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October 2011

From the Editor
Today, Suffolk University News –
you know it as the SUN – launches a
dynamic and reader-friendly digital
edition that puts the latest employee
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We have kept the content and
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been appreciated in the print edition
for nearly 40 years, including our
Potpourri of employee news, Faculty
Publications and New Faces items.
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Greg Gatlin
Executive Editor

A Unique Opportunity to Bond with Students
Alternative Spring Break Trip Offers Perspective on Employee Mission
The University exists to
educate its students, yet
some employees seldom
come into direct contact
with the students they
Alternative Spring
Break offers a way to
bridge that gap, and
S.O.U.L.S. is now
recruiting facilitators to
travel with student
groups who will
volunteer their services
for a week next March
Kathleen Peets, third from left, works alongside
in home-building,
students building a Habitat for Humanity home in
environmental and
advocacy projects across the country.
“Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity unlike any other to really get to
know Suffolk students and to get a powerful sense of why we’re here,” said
Kathleen Peets, director of Creative Services, who lived and worked with a group
of students on a Habitat for Humanity project in Wichita Falls, Texas, last spring
and hopes to join an Alternative Spring Break group again this coming year.
The Alternative Spring Break program has grown exponentially since 1998,
when a group of 12 students dedicated their spring break vacations to helping
others. By 2010, there were four service trips, and that number doubled in 2010,
with more than 100 students participating. This year, S.O.U.L.S. seeks members
of the professional staff to work with student leaders on 12 Alternative Spring
Break trips, according to Service Learning Director Carolina Garcia.
“This is a life-changing experience for our students, and they build
camaraderie around their goals,” said Dean of Students Nancy Stoll. “I hope that
staff and faculty will look at accompanying the students as an opportunity they
want to take advantage of.”
Stoll noted that Human Resources reaches out each spring to encourage
employee participation in Service Day.
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Faculty Publications
Khaled Amira and Georges Tsafack, Finance.
Their paper “What Drives International Equity
Correlations? Volatility or Market Direction?” coauthored with Abderrahim Taamouti, was accepted for
publication in the Journal of International Money and
Wyatt Bonikowski, English, had an interview and
the short story “Bible Camp” published in SmokeLong
Quarterly, an online journal of flash fiction.
Darlene C. Chisholm, Economics, contributed a
chapter on the economics of the motion-pictures industry
in A Handbook of Cultural Economics, second edition.
Contributors provided analyses of economic activity and
institutions related to broadcasting, heritage, publishing,
opera and other performing and fine arts.
Paul Ezust, Math & Computer Science, and son
Alan Ezust have published
the second edition of their
book Introduction to Design
Patterns in C++ with “QT.
Natalia Beliaeva,
Finance, had her paper
“Pricing American Interest
Rate Options Under the
Jump-Extended ConstantElasticity-of-Variance Short
Rate Models,” co-authored
with Sanjay Nawalkha,
accepted for publication in
the Journal of Banking and
Carol Dine, English. Her poem “The Trench” was
published in the anthology Poems Against War: Bending
Toward Justice. The poem also was referenced in editor
Gregg Mosson’s essay “American Poetry: Process as
Vision and Social Change.”
Lauren Nolfo-Clements, Biology, has published
an article “European Rabbits as Potential Least Tern
Nest Predators” in Northeastern Naturalist, 2011: 18(2).

Sebastián Royo, associate dean of the College and
director of the Madrid campus, has published “Portugal
and the Global Financial Crisis” in the journal
International Labor Brief, Vol. 9, No. 6, June 2011.
Ronald Suleski, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian
Studies, has been collecting old hand-written booklets
called chaoben抄本 from flea markets in China since
2004. These writings document the lives of China’s
common people from 1850 to 1950 and often show poor
calligraphy due to the writers’ limited formal education.
Although the libraries in China and Chinese scholars are
not interested in them, Suleski believes the chaoben
should be treated as cultural artifacts. In an effort to
draw attention to their value, Suleski has published an
article “Popular copied books from the late Qing and
Republican period” (“WanQing Minguo shiqi de minjian
chaoben 晚清民國時期的民間抄本”) in the Library
Journal of Shandong (Shandong tushukuanxue kan
山東圖書館學刊 ).
Ellen Shostek
Sklaver, NESAD,
published a book Aleph
Finds Her Voice, the
story of a young Hebrew
girl who could not speak
up. Sklaver’s friend
Paul Theodore, a fellow
graduate of NESAD’s
class of 1979, illustrated
the book. The two
reunited last year after losing touch for 30 years.
Aimee Williamson, Institute for Public Service.
Her article “Assessing the Core and Dimensional
Approaches: Human Resource Management in Public,
Private, and Charter Schools” was accepted for
publication in Public Performance and Management

Technology Survey Results
Office of Public Affairs
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Boston, MA 02108
Executive Editor: Greg Gatlin
Managing Editors: Nancy Kelleher, Karen DeCilio
Staff Writer: Tony Ferullo

University employees were invited to take a
technology survey last spring. The results have been
analyzed, and the ITS and Academic Technology
departments have responded to the feedback with
several initiatives, including new training sessions, a
wireless network upgrade and a reevaluation of the
Blackboard Learning Management System.
The results of the survey and the response were
detailed in a memo sent to the University community
on Oct. 4.

Gift of Maine Riverfront
Property Will Expand
Scientific Research
& Creative Endeavors
The University has received the gift of an
expansive property on the Penobscot River in
Maine that will be used for scientific study and
research and to provide a location for future arts,
humanities, and creative and professional
education and endeavors.
The property, about 30 miles north of Bangor
in Passadumkeag, provides the University with its
second academic location in Maine. The inland
riverfront facility will complement the environmental,
biological and physical studies taking place at the coastal
Friedman Field Station on Cobscook Bay in Washington
The Passadumkeag property consists of more than
80 acres of farmland and forest along more than 1,000
feet of Penobscot riverfront, with additional frontage
along smaller streams. The facility was developed at a
cost of $3.5 million in 2004. It includes residential
buildings and structures that will support future research
and academic programs.
“This is an extraordinary gift that will serve to
measurably enhance our science programs,” said Acting
President and Provost Barry Brown. “The facility will
provide our students and faculty with untold
opportunities for scientific research as well as
workshops, retreats, seminars and intensive study in the
humanities and arts, as well as a location for programs
for our professional schools. As an urban institution
serving students of promise,
we must afford our learning
community opportunities to
expand their horizons in the
broadest range of
educational, research and
creative settings. We are
very grateful for this gift and
the confidence that it
demonstrates in our future.”
The University
envisions a range of study
taking place on the property.
With 86 acres of field,
pasture, forest and river

frontage, opportunities for wildlife exploration,
environmental monitoring and biological study are
boundless. The location is ideal for research into wind,
solar, water and geothermal energy.
Looking forward, the facility has the size and
potential to serve the University in many ways,
including student and faculty retreats, workshops and
summer projects in areas such as writing, theater,
communication, law, business, and fine and applied arts.
The University’s other Maine property, the R.S.
Friedman Field Station, provides a living laboratory for
observing and studying marine life in a pristine coastal
environment dominated by the dramatic tides of
Cobscook Bay. For more than 30 years, science students
and faculty have used the facility to extend the reach of
undergraduate and graduate scientific programs and to
study and experiment in a broad range of the biological
and physical sciences in a natural environment.
"The new property in Maine will offer wonderful
opportunities to enhance the education of our students
and the research of our faculty.
When we add this property to
our already thriving coastal
science facility in Maine, we
are now in a position to offer
our community the best of
both worlds: everything that a
great urban institution can
provide supplemented by a
rich rural environment for
special programs in the
sciences, the humanities, the
social sciences and the arts,"
said College Dean Kenneth


Ken Cosgrove, Government, received a Fulbright Fellowship to Canada for the fall semester to study the impact that
political and party systems have on political marketing in the United States and Canada. He is the Fulbright Research
Chair in North American Integration Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he teaches a graduate class on
political marketing.
Erika Gebo of Sociology and Brenda Bond of the Institute for Public Service were awarded two grants from the
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to assist the communities of Boston and Springfield in

The personal papers of
Professor Emerita Margaret
Collins Weitz of Humanities
and Modern Languages -shown above wearing the
French National Order of Merit -are now available to researchers
through the University Archives.

addressing gang and youth violence issues. Gebo also received a
separate grant to work with the Tri-City area of Fitchburg, Leominster
and Gardner to address the same concerns.
Adam Glesser, Mathematics, presented “Innovative Assessment
Techniques” at the Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta and
“Second Sight: A Journey Through an Ethereal Classroom” at the
Suffolk University Technology Symposium.
Jessica Krywosa, University Communications, presented
“Measurement: It’s even more important than social media!” at the
Stamats Integrated Marketing Conference in Chicago.
Kristin Polito, Executive MBA Program, was elected to a threeyear term on the board of trustees of the Executive MBA Council.
Bob Rosenthal, Communication and Journalism, analyzed the
politics surrounding the debt-ceiling crisis on the New England Cable
News and Fox25 Morning News programs.
Sebastián Royo, associate dean of the College and director of the
Madrid campus, presented “From Boom to Bust: Global Lessons from
the Economic Crisis in Spain” at the Council for European Studies’
International Conference of Europeanists in Barcelona, Spain.

New Faces
Please welcome our newest employees:
Rebecca Bishop, University Communications
Brian Bram, Provost’s Office
Lucinda Bratini, Counseling Center
Andrew Cioffi, Disability Services
Heather Cleveland, Student Accounts/Bursar
Jordan Cogswell, NESAD
Jana Cox, Financial Aid, Law School
Caroline Davis, Residence Life and Housing
Odie Fakhouri, Management and Entrepreneurship
Michael Fisch, Dean’s Office, Law School
Christopher Ford, University Police
Emily Fritz-Endres, Dean’s Office, College
Ethan Haslett, Information Technology Services
Alexis Lamb, Counseling Center
Robyn McMicken, Residence Life - Somerset


Jennifer Mele, Dean’s Office, College
Jeffrey Morris, Student Affairs
Lindsay Nichols, Sawyer Library
Jenifer Park, English
Jason Parker, Academic Access and Opportunity
Francisco Peguero, Math and Computer Science
Kristen Salera, Institute for Public Service
Ingrid Sarmiento, Counseling Center
Christopher Scanlon, Residence Life - 10 West St.
Yasmin Solomon, Communication and Journalism
Latisha Taylor, Institute for Public Service
Lauren Vermette, Psychology
Keith Waak, Residence Life – 150 Tremont St.
Jennifer Woods, Dean’s Office, Sawyer Business

Suffolk University & Sovereign Bank Announce Collaboration
Annual scholarships to fund international study
Suffolk University Acting President and Provost Barry
Brown joined with Jorge Morán, president and chief
executive officer of Sovereign and Santander U.S.
country head, earlier this month to announce a
partnership that will award annual scholarships for
international study beginning in the spring of 2012.
Sovereign, a subsidiary of Banco Santander, will
collaborate with the University to award 10
scholarships yearly to students here and abroad. Ten
percent of the scholarships will be awarded to low-tomoderate income students.
“Through its Santander Universities program,
Sovereign Bank is opening doors across the globe for
our students,” said Brown. “We are extremely grateful
to Sovereign for the confidence that its gift
demonstrates in this University and the impact these
scholarships will have in expanding the educational
horizons of our students.”
Barry Brown and Jorge Morán shake hands during event announcing
international scholarships collaboration. (Photo by John Gillooly)
The initiative is made possible by Santander
Universities, a corporate social responsibility program
created by Banco Santander to advance the bank’s goal of expanding knowledge and experience globally.
More than 950 colleges and universities in 15 countries receive support through Santander Universities. In 2011,
Sovereign will fund 775 scholarships and dozens of special academic programs at 23 colleges and universities in the
United States.
“We believe that the best investment for the future of society is in higher education,” said Morán. “We are very
pleased to have this opportunity to support Suffolk University’s commitment to bring an international perspective to
tomorrow’s leaders.”

Line Bruntse:
At Suffolk University
Art Gallery
Line Bruntse is a Danish
sculptor and installation
In her work, Bruntse
explores changes in the
way we communicate
and the distance that
separates people.
The exhibit will run
through Nov. 5, 2011.
The artist will give a
talk at 1 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 3.

Honored with Heritage Medallions: The University recognized the
commitment of five people who made outstanding contributions to the life of the
University through its 2011 Heritage Medallion Ceremony on Sept. 20. Those
attending included Acting President and Provost Barry Brown, honorees Glen A.
Eskedal, retired professor and chair, Education and Human Services; Warren G.
Briggs, retired professor of Information Systems and Operations Management;
Joseph P. McEttrick, professor of Law; and Life Trustee Lawrence L. Cameron.
Paula Connelly Albanese accepted the medallion on behalf of her late father
Louis B. Connelly, retired director of public relations and sports information.
(Photo by John Gillooly)


Healthy You
Ninety employees covered under the University’s Harvard Pilgrim Health Care plan completed confidential personal
Health Questionnaires in May. The HQ is designed to provide personalized information for getting and staying healthy.
Participating faculty and staff received confidential personalized action plans, which
included suggestions for health screenings and information about wellness and other
programs. They were encouraged to participate in lifestyle coaching tailored to improving
their health, and those with chronic conditions were offered resources to help in managing
their conditions.
All 90 were entered into a raffle for healthy prizes. The winners are:
Laura Piscopo, Advancement: Healthy Cooking Basket
Josh Cheney, Residence Life, Yonnie Chin, Information Systems & Operations Management, and Ben Sigda,
Modern Theatre: Fall Vegetable Share/Community Support Agriculture from WorldPeas
Ann Marie Holland, Payroll: Healthy Habits Meal Delivery
Jeff Farland, Student Financial Services: Kindle
Jessica Krywosa, University Communications: Afternoon tea gift card for the Boston Harbor Hotel
Judy Couture, Information Technology Services: iPod Nano
Erica Lewis-Bowen, Graduate Admission: Healthy Cooking Class
Helen O’Brien, Sawyer Business School: Fitness Basket
Gerry Richmond, English: Healthy Snack Basket
The HQ effort was part of Healthy You, introduced last spring to encourage faculty and staff to live healthier lives.
The voluntary program, offered in collaboration with other colleges and universities in the Boston Consortium, focuses on
wellness and offers a series of health management initiatives designed to help employees understand, improve and
maintain their health.
Healthy Monday
Healthy Monday activities resumed this month, with Human Resources helping
employees start the week on a healthy path by offering nutritious snacks and other
Healthy Monday is a national public health campaign that encourages people
and organizations to use Monday as a day to promote behaviors that will increase health
awareness and actions that will end preventable disease.
Retirement Plan Update
The Human Resources Office and TIAA-CREF/Fidelity have notified employees who participate in the University’s
retirement plan about changes to the investment lineup scheduled for March 2012.
The retirement plans section of the Human Resources Web site lists all available funds and a schedule of the weekly
information sessions and monthly individual consultations with TIAA-CREF and Fidelity representatives.
There are several retirement-related educational programs scheduled this year, including a TIAA-CREF program for
new investors, market update program by Fidelity and a TIAA-CREF presentation for individuals approaching retirement
as part of the “Celebrating 65” series.
For more information, contact Liz Berman or Denise Wholley by e-mail or call 617-573-8415.
ADP Self Service
Human Resources has added a new resource for managing and accessing payroll information. ADP Employee Self
Service. Those who have used ADP iPay to view pay stubs and W-2 forms may use the same log-in information to reach
the Web-based program. Complete instructions for new users are available on the Human Resources Web site.


Modern Theatre Receives Preservation Award & LEED Silver Designation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is the latest
organization to honor the University's Modern Theatre
residence hall project. The Trust gave the University a
Preservation Honor Award for contributions to the
revitalization of lower Washington Street.
The artful combination of preservation and new
construction in the Modern Theatre residence hall also
was recognized with a 2011 Preservation Achievement
Award from the Boston Preservation Alliance.
These awards follow the announcement that the
project has earned a LEED Silver Rating in
acknowledgment of its sustainable design, construction
and operation.
The Modern Theatre project was one of 23 award
winners honored on Oct. 20 at the 2011 National
Preservation Awards ceremony in Buffalo, N.Y. A local
celebration of the award was held at The Boston Opera
House on Oct. 24. Co-recipients were the Boston
Landmarks Commission, The Boston Opera House,
Boston Parks and Recreation, Boston Preservation
Alliance, Boston Redevelopment Authority, ElkusManfredi Architects and Emerson College.
“Suffolk University is honored to receive the
National Trust for Historic Preservation Award for its
restoration of the Modern Theatre,” said Acting
President and Provost Barry Brown. “The University has
been a proud partner in Boston’s efforts to revitalize the
Lower Washington Street Theater district while
preserving the historic integrity of landmark buildings
and bringing a new sense of life, culture and activity to
this area.”

Marilyn Plotkins, John Nucci, Mayor Thomas Menino and
Gordon King celebrate National Trust Preservation Honor
Award. (Photo by John Gillooly)

Earlier in October, the Boston Preservation Alliance
honored the Modern Theatre residence hall development
with a Preservation Achievement Award honoring
outstanding accomplishment in historic preservation and
compatible new construction.
The LEED designation and the preservation awards
are the latest recognitions for the Modern Theatre
building, which also has earned the following:
Paul E Tsongas Award from Preservation
American Institute of Architects New England
Design Award
Building Design + Construction’s 2011
Reconstruction Silver Award

Special Recognition for University’s Social Commitment
The University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service
Honor Roll for the second straight year.
The Corporation for National and Community Service selects colleges and universities
for the honor roll based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation
of service projects, the extent to which service learning is embedded in the curriculum, the
school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable
community outcomes as a result of the service.
Students at Suffolk University contribute many thousands of hours to the community
each year through service-learning classes, legal clinics and other volunteer activities.
Community-service efforts are organized by Suffolk's Organization for Uplifting Lives
through Service (S.O.U.L.S.) and the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. These
service entities help connect student volunteers with children, businesses, shelters and civic
groups in activities that strengthen communities and improve individual lives. Faculty and
staff also join in many volunteer efforts.
The Corporation for National and Community Service collaborates with the U.S.
Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the
American Council on Education in selecting the annual honor roll.

Paul Tanklefsky and some of the students working on a 2010 Alternative Spring
Break project in Meridian Miss.

Alternative Spring Break

Student leaders Lina Rodriguez and Sam
Cana flank facilitators Kathleen Peets and
Ryan Roberts during a visit to the waterfall
for which Wichita Falls is named – which
happened to be dry during the ASB visit.

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“This is reflective of the University’s commitment to civic engagement, which is important to the life of the
institution and the education that we give our students,” she said. “Just as the institution encourages participation in
Service Day as part of one’s engagement in the University, we hope that supervisors will support employees who want to
participate in Alternative Spring Break.”
Paul Tanklefsky, director of Career Services and Cooperative Education, has signed on for his fifth Alternative
Spring Break trip this coming spring. Last year was his second in Meridian, Mississippi, where he said “it feels like
family” working with the local Habitat for Humanity staff.
“It’s literally the best week of the year for me,” he said.
While Tanklefsky has plenty of contact with students as he counsels them about careers, he said that “you get to
know them in a different way when you’re with them 24/7. There’s a special, lasting bond. When we see each other
around campus afterwards we connect with hugs and high-fives and quickly catch up on our lives back in Boston.”
For Peets, getting to know the students also helps her professionally as she works on recruiting materials for prospective
“We’re always trying to understand what makes a successful Suffolk University student and what is the right fit,” she said.
As she got to know the students on the Texas trip, she learned that they all had jobs; many were first-generation Americans
and the first in their families to attend college; and all got as much as possible out of the experience.
“They showed that the sort of students Suffolk was founded for exist in a modern form,” said Peets.
Both Tanklefsky and Peets also see student retention as an added value of the Alternative Spring Break program.
“They find a cohort and establish relationships,” said Tanklefsky. “Many stay involved in S.O.U.L.S., and it
becomes a meeting place for them. You see reticent freshmen and sophomores come into their own working on a community
project, and the next year they’re leading a trip.”
There is no cost to trip facilitators, whose role is to support the student leaders. Professional staff who are interested in
applying to serve as Alternative Spring Break facilitators may contact Tim Albers, assistant director of Service Learning