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March 2007
Vol. 33, No. 2

Conferences Showcase
University’s Intellectual Spirit

One Hundred Years on the Job
The Undergraduate Admission team of Bill Coughlin, Nancy Fine and
Joe Walsh has a unique perspective on Suffolk’s Centennial milestone.
When you add their combined years of service — Coughlin (40), Fine
(34) and Walsh (26)—it equals a perfect 100! And when you consider
how ded­icated and passionate they are about their jobs, it looks like
that magic number will continue to grow for quite a long time.
(Photo by John Gillooly)

‘State of the University’ Forum
President David J. Sargent will address staff and admin­
istrators from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the C. Walsh
The­atre in his third “State of the University” forum.
President Sargent will address a number of important and
timely issues.
The President’s Communication Coun­cil initiated the forum
three years ago as a means of facilitating community building and
internal communication. All administrative and support staff are
encouraged to attend.  

Suffolk’s students tap into the vast reservoir of knowledge at
Suffolk University every day, but this spring will see an outpouring
of information to a wider audience through a number of campusbased conferences.
The conferences focus on a variety of topics and rely on intellectual partnerships both within the University and with external
colleagues in a wide range of professional and policy-making fields.
Conferences in March and April include:
• “The Transatlantic Relationship at the Dawn of the New
Millennium,” an interdisciplinary conference including Suf­
folk faculty as well as Boston-area and European scholars.
• Suffolk’s second academic conference, “Scholarship of Appli­
cation: Integration and Connections,” a two-day showcase of
faculty research across the University.
• “Journalism in the Changing Media World,” a two-day conference featuring print, broadcast and Internet journalists.
• “Action for Depression Awareness, Prevention, & Treatment,”
a two-day conference designed for counseling center, health
center and student services professionals.
• “Conference on International Human Rights,” a two-day conf­
erence focusing on “Legislative Strategies and Responsibilities”
and “Child Sex Trafficking.”
The Centennial provided some of the impetus for these conferences, and they are seen as helping the University attain some of
the anniversary celebration’s goals, such as creating awareness of
the University, celebrating its accomplishments and fostering pride
in the institution.
“I think conferences like this are vital to bringing together
aca­demics, students, practitioners and activists to address critical
legal and social problems,” said Carole Wagan, director of the Law
School’s Center for Advanced Legal Studies program, who is helping to organize the Conference on International Human Rights.
“Not only are we shedding light on an important issue, we are also
providing direction and encouragement for students and others
who want to get involved.”
One of those students is Ani Ajemian, executive director of
Suffolk’s chapter of the National Women Law Students’ Assoc­
iation, or NWLSA, who is working on the “Child Sex Trafficking”
component of the human rights conference. “It is always important for academic institutions to take a leading role in matters
affecting the public interest, and nothing could be more import­­ant
than working to rescue and protect child victims of sex trafficking,”
she said. 
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A Message to Readers
The SUN has long been a

source of news for the Suffolk community, but many
people on campus also are
finding their way to the Web
home page for day-to-day
updates on news and events.
The redesign of our Web
site enabled the University
to focus on providing timely
and important information.
Our new home page news and events listings
were intended to convey the intellectual and
social life of our community to prospective
students and others navigating to the site. I
encourage you to take a look!
Every day there are regularly chang­ing
news stories and events listings on the home
page. News reports have included initiatives
such as the Pipeline to Public Service and
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s address to the
“Globalization and the U.S. Law School”
conference. Meanwhile, ex­hibits, special per­
formances, lectures, ath­letics competitions
and student activities can be found in the
events listings.
In creating this news source, we have
provided an informative tool for our inter­
nal audience. While the SUN has provided
a vehicle to communicate with people on
campus, we have found that, since the Web
site redesign, more current information is
available online. We hope you will take ad­
vantage of this added benefit by browsing
the Suffolk home page every day.
Technology and education have led to
changes in how people receive news. An il­
literate population depended on a town crier
to know what was going on. With ed­ucation
came newspapers, television news and now
the Internet as major sources of information.
The Department of Communication and
Journalism is exploring the evolution of news
sources in a two-day conference, “Journalism
in the Changing Media World,” with guest
panelists from across the journalism spec­
trum. You can read about this conference and
an array of others in this issue of the SUN.
And you’ll find additional stories on the
Suffolk Web site as these events and other
important happenings occur.
Rosemarie E. Sansone
Executive Editor


Offices Shifting from One Beacon

Suffolk University’s newest location, the Rosalie Stahl Center at 73 Tremont
Street, will soon be teeming with familiar faces.
By June 30, all of the Suffolk administrative offices currently at One Beacon
Street will be relocated. Making the short trip across the street to 73 Tremont will be
employees from the Payroll, Assistant Treasurer, Facilities Planning, Human Resources
and Business offices. History, Economics and University Media Services also will be
“Everyone must leave One Beacon by June 30,”said Gordon King, senior director for
Facilities Planning and Management. “That’s when our lease runs out.”
The new offices entering 73 Tremont will completely fill Suffolk’s space on the fifth,
twelfth and thirteenth floors.
“I would like to give special recognition to all the people, particularly on the twelfth
and thirteenth floors, who will be making minor moves and living through the
inconvenience of nearby construction because of this project,” said King.
The new move also will involve the first floor of 73 Tremont, where the Discover
Boston store will be converted into a satellite television studio for the Communication
and Journalism Department. The storefront studio will be similar to the FOX25
Boston location on Beacon Street.
Marg Dion, an adjunct professor at The New England School of Art & Design, will
coordinate all work internally on the conversion, which is expected to begin in April.
The architect is Sasaki Associates, and Blaire Townsend of the Casali Group is project
“This latest move will represent Suffolk’s full use of its space at 73 Tremont Street at
this time,” said King.
“Further options for expansion, including student residences and a student center,
are being explored in a planning process with the city of Boston and surrounding

Surge in Early Action Applications

Early action applications have increased by 40 percent since last year, with 1,240
prospective freshmen having applied by the Nov. 20, 2006, early deadline, compared to
885 last year and 191 in November 2003.
“Typically the better students will apply earlier,” said John Hamel, director of
Undergraduate Admission. “This gives us more time to work with them.”
The Admission team has held a series of receptions for accepted students here and in
other regions to bolster their interest in Suffolk University.
Last year, 47 percent of students accepted through the early action program enrolled
at Suffolk in the fall.
The Admission Office has encouraged students to apply earlier rather than later, and
the elimination of rolling admissions has had an effect on the numbers.
While Suffolk’s early action program is nonbinding, students are attracted to the
pro­gram in part because, if accepted, they can get a foot in the door for Suffolk’s lim­­ited student housing, and they have the reassurance of receiving an admission decision
by Dec. 20.
The 698 students accepted through early action hail from throughout the United
States. There are 14 international students among them, and nine commuters.  

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Heather Clark

Committee Named to Advise Renamed IT Department

The former Management Information
Systems, or MIS, department has a new

name: Information Technical Services, with
the emphasis on the customer and services.
“We’re organizing around delivering
the types of services that members of the
University need to support our mission and
objectives,” said Chief Information Officer
Michael Pearce. “Our focus is being customer
centric to our students, faculty, and staff.”
To that end, Pearce has created what he
refers to as the Committee on Informa­tion Services. This group, which he chairs,
will act as the advisory board to the Admin­
istrative Council, providing them with rec-­
ommendations for projects, policies and

The 13-member committee has representatives from across the University.
“The committee, which will meet monthly,
will discuss requirements and what needs to
be achieved to meet the insti­tutional mission,
and how best we can ac­com­plish that. On
key projects, like course management sys­tems, multimedia/classroom requirements,
etc, the committee will de­velop subcommittees to report back findings, enabling the
committee to make an informed proposal
to the Administrative Council,” said Pearce.
As the committee begins to move forward, members of the University will be
encouraged to make requests about what
they deem to be needed to the committee

The following are members of the Com­­mittee on Information Services: Christopher
Giordano, associate dean of students; Eric
Lee, assistant to the president; Gordon
King, Facilities Planning and Management;
Jack Rotondi, Advancement; John Deliso,
associate dean, Law School; John Pagliarulo,
chief, University Police and Security;
Lauren Thorman, Center for Inter­national
Education; Mike Dwyer, assistant treas­urer; Ruth McEwen, professor of Ac­count­
ing; Rosemarie Sansone, director of Public
Affairs; Sebastián Royo, associate dean, CAS
and director of Madrid Campus; Walter
Caffey, dean of Enrollment.  

Food for Thoughtfulness
Suffolk and Sodexho have teamed up to provide an added
incentive to recycle as part of the University’s participation in
Recycle Mania, a national 10-week waste reduction and recycling
competition running through April 7.
Coupons good for $1 off a purchase at the Sodexho cafés in the
Donahue and Sawyer buildings and Sargent Hall were being distributed at random to recyclers throughout February and March.
Anyone seen recycling has a chance of being spotted and rewarded.
“Not only does the coupon provide positive reinforcement to
those who already are recycling, we hope it will encourage others
to choose to recycle their paper, glass, metal and plastic materials,”
said Recycling Coordinator Erica Mattison. “This is one of several
methods we are using to raise awareness about recycling.”
This is Suffolk’s first year participating in Recycle Mania. After
the third week, Recycle Mania had Suffolk in the top 45 percent of
the 165 schools participating in the Per Capita Classic.
Recycling guidelines may be found on the Facilities Planning
and Management Web site.
Facilities Planning and Management also has established a
Sustainability Task Force to serve as an advisory group on research,
education and outreach in the area of sustainability. Sustainability
refers to using resources without depleting them, so that they are
available to future generations.
As part of its work, the task force will explore best management
practices for design and construction, facilities operations and

Centennial & Suffolk on Stage
Theatre Department Coordinator Nora Long and Professor Wesley Savick
attend a pre-show reception of Centennial: about a hundred years, an
imaginative tribute to Suffolk University and the mystery of the number
100. This original performance, held earlier this month at the C. Walsh
Theatre, was written and directed by Savick. (Photo by John Gillooly)

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ADAPT: Battling Student Depression

Journalism in the Changing Media World

The Counseling Center has successfully brought together mem-

The Department of Communication and Journalism will sponsor a

bers of the Suffolk community to address the stresses that lead to
student depression through the five-year-old Action for Depression
Awareness, Prevention, & Treatment—or ADAPT—program.
To share its successful strategies, the Counseling Center is offering the 2007 ADAPT Conference on April 13-14.
Campus personnel across the country are seeing increasing
numbers of students at risk for depression and suicide, according
to Professor and Counseling Center Staff Psychologist Paul Korn.
“ADAPT focuses on getting the entire community involved in
prevention,” said Korn, who is co-director of the ADAPT Project.
The ADAPT program reaches out to the community so that all
professionals in the system—not only counselors, but also faculty
and administrators—can understand what depression is and avoid
putting pressure on students, he said.
“Students have been responsive; professors have invited us
into their classes; and the Samaritan Awards have raised awareness,”
said Korn.
An article about the ADAPT program, “A Successful Com­
munity-Based Intervention for Addressing College Student Depres­
sion” was published in the Journal of College Student Development
in January 2006.
The first session of the ADAPT Conference, “Innovative
Community-based Approaches to Addressing College Student
Depression and Suicide Prevention: A Working Conference,”
on Friday, April 13, is free and open to all on a first-come, first
served basis. Participants will share information on how to be
involved as a community in addressing depression and potential
On Saturday, April 14, 2007, the Counseling Center, in collabo­ration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the
American Association of Suicidology, will present “Assessing and
Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for University and
College Counseling Center Staffs.” There is a fee for this workshop.
The conference is attracting an audience from across the region,
from Maine to New York City and beyond.

two-day conference, “Journalism in the Changing Media World,” as
part of the Centennial Partnership Series.
More than 20 noted journalists from print, broadcast and the
Internet will come together on March 26-27, 2007, in the C. Walsh
Theatre to discuss challenges and opportunities presented by major
changes in today’s news media.
“This is going to be a significant event that offers something for
everyone,” said Robert E. Rosenthal, chair of the Communication
and Journalism Department. “We are providing a forum on the
future of journalism and the impact that it has in the ever-changing
world we live in.”
Five panel discussions are scheduled, covering the future of
newspapers, Internet/online news, investigative reporting, broadcast
news and opinion journalism.
• Newspaper panel—Boston Globe Editor Marty Baron; Denver
Post Editor Greg Moore; Bob Giles, curator of Harvard’s
Nieman Foundation for Journalism; and Ellen Soeteber, a
visiting fellow at the Poynter Institute.
• Internet/online panel: Christopher Lydon, publisher of Radio
Open Source; David Warsh, online publisher of Economic
Principles; and Margo Howard, a national columnist with
Yahoo, formerly with
• Investigative reporting: Walter Robinson, former head of The
Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team; Jim Taricani, WJAR-TV in
Providence, who recently served a six-month federal sentence
for refusing to reveal a source; and Wall Street Journal reporter
Daniel Golden.
• Broadcast news: WCVB-TV, Channel 5 anchor Natalie
Jacobson; New England Cable News anchor R.D. Sahl;
and Emily Rooney, host and executive editor of WGBH’s
Greater Boston.
• Opinion journalism: Boston Globe columnists Joan Vennochi
and Derrick Jackson; Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis;
and syndicated columnist Froma Harrop of the Providence
Faculty member Bruce Butterfield, formerly of The Boston Globe
coordinated the conference, which is open to students, faculty, staff,
alumni, and the Beacon Hill community.

Academic Conference Highlights Intellectual Achievement
The University’s second Academic Conference, “Scholarship of
Application: Integration and Connections,” presented panel
discussions, posters and lectures by faculty from all three schools.
The conference celebrated
the intellectual diversity of the
University for an audience that
also spanned the entire commu­nity, from students to staff.
The wide variety of topics
addressed fell into various categories,
such as education and teaching,
careers and business strategy, the arts, and global issues.
A reception following the first day of panel discussions demonstrated the importance of the themes of integration and connection,


as it brought together the University’s six distinguished visiting
scholars and scholars in residence. The honorees were:
• Tahir Al-Bakaa, a specialist in Iranian and Middle Eastern history and former president of Iraq’s Al-Mustansiriya University,
Iraqi Minister of Higher Education, and member of the Iraqi
National Assembly
• Sushil Bhatia, inventor and entrepreneur
• Robert Brustein, founder and artistic director of the American
Repertory Theatre
• James Carroll, Boston Globe columnist and winner of the
National Book Award
• Martha Chamallas, Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law at the Moritz
College of Law at Ohio State University
• Novelist Maxine Hong Kingston, winner of the National
Book Award

The Transatlantic Relationship

Professor Richard Torrisi and Peter Watkins from the United
Kingdom Ministry of Defense on the “Varying Perspectives in
the Security Community” panel. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Suffolk’s Government Department celebrated the Centennial in March
with a conference that highlighted the University’s commitment to international education.
The Government Department chose “The Transatlantic Relationship
at the Dawn of the New Millennium” as the conference theme due to its
currency and pertinence to the department’s academic work.
“Since we have a campus in Madrid, this topic fits into Suffolk’s goal to
build bridges between the two continents,” said Sebastián Royo, associate
dean of the College and director of the Madrid campus. “We aimed to get
a better understanding of the transatlantic differences and discuss ways to
address them and move forward.”
The conference brought together scholars and policymakers addressing
political and economic issues, security and the future.
“At the dawn of the new century, the future of the transatlantic relationship is very much in flux,” Royo told con­fer­ence participants in his opening re­marks. “Economic problems, political
issues and the war in Iraq have strained the relationship and created tensions not only across the Atlantic but also within Europe. Many observers
have argued that the war in Iraq, in particular, has crystallized the most
fundamental change in the nature of the transatlantic alliance since the
end of the cold war. Some have pointed out that while the existing divide
is much more in mutual perceptions than it is in reality, the risk is that
perceptions will become reality.”
Royo said that only by better understanding the kinds and roots of
Anti-American­ism will we be able to address them, and the conference was
a step toward creating that understanding.

Conference on International Human Rights

The two-day Centennial Conference on International Human Rights was

Professor Judy Dushku listens as Charles Maier of Harvard
University makes a point during the “Divergent or Convergent
Political Views” panel discussion. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Conferences Showcase
Intellectual Spirit
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“The Transatlantic Relationship at the Dawn of
the New Millennium” conference brought leading
scholars and policy makers from other institutions and
countries to Suffolk, offering learning and networking
opportunities to the campus community, according
to Sebastián Royo, associate dean of the College and
director of the Madrid campus. “The conference also
allowed Suffolk faculty and students to share their
knowledge, research and questions on this subject,
while giving visibility to our faculty and international
relations programs,” said Royo. “And because it
was open to the public, it helped us to connect and
provide a service to the wider community.”  

planned by faculty and students across the University. It focuses on two
distinct but related areas, “Implementing Human Rights in Massachusetts:
Legislative Strategies & Responsibilities” and “Hidden Epidemic: Child Sex
The April 26 implementation section of the conference, “the first in
the nation to focus on the human rights responsibilities of state and
municipal officials, is garnering a lot of positive attention within the NGO
(non-governmental organization) universe,” said Laura H. Roskos, activist
in residence with Suffolk’s Center for Wo­men’s Health and Human Rights,
which has planned the day.
“On the other hand, by offering programming specifically geared to the
needs of public officials, we are building on Suffolk Law School’s existing
reputation as the place to go if you have aspirations of entering state
politics,” she said.
Two-pronged approach

While the first day fo­cuses on implementation, the April 27 session concentrates on a particular problem, child sex trafficking.
Associate Professor Sara Dillon said she was amazed when she learned
of the millions of children around the world who are caught up by the sex
slave trade.
“This is completely off the public radar screen,” she said. “It’s the kind of
stuff that really challenges our notion of humanity. We want to believe it’s
somewhere else, that it’s a niche problem, but it’s everywhere, and it’s huge.
“Many countries have laws, but what’s missing is the widespread mobilization that comes with recognition of human rights,” said Dillon. She said
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Get well wishes to Andrew Wark,
MIS, who is recuperating from open-heart
surgery. He and wife Maureen Wark,
Residence Life & Summer Programs, thank
everyone for their good wishes, thoughts,
prayers and cards during this time. The
couple said they are “overwhelmed by the
thoughtfulness of so many people.” Andy
expects to return to work in March.
Robert Allison, History, has been
named to the newly formed Heritage
Committee of the South Boston Citizens’
Carter Bishop and Charles Kindregan,
Law School, are the co-editors of the new
electronic Suffolk University Law School
SSRN Journal Research Paper Series. Legal
Reference Librarian Rick Buckingham is
the contact person for the series. The electronic publication will list five or six articles by law faculty that have been accepted
for publication or are working papers.
Distribution will be available without charge
to all college and Law School faculty and
senior administrators, Law School alumni
and educators throughout the world who
use the SSRN electronic research network.
Ken Cosgrove, Government, attended
the American Political Science Association
Annual Teaching and Learning Conference
in Charlotte, N.C., where he participated
in a working group that examined ways to
include civic education activities as part of
regular course activities.
Trish McLaughlin, Law School, is
proud of her daughters, Hillary and Melissa
McLaughlin, for their work on the renovated indoor gorilla exhibit at the Franklin
Park Zoo. Hillary was one of the main
sculptors who created the gorillas’ habitat.
She crafted a root cage to act as a playpen
for the baby gorillas. Melissa mixed thou-

sands of pounds of cement every day for
months to complete the project.
Lauren Mizock, Psychology doctoral
student, will present “Finding Our Way:
Mother-Daughter Relationships and
Working” at the 27th annual Society for
Teachers and Family Medicine Conference
on Family Health, “The Art and Science
of Relationship-Centered Practice,” in
Austin, Texas.
Jim Nelson, Athletics, was recognized
by the Panagia Soumela of Boston Society in
appreciation of his contributions to athletics
and the Greek community as a Philhellene
at a ceremony at St. Nectarios Greek Com­
munity Center in Roslindale. In attendance was Suffolk men’s soccer coach Nick
Papadopoulos and men’s basketball alumnus Nick Tsiotos.
John O’Callaghan, Government, served
as chair of a panel, “Policy Discourses and
the Art of the Possible,” at the Northeastern
Political Science Association annual meeting
at the Omni Parker House in Boston.
Irene Piryatinsky, Psychology doctoral
student, presented her research, “Cultural
Narratives of Immigrant and Non-Immi­
grant Mother-Child Storytelling in Israel,”
at a symposium at the Society for CrossCultural Research in San Antonio, Texas.
Good luck to Eulvid Rocque, Business
Office, who is leaving the University for
a position in the Budget Office at George­
town University. He can be contacted at
Congratulations to CAS Associate
Dean and Director of the Madrid Campus
Sebastián Royo and his wife, Cristina, on
the birth of their daughter, Abigal Elizabeth
Royo on Jan. 3.
Miguel Schor, Law School, presented
his paper, “Mapping Comparative Judicial

Review,” at two conferences: “Comparative
Constitutional Law and Globalization:
Towards Common Rights and Procedures?”
at the Osgoode Constitutional Law Round­
table, Osgoode Hall Law School at York
University in Toronto, Canada; and the
Michigan-Illinois Comparative Law Work­
shop at the University of Illinois College
of Law.
Steven Spitzer, Sociology, and Carolyn
Boyes Watson, Sociology and director of
the Center for Restorative Justice, were panelists at the winter training, “Transitions:
Revisioning and Rebuilding,” sponsored
by the Changing Lives Through Literature
Program held at Northeastern University’s
Henderson House.
Welcome to Tu Thanh Nguyen, who has
joined the Law School as a visiting scholar
until mid-June. A lecturer in commercial
law from Ho Chi Minh City University of
Law in Vietnam, Nguyen has a master’s in
law from Lund University, Sweden, and is a
Ph.D. candidate at Lund. His thesis is entitled “Technology Transfer and Competition
Law under the TRIPS Agreement and Its
Implications for Vietnam,” and his research
project here at Suffolk will focus on the U.S.
perspective on trade with Vietnam.  

Abigal Elizabeth Royo

New Faces at Suffolk
Please welcome our newest employees:

Elizabeth Bassett, Financial Aid, Colleges
Justina Chu, Law School Budget Office
Rebecca Coyne, Alumni Relations, Sawyer Business School
Julie Crowley, Law Dean’s Office
Madelyne Cuddeback, Advancement
Leslie Cummings, Sociology
Edwin Dillaby, Human Resources
Sue Downing, Enrollment
Eric Hatch, Registrar, Colleges


James Janda, Peer Mentor Program
Nancy Kelleher, Public Affairs
Elizabeth Leary, Office of Government & Community Affairs
Michael Mello, Information Technical Services
Erin Palmer, Alumni Programs, CAS
Kinga Pastuszak, Counseling Center
Andrea Pokladowski, Advancement
Jonathan Talley, Facilities Management
Patricia Thyng, Law Financial Aid  

Faculty Publications
Barbara Abrams, Humanities and Modern
Languages. Her article, “Rousseau’s Courageous Confessions: Lessons on Domestic
Violence in 18th Century France,” has been
accepted for publication in the spring 2007
edition of the International Journal of the
Edward Bartick, Chemistry and Bio­chemistry, has co-authored an article,
“Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging for Non­
invasive Detection of Latent Fingerprints,”
for the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 52,
No. 1 (January 2007).
John Berg, Government, has published
“Conventions for the Unconventional: Minor
Party Conventions, 1992-2004” in Rewiring
Politics: Presidential Nominating Conventions
in the Media Age. (Louisiana State University
Press, 2007).

Unity Week 2007:
Many Perspectives,
One Vision
Unity Week, Suffolk’s annual celebration of diversity and community, is a collaborative effort by students, faculty and
administrators. It kicked off Monday,
March 19, and runs through Thursday,
March 29, when the Unity Week Showcase
and Reception will take place at 7 p.m. in
the Regan Gymnasium, Ridgeway Building.
Unity Week’s entertainment, speakers,
dialogues, open classes, food and music
not only recognize the diversity within the
University, but affirm the value and vitality
that this pluralism brings to the individual
and collective experience here at Suffolk.
For more information, visit http://www.  

Bernadette Feeley, Law School. Her
article, “Exploring the Use of For-Profit
Placements in Law School Externship Pro­grams,” was listed on the Social Science
Research Network (SSRN) Top Ten Down­
load list for February.
Sue Orsillo, Psychology, has co-­
authored “Mindfulness and acceptancebased treatments for anxiety disorders” for
the Handbook of Anxiety Disorders (New
York: Oxford University Press). In addition,
she has co-authored three articles for publication: “The case for mindfulness-based
approaches in the cultivation of empathy:
Does nonjudgmental, present-moment
awareness increase capacity for perspectivetaking and empathic concern?” (Journal
of Marital and Family Therapy); “An open
trial of acceptance-based behavior therapy
for generalized anxiety disorder” (Behavior

Therapy); and “Cognitive-Behavioral therapy
for posttraumatic stress disorder in women:
A randomized controlled trial. (Journal of the
American Medical Association).
Eric Sullivan, Psychology, has published
an article, “Early doctoral student questions
about predoctoral internship preparation
and application: Responses from the experts,”
in The Behavior Therapist, 29, 208-210. (2006,
Thomas Trott, Biology. He has published
two articles in Challenges in Environmental
Management in the Bay of Fundy-Gulf of
Maine: “Zoogeography and changes in
macro­invertebrate community diversity of
rocky intertidal habitats on the Maine
coast,” pp. 54-73; and “Can biodiversity be
measured independent of sampling effort?”
pp. 263-266.  

Job Shadow Day at the Beacon Hill Institute
The Beacon Hill Institute participates
in the annual Job Shadow Day sponsored
by the Boston Private Industry Council
and the Boston Public Schools to provide
an opportunity for high school students
who are considering career choices to
learn about professional life.
“The last time that very famous
ground­hog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his
shadow and called for an early spring was
1999. That was also the year the Bea­con
Hill Institute began participating in the
Boston Private Industry Council’s Job
Shadow Day,” said Frank Conte, di­rec­tor of communications and information
Frank Conte and Shixin Su
systems for BHI.
This year, a junior from the Josiah Quincy Upper School, Shixin Su, shadowed Conte
for the day and helped update the institute’s archives.
“BHI has been an enthusiastic participant in Job Shadow Day,” said Conte. “Very few
things are more satisfying than helping a student learn about professional goals. I love the
opportunity to connect with students from the inner city and to introduce them to the
public policy ideas behind our work. Moreover, Job Shadow Day is a chance to showcase
the academic offerings here at Suffolk University.”  

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S.O.U.L.S. Seeks Care
Items for Troops
The S.O.U.L.S. Community Service & Service
Learning Center is collecting items for a Univer­
sity-wide Troop Drive running through April 13,
Suffolk Service Day.
Morale-boosting items gathered through the
Troop Drive will be assembled into care packages by volunteers on Suffolk Service Day and
sent to military personnel stationed overseas.
S.O.U.L.S. is collecting recommended items
from a Soldier’s Wish List—www.asoldiers—in partnership with New England
Caring for our Military, Inc.
Members of the University community are
welcome to supplement these items with any­t
­ hing else they might consider useful, fun or
tasty. As of early March, there were donations
of beef jerky, disposable razors, and a big box of
shampoo from Athletics Director Jim Nelson.
The morale-boosting items may be deposited
in designated locations marked “Troop Drive”
throughout the University.  

Pipeline to Public Service
Suffolk’s Government Department is part of an initiative to prepare leaders of color for positions in public service in the Greater Boston area. Participating in the kickoff event for the
Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership are Angel Bermudez, senior director of Grantmaking and Special Projects at the Boston Foundation; Government Department Chair John
Berg; Assistant Professor of Government Teri Fair; Avi Green, executive director of MassVOTE; and Giovanna Negretti, executive director of ¿Oíste? (Photo by John Gillooly)

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that, since the United States enacted childsex-trafficking laws about six years ago, it
has paid more attention to the human rights
records of other countries as it relates to this
area. Especially under former Secretary of
State Colin Powell, the other countries and
held them accountable for the human rights
of these children.
The idea of a conference focusing on
child sex trafficking came from students who
had seen the film The Day My God Died in
Professor Kate Nace Day’s Gender and the
Law class. The film profiles Maiti Nepal, an
organization that helps the victims of sex
Day’s class includes an empowerment
component, and students Abby Rothberg
and Meghan Grummer changed their
project after they saw the film.
“We were so disgusted about the issue
of sex trafficking and impressed with the
work of Maiti Nepal that we wanted to do a
fundraiser and raise awareness as part of our
final project,” said Rothberg, president of
the Suffolk Public Interest Law Group. 
“This conference shows how much is
possible when women act on behalf of
other women,” said Day, who approached


Advanced Legal Studies Director Carole
Wagan about a conference that would
demonstrate what women can do from the
bottom up.
The National Women Law Students’
Association, or NWLSA, also got involved
to raise interest, raise awareness and raise
money to take care of the women and
children who are the subject of the film.
“The sex-trafficking industry has been
overlooked for much too long and is
a growing problem within the United
States,” said NWLSA Executive Director
Ani Ajemian. “When we talk about
children’s issues, especially those involving
sex crimes, we must discuss how they relate
to women’s issues and the family, making it

all the more appropriate for NWLSA to get
The Massachusetts model

“It is really only possible to mount this
seminar here in Massachusetts, close to the
State House, because of the commonwealth’s
very positive human rights record,” said
Roskos. “The commonwealth has been a
national leader in employing human rights
standards to guide its financial development
and investment strategies.”
She pointed out that the state’s human
rights record is superior to that of the
United States as a whole, even though the
Massachusetts Code makes no explicit mention of international human rights standards.