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The Suffolk University News
April 2011     Vol. 37, No. 2

Successful Playwright Can Even Make a Car Talk!!!
Wesley Savick doesn’t pretend to have any magic formula that has
led to his success as a playwright and director.
The Theatre Department professor, who has received rave
reviews for productions on campus, in the Boston area, and
throughout the country, says he approaches each project with an
open mind, a creative spirit and a thirst for knowledge.
“Every show demands its own material, tone and characters,”
said Savick. “There are so many different things that have to come
together to make it all work. It’s a true learning experience for me
from beginning to end.”
Savick has directed more than 100 professional productions,
as well as writing the book and libretto for an opera based on the
life of Liberace. He also has created theater pieces based on Edgar
Allen Poe, the medieval mystic Margery Kempe, former U.S.
Ambassador George F. Keenan, and historian and social activist
Howard Zinn.
While his shows have educated people and made them laugh,
cry and wonder, there is one thing that Savick hopes each production will deliver.

“I want to touch an individual’s human spirit,” he said. “I want
them to leave the theater excited and refreshed.”
Savick’s latest show, Car Talk: The Musical!!!—the first production created for the new Modern Theatre—played to sold-out
houses from March 31–April 3.
Savick wrote and directed the musical comedy inspired by the
hit National Public Radio show of the same name.
Ray and Tom Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack, the co-hosts of
NPR’s “Car Talk,” first appeared on the Boston airwaves in 1977.
Their radio call-in show, which offers automotive know-how with
an air of hilarity, was picked up by NPR for a nationwide audience
in 1987.
The play sends up classic Broadway songs about love and
relationships. It shows how the psychological and the mechanical
intertwine in much the same way that the “Car Talkers” do week
after week on their NPR radio show.
Savick describes Car Talk: The Musical!!! as “an unlikely marriage between Broadway musicals and automotive advice.”
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Athletic Hall
of Fame Class
Six athletes, one team and an administrator will be honored during the Hall
of Fame induction dinner on Saturday,
May 7, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in
The third Athletic Hall of Fame class
■■ Patricia Brown, who founded,
coached and played for the women’s
basketball team in the early 1950s.
She has three Suffolk University
degrees and worked as the Law
School librarian before retiring in
1992. Brown also played professional women’s baseball.
■■ Ron Cinelli, an outstanding athlete
and consummate team player on
both the baseball and basketball
teams in the 1960s.
■■ Evan Crockford, hockey center from
1997 to 2001 and the Rams fourth
all-time scoring leader with 116
points (86 goals and 80 assists). His
Continued on page 2

Job Shadow Day
Deron Smith, a junior at 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. Smith learned about
the institute’s public policy work in taxation, regulation and forecasting. During his visit, he
participated in a meeting that highlighted how the institute would apply its technical expertise on
issues such as job creation and small business and what policy recommendations might emerge.
(Photo by Jarred Gould)

Junior Faculty Development Program
Welcomes Albanian Law Lecturer

Hall of Fame
Continued from page 1

The Center for International Education has collaborated with the Law School to
sponsor the University’s first junior faculty member under the aegis of the U.S. State
Department’s Junior Faculty Development Program.
Flutara Tafaj, a lecturer who teaches civil procedure and arbitration in the Department
of Civil Law at the University of Tirana, Albania, has been here for several months.
“I’m really enjoying my work here at the Law School,” she said. “The different teaching methodologies in different kinds of classes are very interesting, and the professors
and students have been extremely supportive. I am learning a lot and consider myself
lucky to be part of this wonderful program.”
The State Department works with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
and the American Councils for International Education to provide Junior Faculty
Development opportunities.
“The goal of the program is to contribute to the development of higher education in
participating countries,” said Saeeda Wali Mohammed, director of Internationalization
Services at the University. “To this end, it provides opportunities for university-level
professors demonstrating strong potential for leadership with training in curriculum
development and teaching methodologies.”
Law School Associate Dean Steve Hicks is Tafaj’s faculty adviser during her stay.
“The Junior Faculty Development Program offers us the opportunity to develop
international relationships with other law faculties through the personal experience
of a teacher in a different legal system learning about our curriculum and our degree
programs,” said Hicks. “It is very gratifying to be able to enrich the academic career of a
young law teacher with exposure to our educational program.”
When she returns to the University of Tirana, Tafaj plans to develop a course in
mediation, based on her study of the curriculum and the courses taught at Suffolk. She
also hopes to promote mediation for the benefit of the legal system of Albania. 

career goals and assists rank third
and fourth, respectively, in
the school’s record books.
■■ Noreen McBride (Keenan): a
four-sport athlete who competed in
basketball, baseball, volleyball and
cross country. In three years she
scored 1,075 points for the Rams
basketball team.
■■ Patti Ann Stanziani (Cooper): the
number one singles player in each
of her four years for the tennis team
was co-captain and MVP during
each of her last two seasons.
■■ 1996 Women’s Softball Team,
which captured the Great Northeast
Athletic Conference championship
with a 3-0 victory over the U.S.
Coast Guard Academy.
To be awarded posthumously:
■■ Ucal McKenzie, who as a senior
was captain and MVP of the
soccer team.
■■ Lou Connelly, the University’s
first full-time public relations
director and sports information
director from 1967 until his 2003

Successful Playwright
Continued from page 1

When he’s not teaching, writing or
directing, Savick enjoys doing crossword
puzzles, listening to jazz and riding his bike
around Boston. After spending most of his
adult life in the theater, he continues to
have that burning desire to face new challenges, inspire others and feel good when
that audience applauds.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, but
I still have that passion to keep going,” said
Savick. “I love my job and I can’t see myself
doing anything else.” 
Wes Savick makes a point during a “Car Talk”
rehearsal. (Photo by John Gillooly)

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Curtain Call for Faculty
Health and Wellness Services Director Richard Arnold
and Vicki Karns of the Communication and Journalism
Department played key roles in the Performing Arts Office’s
10th Pioneer Performance Series production.
This year’s show was Bare: A Pop Opera, which is set in a
Catholic boarding school and tells the story of two students
struggling with their homosexuality.
This was the first production for Arnold, who played the
role of the priest, and the fourth for Karns, who starred as
Claire, the mother of one of the lead characters.
Karns has had roles in Performing Arts productions of The
Vagina Monologues, The Laramie Project, and The Exonerated. 
“It was amazing. The script was phenomenal, and it was
just an incredible experience,” said Karns, who added that
she was “blown away by the poise and dedication” of the
young actors. 

New Faces
Richard Arnold plays a priest in Bare: A Pop Opera, and Vicki Karns takes
on the role of a student’s mother. (Photos by Dan McHugh)

Please welcome our newest employees:
Linwood Abbott, Information Technology Services
James Belding, Information Technology Services
Keith Erickson, Communication and Journalism 


Faculty Publications

Tom Connolly, English, was appointed to the editorial board of
The Ostrava Journal of English Philology, an international journal that publishes articles on linguistics and the literature and
culture of English-speaking countries. It has recently established
itself as a leading scholarly publication in Central Europe. The
journal is published by the Faculty of Arts of the University of
Ostrava, which is the nexus of a group of universities in Germany,
Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
Quentin Miller, English, was on the introductory plenary
panel at the conference “James Baldwin’s Global Visions” held in
February at New York University and the Schomberg Center in
New York City.
Sebastián Royo, associate dean of the College and director
of the Madrid campus, presented “Lessons from Portugal and
Spain in the EU after 25 years: The Challenges of Economic
Reforms” at the University of Miami and “Crunch Time for
Spanish Financial Institutions?” at the European Union Studies
Association biennial international conference in Boston.
Dmitry Zinoviev, Math and Computer Science, chaired a
session and presented “A game theoretical approach to modeling
information diffusion in social networks” at the Sunbelt Social
Networks Conference in Florida.
The University’s Center for Crime and Justice Policy
Research and the Jericho Circle Project sponsored “The Hard
Road Home: Welcoming Ex-Offenders Back to the Community.”
The event featured Lyn Levy from Span, Inc., who outlined
reentry issues encountered by former prisoners as they try to
reestablish themselves in the community. 

Elif S. Armbruster, English, has
published Domestic Biographies:
Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton
at Home. The book explores the domestic realities that underscore the
authors’ Realist fiction and provides
an innovative, architectural lens
through which to study the lives
and literature of four of America’s
best-known authors.
Melanie Berkmen, Chemistry
and Biochemistry. Her article
“Efficient Gene Transfer in Bacterial
Cell Chains” was published in the journal mBio, March/
April 2011.
Thomas McGrath, Humanities and Modern Languages.
His article “Dominicans, Franciscans, and the Art of Political
Rivalry: Two Drawings and a Fresco by Giovanni Maria della
Rovere” was published in Renaissance Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2,
April 2011, pp. 185–207.
Quentin Miller, English, published a work of flash fiction
“Carney” in Flashquake, Spring 2011:
Alasdair Roberts, Law School. His book The Logic of
Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government
(Oxford University Press in 2010) received an honorable mention
from the Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) of
the American Society for Public Administration. 
A p r i l 2 0 11


Personal Health Questionnaire Offers Valuable Analysis
The University is introducing the new “HEALTHY YOU” personal
Health Questionnaire (HQ), a tool designed to provide the information needed to get and stay healthy and thus enjoy life to the fullest.
Employees covered under the University’s Harvard Pilgrim
Health Care plan may access the online questionnaire.
To be eligible for a “healthy” raffle, employees must complete the
HQ by Tuesday, May 31. Prizes include a Kindle with a gift card
for healthy reading; iPod nano with exercise add-ons; Community
Supported Agriculture share; in-home healthy cooking class; healthy
meal delivery; Spafinder gift card; afternoon tea at the Boston
Harbor Hotel; healthy snack basket; healthy cooking basket; and a
fitness basket.
The “HEALTHY YOU” HQ is an easy-to-use, confidential
questionnaire, which takes about 20 minutes to complete. It asks
basic questions about health history and lifestyle, with some items
specifically addressed to health issues for men and women.
The HQ also requests basic biometric information (height,
weight, blood pressure) and basic blood test results (cholesterol
and glucose levels). Those who missed the biometrics screening on
campus can get this information from their physicians.
Why are these numbers important? Height and weight are used to
calculate body mass index, an indicator of whether weight is at a healthy
level given height and gender. High blood pressure can damage arteries,

heart and kidneys, leading to hardening of the arteries. High cholesterol
can lead to life-threatening illnesses, such as coronary artery disease,
heart attack or stroke. High blood glucose may indicate a health risk
related to diabetes and other conditions.
Once submitted, the HQ analyzes responses and produces a
confidential, personalized action plan. The report will include suggestions for health screenings and information about wellness and
other programs.
A report summary may be printed and used in consulting with a
physician. Those whose reports indicate a high risk in any category
may opt for a confidential phone conversation with a health coach
offering a program tailored to improving their health.
The HQ is voluntary and easy to access on the Harvard Pilgrim
Health Care secure Web site: Log on or create an HPHConnect.
Information provided on the HQ is strictly confidential. Those
without access to a computer may call the Human Resources Office
for assistance.
The HQ results are provided only to the individual who
completes the questionnaire. The University will not receive this
confidential information, and completing the HQ will not affect
health plan eligibility or benefit payments.

University Awards
& Honors
Preservation Massachusetts will recognize
the University’s efforts to preserve the
Modern Theatre with a Paul E. Tsongas
Award, to be presented in May. The organization’s 2011 preservation awards honor
higher educational institutions that have
“embraced preservation into their educational identity.”
Meanwhile, National Jurist magazine
listed the Law School among those nationwide that have made “an above-average commitment to public service.” The magazine’s
Best Public Interest Law School rankings are
based on law schools’ offering one or more
public interest clinics, personnel dedicated
to overseeing public interest programs and
a loan repayment assistance program.
The Princeton Review has selected
Suffolk University for inclusion in The Best
376 Colleges: 2012 Edition. 
The Modern Theatre project is cited as a
preservation model for Massachusetts colleges
and universities. (Photo by Peter Vanderwarker)



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