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March 2012

President Shares Vision for University
Seeks participation from community during initial campuswide forum
President James McCarthy‟s
first campuswide forum a
week after officially joining
the University generated an
enthusiastic dialogue, and he
was greeted with warm
applause as he took the stage
at the C. Walsh Theatre.
McCarthy confirmed his
commitment to the
University‟s historical mission
of access and excellence,
described the professional
route that brought him to
Suffolk University and laid out
the challenges he aims to
address in the coming weeks,
months and years.
NEASC accreditation
On the immediate
horizon are the NEASC self
study and strategic planning.
The NEASC self-study
is under way, and the
president has received an
extension, postponing the
reaccreditation visit to
October 2013. During the
forum, he urged members of
the community to read the
self-study and specifically of

what issues will be raised
and recommendations
made,” said McCarthy.
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Campus Reacts to First Meeting with New Leader
“He was very forthcoming, and you can tell he did his homework because he knew
a lot about us. He touched upon the four key areas I feel are most important:
communication, collaboration, cooperation and transparency.”
– Jim Wallace, director, Facilities Planning & Management
“Suffolk University has a great future ahead and an excellent leader to move the
institution forward. While change and innovation are in the forefront, Suffolk‟s
fundamental values of access and opportunity are holding on strong.”
– Lucia Calderon, research compliance officer

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“I talked with a number of my colleagues immediately following the forum, and
everyone was upbeat and optimistic about President McCarthy‟s remarks. … He

Darlene C. Chisholm, Economics, presented a paper, "The Boundaries of the Firm in Creative Industries: Evidence from
Motion-Pictures Financing and Production," co-authored with George Norman of Tufts University, at the UCLA/Bruce
Mallen Scholars and Practitioners Workshop in Motion Picture Industry Studies at the Anderson School of Management.
Karen Kelley, Government and Community Affairs, and husband Kevin welcomed a daughter
Mabel Juliet Kelley on Nov. 25. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces.
Charles Kindregan, Law School, spoke on Constitutional Issues as to Donor Waivers in
Surrogacy Cases at the fall 2011 meeting of the American Bar Association Family Law Section in
Nevada, where he received a plaque noting his contributions to the A.B.A. Publications Board. He
also discussed recent developments in assisted reproduction law at Case Western Reserve Law School
and served as a moderator and presenter at the Law School‟s Advanced Legal Studies program on the
new Massachusetts alimony statute. Kindregan was named to the West Philadelphia Catholic High
Mabel Juliet Kelley
School Hall of Fame in December 2011.
Tryan L. McMickens, Administration of Higher Education, Education and Human Services. At
the March 2012 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) annual meeting in
Phoenix, he will present “Racism Readiness” at the Emerging Scholars: A NASPA Faculty Fellows
Research Symposium. McMickens also will be honored as a runner-up for NASPA‟s Melvene D. Hardee
Dissertation-of-the-Year Award. In addition, his paper “Conveying knowledge, resources, and
opportunities for doctoral students of color” was accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the
American College Personnel Association in Louisville, Ky., in March.
Sebastián Royo, associate dean of the College and director of the Madrid campus, organized and
moderated a roundtable: “The Spanish Election: Challenges for the New Government” at Harvard University‟s Center for
European Studies.
Tony Ferullo, Public Affairs. Ferullo, who coaches the boys varsity basketball team at the Mystic
Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, was named Commonwealth Athletic Conference Coach of the
Year. The team posted the best record in school history, 17-3, and finished number one in its division for
the first time.
Jane Secci, Communication and Journalism, received a Champion Award from the board of
directors of We Can,Women‟s Empowerment Cape Area Network, for outstanding service to the
community at the organization‟s tenth anniversary celebration. Secci volunteered as We Can‟s interim
executive director for one year to restructure the organization, create new policies and procedures and raise funds.
Ron Suleski, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, attended the monthly meeting of the Royal Asiatic Society
China in Shanghai. Suleski is past president of the Asiatic Society of Japan.
Tom Vales, Electrical and Computer Engineering, presented a high-voltage show at the University for middle school
students from the Eliot School in the North End. The presentation generated ideas for the students‟ science fair projects.
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New Faces
Please welcome our newest employees:
Lauren Addesa, Peer Mentor Program
Claudia Andrade, Public Management
Paulette Giambalvo, Health & Wellness Services
Meghan Kenney, Student Leadership & Involvement
Jaclyn Lavers, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
Gregory Massing, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
Desirae Mix, Undergraduate Admission
Betty Munoz, University Police
Honey Nichols, Executive Ed/Lifelong Learning, Sawyer Business School
Wayne Nordstrom, Help Desk, Information Technology Services
Brenda Pedrick, Dean‟s Office, Sawyer Business School
Nicole Price, Dean‟s Office, Law School
Jessica Rosa, Management and Entrepreneurship

Bianca Vieira, Student Financial Services, Colleges

Our Own Karate Kid
Brian McDermott is the mild-mannered assistant chief
information officer and director of Media Services by
day, but he trades in his business attire for a totally
different uniform once he steps out of the workplace
In the evenings, McDermott uses his mind and
body to kick it up a notch – literally – by indulging a
passion for karate.
“Martial arts is all about self-defense, providing
you with the knowledge and the necessary tools to
protect yourself,” said the University‟s Karate Kid.
“Learning the different techniques, combining speed
and power, is what it is all about.”
McDermott, an alumnus, has long been
interested in karate. He began taking lessons when he
was 12 and then again at 22, but he never fully
committed to the sport until six years ago when he
envisioned a game plan to ensure that he would succeed.
“I convinced my wife to join me in taking
lessons,” said McDermott. “I figured that if we went
through this together, there was no way I was going to
After five years of training four to six days a
week year-round, McDermott and his wife, Crystal,
received their first-degree black belts in Kenpo Karate
last year.
“We tested at the same time, and it was the most
physically challenging and grueling day of our lives,” he said. “Overall, it was a very rewarding experience, because
we accomplished what we set out to do.”
The McDermotts routinely practice their skills at home.
“We always wonder what the neighbors think when we battle each other and the shades are down,” he
laughed. “Our instructor calls it „McDermott Couples Therapy‟ and says that no one goes after it like we do.”
Karate has helped McDermott to become a more confident and disciplined person, he said.
“Like anything else, the more time and effort you put into something, the better you get,” he said. “When
you work hard and see the results, you feel good about yourself.”
Working and furthering his education through the University‟s Executive MBA Program keeps McDermott
busy, but he and Crystal find time to perfect their craft by continuing their lessons in the 10 degrees of black belt as
well as by teaching karate to others.
“This is our passion and we will be involved in karate forever,” he said. “We love it.”


President Shares Vision for University
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McCarthy said he will launch a strategic planning process
by March 1, to be concluded by the end of the semester
with the full engagement of the campus community.
The data collected during the NEASC process “lay
the foundation on which the strategic plan can be based,”
he said. “It is very important that all of us contribute our
perspectives on where the University should go.”
Town meetings, committee work and other vehicles
will afford many opportunities for community
participation, he said.
In discussing challenges and opportunities facing
the University, McCarthy touched on:
The balance of cost containment and adequate
Creating a student center: “The discussion of
locations for a student center is focused on
something that can be done on relatively short
Engaging alumni: “Far too few give back to the
Raising money for scholarships and eventually for
Enhancing use of technology for student learning
Administrative structure: “There will be faculty,
staff and student participation in the recruitment
of all senior administrators in the future.”
“It is important for all of us to realize that the
challenges facing Suffolk are the same challenges that
universities across the nation and the world also face,” said
McCarthy. “We need to make sure we engage with
colleagues at other institutions. We‟re all in this together.”
Opening up a dialogue
During a question-and-answer session with the
assembled faculty, administrators, student and staff,
Athletics Director Jim Nelson asked if McCarthy will be
guided by a report and recommendations on University
finances prepared by the Pappas Group.
“That is a very important question,” said McCarthy,
who noted that Acting Vice President & Treasurer
Danielle Manning will join him for a future forum focusing
on financial issues.
“We will certainly be informed by the report,” he
said. “You used an important word: „recommendations.‟
It‟s likely that we will accept some recommendations and
act on them, but not others.”
When asked about his vision for the University,
McCarthy said that the “fundamental mission and
structure of the University” are sound. “The fundamentals

are not going to change,” but he will work to “do
everything better” within that structure.
The president said he sees the value of centralized
purchasing and decentralized curriculum.

Reaction on Campus
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I feel these forums are incredibly exciting because
people in the Suffolk community –
students, faculty and staff – can share ideas and
suggestions and learn what‟s going on. I was proud of
the students‟ questions and their level of interest. And
I though President McCarthy was great, and his sense
of humor very refreshing.”
– Anita Sen, office coordinator, Theatre
“I‟m very heartened after listening to what President
McCarthy had to say. He was very frank and seemed
open and accessible.”
– Sara Chadwick, director of administrative
services, New England School of Art & Design
“I talked with a number of my colleagues immediately
following the forum, and everyone was upbeat and
optimistic about President McCarthy‟s remarks. … He
seems like a genuine and cheerful type of guy and he‟s
what the school needs.” – Ronald Suleski, director,
Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies
“The communication by President McCarthy was
thorough and to the point. His sense of humor was
outstanding, and his humility really impressed me. I‟m
looking forward to working with him as we engage all
of our students from different and diverse aspects.”
– Amy Fisher, campus minister
President McCarthy's talk revealed preparedness and
an understanding of questions asked, as well as a

personalization of response and a sense of humor
… gaining the confidence of those to whom he
will provide leadership on our campus.”
– Jim Nelson, director of Athletics

Faculty Artwork Delights Stahl Center Staff and Visitors
Denizens of the upper
floors at the Rosalie Stahl
Center have the daily
pleasure of viewing
original artwork on loan
from New England
School of Art & Design
The work, in a
variety of media, is on
display in the corridors of
the 12th and 13th floors
of the Stahl Center
through July 30.
Katie Linder,
director of the Center for
Teaching Excellence,
particularly enjoys seeing
the abstract paintings by
Paul Andrade each day as
she steps off the elevator
on the 12th floor.

“I appreciate that
there‟s faculty artwork on
display, and it‟s quite
appropriate that people
see faculty work as they
come and go from the
Center for Teaching
Excellence,” said

The exhibitors are
faculty members Harry
Bartnick, Bebe Beard,
Lydia Martin, Susan
Nichter, Steve Novick,
Deborah Weisberg and
Andrade as well as Fine
Arts student Silvi Naci.
Katie Linder pauses to admire a painting by Paul Andrade,
part of an exhibit of New England School or Art & Design
artists at the Rosalie Stahl Center.

The artists loaned
their artwork for the
enjoyment of the wider
university community.

Faculty Publications
Krisanne Bursik, associate dean of the College, and
Suffolk University alumna Mandi White-Ajmani,
PhD, have published their co-authored manuscript
“What Lies Beneath: Dogmatism, Intolerance, and
Political Self-Identification” in the peer-reviewed
Individual Differences Research, 2011, 9(3), 153-164.
Peter Jeffreys, English,
received the 2011 National
Translation Prize awarded by
the Greek Ministry of Culture
for his translation
of C.P. Cavafy’s Selected Prose
Works (University of Michigan
Press), the first edition of the
Greek poet‟s prose writings to
appear in English translation..
Allan Tow, Education
and Human Services. His article “From Take-Out
Counter to Podium:

Journeys into Public Life” was published in the
Chronicle of the Chinese Historical Society of New England,
fall 2011, Vol.17, No.1, pp. 811. It describes several
activists in New England who
were owners of Chinese
restaurants including the wellknown China Pearl in Boston‟s
Quentin Miller,
English, published “A Criminal
Power": James Baldwin and the
Law (The Ohio State
University Press, 2012). The book examines
Baldwin's entire career in the context of the law, using
the frameworks of Critical Race Theory and prison
literature to trace Baldwin's shift in thinking about the
way law shapes African American lives and American
culture more generally.
In Memoriam
Carol Maggio, office manager, Athletics