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January 2008
Vol. 34, No. 1

A Message
from the President
Welcome back to another promising
new academic year. I hope you enjoyed the
holidays with your families and friends and
are now ready to begin afresh the important work of educating our students.
Suffolk University again welcomed in
the New Year with an ice sculpture display
in front of the Law School. This year, First
Night celebrants saw the energy of the
University embodied by the Suffolk Ram.
Our New Year’s Eve celebration allows us
to bring together faculty, staff, alumni,
students and neighbors—all the people
who are key to the success of the University
We were very pleased to see our students
move into our newest residence hall, at 10
West St., earlier this month. The University
now has the capability of housing more
than 1,000 students in our three residence
halls, and we are pleased to be able to offer
them a full university experience, including
the opportunity to live with fellow students
in affordable and safe housing.
The official opening of 10 West St.
again brought together the wider community, and we were pleased to have Mayor
Thomas Menino speak at the event.
As recent events show, we have been
hard at work planning for the expansion
of the physical campus, but, as always,
intellectual development and service are at
the heart of the University’s mission.
The College of Arts and Sciences is
preparing to offer a new master’s program
in ethics and public policy next fall, and
it once again will host an exciting array of
distinguished visiting scholars this semester,
including U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Stephen Breyer; Byllye Y. Avery, founder of
the Black Women’s Health Imperative; and
novelist Maxine Hong Kingston.
The Law School officially launched
the Rappaport Center for Law and Public
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Ram Power
Celebrating First Night 2008 in front of the Suffolk Ram ice sculpture display are Brian McDermott
of University Media Services and University Police Officers Moe Brown and Greg Grande. Passersby stopped to chat and have their photos taken, as members of the Suffolk community distributed
colorful neon glow-necklaces imprinted with the University’s name. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Capital Campaign on Way to $75M Goal
“The Power to Change” campaign already has garnered $46.8 million, or 62 percent of its
$75 million goal, after just over a year of the three-year effort.

“The response from Suffolk alumni and friends has been nothing short of extraordinary,”
said Vice President for Advancement Kathryn Battillo. “This is the result of so many generous people who share our vision of ensuring that Suffolk remains a vital, vibrant school,
accessible to all.”
The Campaign for Suffolk University, launched in October 2006 during the University’s
Centennial Celebration, is an unprecedented effort to harness Suffolk’s proud heritage to a
boundless, enduring future. The ambitious campaign advances initiatives in four key areas:
student life and learning, academic excellence, evolving campus and the annual fund. It
champions every aspect of University life, preparing the University to meet the challenges
of higher education in the 21st century.
Campaign highlights have included launching the Rappaport Center for Law and Public
Service; increasing need-based financial aid through the Centennial Scholarship program;
creating the first two endowed chairs in the University’s history; and establishing the Center
for East Asian Studies.
“‘The Power to Change’ is a bold title for a bold vision,” Battillo said. “We take tremendous pride in this campaign’s progress and in the tireless commitment of our extended
Suffolk family. I call their contributions transforming gifts, as they literally transform the
University in profound ways.” 

President’s Message

Counseling Center Cites “Samaritans”

Continued from page 1

One individual and two teams were selected to receive this year’s Samaritan Awards. 

Service, with Attorney General Martha
Coakley as keynote speaker. The Rappaport
Center weaves together the Law School’s
government, public policy, and public interest resources and initiatives as it advances
opportunities for law students and lawyers
to engage in public service.
The Sawyer Business School added 20
new faculty members this year and has two
exciting conferences planned: the Knowledge
Globalization Conference in April and the
Multi-Organizational Partnerships, Alliances
and Networks (MOPAN) International
Conference in June.
The initiatives, ideas and commitment
of the Suffolk University family are what
make our institution thrive. As we begin
this new year, I want to thank you for your
efforts and your loyalty. Together we will
continue to groom tomorrow’s leaders and
make a positive impact on our city, nation
and world.
David J. Sargent

These awards, part of the University Counseling Center’s Action for Depression
Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment (ADAPT) program, are presented each year to
individuals or groups that propose projects, events and activities addressing issues related to
depression prevention or treatment.
President David J. Sargent presented awards of up to $1,000 to the winners so they can
translate their ideas into action during the spring 2008 semester.

Sodexho Goes Green
The University’s dining facilities will

discontinue use of Styrofoam products in
response to a request from the Sustainability
Task Force.
The task force asked Sodexho, which
manages the University’s food services, to
replace Styrofoam with more sustainable
materials that are not as environmentally
Sodexho will use products produced from
leftover manufacturing materials, such as
paper scraps, in University dining facilities.
The change will mean a small increase in
the price of certain items, because the nonStyrofoam packaging has a higher per-unit
Customers may be able to recoup some
of this small price increase when Sodexho
introduces a discount program for those
who use reusable mugs or water bottles to
purchase beverages. 
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Staff Writers
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Tony Ferullo
Heather Clark

Samaritan Awards recipients

“Raising Awareness and Taking Action:
The Impact of Racism on Mental
Health” was developed by Students
Taking Action Against Racism (STAAR),
a group founded by fourth-year clinical
psychology doctorate students Shana
Dangelo, Meredith Klump and Lauren
Mizock. The project seeks to educate the
University community on the relationship
of racism, discrimination and mental
health, especially depression. The group
will sponsor speakers and workshops to
address issues of racism as well as focus
on how taking a stand on discrimination
impacts emotional health.
• Visiting Assistant Professor of
Communication and Journalism Chris
Clemens will work with students in his
Media Production course to produce a
President Sargent congratulates Linh Tran.
DVD about depression and create a plan
to distribute it throughout the campus.
• The “Heightened Awareness” project was developed by Assistant Professor of Sociology
Erika Gebo and undergraduate sociology majors Chantelle Hashem, Marisa Melo and
Shawna Ortega.  They will conduct a survey of undergraduate students to measure
students’ perceptions of depression and the existing University support system.
• A Samaritan Award Recognition certificate was presented to undergraduate student
Linh Tran for the “Free Hugs” project.  She will put together a Free Hugs Team to be
stationed around the campus on a designated day with the goal of giving out 100 hugs. 
Hugging can help relieve stress and depression.

The ADAPT program is co-directed by Lynda Field and Paul Korn of the Counseling

Emergency Response System Gives
Heads Up on Snow Closing
The University’s emergency response system was put to its first test on Thursday,
Dec. 13, when the University closed at 12:30 p.m. due to a snowstorm.
Employees and students who had signed up for the service received notice of the early
closing by telephone, cell phone, text message and/or e-mail in the late morning.
“We had a 95 percent success rate for delivery to staff and students who had signed
up, which is really good for the first time,” said Risk Manager Karen (Schwartz) Kruppa.
“We want to encourage employees who haven’t taken advantage of this service to sign up
through Human Resources.”
An “Employee Change of Address/Contact Info” form is posted on the Human
Resources page of the University’s Web site. 

Walter Caffey, Enrollment and Retention
Management, was named associate vice
Robert DeFillippi, Management
and Center for Innovation and Change
Leadership, headed a panel of innovation
scholars in a session on “Exploring the Dark
Side of Creativity and Innovation” at the
Society of Industrial and Organizational
Psychology (SIOP) conference, “Enabling
Innovation in Organizations: The Leading
Edge,” in Kansas City, Kan.
Megan Daley and Michael Duggan,
Enrollment Research and Planning, pre-

The New England School of Art & Design’s
Interior Design department held its first alumni
reception at the Seaport World Trade Center. The event coincided with Build Boston,
the convention and trade show for design,
building and management professionals.
Waiting to board a trolley for the ride back to
NESAD are students Rachell Aguiar, Odette
Maine and Erica Leahy; Interior Design Program Co-Directors Nancy Hackett and Karen
Clarke; and Lyuba Sardanova, a newly accepted Interior Design graduate student.

sented a session on “How to do Web-based
surveys” at the 2007 NEACRAO conference
in Waterbury, Conn. Duggan also presented
a session on “What’s New in IPEDS.”
History Department Updates: Robert
Allison was re-elected vice president of

the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. At
the quarterly meeting of the New England
Historic and Genealogical Society, he
discussed his book, The Boston Massacre.
Robert Bellinger, Stephen O’Neill, Pat
Reeve, Chris Rodriguez and Yong Xue
represented the department at the 2007
Boston History and Innovation Awards
dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel
in Boston. They were joined by Julie
Schniewind of Executive Education/
Lifelong Learning and undergraduate
students Tracie Recchino, Ethan Silvers,
Rachel Plukas, Mike Nash and Sirenna
Espiritu. Matteo Casini presented “The
‘Majesty’ of Power in Seventeenth Century
Italy: Ritual, Representation, Art” at The
Center of 17th and 18th Century Studies at
UCLA. He also spoke on “‘The City is the
Queen…’ : The Republic of Venice and Her
Empire” as part of the History Department’s
monthly lecture series. Stephen O’Neill
treated his History of Piracy class to
authentic pirate food from the 17th and
18th centuries. When the class met two days
before Thanksgiving, the students feasted on
traditional ship’s biscuits, pease porridge and
salmagundi, a spiced dish popular in pirate
accounts. O’Neill and Ryan McGrale of No.
9 Park restaurant used original records and
period recipes to create the menu.

Gordon King, Facilities Planning and
Management, was elected chairman of
the Marblehead Smart Growth Advisory
Committee and also was appointed to the
Fair Housing Committee in Marblehead.
Lydia Martin, New England School of
Art & Design, visited with renowned illustrator Barry Moser at his studio and home
in South Hatfield,
where he demonstrated his methods
of printmaking in
wood engraving and
his techniques in
watercolor painting.
Quentin Miller,
English, chaired a
panel, “On the Road
Lydia Martin, Barry
at 50,” at the Jack
Moser and Ike.
Kerouac Conference
in Lowell. At the
American Studies Association Convention
in Philadelphia, he chaired a panel entitled
“Walnut Street and Beyond: The History
and Legacy of Pennsylvania Prisons.”
Marjorie Attignol Salvodon,
Humanities and Modern Languages, spoke
at Swarthmore College on “Between the
Lines: Reading and Translating French
Multicultural Fiction.”
Da Zheng, English, presented a paper,
“Chinese Calligraphy and Asian Art in the
West,” at the New York Conference on
Asian Studies. He organized a symposium
on Chiang Yee at the China Institute in
New York, where he spoke about Chiang
Yee’s art works. 

Faculty Publications
Robert DeFillippi, Management and Center for Innova-

Poppet: Unseen Voodoo and Arthur Miller’s Tituba” in
tion and Change Leadership. His scholarly manuscript,
Forum for Modern Language Studies, October 2007, Vol.
“The Many Moods of Inter-Organizational Imitation:
43, pp. 438–454.
A Critical Review,” was accepted for publication in the
Steve Novick, New England School of Art & Design,
International Journal of Management Reviews.
had a solo exhibition of his art work at the OHT Gallery
Thomas McGrath, Humanities and Modern
Steve Novick’s Trophy in Boston’s South End.
Languages, had his review of “Bellini, Giorgione, Titian,
Marjorie Attignol Salvodon, Humanities and
and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting,” an exhibition at
Modern Languages, had an article, “The Mysteries of
the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., published
Belonging in The Autobiography of my Mother by Jamaica
in the November 2007 issue of Renaissance Studies.
Kincaid,” published in the September 2007 issue of The
Quentin Miller, English, has published a literary bioInternational Journal of the Humanities. Her co-translation
graphical essay on the contemporary novelist Joanna Scott
project, Tomboy, was published by the University of
in the American Writers reference volume series, Supplement
Nebraska Press in October 2007 as part of its European
XVII, pp. 183–197. He also published “The Signifying
Women Writers Series. 

January 20 08


Children’s Theater Troupe Takes Center Stage
There is a new show in town, and it is already receiving rave reviews.

Memory of Humanity: From Solferino to
Guantanamo—145 Years of Red Cross
Photography, a traveling exhibit from the
International Red Cross, from Feb. 1
through March 31, 2008.
This powerful exhibit of photography
from across the world illustrates how
compassion and humanitarian aid can
mitigate the horrors of armed conflict. A
Memory of Humanity consists of more than
80 photographs from the International
Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in
Geneva and offers a view of International
Humanitarian Law from its beginnings in
1859 to the present.
Among the photographs are images from
the devastating 1859 Battle of Solferino, the
Spanish-American War, both World Wars,
the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War, the
Boer Wars, the civil wars in Sierra Leone
and Angola, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and
the Biafran Civil War in southern Nigeria.
The University community is invited
to a reception to be held from 5–7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31.

The Suffolk University Children’s Theater Troupe—or Ready, Set, Act!—gave its premier
performance last month at the Suffolk Family Holiday Celebration. The student actors
wowed the crowd with an interactive interpretation of Aladdin.
“There were children of all ages in the audience, and the expressions on their faces were
priceless,” said April Duquette, a junior majoring in theater education who is president of
Ready, Set, Act! “Some of them were even holding hands with cast members and asking
them questions on their way down to the gymnasium for the holiday party. A lot of parents
came up to me afterwards to say how much their children really enjoyed our show.”
For Duquette, 20, who has been singing, dancing and acting since she was 7 years old,
spearheading this new venture is a dream come true. “Two of my favorite things in the world
are children and theater,” she exclaimed. “There is nothing better than putting both of your
passions together as one.”
Ready, Set, Act! is in its first year,
although at one time the Performing Arts
Office produced a children’s show each year.
The new troupe will perform throughout
the year.
“The Performing Arts Office is very
excited about the return of children’s
theater,” said Performing Arts Director
Kristin Baker. “We think this student-run
performing group will provide meaningful
student leadership opportunities in the arts Aladdin cast members Nat Steinsaltz, Jane Holmes
and be a great benefit to the community.
and Heather Maloney play to an appreciative crowd
Plus, their shows are a lot of fun!”
at the holiday party. (Photos by John Gillooly)
The traveling troupe will work with
both the Performing Arts Office and
Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives
through Service (S.O.U.L.S.) in scheduling
shows in various communities, according to
Duquette. The group is currently working
on a student-written piece targeting high
school audiences.
“We have fifteen to twenty students
involved in the theater troupe, and while
it’s a challenging job, we all share the work
and receive great support from the Performing Arts Office,” said Duquette. “We have many
creative and energetic people in the group who enjoy what we’re doing.” 

Paine Scholarship Exhibit
The 2007 Stephen D. Paine Scholarship

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Sierra Leone, 2001

Gallery Presents

A Memory of Humanity
The Adams Gallery will present A

Award Winners and Honorable Mentions Exhibition, organized in conjunction with the
Boston Art Dealers Association, will be at
the New England School of Art & Design
Jan. 14–Feb. 9, 2008. A reception will be
held Friday, Jan. 18.
The Paine Scholarship is awarded annually to art school seniors and students in
BFA programs in the Greater Boston area. 
James Manning, interim gallery director
at the New England School of Art &
Design, is the exhibit curator. This is
the third year that the Paine Scholarship
Exhibit will be at the New England School
of Art & Design gallery. 


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