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The Suffolk University News
February 2010     Vol. 36, No. 1

Phase 1 of New MySuffolk
Portal Improves Access
MySuffolk, the new portal that retains the best of Campus
Cruiser while introducing a new look and enhanced organization, launched on Jan. 5.
The new iteration of the portal focuses on student and
faculty users. A version of MySuffolk geared to staff and
administrators is in the works.
Over the years, new content was added to Campus Cruiser
in bits and pieces.
“We updated the look and organized content in what we
hope is a logical way,” said Michael Schneider of the Office
of University Communications, which worked closely with
Information Technology Services on the yearlong project.
Faculty members will notice that the SAIL terminology is
gone, but content formerly organized under SAIL may be found
under the Faculty tab.
The MySuffolk portal provides a starting point for browsing
the University’s internal communication structure. In time,
forms and information pertinent only to members of the
University community will no longer be on the University Web
site, but will be accessible through MySuffolk.
For example, Public Affairs now has publicity forms for students and faculty online, easily accessible to the public. In time,
these forms will be accessible only to the internal community
through MySuffolk.
Some students were asked to test the MySuffolk portal
before it launched, and adjustments were made. However,
Schneider said further tweaks and adjustments to the portal
will be made as feedback comes in via the short survey that
appears on user dashboards after log-in. 

Creating the Dream:
Carmen Veloria
President David J. Sargent presents Carmen N. Veloria, assistant
professor of Education and Human Services, with the Creating
the Dream Award at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Luncheon.
Veloria was honored for her outstanding contributions to the AfricanAmerican, Hispanic, Native American and Asian communities. (Photo
by John Gillooly)

Makeovers on the Menu at Campus Cafes
Campus dining facilities were upgraded
over the winter break through a contribution of more than $1 million by Sodexo.
Renovations have been completed to
the dining facilities at the 150 Tremont
St. Residence Hall, the Donahue Building
and the Sawyer Building, and a kiosk was
added to the first floor of Miller Hall,
offering an early-morning grab-and-go
coffee option and a late-night venue for
snacking and studying.
“Our team did an extraordinary
amount of work in just a short time to

renovate three campus cafes, and these
improvements will help Sodexo to prepare
and sell a broader spectrum of food to
students, faculty and staff,” said Gordon
King, senior director of the Facilities
Planning & Management Office, which
worked with general contractor Turner
Construction and architects Bergmeyer
Associates on the renovation projects. 
The renovation at 150 Tremont Street
was the most dramatic, as the serving
area was completely redone, with new
flooring, Corian countertops and various

food stations, including one for international fare.
The Donahue Café has a new salad
bar area, soup and sushi stations, and a
renovated check-out space. The Sawyer
Café was re-visioned to be more of an
espresso café.
“The entire renovation project went
very smoothly,” said Sodexo’s director of
Dining Services Jason Laprade. “These
renovations bring a whole new level of dining to Suffolk students due to the added
options and ease of service.” 



Faculty Publications
Melanie Berkmen, Chemistry and

Biochemistry. Her article, “Polar
Positioning of a Conjugation Protein from
the Integrative and Conjugative Element
ICEBs1 of Bacillus subtilis” (with Suffolk
alumna Emma-Kate Loveday) was published in the Journal of Bacteriology, Vol.
192, Issue 1, Jan. 2010. Their fluorescence
micrograph of bacterial cells is featured
on the cover of that issue.
Brenda J. Bond, Public
Management, published an article “The
Application of Private-Sector Best Practices to Strategic DecisionMaking: Investing in Police Research and Development” in Subject
to Debate, a newsletter of the police executive research forum,
Vol. 23, No. 12, Dec. 2009.
Robert DeFillippi, Strategy and International Business, published “Dilemmas of Project-based Media Work: Contexts and
Choices” in the Journal of Media Business Studies, 6 (4), 5-30, 2009.
This was the lead article for a refereed and externally reviewed
special issue on Project Management in Audiovisual Media. He
was also the lead editor (with Refik Culpan) of a special issue on
“Multi-Organizational Partnerships, Alliances, and Networks:
Vehicles for Innovation and Change” published in the International
Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2010.
Roberto Domínguez, Government, has published “La
Regionalización de América del Norte” in Desarrollo Regional.
Estrategias y Oportunidades, Mexico: UNAM-Gernika, pp.
Charles Kindregan, Law School, authored two law review
articles: “Considering Mom: Maternity and the Model Act
Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology,” 17 Amer. Univ.
Journal of Gender, Social Policy and Law 601 (2009), and “Dead
Dads: Thawing an Heir from the Freezer,” 35 Wm. Mitchell Law
Rev. 433 (2009). He also co-authored a book Assisted Reproductive
Technology Supplement (with Law School alumna Maureen
McBrien), published by the American Bar Association (2009).
Quentin Miller, English, published an essay “The Fire Next
Time and the Law,” in African American
Culture and Legal Discourse, London:
Palgrave, 2009 (117-130).
Elaine Pascale, Second Language
Services, published a book of short stories,
If Nothing Else, Eve, We’ve Enjoyed the Fruit
(Withersin Press).
Sukanya Ray and Debra Harkins of
Psychology have published two articles
in the Journal of American Psychological
Research, Vol. 5 No. 1: “An Exploratory
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Staff Writers
Karen DeCilio
Tony Ferullo
Heather Clark

Study of Resilience and Coping Strategies Among PortugueseSpeaking Immigrant Women Survivors of Domestic Violence”
(co-authored with Carla Maria dos Santos Bernardes) and “Peer
Teasing, Body-Image and Eating Problems among Women” (coauthored with Moira Traci Creedon).
Lydia Segal, Business Law and Ethics. Her article
“Independence from Political Influence—A Shaky Shield: A Study
of Ten Inspectors General” was accepted for publication in the
journal Public Integrity.
Yong Xue, History, had a book published in China: A Critique
of Peking University, Beida piping (Jiangsu Literature and Art
Publishing House).
David Yamada, Law School, published a book chapter
“The Adult Educator as Public Intellectual” in Challenging
The Professionalization of Adult Education: John Ohliger and
Contradictions in Modern Practice (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass,
2009), and an article “Understanding and Responding to Bullying
and Related Behaviors in Healthcare Workplaces” in Frontiers of
Health Services Management, Vol. 25, No. 4: 33 (2009). 

Human Resources
Retirement Updates

Employees can access their TIAA-CREF and Fidelity
retirement accounts online to view total retirement savings
assets, reallocate future contributions, change the beneficiary information and update contact information. To set
up an online account go to or www.
The Internal Revenue Service places limits on the
amounts that may be contributed to the account of a participant in a 403(b) retirement plan. Please contact Human
Resources if you:
• Contribute to a 403(b) retirement plan other than the
Suffolk University plan.
• Contribute to a qualified 401(a) retirement plan
(including a Keogh or SEP-IRA) sponsored by another
employer in which you are at least a 50 percent owner.
• Make elective deferrals (including Roth contributions)
to both Suffolk’s plan and a 403(b) or 401(k) plan of
another employer.
If you fall under one of the above categories, you may
have to reduce your contribution to one of your plans in
order to remain within the legal limit for 2010.
New Faces

Please welcome our newest employees:
Elizabeth Conley, Alumni Programs – College of Arts &
Julie Elias, Registrar’s Office – Colleges
Marco Flores, University Police
Heidi Galpern, Information Technology Services
Ryan Griffin, Academic Access and Opportunity
Matthew Idzik, Academic Access and Opportunity
Rebecca Kromer, Law School Dean’s Office 

Fe b r u a r y 2 010

Robert Allison, History, taped a 36-lecture course “Before 1776: Life

in the American Colonies” for The Teaching Company, which produces lectures by the best college professors in the country. The course
explores the development of the American colonies from Jamestown to
the beginning of the American Revolution. The series will be released
on DVD and CD in The Teaching Company’s “Great Courses” series.
Afshan Bokhari, NESAD, presented a paper “In the name of
the Emperor, Princess and the Holy Spirit” for a panel “Fathers
and Daughters in Islam” at the annual Middle Eastern Studies
Association conference in Boston. An opinion column in the Gulf
News said the conference offered some “incredibly sophisticated panels that were illuminating. One that stood out addressed ‘Famous
Fathers and Daughters in Islam’.” The papers will be published in
an edited volume of The Journal of Persian Studies. Bokhari also
presented “Relevancy of Autobiographical Narratives: The Case
of Jahan Ara Begum (1614–1681)” at the international workshop
“Women’s Autobiography in Islamic Societies: Defining the Genre”
at the University of Texas, Austin, South Asia Institute. In addition
she will present “Masculine Modes of Female Subjectivity: Jahan Ara
Begum’s Sufi Piety and Authority” at the special session “Medieval
Muslim Women” of the 45th International Congress on Medieval
Studies at Western Michigan University in May.
Darlene Chisholm, Economics, presented a paper “Product
Differentiation and Film Programming Choice: Do First-Run
Movie Theatres Show the Same Films?” (joint work with Margaret
McMillan and George Norman of Tufts University) at the Screen
Economics Research Group’s Inaugural Symposium at the University
of Sydney. In November, Chisholm attended the UCLA/Bruce
Mallen Scholars and Practitioners Workshop in Motion Picture
Industry Studies at the Anderson School of Management, where
she presented “Evidence on Make-or-Buy Production Decisions in
U.S. Motion Pictures,” (joint work with George Norman of Tufts
University and research assistance by Suffolk Economics graduate
students Evgeny Vorotinkov and Denexxel Domingo).
Two Suffolk employees were honored at the annual National
Association of Student Personnel Administrators conference in
Newport, R.I. Richard DeCapua of Student Affairs received
the “Continuous Service Award” and Amanda Jahnke of the
Office of University Communications was presented with the
“Outstanding Graduate Student Award.” While at the conference,
DeCapua and Michael Siegel, assistant professor and director of
the Administration of Higher Education Program, presented a
preconference workshop to higher education faculty members from
institutions throughout the Northeast to discuss the preparedness
of graduate students entering the field of student affairs.
Roberto Domínguez, Government, presented a paper “The
Foreign Policy of the Bush Administration towards Europe:
Acrimony and Diplomacy (2000–2008)” at the 2nd Global
International Studies Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was
also part of the North American Team awarded a $12,000 grant
to organize a trinational conference with scholars from Mexico,
the United States and Canada to debate the “Future of Border
Governance in North America.” The conference, held in Mexico
City in October, brought together 40 scholars from six countries.
Michael Duggan, Enrollment Research and Planning,
presented three sessions at the New England Association of
Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (NEACRAO) con-

ference in Portland, Maine, in November: “What’s new in IPEDS,”
“Using the U.S. Dept. of Education’s College Navigator System”
and “An introduction to the IPEDS Data Center.”
Heather R. Hewitt, Merrimack graduate programs, and
son Eric were among the volunteers who participated in the
fifth annual delivery of potted mums sponsored by the Sawyer
Business School Graduate Programs, North Andover campus, and
the Greater Haverhill Chamber in recognition of national Make a
Difference Day. Eight hundred and fifty mums were distributed to
11 nursing homes and elderly housing communities in Haverhill.
Charles Kindregan, Law School, was reelected to the board of
directors of the Probate and Family Inn of Court for 2009-2010
and reappointed to the 2009-2010 American Bar Association
Family Law Publications Board. He was both the moderator
and a presenter at an ABA conference on surrogacy in Montreal.
Kindregan’s work in the drafting of the ABA Model Act on
Assisted Reproduction was cited in the lead front page article
of the Sunday New York Times on Dec. 13, 2009, which quoted
him on the need for regulation of surrogacy clinics. In addition,
the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State
Laws cited his writing in its 117th Year Annual Meeting Report in
recommending changes to the Uniform Probate Code.
Karen Kruppa, Risk Management, was named a trustee on the
Non-Profit Workers’ Compensation Board.
Vice President of External Affairs John Nucci was named to
the board of directors of the Freedom Trail Foundation.
David Yamada, Law School, presented a paper “The
Dignifying Effects of Workplace Bullying Legislation” at the
annual workshop of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
Network at Columbia University in December. He was named to
the Graduate Dean’s Advisory Board at Empire State College. 

Welcoming New Year
The University celebrated First Night 2010 with its traditional ice
sculpture. Joining in the fun were University Security Officer Sinidu
Woldie-Abegaz and Police Officer Pheng Reasey, right, along with
his family, including Nathan Seale, Phary Pheng, Andrew Pheng,
Sreyleakhena Pheng and Anthony Pheng. (Photo by John Gillooly)





Happy February!
Happy for some, but…
If you’re not a winter enthusiast, by this time, you must be
counting the days until the frost thaws and spring begins to bud.
Now that winter is in full force, how do we make it through
the next few months without letting the short days and frigid
temperatures get us down?
More than 500,000 people suffer from Seasonal Affective
Disorder (SAD), a type of depression triggered by the change
in seasons. Individuals with SAD may experience a change in
appetite, fatigue, irritability or avoidance of social interactions.
Many of us experience milder versions of this, but if you feel like
you just can’t pull yourself together, you may want to talk with
your health care provider.
Here are some suggestions that may help lift your mood
and carry you through the rest of the winter:
• Exercise – This is important year-round, but often
people cut back on physical activity when it’s cold out.
Why not try and embrace the season by taking up a
winter sport? Rent some skates at the Frog Pond here in
Boston, or try cross-country skiing. After all, exercise is
not only great for maintaining weight and staying healthy,
it’s also a great stress reliever and energy builder.
• Eat good-mood food – Sugary foods can lead to severe
highs and lows in your blood-sugar levels, which can leave
you feeling cranky and tired. Instead, opt for high-quality
carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits, lentils), soluble fibers
(brown rice, sweet potatoes, beans), and smart proteins
(poultry, fish, low-fat yogurt) to combat mood swings.
• Hydrate – When the temperature drops, we don’t always
feel the need to drink as much water as we do in the
warmer months. However, we still need to drink plenty of
water throughout the day to keep our energy levels high
and our bodies healthy.
• Get some sun – Even 10 minutes of sun exposure a day
can make a difference in the way you feel. If it’s unbearably cold out, try keeping your window shades up to let
the light in…every little bit helps.
You can always find comfort in knowing that springtime
is just around the corner. Happy winter! 

Holiday Cheer
Carolina Garcia, program director of Service Learning, and husband Santiago
Comella sit with sons Santiago and David Comella as they visit with Santa
Claus at the annual holiday party. Meanwhile, Olivia Harvey sports a flowery
mask of face paint as she celebrates with mom Stefanie Harvey, Provost’s
Office, and Santa. A close look behind the beard reveals a face that’s familiar
around campus. (Photos by John Gillooly)

Student Exhibits at NESAD
The Suffolk University Art Gallery at 75 Arlington St. will present
a series of student exhibitions in the coming months:
• Master of Arts in Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition through
Feb. 7
• Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition, a juried show
of undergraduate scholarship winners from Boston-area
schools, Feb. 13–March 7
Opening Reception: 4–6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
• Foundation Student Exhibition, March 10–April 2
• Graphic Design Undergraduate Student Exhibition,
April 3–April 16

• Fine

Arts Undergraduate Student Exhibition, April 17–May 5
of Arts in Interior Design Thesis Exhibition,
May 6–May 23 

• Master