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The Suffolk University News
March 2010     Vol. 36, No. 2

Da Zheng’s “Silent Traveller”
Biography Inspires Exhibit
Chiang Yee and Da Zheng never met, yet their
lives have interesting parallels.
Both were born in China but moved to the
West to pursue higher education. Though of
different generations, they shared a fascination
with art, literature and education.
Zheng, an English Department faculty
member, first learned of Chiang Yee when a
friend sent him Yee’s English-language book
on calligraphy, initially published in 1938.
Zheng, then studying in Shanghai, worked with friends to translate
the volume into Chinese.
Zheng moved to the United States in 1986. One day a book on a
friend’s coffee table caught his eye. It was called The Silent Traveller
in Boston, and on the cover was a watercolor of Park Street Church,
a landmark Zheng had not yet seen.
“I saw the name Chiang Yee and was amazed,” said Zheng. “I didn’t
know that the author of Chinese Calligraphy was also a travel writer.”
The artist-author piqued Zheng’s interest, and he began to read
more about him. Zheng’s research is focused on Chinese-American
literature, and Yee, who covered art, travel, memoir and children’s
stories in more than 25 published books, made a fascinating subject.
In February Zheng published Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller
from the East, a cultural study of a man who spent more than half
his life in the West writing and illustrating a series of travel books
from the point of view of an outsider looking in.
“This is a book I really put my heart into,” said Zheng. “To a
large extent I was writing about someone like myself.”
Yee was a close friend of historian and Boston Athenaeum
Director Walter Muir Whitehill, and the illustrations for The Silent
Traveller in Boston are now in the Athenaeum’s collection. The
Athenaeum has allowed the University to reproduce them for an
exhibit at the Adams Gallery.

Louisburg Square, illustration from The Silent Traveller in Boston,
by Chiang Yee. (Courtesy of Boston Athenaeum)

The exhibit Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller from the East,
celebrating both the author of the Silent Traveller books and
Zheng’s comprehensive study of his life and times, will run from
March 26 through May 30.
Zheng will speak on “Chiang Yee, the Boston Athenaeum,
and Cultural Understanding” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at
the Boston Athenaeum. 

Center Spearheads Efforts to Teach Advocacy Skills at U.N.
Laura Roskos and Amy Agigian of the Center for Women’s Health
and Human Rights will offer experience in the art of advocacy at
the United Nations through sessions to be held in conjunction with
the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and the
meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women.
The 20 participants chosen for each session will gain
temporary delegate status, attend official and non-government
organization (NGO) sessions, and contribute to the documentation of both official and NGO meetings at the United Nations in
New York.

In addition to learning about negotiation, advocacy points and
networking, practicum participants complete several assignments,
the most important of which is to create an advocacy project when
they return to their home campuses.
“We teach the women how important citizen engagement is,”
said Roskos. “They figure out the ropes, learn how to network
with NGOs, meet government officials and participate in turning
specific proposals into documents that can be adopted by U.N.
bodies. This success empowers them to engage in successful civic
campaigns in their home environments.” 

Faculty Publications
Edward G. Bartick, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Patrick
Buzzini, have published a chapter “Raman Spectroscopy
in Forensic Science” in the Encyclopedia of Analytical
Chemistry, 2009.
James Cataldo of Accounting and
Morris McInnes, associate dean of the
Sawyer Business School, had a paper “The
Role of Fair Value and Transaction-Based
Accounting Measures in Firm Valuation”
published in Chinese in Kuaiji yanjiu
(Accounting Research), Issue 7.
Tom Connolly, English, published
three major essays, “Critics,” “Eugene
O’Neill” and “Long Day’s Journey into Night” in Broadway:
An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture. He also
published an article “From First Nighter to Essayist: The (dis)
Establishment of/and Drama Critic John Mason Brown” in The
Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Vol. 20, No 3.
Lisa Coyne, Psychology, has published
a book The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance
and Commitment Therapy Guide to
Parenting in the Early Years, 2009.
Colette Dumas, Management and
Entrepreneurship, published “KaBloom
Explodes on the Scene” with Beverly
Kahn, Jafar Mana, David Hartstein, and
Gina Vega in Case Research Journal, 30 (1).
Giana Eckhardt, Marketing. Her paper “A Brief History of
Branding in China” (co-authored with Anders Bengtsson) was
published in the Journal of Macromarketing, Nov. 2009.
C. Gopinath, Strategy and International Business. His
opinion column “Google is upset with China” was published in
The Hindu Business Line on Feb. 1, 2010.
Liz Drexler-Hines, Health and Wellness Services. Her
article “Peer Education: Is it Working?” was published in
College Health in Action, the American College Health
Association’s newsletter.
Peter Jeffreys, English. His edition of C.P. Cavafy’s
Selected Prose Writings will be published by the University
of Michigan Press this spring. The volume, which is part of
the University of Michigan’s series Writers on Writing, will
be jointly published in the United Kingdom as part of the
University of Birmingham’s Modern Greek Translations Series.
It is the first English translation of Cavafy’s prose works to
date. Also, Jeffreys’ book The Forster—Cavafy Letters: Friends
at a Slight Angle was reviewed in the Dec. 4, 2009, London
Times Literary Supplement (TLS) and will be translated into
Greek and published by the Ikaros Press (Athens) this summer.

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Staff Writers
Karen DeCilio
Tony Ferullo
Heather Clark

Micky Lee, Communication and Journalism. Her article
“Revisiting the ‘Google in China’ Question from a Political
Economic Perspective” will be published in China Media Research.
Raul and Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, Physics, Madrid
Campus, published two articles: “Not an open cluster after
all: the NGC 6863 asterism in Aquila” (co-authored with
Christian Moni Bidin and Giovanni Carraro) in the European
peer-reviewed journal Astronomy and
Astrophysics Vol. 510, Feb. 5, 2010, A44;
and “Drag-induced resonant capture in a
multiplanet scenario: An application to 55
Cancri A” published in the peer-reviewed
journal New Astronomy, Vol. 15, Issue 2,
Feb. 1, 2010, pp. 260-273.
Amy Marks, Psychology, has published
the book Immigrant Stories: Ethnicity and
Academics in Middle Childhood, 2009.
Susan Orsillo, Psychology, has
published a book, Mindfulness- &
Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in
Practice, 2009.
Sebastian Royo, associate dean of the
college and director of the Madrid campus, has published “Reforms Betrayed?
Zapatero and Continuities in Economic
Policies” in the journal South European
Society & Politics Vol. 14, No. 4, Dec. 2009.
Yong Xue, History, had a Chinese-language column
“Zhōngguó yào l ǐ ngd ǎo ‘Jiǎ npái Shìjì’” (“China Must Lead
the ‘Emissions Reduction Century’”) published in the Jan. 18,
2010, edition of South Du Weekly. It was also translated into
English and posted on the Web site, European Tribune. 

Vietnam Honors Marchant
English Professor Fred
Marchant displays the
Commemoration Medal
for the Advancement of
the Arts and Literature
in Vietnam awarded
during a ceremony held
on the eve of the 2010
International Conference
on Vietnamese Literature
in Hanoi. Marchant, with
Nguyen Ba Chung of the
William Joiner Center, has
published a translation
of From a Corner of My
Yard, the earliest book by
the beloved Vietnamese
writer Tran Dang Khoa.
(Photo by John Gillooly)

New Faces
Please welcome our newest employees:
Genevieve Butler, Rappaport Center
Laura Chapman, Rappaport Center
Edwige Elysee, Academic Access and

Andrew Esposito, Student Financial

Services – Colleges
David Gibbs, Law Clinical Programs
Mary Gillis, General Counsel Office
Dulcineia Goncalves, Law Clinical

Joanna Kreisel, Provost’s Office
Paul Lyons, General Counsel Office
Jan-Marie Murray, Advancement
Sheila O’Leary, General Counsel Office
Lindsay Sheldon, Mail Services
Tiffany Sisko, Financial Aid – Law School
Michael Smith, Academic Access and


Year of the Tiger
Enjoying the 2010 Chinese New Year celebration are Education and Human Services Professor
Allan Tow; R. Scott Reedy, Center for International Education; Professor Ronald Suleski,
director of the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies; Marguerite Dennis, vice president for
Enrollment and International Programs; Dan Wu, Center for International Education; and English
Professor and Asian Studies Program Director Da Zheng. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Robert Allison, History, was named an

honorary member of the Massachusetts
Society of the Cincinnati. The officers
in the Continental Army founded the
Society of the Cincinnati in 1783 to
honor Washington, whom they compared
to Cincinnatus, a Roman general who
gave up power and returned to private life
after saving the Republic. Membership is
limited to descendants of Washington’s
officers, though occasionally the Society
will honor a citizen with membership.
William Berman, Law School, received
the Community Project of the Year
Award from the Chelsea Human Services
Collaborative in recognition of the work
that he and his clinical students are doing
in Chelsea for tenants in foreclosed properties who are facing eviction.
Peter Jeffreys, English, gave lectures
promoting his recent edition of the E.M.
Forster-C.P. Cavafy letters, The Forster—
Cavafy Letters: Friends at a Slight Angle,
at the Greek Consulate in Boston and at
King’s College in Cambridge, England. He
will be speaking at Brown University and
the Greek Embassy in Washington D.C.
in April.
Lydia Martin, NESAD, and student
Tyler Tornaben, volunteer their time to
teach arts and crafts workshops at the
Heritage Apartments, a government

subsidized residence for the disabled in
East Boston.
Samantha Moppett, Law School.
Her poster “Acknowledging America’s First
Sovereign: Incorporating Tribal Justice
Systems Into the Legal Research and Writing
Curriculum,” selected by The Association
of American Law Schools (AALS) Section
on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research,
was presented at the AALS meeting held in
New Orleans in January.
Jeff Rhind of University Media
Services and Dania Swartz were married
on Dec. 16,  2009.
Yong Xue, History, appeared on the
National Public Radio program “On Point”
discussing the recent confrontation between
Google and China. 

Job Shadow Day
Breana Mullins and Daedre Bolton, seniors
from Charlestown High School, shadowed
Frank Conte, director of communications
for the Beacon Hill Institute, during the
annual Job Shadow Day sponsored by the
Boston Private Industry Council and the
Boston Public Schools.

Lydia Martin’s valentine project.
Fe b r u a r y 2 010



No More Excuses…
Eat Your Breakfast!
If you are someone who thinks you don’t
have enough time to eat breakfast, think
again. We often spend our mornings running around getting our families ready for
the day, yet we forget ourselves in the mix.
Most of us know the benefits of feeding our
children breakfast: They will concentrate
better in school, have fuel for the day to be
more physically active and have fewer sick
days from school. Why don’t we apply the
same rules to ourselves?
Skipping breakfast decreases your
metabolism and makes it harder for you
to concentrate. This ultimately leads you
to snack impulsively later in the day. Why
not try some of these healthy and quick
breakfast ideas to start your day off on the
right foot?
• Smoothies are great options. Blend
low-fat yogurt with fruit (frozen or fresh
is fine), put it in a travel mug and go.
• Whole grain cold or hot cereals can
satisfy you for hours.
• Whole grain bagels with a little
peanut butter can keep you full until
• Try baking a batch of bran muffins or
even hard boil some eggs the day before.
You can easily grab one in the morning.
Even if you are short on time, quick
and flexible options can give you plenty of
healthy ways to put breakfast back on to
your “To Do” list.
Of course, always speak with your medical provider about any health concerns you
may have. 

Haiti Relief Effort
The campus community was quick to
respond to the devastation wrought by
the earthquake in Haiti, with faculty and
students from all three schools coordinating
efforts through SU ONE: Helping Haiti
SU ONE activities had raised $1,600
by late February, according to Dave
DeAngelis, director of Student Leadership
and Involvement.
As part of the effort, Facilities
Management has organized a campus
bottle and can drive, with collection bins in
the lobbies of each campus building. 


Joshua Cheney and Yvette Velez step it up before starting their workday.
(Photo by John Gillooly)

Fitness Buddies Get Workday
off to an Energetic Start
Early-bird habits, an affinity for exercise and a convenient workout facility have created
an informal exercise group at the Rosalie K. Stahl Center.
Associate Dean of Students Rich DeCapua usually starts the workday at the
first-floor fitness room at 73 Tremont St., where he is likely to encounter regulars
Marguerite Dennis, vice president for Enrollment & International Programs;
Yvette Velez, director of Off-Campus Housing; Joshua Cheney, associate director
of Residence Life and Summer Programs; and Kinga Pastuszak, assistant professor
in the Counseling Center.
“The same group is always there,” said DeCapua, who arrives around 6:30 a.m. “We
kind of have a system of going from one machine to another.”
The fitness area is equipped with weight-lifting and aerobic exercise equipment and
offers lockers, showers and televisions. It is open morning through night to University
employees for a one-time membership fee of $20.
“I try to get in there five days a week, and I love it,” said DeCapua, an avid runner
who averages 50 miles per week and has participated in five marathons. “I feel much
better after working out, both mentally and physically. You feel more energized and
refreshed, and that helps you work better. ”
Dennis, too, talked about the energizing aspect of the fitness center.
“Working out here helps me to set the tone for the day,” she said. “It’s very convenient and a wonderful benefit of being in this building.”
Said Velez: “I’m fully awake after working out; it motivates me. Exercise always
helps to relieve stress in a person’s life. You need that outlet, especially in the cold
weather when it’s not that easy to run outside.”