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November 2007
Vol. 33, No. 7

Man with a Mission:
Stopping Idle
Richard Gregg would like to clear
the air about something he strongly

believes in.
Suffolk’s newly appointed Operating
Director of Healthcare Programs is
spearheading a campaign that would
prohibit vehicles from idling on any
school property in Massachusetts.
Sen. Benjamin B. Downing
(D-Pittsfield) and Rep. Stephen
R. Canessa (D-New Bedford), a
Suffolk alumnus who had Gregg as
a professor, recently filed a bill, “An
Act to Improve School Campus Air
Quality,” with 48 cosponsors.
“Years ago, we banned the use of
tobacco products and eliminated secondhand smoke from all school properties in
Massachusetts,” said Gregg. “Now it’s time
to ban unnecessary engine idling. This is
the best way to ensure clean and healthy
air for our schoolchildren, teachers, staff
and school bus drivers.”
Gregg’s mission began one day in 2001
in Lenox while he was waiting for his
daughter and son outside of their school.
His vehicle was shut off, but other parents
sat in their cars with the engines running.
Gregg soon noticed that people all over
town were idling their cars for long
“What comes out of that tailpipe isn’t
called pollution for nothing,” stated
Gregg. “It is highly toxic for both human
health and the environment, and many
of the chemicals are identical to those in
tobacco smoke. Motor vehicle exhaust
can cause a variety of respiratory ailments,
and exhaust from diesel vehicles has been
linked to lung cancer.”
Gregg, a healthcare professional and
environmental activist for much of his life,
Continued on page 3

Making Strides in Campus Development
The Boston Redevelopment Authority,
BRA, has approved tentative designation

of the University as the redeveloper of
the Modern Theater building at 523–525
Washington St., bringing the campus a step
closer to meeting the housing needs
of students.
The University plans to develop the
Modern Theater as a 150-to-200-bed
student residence hall. The facade will be
restored, and a first-floor gallery and performance center will bring back the tradition
of offering cultural activities at the site.
“Approval of the Modern Theater
renovation moves us closer to our goal of
housing 50 percent of our students,” said
John Nucci, vice president of Government

and Community Affairs, who has worked
closely with the city of Boston and
with neighborhood groups to bring the
University’s plans to fruition. “In addition
to the cultural contribution the renovated
Modern Theater will bring to an important
downtown historic area, the presence of our
students will support the continued vigor
of the Downtown Crossing area.”
While the University initially had sought
to convert the former MDC headquarters
at 20 Somerset Street into a residence hall,
concerns among Beacon Hill neighbors led
planners back to the drawing board. In a
matter of months, the focus turned to the
Ladder District.
Continued on page 3

The 2007 Deans’ Reception
Law Professor Charles Kindregan, second from right, celebrating 40 years of distinguished
service to the University, was joined by his daughter Patricia and son Chad and Law Professor
Richard Vacco and his wife, Jean, at the Deans’ Reception at the Museum of Fine Arts, an
annual event honoring faculty, administrators and staff. More photos, pages 5 and 6. (Photo
by John Gillooly)

Wesley Savick’s Shrapnel at Studio Theatre
Shrapnel, an original
work for the stage
written and directed by
Associate Professor Wesley
Savick, explores the nature
of war.
The play is inspired
by the books A Terrible Love of War, by
James Hillman; War is a Force that Gives
Us Meaning and What Every Person Should
Know About War, by Chris Hedges; and
The Psychology of War: Comprehending its
Mystique and its Madness, by Lawrence
The production raises questions about
how we make war “normal,” whether war is
an inevitable and fundamental part of the
human condition, and whether our impulse
for war can ever be tamed. 
This theatrical event incorporates
mythology, stage combat, live music and
a sweeping array of personal accounts to
explore the contradictory nature of war
within all of us.
Shrapnel will be at the Studio Theatre
Thursday, Nov. 15, through Sunday,
Nov. 18, 2007.
Musical Premieres in New York

The Boston Music Theatre Project’s
Crossing Brooklyn opened in New York
to rave reviews.
The musical, originally titled Begin
Again, was developed in residence at the
University by Theatre Department Chair
Marilyn Plotkins. It is at the Transport
Group Oct. 19–Nov. 18, 2007.
Crossing Brooklyn is a post-September 11
love story set in New York City. It concerns
a young couple, dedicated public school
teachers full of hopes and dreams. After the
events of September 11 tear their world

apart they struggle to find their way back to
each other. The lessons they learn through
the children they meet change them forever.
Crossing Brooklyn was first developed
with composer Jenny Giering, librettist
Laura Harrington and Plotkins in two fall
residencies at Suffolk as part of the Boston
Music Theatre Project. The workshop
production premiered with a Suffolk
student ensemble in the Studio Theatre in
spring 2006.
Additional Faculty projects

Assistant Professor/Set Designer Richard
Chambers is in pre-production for
Stoneham Theatre’s production of Antoine
Feval, which performs in January.
• Assistant Professor Caitlin Langstaff performed in A Baker’s Dozen in October at
the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge.
• Theatre Department Technical Director
Steve McIntosh was sound designer for
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre production
of The Devil’s Teacup. He also designed the
sound for The Nora Theatre’s production
of The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, directed
by Associate Professor Wesley Savick.
• Plotkins led a panel discussion at the
National Alliance for Music Theatre’s
annual conference in New York in
October. Other panelists included
directors of musical theatre programs
from Baldwin Wallace University, Boston
Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University,
and the University of Michigan and
former Boston Music Theatre Project
composer Mel Marvin. Marvin teaches
at New York University’s Tisch graduate
program in musical theater writing and
recently composed the scores to the
Broadway musicals Dr. Seuss’ How the
Grinch Stole Christmas! and Cymbeline. 

Gallery Roundup

2007 Coward Lecture


Sawyer Business School Executive-in-

The gallery at the New England School
of Art & Design presents Ozspirations, art
inspired by The Wizard of Oz. The exhibit,
organized by Jennifer Fuchel, will be at the
gallery Nov. 15–Dec. 22, 2007. A reception
will be held from 6–8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

Residence Emeritus Derek W. F. Coward;

Inspired by nature

The Nature of Invented Species explores artist
Mike Farley’s ongoing interest in nature and
the environment.
“These new hybrid species draw from
both existing and created animals,” said
Farley of his works, in paint, colored pencil
and mixed media on paper.
Farley is a senior at the New England
School of Art & Design at Suffolk University.
The Nature of Invented Species exhibit is
in the first-floor lobby at One Beacon St.,
Boston, by the Pemberton Square entrance.
The space is one of several on campus
dedicated to student works.
Adams Gallery

From Dairy to Doorstep:  Milk Delivery in
New England, 1860–1960, continues at the
Adams Gallery through January. 

Hollywood on Tremont
When the production crew of the
upcoming movie Bachelor No. 2 needed
to shoot classroom and faculty office
space, they turned to the Law School.
Photographers captured actor Alec
Baldwin, who plays a professor in the
comedy, leaving the Law School, and the
shot was featured in the Boston Globe. 

Students Connect with Hairspray Director
New England School of Art & Design students Austin Bousley and Liz Bailey, Professor Lydia Martin and student Ryan Stranz with filmmaker John Waters at a book signing
following the performance of his spoken-word career retrospective, This Filthy World, at
Boston University. Waters told the students that he had had some art works on exhibit
in Provincetown during the summer. Waters, creator and host of the Provincetown Film
Festival, called this shot a “class photo.” The students were invited to the performance by
Martin’s husband, Christopher Martin, a National Endowment for the Humanities distinguished teaching professor at Boston University.


Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.); and
Associate Law Dean John Deliso at the
2007 Derek W. F. Coward Lecture, sponsored by the Center for International
Education. Hoar spoke on “The Middle
East: Many Problems, Few Solutions.”
Hoar, a University trustee and chairperson
of the University’s International Board of
Advisers, was commander in chief of the
United States Central Command (Centcom) from 1991-1994 and has appeared several
times before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the war in Iraq. Coward
established the lecture series in 1997. (Photo by John Gillooly)

In the Pink
President David J. Sargent receives
the first-ever Pink Tie Award from
Professors Norine Bacigalupo and Carol
Dine during the second annual Courage
and Cuisine luncheon, one of many activities marking Breast Cancer Awareness
Month in October. President Sargent was
recognized for his longtime support of
activities promoting breast cancer awareness throughout the University community.
(Photo by John Gillooly)

Idle Pollution
Continued from page 1

knew that something had to be done. After two years of his hard work, Lenox adopted
a resolution declaring it an “idle-free” community. Gregg and colleagues from the Lenox
Environmental Committee launched an education initiative, tacking up posters and
handing out fliers throughout the town.
A 35-year-old Massachusetts law prohibits idling a vehicle in excess of five minutes.
It is estimated that more than one million people would be protected by the newly
proposed legislation banning all unnecessary idling on school grounds. Violators
would face a $100 fine for the first offense and a $500 fine
for subsequent offenses.
“The goal of our “idle-free” efforts is to raise awareness for
people of all ages and from all walks of life about the need to keep
our air clean and healthy. And it’s working.” said Gregg, chairman
of the American Lung Association of Massachusetts’ “Idle-Free”
Massachusetts Campaign.
“Look, I’m passionate about clean air and the environment, and
I feel it’s my obligation to help preserve them in every possible way.
We all need to work together to make this world a healthier and
Richard Gregg
better place to live.” 

Artist’s conception of the 10 West St. residence hall. The Modern Theater is to the left.

Expanding Campus
Continued from page 1

Neighborhood residents initially
opposed an initiative to convert 10 West
St. to a residence hall with first-floor retail
space, but the University worked closely
with them to allay any fears. In the end,
interested residents reached unanimous
agreement on the University’s plan.
“We’ve had great cooperation from the
city and the neighbors, and the approval
process moved fairly quickly,” said Nucci.
The University, a commuter school little
more than a decade ago, now houses more
than 750 students in its two existing residence halls. The apartment-style residence
hall to open at 10 West St. in January will
add 274 student beds. It directly abuts the
Modern Theater building, which will be
developed over several years.
Meanwhile, plans are moving forward
to bring the New England School of Art &
Design to the 20 Somerset site, along with
some science classrooms.
“Developing this new facility gives us
a great opportunity to design something
from scratch to meet our needs,” said
New England School of Art & Design
Chairman William Davis. The school’s
lease at 75 Arlington St. is up in 2010, and
the move to Beacon Hill will offer the
school proximity to the College along with
improved visibility.
The various University development
efforts are part of a 10-year master planning process, said Nucci. A master plan
spelling out the University’s expansion
needs and goals will be submitted to the
city in January 2008. 

November 2007


Forty-Year Honorees
Paul Ezust, professor/chair, Math and Computer Science
Frank A. Feldman, professor, Physics
Charles P Kindregan, distinguished professor, Law School
Thirty-Year Honorees
Barbara L. Ash, professor, Education and Human Services
Stephen C. Hicks, professor, Law School
Richard P Preiss, associate professor, Communication and Journalism
Anthony B. Sandoe, professor, Law School
Twenty-Year Honorees

Associate Business Manager Greg Harris and his sister Cathy Mulherin, programmer/
analyst, Information Technology Services; with Greg’s daughters Jennifer, Jessica
and Courtney

The Human Resources team of Elizabeth Berman and
Carol Powers (Photos by John Gillooly)

Annual Deans’ Reception

Professor Paul Ezust, chairman of the Math &
Computer Science department, and College of Arts
& Sciences Dean Kenneth S. Greenberg

Associate Professor Robert Bellinger of
History and his wife Nailah.


Management Professor Suzyn Ornstein, her husband John Dugger, and
Sawyer Business School Dean William J. O’Neill

Law Professor Anthony Sandoe and
Law School Dean Alfred C. Aman

Physics Professor Frank Feldman and his
wife Carol

Robert Bellinger, associate professor, History
George T. Comeau, managing associate director, University Media Services
Gina Doherty, director, PC resources, Law Academic Technology
Dianne Goguen, associate director, Financial Aid-Colleges
Shahriar Khaksari, professor, Finance
Joan Luke, manager, Law Clinical Programs
Morris McInnes, associate dean, Sawyer Business School
Catherine M. Mulherin, programmer/analyst, Information Technology Services
Suzyn Ornstein, professor, Management
Nancy Stoll, dean of students-Colleges

Ten-Year Honorees
Paul Andrade, instructor, NESADSU
Jeanne M. Aversa, associate director, Undergraduate Admission
James Barrett, manager, Web Services, Law Academic Technology
Karen Clarke, associate professor, NESADSU
Robert Drain, manager, Second Language Services
Mary M. Flaherty, associate professor, Education and Human Services
Linda A. Foley-Vinay, director, Second Language Services
Ross D. Fuerman, associate professor/chair, Accounting
C. Gopinath, associate professor, Management
Lillian M. Hallberg, assistant dean, Graduate Programs, Sawyer Business School
Debra Harkins, associate professor, Psychology
Jonathan Haughton, professor, Economics
Ann Marie Holland, manager, Payroll
Neil G. Hunt, instructor, Information Systems and Operations Management
Philip Kaplan, associate professor of legal writing, Legal Practice Skills
Lauren Mahoney, director, Undergraduate Programs, Sawyer Business School
Linda J. Nazzaro, assistant director, Undergraduate Programs, Sawyer Business School
Regina M. O’Neill, associate professor, Management
Janet Oliver, coordinator, Second Language Services
Marie E. Pagliarulo, staff accountant, Assistant Treasurer’s Office
Glory Peguero-Gonzalez, assistant director, Financial Aid-Colleges
Michele A. Rapp, associate director, Career Services/Coop Education
Sukanya Ray, associate professor, Psychology
Lori F. Rosenberg, educational consultant, Ballotti Learning Center
Sandra L. Scott, controller, Assistant Treasurer’s Office
Douglas Snow, associate professor, Public Management
Andrew P Wark, senior desktop support specialist, Information Technology Services
Mostapha Ziad, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Arts & Sciences Dean Kenneth S.
Greenberg and Associate Professor Richard
Preiss of the Communication and Journalism

English Department Office Manager Jeremy
Solomons and his wife Dr. Alane Shanks, Bette
Mandl, professor emerita of English, and her
husband, Alex

Sawyer Business School Associate Dean
Morris McInnes and his wife Peggy

Associate Professor Karen Clarke of the New
England School of Art & Design and her
husband Bruce

November 2007


The Accounting and Business Law
and Ethics departments of the Sawyer

Business School have moved their offices
to 40 Court St.
Barbara Abrams, Humanities
and Modern Languages. At the 12th
International Congress on Eighteenth
Century Studies at the University of
Montpellier in France, she organized
a panel, “Text, Image and Polity in
Rousseau’s Lévite d’Ephraim,” and presented a paper, “Rousseau and the Levite’s
Concubine: A Story of Hospitality Gone
Wrong.” Abrams also notes that 14 students from the University’s French program traveled to CAVILAM in Vichy,
France, for French immersion study during the summer. The students all passed
the French national test DELF, which
is equivalent to the TOEFL (Test of
English as a Foreign Language) exam.
Robert Allison, History, appeared
on the History Channel show “Save
Our History.” He joined with host Steve
Thomas in exploring Boston’s historical
treasures, including the Old State House,
the Old South Meeting House and the
Museum of African-American History. On
Constitution Day, Sept. 17, Allison spoke
at Dominican College in Orangeburg,
N.Y., on the origins of the constitution and the idea of religious liberty.
Robert Bellinger, History, presented
“Black Studies, Senegal and the Géwël
Tradition,” the first lecture in a series
of monthly lectures to be hosted by the
History Department. He is a member of
the New England chapter of the African
American Historical and Genealogical
Society and served on the planning committee for the organization’s national con-

58 Faculty Members Join the University
The University welcomed 58 new members to its distinguished faculty for the 2007–2008 academic year. They are:

Save the Date
Once again the University community will participate in the festivities of First Night. An ice
sculpture of our mascot, Hiram the Ram, will be on display in front of Sargent Hall from 3–5
p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007. Come join in the celebration!

College of Arts and Sciences
Ahmed Munir Akash, instructor, Humanities and Modern

Ilona Anderson, assistant professor, New England School of Art

ference “What’s in a Name? The Voyage
of Discovery!” held at the Boston Marriott
Burlington Hotel on October 25–28, 2007.
Jason Carter, Communication
and Journalism. His short film, “The
Competition,” co-directed by Paul Ceriello,
premiered at the Long Island International
Film Expo and was shown at the Wood’s
Hole Film Festival during the summer.

Mary Lally, assistant dean of

Enrollment & Retention Management/
registrar, was appointed to the 2007–2008
board of advisers of The Successful
Registrar, a monthly national newsletter for registrars in higher education.
Eric Lee, assistant to the president,
participated in the Rodman Ride for
Kids on behalf of Roxbury Youthworks,
The Center for Teaching Excellence
Inc. He finished the 25-mile cycling
Web pages link faculty to resources and
tour in 1 hour and 16 minutes.
tools that can further develop the outstandStephen O’Neill, History, was the
ing teaching that is a hallmark of the
guest curator for the exhibit, “A Short
University.The site can steer the University
Life and Merry: Pirates of New England,”
community to upcoming events and proat the Heritage Museums & Gardens in
grams, such as a Nov. 15 presentation on
Sandwich. He brought his students from
sponsored research grants. The Center for
“The History of Piracy” class to the museum
Teaching Excellence Web site can be found
for a guided tour of the artifacts on display.
Bob Rosenthal, Communication and
Teri Fair, Government, attended the
Journalism, appeared on the New England
Inter-University Consortium of Political
Cable News show, “NewsNight with Jim
and Social Research Summer Program in
Braude” as a panelist on the Weekly News
Quantitative Methods of Social Research at
IQ Quiz.
the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and
Richard Torrisi, International
participated in a workshop “Methodological Business, was appointed to a threeIssues in Quantitative Research on Race and year term on the Fulbright Review
Ethnicity.” At the annual meeting of the
Committee for Central Europe. He was
American Political Science Association in
recognized by the Polish-US Fulbright
Chicago, Ill., Fair presented a paper, “An
Commission in Warsaw for his outstandExamination of Mayoral Leadership in
ing contributions as a participant in the
Atlanta, 1990 through the Present,” and
2006–2007 Fulbright Program. Torrisi
participated in a focus group for a new
was a Fulbright Scholar at the Leon
American government textbook from
Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship
Thomson Wadsworth Press.
and Management in Warsaw, Poland. 

Visiting Faculty

and Design

Edwin Hood, distinguished visiting professor of Law for the
fall semester
Ruth Jones, visiting professor of Law for the fall semester
Robert Keatinge, visiting associate professor of Law for the fall
and spring semesters
Ken King, visiting associate clinical professor of Law for the fall
and spring semesters
Pierre Monette, visiting associate clinical professor of Law for the
fall and spring semesters
Mary Szto, visiting associate professor of Law for the fall and
spring semesters

Melanie Berkmen, assistant professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Afshan Bokhari, assistant professor, New England School of Art

and Design
Wyatt Bonikowskihas, assistant professor, English
Simone Chun, assistant professor, Government
Brian Conley, visiting assistant professor, Government
Denell Downum, visiting assistant professor, English
Leslie Eckel, assistant professor, English
Daniel Fox, assistant professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Anna Gitelmanhas, assistant professor, New England School of Art

and Design
Angela King, instructor, Communication and Journalism
Robert Hannigan, assistant professor, History
Caitlin Langstaff, assistant professor, Theater
Montgomery Link, assistant professor, Philosophy
Larry Marchese, assistant professor, Communication and Journalism
Amy Markshas, assistant professor, Psychology
Lauren Nolfo-Clements, assistant professor, Biology
Benjamin Powell, assistant professor, Economics
Stevan Radojev, lab instructor, Physics
Patricia Reeve, assistant professor, History
Tracey Rogers, assistant professor, Psychology
David Shumaker, assistant professor, Education and Human Services
Kristopher Tapp, assistant professor, Math and Computer Science.

Law School
Dorothy Bisbee, assistant professor of Legal Writing
Christopher Dearborn, assistant clinical professor of Law
Sabrina DeFabritiis, assistant professor of Legal Writing
Jeffrey Lipshaw, associate professor of Law
Erik Pitchal, assistant clinical professor of Law
Herbert Ramy, professor of Academic Support and director

of the Academic Support Program
Ragini Shah, assistant clinical professor of Law

Honored With Heritage Medallions


Sandra Barriales-Bouche, Humanities and Modern Languages,

Sawyer Business School
Alicia D. Boisnier, assistant professor, Management
Brenda Bond, assistant professor, Public Management
Cristian Chelariu, assistant professor, Marketing
Jorge Colazo, assistant professor, Information Systems &

Operations Management
Mohamed I. Gomaa, assistant professor, Accounting
Abu M. Jalal, assistant professor, Finance
Arnold Kamis, associate professor, Information Systems &
Operations Management
Georges Désiré Tsafack Kemassong, assistant professor, Finance
David L. Manzler, assistant professor, Finance
Jamshed J. Mistry, assistant professor, Accounting
Brigitte W. Muehlmann, associate professor, Taxation
Stefan Platikanov, assistant professor, Finance
Carlos Rufin, assistant professor, Management
Lydia Segal, associate professor, Business Law & Ethics
Peter Tarasewich, associate professor, Information Systems &
Operations Management
Sheila S. Webber, associate professor, Management
Miriam F. Weismann, associate professor, Business & Law
Aimee L. Williamson, assistant professor, Public Management
Zhen Zhu, assistant professor, Marketing 

Faculty Publications

The University recognized the commitment of six people who made outstanding
contributions to the life of the University through its 2007 Heritage Medallion Ceremony
on Founder’s Day, September 19. Those attending included President Sargent and
CAS Associate Dean David Robbins, chair of the Heritage Committee; honorees
Clarence Cooper, business professor, administrator and executive-in-residence;
Daniel Sankowsky, professor and chair of Management; and Maria Miliora, professor
of chemistry. Accepting medallions for the posthumous recipients were Suzanne
Siegel, widow of former University President Daniel Perlman; Kathleen Kelsh and
Eileen McDermott Fitzpatrick, daughters of former Law School Dean Frederick A.
McDermott; and George Comeau of Media Services, on behalf of George A. Frost,
Gleason Archer’s benefactor and a longtime trustee. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Gabriel Teninbaum, assistant professor of Legal Writing
Elizabeth Trujillo, associate professor of Law

has published “Exilio y Post Exilio en Luis Cernuda” in the journal
Revista Hispanica Moderna.
Peter Jeffreys, English. His scholarly edition
of the correspondence between the British novelist
E.M. Forster and the Greek poet Constantine
Cavafy, Friends at a Slight Angle: the Letters of E.M.
Forster and C.P. Cavafy, will be published by the
American University in Cairo Press.
Quentin Miller, English, recently published
a college literature textbook, co-edited with Julie

Nash of the English department at UMass Lowell. Connections:
Literature for Composition, is an anthology of world literature from
all historical periods that reflects the complexity of the vice/virtue
dichotomy. It also contains 11 chapters on literary genre, research
and writing, including student essays from past and present Suffolk
students Sarah Himberger, Kristin Seabolt, George Scala and
Lacey Perkins.
Kristin Polito, Executive MBA program, has published two
articles for Human Resources Management Magazine: “The Executive
MBA—A Quest for Professional Development Leads to Personal
Enrichment” and “The Executive MBA—First Among Equals.” 
November 2007


University Receives
Two Federal Grants

Providing a Safe and
Healthy Work Environment

The University has been awarded two

The new Office of Environmental Health &

federal grants to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for college
and, once enrolled, to engage in a way that
prepares them to pursue doctoral studies.
The grants are as follows:
• One million dollars through Upward
Bound to increase the rate of postsecondary education enrollment and
graduation among low-income high
school students and those whose parents did not attend college, as well as
among low-income military veterans
who are the first in their families to
pursue a college education.
• $880,000 through the Ronald E.
McNair Postbaccalaureate Achieve­
ment program, with the goal of
increasing the number of students
from underrepresented segments of
society who successfully pursue Ph.D

Safety team of Manager Kerry LaRoche and Specialist

Hub on Wheels
Associate Professor of Accounting Lew Shaw
and Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education Paul Tanklefsky were the top
fund-raising team in the recent Hub on Wheels
event, raising $1,309 to support technology for
Boston Public School students. More than 3,000
cyclists pedaled 25 miles around the city. (Photo
by John Gillooly)



Erik Francis has been busy creating a safe and healthy
work environment for everyone in the Suffolk
University community.
Formerly under the umbrella of the Facilities
Planning and Management Department, the Office
of Environmental Health & Safety is now part of the
Budget and Risk Management Department.
“I’m so pleased to have Kerry and Erik working
on Environmental Health and Safety here at Suffolk
because they are very knowledgeable and a pleasure
to work with,” said Director of Budget and Risk
Management Maureen Stewart. “In the few months
Kerry LaRoche and Erik Francis
they’ve been on board, they’ve developed relationships (Photo by John Gillooly)
with the lab staff, responded to environmental issues
in various buildings, and developed bloodborne pathogen and floor warden training
The Office of Environmental Health & Safety is an important and valuable resource
that people can rely on when facing dangerous or potentially dangerous situations. Since
arriving at Suffolk earlier this year, LaRoche and Francis have worked closely together in
spreading the word about how helpful they can become in a time of need.
Said LaRoche: “Our purpose is to provide all students, faculty and staff with general
health and safety knowledge, emergency contact information, emergency procedures and
guidelines, and hazard awareness. We’re responsible for promoting a total safety culture in
order to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses, and we’re committed to taking the necessary steps to comply with state, federal and local regulations.”
As part of their outreach efforts, LaRoche and Francis have created a New Employee
Orientation PowerPoint presentation, which is in the Human Resources New Employee
Handbook. By the end of the year, safety training meetings will be offered to faculty,
administrators and staff in the College of Arts & Sciences, where a safety officer has already
been designated for each department.
LaRoche and Francis frequently visit the Archer Building, where the biology, chemistry
and physics labs are located, because of its chemical-populated environment. They also
keep close tabs on the fourth floor of the Ridgeway Building, where chemicals are used in
the photo lab, and on the acrylic paint supplies and electrical machines at the New England
School of Art & Design. LaRoche and Francis also work closely on day-to-day operations
with the Facilities Department.
“We’re trying to change the culture by getting our name out there and letting people
know that we’re here to help,” said Francis. “Our number one priority is the health and
safety of all our employees, and we’re always reminding them to ‘think before you act’ when
a potential emergency situation occurs.”