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March 2009  •  Vol. 35, No. 2

BRA Approves 20 Somerset Plan
The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved the University’s
plans to build a new academic building at 20 Somerset Street to serve as a
permanent home for the New England School of Art and Design.
The decision clears the way for removing the abandoned structure that once
served as the Metropolitan District Commission headquarters. A new classroom/
art studio building will rise in its place.
The University will transform the adjacent Roemer Plaza into a welcoming
open space, incorporating a commemorative element celebrating the MDC’s
history of parkland and greenspace conservation.
The 20 Somerset development process has extended over four years, and
the University has worked closely for the past two years with a BRA-appointed
task force, neighbors on Beacon Hill and representatives of the abutting
Garden of Peace.
The proposed building’s design includes:
• A glass façade on the south side of the building designed to enliven an
improved Roemer Plaza
• A “quiet” façade on the opposite north side, designed to be respectful of the
neighboring Garden of Peace memorial to homicide victims
• State-of-the-art classrooms for students in the College of Arts and Sciences
that will feature full media technology and energy-efficient lighting and
• Art studios for instruction in painting, drawing, sculpture and printing,
along with electronic classrooms for computer instruction in graphic design
and interior design
• Faculty offices
• A public art gallery displaying student and professional work
• Critique spaces
The new building is being designed by the architectural firm of Chan Krieger

Garden of Peace board members and the University’s
External Affairs team celebrate a successful collaboration
on the 20 Somerset project. Vice President John Nucci is
joined by Garden of Peace Vice Chair Mary Lou Schaalman,
Elizabeth Leary, Michael Feeley, Garden Chair Evelyn Tobin,
board member Beatrice Nessen and Greg Gatlin. (Photo by
John Gillooly)

New Academic VP Focuses on Quality
I live to learn.
Those are the words that Janice Griffith lives by, and she credits
her mother for her abiding commitment to education.
“My mom was a wonderful person who was active in church and
the community,” said Griffith, the University’s new vice president
for Academic Affairs.
Her mother “valued an education. That’s where I get it from,”
said Griffith, who was born in Oregon, the oldest of three children,
and raised by her single mother, the late Edith Harris, in Union,
N.H. “My motto is and always has been, ‘I live to learn.’”

Griffith arrived at Suffolk University Nov. 1 after serving as dean
and law professor at Georgia State University College of Law.
“I was immediately attracted to Suffolk because of its focus on
quality teaching and strong faculty/student interactions,” she said.
She has immersed herself in her new surroundings—visiting
the residence halls, working out in the weight room and walking
through the library. She is trying to learn about Suffolk students not
only by communicating with them, but also by putting herself in
their shoes.
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Research Boosts Broken Windows Theory
The law enforcement field is taking note of the research
efforts of Brenda J. Bond, assistant professor of Public Management,
who is co-author of a journal article documenting significant crime
drops in focused areas of Lowell where law enforcement problemsolving, public works and code enforcement had been brought to
The long-debated “broken windows” theory of social behavior
argues that crime is linked to physical and social disorder in a
Brenda Bond
In Lowell, this disorder took the form of trash-strewn streets, broken street lights, abandoned buildings, public drinking and loitering. In the course of the randomized research
study, officials cleaned up half of the neighborhoods plagued by these sorts of problems.
Researchers then monitored the results and found that there were 20 percent fewer calls to
police from the spruced-up areas compared to areas receiving traditional police response.
“This study is critical in that it not only supports the theoretical aspects of Wilson
& Kelling’s ‘Broken Windows’ theory, but it generates valuable knowledge that police
practitioners can adopt as part of their policing strategies,” said Bond. “Moreover, the study
shows that engagement of non-public-safety services is critical to crime reduction. By building on the work of my colleague, Dr. Braga, the results of this experiment will inform police
strategy for years to come.”
Bond served as co-author of the research article, in the journal Criminology (8/09),
with Anthony Braga of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The Boston Globe
wrote about the study and its outcome in its Feb. 8 edition, with a follow-up editorial on
Feb. 13, 2009 

Before (top) and after photos show one
of the Lowell neighborhoods that police
officers focused on as part of their problemsolving efforts. Trash was cleaned up, and
the neighborhood saw a reduction of crime
with no significant increase in crime in the
surrounding neighborhoods. (Photos by
Brenda Bond)

Job Shadow Day at Beacon Hill Institute
Save the Date
The Suffolk University
Athletics Department will
induct a coach, six athletes
and a baseball team into
its Athletic Hall of Fame
during an induction
ceremony and dinner.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Royal Sonesta Hotel

The Beacon Hill Institute partici​­
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.
“Nineteen students have visited BHI as
Job Shadows since our first year of participation in 1999,” said Frank Conte, director of
communications and information systems
for BHI.
This year, Gledestony Sequeira and
Daynabo Issak, juniors from Charlestown
High School, shadowed Conte as he went
about his work.
“Job Shadow Day is a great opportunity
to introduce high school students to both

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Frank Conte with Charlestown High School
students Daynabo Issak and Gledestony

BHI and Suffolk University. Students who
participate in Job Shadow show a real interest
in success,” said Conte. “Curiosity about
work life and its many responsibilities is a
valuable trait, and Gledestony and Daynabo
clearly understand its importance. The institute -- through its work in economics -- is
always interested in the next generation and
how it will shape tomorrow’s workforce. To
that end I tried to underscore how their jobs
will change over a lifetime in our dynamic

New Academic VP Focuses on Quality
Continued from page 1

“One of my goals is to improve the quality of the academic enterprise,” said Griffith,
who works closely with the deans at all
three schools. “To accomplish this, I have
to ensure that our students have the best
learning experience and support services
possible. There is nothing more important
than that.”
Griffith’s additional goals include:
• Continuing to focus on diversity
• Energizing the commitment to inclusiveness at the University’s campuses
• Creating the University as a hub for
intellectual discourse
• Encouraging faculty to engage and
promote scholarship and discovery of
new information
• Preserving Suffolk’s reputation as an
outstanding teaching University
She welcomes the opportunity to assist
the University in its continuing growth
in a competitive environment and tough
economic times.
Griffith, who holds a B.A. from Colby
College and a J.D. from the University
of Chicago Law School, said: “I like the
challenge of helping to move educational
institutions forward to the next level.”
Griffith stressed Suffolk’s value as an
educational resource and partner.
“A University today cannot be insular,”
she said. “What we need to do is host events
that draw people from the community with
whom we can connect. We have to bring
people together to discuss ideas and share
knowledge about a wide range of topics.”

Griffith was at Georgia State University
College of Law from 1996-2008. She also
served as professor of law at Quinnipiac
University and Bridgeport University
schools of law. She spent a year as an
American Council on Education fellow at
Ohio State University.
“I feel one of my strengths is that I have
been at various institutions and seen how
other schools operate,” she said.
One project Griffith is tackling is the
New England Association of Schools and
Colleges (NEASC) accreditation, which
occurs every 10 years, with the next selfstudy scheduled for 2012.
The furnishings in Griffith’s office on the
12th floor of 73 Tremont Street reveal something unique about her: She works standing
up. Her computer, printer and fax machine
are all lined up on a platform against the
back wall, like a technological buffet. This
setup allows Griffith to walk around as she
works, with everything at her fingertips.
“There is no special reason other than
I like working standing up,” she said. She
then added, “Besides, I sit enough during
a typical day while attending meetings.”
When she’s not busy at work, Griffith
enjoys skiing, sailing, swimming and
jogging. She also is a “political junkie,” a
big fan of Italian and Chinese food, and a
voracious reader, presently reading Albion’s
Seed, a cultural history book by David
Hackett Fischer.
Her recent transition from South to
North has gone smoothly. “Now I know
why we attract so many students from all

Janice Griffith stands while working at the
computer. (Photo by John Gillooly)

over the country and all around the world—
our location,” said Griffith with a smile.
“Boston is an exciting and historical place,
and it has so much to offer. I even like the

College & Athenaeum Partner for Civic Discourse Series
Civic Discourse, a new initiative sponsored by The Boston
Athenaeum and the College of Arts and Sciences, was inaugurated
in February with journalist and political analyst David Gergan lecturing on “The Press—Turning Foe into Friend.”
The College and the Athenaeum will present an annual series of
lectures, panel discussions and films devoted to a topic of national
significance. Media and Democracy is the focus for 2009.
“Our goal with the civic discourse initiative is to treat
significant—and significantly complex—issues as thoroughly as
possible and from a variety of perspectives, said Dean Kenneth
S. Greenberg. “We believe the topic Media and Democracy will
provide great resonance following the recent national elections. In

addition to talks by leading national political and media figures, the
series will feature many of Suffolk’s faculty members, particularly
professors in the Communication and Journalism Department.”
“Our goal is to reactivate the role of the Boston Athenaeum as
an institution in which the most pressing issues of the day would
find a full and intelligent hearing,” said Richard Wendorf, the
Athenaeum’s Stanford Calderwood director and librarian. “We
are very fortunate to have been able to forge a relationship with
the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University, a major
institutional presence in our neighborhood.”
Events are free and open to the public by advance reservation.
For a full schedule, see 
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Congratulations to Elif Armbruster of
English and her husband Bill Cochrane
on the birth of their daughter Mea
Cochrane on Dec. 25, 2008.
Kirsten Behling and Elizabeth
Irwin of the Office of Disability Services
co-presented “Effective Communication
Strategies for Faculty: Highlighting
How to Discuss the Major Contract
Mea Cochrane
of the Course, the Syllabus” at the
Annual Conference on Teaching for Transformation, University of
Massachusetts Boston’s Center for the Improvement of Teaching.
Behling also presented “Universal Course Design a Model of Faculty
Development” at Northeastern University’s Faculty Development
Around Inclusive Teaching.
John Berg, Government, presented a paper “Waiting for Lefty:
The State of the Peace Movement in the United States” at the
annual conference of the American Politics Group of the Political
Studies Association at the University of Oxford.
Sara Dillon, Law School, was inducted into the St. Michael’s
College Alumni Academic Hall of Fame.
Erin Evans, Law School, was a planning member of the 2009
National NASPA Mental Health Conference committee and served
as a facilitator for a roundtable discussion on the challenges and
impact of mental health issues on campuses.
Debbie de Lange, Strategy and International Business, received
honorable mention in the 2008 Page Prize Competition for
Environmental Sustainabilty Curriculum sponsored by the Moore
School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She shared

the honor with Herman van den Berg of the Rotman School of
Management, University of Toronto, for their course, Managing for
Environmental Sustainability.
College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Sebastián Royo
presented “Spain in the European Union” for United States government officials in Arlington, Va.
Douglas Seidler, Interior Design, New England School of
Art & Design, will present a paper “Using SketchUp to Increase
Understanding of Detailing, Material, and Assembly in Interior
Design Education” at the Interior Design Educators Council 2009
International Conference March 27 in St. Louis, Mo.
Jeff Stone, Athletics,
received the Kerkor “Koko”
Kassabian Award from
the Athletic Trainers’ of
Massachusetts in recognition
of his outstanding service and
contributions to the athletic
training community in
Massachusetts. He also was
chosen 2008 Trainer of the Year
for the Great Northeast Athletic
Conference. Stone is director of
District One-New England for
the National Athletic Trainers’
Association and was named
co-medical director for the 2009
Bay State Games. 
Jeff Stone

ABA Session
at Law School
Law Professors Marc Greenbaum and
Jeff Lipshaw engage in a lively discussion
during a reception following a roundtable
on the federal bailout sponsored by the
Rappaport Center for Law and Public
Service, the Law School and the American
Bar Association Business Law Section. The
event was held in conjunction with the ABA
Mid-Year Meeting in Boston. Law School
faculty participating in ABA events included
Dean Alfred C. Aman, Jr., who discussed
“The Domestic Face of Globalization:
Administrative Law in a Public/Private
World” as a luncheon keynote speaker, and
Professors Alasdair Roberts, Victoria Dodd
and Renée Landers, who moderated panel
discussions. (Photo by John Gillooly)



Spring Showcase
Clowning Around
Assistant Professor of Theatre Caitlin Langstaff,
front, poses with students performing in
Circa, the movement/clown piece she created
as part of Spring Showcase. With Langstaff
are Allie Barone, Andrew Scheinthal, Shaun
Bedgood, Zach Zatet, Michael Dewar, Claire Van
Riper and Arissara Chounchaisit. Through
games and improvisation, Langstaff and the
troupe created a story set on getting back to
basics in the name of survival. (Photo by J.
Stratton McCrady)

Faculty Publications

New Faces

Sandra Barriales-Bouche, Humanities and Modern Languages,
has published “Filming Ghosts: Between the Dictator and Me (2005),
An Awakening to a Silenced Past” in the journal Studies in Hispanic
John Berg, Government. His chapter “Greens in the USA”
was published in Green Parties in Transition: The End of Grassroots
Democracy ?
Simone B. Chun, Government, published the article “In Search
Simone B. Chun
of a Perpetual Peace in the Korean Peninsula” in the Korea Observer,
Vol. 39, No. 4, Winter 2008.
Raul de la Fuente Marcos and Carlos de la Fuente Marcos. Their article “The
Cassiopeia Perseus open cluster family” was published in the peer-reviewed journal New
Astronomy, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 180-195 (Feb. 1, 2009).
Sue Orsillo, Psychology. Her book Mindfulness-and Acceptance-Based Behavioral
Therapies in Practice, co-authored with Lizabeth Roemer, a psychology professor at the
University of Massachusetts Boston, was published in November 2008.
Jason Peterson, Business Law and Ethics, had an article “The Big Dig Disaster: Was
Design Build the Answer?” published in the Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and
Contractors, Vol. 24.
David Yamada, Law School, published “Workplace Bullying and Ethical Leadership”
in the Journal of Values-Based Leadership, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2008). The article was posted to
the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and appeared in the top ten downloads lists
of 16 SSRN subject categories, and can be downloaded at
papers.cfm?abstract_id=1301554. In addition, he published an article “Human Dignity
and American Employment Law” in the University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 43, No.
2 (2009), which was also posted to the SSRN network in the top 10 downloads lists of 12
subject areas: 

Please welcome our newest employees:
Laura Alfring, Juvenile Justice Center
Ayesha Augustus, University Police
Cheryl Azza, Juvenile Justice Center
Abie Baafi, Office of the President
Brendan Collins, Information

Technology Services
Jessica Dasilva, University Police
Anthony Delprete, Athletics
Jose Diaz, Facilities Management
Suzanne Gallagher, Office of the

John Greaney, Macaronis Institute
Alexander Green, University Police
Janice Griffith, Office of Academic

Keith Hersh, Information Technology

Rebecca Kmiec, Office of Disability

Derek Lam, Information Technology

Shannon Malone, Finance
Eric Sacca, Student Accounts/Bursar
Timothy Skaggs, University Police
Laverne Slawson, Law Registrar’s Office
Tyler Smith, University Police
Bijaya Tamang, University Police 
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Ford Hall Forum Spring
Lecture Series
The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University spring 2009
speaker series began with Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week,” senior correspondent for
“NewsHour,” and author of The Breakthrough: Politics and
Race in the Age of Obama. Journalist Callie Crossley served as
Ifill was honored with the 2009 Louis P. and Evelyn Smith
First Amendment Award.
The series continues with:

Richard Stallman
Copyright vs. Community
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19
C. Walsh Theatre
Karl Case and William Apgar, with Lisa Lynch
Has the American Dream Reached the End (or a New
Beginning)?: Credit, Debt, and the U.S. Economy
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 26
C. Walsh Theatre
Charles Burnett, Frank Christopher, and Kenneth S. Greenberg
Film screening and discussion of Nat Turner: Troublesome
6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 2
C. Walsh Theatre
Juan Enriquez
Financial Crises, Technology, and Why Boston Might Just Be
the Center of the Universe (at least for now)
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 16
Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium
Phillip Longman
The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World
Prosperity and What to Do About it
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23
Old South Meeting House
Nicholas Daniloff
Of Spies and Spokesmen: A Cold War Correspondent Looks
at Russia Today
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 30
Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium
Paul Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Gould, Nick Mills and Sima Wali,
with Alan Berger
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7
Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium 



On Equal Terms
Boston Women’s Commissioner Marie Turley, poet and artist Susan
Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of History Pat Reeve and John Laughlin
of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council
#35, gather with “Stella” at the opening reception for the On Equal Terms
exhibit, at the Adams Gallery through March 17 Among the tradeswomen
on hand to tell about their work was a carpenter who had installed the
trim in the gallery. (Photo by John Gillooly)

College Magazine Wins
National Awards
Suffolk Arts + Sciences, the premier issue of the College magazine, has won five national awards since its publication in 2007.
They are:
• Gold EDDIE Award from FOLIO: in the category of
Supplemental Annual, One-Shot, Full Issue.
• Bronze OZZIE Award from FOLIO: for Best Design, New
Magazine, Association/Non-Profit
• The 2008 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the
category of New Magazines and Journals
• The 2008 Gold EXCEL Award from The Society of
National Association Publications for Most Improved
Newsletter to Magazine
• An overall Extra! Award from The Society of National
Association Publications for outstanding excellence in

International Collaboration Inspires Adams Gallery Installations
Here, There and Everywhere: Anticipating
the Art of the Future, organized by Bostonbased Transcultural Exchange, consists of
more than 60 simultaneous presentations
worldwide, including installations at the
Adams Gallery.
Transcultural Exchange brings together
artists from various cultures and disciplines.
The Adams Gallery features separate
installations by New England School of
Art & Design Fine Arts Program Director
Audrey Goldstein and Assistant Professor of
Foundation & Fine Arts Ilona Anderson.
The work they created with international
colleagues will be at the gallery April 1
Audrey Goldstein, at the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, wears a backpack she created. Meanwhile,
through May 7, 2009.
her encounters with passers-by are recorded on video. The video will be projected onto the backpack
The installation Point to Point, by
at the Adams Gallery, and a notebook with signatures of people she met during the event also will be
Goldstein and Dennis Simms of Berlin,
displayed. A previous installation involving a backpack, right, was exhibited after it was similarly worn
Germany, consists of a sculptural backpack
on the streets of Boston.
with a soundtrack and video projected onto
its surface.
The work reflects Goldstein’s fascination with the full spectrum
of interpersonal relationships, from chance encounters and familial
ties to the disembodied and remote intimacy of the online world.
Simms’ soundtrack is a compilation of sounds culled from musicians in Berlin’s clubs, street noise and the heartbeat.
Common Ground, by Anderson; Janet Callinicos of Brisbane,
Australia; and Liza Callinicos of London, consists of a romantic
embroidered silk petticoat (Anderson), a “memory of a memory”
floating above a pile of discarded objects on the floor (Janet
Callinicos) and the sound of breath emanating from within (Liza
The artists, all of whom have lived in Africa, employed the call
The multi-layered installation Common Ground, by Ilona Anderson and
and response of African musical tradition to bring to mind the
colleagues from Australia and London.
fragile balance in negotiating between cultural contexts. 

University Efforts Yield CASE Awards
The CASE District I 2009 Communication Awards recognized the Suffolk University Alumni Magazine
(SAM), with gold in the magazine categories of Best Design and Best Writing. SAM is produced by the
newest members of the University Media and Creative Services team, the writers and designers working
with Advancement.
The Virtual Campus Tour, produced by UMCS for the Office of Enrollment Management, was
awarded silver in the Specialty Web Sites category.
In the Digital Media—DVD/CD-ROM category, the Our Town is Downtown DVD, produced by
UMCS for External Affairs, received a bronze.
UMCS received an honorable mention in the Special Purpose Communication category for a newstudent orientation packet produced for the Division of Student Affairs.
The CASE District I communication awards recognize outstanding achievement in higher education,
independent school and non-profit organization communications. Judges assess overall design; content
and writing; and use of photography, graphics and technology. 

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University Earns
Service Learning
The University is cited in 
the 2008–09 edition of the
Guide to Service-Learning Colleges
and Universities. 
The annual award is given to one or
more service-learning resources recognized
nationally by service-learning practitioners
for effective and valuable contributions to the
The guide profiles Suffolk and the
S.O.U.L.S. (Suffolk’s Organization for
Uplifting Lives through Service) Community
Service and Service Learning Center.
“We are very proud to have received this
distinction,” said Suffolk University Vice
President for Student Affairs Nancy Stoll.
“It confirms the wonderful work that our
students do through the S.O.U.L.S. program
under the leadership of a talented and
creative staff.  Our community service and
service-learning efforts provide tremendous
benefits to our students’ educational experience and to our neighborhood and the city of

New Web Site
for Athletics
The University’s Athletics Department
has joined the PrestoSports College Sports
Information Network and unveiled a new
department Web site: www.gosuffolkrams.
The new Web site is the home for all
information regarding the University’s 13
intercollegiate varsity sports teams.
It features updated scores, photo galleries,
student-athlete and staff biographies, as
well as information for prospective studentathletes and alumni.
Information related to the University’s
intramural programs, gymnasium schedule,
fitness center hours and the Athletic Hall
of Fame also may be accessed through these
Web pages. 



Chinese New Year Observed
The Sawyer Business School’s celebration of the Lunar New Year, “The Cultural Aspects of
Doing Business in China, was among several events held across campus to usher in the

Year of the Ox. Featured activities included a lecture by Jill Cheng, founder and president of
Cheng & Tsui Company, an independent publisher and distributor of educational materials
dedicated to supporting Asian studies, a traditional lion dance and a martial arts presentation.
There was also a demonstration by Chinese calligraphy writer Tian Yien Jiang. Associate Dean
Morris McInnes, Associate Professor Lin Guo and daughter Bridget, Assistant Professor
Tammy MacLean, and Professor Robert DeFillippi gather around the head of the lion.
(Photo by John Gillooly)