature of war in this original work for the stage. How do
we make war “normal”?  Is war an inevitable and fundamental part of the human condition?  Can our impulse
for war ever be tamed?  Shrapnel incorporates mythology, stage combat, live music and a sweeping array of
personal accounts to explore the contradictory nature
of war within all of us.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


the faculty//SCHOLARs

Robert Brustein, a central figure in 20th-century American theatre,
joined Suffolk University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2006 as a
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, a permanent faculty appointment.


Man On Board For the Long Haul
As the tanker that would haul oil to Bahrain by way

of Aruba and Naples picked up its crew in the slicing
wind off Brooklyn Flats, Robert Brustein thought, “I’m
going to be the loneliest man in the world.” It was 1945,
and although the war had ended, his hitch in the service had a year and a half to go. He was 18 years old.
Following an accelerated course of study at the High
School of Music and Art in New York City with a final
year at Columbia Grammar School, Brustein graduated at 16 and entered Amherst College in 1943. The


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war had swept most of the students from the pristine
New England campus, leaving only the underage and
the 4Fs, those deemed physically unable to serve. “We
ruled,” he says. “We were the football team, the baseball team, the drama club. One hundred-fifty kids.”
Enlisting for service in April 1945, he entered the
Merchant Marine, which capped four months of basic
training in San Mateo, California with six months at
sea, eight months at the Merchant Marine Academy at
King’s Point, Long Island, and the rank of Cadet-Mid-

Bottom: Merchant Marine Cadet-Midshipman Robert Brustein (right)
in 1946, with brother Martin Brustein, a Lieutenant JG in the Navy.

the wake of the deadliest war in history. “I took to the
sea,” he says. “There was a lot of adventure.” Crossing
from the Panama Canal to Pozzuoli, passing through
Casablanca, Alexandria, and Milan, he saw more of
the world than he could have imagined growing up on
the relatively homogeneous Jewish Upper West Side
of Manhattan: narrowly navigable ports cluttered with
sunken ships; abject poverty along the vanquished
coasts of Italy; a humorous mutiny against the captain
who tried to prevent the women on the supply boats
from clambering up the sides of his vessel; a case of
“yellow jaundice.” The romance of the sea ebbing by
the time his tour of duty ended, Brustein returned to
Amherst College hungry to continue his education.

He has taken on the role of actor, director, producer, dean of
the Yale Drama School and founding director of the Yale and
American Repertory theatres. Now he has joined the faculty
of the College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk.
a life in the theatre, eventually supervising more than
200 productions, writing 15 books, and training such
luminaries as Meryl Streep, Henry Winkler, and Sigourney Weaver.
In December 1945, however, Robert Brustein was
one of thousands of men aboard the tankers and Victory ships that navigated the world’s mined waters in

When the Korean War erupted in 1951, he and
other merchant mariners found themselves subject
to the draft. The US government had reneged on
its pledge of veteran status to the Merchant Marine,
which suffered a higher percentage of casualties
than any other branch of the military in World War II.
This Brustein saw as a profound injustice. “I determined that I would not stay in the country, or would
cut off my finger, or go to Canada, or anything to
avoid being drafted into what I considered an unjust
war.” Instead, he obtained one student deferment after
another, including two Fulbrights in England, finally
earning a PhD that he had never intended to pursue.
After a career that took him to Columbia University,
as well as Cornell, Vassar, Yale, and Harvard, Brustein at last arrived at Suffolk University. “Suffolk tries to
maintain the purity of its original ideals,” he observes.
“There’s a gritty urban honesty about it that is impossible not to admire. The more I learn about Suffolk, the
more I want to moor here.”
He plans to drop his anchor in this port for years
to come.
Lauri Umansky is professor of history and associate dean of the
College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University.

Photo courtesy of Suffolk University Archives.

shipman in the Naval Reserve. On one of his sevenhour monthly leaves from basic training on August 15,
1945, Brustein witnessed V-J day in San Francisco.
“It was orgiastic. Women tore their clothes off in the
street. People climbed to the top of huge statues. I’ve
never seen a city go so berserk. And all I did was
watch. The envious observer.”
These powers of observation later fueled one of the
signal careers in American theatre. Defying his father,
who wanted him to go into the family yarn business—
“His greatest dream was to have what he called a vertical combination, in which he would have the sheep,
then he would get the wool, card it and comb it, dye
it, knit it, and sell it as sweaters.”—he embarked on

World War II depleted the ranks of college

students on American college and university
campuses, as most young men—and some
women—entered the armed forces. Suffolk
University was no exception. In addition to its
Law School, Suffolk then consisted of three
undergraduate colleges: Liberal Arts, Journalism, and Business Administration, founded
in 1934, 1936, and 1937 respectively. In 1940,
before the United States entered the war, the
fledgling colleges had built their enrollment up
to 227 students. By 1943, according to Suffolk
history professor David L. Robbins, that number
had dwindled to only 35. With Law School enrollment down to only 63 that year, the university
struggled to stay afloat.
With the passage in 1944 of the G.I. Bill of
Rights, which awarded tuition benefits to WWII
veterans, college enrollment surged nationwide.
By the fall of 1946, Suffolk University’s undergraduate enrollment soared to 1682 students,
75% of whom were male war veterans. Alongside the sorrow of losing 26 alumni lives to the
war, the university gained during the postwar era
the foothold that has allowed it to flourish into
the present.
Above: Carroll Sheehan of Dorchester, MA, president of Suffolk
University’s graduating class of 1949, and Suffolk President
Walter Burse thank Congressman John F. Kennedy for the GI Bill.
Sheehan went on to become the state commerce commissioner.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


the faculty//scholars


Distinguished Visiting Scholars 2007-2008
Billye Avery
“Know that your health is the most important thing you have,” says health

care activist Billye Avery. “It is really one of the only things you own.” Avery,
founder and president of the Avery Institute for Social Change and founder of
the National Black Women’s Health Project, believes that health care is a human
right, and for 25 years has advocated for patients’ access to insurance, health
records, and equity in the health care system. “Get involved. Learn the issues.
Start small,” said Avery. “Find a few like-minded people and start with a small
group discussion. What do we want to have as a legacy?” she asks. “We want
to engage people around change, vision and a better future.” See related story:

Stephen Breyer
“What’s the most important thing we want to teach students?” asks US
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. “Democracy.” The participation of citizens in the democratic process, what Breyer calls “active liberty,” is necessary to
having a workable government. “We judges cannot insist that Americans participate in that government, but we can make clear that our Constitution depends
on it.” Get involved in the community, participate on any level of civic engagement, including politics, school boards and other organizations, he says. “Unless
most of you do something like that—participation—the document I work with
every day just won’t work.” Breyer has published numerous books on administrative law, economic regulation and the Constitution, including Active Liberty:
Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution (2005). See related story: http://www.

The Faye Family
A family of Senegalese men in crisp yellow tunics and dyed patterned pants
sat side-by-side, their drums in arms’ reach and their smiles bright as costumes.
Representing the Faye family of griots, or ‘praise singers,’ from Dakar, Senegal,
they tuned the line-up of hourglass shaped drums—one still dangling an airline
luggage tag—by tightening wooden pegs around the rims. One after another the
drums came to life, creating a rhythm for movement and a language for reaching
across villages. The drummers—Vieux Sing Faye, the patriarch and chief griot of
Dakar; Aziz and Mouhamadou Moustapha Faye, sons of Vieux; and Malik Ngom,
grandson of Vieux—presented the geuwel drumming tradition, taught traditional
dance moves, and performed at a concert in the C. Walsh Theatre. See related

Charles Fried
“Liberty expresses who we are: thinking, judging and choosing individuals. Liberty is that individuality,” says Charles Fried, former associate justice of
the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. “Yet we must somehow draw boundaries. There are things that we need and want government to do, like drawing
lines for the betterment of the community.” But does government limit liberty,
or put a floor under it? “I don’t think it’s possible to come up with an algorithm
for this,” he says. “I know it when I see it—a law which is designed to suppress
liberty, and when the purpose of a law is to let a thousand flowers bloom.” Fried is
the author of eight books, including Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government
(2006). See related story:


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Maxine Hong Kingston
“What can we do to engage the young?” asks writer and professor Maxine Hong Kingston.

“I come from UC Berkeley, and I notice the demonstrations are organized by the faculty, the
white-haired people from the 60s. Back in the old days, it was the students who did it and
yelled for the faculty to come out and join them.” Writing can be a political action, she says.
“I have this faith that you write your story, you write your poem, and you can write your way
home from war. You do public acts of writing and you get it out there so other people can hear
it.” Kingston’s books include The Fifth Book of Peace (2003), To Be the Poet (2002), and The
Woman Warrior (1975). See related story:

Emil Kirchner
“The European Union is challenged by globalization, by the US, China and other coun-

tries,” says Emil Kirchner, an international leader in the research and teaching of European
politics. Discussing the Treaty of Lisbon, developed in 2007 to govern and help the expanding
EU respond to changing political and economic issues, he says the future of the EU is one
of unity and diversity, with the EU able to accomplish more together than the countries could
individually. “I think what we have in the EU is the equivalent of a security community—one
where you have peaceful expectations and if there is a conflict it will be resolved peacefully.
If we look at European history over centuries, this in itself is a big achievement.” See related

Francis Moore Lappé
Citing the statistic that 854 million people go hungry in the world each day, Francis

Moore Lappé, an internationally acclaimed social and environmental activist, remains devoted
to the causes that propelled her into the public eye 30 years ago when she wrote the bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet. Still focusing on the social and economic systems that fail to
produce fairness in the world, she advocates for “democracy as a living practice in which all
voices are empowered—democracy as a way of life, a set of values and mutual accountability grounded in basic fairness and the inclusion of all of us.” She advises taking purposeful
risks in life. “Trust,” she says. “And go into thin air.” See related story:

Vivian Pinn
Women pursuing biomedical science careers often face challenges ranging from

lack of female role models and mentors in their fields to family responsibilities, racial bias,
and sexual discrimination. “We need to identify what the barriers are and see what we can
do to make it an easier path for women,” says Vivian W. Pinn, PhD, director of the Office of
Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Careers in science
are so exciting; it brings you inner pride that you’ve been successful.” The recipient of nine
Honorary Degrees of Law and Science since 1992, Pinn launched a web site through the
NIH to promote the advancement of women in biomedical research careers ( “If science turns you on, make sure those battles don’t keep you from doing
what you love.” See related story:

Hugo Salcedo
“Mexican theater has many pages still to write about the new faces of violence, drug

cartels, kidnappings, and extortions,” says award-winning playwright Hugo Salcedo, speaking
through a translator after students gave a dramatic public reading of his most famous play,
El viaje de los cantores/The Crossing, the tragic story of 18 Mexicans trying to cross the U.S.
border illegally only to meet with their death trapped in a railroad boxcar. “Never before did
the act of staring at an empty computer screen offer the possibility of writing topics of utmost
importance.” Salcedo, also a poet, essayist, and critic, has written more than 40 plays that
have been published and performed in the US, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Venezuela. See related story:   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


the faculty//SPOTLIGHT

From left, Professor Debra Harkins, Professor David Gansler, and
Professor and Psychology Department Chair Krisanne Bursik, of
Suffolk’s highly competitive PhD Program in Clinical Psychology.



Psychology PhD Program is a Collaborative Gem
During one cold weekend at the end of February,


Training researchers, practitioners, and teachers

nearly 70 of the most highly ranked PhD hopefuls
from more than 60 colleges and universities across
the country and beyond, don their interview-best
and huddle in the crowded hallways of the Donahue
Building, hoping to meet their “match.” They’ll experience Suffolk’s clinical psychology program up close
during two demanding days of individual and small
group interviews and info sessions designed to enable
the candidates, faculty, and current PhD students to
get to know one another, and their research interests,
work styles, and career objectives. After the weekendlong mix of grueling questions and more casual gettogethers, the psychology department will identify
those faculty-student matches with the greatest
synergy and potential for success.

Suffolk’s Psychology PhD program graduated its first
class in 2000, and attracted 314 applicants for just
13 program openings this year. According to Department Chair Krisanne Bursik, it is the scientist practitioner model of training that distinguishes the College of
Arts & Sciences’ highly competitive program from other
more applied programs in the area. “Our research component is front and center,” she says. “And our students
are trained to be active researchers, clinical practitioners,
and teachers. We’ve developed a program that provides
training and supervision in all three areas, and this absolutely sets us apart.”
Throughout the six-year program, students and
faculty work side by side in the research lab and classroom, and in clinical placements. “Though all of our

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faculty members serve as teachers and mentors to
all 85 doctoral students currently enrolled in the program, the bond that naturally forms within each faculty-student research team is a very close and critically
important one,” says Bursik. “Faculty members actively
pursue their research interests with their student collaborators, while making a significant long-term investment in the career development and success of each
of their students.”

Collaborative research
“Partnering with Jessica Benetti-McQuoid in my
research was both a privilege and a phenomenal experience,” says Bursik. “As a sophomore, Jessica was a
shining star—and it was wonderful to be able to work
with her for nearly a decade, as she reached numerous professional and personal milestones.” The two

asssessment at the Children’s Evaluation Center in
Newton, Massachusetts. “But the most outstanding
component of my experience in the PhD program was
my relationship with Kris. I am grateful for the level of
commitment and dedication she has to me, my education, my research, and my well-being as a student
in the program.”

Energizing partnerships
“I love this program’s emphasis on faculty-student collaboration and mentorship—and the opportunity to
work with someone who has similar research interests
to my own,” says Professor Debra Harkins, whose
cross-cultural narrative research struck a personal
chord with Russian immigrant Irene Shulova-Piryatinsky BS’01, PhD’08. With her master’s thesis and dissertation, Shulova-Piryatinsky partnered with Harkins in

it was Debra or Dave or Kris, it really was everyone
in the department who was always there for me that
made the difference,” she says. “This faculty makes
a huge, truly amazing commitment to its students—
that never ends.”

Beyond the dissertation
Gansler credits the outstanding Suffolk doctoral students he met while working as a neuropsychologist at
the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital with his
decision to join the faculty seven years ago. “Observing those students during their clinical placements,
I knew that this new program was producing some
exceptional psychologists,” Gansler says. “I was drawn
to teaching here—and to the opportunity to develop a
brain image analysis laboratory and examine individual
differences in aggression and impulsivity.”

“Our research component is front and center, and our students are trained to be active
researchers, clinical practitioners, and teachers. We’ve developed a program that provides
training and supervision in all three areas, and this absolutely sets us apart.”
examined the associations of ego development, gender role, and the experience of guilt and shame for
Benetti-McQuoid’s master’s thesis, and published their
findings in a peer-reviewed journal. Currently they are
at work on a second co-authored manuscript based
on Benetti-McQuoid’s doctoral dissertation research
examining gender flexibility and well-being.
“When it was time for me to apply to graduate
school, Suffolk felt like an old comfortable shoe,”
says Benetti-McQuoid BS’01, PhD’06, one of the
four Psychology PhD students who also completed
their undergraduate work at Suffolk’s College of Arts
& Sciences.
“I knew that my classes would be small and intimate; and I felt confident in my relationships with the
faculty. Importantly, I shared research interests with
Professor Bursik,” she says. Benetti-McQuoid’s training included a clinical internship at a community mental health center in Fort Wayne, Indiana and a twoyear post-doctoral residency in neuropsychological

an exploratory study of narrative discourse, comparing
Russian immigrants’ mother-child storytelling in Israel
and the United States—work currently under review for
publication. “My relationships with my students are the
most important reason I do this work,” Harkins says.
“Incredibly motivated students like Irene give me energy
as they share in my passion.”
When Piryatinsky later questioned her career
path in research, Professor David Gansler became
a key booster of her work in clinical neuropsychology. “Dave was crucial to helping me decide what
to do ‘when I grew up’,” she says. “When I recently
received word of my acceptance to a two-year postdoctoral neuropsychology residency at Brown University, Dave was the first person I called.” ShulovaPiryatinsky’s work includes an internship at the Edith
Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Administration
Medical Center in Bedford, Massachusetts and a
practicum at the Center for Children with Special
Needs at Tufts Medical Center. “Honestly, whether

John Smolinsky BS’97, PhD’07 first worked with
Gansler during a practicum at Boston’s Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Together they later studied lateralized
differences in prefrontal functioning as related to
aggressive behavior, research that became the basis
for Smolinsky’s dissertation. “But there was really
much more to our relationship than what occurred
through our research or clinical work,” Smolinsky says.
“Professor Gansler took a very special interest in my
professional development, offering advice and guidance in a way that went above and beyond.” Currently in a post-doctoral residency at the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital, Smolinsky continues to
appreciate Gansler’s support as he contemplates the
next steps in his career. And according to Gansler,
Smolinsky has already distinguished himself—as a
researcher, clinician, and teacher.
Sara Romer is a senior writer & editor in the Creative Services office
at Suffolk University.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


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Greg Hazelwood BA’98 is a history teacher at Brockton High School and
co-adviser of the school’s African American Club. At a Black History Month
presentation hosted by the Club after school, nearly 250 students filled the
theatre for a student talent showcase of gospel songs, dances, and poems
with an African American or African diaspora focus.


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Text//Lauri Umansky  IMAGES//Mark OSTOW



From the Civil War through the 1920s, Brockton, Massachusetts thrived
as one of the world’s premier shoe manufacturing centers. By the 1950s,
the hardscrabble city 30 miles south of Boston claimed bragging rights as
the birthplace of undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano.
Twenty years later, when Marvelous Marvin Hagler entered the ring, the city
added a middleweight champion to its scorecard.
Today, though the fight motif is still in full swing around the “City of
Champions,” Brockton’s greatest boast is probably its high school—the largest in New England. A beige colossus flanking the road behind the Rocky
Marciano Stadium, Brockton High School houses 4,358 students and a faculty
of 331 women and men. Among these educators is history teacher Gregory
Hazelwood BA ‘98.
“I wish every kid in the school could have Mr. Hazelwood as a teacher
during their career here,” says Brockton High School principal Dr. Susan
Szachowicz. “He brings history to life. But the most important lessons he
teaches are about character, how to treat other people. Greg uses every
moment as a teachable moment.”   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


Above: “Mr. Hazelwood” and students in his third period
African American History class

“ ou can be an object in the world, and have things done
to you; or you can be a subject. Which do you want to be?”
“Good afternoon!” Mr. Hazelwood greets the students heartily as they file into class. “Today we’re
going to name stereotypes and we’re going to talk
about how to counteract them.”
The spring-semester senior year African American
History class has been underway for only a week, and
it would be fair to say that all 30 students in the room
are paying attention. Hands shoot up. Responses
ring out. “The only way Black people can ‘succeed’
is through drugs, sports, or music.” “Black students
can’t get into good colleges.” “Rap and hip hop are
never about anything meaningful.”
“Good job! Excellent.” Hazelwood steps out from
behind his desk. “These are the myths. Now, how
can we start to shatter them?”
Over the next hour, the class ranges across
American culture and history, invoking as antidotes


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to negative stereotyping such prominent African
American figures as Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey,
and Coretta Scott King. Affable and warm, with an
impressive command of the students’ names so
soon into the term, Mr. Hazelwood offers a stream
of information and encouragement. “I want to hear
your thoughts,” he says. “I want you to really think
about the idea of resistance. African American history
has been filled with moments of resistance to things
that are not right.”
Only one point goes unspoken, although it is
surely not lost on the students: Mr. Hazelwood himself
belies negative stereotypes about African American
men. He stands, for want of a better phrase, as a
positive role model in this school in which 70 percent
of the students are people of color and 70 percent
of the faculty is not.

“Students need to see themselves in their teachers,” Dr. Szachowicz says. “They need to see the
faces of the world.”
Like Szachowicz, educational activists and
researchers have decried the shortage of minority
teachers for decades. According to the National
Education Association (NEA), 40 percent of the
nation’s students belong to minority groups, compared to only 16 percent of teachers in grades K-12.
In the eyes of many experts, this disparity represents
a crisis. What is at stake? NEA research shows that
“when teachers of color are missing, minority students
land more frequently in special education classes,
have higher absentee rates, and tend to be less
involved in school activities.”
“Teachers of color have a unique vantage point
in terms of the critical intersections that affect how
students perceive themselves, the world, and their
lived reality,” says Professor Carmen Veloria of
Suffolk University’s Department of Education and
Human Services.

Early role models
Greg Hazelwood understands his complex mission
as a teacher of history and a member of a diverse
community. He credits his parents and the Suffolk
University professors who took the time to mentor
him, inside the classroom and out, with giving him
the sense of purpose that fires his teaching.
Growing up in Mattapan, the son of an African
American father and a Haitian mother, Hazelwood
appreciated the value of education from an early age.
His father, the oldest of 10 children, left school early
to help support his family in rural Virginia. Moving
north for economic opportunity, he met Greg’s
mother, whose family immigrated to New York and
Boston from Haiti. Working for the MBTA and Blue
Cross, respectively, Hazelwood’s father and mother
provided a Catholic school education for their two
children. “We want you to be in a better position than
we are in,” they said. “Education is vital.”
“My parents made sure to have encyclopedias in
the house. At the same time, they demonstrated an

Below: Family pride: Hazelwood sits between his mother
Marie and father Willie B. Hazelwood at his parents’ home in
Mattapan, Massachusetts.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


Hazelwood and the group warm up for Black History Month presentations with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the “Negro
National Anthem” written by poet and songwriter James Weldon
Johnson in 1900. “It’s a very positive song. Some students know the
first stanza, some know all the lyrics.”


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Below: Hazelwood during his Suffolk student days, seated next
to future wife MayLisa Bastien, and talking with Professor Bob
Bellinger (right).

amazing work ethic, and they taught us to respect
people, no matter who they are or where they come
from. My sister and I were brought up with the idea
of doing for others, helping. That’s how I see my role
as an educator.”

Inspiration in the college classroom
Like many Suffolk students over the years, Greg
Hazelwood was the first in his family to earn a college degree. “The world opened up once I hit Suffolk,”
he says. “I’ll never forget the first day of the first class
I took with Professor Bellinger. He told us, ‘You can
be an object in the world, and have things done to
you; or you can be a subject. Which do you want to
be?’ He challenged us from day one.”

check out this Senegalese artist’- and then I’d have a
window into Senegalese culture. All of this stays with
me, and I try to carry it over to my students.”

Empowering high school students
Now with a master’s degree in Education in hand,
and as a seven-year veteran of the classroom, as
well as co-adviser of the African American Club,
Hazelwood realizes the profound impact he can have
on the lives of his students. “You take it for granted,
until you realize that there are younger folks looking at you as an example. I ask myself, ‘What can I
do to help them?’ I can show them my passion for
history and education. I can help them make connections between history and the lives they’re living today,

bolize raw competition, then how do males learn to
offer love, brotherhood, and simple humanity?”
On the question of respect, Hazelwood is uncompromising. “A couple of years ago, on the first day
of my African American history class, I heard a male
student call out to a young lady, ‘Hey B, come here
for a second.’ I took the young man aside and told
him, ‘You will not be disrespectful of anybody in here,
and you will not come in with that language. When
we start dealing with history, you will find out what
women of African descent—and all women—had to
deal with, the type of degradation, the humiliation. And
now you’re going to come and say that to a woman?
No, that’s not going to happen.’ I ended up having
a good relationship with that young man. I try to set

“I can help them make connections between history and the lives they’re living today”
History professor Robert Bellinger, who also directs
the Black Studies program and the Collection of African
American Literature, served as the faculty adviser to the
Black Student Union during Greg Hazelwood’s time at
Suffolk. He has played a crucial role in the lives of many
students—and students of color in particular—since his
arrival on campus in 1987.
“It’s very important for students to have mentors,
especially if they’re from families where they’re the
first or one of the first to go to college,” says Bellinger.
“I try to enlarge the scope of their vision, in terms of
career possibilities, how they think about history, how
they think about race and identity. I also just try to be
available to listen to my students’ concerns. As they
begin to engage with new ideas, they often aren’t
able to discuss these ideas with people in their old
communities or in their families.”
Professor Bellinger took note of Greg Hazelwood’s
zeal for learning. “He was genuinely excited about
history and about how it informs the present day. I
would talk to him, encourage him, help him to navigate new or challenging settings,” Bellinger says. “I
was conscious that I was continuing a line that goes
back to the people who shaped me. When I think
of professors I had in college—Asa Davis, Sonia
Sanchez, and others—I know that I was given a gift.
I feel responsible to carry that forward.”
For Hazelwood, Bellinger did that and more. “I
learned valuable content from him, things I hadn’t
known about African and African American history,
about the diaspora, and about the complexity of people and time periods. Professor Bellinger was also
an amazing mentor for me. He presented a powerful
image, as a Black male who carried himself in a certain
way, with pride and a sense of dignity. He pushed the
barriers away and made himself available as a person. ‘Go on to graduate school,’ he’d tell me. Or, ‘Hey,

teach them critical thinking. I try to demonstrate for
them that words are powerful; words matter. Images
matter. I bombard them with positive images. I am
a bombarder!” He laughs and gestures toward the
many posters on the walls of his classroom. “Just
look around. Here’s an image of the great educator
Septima Clarke. And here’s a quote from Bill Withers,
one of my favorite musicians.”
The Withers quote, taken from the artist’s
Greatest Hits album liner notes, sums up the gentle
ethos of this prized teacher in a city best known for
its pugilists: “Each generation needs an art form to
license male vulnerability. If maleness comes to sym-

a tone for the students, and sometimes—not right
away—they come back and thank me for it.”
Through hundreds of “teachable moments,” Greg
Hazelwood brings his passion for learning and justice
to the students of Brockton High School. In the city that
celebrates the swift uppercut and the one-two punch, he
champions respectful dialogue and informed dissent.
“I will always be an educator,’ he says. “I received
so much from my family and my teachers. I’m in awe of
what they taught me. Now it’s time to give back.”
Lauri Umansky is professor of history and associate dean of the
College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009



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Coach Nelson in the Suffolk gym, where he
often listens to opera favorites Boticelli or Sarah
Brightman early in the morning. “It clears out
the gym,” he smiles. His skill in shooting free
throws with his eyes closed is legendary. “It’s
all muscle memory.”


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colleagues, and staff. Though he retired from the head basketball coaching spot over a decade ago to take on the role of athletic director
full time, the name sticks. It’s a familiar, welcoming title, earned by an engaging laugh, a self-deprecating wit, and an extended reach during
Nelson’s more than four decades at the University. >

On Suffolk’s campus, Jim Nelson is “Coach.” It’s the name used by his assistant, the interns, the locksmith, and multitudes of athletes,




The Coach & Suffolk U


But he hasn’t always been Coach. In his corner
office on the second floor of the Ridgeway Building,
Nelson, 66, leans back in his chair with his arms
folded across his chest, recalling a time when he
went by another name: Dmitri Nestios. Nestios was
Nelson’s alias, adopted six years after taking the
assistant athletic director and assistant basketball
coach jobs at Suffolk.
Nelson had been a standout guard at Boston
College, and—after graduating and taking his first
job at Suffolk­­
—had been playing semi-professional
basketball around Boston. When a friend brought
a recruiter from a Greek league team to check out
Nelson’s talents, Jim wowed the scout with his
famous dribbling routine: Lying on his back, he
dribbled with two hands, then with just one finger
on each hand, then just the pinky, and then while
doing situps. The team offered him a contract and
renamed him Dmitri Nestios, which translated to
“Jim from the Islands.” Because, as Nelson was told,
you had to be Greek to play.


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When Jim, his wife Joan, and their three children (the couple eventually had five) arrived in
Greece, they were greeted with a king’s reception.
Stepping off the plane at 10pm, Nelson was met
by his teammates, and a speeding motorcade led
them from the airport and through the streets of
Piraeus, horns honking, fans cheering.
“So here’s this American, coming to be a savior,”
recalls Nelson, with a thick Boston accent. “The
first thing my coach said was, ‘Lie down and start
The decision to leave his perfect job at Suffolk
and make a bid for professional play was the culmination of a boyhood dream born in 60-cent seats
in “The Heavens” of the Boston Garden, front row
of the second balcony, center court. There, Nelson
spent nights watching Red Auerbach, Bill Russell,
and Bob Cousy—his future coach at Boston College—make the Celtics a dynasty. The same dream
kept him in virtual residency at the Cambridge
YMCA throughout his adolescence, working as a

Below Right: Jim Nelson, playing for Boston College in
1965, during a game at Roberts Center against traditional
rival Holy Cross College.

“Those special two hours–when you are on the
floor teaching— is a sanctuary time.”

ball boy for those same Celtics, and picking up a
game whenever he could.
Eventually, the dream shifted, the goals
changed. Contract disputes forced Nelson home
from Greece after just six months and he resumed
his role at Suffolk, helping other athletes pursue
their dreams, practicing with the Suffolk team on
that same court at the Cambridge YMCA. For three
decades at Suffolk, coaching was his passion. Taking over the head men’s basketball coaching position from Charlie Law in 1976, Nelson switched
from “making suggestions to making decisions.”
“Those special two hours,” Nelson recalls of
game days, “when you are on the floor teaching—
and it is truly a teaching experience—you are unfettered by telephone calls, emails, pink message slips.
…It is a sanctuary time.”
As a coach, he offered his athletes a sage
approach. “He’s not the ‘in your face’ kind of
coach,” says Leo Fama, who played basketball
under Nelson from 1982 to 1986. “He’s more of an

even-handed, teaching kind of guy.” Fama remembers in particular a game against Plymouth State,
who posed an even matchup with the Suffolk Rams.
Fama scored 45 points, and at the end of the victory, Nelson was pleased. “And then he looks at me
and says, ‘But you know what? You should have
had 52—you missed seven free throws,’” Fama
says with a chuckle. But it was important: Coach
wasn’t just focused on the victory, Fama says, but
on how they could improve that win. He was stern
in a fatherly way—a familial metaphor several former student athletes use when they speak of him.
For former hockey player Jim Gilpatrick, this
takes on an almost literal meaning.
“He really is a second father to me,” says Gilpatrick. Their bond was sealed on a January night in
1996 when Gilpatrick lost the use of his legs and his
right arm after colliding with a goalpost in a hockey
game. Nelson visited him in the hospital, called him
on the phone, and helped him get back to his studies.
Gilpatrick and Nelson grew close. “I never expected   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


Above: Jim Nelson in 1986 at Suffolk University’s former
home court, the Cambridge YMCA.


history is useful in his teaching position—a role he
him to do what he did,” says Gilpatrick. “But that’s
relishes. “[Teaching] allows me to interact with an
just the thoughtful gentleman he is—and that’s why
even wider range of individuals—in addition to our
a lot of people have a lot of respect for him.”
student athletes and those involved in intramural
In return, Gilpatrick paid Coach an unexpected
programs,” says Nelson.
visit. Four years after the accident, with his ability to
And his reach extends beyond his sizable roles
walk—once thought gone forever—returning slowly,
as athletic director and teacher. “He’s the mayor of
he stopped by the second floor of the Ridgeway
building.“Coach,” Gilpatrick called out to Nelson, Suffolk,” says Tony Ferullo, associate director of
Public Affairs. “The Goodwill Ambassador of Sufwho was facing the window of his office. Nelson
folk—there is no more caring individual that reaches
turned around, and John Gilpatrick walked into his
out and touches more people than Jim Nelson.” The
arms. “It’s a moment,” says Nelson, “that is still a
University activities he’s involved with include headvery emotional one for me to this day.”
Gilpatrick’s story may have been a special one, ing up the annual Dean’s Reception and 18 years as
chairman of the University Social Committee, a post
but Nelson’s reaction was not unusual. “He knows
he relates with a smile and a laugh: “How difficult
the kids, their names, their families’ names,” says
can that be, right?”
Elaine Schwager, former head softball and volleyball
The fact that he shows up to every possible
coach. “He takes the time to get to know them, he
home game he can is evidence enough of his dediasks questions about them. And when he felt like
cation to the school. But he is also noticeably unathe didn’t know someone, he’d come right to me to
tached to a magazine, paperwork, or Blackberry,
make sure he knew. He just has a way about him
and rather stationed in the front rows, attention set.
that made people feel good about themselves.”
Since 1977, Nelson has taught a fall and a “He was supportive of all the athletic programs, even
spring course on the Theory and Practice of Ath- those he wasn’t coaching,” says Ellen Crotty, who
played on both the women’s basketball and softball
letics, with the first semester including a section on
teams from 1984 to 1988. “You could always look
the history of the Olympics. “The playground for our
over your shoulder and see him there in the stands
children was the Parthenon,” says Nelson, of his
and hear his voice,” says Crotty, who often saw NelDmitri days. His firsthand experience with Olympic

SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009   Alumni Magazine

Left: Coach Nelson teaching a class on the Theory and Practice of
Athletics, exploring the history of sport from the Olympic games
to the American sports of football, basketball, and baseball.

son near the front, cheering “good hit” or “way to go
Suffolk.” “That meant a lot.”
“I’ve been here for about 11 years and I don’t
think I ever beat him to work,” says Cary McConnell,
assistant athletic director. “If I come in at 9, he’s been
there for hours, and if I leave at 7, he’s still there.”
“I am certainly one that is a big believer in discipline,” says Nelson. “And to this day, I consider loyalty
to the institution and the program one of the highest
characteristics one can bring to their responsibilities.”
Inside his office, his loyalty to the post-Dmitri goal
of improving the lot of Suffolk—the athletes, the students, the institution—is represented by a massive
framed newspaper blow-up from 1990. The headline: “Suffolk Says Farewell to YMCA as Basketball

Team Finds Home.” After three decades of all away
games, the team had a proper home—a home built
thanks to a group effort spearheaded by Nelson.
“If you ask him to walk down the street, I guarantee that within five steps, he’s going to meet someone he knows,” says Kenneth Greenberg, dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences. “And then if you
listen closely you’ll discover that he knows that person’s brother, their sister, and their children and family. His knowledge of people—because he connects
with everyone—is pretty amazing.” It was this ability to connect with people that helped Nelson nurture and expand an athletic program that has often
had to share fields with other local teams. His drive
and commitment are the perfect match for Suffolk’s

athletes—a mass of non-scholarship student athletes often competing out of love of the games, and
riding the T to games in lieu of the plush Division 1
team tour busses.
Nelson knows all their stories. His ability to cite
details is uncanny: team records, the scores of various games he coached, the spelling of the names
of childhood friends, the alma mater and athletic
background of an intern. And it’s not because he
is a statistics guy, a number cruncher, or readying
an autobiography. Coach Nelson just cares enough
to remember.
Dan Morrell is a writer & editor in the Creative Services office at
Suffolk University.

“To this day, I consider loyalty to the institution and
the program one of the highest characteristics one
can bring to their responsibilities.”   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009



It’s hard to wrap your brain around El Salvador. Even

Lonely Planet, which has built an empire writing guides to
less traveled roads, seems unsure what direction to take
with this country. “Falcons and hawks fill the skies above
fabulous food festivals and bomb craters,” the online
guide states with awkward cheer. “Friendly locals like to
chat, diverting your gaze from the gangs and refugees
to beautiful broad valleys.”
Suffolk junior Jeff Pomponi wasn’t quite sure why he
decided to go to El Salvador for S.O.U.L.S. Alternative
Winter Break. “I just wanted to go somewhere different
because I knew over the winter break there wouldn’t be
anything to do, and I wanted a change,” he says. “Once I
got to El Salvador, I realized I’m supposed to do this .... I
had a reason to be there that I didn’t know going in.”

Learning beyond the classroom in El Salvador
Inspired by a legacy


SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009   Alumni Magazine

Over the first two weeks of 2008, Pomponi is one of a
dozen Suffolk students and five faculty and staff members living and working in El Sitio, a poor rural town in
El Salvador's mountainous north, trading time at home
between semesters for a service learning project far
away. Their primary assignment is to complete construction of the Concha Acoustica (acoustic shell), an outdoor
stage and arena for community gatherings, before El
Sitio's annual Festival for Peace and Social Justice.
The students have another, larger purpose beyond
digging ditches. They are following in the footsteps of
the late Massachusetts Congressman Joe Moakley, JD
'56, a Suffolk alumnus who stands at the crossroads of
Boston and Salvadoran history.
During the 1980s, as El Salvador was engulfed in a
bloody civil war that would claim more than 70,000 lives,
Moakley was integral to the enactment of the temporary
right of asylum for Salvadoran refugees fleeing the carnage. At the decade's end, he headed a US commission
that investigated the murder of six Jesuit priests in San
Salvador in 1989. His conclusion that the military high
command ordered the killings led to the elimination of
American funding to El Salvador and initiated the process
that led to peace.


Downtown San Salvador, the most densely populated city in Central
America and the first stop along the way to El Sitio for students
spending Alternative Winter Break 2007 in El Salvador.

Spanish, Nahua

San Salvador

Life Expectancy

8,124 square miles

Literacy Percent



Making pupusas, the national cuisine of El Salvador. A pupusa
is a tortilla filled with beans, cheese, or meat and served with a
cole slaw-like topping.


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Below Right: On the way to work the last day in El Sitio. Pictured
clockwise from left: Francisco Peguero, Jeff Pomponi (hidden),
Luis Castillo, Yanitza Medina, Megan Cullen, Dean Grubb, Derek
Lomba, Kaitlyn Winegardner, Valerie Gonzalez-Crisci.

“Once I got to El Salvador, I realized I’m supposed to do this...
I had a reason to be there that I didn’t know going in.”
Moakley donated his papers to Suffolk at his death
in 2001, and this year’s delegation to El Salvador is part
of a continuing effort to keep his legacy alive throughout the University. The trip, sponsored by Suffolk’s
Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service
(S.O.U.L.S.), builds on the success of a 2007 trip led
by the Moakley Institute. Each year, a representative of
Suffolk’s Moakley Archive and Institute accompanies
a faculty member and students to forge relationships
with Salvadoran leaders and to collect oral histories
about the Congressman’s life and work.
“I think it is important for the school because
one of the big pieces of who we are at Suffolk is
giving back to communities—and that doesn't
always mean your own backyard,” says trip participant Jacinda Felix, the director of Suffolk's Office of
Diversity Services. “And because of our connection
with Congressman Moakley, it's important for us to
keep this relationship with El Salvador. He really cared
about Salvadorans. He fought really hard for them.”

Grappling with a violent past and cautious present
When their plane lands at El Salvador International
Airport, the students think they are well prepared for
the problems that plague the country, past and present, but the reality is still a surprise. Old European
cities have walls around them for protection. San
Salvador, the capital, resembles one of those cities
turned inside out. The streets around the guest house
are lined with high walls, razor wire, steel grates and
grills; this city is fortified from within to protect the
inhabitants from each other. Even the ice cream
parlor has a uniformed guard with a pump-action
shotgun standing next to a merry-go-round.
But everyone is too busy with an intense series
of meetings for the next three days to feel unsafe.
The delegation meets with a Jesuit priest, the president of a business association advocating for the
Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA),
economists at a liberal think tank with an opposing
viewpoint, former guerrillas who sing the students folk
songs, and a panel of experts at the US Embassy.
They sit in the chapel where Archbishop Oscar
Romero was assassinated while saying Mass in 1981.

They touch their fingers to the monument inscribed
Vietnam-Memorial-style with the names of the war's
nearly 75,000 victims. Marta, their guide, finds the
name of her father; she has never been to the wall,
and turns away, weeping. It is a whirlwind of learning
that lasts every day from breakfast to bedtime.

Few comforts, but plenty of chickens
Three days after arriving, they depart for El Sitio, a
town 30 miles north of San Salvador.
Half of the rural population in El Salvador, a country
the size of Massachusetts, lives below the poverty line;
the World Bank draws this line at living on roughly $2
per day. El Sitio fits this demographic. Nearly everyone is a campesino who returned here after the war.
The host families are essentially subsistence farmers,
growing enough each year to ensure their daily tortillas. The group splits up in pairs to stay with some of
the 50 or so families in El Sitio. Each house is simply constructed: two or three cinder block rooms and
a corrugated metal roof that overhangs a patio with
a concrete cistern for washing. Most houses have

a small pack of dogs and large flocks of chickens,
ducks, turkeys, and roosters.
“We talked to the students about being comfortable in a different situation. This is not the US. You're
going to a third-world country,” says Felix. “How comfortable are you rolling up your sleeves and sleeping
with chickens? Because on some level that’s exactly
what we did.”
It is hard travel. Showers are rare, so bathing is
done from plastic buckets at a cement tub built alongside every house. Communal meals center around
beans and tortillas, and even though the delegation eats
with more variety than their hosts, fatigue and intestinal
troubles have most students pining for comfort food.
Toilets do not flush; they sit over a composting pit and
students toss in a scoop of quick lime after each use.
“I was kind of surprised, being somebody who is
not afraid of the outdoors, that it actually was difficult
to step away from a functioning toilet and [to eat] tortillas and beans every day,” says Jillian Rizzo, a Suffolk
junior. “Whether or not you think you can handle it, it
was hard to adapt to it.”   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


Students stayed with host families for a week. Long after the trip,
they still talk about the children of El Sitio and the bonds they
formed with them.


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Below Left: After a friendly soccer game with their hosts, Kaitlyn
Winegardner and Christina Seibert take a break with the cheering
Below Right: Christina Seibert hauls debris during the clean-up
of the Concha Acoustica, “acoustic shell,” in preparation for El
Sitio’s annual Festival for Peace and Social Justice.

“... one of the big pieces of who we are at Suffolk is giving back
to communities—and that doesn’t always mean your own backyard”
One hammer, many hands

Coming together at the Concha

Each day, in the bright sun and 90-degree heat, the
students walk the half mile to the Concha Acoustica
and throw their bodies into the service project. They
face two compelling deadlines: not only are they in El
Salvador for just two weeks, but on the last day, thousands of people will arrive at the Concha to celebrate
the Festival for Peace and Social Justice.
The students split into teams to finish the arena's
enclosing wall and to create concrete posts to hold
new gates at the front and back entrances. It is backbreaking work. There are few tools and no power
equipment; rakes are made from sticks, brooms
assembled from straw and tree branches.
Luis Castillo, a junior history major, is astonished
by Salvadoran resourcefulness. “On the whole site
there was only one hammer—and it was a raggedy
hammer at that—but they put it to use,” he says. “We
dug a huge hole using limited tools. All we had was
a bar and a shovel and a pickax. We were over there
sweating and just working real hard to get the hole
big enough to fit the frame for the column.”

On the morning of the festival, the gates are installed as
the last brush fires fill the arena with smoke. One section
of wall is not yet complete, but the student crews have
accomplished a lot. “I'm really proud of the students. I
don't think some of them have ever done hard manual
labor that many days in a row,” says faculty mentor and
professor Chris Rodriguez of the history department.
“They worked hard. Even when their bodies gave out
and they had health issues, their spirits kept going.”
As evening approaches, spirits are rising.
Hundreds of Salvadorans from around the country
arrive. Vendors set up tables to sell fresh fruit, french
fries and fried plantains. There is a brisk business
in t-shirts depicting Che Guevera and revolutionary slogans. At the stage, the crowd presses in to
hear local folk music, Salvadoran hip hop acts and
even two Suffolk students—Luis Castillo and Jeffrey
Pomponi—who are invited to perform. Castillo, who
is of Dominican descent and speaks fluent Spanish,
takes the stage and tells the crowd that because of
this trip he is now Salvo-dominicano. They love him.

“I really loved that, because I’m American and they
see me as an American, but they also see me as a fellow
Hispanic because I speak Spanish and English,” Castillo
says. “And I think they really understood my poem ... I'm
glad that they felt what I had to get across.”
Pomponi, a Suffolk junior and a musician, backs
Castillo by playing bluesy riffs on a guitar. “The lead
singer of one of the acts was actually the patriarch
of my [host] household. He just handed me a guitar. I
didn’t even bother to see if it was tuned or not. I just
plugged it in and walked on stage,” Pomponi says.
“For the next hour I was on a high. My heart was racing and I just enjoyed myself.”
Soon after, fireworks fill the air—a donation from
the Suffolk students, who took up a collection to buy
them. It is the first time the festival has had fireworks,
and the community leaders are pleased with the gesture. They walk through the explosion's settling smoke
and the students say good-bye to as many of their
hosts as they can, because in the morning they return
to San Salvador at sunrise.

The trip ends, but it is not over
Back in Boston, the students and staff from the delegation are still working for their new friends in El
Salvador. They organize a supply drive to gather
medical and school materials to ship to El Sitio in
May. They send money to Marta, their guide, to pay
for English lessons. And they have ambitions to create an endowed scholarship in honor of Moakley that
will enable Marta and other young Salvadorans to
attend Suffolk from El Sitio and other communities
close to the Congressman's heart.
“You build a connection with people down there.
Marta. The families,” says Francisco Peguero, a junior
at Suffolk. “I don't want to be one of those guys who
forms that connection but who forgets about it for
the rest of his life.”
Thomas Gearty is a freelance writer living in Cambridge, MA.
Suffolk is committed to exposing students to this cultural learning
experience through the S.O.U.L.S. Alternative Winter Break
program each year. See the web site for more information: http://   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009



“This play will open the eyes of the audience and
force them to see beyond the stereotypes of the
homeless community in Boston with the hope that
one day we will find a common ground.” —RACHEL KELSEY


SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009   Alumni Magazine

Students gather for rehearsal on Boston Common. From left:
Heather Mumford ‘05, Purnima Baldwin ‘08, Rachel Kelsey ‘08
and friend Adam Gosselin.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


One by one, a small crowd assembled in front

of the Parkman Pavilion on the Boston Common.
People sat on the grass, taking in the April afternoon sun while a guitarist draped in an American
flag strummed and strolled among them. Six girls in
gray t-shirts and jeans, and another with a bullhorn,
walked slowly to the ‘stage’ in front of the pavilion and
stood in formation facing the audience. “America…
land of infinite possibility,” they chorused. “This land
is your land, this land is my land. This land was made
for you AND me. There are people who are lonely,

have done this to themselves?” asks Kelsey. “There
are reasons that go far beyond the stereotype and
into the reality of the world we are living in. If people
can begin to recognize these untold stories, we will
feel we have succeeded.”
Kelsey, writer of the play, first began interviewing
homeless people during fall 2007 as part of Professor Debra Harkins’ Community Psychology class.
Kelsey chose Neighborhood Action as the site for
her required community service, a program at the
Church of St. John the Evangelist on Bowdoin Street

because there are so many people who will just say
he should get a job: ‘I can find a job, he can get a
job.’ No, it’s so much bigger than that. It’s so much
more complicated.”

If you build it…
Ron Tibbetts, executive director of Neighborhood
Action, encouraged their performance concept.
“The second I mentioned the idea for the project at
the end of the last semester, he was all for it,” says
Kelsey. “He was so supportive. I’ve bounced ideas

“We see homeless people every day as we walk through the city,
but how often do we stop to think about their stories?
people who are in pain, people who need a vision,
a perspective for their lives and our world which is
purposeful and life changing…”
The actors, students from the Suffolk University
Theatre Department, call out their lines above the city
soundscape of sirens, barking dogs, an unexpected
bagpipe nearby and planes overhead. And Infinity,
the play, has begun.

“We have to do this”
The vision and mission of the outdoor performance is
drawn from a semester of community service work, a
daily awareness of the homeless population in Boston, and a personal connection two ambitious students, Rachel Kelsey ’08 and Purnima Baldwin ’08,
have to those in homeless circumstances, and they
have something to say about it. Theatre major seniors
and friends, they developed the idea for Infinity to coproduce a play about homeless and non-homeless
people finding a common ground.
“We see homeless people every day as we walk
through the city, but how often do we stop to think
about their stories? As you walk down the street and
pass a homeless man, do you just assume that they


in Boston that provides food, clothing, and medical
and social services to the homeless, aging, and poor.
Helping with dinners there on Monday and Thursday
nights, Kelsey gained a new perspective.
“I have always considered myself to be relatively
open-minded, but something about meeting people
and seeing their world did so much for me in my
understanding of what exactly it is to be homeless. I
was raised by social workers and priests and people
who do outreach. This was my first experience going
into it myself,” she says. “When I was on the streets
afterwards—the way I looked at people was different.
I found myself wanting to talk to people more, smile
at people more after seeing them in the soup kitchen
and then seeing them on the streets.”
For Baldwin, the play’s director, Infinity was the
chance to bring a vision to life. “Since I was a freshman, I wanted my last production here to be about
homeless people,” she says. “My mom is an advocate for Loaves and Fishes, a soup kitchen in Ithaca
where I’m from, and I worked there a lot when I was
a kid. On a more personal note, my brother is actually
homeless, so it has always been in my mind. I have
a very close connection and I want to do something

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off of him. He is very well respected within the homeless community.”
Kelsey and Baldwin visited Neighborhood Action
numerous times to meet with Tibbetts. “They really
wanted to get some stories and understand how
people became homeless, and how the struggle to
get out of their current situation was going for them,”
says Tibbetts. “We did face-to-face interviews, and
they came over on a couple of evenings when we
had dinners and they sat in the back room here with
people and simply asked them questions. I tried to
find for them as diverse a group of folks as I could, so
they could get a good picture of what it really means
to be homeless or living in poverty. They took all that
information and ran with it.”
“One person, Henry, gave me inspiration for the title
of the show,” says Kelsey. “He was talking about his
addiction and the lifestyle, and he described it as the infinity symbol: you would go out, and you’d just get pulled
back in. It felt like it was never ending. You think you’re
catching a break, and then it sucks you back in again.
And when he said that, it opened a lot of doors for me as
far as the creative process goes and I used references to
the word in the show. It’s a big theme. Thanks Henry!”



Facing Page: Rachel Kelsey ’08, writer and
co-producer of Infinity.
This Page: Cast members on performance day:
(1) Meredith Mitchell ’09, (2) Alex Kardon ’11,
(3) Adam Gosselin and (4) Kacie Kirkpatrick ’11.







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Right: Purnima Baldwin ‘08, director and co-producer of Infinity.
Left Page: (1) Kelley Dooley ‘10 and Kaitlyn Flynn ‘11 in the audience, (2) sack lunches for all, prepared by the cast and crew, (3)
Alex Kardon ‘11, (4) Purnima Baldwin and Rachel Kelsey after
the performance.

Kelsey and Baldwin were in new writing and
directing territory with Infinity. “The script itself is very
experimental,” says Kelsey. “There is somewhat of a
story line, but it’s fragmented. It examines how we
see each other, how we don’t see each other, and
what we don’t realize about each other when we’re
walking down the streets every day—that there is no
difference between us, we’re all looking to just keep
surviving and living our lives and finding happiness
in some way.”
All nine actors switch between homeless and
non-homeless roles during the play. Characters start
out the same but some face a job loss and begin

all worlds, theatre would really make us look at those
bigger questions again. Why are things the way they
are? Why do they have to be this way?”

…they will come
It was April 23, performance day, and the turnout was
terrific. “I was sitting in the front row,” says Kaufman.
“I’d been there all afternoon and then I remember
turning around and there were all these people there.
It was really exciting.”
The actors walked back and forth, delivering separate and nearly simultaneous lines as they switched
roles. “There are people who are lonely.” “Do you

The social cause lives on
“I was impressed by how Rachel and Purnima saw
beyond the stereotypes that many of us have of people who are homeless,” says Kaufman. “People come
to performance or art from different directions. I think
for Purnima and Rachel, who really have a sense of
theatrical art, they come to it from a sense of commitment for social change and as a means of exploring the world. Fortunately, they’re good enough so
what they do is actually entertaining, too. It’s not just
discreet or moralizing.”
“There are a lot of reasons why people end up
homeless or in situations like that,” says Kelsey.

The script examines how we see each other, how we don’t see each other, and what
we don’t realize about each other when we’re walking down the streets every day.
a downward cycle of losing everything. The play
then illustrates the difference between the homeless
characters spiraling down and getting more desperate, and the other characters remaining at poverty
level, and the widening gap between them.
One scene in particular illustrates this separation with a familiar exchange observed in the city
on a daily basis. Some of the characters are scurrying to get to work, weaving around the homeless characters who stand motionless, asking for
money, “Do you have a quarter?” “I need the quarter.” “Well I need it more.” “Well you’re not listening
to me.” “You’re a jerk because you’re not giving
me the quarter.” “You’re a jerk because you won’t
get a job.”
“It was very courageous to try to explore such
a painful topic about people who’ve been marginalized and vilified, who we all want to shut out of our
lives,” says Jim Kaufman, general manager of the
Theatre Department and weekly logistics adviser to
the students during the making of the play. “It’s not
very pleasant to think about that, to hold a mirror
up to it and say, look, this is what’s going on and is
there something we can do about it? In the best of

have any change? I just need to get on the train.” “All
the money is gone, nowhere to go.” Actresses on the
pavilion pronounce the Declaration of Independence
through bullhorns. “America, land of infinite possibilities…” “We hold these truths to be self-evident. That
all men are created equal…” “We all have a path for
life. There are different paths to take. My path could
be your path but my path is my own path.” “I am
alive. I am breathing. I am walking the path that is my
life.” And in unison, the nine voices echo, “I will get
there. I will get there.”
Their voices join softly in “America the Beautiful.”
“Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of
grain…” “In reality I know very little,” they continue,
bullhorns raised to the sky. “I know what is around
me. There are problems that surpass the basic needs
for shelter. We’re looking for a solution that may never
come. Which voices are we listening to? How will we
see ourselves? How will see each other? How will we
embrace all of life, how will we decide what to love
about ourselves, and one another, and our world?”
The actors moved into a line formation, put the
bullhorns down, and took a deep bow. And Infinity,
the play, was complete.

“Many of the stereotypes, which have truth behind
them, have to do with drug abuse, drug addiction,
alcohol, and mental illness. A lot of schizophrenic
people end up on the street, a lot of war vets, and I
met all of those people.
“But then you’ll meet someone who got in a
car accident and didn’t have insurance, and it’s
just really bad circumstances that led them to this
place. That’s what really changed for me: seeing
beyond the stereotypes. It really could be anybody, any one of us. They’re very kind and intelligent people who have a lot to offer, a lot of people
realize that but there are so many who don’t. And
that’s unfortunate, and that’s one of the goals of
the show—to get people’s perception to change a
little bit. Like mine did.”
“Take a look at the other side for a while,” says
Baldwin, receiving flowers with Kelsey after the show.
“Take a look at that other person. Consider who they
are, instead of stereotyping them into who you think
they are.”
Sherri Miles is director of communications for the College of Arts
& Sciences at Suffolk University.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009




THE Modern Theatre

Awakens FROM SLUMBER TEXT/Amy Nora Long
Suffolk University’s search for increased

classroom and dormitory space has led to the Modern
Theatre, the last of three theatres on lower Washington
Street in need of a savior. The nearby
Paramount Theatre is currently being
renovated by Emerson College and
the adjacent Opera House reopened
in 2004 to house Broadway touring
Suffolk’s proposed plan for the
space will retain the historic marble
and sandstone façade, creating a
ground floor performance space with
a dormitory above that will connect
to the new dorm at 10 West Street.
“This is a momentous opportunity to raise Suffolk’s profile in
the Boston theatre community by
creating a state-of-the-art facility
while contributing to the revitalization of lower Washington Street,” says Professor
Marilyn Plotkins, chair of the Theatre Department.
The Modern Theatre, built as a furniture store in
1876, became Boston’s first movie house in 1913
and 15 years later the first theatre in the city wired for

Ford Hall Forum Comes Home
TEXT/Alex Minier
Ford Hall Forum, celebrating a century of public
dialogue and free speech, has established a new partnership with the Suffolk University College of Arts &
Sciences. The lecture series’ administrative offices in
the John E. Fenton Building are just one block from
where the original Ford Hall (right) once stood.
The Forum is now the nation’s oldest free public
lecture series. It began in 1908 as a series of Sunday
evening public meetings hosted by George W. Coleman, a prominent Boston businessman, to provide
the “full, free, and open discussion of all vital questions affecting human welfare.”
Since Coleman’s time, the Forum has gone on to
host discussions with the most intriguing figures in our
nation’s modern history, including Maya Angelou, Louis
Brandeis, W.E.B. DuBois, Al Gore, Garrison Keillor, Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry Kissinger, Ayn Rand, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cokie Roberts, and Malcolm X. While
the original Ford Hall no longer exists, the Forum’s public conversations have continued throughout Greater
Boston with the support of foundations, corporations,
academic institutions, and individuals.


Suffolk University, which also just celebrated its
centennial, is providing the Forum with the opportunity to “come home” not only to Beacon Hill but also
into an academic environment that shares a similar
spirit and history of accessible education and civic
dialogue. “Both organizations were born in the Progressive Era, and both have a commitment to free
speech and interactive learning,” says Dean Kenneth Greenberg. “We are eager for our community
to engage in the excitement of live, public discourse
that is the heart of the Ford Hall Forum events.”
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, is scheduled
to kick off the Forum’s fall 2008 season in September. Future speakers include Gary Hershberg, CEO
of Stonyfield Farm and author of Stirring It Up: How
to Make Money and Save the World, and Gwen Ifill,
host of PBS’ Washington Week in Review. See the
Ford Hall Forum ad on page 13 for the complete season line-up.

For more information, visit or contact Alex
Minier at 617-557-2007.

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sound. After a brief stint screening adult films in the
70s, an attempt to restore the space into a performing arts center eventually failed in the early 80s. The
Modern has remained vacant and
in increasing need of repair for the
last 20 years.
“The project fulfills an academic
need of the University,” says John
Nucci, vice president for external
affairs, “and also restores an important part of Boston’s history.”
The Modern Theatre project, part
of the University’s Institutional Master Plan, has been very well received
by the community, particularly Mayor
Thomas M. Menino, whose administration has pushed for the preservation of Boston’s historic theatres. And
with the addition of the Modern, the
University will be halfway to its goal of
housing 50% of its undergraduate students.
“The Modern Theatre and West Street Dorm complex promises to be one of the most attractive and
exciting areas of the University and the neighborhood,” says Nucci.

Ethics meets
public policy
in new master’s

On the Air
TEXT/Greg Clay Adamczyk ’09

TEXT/Sara Romer
The spring semester marked the opening

of Suffolk University’s new TV studio, known as
“Studio 73” for its location at 73 Tremont Street
in the Rosalie Stahl building. Built in the space
formerly occupied by a gift shop, the 660-squarefoot studio is equipped with three Panasonic HPX
500 high-definition cameras, a full lighting grid,
and a professional control room that provides
broadcast journalism students hands-on experience in a professional setting.
“We always had great production equipment
but no studio space,” says TV studio lab instructor Jason Carter.
This semester, Carter, along with journalism
professor Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber, has been
able to use Studio 73 to produce Temple Street,
a student-run news program that covers stories
throughout the community. Until the opening of
the studio, this advanced broadcast journalism
class had to convert a classroom into a temporary space to film. Students now can professionally produce all the news show aspects, from
researching to shooting and editing, before airing
on the Boston Neighborhood Network.
Aside from Temple Street, says Carter, “We
are looking to get a group of students to work on
a news show and be behind the scenes to make
those shows possible.” Focusing directly on the

Are whistle-blowers heroes? Should we

University, these news shows will stream once a
week to Suffolk dormitories and potentially to the
University’s website as well. “We are hooked up
to a Verizon fiber hub so theoretically, we could
broadcast anywhere,” says Carter.
Accompanying the news show would be a
sports segment hosted by Adam Nelson, head
basketball coach and assistant director of athletics. Interested students will be able to attend free
training seminars next semester. Also in development is a filmed oral history of Suffolk University.
And in April, Suffolk University and New England
Cable News (NECN) formalized an agreement to
become partners in the studio, an event kicked
off with a live broadcast of Jim Braude, host of
NECN’s NewsNight program, and Mayor Thomas
Menino in the new studio.
By next semester, the department hopes to
develop a studio crew to provide equipment training, allowing classes, clubs, and students the
chance to use the space. This crew will also create new work-study positions and make the studio
more accessible. “The goal for Studio 73,” says
Carter, “is to be a space that is reserveable for
shoots, provides a knowledgeable crew, and performs a service to the Communication and Journalism department and the University as a whole.”

genetically enhance unborn children? Is torture
ever justified?
Questions about corporate governance and
accountability, rapid developments in biotechnology,
international warfare, and other controversial issues,
are sparking public debate as they challenge our current law and public policy. In a wide variety of fields—
in business, healthcare, biotechnology, and government—moral and ethical dilemmas are redefining
business as usual. Today’s public policy leaders require
a new and expanded approach to their work.
The Master of Science in Ethics and Public Policy,
a new interdisciplinary program offered by the Philosophy and Government departments of the College
of Arts & Sciences, provides this innovative approach.
This groundbreaking graduate program—
the only one
of its kind in
the region—
is designed to
equip students
with a comprehensive set of
practical tools to
critically examine the ethical underpinnings of public
policy. With this training, both recent graduates and
professionals more advanced in their careers will be
prepared to guide research, development, and governance strategies at the cutting edge, and respond to
the hot-button policy questions that follow.
“Combining the academically rich philosophical
tradition with a contemporary and practical handson approach, Suffolk’s MEPP program is unique in
bringing humanistic and social scientific perspectives
together to tackle complex questions of public policy,” says Graduate Program Director Nir Eisikovits
(above). The program requires the completion of 30
credits (ten courses), including four required courses,
five electives, and an internship or master’s thesis. With
potential program tracks including Business Ethics,
Environmental Ethics, Medical Ethics, and Political
Theory, students are encouraged to design their own
course of study to reflect their intellectual and professional interests.
The program may be completed on a full-time basis during three
semesters (fall, spring, summer), or on a part-time basis in two
years. For more information, contact Nir Eisikovits, PhD, LLB, graduate program director, by email to, or at
617.994.6464.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009



Text//Rita Daly  IMAGES//NESADSU

Faculty Work: 1/Eggman, by Susan Nichter, “touches on gender issues, as we might be a woman in one lifetime and a man in another,”
2/Copper & Cobalt, by Lydia Martin, awarded 2nd place for Painting in Oil and Acrylic in an exhibition at the Broome Street Gallery,
NYC. 3/Whisper, by Susan Nichter. “What voices do we hear that propel us or pull us toward our futures?” 4/Airwalker, by Susan
Nichter. “Our bodies are a vehicle for the spirit, or life force which inhabits our bodies and takes on many forms over generations.”


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Fine Arts: 1/Rachelle Rickert. 2/Ollie 1948, by Christina Watka. Faded garments, stained tablecloths, doilies, old shoes, tarnished
rings with missing jewels express the feeling of time passed. 3/Scenes from the Life of Freddy, by Clara Wolverton. Living a life of
abstinence, the child seeks to do good in a place where no privilege is given him. 4,5/Students explore watercolor in and around
Italy. Il Campo di Siena (left) by Haley Matzell and the Boboli Gardens at the Pitti Palace in Florence (right), by Christine Lindberg.
6/Time, In Passing, by Christina Watka. “A sense of theatricality in my work creates a very direct conversation between the space,
the materials, and the individual interacting with them.”   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009







Graphic Design: 1/Jersey for a NESAD Team, mapping the art school in relation to the main campus, by Alex Serpis. 2/‘Forever/
Memories,’ a poetry book assignment for Graphic Design III, designed by Sung Lee. 3/Surreal Area Rug, a `trompe l’oi’ rug, creating
the illusion of a hole in the floor, by Alex Serpis. 4/Hawaiian Shirts Notecards, by Sung Lee—a packaging and product development assignment for Graphic Design III. 5,6/“Bed” Sheets with a sleeping-in attitude, as many studio classes start at 2:30, by Katie
McLaughlin. 7/Chocolate Packaging, a group branding and marketing project for Graphic Design IV, by Haley Matzell and Sung Lee.

cts for Book Store


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Interior Design: Students in Professor Doug Seidler’s Furniture and Detailing Studio class designed display furniture for the Suffolk
University Book Store. 1,3/Amy Tufts uses early design perspectives to investigate the size, location, and quantity of furniture in her
design. 2/Christine Ferguson redesigned the front of the bookstore to create a stronger connection to the sidewalk on Cambridge
Street, including a living room to display bookstore merchandise. 4/Amy Pagano’s presentation board shows her modular furniture
system and the merchandise it is designed to display.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009




after college//ALUMNI LETTER


letter from the director of alumni relations
Dear Alumni,
It is with tremendous pride that I

joined the Alumni Office as the director of alumni
relations for the College of Arts and Sciences
this past year. The opportunity to “come home”
to represent Suffolk University as a CAS alumna
and partner with Dean Kenneth Greenberg, the
talented faculty in the College, and dedicated
career services and admissions directors as we
engage alumni and share the College’s substantial growth in recent years, has been both
personally and professionally rewarding.
This year the University’s Alumni Association launched a campaign to support alumni
in their personal and professional networking by promoting the Alumni On-Line Community and Career Advisory Network. What a
marvelous opportunity to reconnect with your
friends from the Rathskellars in the cafeteria,
the study groups in the lower levels of the
Sawyer Library, your dorm friends from Miller
Hall or 150 Tremont Street, or the friends you
met before classes at Capital Coffee or afterwards at the timeless Red Hat. This valuable
online resource is also a fun, effective way to
learn from the wisdom and experience of top
professionals in your industry.
One of the most exciting initiatives to
develop this year included the celebration of
the 25th Reunion during the Alumni Weekend program in June. As the Class of ’83


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Reunion Committee, led by Steve Skiffington
BS’83 and class president Ann Harrington
BS’83 met to connect with lost classmates,
they rekindled friendships and became reengaged in a university that had grown physically and academically.
I have enjoyed collaborating with these
alumni around Reunion, and also meeting or
reconnecting with alumni through programs
such as the popular Third Thursday Networking Nights. I encourage you to attend these
events and invite you to tour the modern
campus. The beautiful, new high-definition
TV Studio at the Rosalie K. Stahl Center at
73 Tremont is a stunning addition and should
not be missed.
As we embrace the fall in New England,
the Suffolk University Alumni Association will
continue to offer social and professional programming across the local and national Alumni
Chapters. Please continue to view the program listings on the Alumni Association website:
I look forward to seeing you this fall.

Laura M. Piscopo BA’02   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009

after college//Events & PROGRAMMING


Upcoming local
Third Thursday Networking Nights
September 18 at Red Sky
October 16 at Hurricane O’Reilly’s
November 13* at J.A. Stats (hosted on 2nd
Thursday due to holiday season)
“ hird Thursday events were helpful in buildT
ing my confidence around networking.
Suffolk had a positive impact in helping me
secure my current job” – Suman Shah, MA’96
Wedded Bliss, the Marriage of Art and
Ceremony (North Shore Chapter)
Exhibit and Afternoon Tea at the Peabody
Essex Museum
Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 12:45pm
Networking Night at One Eleven Chop
House (Worcester Chapter)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 6:00pm
The History of Cape Cod
(Cape Cod Chapter)
Lecture by Suffolk University History Professor, Robert J. Allison, followed by a reception
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm

The popular traditions continued this summer with the 25th Annual Suffolk Night at the POPs, pre-

game receptions followed by Red Sox tickets at Fenway Park, the family favorite Lowell Spinners, the much
anticipated afternoon at Tanglewood, and a lovely cruise on the Essex River. Above, alumna Paula Albanese
BSJ’83, JD’91, and a guest share a moment at the Red Sox game in July. Below, Kenneth Mooney BS’77,
MBA’80 enjoyed the Lowell Spinners with his wife Christine (left, in red) and two daughters currently attending
Suffolk—Kiara ’10 (2nd from left) and Delia ’12 (2nd from right).

Fiddler on the Roof (Metro West Chapter)
Brunch at 11:30 am at Red Sky and Performance at 2:00 pm at the Norwood Theatre
Sunday, October 26, 2008

James McNeill Whistler House
Museum (Merrimack Valley Chapter)
Tour and Reception
Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 6:00 pm
New England Civic Ballet Performance
of the Classic Nutcracker (Merrimack
Valley Chapter)
Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm.

For more alumni programming in local and national
chapters, please view the listings on the website:


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Talented Suffolk students, directed by Professor Marilyn Plotkins,

chair of the Theatre Department, performed HAIR: The American Tribal LoveRock Musical, to a packed C. Walsh Theatre on a warm spring afternoon. Alumni
attended a pre-show reception to the tunes of psychedelic 60s music and participated in a post-show panel discussion moderated by Professor Judy Dushku
of the Government Department. It was a powerful discussion as alumni panelists Dennis Walczewski BS’70, Frances “Kiki” Kneeland-Cefalo MEd’74, and
Steve Zubricki NESAD’62, recalled the turbulent era in Boston and on the Suffolk
University campus (below).

The tradition continued with alumni and friends reconnecting and
From left: Frances “Kiki” Kneeland-Cefalo MEd’74, Steve Zubricki NESAD’62, Dennis
Walczewski BS’70, Professor Judy Dushku and Professor and Chair of the Theatre Department Marilyn Plotkins.

networking together monthly at rotating Boston venues. Shown are Lance
Morganelli BA’02 (top left), and Leonard Adjetey BS’04 (top right), MSPS’07,
both members of the Young Alumni Advisory Group (YAAG). Matt Grondin
MSPS’05 (bottom left) joined Hau Yue (bottom right), a graduating senior, at
a Third Thursday co-hosted by Career Services.   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


after college//ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Text//David D’Arcangelo ‘96, Ashley Boyd ‘08  IMAGES//VARIOUS

A commitment to civic engagement connects all Government Department students,
alumni, and faculty. We spoke with four graduates to see where their government
degrees and dedication to public service have taken them over the years.

With his office situated just steps from the Massachusetts State House, Professor John Berg has
an interesting perspective on the civic interaction
that Suffolk shares with its Beacon Hill neighbor.
“We try to encourage enthusiasm for public service and politics,” he says. As chairman of Suffolk
University’s Government Department, he has seen
decades of students progress through their studies and into a life of public service.


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A passion for politics led Alayna Van
Tassel BA’01 to the State House, where she
interned while attending Suffolk and worked full
time after graduating for State Representative
David Linsky, State Senator Henri Rauschenbach, and State Senator Jim Marzilli. “The idea
of getting involved and working to make a difference in the community was instilled in me at
a young age. I pursued a career in public service because I am passionate about, and committed to, progressive social change. Whether
it’s improving access to homecare services for
seniors, working for women’s access to reproductive health services, or ensuring that marriage equality remains legal in Massachusetts, I
know that the work I’m doing is going to impact
someone’s life for the better.”

“You have to help students achieve their goals, so their life of civic
service and desire to help continues to progress each day.”—JOHN BERG




Arthur Bernard BA’80 recalls becoming a

After five years of manual labor directly out

As a government student in the early 60s,

Senate page in 1977 and credits that experience
with “really opening me up to a whole career of
possibilities.” Now, as a senior adviser for Governor Deval Patrick, he has devoted his career
to public service. Other prominent positions
include serving as chief of staff for Senate President Robert Traviglini and vice chancellor for the
University of Massachusetts Boston. He thanks
his professors in the Government Department—
John Berg, Judy Dushku and Judy Elmusa—
for leaving a big impression upon him through
their teaching. “Suffolk was the right place to be
because it gave me a chance to grow,” he says,
“and the Government Department let me feel as
if I could do anything and was always there to
connect me back to the school.”

of high school, Bob Gibbons BS’78 followed his
own path to Suffolk University. Professor John
Berg recommended him for his first government
job as a legislative aide to Thomas Brownell in
1979. He continued to work as vice president
at a private lobbying practice, “a job that provided me with a new perspective on challenges
facing the private sector,” he says. He currently
works as a senior vice president at Massachusetts Hospital Association, overseeing state
and federal relations for all hospitals in Massachusetts. His late entrance to Suffolk University
and adaptation to a new career are obstacles
he believes no one can be prepared for in life,
but “at the end of every challenge, there lies an

the Honorable Thomas Brownell BS’63, JD’66
never imagined becoming a judge. Working at Purity Supreme supermarket to pay his
way through college, he immersed himself in
the world of politics and government. First he
became a lawyer, then a legislator and later a
part-time professor at Suffolk University. Now
in his current career as 1st Justice of Plymouth
District Court, he is able to reflect on the importance of his education. “Continuing education
is essential; people must never stop learning
because the only constant in life is change.”
Retirement lies in the future for Judge Brownell,
yet he hopes to stay active with a community
service job or more teaching. “My father always
said, ‘If you help one person a day, then you
have done a lot.’”   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


after college//ALUMNI LETTER

Text//LORI A. ATKINS  IMAGES//Molly Ferguson

letter from the CAS alumni board president
Dear Fellow Graduate,
This school year is already off to a fantastic start! If you have not had an opportunity to participate in recent Alumni events,
please join us. The College of Arts & Sciences
Alumni Board has a variety of events planned
throughout the year, and we look forward to
seeing you.
Our Alumni Board members are goaldriven and filled with enthusiasm. Our goal is
to provide greater opportunity for all alumni to
strengthen ties and remain involved with the
University. In furtherance of that goal, I would
like to take the opportunity to introduce The
Young Alumni Advisory Group (YAAG). YAAG is
a new addition to the Suffolk University Alumni
Association and is geared toward alumni who
have graduated within the last 10 years. This
group conducts events such as career workshops and professional networking sessions,
allowing recent graduates full immersion in the
world of young professionals.
Suffolk University Alumni Weekend,
hosted annually in June, is another great
opportunity to stay connected and return to
the charming urban campus that became
our home away from home. This past year,
record-breaking alumni attendance occurred
during a weekend of family programming
designed to reconnect those celebrating a
5th, 10th, 25th, or 50th Reunion. The multi-


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day celebration culminated with the spectacular Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner honoring Doreen Vigue BSJ’88 with the
Achievement Award and Dennis Walczewski
BS’70 with the Service Award.
I am privileged to be president of our
beloved Alumni Board and continue the hard
work of my predecessors Barbara Boehler
BA’93, JD’04 and Anthony DiIeso BA’62.
Our Board is committed to making a powerful impact on the Suffolk campus and playing
a major role in the life of the University. We
collaborate with the Dean’s Office, Admissions, Career Services, and the Alumni Office
to communicate initiatives and engage the
Alumni Association. As an association, we
need your participation. If you are looking for
a way to volunteer your time, we are seeking your help!
My line of communication is open to you;
this Board is open to you. We are volunteering our time because we feel very passionate
about this University, and we want to be part
of shaping this fine institution. I would like to
encourage all of you to e-mail your thoughts
and suggestions to me.

Lori A. Atkins BS’01, JD’04

after college//ALUMNI EVENTS

Text//David D’Arcangelo ’96  IMAGES//VARIOUS

1. Thomas Kearns BA’50, 2. Dr. Agnes Bain and
David Bain JD’74 welcome back class President Ann
Harrington BS’83, 3. Reunion Chair Steve Skiffington
BS’83 with wife Lisa, 4. Dean Greenberg (middle)
greeting Martin Joyce BS’58 and wife Mary Joyce, 5.
Suffolk University Board of Trustees member Michael
George BS’83, 6. Donna Crotty BS’83.

June 12-15, 2008
More than 300 graduates attended Alumni Week-

end 2008, a 75% increase in attendance over last
year. The graduates participated in a variety of events
designed to celebrate the spirit of Suffolk University
and its alumni.
Activities included a Young Alumni Networking
Night, a tour of the Mildred F. Sawyer Library, the
Half-Century Club Luncheon, a night at Symphony
Hall for the Boston Pops, walking tours of the campus and the Freedom Trail, a trip to the waterfront to
visit the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), a visit to
Fenway—“America’s most beloved ballpark,” and a
rolling Duck Tour of Boston.
Nearly 50 members of the Class of ’83 shared
an evening at the Prudential Skywalk for their 25th
Reunion reception, the first time this milestone reunion
has been added to Alumni Weekend. The Outstanding Alumni Awards Presentation, also held at the Skywalk the same evening, had close to 100 alumni on
hand to honor their former classmates.








after college//AWARDS

Text//David D’Arcangelo ’96  IMAGES//JUSTIN KNiGHT

The Outstanding Alumni Awards
The Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony, held during Alumni Weekend at the Prudential
Skywalk, honored four members of the alumni community for their exceptional contributions
to Suffolk and society. Two recipients were College of Arts & Sciences alumni—the CAS Alumni
Achievement Award was presented to Doreen I. Vigue BSJ’87 and the Alumni Service Award
was presented to Dennis Walczewski BS’70.

Alumni Service Award

Alumni Achievement Award

Dennis H. Walczewski BS’70

Doreen I. Vigue BSJ’87

Dennis Walczewski recalls

DorEEn (Iudica) Vigue now

taking the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority, precursor to today’s
MBTA) from his house in Chelsea to
City Square in Charlestown where he
made a bus connection that would
bring him to his classes on Beacon
Hill. In those days, virtually all Suffolk
University students had to commute
and nearly as many worked full or
part-time jobs to help them pay their
way through college.
Reared in a Polish immigrant family
and the first person in his family to graduate from college, Walczewski attended
classes and worked at the Chelsea
YMCA after school. His family instilled in
him a strong work ethic and an emphasis on education, both of which were
supported by Suffolk’s mission.
While a student, Walczewski
became the business manager of
the Suffolk Journal. He remembers
covering everything from Vietnam
War protests and peace sit-ins on
the Boston Common to the first Earth Day in Washington, D.C. Perhaps the first
forensic chemist to graduate from Suffolk, Walczewski got his degree, joined the
army and then worked for the US Department of Justice in New York City, where
he became the first DEA special agent to have a mixed background in enforcement and forensic chemistry. “I was a Special Agent and my assignment was
breaking up clandestine laboratories.”
Recently Walczewski has helped Professor Doris Lewis and the rest of the chemistry/biochemistry faculty by serving as an adviser for Suffolk’s innovative chemistry
and business program. He takes time to mentor students and is quick to emphasize
that “a science major needs to have a business background. So, go for an MBA or
get your master’s because the rest of the world runs on business.” He credits Suffolk
with supporting his can-do attitude and goal driven approach. Now, as a CEO of a
mid-sized biotech company, Woburn-based MBL International, he is able to reflect
on winning the Alumni Service Award from the university that he is so proud to have
attended. “You must give back to the things that helped make you successful.”

wonders how she managed to take
a full schedule of classes while
working three jobs during each of
her four years at Suffolk. Whether it
was working on campus for Suffolk
icon Lou Connelly, at a hair salon
in Faneuil Hall, or as a work-study
student for the Boston Globe, she
now recognizes that the long hours
and hard work actually helped prepare her for the rigors of professional life.
The daughter of second generation Italian immigrants and youngest of four children, she was the
first person in her family to graduate
from college. Coming from a bluecollar family in East Boston, Vigue
credits her parents and siblings with
supporting her throughout school. “I
have a clear memory of my mother
making me a pot of coffee at 3 in the
morning because I was up studying
for a final.”
She remembers back to her senior year of 1987, a time when Suffolk was
strictly a commuter school with no dormitories. Her daily routine was demanding. She would arrive at campus early in the morning, attend classes during
the day, work all afternoon to pay for school, then study at home throughout
the evening.
After graduation she felt a strong attachment to Suffolk and returned frequently as a guest lecturer, then as a teaching assistant. At one point she taught
three journalism courses in the College. As she progressed in her career, Suffolk proved to be a constant presence.
Now, as a vice president and director of communications for New England
Cable News, (NECN), Vigue attributes much of her professional success to her
ongoing connection with Suffolk University. “I got the best journalism degree
here at Suffolk. Doors were opened for me. I was able to launch my career and
achieve my major goal of working for the Boston Globe. Suffolk has always
been there to support me.”


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A post-Alumni Weekend letter
It was a recognizable place after so many years being away from the Suffolk community.

Walking down Charles Street was surreal; after 27 years of not participating in any type of school
activity, I still felt a closeness to my five-year home, but saw a very different neighborhood—full of
trendy shops and restaurants where urban blight used to be, surrounded by the campus that helped
shape me into the person I happily am today.
And then I saw the Red Hat. I had a flashback that became a most pleasurable return to a
positive life-shaping place.
It was a welcoming and friendly feeling when I met the alumni office staff at the door of the Red
Hat and was invited in. All my old/new friends were waiting for me. The atmosphere was warm,
cozy, comfortable and cheery. I used to have my newspaper meetings here when I was a writer
for the Suffolk Journal, critiquing the newspaper and laughing and enjoying the company of other
Journal staff while we talked about what we had accomplished in the issue. Now, the same kind
of easy conversation flowed in an eatery that never really changed. The food and drink added to
the gaiety. My main course was taking in the Suffolk experience, talking to people I did not know
but got to be closer to as we shared thoughts and feelings that ran the gamut from our daily life at
Suffolk to what we were doing now.
I wanted the night to last because I was getting so much out of the simple pleasures of sitting around a table with good food and good people. I know the next time an invitation comes to
attend an event that brings me back to Suffolk, I won’t hesitate. Happy faces, boisterous banter,
warm smiles and hand-shakes were my rewards as I left after an enjoyable two hours of reminiscing.When Suffolk calls me again, this alumnus is going back to school for a visit. Won’t you join
me? You won’t regret it. Memories have a funny way of reappearing as reality when you visit Suffolk. You’ll be glad you did!
Jon Gottlieb BSJ’81   SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2008/2009


parting thought//STUDENT WORK



ARTIST//Chris Cavallero

I am interested in creating biological and

geological imagery, such as aerial views of different
climates and microscopic views of organisms. I
create opportunities for my materials—coffee,
cream, sugar, water, and paper—to interact. I
have control over the consistency of the coffee,
the temperature of the room, and the way in which
I apply the mediums to the paper, but there is
always an element of unpredictability. The point
at which my control over the materials ends and
nature does the rest is what intrigues me.

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