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December 2007
Vol. 33, No. 8

University Receives
$1 Million Gift

Teaching the Teachers a Lesson About History

Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg

area teachers to think and act like historians
by using primary source documents in
their lessons.
Through Voices Rising: Assimilation
and the American Experience, an initiative
funded through the U.S. Department of
Education, University faculty are working
with teachers in Malden, Everett, Medford
and Revere.
These school districts, in partnership
with the Tri-City Technology Education
Collaborative, have been awarded $1 mil­­
lion over three years to develop training

have made a transforming $1 million gift
to the University for the creation of an
Institute for East Asian Studies.
Rosenberg is the former chairman and
chief executive officer of Bank of America
and a 1952 graduate of the College of Arts
and Sciences.
The Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg
Institute for East Asian Studies will serve as
the University’s lead platform for analyzing
important major trends in East Asian
culture, history, economics, and geopolitical alliances and initiatives. The Institute
will promote exchanges among leading
scholars, practitioners, and research and
policy analysts through a series of major
seminars each year around pertinent topics
in East Asian Studies.
“The world economy is shifting to
Asia, and we hope the institute offers a
more globally balanced presentation of the
world,” said Richard Rosenberg.
“We are tremendously grateful for
Barbara and Richard Rosenberg’s vision
and for the outstanding opportunities they
are creating by establishing this institute,”
said Kathryn L. Battillo, vice president of
Advancement. “Through the Rosenbergs’
generosity, students will be prepared
to properly engage in a region of great
strategic and economic importance.”

The History Department is training

programs to enhance American history
teaching skills.
The Voices Rising project, now in its
second year, is focused on teachers in
grades 3, 5, 8 and high school.
College of Arts and Sciences faculty,
including Dean Kenneth Greenberg and
Professors Robert Allison, Pat Reeve and
Robert Bellinger, designed and delivered a
weeklong institute and seminar series for
25 teachers last year.
These seminars also modeled skills integral to “thinking historically.” Participating
teachers learned to pose, research and presContinued on page 4

Lighting Retrofit Benefits Environment
New, brighter and more efficient lighting was installed in Suffolk University’s
Sawyer and Ridgeway buildings in October as part of the University’s commitment to sustainability and greening the campus. 
The University took advantage of high-efficiency lighting technology in installing more
than 1,600 new elements, including high-performing fluorescents and ballasts and dualtechnology occupancy sensors. 
Updating lighting will save both energy and money. The University will receive $20,000
in rebates from NStar. And the increased efficiency from these two buildings—which
comprise 17 percent of the campus’ gross square footage—will save about $64,000 per year,
a 50 percent savings in energy costs.  In terms of environmental impact, the two projects are
projected to cut CO2 emissions by 250 tons.

First Night Ice Sculpture Becomes a Tradition
The University ice sculpture display that is fast becoming a New
Year’s Eve tradition will greet 2008 with a depiction of the Suffolk Ram.
The University community is invited to join the First Night festivities
from 3 p.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in front of Sargent Hall, 120
Tremont St. Hot beverages will be served.
Ice sculptures depicting the Suffolk Centennial logo the past two years
attracted passers-by on their way to and from First Night activities. They
stopped to admire the display and learn a bit more about the University. 

ITS Seeks Feedback
on Portal Features

New Faces

The Information Technology Services

Jacob Allen, Information Technology

portal team is gathering information as it
plans for a new University portal, which will
replace Campus Cruiser when the contract
for that product runs out in 2009.
The ITS portal team welcomes suggestions about what users would like to have
available to them in a Web portal for internal communication. Feedback may be sent
by e-mail to An online
survey about portal needs also is available
on the ITS home page:

Visiting Salvadorans
Discuss War & Peace
Salvadoran politicians Oscar Santamaria and
Gerson Martinez with Moakley Institute Director Beth Bower and Associate Dean Sebastián
Royo. The Moakley Archive and Institute invited
the Salvadoran politicians to the University in
October to discuss the events that brought El
Salvador to war in the 1980s. Martinez, a member of the Salvadoran Assembly, belongs to
the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front
(FMLN), which began as a guerrilla group and
continues as an opposition party today. Santamaría is a member of the incumbent Nationalist
Republican Alliance (ARENA) party. The two
met with students, faculty, staff and members
of the Boston-area Salvadoran community. A
trip to El Salvador is planned for January as part
of a course on Latin American history. (Photo
by John Gillooly)

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Nancy Kelleher


Staff Writers
Karen DeCilio
Tony Ferullo
Heather Clark

Please welcome our newest employees

Mary Lovejoy, Enrollment & Retention


Kristina Bakas, Undergraduate Admission
Wendy Cimino, Dean’s Office, Sawyer

Jerica Mikenas, Undergraduate Admis-

Business School
Daniel Connolly, Undergraduate Admission
Nicholas Curley, Law School
Leeann Davulis, Advancement
Alane Sullivan DeLuca, Law School
Graduate Program
Alan Dillaby, Public Management
Jeffrey Farland, Financial Aid, Colleges
Julia Frost, Center for International
Marc Giampetro, Law Registrar’s office
Irene Good, Academic Technology, Law
Lauren Hajjar, Public Management
John Hames, Center for International
Amanda Hines, Sawyer Business School
Graduate Programs
Andrea Kerr, Advancement
Edward Leyden, Athletics
Brian Liberge, Information Technology
Pamela Lomax, Advancement

Daniel Morrell, University Media Services
Eliza Parrish, Alumni Programs, Sawyer

Business School
Gina Passmore, Physics
Kinga Pastuszak, Counseling Center
Pasquale Piscitelli, University Police
Laura Piscopo, Alumni Programs, College

of Arts & Sciences
Kathy Raymond, Executive Education/

Lifelong Learning
Katherine Schuit, Student Activities &

Service Learning
Andrea Lynn Vincenti, Dean’s Office,

College of Arts & Sciences
Natalie Watkins, Dean’s Office, Law

Heath Whelan, Registrar’s Office, Colleges
Joseph Edward Wolk, Registrar’s Office,

Shannon Yaun, Information Technology

John Zakrosky, Jr., Graduate Admission
Phyllis Zimmerman, Advanced Legal

Studies, Law School 

Exhibit Marks Oz Centennial
The Last Thing the Wicked Witch of the East Saw, pen and ink on
paper by F Lennon Campello, is part of the exhibit Ozspirations: New
Art Inspired by “The Wizard of Oz, at the New England School of Art

& Design gallery through Dec. 21. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of L. Frank Baum’s classic series of books. The 30 featured
artists explore major Oz themes such as self-discovery and navigating
one’s way through life.Interim Gallery Director James Manning and
Associate Professor of Graphic Arts Jennifer Fuchel organized and
juried the exhibition.

Women Win Tennis Championship
The women’s tennis team won its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Freshman Alex Hernandez was named the 2007 Great Northeast Co-Rookie of the Year.
The unbeaten Rams finished the fall season at 14–0 overall and earned a berth in the
2008 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships in May. 
Suffolk’s Kellie Sturma and Kaitlynn Cates earned first-team all-Great Northeast honors
for their play this fall, while Catarina Rosa and Alex Hernandez were named to the secondteam all-conference squad.

Robert Allison, History, was elected
president of the South Boston Historical
Society. He presented “Lafayette Returns:
Fifty Years of American Independence,”
focusing on Lafayette’s American tour
(1824–1825), at the Grand Lodge in
Philadelphia. His lecture was part of the
Grand Lodge’s celebration of the 250th
anniversary of Lafayette’s birth. He also
presented the 2007 Boston History Award
to author and historian Nathaniel Philbrick
at a gala dinner hosted by the Bostonian
Society at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.
Allison is on the board of directors of the
Bostonian Society.
Tahir Al-Bakaa, visiting professor in
the College of Arts & Sciences and former
minister of higher education in Iraq, spoke
on “Targeting Iraqi Intellectuals” at the
United Nations Educational Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in New
York City.
Robert Bellinger, History, attended the
50th Anniversary Conference of the African
Studies Association in New York City.
Sara Chadwick, New England School
of Art and Design, attended the annual
meeting of the National Association of
Schools of Art and Design in Kansas
City, Mo., where representatives of art
schools, colleges and universities with
NASAD-accredited art and design programs exchanged information on issues
such as low-residency graduate programs,
international study programs and the
U.S. Department of Education’s stance on

Nancy Hackett, New England
School of Art and Design, served as
faculty organizer for the school’s entry
in the International Interior Design
Association Boston Fashion Show 2007
held at the Boston Marriott Copley
Place. Interior design graduate students Senofer Mendoza, MJ Burke and
Khaing Sabe dressed in costumes representing Light, Line and Texture. Knoll
International supplied the fabric for
their costumes. Fifteen students also volunteered at the registration tables.

Senofer Mendoza, MJ Burke and Khaing Sabe.

Nina Huntemann, Communication
and Journalism, spoke on “Armchair
Soldiers: Men, Masculinity and MilitaryThemed Video Games,” at the University
of Missouri.
Peter Jeffreys, English, was awarded
honorable mention by the Modern
Greek Studies Association as part of the
2007 Edmund Keeley Book Prize for his
study, Eastern Questions: Hellenism and
Orientalism in the Writings of E.M. Forster
and C.P. Cavafy (ELT Press, 2005). He
also presented a paper, “Performing in

Prose: Cavafy’s Peza” at the Modern Greek
Studies Association 2007 Symposium at
Yale University.
Micky Lee, Communication
and Journalism, will present a paper,
“Towards a Feminist Political Economy
of Telecommunications,” at the Fourth
International Conference on Technology,
Knowledge and Society at Northeastern
University in January 2008. Her book
review of Christine Marran’s Poison
Woman: Figuring Female Transgression in
Modern Japanese Culture will appear in
Feminist Media Studies.
Quentin Miller, English, completed
the New York Mara­ hon, his first 26.2t
mile run.
Patricia Reeve, History, presented
a paper, “‘Hygeia herself is ever the
companion of true liberty’: Bay State
Workingmen’s Demand for the Right of
Person in Historical Context,” at the North
American Labor History Conference at
Wayne State University.
Douglas Seidler, New England
School of Art and Design, presented a
paper, “Using Prior Knowledge to Create
Purpose in Digital Design Education:
Building Connections Between Hand and
Digital Drawing,” at the 2007 Interior
Design Educators Council East Regional
Conference in Philadelphia. 

Professor Designs
“Home of the Year”
Interior Design Co-Program Director Nancy Hackett’s home
was chosen as the Boston Globe Magazine 2007 “Home of
the Year.”
Hackett, an assistant professor of Interior Design at the New
England School of Art & Design, and her husband, Michael
Doherty, designed the 1856 North Shore home, updating it for
today’s lifestyle.
They worked within the vernacular New England house style,
yet were able to connect the indoors and outdoors.
The renovated home was featured in the Globe Magazine on
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007.
Nancy Hackett’s renovated 1856 house.
December 2007


History Lesson
Continued from page 1

ent significant historical problems orally
and in writing.
“These teachers were quite enthusiastic
to be here and learn as much as they
could,” said Allison. “They found the
content to be interesting and appeared to
be re-energized about teaching history.”
Allison said that one of the teachers,
an alumnus, had considered history his
worst subject when he enrolled at Suffolk.
“He said that when he graduated it was his
best… all because of one professor, John
Cavanagh, who made ‘history come alive,’”
said Allison.
Tri-City Technology Education
Collaborative Executive Director Cynthia
Fiducia also has received funding for a new
program, Laptops in the American History
Classroom, which increases teachers’ capacity for multi-media instruction.
“These projects have enabled Suffolk
University to forge productive and
potentially long-term partnerships with
area school districts,” said Reeve. “As a
result, Suffolk University students will have
increased opportunities for service learning
in the commonwealth’s elementary and
secondary classrooms.
Over the three-year span of the Voices
Rising project, 72 teachers will each receive
81 hours of intensive professional development. The project will directly impact more
than 2,000 students in their classrooms.
Partnering with Suffolk in this project
are the University of Massachusetts at
Lowell through the Tsongas Industrial
History Center, the Boston National His­
torical Park, the Lowell National Historical
Park, the Saugus Iron Works Historical Site
and the Boston African American National
Historical Site. 

Professor Robert Allison demonstrates a point
about history. (Photo by Robert Simpson)


Center for Teaching Excellence

The Whole Is Greater than the Parts
There are many myths in higher education. One of the most prevalent is the
image of the professor as an independent teacher and scholar working long, lonely hours.
The reality is that we all need to work with others to accomplish our goals for student
We know that professionals learn and grow when they come
together in “communities of practice.” Communities of practice
are composed of professionals who meet together to explore
beliefs, assumptions and practice around teaching with the goal
of understanding and improving learning and practice. By working together with like-minded professionals, we not only add to
our knowledge base, but can actually reorganize and create new
knowledge through interactions with others.
This philosophy of “communities of practice” is the overarching philosophy of the Center for Teaching Excellence. The CTE
began the fall with a series of programs designed to bring faculty
together to talk about teaching, learn from each other and explore the literature on best
practices. CTE offered Teaching Excellence Workshops, New Faculty Seminars and New
Faculty Orientation. We’ve also had faculty reading groups, teaching circles, afternoon
teas and consultations. We’ve introduced a Mid-Term Feedback program and will videotape classes for consultation with a colleague.
In the spring semester we will sponsor our third annual University Wide Teaching
Luncheon and will introduce Friday Afternoon at the Movies—a series of films about
teaching, complete with popcorn and soda.
We invite you to drop by the twelfth floor of 73 Tremont St. to join your colleagues in
a community of practice.
Donna Qualters
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Wireless Access Now Available on Campus
The University has gone wireless, and it is now possible to connect to
network resources and the Internet through more than 400 access points in 15 buildings
around campus.
Wireless connectivity also is available in Alumni Park on Temple Street, and students,
faculty, staff and guests have been able to sit outside and access the University’s network
resources while basking in the extended warm weather of this fall.
The wireless network offers access to the Internet, network printers, e-mail, shared
folders and more.
Users may gain access to the wireless network by logging in, using their Suffolk
University e-mail ID and password, after making a few simple adjustments to computer
settings. Full instructions may be found on the Information Technology Services Web page
Visitors to campus who would like to gain wireless access must be sponsored by a department they are visiting. Requests for guest access should be made to the ITS support center
24 hours in advance.