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Astrophysical Event
Spousal Dream Team
To Your Health

October 2009  •  Vol. 35, No. 6

Social Media Expand Realm
of “Friends and Followers”

As modes of communication have migrated from newspapers
and television to social media, the University has embraced the
new approach.
Recent changes to the University’s Internet home page demonstrate the new communication focus, with links to Facebook,
YouTube and other social media displayed prominently.
“The University has to have a social media presence,” said
Professor Gloria Boone of Communication and Journalism, who
teaches New Media and New Markets. “Any number of studies
show that one of the most important contact points is through
Web sites and social media.”
A recent search shows more than 100 Suffolk University-related
pages on Facebook alone, from special-interest student groups
such as the Suffolk Step Team, to the Best Buddies community
service group. The University also has a presence on Twitter,
Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn and other sites, although some pages
have become inactive over time.
The official University Facebook page is Suffolk University
– – with nearly 1,000
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University Veterans Promote
Yellow Ribbon G.I. Program
Suffolk Business School Dean William J. O’Neill has and
always will be a big supporter of the G.I. Bill. Bring up the subject
and his eyes light up.
“I attended Suffolk Law School on the G.I. Bill; it means a lot
to me,” said O’Neill. “Suffolk has a history of supporting veterans,
and that goes right to the core of what we’re all about.”
Suffolk has recently joined the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education
Enhancement Program and will offer veterans enrolling in the
University up to $20,000 in grant money annually while they
pursue a degree.
“Once we learned about this, we felt it was the perfect fit for
veterans interested in attending Suffolk,” said O’Neill. “It was a
classic win-win situation.”
Through the expanded G. I. Bill, the federal government will
fund higher education for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan
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Civics Lesson

Professor Robert Smith steps off the C-Span Civics Bus after an oncamera discussion of the Supreme Court and new Justice Sonia
Sotomayor. C-Span’s two Civics Buses have visited students, teachers
and citizens in all 50 states since the program began in 1993. C-Span
partnered with Comcast for the Sept. 9 session at the Law School.
(Photo by John Gillooly)

Madrid Professors and Students Report Astrophysical Event
dents published their observations and analysis in the journal New Astronomy.
The article presents a number of possible explanations for the observed optical
transient, with the authors saying that
it is a possible orphan gamma ray burst,
or GRB.
Gamma ray bursts are brief astrophysical
events, but the afterglow may last for
extended periods of time. Some GRBs
coincide with the collapse of a star.
Professors Raul and Carlos de la Fuente
The observation was made using the
Marcos and students studying astronomy
Mons telescope of the European Northern
at the Madrid campus have observed a flash Observatory in Tenerife. The Marcoses
of light – or bright optical transient – in a
regularly take students on extended trips to
dwarf galaxy. The professors and four stuthe Canary Islands to conduct field work.

The students were engaged in a novahunting project that entailed periodic
monitor­ng of the M32 galaxy, a satellite to
the Andromeda galaxy, when the observation
was made.
The observation was registered with
the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics
Data System –
Students K.M. McGoldrick, N.
Chartofillis, G.N. Gómez Díez, and S.
Píriz Bartivas contributed to the article,
“MONS OT J004240.69+405142.0: An
orphan GRB optical afterglow candidate in
Andromeda?” New Astronomy, Volume 14,
Issue 3, p. 214-220. 

Social Media

focus a decade ago, then blogs. Along came
MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and, for the
older, professional crowd, LinkedIn.
MySpace is now in decline, while
Facebook doubled its users from this
past January to September, when it had
300 million active members. The fastestgrowing Facebook demographic is users
age 35 and older, according to Boone’s
research, and more women than men are
getting on board.
Meanwhile, the value of Twitter is yet
to be determined, but a Harvard Business
School study published in June showed that
most users sent an average of one tweet in a

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fans. Its purpose is to offer information to
anyone interested in learning more about the
“The University page is the gateway to all
the other official pages,” said Jessica Krywosa
of University Communications, who administers the Facebook page and oversees social
media activities for the University.
Krywosa welcomes University participation in the social media sites. Posts about
campus happenings are appreciated, and
Krywosa invites members of the University
community to submit photos and videos.
She also is pro-active, with work-study
students out and about on campus tweeting
and collecting information and images for
the Facebook site.
Boone said that incorporating video and
podcasts broadens the University’s potential
“Even people outside the University who
aren’t looking for news and events might look
at videos or podcasts,” she said.

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Boone said that both professionally produced video and amateur efforts have value.
“The University can offer a clip from a
speaker or a class, or it can be just plain fun –
Fall Fest or something along that line,” said
“Student videos may not be extremely
polished,” said Krywosa. “But that makes
it real.”
Communication model in flux

The social media environment is rapidly
evolving, said Boone. Web sites were the

Getting connected

Krywosa pointed out that, while there
are many Facebook pages associated with
the University, not all are active, and
University Communications would like
to avoid a proliferation of unnecessary or
duplicative pages. She suggested that those
wanting a social media presence connected to the University give her a call. 

New Faces

Please welcome our newest employees:
Julia Albo, Health & Wellness Services
Jodi Coochise, Counseling Center
Stephanie Day, Counseling Center
Tracy Fersan, Center for International

Craig Keller, Registrar’s Office – Colleges
Maura Schiller, Psychology

Kerri Schubert, Counseling Center
Christina Stanley, Registrar’s Office – Law

Keren Zuniga McDowell, Academic Access

and Opportunity

Teaching a Family Affair for Communication and Journalism Pair
For some couples, having
similar professional careers could
be a nightmare. How­ ver, Cindy
and Frank Irizarry, assistant professors in the Com­ un­cation
m i
and Journalism Department,
find their special bond to be
more of a dream come true.
The Irizarrys not only
teach in the same department,
they teach the same courses:
Introduction to Public Relations,
Advanced Public Relations and
Communication Theory. Some
semesters they also teach a Public
Relations graduate course.
So inquiring minds want
to know: Does Frank carry his
wife’s book bag to and from
class each day?
“No, it doesn’t work out
that way,” laughed Cindy.
“We’re here on alternating
days; I teach on Monday and
Wednesday, and he teaches on
Tuesday and Thursday. We may
teach the same courses, but
our schedules are different.”
“We build off each other,”
said Cindy. “It’s nice to sit with
someone and hear or talk about
what the core ideas should be
when putting a course together.”
“I look at what we have as
a positive thing,” said Frank.
“It’s great to bounce ideas off
someone right at home.
“It is a benefit for us to come
from different schools with different course work, professors,

and pedagogical approaches
and be able to discuss things
related to our research and
our teaching that most faculty
never have the opportunity
to do with their spouses.”
While they may not agree
all the time, the Irizarrys
have similar teaching styles.
Their interactive classrooms
employ the latest technology,
and they maintain a good
rapport with their students.
“As opposed to talking at
them, we talk with them,”
noted Cindy.
The Irizarrys first met in
August 1995 while teaching
in the Communications
Department at Syracuse
University. They were engaged
five months later and married
in June 1996. This is their
second year at Suffolk.
“The transition to Suffolk
has been smooth,” said
Frank. “The people here have
been absolutely wonderful,
supportive and the embodiment of professional.”
“We are very fortunate to
have brought both Cindy and
Frank to campus to share their
expertise in public relations
with our students,” said
Communication & Journalism
Department Chair Bob
Rosenthal. “They have a strong
academic background, coupled
with significant professional

Cindy and Frank Irizarry. (Photo by John Gillooly)

experience in the field. Their
combination of theory and
practice in the classroom provides our students with an
outstanding educational experience, preparing them for careers
in public relations and also for
advanced graduate study.”
The Irizarrys, who live in
Wilmington, are the parents

of two sons – John, 12, and
Frankie, 8. On the weekends,
Frank coaches his boys in youth
football and lacrosse, while
Cindy cheers from the stands.
“Frank does things he
enjoys, and I do things I enjoy,”
said Cindy Irizarry. “But we
try and do things together
as much as possible.” 

Lois E. Horton of George
Mason University will open the
symposium with an overview
of the anti-slavery movement.
Other sessions will examine the
significance of the abolitionist
community, anti-slavery music,
abolitionism in popular culture
and women in the movement.
Award-winning author
David Blight of Yale will provide the closing keynote address.

Zoe Trodd of the University
of North Carolina and state
Rep. Byron Rushing will conclude the program, discussing
the relevance of slavery and
anti-slavery today.
The Friday-evening program
is free to the public. Register for
the daylong Saturday program

Abolitionism in Black and White
The University will join
a coalition of historical organizations to host the
two-day public symposium
“Abolitionism in Black and
White: The Anti-Slavery
Community of Boston and
The program, to be
presented at the C. Walsh
Theatre, will begin at 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23, with a staged

reading from a new play about
abolitionist, fugitive slave and
author Harriet Jacobs.
A panel discussion following
the reading, with Dean Kenneth
S. Greenberg moderating, will
focus on slave narratives and
how to employ drama to communicate this history.
On Saturday, historians
James Oliver Horton of George
Washington University and

October 2009


Michael Basseches of

Psychology presented his
work on Psychotherapy as a
Developmental Process at three
conferences: the Congress of
the European Association for
Psychotherapy in Lisbon; the
Conference of the Society for
Exploration of Psychotherapy
Integration in Seattle; and the
Convention of the American
Psychological Association in
Toronto. He is a member of the
program committee for the May
2010 conference for the Society
for Exploration of Psychotherapy
Integration in Florence, Italy.
In addition, Basseches taught
two continuing medical education courses at Harvard Medical
School: “Treating Young
Adults” and “The Practice of
Psychotherapy.” On August 29 he
married Angela Caterina Calero
Brandao of Almada, Portugal.
John Berg, Government,
gave a seminar on “The Obama
Administration and Civil
Society” at the Center for Civil
Society, University of KwaZuluNatal, in Durban, South Africa.
Roberto Domínguez,
Government, presented a
paper “From Vienna to Lima:
Assessment of the EU-Latin
American Summits” at the 50th
Conference of FLACSO (Latin
American Faculty on Social
Sciences) in Quito, Ecuador.
The English Department
was well represented at the 7th
Biennial Symbiosis Conference,
“Boston and the New Atlantic
World,” hosted by the College of
Arts and Sciences in Sargent Hall.
Leslie Eckel, who helped
organize the event, delivered a
paper “Losing It All in the
Atlantic: Toward a Theory of
Oceanic Emptiness.” Elif Arm­
bruster presented “Art and its
Affects: Harriet Beecher Stowe
in Europe, 1852-1859,” and
chaired a panel “Transatlantic
Print Culture.” Also chairing
panels were Pamela Buck,


Bob Allison leads Symbiosis Conference walking tour.

Krystle Petrie

“Transatlantic Narratives”;

Wittgenstein Symposium in
Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria.
Krystle Petrie, Law School,
was a guest on Boston radio
station WBMX-Mix 104.1
“The Boston Neighborhood
Forum” discussing her volunteer
organization, On Your Feet
Project (
Sebastián Royo, associate
dean for the College and director
of the Madrid campus, was
awarded a Fulbright Senior
Specialist Grant for 2010.
He presented two papers at
conferences over the summer:
“Zapatero and the Challenges of
Economic Reforms” at the 2009
meeting of the American Political
Science Association in Toronto,
and “Consequences of the Crisis.
Keynes or Protect­onism” at the
summer school Taller 2009 –
Obama. El Poder Internacional
del Cambio, organized by La
Escuela de Periodismo UAM-El
País in Madrid.
Ronald Suleski, director
of the Rosenberg Institute for
East Asian Studies, and Dan
Wu, Center for International
Education, met with students
from the Shanghai Institute of
Foreign Trade, who were at the
University this summer for two
weeks of intensive training in the
English language. The meeting
was featured in the Chinese
newspaper Sing Tao Daily. The
translated version can be found

Quentin Miller, “Transatlanti­

cism and the 20th Century”;
Rich Miller, “Transatlantic Sym­
pathy”; and Jeremy Solomons,

“Cultural Conflict in Early
America.” History Department
Chair Bob Allison led a walking
tour of Boston’s Revolutionary
sites and chaired a panel “Identity
Formations in the Early Black
Atlantic.” Symbiosis is a scholarly
journal of Anglo-American
literary relations and transatlantic
studies published in England.
This year’s event was the first in
the biennial conference series to
be held in the United States
Nancy Hackett, NESAD,
was elected to the board of
IIDA New England, the local
chapter of the International
Interior Design Association.
She will serve a two-year term

Sing Tao Daily

as director of public relations
and media communications.
Elaine Garofoli, Academic
Computing, Sawyer Business
School, co-presented “Virtual
Families as an Instructional
Strategy in an Undergraduate
Nursing Curriculum” at the
25th Annual Distance Teaching
and Learning Conference in
Madison, Wis.
Charles Kindregan, Law
School, was named to the
Advisory Board of the Project
on International Surrogacy
Arrangements of the University
of Aberdeen Law School, which
is conducted in collaboration
with the Hague Conference on
Private International Law.
Monty Link, Philosophy,
spoke on “Marks of Math­
ematical Concepts” at the
32nd Annual International

on the College of Arts
and Sciences Web site at
Kathy Vinson,
Legal Practice Skills,
was elected to the
board of directors of
the Association of Legal
Writing Directors and
also was appointed to
the Media Committee
of the Legal Research,
Reasoning, and Writing
Section of the Association
of American Law Schools.
Fouad Yatim,
Information Technology
Services, co-presented
“Creating a Business Case
for In-Building Wireless
Solution on Campus”

at the 2009 Educause
regional conference
in Atlanta, Ga.
The University’s
Korean Summer Institute
was cited in the August
2009 Jeju Peace Island
Magazine by Kim
Tae-Hwan, governor
of Jeju, South Korea,
as a good example of
cooperation between
Jeju National University
and Suffolk University.
Faculty members who
have partici­ ated in the
program are John Berg,
Simone Chun and
Roberto Domínguez of
Government and Martha
Richmond of Chemistry
and Biochemistry. 

Batter Up
Division of Student Affairs staff members and graduate
assistants got together to play a spirited game of
softball at Teddy Ebersol Field on the Esplanade. Players
included, kneeling: Dean Grubb, Diversity Services;
Keri Lemasters, Athletics; Nicole Lydon, Performing
Arts - High School PIC Program; Rich DeCapua,
Student Affairs; Kyle Dooley, Student Leadership
& Involvement; and Jamie Depelteau, ResLife &
Summer Programs. Standing: Elie Simmons, Diversity
Services - High School PIC Program; Rod Waters,
ResLife & Summer Programs; Monique Mitchell,
ResLife & Summer Programs; Jacinda Félix Haro,
Diversity Services; Isaac Hendrickson, Athletics; Rev.
Amy Fisher, Interfaith Center; Liz Drexler-Hines,
Health & Wellness; Kathy Maloney, Performing
Arts; Paul Tanklefsky, Career Services/Co-op; John
Silveria, Student Affairs; Katie Hildreth, Performing
Arts; Ben Janey, Performing Arts; Sarah Bankoff,
Career Services/Co-op; Steve Perroni, Student Affairs;
Gabriella Priest, Career Services/Co-op; Craig
Cullinane, Diversity Services; Amanda Grazioso,
ResLife & Summer Programs; and Lisa Shell, ResLife &
Summer Programs.

Carol Medina of the Sawyer Business
School Dean’s Office tries one of the
more than 50 hand sanitizer dispensers
located throughout the campus.

Greg Curtis of Information Technology
Services receives a flu shot during the
clinic offered by Harvard Pilgrim
Health Care. (Photos by John Gillooly)

First Line of Attack on Flu
In one of its many efforts to combat the h1n1 virus, the University
has placed hand sanitizer in high-traffic areas throughout the campus.
“Many of us on the ICS (Incident Command System) team have
attended numerous training sessions with regard to the H1N1 flu, and,
since washing your hands is the first line of protection to prevent getting or
spreading the flu, we felt that adding Purell dispensers was a good idea,” said
Maureen Stewart, director of Budget and Risk Management. “The ICS team
will be monitoring the H1N1 flu on campus, in our neighborhood and
within the Boston area.”
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety acquired the dispensers
and determined the best locations for installation.
A link to the most up-to-date campus and Centers for Disease Control
information on the H1N1 flu is provided on the Suffolk home page: www. 

Business School Innovation Panel
The Center for Innovation & Change Leadership is hosting “Applying
Disciplines of Innovation,” a discussion of successful innovation techniques
and the application of these techniques to industry, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 2, in the Sargent Hall first-floor function room.
Curtis Carlson, president and CEO of SRI International and co-author
of The Five Disciplines of Innovation, will deliver opening remarks. He will
receive the 2009 Global Leadership in Innovation & Collaboration Award.
The panelists include Lu Ann Reeb, president, Skyways
Communications, LLC; William Forbes, director of Supply Chain
Technology, Raytheon Company; and Sean Belka, senior vice president,
director of Fidelity Center for Applied Technology. Leonard Polizzotto,
principal director of Marketing and Strategic Business Development at
Draper Labs, will moderate the discussion.
The event is free; however, registration is required as space is limited.
To register go to For more information contact Anna
Quadri at ext. 4801. 

October 2009


Faculty Publications
Barbara Abrams, Humanities and Modern Languages, has
published a book, Le Bizarre and Le Décousu in the Novels and
Theoretical Works of Denis Diderot: How the Idea of Marginality
Originated in Eighteenth-Century France.
Edward G. Bartick, Chemistry and
Biochemistry, has published “Infrared
Microscopy and Its Forensic Applications”
in Forensic Science Handbook, Vol. III 2nd
edition; “Analysis of titanium dioxide in
synthetic fibers using Raman microspectroscopy” (co-authored with Brandi C. Vann,
S. Michael Angel, James E. Hendrix, and
Stephen L. Morgan) in Applied Spectroscopy,
Cover photo is of
Vol. 63, Issue 4, pp. 407-411, 2009; and
spectral image
“Non-invasive Detection of Superimposed
obtained in the
Latent Fingerprints and Inter-ridge Trace
reported work
Evidence by Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging,”
(co-authored with Rohit Bhargava, Rebecca Schwartz Perlman,
Daniel C. Fernandez, and Ira W. Levin) in Analytical and Bioanalytical
Chemistry, Volume 394, Number 8/August, 2009.
Michael Basseches, Psychology, has published Psychotherapy as a
Developmental Process (co-authored with Michael F. Mascolo) as part
of the Routledge Mental Health Series, July 2009.
Mark S. Blodgett, Law School. His article “Foreign Direct
Investment, Trade, and China’s Competition Laws” (co-authored with
Richard J. Hunter and Robert M. Hayden) appeared in the Denver
Journal of International Law and Policy, Vol. 37, No.2, spring 2009.
Joseph De Quattro, English. His short story, “Exits,” from his
book of linked stories, Westlake’s Collected Interruptions, was published
in Zahir, A Journal of Speculative Fiction, Issue 20, (fall 2009).
Carol Dine, English, has published the book Van Gogh in Poems
(Bitter Oleander Press 2009).
Roberto Domínguez, Government, published a book chapter
“La Unión Europea: Actualidad y Perspectivas de un Sistema Regional
de Gobernanza Integradora,” (co-authored with Omar Espana)
in Continuidad y Cambio en los Escenarios
Regionales: Una Visión Prospectiva.
Ross Fuerman, Accounting. His article
“Bernard Madoff and the Solo Auditor Red
Flag” was published in the Journal of Forensic &
Investigative Accounting on page 1, Issue 1, Vol.1,
p.1. The article can be viewed at http://papers.
Nina Huntemann, Communication and
Journalism, edited Joystick Soldiers: The Politics

Save the Date

Deans’ Reception


of Play in Military Video Games with Matthew Thomas Payne. The
book was published by Routledge in August 2009.
Peter Jeffreys, English, edited The
Forster–Cavafy Letters: Friends at a Slight
Angle, (American University in Cairo Press).
A Greek translation will be published by
Ikaros Press. 
Shahriar Khaksari, Finance. His
paper “Determin­ng CEO Compensation
Structure” (co-authored with H. Mehran and
H. Tehranian) has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Finance.
Micky Lee, Communication and Journalism. Her article “constructed global space, constructed citizenship” will be published in
the journal Javnost-The Public.
Monty Link, Philosophy, had a paper “Marks of Mathematical
Concepts” published in the proceedings of the 32nd Annual
International Wittgenstein Symposium.
Lydia Martin, NESAD, had an oil painting Tiempo included
in the 113th Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Open Juried
International Exhibition at the National
Arts Club, Gramercy Park, New York City.
Melanie Maung, a former NESAD student,
posed for the portrait.
Raul and Carlos de la Fuente Marcos,
Physics, Madrid Campus, had an article
“Hierarchical Star Formation in the Milky
Way Disk” published in The Astrophysical
Journal, Vol. 700, Issue 1, July 20, 2009, pp.
Ronald Suleski, director, Rosenberg
Lydia Martin’s Tiempo
Institute for East Asian Studies, is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Modern China (Charles Scribner’s
Sons, 2009).
Georges Tsafack, Finance, has an article “Asymmetric
Dependence Implications for Extreme Risk Management” in the
Journal of Derivatives, Vol. 17, No. 1: pp. 7-20 (fall 2009).
Kathy Vinson, Legal Practice Skills, has published two articles:
“Teaching in Practice: Legal Writing Faculty as Expert Writing
Consultants to Law Firms” (with Joan Blum) in Mercer Law
Review, Vol. 60, p. 761 (2009) and “Watch, Listen, and Learn” in
the Suffolk Law School Alumni Magazine (fall 2008). The second
edition of her book Legal Analysis: The Fundamental Skill (coauthored with David S. Romantz) has been published by Carolina
Academic Press.

The Deans’ Reception, a traditional and festive event that brings together people
from throughout the University community, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 24, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The University’s Service Award Program
will recognize numerous colleagues on their tenth, twentieth, thirtieth and fortieth
anniversaries of dedication to Suffolk University.

Honored With
Heritage Medallions
The University recognized the commitment of three people
who made outstanding contributions to the life of the
University through its 2009 Heritage Medallion Ceremony on
Sept. 16. Those attending included President David J. Sargent
and College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean David
Robbins, chair of the Heritage Committee; honorees Beatrice
L. Snow, retired professor and chair of Biology, College of
Arts and Sciences; and Lorraine DiPietro Cove, assistant
dean and registrar, Law School. Paul Mason accepted the
medallion on behalf of his late wife Nancy Clemens Croll, a
faculty member and director of academic computing, Sawyer
Business School. (Photo by John Gillooly)

To Your H e alt h

Protect Your Smile … Save Your Heart
Did you know that people with gum disease are much more likely to
suffer heart disease than people with healthy gums? Some experts say plaque
buildup may contribute to swelling of the arteries. Others suggest bacteria in
our mouths may affect our heart by entering the bloodstream. Whatever the
cause may be, good oral health is not only good for your smile, but it may prevent coronary heart disease.
Oral Health Tips

Be consistent with your oral health routine.
Make sure to floss and brush at least twice a day and, ideally, after every meal.
Brushing is important, but without flossing, bacteria can build up in between
your teeth and on your gum line.
n Fluoride is not just important for kids; it also helps prevent decay in adult
teeth. Fluoride can be found in some mouthwashes and toothpastes.
n Limit sugary snacks and eat a balanced diet. Excessive sugar can break down
your tooth enamel which can lead to cavities. If you can’t brush, floss or chew
sugarless gum.
n If you smoke, quit.
n Most important, make sure to visit your dentist regularly.
While you’re fine-tuning your oral hygiene skills, make sure to pass these tips
on to the children in your life. You can play an important role in helping your
kids’ smiles stay healthy too!
This becomes especially important during the Halloween season, when all
of us are indulging in sweet, chewy, gooey treats. Why don’t you try mixing it
up a little this year? For instance, if you’re a candy corn lover, try mixing a small
amount of the candy into your favorite trail mix. Your teeth and body will thank
you for the added nutrition.


Healthy Monday Giveaway!

Human Resources will be giving out free toothbrushes around campus on Oct. 19 to help keep your
smile bright. For more information about Healthy
Monday events, such as Yoga for Everyone! on
Tuesdays, visit and click on
the Healthy Monday link. 

Construction Exhibit
Showcases Sculptors
Construction, a group exhibition of new sculpture
made in Boston, will be at the Suffolk University Art
Gallery through Nov. 21.
Exhibiting artists include:
n Jeff Smith
n Ellen Rich
n Peter Evonuk
n Arthur Henderson
n Isabel Riley
n Laura Evans
Widely ranging
materials and techniques
define the sculpture
of these five Boston
sculptors. The means
vary from reproductions
of recognizable objects
to abstract, expressive
assemblages or hybrids Isabel Riley, Construction in Yellow
(2009), wood, fabric, paint.
of the two. The media
employed span the
spectrum from actual trash to 24K gold.
The visual and cultural associations are many.
Renovated, reclaimed or recycled materials are
incorporated into compositions that reveal the aesthetic
strategies as well as the artistic problem solving that
these artists leave visible. The decision to use elements
from our contemporary environment instead of fine art
materials lends a directness and an innovative quality to
all of the works. 
The Construction exhibit is curated by James Hull of
the New England School of Art & Design.
The Modern Theatre & the Boston-Hollywood
Connection continues at the Adams Gallery through
Nov. 30. 

October 2009


Yellow Ribbon
G.I. Program
Continued from page 1

wars at a rate equal to the tuition at public
institutions within the state where the
student is enrolled. In Massachusetts, that
amount is less than $6,000.
Private institutions typically cost more
than state colleges and universities, and
Suffolk University has made a commitment
to fund costs in excess of the minimum
for all accepted veterans studying in its
Sawyer Business School, College of Arts and
Sciences, and Law School.
Marketing professor Michael Barretti,
Director of Executive Education and LifeLong Learning, leads the Yellow Ribbon
marketing communications group. Barretti,
who served as an officer in the U.S. Marine
Corps for 20 years and is a decorated
Vietnam veteran, received his Executive
MBA from Suffolk through an earlier version of the G.I. Bill.
“The G.I. Bill and Suffolk changed my
life,” said Barretti. “Today’s veterans will

Michael Barretti with student Christopher Sweatman, a former Logistics Officer in the U.S. Navy
who was the first veteran to enter the EMBA Program under the new Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. (Photo by
John Gillooly)

see that Suffolk has stepped up to the plate
with this expanded G.I. Bill and that having
this opportunity to receive a high-quality
education will have real meaning for them.”
“We did this as a community-wide team
effort,” said O’Neill. “It was extraordinary

how everyone from various departments in
the University came together to make this
all happen.”
“I have never been more proud of this
University as we continue to create a veteranfriendly environment,” said Barretti. 

$1 Million Grant Extends
History Collaboration

$410K Award Supports
Research & Teaching

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1 million for
the extension and enhancement of the Teaching American History
grant-funded program conducted by the University’s History
Department and the Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative.
“In the past three years we as history faculty have learned a great
deal about our partners in elementary, middle and high schools and
have been energized by their ideas and commitment to getting kids
excited about history,” said History Department Chair Bob Allison.
The original program’s goals were to deepen K-12 teachers’
knowledge of American history and to foster innovative teaching,
particularly for students who are multilingual and unfamiliar with
American civic culture.
Professor Patricia Reeve and TRITEC Executive Director Cindy
Fiducia partnered to conceive Phase Two -- Becoming America: The
Defining Role of Immigration -- and to write the grant. Allison lent
his expertise to program refinement, and the project will tap the
expertise of many members of the History Department, including
Kerri Greenidge, an adjunct who will coordinate program delivery. 

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Honggang Zhang has been awarded a five-year, $410,000 CAREER
grant from the National Science Foundation.
Zhang will conduct research into unstructured dynamic overlay
networks, a type of computer network formed from interactions
among constantly changing strategic users. Applications include
file sharing, user-assisted media streaming, video-on-demand, and
voice-over-IP, e.g., Skype.
The research project will endeavor to develop effective
mechanisms to ensure the stability and efficiency of unstructured
networks and to provide seamless interoperation with Internet
architecture and service providers.
Grant funds also will support Computer Science graduate
students assisting with the research.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
offers some of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious
awards to help build a foundation for a lifetime of integrated
teacher-scholar productivity. 

In Memoriam
Law Professor Alfred I. Maleson