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The Suffolk University News
June 2011     Vol. 37, No. 3

Commencement 2011 Imbued with Family Spirit

Shirley Michel of Student Services

Jason Riccio of the Sawyer Business School and Joseph Wolk of the College
Registrar’s Office (Photos by John Gillooly)

Some things are better the second time around, and, for
University employees Jason Riccio and Joseph Wolk, that
holds true for their University graduations.
“I’m more excited now than the first time I
graduated,” said Wolk, senior registrar’s assistant in
the Registrar’s Office. “It means a lot more to me this
“Working during the day and going to school at night
is definitely a balancing act,” said Riccio, an academic
adviser in the Sawyer Business School. “I feel graduating this time is more of a relief and brings a sense of
Riccio and Wolk were awarded master’s in education
degrees May 21 at College graduate commencement exercises, but that’s not the only thing they have in common.
Riccio graduated from the University in 2003 with a
BS in Media Studies, while Wolk graduated in 2007 with
a BS in Sociology and Theatre. Both were hired by the
University immediately after earning their degrees.
Both second-time graduates are proud of their Suffolk
University roots and consider the campus their home
away from home—for good reason.
Wolk’s office in the Donahue Building is next door
to the Student Accounts/Bursar’s Office, where his wife,
Janet, a 2007 graduate, works as the office coordinator.
They met here, started dating in October 2008 and
were married less than one year later. Today, they are the
parents of a 6-month old daughter, Chloe.
Riccio’s office on the eighth floor of the Sawyer
Building is a brief stroll from the Rosalie Stahl Center,
where his wife, Cathy Bright, works as a counselor in the
Graduate Admission Office. They met here in 2005 and
were married in 2010.
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Acting President Gives Overview of the University
Acting President and Provost Barry Brown
presented detailed updates on University
affairs at open town hall meetings this past
spring, moving forward with an initiative
of involvement with faculty, administrators,
staff and students.
As part of a plan to increase discussions
and dialogue throughout the University
community, Brown presented an overview
of University retention, growth and
finances, describing how each affects the
planning for our future.

He also discussed the importance of
preparing students to become active alumni
and asked those attending the meetings to
help change the culture of the University so
that students are encouraged from day one
to establish lifelong bonds to our institution.
A number of participants submitted
questions beforehand, and Brown
incorporated points derived from their
correspondence into his presentation.
The four town meeting sessions
attracted nearly 250 members of the

University community, and the conversation between employees and the acting
president has continued. Brown has met in
small groups with interested faculty, staff,
administrators and alumni.
“Keeping the lines of communication
open and the dialogue ongoing within
the University is important to all of us,”
said Brown. “The discussion needs to be
open, direct and continuing so that the
entire University is involved in planning
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Visiting Scholar Receives Poetry Prize
Poet David Ferry, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College
since 2009, has won the 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which
recognizes the extraordinary lifetime accomplishments of a living
U.S. poet.
The $100,000 prize is sponsored by the Poetry Foundation,
publisher of Poetry magazine, and is considered one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets. Ferry will donate the money
to social service organizations that he has supported in the past.
The poet has taught honors seminars on classics and translation
in the University’s English Department each semester since fall
2009. Ferry also is a regular guest lecturer in poetry classes, and
he gives readings of his works at the University’s Poetry Center.
He will return for a third year as a distinguished visiting professor
in fall 2011.

Barbara Abrams of Humanities and
Modern Languages and Gloria Boone of

Communication and Journalism co-authored a paper “Memory and Transcendence
of Place and Time in Online Holocaust
Memorials,” which they presented as
part of a panel on Digital Horizons of
Remembering War and Conflicts at the
Third Global Conference on Digital
Memory in Prague.
Six faculty members participated
in the Asian Studies: Traditions and
Transformations Conference in Boston.
Simone Chun, Government; Micky
Lee, Communication and Journalism;
and Chris Westphal, Education and
Human Services, presented papers on
the panel “Globalization: Labor, Trade
Union, and Constructed Citizenship.”
The panel was moderated by Da Zheng
of English. At separate sessions, Gertrude
Hewapathirana, Education and Human
Services, presented the paper “Lived
Experience of Successful Entrepreneurs in
Sri Lanka,” and Ron Suleski, Rosenberg
Institute for East Asian Studies, gave a
PowerPoint presentation about his detective
work in tracing and analyzing a Chinese
family’s genealogical history against the
backdrop of the Republic Era.

“David has found a new life with these Suffolk students,” said
Visiting Professor of English George Kalogeris. “The students
really seem to love him, and he has a great relationship with them.”
Ferry, a professor emeritus at Wellesley College, has been
working on a new translation of Virgil’s Aeneid while at Suffolk
University and is now on the sixth book of the 12-volume epic.
His books of poetry and translation include His Epistles of
Horace: A Translation; Of No Country I Know: New and Selected
Poems and Translations; The Eclogues of Virgil; The Odes of Horace:
A Translation; Dwelling Places: Poems and Translations; Gilgamesh:
A New Rendering in English Verse; Strangers: A Book of Poems; On
the Way to the Island; and The Limits of Mortality: An Essay on
Wordsworth’s Major Poems. 

Eric Bellone, Applied Legal Studies, presented data on his research on the “Impact
of Videoconferencing on in-Court Attorney/
Client Communications” at Northeastern
Tom Connolly, English, has been named
to the editorial board of The New England
Theatre Journal.
Bob DiGuardia, Information
Technology Services, opened the technical
session of the National Datatel Users group
conference in National Harbor, Md.,
with his presentation “The Only Person
Who Likes Change is a Wet Baby.” The
presentation was featured in the DATATEL
DIRECTIONS newsletter.
Heather Hewitt, Sawyer Business School
MBA-North Campus, received the Jerry
Loy Outstanding Director Award from the
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in
recognition of her outstanding contributions
to the success of chamber events.
Nina Huntemann, Communication
and Journalism, spoke on “Rethinking
Video Game Violence” at Central College
in Pella, Iowa.
Patricia A. Reeve, History, presented
“Bone and Sinew of the Republic:
Antebellum Workingmen Assert the Right
of Person” at Gender and Health: Histories,
an international symposium at the University
of Waterloo, Canada, and funded by the

Canadian Institute of Health. Symposium
papers will be published as an anthology in
2012-2013. She also chaired and commented
on the panel “Teaching Tragedy” at the
conference Remember the Triangle Fire,
which was sponsored by the Labor and
Working Class History Association and
marked the centennial of one of the nation’s
most infamous industrial disasters.
Maureen Stewart, Budget and Risk
Management, and Karen Kruppa, Risk
Management, presented the development
and training of the University’s Emergency
Action Plan as part of a panel “Navigating
and Nurturing Your Emergency Response
Team” at the University Risk Management
and Insurance Association Northeastern
Regional Conference at Babson College.
Quentin Miller, English, delivered the
paper “Beale Street and Other Alienating
Spaces” at the seventh Race and the TwentyFirst Century Conference at Michigan State

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Law School Dean Camille Nelson met
Gov. Deval Patrick at the Women of Color
Committee Judges Reception at the John
Adams Courthouse in Boston.

A Job Well Done
Vice President -Treasurer Francis X. Flannery
and his extended family celebrate his retirement
from the University. A large contingent of current
and former employees, trustees and colleagues
joined them to pay tribute to Flannery’s 47
years of dedicated service. “The two words this
University stands for, honesty and diligence,
perfectly describe Frank Flannery,” said Michael
Dwyer, retired assistant treasurer, who worked
with him for 41years. Flannery, who was named
trustee emeritus, said he will continue to be
involved with the University as an active member
of the board of trustees. He began working at the
University the day after he received his Suffolk
MBA degree. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Benjamin Powell, Economics, was
elected president of the Association of Private
Enterprise Education (APEE), an international
association comprised of scholars in economics, political science, philosophy, business,
history and related disciplines who have a
common interest in studying and supporting
a private-enterprise system. He recently
organized the association’s annual conference, which studied
institutional evolution towards freedom and prosperity.
Bob Rosenthal, Communication and Journalism, appeared
on the Fox25 Morning News May 2 to analyze the national
and international political ramifications of the killing of Osama
Bin Laden.
Sawyer Business
School professors
Laurie Pant,
Warren Briggs and
Gail Sergenian

were feted by
colleagues at a retirement party at the
Downtown Harvard
Ron Suleski, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, was
a discussant on a panel “Constructing a Multi-Ethnic Utopian
Culture in Manchukou, 1932–1945” at the annual conference
of the Association for Asian Studies in Honolulu. He also
moderated a workshop panel on “National Historiographies” at
Empire and Beyond:
Manchuria in the
Modern World at
Harvard University.
Retired Marketing
Professor Joe
Vaccaro was at the
2011 Athletics Hall
of Fame dinner with
son Paul Vaccaro, who
served as emcee for the
evening’s festivities.

David Yamada, Law School, was profiled in the Spring 2011
issue of ADA Today, the membership magazine of Americans
for Democratic Action, a Washington, D.C.-based public
policy advocacy group. Yamada is chair of the group’s executive
Dmitry Zinoviev and Vy Duong, Math and Computer
Science, served as judges at the Massachusetts State Science Fair,
high school division, at MIT.
The 48th annual conference of the Eastern Academy of
Management, hosted by the Sawyer Business School and the
University, was held on campus May 11–14. Jodi Detjen,
Management and Entrepreneurship, and MBA student Victor
Davidson won the CASE Fellows Award for their case “Dynamic
Research – The Challenge of Acquisition.” The “Best First
Time Submission” went to Meera Venkatraman, Marketing,
and alumnus Sean Zinsmeister, for their case, “I am hungry: I
sought, I found, I redeemed.” Sheila Webber, Management and
Entrepreneurship, and SBS Associate Dean Laurie Levesque
served as vice presidents of local arrangements for the conference.
Webber also was elected Eastern Academy of Management
secretary-elect for 2011–2012. Ben Ngugi of Information
Systems and Operations Management was named associate editor
for technology for The CASE Journal.
The Student Government Association recognized the
following faculty and staff members at its annual Leadership
Awards banquet:
Outstanding Coach

Adam Nelson – Men’s Basketball
Outstanding Administrator of the Year

Craig Cullinane, Diversity Services
Outstanding College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Member

Rachael Cobb, Government
Outstanding Sawyer Business School Faculty Member

George Moker, Entrepreneurship
Outstanding New England School of Art and Design
Faculty Member

Lydia Martin, Foundation Studies
Unsung Hero Faculty/Staff

Dave DeAngelis, Student Affairs 

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Photos by John Gillooly

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Employee Graduates

As expected, it was a family affair for Riccio and Wolk on
graduation day. When they walked across the stage to receive their
Suffolk degrees—for the second time—they were cheered on by
their loved ones, including Wolk’s grandfather, Milton Wolk, a
1958 Suffolk alumnus.
“It’s great that my parents and grandparents were there,” said
Wolk. “They’ve always pushed me on the importance and value of
receiving a good education.”
Suffolk University and the Law School awarded degrees to
2,454 students at commencement exercise, May 21-22.
William “Bill” Bratton, a security expert who has led the
nation’s largest police departments, and his wife, television personality and trial attorney Rikki Klieman, addressed Law School
The keynote speaker for the undergraduate ceremony was Jeff
Glor, a onetime WHDH-Boston television reporter who now is
news anchor for “The Early Show” on CBS.
Greater Media Chair and CEO Peter H. Smyth addressed the
Sawyer School of Business graduate commencement, and Joaquín
Almunia, vice president of the European Commission, the EU
Executive branch, addressed the College of Arts and Sciences
graduate students. 

Ranjan Budhathoki, BSBA

Cum Laude
Christopher Buscaglia, LLM
Baltazar Carranza, BSBA
Michael Ciaburri, BSBA
Daniel Connolly, MED
Constance Delano, MBA
Daniel D’Onofrio, MA
Kyle Dooley, MED
Alan Dillaby, MSA
Edwin Dillaby, MBA
William Feldman, BS
Stephanie Fougy, MS
Mikhail Ilin, JD Magna

Cum Laude
Kevin Kelly, MED
Casey Kennedy, MED
Joanna Kreisel, MPA
Tram Lai, MPA

Undergraduate Commencement exercises honorary degree recipients Peter Smyth, Jeanette Clough,
Jeff Glor, Joaquín Almunia and Marshall Sloane; Trustees Brian O’Neill and Tara Taylor, Acting
President and Provost Barry Brown, Trustees Carol Sawyer Parks, Jill Gabbe and James Morris



Jeremiah Mankin, BS
Kelsey McGuffie, MSCJS/

Shirley Michel, JD
Chaz Mungalsingh, BS
Tiffanie Pierce, MED
Russell Prentice, EMBA
R. Scott Reedy, MED
Jason Riccio, MED
Marc Rotondo, LLM
Jessie Schloss, MBA
Emily Shaer, MPA
Bijaya Tamang, MSCJS
Colleen Wheaton, MED
Joseph Wolk, MED
Michelle Young, BS

Vice President and Treasurer Francis X.

Michael Ciaburri of Information Technology

Chairman of the Board Andrew C. Meyer, Jr., Law School Commencement speaker Rikki Klieman
and Law Dean Camille Nelson

Brothers Edwin and Alan Dillaby

The Hon. John E. Fenton, Jr., salutes the crowd
after receiving his honorary doctor of laws degree.

Law School Commencement speaker William Bratton

Joseph Wolk of the College Registrar’s Office
with wife Janet Wolk of Student Accounts/
Bursar’s Office and their daughter Chloe

Jason Riccio of the Sawyer Business School
and wife Cathy Bright of Graduate Admission
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Law School honorary degree recipients John E. Fenton, Jr., David Chesnoff, Rikki Klieman, William
Bratton and Therese Murray; Trustees Gerard Doherty and Michael George, Acting President and

Jessie Schloss of Facilities Planning

Provost Barry Brown, Law Dean Camille Nelson, Chairman of the Board Andrew C. Meyer, Jr.,
and Trustee James Morris

Sawyer Business School Graduate
Commencement speaker Peter Smyth

Casey Kennedy of Payroll and R. Scott Reedy
of the Center for International Education


Connie Delano of Web Services and Sawyer
Business School Dean William J. O’Neill, Jr.

Undergraduate Commencement speaker Jeff Glor

College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Commencement speaker JoaquÍn Almunia, College Dean
Kenneth Greenberg and Acting President and Provost Barry Brown

Faculty Publications
Susan Atherton, Business Law and Ethics, published

“Shareholder Derivative Challenges to Boards’ Executive
Compensation Decisions: The Impact of Case Law and
Regulations After Disney” in the Business Law Review.
Eric Bellone and Graham Kelder, Applied Legal
Studies, have published two papers: “Labels Matter:
Branding Theory in Higher Education and Naming
Patterns in Legal and Paralegal Studies Programs” and
“Goals of the Paralegal Educator: Beyond the Basics” in
the peer-reviewed The Empowered Paralegal Professionalism
Anthology, Carolina Academic Press, 2011.
Linda Brown, Foundation Studies & Fine Arts, had
an exhibition “Habits of Growth,” featuring sculptures
with living plants, at the Kingston Gallery in Boston.
Krisanne Bursik, associate dean of the College, and
Julia Gefter, doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, have
published a co-authored manuscript “Still Stable After
Linda Brown’s Vehicle/Array 2011
All These Years: Perceptions of Sexual Harassment in
Academic Contexts” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Social
Psychology, 2011, 151(3), 331-349.
Susan Orsillo, Psychology. Her book The Mindful Way though
Anthony G. Eonas, Business Law and Ethics, and Erin M.
Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life is
Secord published “Exploring the Creditor’s Duty of Reasonable
being translated into Spanish, German and Finnish.
Care Under UCC Article 9 Amidst Recession and Revision” in the
Sebastián Royo, associate dean of the College and director
Oregon Law Review.
of the Madrid campus, has published “Lessons from Portugal
Jerry Gianakis, Public Management. His article “Critical
and Spain in the EU after 25 years: The Challenges of Economic
Questions for the Transition to Defined Contribution Pension
Reforms” in Spain in the European Union: The First Twenty-Five
Systems in the Public Sector,” co-authored with Howard Frank
Years (1986–2011).
and Milena I. Neshkova of Florida International University, has
Lydia Segal, Business Law and Ethics. She co-authored, with
been accepted for publication in the American Review of Public
L. Gideon and M.R. Haberfeld, “Comparing the Ethical Attitudes
Administration. His paper “Innovations in Public Sector Supply
of Business and Criminal Justice Students” in Social Science
Chain Management” with Cliff McCue of Florida Atlantic
University, will be published in the Journal of Public Procurement,
Miriam Weismann, Business Law and Ethics. Her paper
Vol.12, No. 1, 2012.
“Achieving the Goal of Credible Regulatory Oversight” was
“Charles Burnett: The Power to Endure,” a film retrospective
accepted for publication in Academy of Legal, Ethical and
featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, included
Regulatory Issues. It also received the Distinguished Research
the Suffolk-affiliated documentary “Nat Turner: A Troublesome
Award at the Allied Academies Spring 2011 International
Property.” The film is the product of collaboration between
Charles Burnett, a 2010 Suffolk honorary degree recipient,
Dmitry Zinoviev and Vy Duong, Math and Computer Science,
College Dean Kenneth Greenberg, and Frank Christopher,
published the paper “A Game Theoretical Approach to Broadcast
a 2009 Visiting Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Information Diffusion in Social Networks” in Proceedings of Spring
The three collaborators wrote the film, with Greenberg and
Simulation Multiconference, Boston, April 2011. Zinoviev also wrote
Christopher acting as producers and Burnett as director. It was
the chapter “Information Diffusion in Social Networks” for Social
screened nationally on PBS in 2003 and has since been shown in
Networking and Community Behavior Modeling: Qualitative and
film venues across the world, including the Louvre in Paris.
Quantitative Measures, IGI Global 2011. 

Poynton Receives Counselor of the Year Award
The American School Counselor
Association has named Timothy Poynton
the 2011 Counselor Educator of the Year.
Poynton is an assistant professor of
Education and Human Services and director of the School Counseling Program in
the College.
“We are delighted that Tim Poynton’s
outstanding contributions in the field of

school counseling have been recognized
by an organization with worldwide
influence,” said Dean Kenneth Greenberg.
“Students in our Education and Human
Services Department benefit from his
teaching and research, but Tim’s influence
extends far beyond our campus to benefit
professionals across the nation and around
the world.”

Poynton said that “while teaching is
central to the mission and identity of
Suffolk University, the supports provided
for faculty to engage in research and
professional service activities were key to
my being chosen for this award. As such, I
view it as acknowledgment not just of my
contribution to the profession of school
counseling, but our contributions.” 
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Faculty Share Tech Ideas
at University Symposium
The University’s first Technology Symposium in May drew
more than 90 faculty and staff, who heard a keynote speech
from Chris Dede of Harvard University and were able to choose
from among 20 different presenters and 10 different breakout
The Symposium, co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost
and the Center for Teaching Excellence, showcased faculty
integration of technology into teaching and encouraged crossUniversity sharing of knowledge. It was organized by a committee representing the three schools’ Academic Technology offices
and is expected to become an annual event.
In his talk, 21st Century Learning: Implications for College
Teaching, Dede, who is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in
Learning Technologies at Harvard, described how faculty can
redesign higher education to offer students the skills they need
for 21st century work and citizenship.
Breakout session topics included “Making the Most of
Classroom Technology,” “Interactivity in Online Courses,”
“Blogs and Learning,” “Visual Technology,” “Podcasting and
iTunes,” “Social Media,” “Getting Started Teaching Online,”
“Web 2.0 Course Design,” “Paperless Courses,” and “Innovative
Data in Business.”
Those attending also had opportunities to experiment with
programs and applications on three iMacs that showcased
Suffolk faculty blogs and online course materials.
“The feedback we’ve been receiving from participants
tells us that this symposium met the needs of a lot of Suffolk
teachers who are incorporating innovative technologies into
their classrooms,” said Symposium Committee Member Katie
Linder, assistant director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.
“Not only were participants able to see what others are doing,
but they were also able to ask questions and share their own
experiences in cross-disciplinary discussions.” 

Professor Elected to Committee
English professor Thomas Connolly has been elected to the Marblehead
School Committee for a three-year term. He stressed his experience as a
Suffolk educator throughout his campaign, which he believes was a plus
with voters.

State of University  Continued from page 1
our future. The town hall meetings were an important first step
to provide information and context, but I really benefited from
listening to the comments and concerns of the community as well
as hearing what people see as the principle goals of this wonderful
Brown has since met with each of the faculties of the three
academic units and plans to continue the dialogue with additional
sessions throughout the University after the start of the fall semester.
Questions or comments about the state of the University may be
addressed to him at



Meanwhile, the University is regularly updating information
about the presidential search through a dedicated Web page located
under the About Suffolk tab—
The page provides ongoing updates on the University’s progress
along the search timeline and includes a job description.