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August 2004
Volume 31 Issue 1

Suffolk University News

University To Set
Incoming Class Record
As many as 1,000 freshmen are expected
at the University this fall, and preparations are under way to accommodate the
increasing numbers of students.
Last fall saw an enormous jump in entering students, with 925 freshmen admitted, compared to 788 in 2002. Interest
in Suffolk continues to rise, with freshman applications for fall 2004 up 12
percent over last year and deposits up 28
percent, according to Marguerite
Dennis, vice president for enrollment
and international programs. Transfer
applications increased 14 percent, with
deposits up 27 percent.
“The College will be delighted to receive
a large entering class this fall,” said Dean
Kenneth Greenberg. “Everyone now
knows this is likely to be an extraordinary year for Suffolk, and we have added
new classes for freshmen, hired instructors and worked to find additional classroom and office space. The College is
ready for an exciting academic year, and
we will warmly welcome all our new students.”
Continued on Page 3

Sargent Hall is bedecked in red, white and blue for DNC week in Boston. Volunteers staffed hospitality tables in
front of the Law School and elsewhere around campus to answer visitors’ questions. (Photo by David Lancaster)

Staff Effort Makes Suffolk Shine for DNC Visitors
`Visitors from across the nation got to
know and appreciate Suffolk during the
Democratic National Convention in July
due to the efforts of individuals working
alone and in committee to take advantage
of this unique opportunity to showcase the
Suffolk’s guests included nationally known
policy makers, visiting delegates, entertainers and journalists.

More DNC photos
Joe Amaral Profile
Peter Porcello Puts Emergency
Training to Work
Faculty Publications 5

A core group of Suffolk employees worked
behind the scenes for months to plan for
the convention, which brought a variety of
activities and people to campus, among
—“Homeland Security and the War on
Terror,” a panel discussion featuring Gen.
Wesley Clark, Congressmen Martin
Meehan, Ike Skelton and Jack Murtha,
Gen. Claudia Kennedy and Massachusetts

—The “National Journal Hotline Comedy
Review,” featuring comedians Will Durst,
Bob Somerby and Jim Morris.
—Center for Voting and Democracy discussion of a Right-to Vote amendment, featuring the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sen. Jesse
Jackson, Lani Guinier, Congressmen
Dennis Kucinich and Corrine Brown, Kim
Gandy, Robert Kuttner, Hendrik
Hertzberg, Benjamin Barber and Billie Jean
Young, organized by Professor John Berg of
—”Boston Town Hall Meeting on
Caregiving,” filmed by PBS.
—Reception of superdelegates at the Adams
Gallery exhibit, “Campaigns, Conventions &
Cartoons,” featuring three nationally know
cartoonists creating drawings on the spot.
—Reception for Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Boston alumni chapter, featuring
Continued on Page 7


A Message To Readers

The DNC at Suffolk

Dear Readers:
It's been a glorious
couple of months!
The seven months of
preparation by the
Democratic National
Convention (DNC)
planning committee
proved to be a truly
rewarding and reinvigorating experience.
Throughout this process the entire Suffolk
community came together in a very special
way, and anyone who wanted to participate
did. I couldn't be more grateful for the
support and cooperation of so many who
came forward to help tell the "Suffolk
story" to hundreds of people who visited
our campus.

Dean Greenberg speaks to The Washington Center students at the C. Walsh Theatre. (Photo by David Lancaster)

While the campus was buzzing with activity before and during the DNC, the Suffolk
name was being promoted both near and
far. Several well-orchestrated projects,
including the "Suffolk /7News" polling
project, the Campaigns, Conventions and
Cartoons exhibit and studies conducted by
the Beacon Hill Institute were at the forefront in capturing impressive media coverage. Congratulations to all those involved.
On other fronts, the "branding" effort is
moving forward. Many of you may be
aware of Lapham/Miller, the company
hired to assist the Law School with a
branding effort that included a new logo,
message and soon-to-be-launched
redesigned Web site. Just recently the
Sawyer School, the College and -- in connection with the Centennial Campaign -the Advancement Office also have engaged
Lapham/Miller to begin work on repositioning, messaging and design work.

Jim Kaufman, Theatre Arts general manager, actor James
Cromwell, of HBO’s Six Feet Under and the recent film I,
Robot, outside the C. Walsh Theatre. (Photo by David

Panelists discuss Right-to-Vote Amendment during
Center for Voting and Democracy session at C. Walsh
theatre. (Photo by David Lancaster)

Suffolk University News

And most recently, Suffolk became the
master tenant at 73 Tremont Street, where
some administrative offices will begin relocating this fall.


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New Incoming Class
Continued from 1
The increase in numbers is attributed to Suffolk’s educational quality, its downtown Boston location and an astute
marketing campaign. This year the admission team emphasized the University’s being named in The Princeton
Review’s Best 357 Colleges guide and the Sawyer School of
Management’s inclusion in its 2005 edition of The Best
Business Schools.

“We had cross-trained staff from the Registrar’s Office,
Student Accounts, NESADSU, Enrollment Management
and the School of Management, with more than 14 operators working at registration,” as opposed to the five or six
available in previous years, she said. “It makes it so much
easier when students don’t have to wait in line. It’s a more
positive experience for them.”

“The Princeton Review sends surveys to
enrolled students, who rate their college or
university, and what our students are telling
The Princeton Review is: ‘The faculty at
Suffolk is superlative,’” said Dennis. “They
also give feedback on campus life, financial
aid, the admissions process — it’s actually
your students who get you into that book.”
“The College of Arts and Sciences has
become the destination of choice for a
record number of students because of the
quality of the education we provide,” said
Greenberg: “No other major urban university in the United States offers so many
small classes taught by such a talented faculty. When we add to this the work of our talented support staff, the exciting studyabroad programs, the career opportunities
available to our graduates and our historic
location atop Beacon Hill in Boston — it is
little wonder that Suffolk has been able to
attract record numbers of students.”

Suffolk’s Admission team (left to right), Dean Walter Caffey, Vice President Marguerite Dennis
and Director John Hamel, look forward to a successful academic year. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Dennis said that there are 300 students on a waiting list for
campus housing and 100 on the academic waiting list. Ten
students have chosen to begin their freshman year at the
Madrid campus. “We’re the only school that can offer this
sort of option to students waiting to be admitted. This is
the second year we’ve done so, and 11 freshman had a successful beginning to their Suffolk education in Madrid in
September 2003,” said Dennis.
While applicant numbers are high now, the demographics
are expected to change within three years. New England
will have fewer high school graduates seeking a higher education, so the University has been exploring other options.
“We’re looking at places where there are fewer seats in local
colleges than there are high school graduates, places like
Nevada, California, Minnesota and Florida,” said Dennis.
The University also is building relationships with high
school guidance counselors, and, because of a projected
increase in Spanish-speaking high school graduates, the
admission team is developing specific marketing plans for
Spanish-speaking students.

“Virtually every academic, student services and enrollment
department is involved in making orientation a success,”
said Aurélio Manuel Valente, director of the Office of
Student Activities and Service Learning.
New this year at orientation were workshops from more
than 15 departments, including residence life, diversity
services and off-campus housing. There was an honorstrack session focused on opportunities for high achieving
students and a community service program and expanded
“Boston Adventures” program for students unfamiliar to
Boston. Family members were offered accommodations at
the Somerset residence hall.
“Student feedback was great,” said Valente, who cited one
student’s comment: “I was nervous about coming to
Suffolk, but now I’m excited to return in September.” •

The large incoming class spurred new procedures for orientation and registration this year, and the cooperation
among departments has been outstanding, according to
Registrar Mary Lally.




he Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights will host Science; Assistant Dean Patricia Hogan, Environmental Science
a book talk and discussion with Amy Agigian of Sociology, and Engineering; David Gallant, director of undergraduate advisthe Center’s founder and director, from noon-1:30 p.m. ing; and Associate Dean Susan Thayer. Acceptance to the instiSeptember 22 as part of its speaker series on women’s health and tute was on a competitive basis and included 20 colleges and univerhuman rights. The Center will celebrate the publication of Dr. sities. The team will share its findings with the Undergraduate
Agigian’s book, Baby Steps: How Lesbian Alternative Insemination is Curriculum Committee, the Educational Policy Committees and the
Changing the World. … The Student Services Division held its annu- CAS faculty. … Krisanne Bursik, Psychology, co-authored, with
al awards dinner at Maggiano’s on May 27 to celebrate the year’s Jessica Benetti-McQuoid, a student in the Clinical Psychology PhD
accomplishments and to recognize individual and department program, a paper presented in April at the Eastern Psychological
efforts. “Rookie of the Year” awards were presented to Todd Association annual meeting in Washington D.C. They also coBouffard, staff assistant in Residence Life and Summer Programs, authored, “Individual Differences in Guilt and Shame: The Lens of
and Bessie Chuang, assistant director of Student Activities and Gender,” presented at the August 2004 meeting of the American
Service Learning. Staff members who nominated these individuals Psychological Association in Hawaii. … Clarence Cooper of
said, “Todd is very active on campus – attending and supporting Public Management was elected chairman of the board of directors
of the Associated Early Care
events and students on his own time … he often works
extra hours in the department so he is better connectMassachusetts (AECE), a
ed to students and the operation. Bessie arrived in July
national advocacy program
(2003) and immediately dug in to coordinate a recordpromoting early health care,
setting Family Weekend, led the most comprehensive
nutrition and education for
student organization registration process and expanded
disadvantaged children and
the programs for faculty advisers to student groups.”
providing early care and eduAlso recognized for outstanding contributions were the
cation services to 900 children
Career Services and Cooperative Education
in Eastern Massachusetts. …
Department and Residence Life and Summer
Programs. … Robert Allison of History and his famManagement spent the month
ily gave a “Salute to the Troops” in Provincetown’s
of June in England and
Fourth of July Parade by handing out nearly 1,000
Holland on a traveling fellowAmerican flags and an address to write to a wounded
ship funded by the Social
soldier. The Allisons won trophies for “Best in Parade”
Science Research Council and
and “Crowd Favorite” to make this their fourth consecdesigned to foster greater acautive year winning trophies. … It was a busy spring Bob DeFillippi on Millenium Bridge in London.
demic research and scholarly
semester for Richard H. Beinecke of Public
collaboration between senior
Administration, who was on sabbatical in England and
European and United States scholars. He was the keynote speaker at
Europe studying mental health and addictions systems. He made
presentations at the Congress of European Psychiatrists in Geneva, the Managing Knowledge Spaces Workshop for senior United States
the World Public Health Congress in Brighton, England, and at and United Kingdom executives at the Freeman Innovation Centre,
forums in London and Oxford. Also, he co-led a conference on the University of Sussex, UK, and convened a three-day academic workMassachusetts Behavioral Health Program at Brandeis University shop on creative collaborations as part of the 11th MOPAN conferbefore beginning his sabbatical. Since returning to the states he has ence at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. In addition, he delivered
presented at the HIV/AIDS and Social Work and Mental Health a research seminar on “The Knowledge Space” to the faculty of the
Statistics conferences and the Mental Health Roundtable, all held in School of Economics, Erasmus University, in Rotterdam. … Law
Washington D.C. … A team of CAS faculty and administrators Admissions Dean Gail Ellis was a panelist on “Paradigms of
attended a summer institute on curriculum development and reform Academic Support” at the annual meeting of the Law School
sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities Admissions Council. … Melissa Haussman of Government, the
at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., in May. The institute University’s liaison to The Washington Center for Internships and
was designed to assist teams from a broad variety of colleges and uni- Academic Seminars, presented a lecture “Factors Affecting Women’s
versities who are working on curriculum development, revision and Representation in the United States and Mexico” to a group of visitimplementation. In attendance were Martha Richmond of ing members of the governing Mexican PAN (National Action Party)
Chemistry and Biochemistry, who served as team leader; Rich and opposition PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) parties as
Miller, English; Pradeep Shukla, Mathematics and Computer part of The Washington Center’s National Convention Internship
Continued on page 6



Faculty Publications

Not Your Average Joe

Amy Agigian, Sociology, has published
Baby Steps: How Lesbian Alternative
Insemination Is Changing the World,
Wesleyan University Press.

He may not be a student, a professor or
a staff member, but Joe Amaral is one
of the most popular people at Suffolk
University Law School.

Bob Dugan, Mildred F. Sawyer Library,
co-edited a monograph, Outcomes
Assessment in Higher Education: Views and
Perspectives. Westport, CT: Libraries
Unlimited, 2004, with Dr. Peter Hernon
of the Graduate School of Library and
Informations Science at Simmons
College. •

In fact, this good-natured custodian is
such a big hit around Sargent Hall, you
can say he’s sweeping people off their

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“I feel great when I get up in the
morning and come to work,” says
Amaral, 67, who has been working at
Sargent Hall, representing ABM
Janitorial Services of Boston, since the
building first opened in 1999.
“Everyone is so nice to me. Wherever I
go, people smile and say, ‘Hi, Joe, Hi,
Born on the island of St. Michael
(Azores) in Portugal, Amaral came to
the United States in 1975. He is now
an American citizen and worked as a
housekeeper/supervisor at a nursing
home before coming on the scene at
Suffolk Law five years ago.

Joe Amaral in front of Sargent Hall. (Photo by John Gillooly)

“Each morning, Joe comes here to clean our offices, and he has never missed a day other
than vacation time,” said Suffolk Law Registrar Lorraine Cove. “He’s meticulous and conscientious, handling every aspect of his profession with perfection. This building continues
to look as beautiful as it does because of his efforts.”
Amaral works from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. His primary responsibility is making sure that all seven floors of Suffolk Law look impeccably clean. Some of
his tasks include filling the paper products in the men’s rooms, collecting and disposing of
all the trash, vacuuming the rugs and even scooping up the cigarette butts outside the
“I’ll do anything they ask me to do,” says Amaral, who lives in Malden with his wife of 42
years, Olevea (they have two children and five grandchildren). “I enjoy working here very
much. This is like my second home, and Suffolk people are like my family.”
Each afternoon, Amaral walks across Tremont Street to clean up the Granary Burial
Ground as part of Suffolk’s public service through the Boston Parks Department. With his
plastic bag in hand, he picks up any debris he can find in his usual fastidious fashion.
“Joe is from the old school and extremely dedicated to his work,” said Joe Kennedy,
Suffolk’s director of facilities planning. “Not only does he do a great job, but he also takes
a personal interest in the people at Suffolk.”
In good health and happy with his role at Suffolk Law, Joe Amaral has no immediate plans
of hanging up his trusty dustpan and brush. “I can retire now, but I don’t want to,” he
says. “This is where I belong. I like all the people here, and they like me.” •



Continued from page 4
Program. She also will present a paper on “Reproductive Rights
Activism through the U.N.” at the third annual Pan-European
Conference, Standing Group on International Relations, at The
Hague, the Netherlands, on Sept. 10. … As guest speaker for the
Leadership Forum sponsored by Millennium
Pharmaceuticals, Inc., on
June 10, Magid Mazen
of Management presented
“My Chocolate, Your
Defensiveness: the unclogging of organizational
arteries.” … Elisabeth
Moes, Psychology, was
elected president of the
Ma s s a c h u s e t t s
Society. She is the coauthor of three papers presented in July at the
American Psychological
Jean Neenan and husband Tom Campbell.
Association meeting in
Hawaii. Moes also was the
thesis adviser to graduate
students Frida Polli and Amy Nye, who won awards for their
research. … Congratulations to Jean Neenan, director of
Alumni Programs, CAS, who married Tom Campbell July 3.
They live in Melrose … Steve Novick of NESADSU had an
exhibit of his work at Samson Projects in Boston from June 4 –
July 30. The group exhibition, “En Masse: An Accumulation of
Convention,” showcased artists born in Massachusetts. The show
included work by James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Frank Stella
and Nancy Graves, among others. … Sebastián Royo,
Government, organized a seminar about pedagogy at the Derek
Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University July
19-23. He also covered the 2004 Democratic National
Convention for the Spanish edition of the journal FP (Foreign
Policy). … SSOM colleagues Nancy Upton of Marketing and
Teresa Nelson of Management took part in the inaugural
Suffolk Business Undergraduate Travel Course to Madrid this
past June in collaboration with the Madrid campus. Upton
taught International Marketing, while Nelson led a class in
Business in the European Union. Upton also coordinated and
managed student business visits to influential and diverse Spanish
companies, including Tèlefonica and Ebay Spain. “Spain has a
leading role in shaping the economics and business climate of the
European Union, and it was very exciting to explore that with
SSOM students,” said Upton. … Marjorie Attignol
Salvodon, Humanities and Modern Languages, presented a


paper, “Garçon? Fille? Française? Algérienne? Les frontières de l’identité dans Garçon manqué,” in June at the Conseil
International d’Etudes francophonoes (CIEF) in Liege, Belgium.
… President David J. Sargent and Vice President for
Advancement Kathryn Battillo sponsored a festive dessert
recognition reception on May 13 to thank employees for their
generous contributions in support of the faculty and students in
the College of Arts and Sciences, Law School and Sawyer School
of Management over the past year. … David Yamada, Law
School, was elected to the national executive committee of
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), the progressive advocacy and policy group based in Washington D.C. He wrote the
ADA policy brief “The Employee Free Choice Act: Restoring the
Right of Workers to Choose Unions” for distribution to delegates
to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. … The Mildred
F. Sawyer Library participated in a major study recently published
by the Council on Library and Information Resources in
Washington D.C. The research report, “The nonsubscription
side of periodicals: Changes in library operations and costs
between print and electronic formats,” included the Sawyer
library and 10 other libraries, including Yale, Cornell, Bryn Mawr
and Williams. The Sawyer library was chosen for its ability to
provide the statistical information needed using the management
information system maintained by staffers Becky Fulweiler
and Bob Dugan. PDF versions of the study are available at…. •

From left: Kristi Jovell, Director of Law Financial Aid; Anne Peterson, Senior
Director of Advancement; Bob DiGuardia, Director of Administrative Computing;
Nancy Stoll, Dean of Students; and David J. Sargent, President.


Staff Effort for DNC Visitors
Continued from page 1
a jazz trio and an exhibit of the works of artist Paul Goodnight,
who attended, organized by Eric Lee, director of Diversity Services.
—Forum on health and human rights organized by Professor of
Sociology Amy Agigian, director of Suffolk’s Center for Women’s
Health and Human Rights.
—Kentucky delegates luncheon, arranged by Law School Professor
Lisle Baker.
—Washington Center internship program, arranged with the assistance of Professor of Government Melissa Haussman and Curtis
Hoover, associate director of Residence Life and Summer
While classes were canceled and some employees opted to stay
home to avoid the transportation woes expected during convention
week, many hours were put in before and during the event to
ensure smooth sailing.
Budget Director Maureen Stewart was pleased to see University
departments that always work effectively behind the scenes gain
new exposure through their participation in the DNC planning
“People saw how important these departments are,” she said, citing
as an example the tech crew in the Theatre Department. “When
everything goes smoothly at the C. Walsh Theatre, no one ever

Beth Bower of the Moakley Archive and Institute and Joe McEttrick of the Law School,
second and third from left, converse with guests at the reception for the Campaigns,
Conventions and Cartoons exhibit. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Because Facilities Management staff regularly provide support to
University events, working on details related to the convention
“wasn’t reinventing the wheel,” said McDermott, but the pressure
was stepped up a notch. “Big events can be a lot of fun,” he said.
“There’s more tension, but also new ideas. We had to do a lot of
work with security issues, so we focused on how we could help
people enjoy themselves in this new world of high security.”
McDermott and others spent a weekend before the convention
preparing planters to beautify Temple Street. The C. Walsh Theatre
also was spruced up in advance of activities there during convention week. However, McDermott emphasized that, while DNC visitors might be impressed by the appearance of the campus, the
work wasn’t done just for the short term, but for the fall semester
as well.
University Police Chief John Pagliarulo began planning for the
convention months in advance by making sure officers had appropriate training and all the equipment needed to deal with any security issues that might arise. He said that all police and security personnel worked tirelessly to make the members of the University
community safe.

NAME, of the Suffolk University Police, shares a laugh with NAME over a political
cartoon. (Photo by John Gillooly)

knows their names.”
The tech crew is but one example of University employees pulling
together to prepare for any eventualities connected to DNC-related
activities, said Stewart. “The people planning for the DNC saw the
importance of the University’s making a great impression. We tried
to provide for all contingencies, with the hope that we wouldn’t
have to face some of the issues we considered.”
In order to deal with questions or problems that might have
cropped up, Brian McDermott, assistant director of Facilities
Management, collaborated with other planners to create a command center at 10 Somerset Street for the duration of the convention. Key people were tied in to the command center through a
radio network, and the University operator funneled all calls related
to the convention to this central information clearinghouse.

Pagliarulo was part of the convention planning committee with
Stewart and McDermott, and he said there was input from a crosssection of the University, from the cafeteria staff and cleaning personnel to facilities management and communicators. Close to 75
people across campus participated.
“There was a heightened awareness of what was going on,” said
Pagliarulo. “Everybody worked together to put the University’s best
foot forward.”
“The light of Suffolk shone brightly from Beacon Hill during the
Democratic National Convention, and visitors from across the
country were able to see and appreciate our University,” said
President David J. Sargent. “I want to thank all the unsung heroes
who took time away from their already busy schedules to organize
on-campus activities and to make sure that the University was presented at its absolute best during this time.” •



A Life-Saving Experience
Peter Porcello’s best move as a Little League coach came one
day last month, and his team wasn’t even playing.
While watching a game with the rest of his Bears’ squad at
Forest River Park in Salem, Porcello noticed that one of his
players was choking nearby. He immediately went over to his
9-year-old third baseman/outfielder and performed the
Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the piece of candy the boy had
“He was eating a sweet-tart on a stick, and it broke off, causing
him to swallow the candy whole,” explained Porcello, director
of the University computer center. “I just went around him,
pushed up against his stomach with my fists, and out it
While everyone applauded Porcello for his heroic efforts, he
remains humble about coming to his player’s rescue. “I was the
first one to get to him, that’s all,” he says. “Any adult would
have done what I did.”
Porcello, 44, has been coaching in the Salem Little League program for 30 years (his team won the Salem AAA National
League Championship last month). He credits the workplace
CPR training class he took a few years ago, taught by Suffolk
Police Chief John Pagliarulo, with preparing him to assist his
player in an emergency situation.

Peter Porcello and his “Good News” Bears.

“It was very helpful, and I’m just glad I remembered what to
do,” says Porcello, a Salem native and a Suffolk employee for 21 years. “Anyone who works with
kids should be trained in CPR.”
Despite his scary situation, it didn’t take long for the Little Leaguer to recover,” says Porcello. “As
soon he was OK, he turned to his mother and asked her if he could have a hot dog.” •

The 6th Annual 5K
Road Race
Join with alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends for the 6th
Annual 5K Road Race/Family
Walk on Sunday, September 19, at
the Lee Pool Basin, Charles Bank
Park, Storrow Drive, in Boston to
benefit the Alumni Leadership
Scholarship Fund. For more information and to register call
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