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Suffolk University Breaks Ground on New Academic Building!
Building on our success, Suffolk University breaks ground on a $49 million, 110,000 sq.-ft., academic building at 20 Somerset St. on the edge of Beacon Hill. Learn about this exciting project.
Suffolk University 
Annual Report 
Suffolk University's 2012-2013 Annual Report is now Available Online.
Important Dates
For the full November calendar, visit our Suffolk Online Calendar
Wed., 11/20:
Application due to stay on campus during Thanksgiving
Thurs., 11/21:
Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Fri., 11/22:
Sophomore Job Shadowing Program Application due
Sat., 11/23:
Saturday of Service
Tues., 11/26:

International Thanksgiving Dinner


-Madrid Summer Information Session

Wed., 11/27:
Thanksgiving Break starts at 1PM. (through Sun., 12/1)

-Residence Halls Close
at 2 p.m.

Sun., 12/1:
Residence Halls 
Re-Open at 10 a.m.

Tues., 12/3:
Sophomore Dinner Series: OCHO

Sat., 12/7-Sat., 12/14:
Final Exam Week
Thurs., 12/5:
Last Day of Fall 2013 Classes

Sat., 12/14:
Residence Halls Close
for Winter Break 
at 10 a.m.

Sun., 12/15:
Spring 2014 Tuition Due Date


Sun., 1/12:
Residence Halls 
Re-Open for Spring 2014

Mon., 1/13:
First Day of Spring 2014 Classes
For the complete Fall 2013 calendar, please visit our

We asked students how their family keeps them motivated while in college. Here is what a few said:


"My parents send me letters and care packages."


"They support me and encourage me to do well when I talk to them on the phone every night."


"My parents listen to me when I talk about my school work."


"They help me with any issues I'm having with classes."


"My parents tell me how proud they are of me every time I tell them about good grades."


"I try to get A's so my parents can be proud of me and brag about me."


What are your students most excited about for going home for Thanksgiving Break?


"I am most excited to see my brother over Thanksgiving Break.  I haven't seen him since the middle of August when he moved to Tampa."


"I am excited to see my friends from home."


"I cannot wait for Thanksgiving dinner, sleeping in my own bed and seeing my family."


"I can't wait to see my family and friends and tell them all about this semester."


"I am most excited for my hometown's traditional Thanksgiving football game and turkey dinner."


Spring Semester Housing Needed?

Is your student

planning to stay

on-campus for the spring 2014 semester?


We anticipate having vacancies in all 4 of our residence halls. If your student is interested in on-campus housing they can add their name to the Spring 2014 Housing Waitlist online.


Visit the Residence Life & Housing page: ResLife underneath the Waitlist tab to find additional information and the form.


We are contacting students now to offer housing and will continue through January. Depending on the timing of their housing offer, full payment may be required up front. Additionally, they must register for spring 2014 courses as a full-time student (at least 12 credits or more).


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact ResLife at 617-305-2500 x0 or via email at reslife@suffolk.edu


Best in Business! 
Sawyer Business School Recognized
Did you know that the
Suffolk University's Sawyer
Business School was 
named one of the 
best business schools?
Building Lasting Friendships while Helping Others

Students Doing Good


Fall semester brings with it a flood of new Alternative Spring Break applications, and senior Elise Kapitancek is one of hundreds hoping for a spot on one of this year's 10 service trips. Learn about the magic created when relationships and service come together in the ASB Program.

Meet a Few Successful Suffolk Students!

Volunteer of the Month

John Paul Livingstone
John Paul Livingstone is a senior at Suffolk University, originally from Auburn, MA. In spring of 2014 he will be graduating with a B.A. in Biology. 
As a freshman he quickly became involved with the Center for Community Engagement and feels that the positive energy from the members was a great contributor to his motivation.



Alba Callejas

Alba, a Suffolk senior, is graduating in May with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Education.  Alba has been apart of Jumpstart for four years, starting out as a Corps Member and is now a Team Leader.  Fun Fact: Alba's favorite show is I Love Lucy.


Alyssa Karnauchov

Alyssa, a sophomore at Suffolk, will be graduating in May 2016 with a double major in Accounting and Finance from the Sawyer Business School.  Alyssa is a Team Leader of Jumpstart and runs the Circle Time and Let's Find Out About It sessions for the children.  Alyssa is also a Center for Community Engagement Project Leader.  Fun Fact:  Alyssa would love to have an elephant as a pet!


Margaret Hillman

Margaret, a senior at Suffolk, will be graduating in May with a Psychology major and Education Studies minor.  She has been accepted to the Teach for America program and after graduation will be moving to California to teach for two years.  Margaret is a Team Leader of Jumpstart and is the captain of the Volleyball team.  Fun Fact:  Margaret is a "weirdly awesome" jump roper.


Gabriella Abbondanza


Gabriella, a senior at Suffolk, will be graduating in May with a major in English/Middle School Education.  She is a Trustee Ambassador, a Team Leader of Jumpstart, a member of the Suffolk University Dance Company, and more.  Fun Fact:  Gabriella studied abroad in Florence, Italy!

Your student can reward their professors who have:
1. Made going to class an exciting/worthwhile experience.
2. Taught a lot of information and kept the content engaging.
3. Challenged them to excel and work hard
4. Been a positive role model in their academic career or life.
The Center for Teaching Excellence will send a letter to the instructor, conveying your student's appreciation.

Go Online & Pass on the Thanks to a Prof!

Center for Community Engagement
The Center for Community Engagement (formerly known as S.O.U.L.S.) organizes long and short-term service opportunities for members of the Suffolk University community, forging connections between Suffolk and nonprofits, schools, and community organizations across Greater Boston. Their programs, some of which are combined with coursework, make a tangible difference in people's lives.
Check out their future Events and motivate your student to get involved!
If your student is interested in an internship, the City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology is offering competitive paid and unpaid internships to highly motivated and qualified students. Interns have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience and receive valuable on-the-job training.


Perfect for your students majoring in Business Management, Public Administration, Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Science, Engineering, Public Policy, Communications, and Marketing.


For more information about the internship program with Boston City Hall you can visit their website.

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November 15, 2013 

Welcome to the first edition of Suffolk Scoop, a monthly e-newsletter available free to families of current Suffolk students. In the future, Suffolk Scoop will come out on the first Friday of each month. 

Look for Suffolk Scoop to provide you with helpful University news, important dates or action reminders, tips for navigating the college experience as a family, and recommendations for how you can support Suffolk University and your student in being successful. We hope each month to give you a glimpse into life as a Suffolk Ram. 
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Families are Important at Suffolk University
If Suffolk's student body were an actual 
body, Suffolk families would be its backbone!

Suffolk Family is the hub for programming, communication, and University involvement opportunities for family members of current Suffolk University students. Suffolk Family provides you with opportunities to connect with, support, and encourage a university environment that allows students to excel in personal and academic success. Suffolk University views families as important partners in achieving the success of our students and institution.

The mission of Suffolk Family is to:
  • Share information about the University with the families of current students
  • Generate support for University programs and services which contribute to student success
  • Encourage appropriate participation of families in the collegiate experience
  • Engage families in the growth of Suffolk University as a premier institution of higher education
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FREE FLU SHOTS: Tell Your Student!

Getting a yearly seasonal flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and others against the flu. Let your student know that Flu Shots are available on campus and they are FREE while supplies last.


Suffolk Health & Wellness

73 Tremont St. 5th Floor

Walk-In hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or

Make an appointment by calling 617-573-8260.


For more information visit Health & Wellness Services

Suffolk University's 2012-2013 Annual Report

Dear Suffolk Community:


The past year has been a productive one on campus, thanks to your enthusiasm and diligence. The University's newly published Annual Report provides a snapshot of our accomplishments, particularly as they relate to implementation of the Strategic Plan. This material, is now available online.


We have made significant progress in building the foundation needed to reach our academic, enrollment, fundraising and financial goals since the Strategic Plan was unveiled in October 2012. This publication cannot tell the entire story, but it highlights the ways that Suffolk is building upon its success.



James McCarthy

Homecoming Tradition Makes a Unique Impact in the Suffolk University Community


Suffolk Homecoming is a weekend of special events, celebrations, and community programs for all students, family members, alumni, and staff in the Suffolk University Community. Suffolk Homecoming is for everyone! To see a recap of Suffolk University's First Homecoming (Homecoming 2013), check out this special video:

Suffolk University's Homecoming


We invite you to relive some of Homecoming's best moments with this video. You can check out the social buzz around the event, view a photo gallery, and take a survey to help us make next year's event even better than this year's.



Remember Homecoming is for Families!

October 23-26

Thanksgiving Break at Suffolk 11/27 - 12/1!


There are no classes at Suffolk University from Wednesday, November 27th at 1 p.m. through Sunday, December 1st.


If your student would like to request to stay on campus during Thanksgiving break, meaning they will be departing after 2 p.m. on Wednesday or returning before 10 a.m. on Sunday, your student must complete and submit a request form to Residence Life & Housing by 12 p.m. on Nov. 20th.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Residence Life & Housing by calling

617-305-2500 x 0 or emailing reslife@suffolk.edu.


November: Hunger & Homelessness Awareness

"Don't just give change, make it."


Throughout November, the Center for Community Engagement is coordinating programs to raise awareness and engage students in services related to hunger and homelessness issues.


A few highlights of the month include:


Greater Boston Food Bank

Wednesday, November 20th, 4:30-8:45

Your student can help inspect, sort and pack donated grocery products for distribution to hunger relief agencies.


Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Thursday, November 21st 12-1:30, Suffolk Law School Function Room

Your student can learn how others experience hunger, class, wealth distribution, and other social issues during this interactive role-playing meal.


Saturday of Service: Boston Health Care for the Homeless

Saturday, November 23rd 11:15-3:30

Your student gets the opportunity to assist with an arts and crafts activity and play games with the community.


Community Servings: Pie in the Sky

Monday-Wednesday, November 25th-27th

More than 13,000 pies need to be quality-checked, sorted and packaged for delivery during this annual bake sale that funds meals and nutrition programs for the critically ill. Encourage your student to register for the event!


PC International Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 26th, 6-8, Donahue Caf�

Tell your student about the traditional Thanksgiving dinner that they can enjoy with Suffolk University's international students. All are welcome to attend.


Encourage your student to get involved in community engagement/service events through Suffolk as a way to give back and back friends. More information about the Center for Community Engagement can be found online at Campus Life.

Is Your Student Tired of Relying on a 

Microwave for Meals?


Tell them to check out OCHO's November Cooking 101 program, one of a series of monthly cooking demonstrations put on by Sodexo's top chefs. Each demonstration has a theme inspired by a different culture around the world, and November's theme is American Indian Heritage.


Date & Time: Tuesday, November 19th 5-7:30 pm

Location: 120 Tremont, Faculty Dining Room


Click on the following link for more information or to register:

November Cooking 101 Program


Any questions about the event can be emailed to ocho@suffolk.edu

University Police Safety Reminder!

"Working Together, Your Safety is our Reward"


Remind your student to:

  • Never leave valuables unattended
  • Always lock your door when leaving, even if it is for a minute
  • Never lend your key or ID to anyone
  • Do not leave spare keys in the open or in common areas
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Immediately notify SUPD of any suspicious activities or persons
  • Walk with a friend at night or use the escort program

To contact Suffolk University Police:

Emergency: 617-573-8111 (or off-campus 911)

Non-Emergency: 617-573-8333

For more information visit University Police


Time for Spring 2014 Course Pre-Registration!


November is the month students pre-register for spring semester courses. Ask your student what they're taking and if they have any questions or concerns!


All undergraduate students must meet with an advisor prior to registration. If they have questions, remind them to revisit their academic advisor (write down their questions in advance of the appointment so they don't forget what to ask). If your student does not know who their advisor is they can:

  • Log into MySuffolk
  • Select "Grades and Academic Profile"
  • Select "My Advisor"

Also, if your student needs registration tips in the future, they can visit the following link: Registration Checklist

The Center for Community Engagement

Warm Clothing and Non-Perishable Food Drive


Encourage your students to donate gently used warm clothing for adults and children and non-perishable food items throughout November as part of the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month efforts.


The clothing donations will be given to Cradles to Crayons and Dress for Success. Let your student know that donation boxes for clothing and food are located in the following areas:

  • Donahue Building- The Hub, main lobby; College Dean's Office, first floor; Undergraduate Advising, room 208; Center for Community Engagement, room 209; Diversity Services, fourth floor; Performing Arts, fourth floor; Student Leadership and Involvement, fourth floor; Orientation & New Student Programs, fifth floor; Interfaith Center, fifth floor; and Psychology, sixth floor
  • New England School of Art & Design- Main lobby, 75 Arlington St.
  • Ridgeway Building- Athletics, second floor
  • Stahl Center, 73 Tremont St.- Sawyer Library, second floor; Sociology, fifth floor; Academic Access and Opportunity, seventh floor; Economics, tenth floor; Government, tenth floor; Philosophy, tenth floor; Finance, 12th floor; Career Development Center, 11th floor; and Student Affairs, 12th floor
  • Sargent Hall- Rappaport Center, suite 110
  • Sawyer Building- Moakley Center for Public Management, room 1049
  • Dining and residence halls

Visit the Center for Community Engagement for more information about their office and events.


Sophomore Dinner Series Event

Learn about Off-Campus Housing

Sponsored by Orientation & New Student Programs


If your student is a sophomore at Suffolk University, talk to them about registering for Sophomore Dinner Series. This is an evening of good food and fellowship. Each month, a different office highlights the resources, programs and events they offer that are particularly geared toward the needs of sophomore students. In addition, your student will have an opportunity to talk with their classmates, upper class students, and the staff from each office about how to make the most of their Suffolk experience.


The last Sophomore Dinner Series presents:

Off Campus Housing Office (OCHO)

5:30 pm Tuesday, December 3rd

Amenities Room, 1st floor of 73 Tremont St.


If your sophomores are interested in attending any events, they can RSVP at Sophomore Dinner Series or by emailing orientation@suffolk.edu.

Sophomore Job Shadowing Program

Sponsored by the

Office of Career Services & Cooperative Education


Application due Friday, November 22nd


Motivate your students to take on an externship. Externships are job shadowing opportunities that give you an inside look at a job, firm, and career. Externs experience a typical workday and see first-hand how the organization runs and how work gets done in that field. Your students can learn the expectations firms have of new employees, and gain a sense of how that work fits their interests and skills. Externships vary from a half day to 3 days and are sponsored by alumni and friends of Suffolk.


Visit Sophomore Job Shadowing for more information!

Madrid Summer Information Session

Is your student interested in studying abroad at

Suffolk University's Madrid Campus?


Our campus in Madrid offers students a unique learning experience.  Talk to your students about attending a Madrid Summer Information Session where they can come and learn more about taking courses over the summer at the Suffolk University Madrid Campus. They will be able to talk with staff from the Study Abroad Office as well as faculty who will be leading the courses.


Location: Sawyer 325

Date: Tuesday, November 26th

Time: 1-2 p.m.


Look over more information at the following link:

Study Abroad Summer Session

The Interfaith Center: Take Advantage of Support

The Reverend Amy L. Fisher, University Chaplain, serves as a counselor, spiritual guide, educational advocate and ethical voice on campus. Let your student know that she is happy to speak with anyone who has questions or concerns about:

  • Spirituality
  • Religion
  • Racial issues
  • Ethics
  • Morality

The Interfaith Center is now practicing Meditation!

For more information call Amy L. Fisher at 617-573-8325

or visit their website The Interfaith Center.

Suffolk University's Counseling Center
If your student is feeling stressed or anxious, the Counseling Center can help!


The Counseling Center's primary goal is to provide timely and comprehensive short-term counseling services to Suffolk University undergraduate and graduate students. The Counseling Center is staffed by five full-time licensed psychologists, two part-time licensed psychologists, three full-time doctoral interns, one practicum student, and two part-time consulting psychiatrics. 


If your student needs someone to talk to you can suggest that they make an appointment at the Counseling Center, even outside of business hours. Its staff provides a wide spectrum of services to members of the University community, including individual and group counseling, outreach and consultation, training and supervision, teaching and research.


Therapy and Support Groups include:


Tools for Beating the Blues

For students who are struggling with feelings of sadness, negative thinking, loss of motivation and energy, difficulties concentrating and/or sleep difficulties, panic attacks, or anxiety.


Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Mindfulness will help your student to (1) be more non-judgmental, patient and present (2) be more aware of what you are thinking and (3) act more effectively in the situations that arise.


Life Improvement

This group will focus on general day-to-day issues that limit or constrain group members' abilities to fully enjoy and to derive satisfaction from their lives.


Letting Go of What's Not Working- A Skills-Based Approach to Improving Your Quality of Life

This group is designed for those who want to increase their awareness and understanding of maladaptive behaviors by examining the factors leading up to, following, and motivating such behaviors. Group members will also learn and practice techniques for effectively managing difficult experiences, emotions, and problematic self-perceptions with the goal of improving their quality of life.


If your student is interested in joining any of these therapy and support groups or making an appointment, they can call the Counseling Center at 617-573-8226. For more information, please visit their website:

Counseling Center

About This Month's Header Picture:
Images come from Suffolk University's first-annual Homecoming Weekend. A turtle from the New England Aquarium event, Suffolk Makes a Splash, and members of Suffolk University's winning flag-football team who claimed victory over Emerson College. GO RAMS!
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