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The Suffolk University News
December 2010     Vol. 36, No. 6

Curtain Rises at Modern Theatre

Theatre Department Chair Marilyn Plotkins at the Modern Theatre opening
ceremony. Student performers sing Meet Me Tonight at the Modern, Marie
during the community open house. (Photos by John Gillooly)

The historic Washington Street theater once described by Marilyn
Plotkins, chair of the Theatre Department, as “a magnificent
ruin,” is back in business.
The University unveiled the new Modern Theatre in early
November with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community
open house bringing a brand new performance space to Boston’s
Theater District.
The Paramount Theatre and the Opera House are the other
rescued “jewels” in the area.
“This part of Boston has now become a destination. This
is part of a larger revitalization that has been dead for so many
years,” said Plotkins.
At the open house, members of the University community
and passersby toured the theater and lobby gallery and enjoyed
featured performances by students, including a rendition of the
old song, Meet Me Tonight at the Modern, Marie.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, Plotkins stressed
the advantages of the 185-seat jewel box theater. “The idea is that
you could do intimate performances that really focus on words
and language. We provide the intimate experience that can only
be had in a small theater. Rather than saying, ‘Why aren’t we 600
seats,’ let’s celebrate the fact that we are one of three theaters on
lower Washington Street built to do different things well.”
“The programming will be modeled after what one might
find at the 92nd Street Y in New York City,” she added.
The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University has planned an
inaugural season of programming that—like the theater itself—
is intimate in scale, thoughtful in content, and contemporary
and innovative in approach. It will focus on three themes: performance, cinema and conversation
Continued on page 3

T he 2010 Deans’
Professor of History John Cavanagh and
wife Beth Graham take a moment before
entering the Museum of Fine Arts to
celebrate his 40 years of dedicated service
to the University at the Deans’ Reception,
an annual event honoring faculty,
administrators and staff. More photos,
pages 4, 5 and 6. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Frank Barrett, External Affairs,
Adam Nelson, Athletics,
was named to the Downtown
and wife Deb welcomed their
Boston Business Improvement
fourth child, Cooper, on Aug.
District’s (BID) Neighborhood
18. He joins brothers AJ and
Advisory Board.
Jack, and sister Mollie.
Eric Bellone and Graham
John Nucci, vice president
Kelder, Applied Legal Studies,
for External Affairs, was elected
presented their paper “Contract
to the Downtown Boston
Issues and Specialized Courts:
Business Improvement District’s
The Price of Admission” at
(BID) Board of Directors.
the Annual Conference of the
Sebastián Royo, associate
North Atlantic Business Law
dean of the college and direcAssociation in Boston.
tor of the Madrid campus,
Sara Chadwick, NESAD,
presented “From Boom to
presented a session for prospecBust—The Spanish Financial
tive members of the National
Sector and the Global Crises”
Association of Schools of Art
at the University of Victoria,
and Design (NASAD) with
British Columbia, and “Portugal
Karen Moynahan, associate
in the European Union—The
director of NASAD, at the
Limits of Convergence” at
Karen Clarke and Jeanne Kopacz, NESAD, received first place honors at
association’s annual meeting in
Izmir University in Turkey.
the 2010 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New England
Cincinnati, Ohio.
He also presented “Portugal
Design Excellence Awards. Clarke received the Residential First Place
Darren Deegan, University
and Spain: The Global
for a kitchen design project, and Kopacz was awarded Contract First
Police, has been appointed
Crisis and the Challenges of
Place for a corporate office over 10,000 square feet.
Crime Prevention Officer.
Economic Reforms” at the
Victoria Dodd, Law School,
U.S. Department of State and
“Reforms Betrayed: Portugal
has been nominated a fellow of
and Spain in the EU” at the
the American Bar Foundation.
annual meeting of the American
Jacinda Felix Haro,
Political Science Association.
Diversity Services, was elected
to the Higher Education
Lew Shaw, Accounting,
Steering Committee of the
and Paul Tanklefsky, Career
Commonwealth Compact.
Services and Cooperative
Peter Jeffreys, English,
Education, participated in the
is the associate editor, Arts &
Hub on Wheels bicycle event to
Humanities, for the Journal
help support Technology Goes
of Modern Greek Studies (The
Home, a training program that
Johns Hopkins University
helps Boston Public School
Press), the official journal of
students receive the technology
the Modern Greek Studies
skills needed to succeed in
today’s world. Other Team
Antjelina Newman, Evan Miglorie, Lew Shaw and Paul Tanklefsky
Jessica Krywosa,
Suffolk participants were
University Communications,
students Antjelina Newman
presented “Web Analytics: Answering the Right Questions (for
and Evan Miglorie, president of Suffolk Bikes.
higher ed)” at the Stamats SIM Tech Conference in Las Vegas.
Allan Tow, Education and Human Services, was named to the
Quentin Miller, English, delivered a paper on John Updike and board of the Chinese Historical Society of New England.
Jack Kerouac, “Rabbit Running on the Road” at the first biennial
Carole Wagan, Advanced Legal Studies, has accepted an
John Updike Society conference in Reading, Penn. The next
appointment to the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal
biennial conference will be held at Suffolk in June, 2012. He also
Education and Admissions to the Bar newly formed Committee
was named to the editorial board of The John Updike Review, the
on Conferences.
inaugural issue of which will be published next year.
Mitchell Weisberg, Strategy and International Business,
delivered a keynote address “The Role of Print Media in the Digital
Future” at the Conference on the Future of the Regional Press in
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Greg Gatlin

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Tony Ferullo

Managing Editor
Karen DeCilio

Heather Clark

Faculty Publications
C . P. C A V A F Y

selected prose works
translated and annotated by Peter Jeffreys

Eric Bellone and Graham Kelder, Applied
Legal Studies. Their article “Contract Issues and
Specialized Courts: The Price of Admission”
was accepted for publication in the Business Law
Review, June 2010.
Victoria Dodd, Law School, has published
the second edition of her education law treatise
Practical Education Law for the Twenty-First
Century (Carolina Academic Press 2010).
Peter Jeffreys, English, has published
his translation of C.P. Cavafy’s Selected Prose
Works (University of Michigan Press). It is
the first English translation of Cavafy’s prose
writings ever published and appears in the series
Writers on Writing. He also published an article
“Performing in Prose: Cavafy’s Πεζά and the
Problematics of Style” in Imagination and Logos:
Essays on C.P.Cavafy. The volume is part of a

new series, Harvard Early Modern and Modern
Greek Studies (Harvard University Press).
Micky Lee, Communication and Journalism.
Her article “A feminist political economic
critique of the human development approach
to new information and communication
technologies” will appear in International
Communication Gazette.
Richard Torrisi, International Business.
His paper “Transition Economies: A Calculus
of Competitiveness” (co-authored with
GokhanYslu) has been accepted for publication
in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics.
Da Zheng, English and Asian Studies. His
article “Chiang Yee, the Boston Athenaeum,
and Cultural Understanding” was published in
the Chinese Historical Society of New England
Newsletter (fall 2010, vol.16, no.1, pp.15–17). 

Modern Theatre
Continued from page 1

The season opened with “Flamenco @ the Modern,” presented
by Casa Patas, the internationally acclaimed flamenco artists,
and featured dancer/choreographer José Barrios in In Case Dawn
Breaks with special guest, legendary jazz trumpeter Arturo
Additional programming will include a reading by F. Murray
Abraham of The Last Will and the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s
production of Antony and Cleopatra, featuring Paula Plum.
The theater will host a documentary film series with DocYard
Productions, and its “Conversations” lineup includes comedian
Lewis Black and Daily Beast political journalist Peter Beinart,
The grand facade of the historic theater, Boston’s first
designed specifically for showing movies, has been painstakingly
restored, stone by stone, and reconstructed as part of the Modern
Theatre and 10-story residence hall built in a setback above the
The interior of the theater also draws on the original. Tonyaward-winning theater scene painter and designer John Lee
Beatty created a mural design for the stage house walls, inspired
by colors and themes from the earlier theater.
Meanwhile, the first exhibit in the lobby gallery features
artifacts from the original movie house and vintage photographs
of the building.
The spirit of the old Modern Theatre is alive and thriving on
lower Washington Street. 

Books from Japan and Korea
Ron Suleski, professor and director of the Rosenberg Institute for East
Asian Studies, and Acting Sawyer Library Director Rebecca Fulweiler
accepted a collection of books for the Sawyer Library’s East Asian
section. The books were donated by the Japan Foundation and Wontak
Hong, professor emeritus at Seoul National University in Korea.

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Deans’ Reception 2010
40-Year Honorees
John Cavanagh, History
Joseph Cronin, Law School
Jack Hajj, Math & Computer Science
Harvey Katz, Psychology
John O’Callaghan, Government
30-Year Honorees
Linda Brown, New England School

of Art & Design

Paul Curran, University Police
Gregory Curtis, Information Technology
Robert DeFillippi, Strategy &

International Business
Rosemarie DiBiase, Education & Human

Tyrone Johnson, University Police
Joanne Joseph, Law Registrar
Celeste Kostopulos Cooperman,

Humanities and Modern Languages

Thomas Finn, Law School
Paula Fleck, Bursar, Student Accounts
Russell Murphy, Law School
Steven Spitzer, Sociology
Susan Sweetgall, Law Library

Elizabeth McDowell, Career Services &

20-Year Honorees
Neldy Arsenault, Facilities Management
Sarah Carroll, Education & Human

Dan Stefanescu, Math & Computer

Cooperative Education
Carl Merrill III, Biology
Joyce Miller, Advancement
Irina Peterburgsky, Math & Computer


Professor of Psychology Harvey Katz.

Vicki Croce, Biology

10 Year Honorees
Dahlia Alexander-Bryan, Academic

Thomas Dellicicchi, Academic

Kevin Austin, Mail Services
Rosetta Baetzel, Law School
Registrar’s Office
Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Law School
William Berman, Law School
Andrea Bishop, Information Technology
Susan Bonvouloir, Enrollment &
Retention Management
Ron Boston, Information Technology
Yvens Boucicaut-Louis, Law Library
Timothy Brown, Ballotti Learning Center
Luis Brum, Law School Dean’s Office
Richard Buckingham, Law Library
Courtney Carrabino, Chemistry &
Lori Cawthorne, Human Resources
Lisa Celovsky, English
Craig Christensen, Electrical &
Computer Engineering
Pamela DeMeo, Payroll



Christopher Diblasi, University Police
Sonia Didriksson, Sawyer Library
Lawrence Flynn, Law Library
Michael Gianetta, Sawyer Library
Patricia Hogan, Physics
Kristi Jovell, Law School Financial Aid
Brett Kinney, Law School Financial Aid
Erica Lewis-Bowen, Graduate Admission
Anne Macdonald, Information

Christine Maher, Sawyer Business School

Graduate Programs
Catherine McCabe, Marketing
Brian McDermott, Information

David Medoff, Education &

Human Services
Ian Menchini, Law Admission
Quentin Miller, English
Richard Miller, English

Laurie Umansky, History
Meera Venkatraman, Marketing
Venus Williams, Student Leadership

Elisabeth Moes, Psychology
Samantha Moppett, Legal Practice Skills
Jonane Nicolas, Law Library
Ana Perez Rivera, Sawyer Business School

Graduate Programs
Ronald Perreault, Academic Computing
Polievkt Perov, Physics
Carol Powers, Human Resources
Melanie North Powers, Law Library
Kathryn Rodrigues, Math &

Computer Science
Marc Rodwin, Law School
Karan Sandhu, Budget Office
Wesley Savick, Theatre Arts
Robert Smith, Law School
Pedro Valentin, University Police
Carmen Veloria, Education &

Human Services
Leigh Worrick, Facilities Management
Photos by John Gillooly

Anne Macdonald, managing associate director,
Information Technology Services.

Kristi Jovell, director, Law School Financial Aid,
and Law Dean Camille Nelson.

Bursar Paula Fleck and staff members Lindsay Robichaud, student loans
and collections coordinator; Danny Luu, assistant bursar; Eric Sacca, student
accounts representative; Dorothy Barry, counselor; and Ann-Marie Ormond,
campus card assistant.

Linda Brown, professor and program director,
Foundation Studies, NESAD.

Patricia Hogan, associate professor, Physics,
and Sarah Carroll, associate professor,
Education and Human Services.

John O’Callaghan, associate professor of government, and
College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kenneth S. Greenberg.

Law Professor Thomas Finn, Susan Sweetgall, associate director of the Law Library, Law Dean
Camille Nelson and Law Professor Robert Smith.
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Deans’ Reception 2010, continued from page 5

Professor of Sociology Steven Spitzer and College of Arts and Sciences Dean
Kenneth S. Greenberg.

Christine Maher, assistant director of MBA
programs, and Sawyer Business School Dean
William J. O’Neill Jr.

Acting President and Provost Barry Brown, Karan Sandhu, associate budget director, Maureen
Stewart, budget director, and Vice President-Treasurer Francis X. Flannery.

Neldy Arsenault, locksmith, Facilities Management, and Vice President
for External Affairs John Nucci.


Robert DeFillippi, professor of Strategy and International Business
and co-director, Center for Innovation and Change Leadership,
and Sawyer Business School Dean William J. O’Neill Jr.

Joyce Miller, AIS manager, Advancement, and Vice President of
Advancement Chris Mosher.

EAP2 Offers Debt Relief
It’s getting to be that time of
year… plenty of celebrations and
inevitable overspending. Rather
than assuming debt is just a part
of life, this could be the year for
Take advantage of one of
the exciting new and cost free
benefits for faculty, staff and
members of their households.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP2), offered
through The Wellness Corporation, provides a wide
variety of short-term counseling and referral services,
including budget planning and debt management.
Here are some other tips to help get started:
■■ Track spending. You might be surprised about
where your money is going.
■■ Don’t use credit cards if you don’t have money to
spend. You will end up paying more in finance
charges and late fees.
■■ If you don’t have enough money to purchase
gifts, why not be creative and tap into your own
talents? People love baked goods or handmade
gifts. Maybe someone in your life would appreciate some help around the house or just a nice
visit from you.
■■ Start saving now for the future. See if you can set
aside even a little bit each month.
No matter what you do, try your best not to get
overwhelmed. Making small changes along the way
can have a big impact. Enjoy the season! 

EAP2: New Assistance Program for Employees
The University has introduced a new service for employees, the Employee
Assistance Program (EAP2), a confidential and voluntary counseling and
referral service, provided free of charge to faculty, staff and members of
their households. The plan is offered to help employees manage the problems, challenges and issues in their work and personal lives.
The acronym EAP is used in most literature explaining employee assistance. At Suffolk the program will be called EAP2 to distinguish it from the
University’s Emergency Action Plan which is referred to as EAP
The services are available through The Wellness Corporation, with
licensed counselors providing assessment, short-term counseling and,
when appropriate, referrals for marital/family relations, emotional difficulties and problems caused by alcohol and/or other drug abuse.
The short-term counseling meetings are limited to three sessions
per issue or per family unit, but continuity of care between the EAP2 and
Suffolk’s health plans is maintained to assure that continuing counseling
may be covered under the health plan for eligible services.
The EAP2 replaces the excellent counseling service provided to
employees by the University Counseling Center for a number of years. The
Counseling Center must focus attention on student service. However, the
staff remains available to employees who wish to consult, discuss referrals
or other matters.
EAP2 also offers financial planning services, budget or debt assistance,
legal consultation and referral services, new parent transition coaching, and
health coaching through “Healthy Start. In addition, the EAP2 will replace

the child care and eldercare assistance previously offered by WarmLines.
In September all eligible employees received a letter explaining EAP2.
Additional information is available on The Wellness Corporation Web site: or on the link from the Human Resources site.
To access services call 1-800-828-6025. Licensed, trained counselors are
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide assistance.

Human Ribbon
Breast Cancer Awareness
Month kicked off with more than
300 members of the University
community donning pink T-shirts
and forming a human ribbon to
show their support for the fight
against breast cancer. “This
is the ninth consecutive year
participating in Breast Cancer
Awareness Month at Suffolk
and it has gotten bigger and
bigger every year,” said Norine
Bacigalupo, a professor in the
Communication and Journalism
Department and a breast cancer
survivor. “It has pulled the
whole school together with
everyone in the community
becoming involved.” (Photo by
John Gillooly)

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Performing Arts Director
Takes Center Stage
Kristin Baker, director of the Performing Arts
Office, has been named president of the board
of directors for Stage Source, The Greater
Boston Theatre Alliance.
Baker is the first woman to be elected to this
position, and will serve a two-year term. She
will step down as co-chair of the organization’s
education committee (which she has served for
the past four years), but will continue to have a
hand in its operations.
In her dual role at Stage Source and Suffolk,
Baker hopes to connect University students
with the Boston area’s burgeoning theater scene
through Stage Source membership discounts,
internship opportunities and free tickets to
shows. She also hopes to bring a series of panel
discussions relating to careers in theater to
Suffolk students.
“It’s a bit intimidating, but I’ve inherited a
very successful operation and a track record of
10 years of budget balance and surplus,” said
Baker. “I’m hoping over the next two years that
we can continue that growth.”
Stage Source provides leadership and services
to advance the art of theater in the Greater
Boston region by uniting a broad network of
theater artists, theater companies and related

Honored With Heritage Medallions
The University recognized the commitment of four people who made outstanding
contributions to the life of the University through its 2010 Heritage Medallion
Ceremony on Sept.21. Those attending included honorees Charles P. Kindregan, faculty
member, associate dean, and director of the Center for Professional Development,
Law School and Kenneth F. Garni, retired director of the Counseling Center and chair
of Psychological Services, College of Arts and Sciences. Family members accepting
the medallions posthumously were Patricia E. Tucker for her sister Marjorie C.
Kelleher, director and associate director of Adult and Evening Studies for Enrollment
Management, director of leadership gifts and grants officer for the Development
Office, and administrative assistant, President’s Office, and Jay Linnehan for his father
James F. Linnehan, chairman of the Board of Trustees, life trustee, term trustee and
first alumni-elected trustee. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Emergency Plan
The Incident Command core team reports that
the University’s Emergency Action Plan has been
updated. The plan contains the protocols for
emergency campus response and other emergency data as well as information about the Incident
Command team. It can be accessed by faculty,
administrators and staff through the tab “SU
Emergency Plan” on the MySuffolk portal. The
format is a searchable WIKI platform for easy
access to information by topic. For more information, e-mail Risk Manager Karen Kruppa. 

Café 73 Opens in Stahl Center
Tracy Fersan of the Center for International Education and Sara Port of Undergraduate
Admission, grab a snack at the newly opened Café 73 in the Rosalie Stahl Center.
Café 73 is a convenient location for employees and students studying in the library to
purchase coffee and food. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Photo by
John Gillooly)