Fall 2014 Issue

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At a Glance


Campus Currents News from across the university.


Spotlight on Sports On the move with Barry’s student-athletes.


Barry Beat Stay in tune with student happenings.


Faculty Focus Highlights from Barry’s impressive faculty.

STRENGHTENING the Student Experience Barry undergoes renovations, reallocates resources, and highlights experiential learning to attract and engage students


From Our Kitchen to Yours Daniel Bishop, Executive Chef for Chartwells at Barry University, serves up fresh fare for students on campus.


A Voice for the Oppressed Barry’s new chaplain, Fr. Cristobal Torres, has a strong calling to serve the disenfranchised.


Class Notes Alumni news and updates.

In May 2014, 922 students stood Barry Proud as they were awarded degrees at graduation.

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President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs Sara B. Herald, J.D. Managing Editor Emilie Wernick


Associate Vice President for Brand Marketing and CommunicationS Kimberly Cox

In late September I had the joy and privilege of connecting with Barry alums in New York City and Washington, D.C., and in early October I gathered with dear friends from my

News Editors Jessica Alexandre Gladys Amador Jeff LaLiberte Stephanie Rodriguez

graduation class on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


Whether we graduated from Barry College or Barry University, we reminisced about favorite classes and faculty members and the things we did for fun. Everyone also noted they are

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still connected to many of the friends they met while a Barry student. And we laughed a lot!

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Whenever I host such events, I always leave the gathering with the same inspiring awareness – despite the differences of major fields of study or timeframe of enrollment, Barry alums bond quickly in a very warm and meaningful way. Business cards, email addresses, and cellphone numbers are exchanged gladly, always with a reminder - “if I can do anything for you, please call me.” The connection we share as a Barry alum

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is a bond that matters and persists. Witnessing that reality over and over again inspires and blesses me. At such gatherings, I always share with alums recent university developments, some of which you will read about in this issue of the Barry Magazine. These and many other changes are the result of our focused implementation of the university’s 2011-2016 Strategic Agenda and Master Site Plan, recommendations from recent consultations with the Art & Science Group, Inc. and TURKEL Brands, and focus groups with university constituents. Additionally, many adjustments and shifts are a response to

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our critical assessment and analysis of higher education’s changing landscape at the

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focus was, is, and always will be on our students and on enhancing the quality and

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local, state, and national levels and, most importantly, the expressed needs of our students.

rigor of a Barry degree. Through faithfulness to our mission and core commitments, Barry University’s faculty, staff, and administration are committed to helping each student achieve her or his educational goals. To that end, we continue to evolve by providing living and learning experiences, spaces, and resources that enrich and invigorate the Barry life. I hope you enjoy reading about Barry today – evolving and responding. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, I thank God for you, your loved ones, and your support of our students. Whether College or University – it’s Barry – an incredibly engaged, enthusiastic, and evolving university community.

Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD Class of ’62 FALL 2014

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ON THE COVER: Full of Spirit

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Experience Lawrence Siino-Sampayo from Orlando, Florida, chronicled Freshmen Experience Day, his first introduction to living a Barry Life. Siino-Sampayo, along with his fellow classmates, engaged in teambuilding activities, a beautification project at Miami’s Frederick R. Douglass Elementary School (along with other sites around the community), and reflective workshops. Freshman Experience Day is a one-day program that helps students to understand the meaning behind the Barry motto: learn, reflect, and serve.

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CAMERA NBC6, South Florida’s leading news station, went live on Barry’s campus during the station’s “College Week” feature. Hundreds of students came out to show their Barry pride and created a frenzy of school spirit that viewers could feel through their TVs. Barry’s athletic teams strutted their stuff, dancers and cheerleaders took over the R. Kirk Landon Student Union to the cheers of their classmates, and even NBC6 anchor Adam Kuperstein had a little fun with Bucky, the university’s beloved mascot. In an effort to highlight the area’s top schools, NBC6 also showed in-depth reports on Barry faculty, student and alum accomplishments, and conducted live interviews about living a Barry life. Features focused on Barry’s first S.T.E.M. learning community and how it’s helping students work toward their majors; the university’s new Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology undergraduate major, one of only a few degree programs of its kind in the country, and the only one in Florida; and Professor Philip Mann’s involvement in the Ladies Empowerment Action Program, providing female inmates with the knowledge they’ll need to start their own business once they’re rehabilitated.

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A V ery Barry



O’Laughlin was appointed president of Barry on November 13, 1981. Her ambitious goals helped lead Barry through its greatest years of growth which included raising the quality of student life and expanding Barry’s commitment to South Florida. During her 23-year tenure, O’Laughlin led the development of Barry’s Andreas School of Business, School of Podiatric Medicine, and the School of Law in Orlando. In addition to her work on behalf of Barry, O’Laughlin advanced the university’s mission to serve its neighbors and the Miami community. In 1992 she was integral in establishing the Barry Hurricane Andrew Relief Fund and a free day care center for storm victims, and offered room and board to military personnel brought in to provide assistance. For her tireless philanthropic efforts, O’Laughlin was profiled on the CBS Evening News in “The Best People” segment.

International Ethics Barry joined more than 180 undergraduate students, faculty coaches, judges, and moderators from across the U.S. and Canada at the 18th Annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl International Championship in Jacksonville, Florida. The team was invited to participate in the event after qualifying as one of the top regional

Making a

To a

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Degree The School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences has added a new

contenders. Barry's team consisted of Cheryl Frazier, Laura Loomer, Enrique Alvarado, Natalie Diaz, Rashel Calixte, and Dianna Bellian. The team was assisted by lecturer Jason Southworth and coaches Dr. Ruth Tallman, Dr. Sandra Fairbanks, and Dr. Joel Wilcox.

degree program – the Bachelor of S c i e n c e i n S p o rt, E x e r c i s e , a n d Performance Psychology, one of only a few degree programs of its kind in the nation and the only one in Florida. students gain an understanding of the

Barry University 2014 Ethics Bowl Team

thought processes and attitudes of athletes and individuals involved in s p o rt, e x e r c i s e , a n d n o n - s p o rt performance activities.

Barry University student and Fort Myers Police Officer David Conticelli was recently named the winner of the Lee McGehee Police Officer of the Year Award by the Florida Police Chiefs Association during their annual installation and awards banquet held in Boca Raton, Florida. Officer Conticelli received the award for his relentless pursuit of safety in the Fort Myers community. He is currently a PACE student at the Barry Fort Myers site and is nearing completion of his MA in administration.

Protect & Serve

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Former Barry president, Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, celebrated her 85th birthday with a festive reception, a sneak preview of a documentary film on her life titled “Portraits of Inspiration: Sister Jeanne,” and of course, birthday cake!

Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin

Cory Stein, a recent graduate with a degree in psychology, is the first Barry student to be accepted to join Dominican Volunteers, a mission program that works with the poor and marginalized around the U.S. She is the first Jewish student ever to work with the organization. Stein will be working in Chicago at Sara’s Inn, a nonprofit organization run by the Dominicans that aims to combat domestic violence in several ways, including education. She will craft a curriculum for high school girls, focused on “women’s empowerment” – everything from beauty to breast cancer to self-esteem.


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Susan Rosenthal, former vice president of finance for the Miami Herald Media Co., has been tapped as the university’s vice president for business and finance. In her new role, Rosenthal will provide strategic financial leadership and direct all aspects of the university’s finance, accounting, and facilities departments. She will be a part of the university’s executive committee of the administration tasked with setting institutional goals and formulating institutional policy. Rosenthal served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010, including chairing the Finance and Facilities Committee from 2009 to 2010. Rosenthal is married and has two daughters.

The executive committee of the administration has a new vice president for human resources. Jennifer Boyd-Pugh earned two degrees from Barry – a BS in criminal justice in ’94 and an MS in human resource development and administration in ’01 and previously served as assistant vice president for human resources. Boyd-Pugh also holds the title of University Title IX coordinator. An All-American softball star for the Bucs, Boyd-Pugh’s allegiance to the university is a family legacy, as her mother and daughter are both Barry graduates.

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Court For the first time in school history, the Barry Law Moot Court team advanced to the final four at the Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition held in Orlando. The competition is a major event at the Florida Bar’s Annual Convention, culminating in the final round before all of the Florida Supreme Court justices. Barry Law’s team included Jami Millhouse, Charles Hamilton, and David Angley, with faculty advisor Terri Day and coach Jonathon Blevins. Barry MAG | 10

Nursing students provided 223 hours of service to more than 2,000 community members this summer as part of two course offerings. Both adults and children benefited from the students who performed health screenings and provided instruction at several community sites in South Florida.

Moot Court Final Four 2014

Adrian Dominican School of Education student Kendra Huff was recently named a winner of the prestigious William T. Dwyer Award for Excellence in Education at an awards ceremony in West Palm Beach, Florida. The award was established in 1985 to honor outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Huff, a teacher at Palm Beach Gardens Senior High who is earning her specialist degree in educational leadership at Barry’s Palm Beach location, won the award in the Senior High category.

Board Matters The Barry Board of Trustees recently elected long-serving member John Bussel as its new chairperson. Bussel has served as a Barry trustee since 1998 and started his threeyear term in May. Bussel is a principal and regional director at Hewins Financial Advisors with a long tradition of service. He is president of The Shepard Broad Foundation, a private family foundation; chair of the Investment Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Foundation; executive committee member of the Miami Jewish Federation Board of Directors; board member of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education; Miami Chapter president of the American Technion Society (Haifa, Israel); and Southeast Region chair for the American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro (Ra’anana, Israel). As the grandson of Shepard Broad, who served as the first lay chairperson of Barry’s Board of Trustees, Bussel is continuing his family’s legacy at the university.

William O’Donnell has been named to the Barry Board of Trustees. O’Donnell is the managing principal of DeSimone Consulting Engineers. He has a BS and MS in civil engineering and in 2009 was the recipient of the AJA Miami Outstanding Consulting Engineer of the Year award. A Miami resident, O'Donnell is married with two daughters.

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Campus living just got even more enticing. Barry offers living-learning communities as a way to ensure a smooth transition to college life. Not only will students get to know their fellow peers quickly, but they also have the opportunity to live together, attend the same classes, and network with faculty, staff, and alumni with similar personal and professional interests. The university currently offers five options: business connections, pre-nursing, arts and sciences transitions, S.T.E.M. (for biology, chemistry, math, and computer science majors) and the Honors Program. The learning communities are part of Barry’s First-Year Experience Programs (FYE), which better address student transition issues, enhance student engagement, and improve first-year student learning. In its second year, FYE has grown to include orientation (summer and fall), the First-Year Buccaneer Passport Program (gives students an opportunity to learn about 18 different departments at the university), first-year experience seminar (a one-credit class aimed at helping students adjust to college life), living-learning communities, and MAP-Works (retention and assessment software). Barry MAG | 12

Live & Learn

KID AROUND Children in kindergarten to seventh grade took over the Barry campus this summer. In its 10th year, BUCkids Camp offered local children structured physical activities, arts and crafts, computer time, dance, instructional and recreational swim time, and special field trips. Whether it was “Wacky Wednesday” where the young ones were asked to wear wacky attire or “Freedom Night,” an evening session so parents could enjoy a night out, the young Bucs enjoyed every minute. Kids also received grade appropriate instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics. Campers even collected and donated more than 800 books to BetterWorldBooks and hosted a car wash to raise money for a camp scholarship.

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On the


History repeated itself for the men’s golf team. For the second year in a row, the team came home with a national championship, bringing the total to three in the program’s history. The No.1-ranked Barry took down Nova Southeastern, 3-1-1, in match play finals at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Michigan in June. “They had such a great year and I know they didn’t want to go out without winning. I’m proud of all of them,” head coach Jimmy Stobs said. “It’s hard enough to win once, but to repeat, it’s really sweet.”

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Avi Kigel was named ITA Women’s National Coach of the Year



Barry athletics again won NCAA Division II national championships. This year, men’s golf returned home a winner for the second straight year and women’s tennis came up with big victories to secure a title. The university is now the proud winner of 13 NCAA Division II national championships.

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Former Barry women’s tennis player Akemi Maehama was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year, one of 29 studentathletes nationwide among the NCAA’s three divisions awarded the scholarship. She received a $7,500 award. Maehama completed her eligibility in the spring by helping the No. 1-ranked Buccaneers win the NCAA Division II national championship. She will use the scholarship to pursue a master’s in sport management at Barry, while potentially exploring a dual degree in business administration. Maehama was named a top 30 finalist in the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year competition, becoming the ninth Buccaneer finalist - the most of any other NCAA Division II school.

Winner Takes All In a dramatic finish, the women’s tennis team topped Armstrong Atlantic, 5-4, to earn the program’s second NCAA Division II championship. It all came down to a third-set tiebreaker with Kimmy Twelker winning the final point at the tournament in Altamonte Springs, Florida. “It’s an amazing feeling,” Barry sixth-year coach Avi Kigel said. “It wasn’t easy. They pushed us to the limit.”



The Bucs men’s tennis team won the Sunshine State Conference regular season title, beating Lynn, 7-2, on Senior Day at Buccaneer Tennis Center. The matchup featured three exciting doubles matches and three third-set singles battles before the Bucs finally prevailed.

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D r af t Day A pair of Bucs were taken in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft. Senior Calvin Rayburn, a 6-5 right-handed pitcher, was selected with the 472nd pick (16th round) by the Philadelphia Phillies. Rayburn helped lead the Bucs to a 29-19 record this season, going 4-2 from the mound with a 3.78 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 66.2 innings. Junior outfielder Sheehan Planas-Arteaga went 711 (24th round) to the Seattle Mariners. The lefthanded hitter led the Bucs with a .388 average, 17 doubles and six homers. Calvin Rayburn

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Under Contract Former Buc standout catcher Yan Gomes has agreed to a six-year $23 million contract extension with the Cleveland Indians. Gomes hit .294 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 88 games last season, his first with the Indians, and the team went 49-30 when Gomes started.


A challenging season filled with injuries culminated in an exciting fourth place finish for the rowing crew’s Varsity 8+ at the NCAA Division II championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. In their fifth straight trip to the NCAA national regatta, the Buccaneers' boat of coxswain Angela Dasch, stroke Kristina Boncheva, Beth Desmond, Paola Girotto, Jelena Momirov, Luna Ugrenovic, Anais Foppoli, Mandy Carper, and bow Ellie Hartman had a time of 7:31.274. The Varsity 4+ team repeated as champions at the Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October. The team comprised of coxswain Stephanie Dinkel, stroke Rosie Boncheva, Anais Foppoli, Paola Girotto, and bow Paula Klak.



Full-Court Press The Danish national basketball team has added a Buccaneer to its roster. Anders Haas, a 6-foot guard who transferred from NCAA Division I Albany, fulfilled a lifelong dream by being selected to his native Denmark’s team. Haas has been training with the team and recently played in a few games in Estonia. The Danish team is headed to Bulgaria to play, and will try to qualify for the 2015 European Championships.

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Barry baseball is a major player.

Sheehan Planas-Arteaga

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Adam Svensson is making a name for himself in professional golf. Adam Svensson, the reigning Division II National Men’s Golfer of the Year, has returned to Barry University for his junior season, and that’s great news for the Buccaneers.

Among the players who competed at Normandy and failed to post a score that good were World Golf Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, and Peter Thompson.

Svensson, a 20-year-old native of Surrey, British Columbia, recently represented Canada in the World Amateur Team Championships in Japan, where he finished in second place, taking home a silver medal.

“It was pretty special,” Svensson said of his score. “Hopefully, my name will stay in the record book for a long time.”

He has also led Barry to two straight national championships and last year won seven of the 13 college tournaments he entered, setting a school record with an average score of 70.05.

Two years ago, Svensson was the Division II National Freshman of the Year. But as good as he was as a rookie, he didn’t win any tournaments. Stobs helped him make a major adjustment that allowed him to improve as a sophomore.

“I feel like my game is good enough to win every tournament I’m in,” said Svensson, a sport management major. “I’m here (at Barry) to win. I’m not here to finish second.”

“He was just a little too aggressive his freshman year,” Stobs said. “As a sophomore, he learned when to go for it and when not to – we call it the ‘conservative aggressive’ approach.”

Including Division I golfers, Svensson was ranked the third-best player in college last season. He is also the 27th-ranked amateur in the world.

Svensson said he felt he got away from that philosophy this past summer, and was humbled a bit when he entered the RBC Canadian Open and missed the cut for the second straight year.

None of that surprises Barry Coach Jimmy Stobs. “I expect him to be dominant,” Stobs said. “I know the caliber of player he is.” One of Svensson’s most impressive feats last year came when he set the course record at Normandy Shores Golf Club on Miami Beach, shooting a spectacular round of 10-under-par.

Still, this was a PGA event and Svensson received an amateur’s exemption to allow him to compete against some of the top professionals in the world. And even against that level of competition, he missed the cut by just one stroke. “I was a little disappointed in my summer,” said Svensson. “It wasn’t up to my standards. But I was proud of my year overall and I am excited about this coming year.”



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To create the piece, Clarke researched extensively and photographed actual historical sites she visited with her mother. She then layered images and other media onto panels to create fine art works with depth and dimension. “I’ve always followed black history,” she says. “It’s who I am and I’ve taught in a lot of inner city schools. I wanted to do the piece for me. I was surprised my classmates really liked that piece. They would actually go back and keep looking at it.” Clarke is a mother of six now in her 27th year of teaching in Miami’s public schools. She currently teaches second through fifth graders at Linda Lentin K-8 Center in North Miami.


Chanel Hackett in front of her artwork

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“I was like, ‘Wow!’” she says. “I was honored. I don’t know any other way to say it.”


This past year, the university’s executive committee members attended the senior art show and they were again drawn to a particular student piece, this time by 23-year-old Chanel Hackett.

Alumni artwork is proudly displayed on Barry’s campus Lita Clarke spent decades teaching art to students in Miami-Dade’s public school system. But she always regretted that she didn’t push her skills in photography as far as they could go. So 30 years after getting a degree in graphic design, Clarke got her MA in photography at Barry University. Her final project brought together her design and teaching background with a powerful reflection on 400 years of African-American history. Clarke wanted to create a mixed media piece that would remind people of – or in many cases, introduce them to – the African-American legacy that in her youth was passed on largely by oral tradition. “I can still hear my mother say, ‘This used to be the colored-only water fountain. Now it’s the water fountain for everyone.’” Clarke recalls of those everyday teachable moments she feels are largely lost to younger generations. “You see so many things today where students don’t have that history,” she says. “Things go around in a circle. If they had access to what happened before, it would boost them.” In December of 2012, Clarke’s graduate project was picked for a rare honor. Barry University bought it.

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Clarke was “completely floored” when university officials approached her to say they wanted to buy the piece.

The project, called “Remembering the Legacy”, is now on display in the R. Kirk Landon Student Union. The purchase started a minor trend of the university buying student work for display, a trend Sara Herald, vice president of institutional advancement and external affairs, says could develop into a full-fledged program.

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In December of 2012, Clarke’s graduate project was picked for a rare honor. Barry University bought it. American activists in history, such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. “Chanel’s work was outstanding on several levels,” says Angela Curreri, professor of fine arts, who was Hackett’s advisor and lead instructor. “The drawings are beautiful. She also wanted to be a voice in her work and make a meaningful contribution with her work.” “The pieces resonated with our core commitments to social justice and inclusive community. Everybody was drawn to this piece,” says Herald. Hackett, a California native from a large, civic-minded family, says that’s exactly what she was going for. She has since expanded the series to include mug shots of civil rights leaders jailed for their activism. The series will eventually include more than 130 portraits. “Standing up for your rights is a big part of my culture and my life,” she says. “It was a part of what Barry was trying to teach as their mission. It feels good that it is appreciated and that they got the message I was trying to send out. It feels great to help people learn a piece of our history.”

Hackett, a fine arts major who graduated with a BA in May, created a dozen finely-detailed drawings of AfricanLita Clarke’s “Remembering the Legacy” is displayed in the R. Kirk Landon Student Union

“There was never really a formalized plan to acquire student art for display,” Herald says. “There were a few of us that made the decision the first year and second year. It was ad-hoc.” Since acquiring Clarke’s piece as well as a more recent senior project created by student Chanel Hackett, Herald is hopeful that donor funds can be secured to enable Barry to establish a formal process for the acquisition and display of student artwork. “We’ve got a lot of talented students,” observes Herald. “We’ve got a lot of buildings with wall space that would be nice places to expose what students have done. We don’t feel like we have to buy a piece every year. But as funds are available and artwork is suitable, we will look at it.” Clarke’s piece consists of five triptychs that symbolize historical events, such as slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow laws, and civil rights battles, and then contrasts them with contemporary realities such as the drug trade, incarceration, gang wars, and today’s African-American leaders. Barry MAG | 21


What do Chelsea Clinton, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ryan Seacrest have in common? Each of these celebrities (and many other famous folk) were once delegates in the Model United Nations.

Barry’s Model United Nations club

Now meet John Powell, one of those Barry students you can just tell will have his own Wikipedia page someday. Powell, a sophomore who is pursuing a BA in international studies with a minor in French, is the reason that Barry University has an award-winning Model UN club, one he resurrected from its defunct status by sheer force of personality.

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Last year, Powell arrived at Barry from Jamaica, thanks to garnering a Stamps Leadership scholarship. Having gotten a taste of the United Nations through his involvement in his parish youth council (he was president) and an inspiring trip to Austria, he was eager to join Barry’s Model UN club.

“Seeing everyone succeed and be so passionate about their goals was inspiring. There was a real spirit of camaraderie.” Just one problem – there wasn’t one. It had died three years earlier when several of its core members graduated. Never the sort to let a hitch like that stop him, Powell immediately set about rekindling the club. He pitched it to nearly everyone he met, from students to faculty. One by one, they fell to his enthusiasm. “He was very ambitious and immediately wanted to restart the UN club,” recalls Associate Professor of Political Science Sean Foreman, the club’s advisor, with a chuckle. Johanna Rodriguez, currently the club’s secretary, was not a typical UN enthusiast, but Powell convinced her to try it. “Seeing his passion got me to say, ‘Ok, let me see what this is about,’” says the sophomore, who is studying child development and Spanish and plans to get her master's

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in social work. The Model United Nations is an academic competition in which students learn the practical elements of international diplomacy, such as research, writing, public speaking, and debate. Led by Powell as then-president, and coached by Steffano Montano, theology service-learning coordinator, the club at Barry threw itself into training for a competition that took place at Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida in February. They studied how various real life issues were handled, such as civil wars, opium trafficking, and overfishing, and used their research to formulate strong arguments in representing the viewpoints of their assigned countries, the U.S. and Japan. No one, least of all the Barry team (which included Powell, Rodriguez, Bradley Jean Joseph, Kevin Dalia, Jessy Bernard, Jessica Cousett, and Selena Pierre Jacques), thought they had a chance of beating the older and more experienced teams from around the state. But they surprised everyone, taking three of four possible honors. Barry students won Best Delegate in Security Council (John Powell), Best Delegation in Security Council, and Best Delegation in General Assembly. “We were mostly freshmen and we probably didn’t look like a lot of competition to schools where it was seniors who had been doing it for years,” remembers Rodriguez. “We didn’t just want to show up – we wanted to be a threat.” “Our kids blew them away with their knowledge, professionalism, and their ability to diplomatically navigate the issues,” says Foreman. “A professor at Bethune actually said there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to Model UN clubs.” Powell, who is studying abroad in London this semester, is proud of the club and his teammates. “Seeing everyone succeed and be so passionate about their goals was inspiring,” he says. “There was a real spirit of camaraderie.” For her part, Rodriguez says she’s glad she let Powell talk her into joining the club. The experience will come in handy for her dream of working with impoverished children around the world.

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Barry’s resurrected Model United Nations club is a force to be reckoned with.


Experience By Travis Reed

B a rry u n d e r g o e s r e n ovat i o n s , r e a l loc at e s resources, and highlights experiential learning to attract and engage students

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The university has long looked good on paper, having made the Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges and earning inclusion on two lists of top-tier schools by return-oninvestment. But the question remained of how to market the university, given the historic disconnect between Barry’s true identity and the message conveyed to prospective students. To piece the puzzle together, the university ultimately hired outside consultant TURKEL Brands. Company founder Bruce Turkel already had something of an edge. Though he’s from Miami and several members of his family attended Barry, he knew almost nothing about the university beyond its general location off I-95 – which was also true of many South Florida students.

Barry’s campus

“You go through all of these facts, and the number of programs and the number of students, and you say, ‘Wow. This is Miami’s best kept secret,” Turkel said. “It seems to me that if we want to improve the community, if we want to improve the school, if we want to improve the student’s relationship with the community, then the word about Barry has to get out.”

tells a new story today, in both shouts & whispers. It speaks through the comfort of new and renovated student spaces; the excitement of advanced educational opportunities; and the personal fulfillment promised by the university’s core commitments. Barry is taking an evolutionary leap to redraw its 75-year-old campus as a more inviting, engaging, comfortable, and forward-thinking place for today’s students and tomorrow’s scholars.

The research by the Art & Science Group and TURKEL Brands yielded a number of valuable details, including the importance of parents in the decision-making process and the unexpected competitors Barry faces. More often than not, they were state schools located where the applicant lived, not other private universities.

The campaign was developed from an institution-wide review of three things: the emerging and anticipated needs of current and future students, Barry’s ability to meet those needs in the future, and the university’s resources and financial health.

“Students are looking at value for their money – especially if they’re going to a private school,” Herald said. “And we had an opportunity to show real value.”

The research regarding the first component was informed by a number of surveys and roundtable discussions with prospective students, applicants, current students, faculty, and staff which identified both strengths and weaknesses.

That value is in Barry’s abundant options for undergraduate students to hands-on research and engage in service -learning – opportunities that burnish both educational quality and future job prospects. Though Barry had a reputation for that work in small circles, it had not established itself regionally, nationally or otherwise through marketing.

“We were not well known and not perceived as having a vibrant campus life. There were issues with our facilities,” said Sara Herald, vice president for institutional advancement and external affairs. “Those are things we can change.”

Barry is taking an evolutionary leap to redraw its 75-year-old campus

The good news is something intrinsic about the university, which cannot be bought, sold, or renovated. Barry has a strong mix of positive attributes that students particularly value.

“When in a blind situation (prospective students) were given the facts about us – a 122-acre campus, more than 85 percent of the faculty having PhDs, small classes, robust athletics program, residential housing, major metropolitan city, hands-on learning,” Herald said. “They thought the researchers were talking about a very exclusive, high-end academic school.” The good news was far more promising than the challenges mentioned. But both required action.

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Turkel’s approach was to boil the message down to the individual, focusing on Barry’s positive attributes.

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“You’ll find in most communication – from businesses, universities, and others – that all they do is talk about themselves,” Turkel said. “The real question is, ‘What are we ultimately going to stand for?’ Because if we talk about all the things we offer, nobody’s going to pay attention. You need to make sure all of the messaging is about them.” In addition to marketing support, TURKEL Brands also designed a new, more contemporary wordmark for the Barry logo, a new Bucky mascot design, new athletic uniforms, and a new color – necessary for uniformity because there were so many variations used over the years.

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And Certified Delicious Students offered a number of suggestions, many of which concerned food services. So that’s where Barry devoted resources, alongside dining spaces and hang-out spots. In fact, the input was so expansive that Barry initiated a complete dining transformation. “A new food service provider (Chartwells) with better menus, more food choices and more enticing presentation is now serving the rest of campus,” said Mickie Voutsinas, director of the student union and food services. The Buc Stop in Thompson Hall is undergoing a renovation and will offer new brands Chick-N-Grill, Subway, and Starbucks. Bucky’s Cove in the R. Kirk Landon Student Union has been renovated into a bistro, with several large-screen TVs and a multi-purpose bar. In the morning, it’s a coffee and pastry spot. At night, bartenders serve beer and wine. The eatery also sports two pool tables and audiovisual equipment meant for late-night student events like movies and sports watch parties. “We’re working to make it like a home,” Voutsinas said. “We call the Union the living room of the campus. It’s like a little bit of space for students to lounge and be comfortable, and we wanted to have a place where they can go in and relax throughout the day.” The changes were designed not only to provide better food, but also to make on-thego dining more convenient and dining spots themselves more desirable places to spend time. The main dining hall, Roussell, is set for a $750,000 renovation the summer of 2015. In the meantime, a small corner of it has been permanently turned into a grab-and-go operation, with daily specials, salads, and wraps. Natural food products, like salads and smoothies, and a convenience store are available at a renovated spot in Dominican Hall. Administrators also targeted upgrades to promote future growth and functionality. Student lounge spaces were updated, and new smartphone and tablet charging stations were installed throughout the university. Barry also added a 24-hour laptop checkout kiosk in the library for the student caught without one in crunch time. Student life should be enlivened by the new designation of funding for Homecoming/ Reunion Weekend and the Spring Fling. Brett Klein, director of the Center for Student Involvement, said that will free up resources for other clubs and interest groups on campus. “People find different ways to have affinity to their institutions,” Klein said. “Some join a club that’s based off their major. Now we have some flexibility to help those groups provide some programming.”

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The Nerve set at the upgraded Pelican Theatre

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Goodbye Paper

Administrators also found Barry needed to update its computer systems that handle human resources, finance, student payments, and other data.

Hands-On The construction dust hasn’t been limited to the dining areas. Barry’s sciences and theatre departments have undergone impressive renovations over the past few years to make hands-on student learning more valuable and available.

“Over the years, we have had a lot of problems just to get information to people when they needed it so they can make decisions,” Brown said.

“Basically, everything we have a paper form for now is going to be done through this system,” Brown said. “Overall, what we’re going to end up with is something where all the underlying pieces are fully integrated.”

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Almost Main (play) Pelican Theatre Dec. 3 – 5, 7 p.m.


Yvette Brown, vice president for technology and chief information officer, said Barry has been working on a 30-year-old system rigged with workarounds meant to integrate various systems.

As a result, Barry vied to be part of a nine-school pilot to help business technology experts design a comprehensive higher-ed software solution. The university was ultimately chosen, along with schools such as Yale and Brown, and will implement the human resources component of Workday in December 2014. Brown said the finance department will be converted in July 2015, and additional pieces concerning active and prospective students would be added as they become available over the next few years.

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While students and alumni may notice a difference, Barry’s fundamental identity remains steadfast.

The Department of Physical Sciences received three rounds of U.S. Department of Energy funding for research and instrumentation, which helped build a new chemical stockroom and anatomy laboratory. The funds were also used to update faculty research space in two different buildings to accommodate larger groups of students working with faculty in physical sciences and biology. A donor is making possible the renovation of another wing used for science classes and labs.

“We haven’t let go of anything we consider core to our university,” Sara Herald, vice president of institutional advancement and external affairs, said. “Our Dominican heritage is being honored, and our core commitments to knowledge and truth, inclusive community, social justice, and collaborative service remain the foundation of everything we do.”

“The renovation and expansion allows more undergraduate students to be able to participate in research, and that’s a unique aspect to Barry,” said Dr. Tony Wallner, associate dean of undergraduate programs for the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of chemistry. “Here, they’re able to use new equipment that at some large institutions is available only for graduate students and faculty research.”

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The equipment includes new items such as the liquid chromatic chromatographymass spectrometer, which is used frequently to solve crimes and test athletes for doping.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (musical) Broad Auditorium March 19 – 21, 7 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m.

The Pelican Theatre, a 43-seat venue, was able to upgrade its electrical system, work lights, outlets, houselights, and four electrical raceways for stage lights. The work was made possible by a one-to-one matching grant, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners. “It’s become a really invaluable resource for the theatrical community, and for our students, because they become involved with all of these incubator companies that they’ll work for when they leave Barry and start in the professional world,” said Hugh Murphy, an associate professor of fine arts.

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FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS As Barry evolves, so does the food on campus. Daniel Bishop, Executive Chef for Chartwells at Barry University, serves up fresh fare for students at Roussell Dining Hall. A favorite of Chef and students alike is Hawaiian chicken breast with jasmine rice.

Hawaiian Chicken Breast with Jasmine Rice Yields: 4

Ingredients 4 each Chicken Breast, Boneless, Skinless, 5 oz. 3 each Egg, Whole 2 oz Panko Bread Crumbs 3/4 tsp Oil, Canola 2 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch 5/8 tsp Curry Powder 2 tbsp Sugar, Granulated 1 cup Pineapple Juice 1 cup Diced Pineapple 1/3 cup White Wine Directions 1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. 2. Combine eggs and oil. 3. Dip chicken in mixture and roll in the bread crumbs. 4. In a large skillet, sautĂŠ chicken in oil turning once until both sides are browned. 5. Remove and place in oven-proof pan. 6. Dissolve cornstarch, curry, and sugar in pineapple juice and wine. 7. Pour mixture over chicken. 8. Add diced pineapple. 9. Bake covered for approximately 25 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F. 10. Place 1 chicken breast on each serving dish. Ladle 2 oz sauce over the chicken and serve over jasmine rice. Executive Chef Daniel Bishop Barry MAG | 32

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By Travis Reed


A Voice for the Oppressed

Barry’s new chaplain, Fr. Cristóbal Torres, h a s a stro n g c a l l i n g to s e rv e t h e disenfr anchised. Catch a moment with Fr. Cristóbal Torres, the new university chaplain, and a few defining characteristics seep out. The first is his exceptional skill and education in art and illustration – an interest nurtured by two creative parents since he was a toddler. The second is more pronounced, but harder to trace for a boy raised in close-knit New Jersey and Florida communities rich with Cuban refugees, like his parents. Whether learned or lived, Fr. Cristóbal exhibits a strong calling to serve the disenfranchised. His compassion, suffusive in ministry, word, and art, suggest Fr. Cristóbal would prefer to point his illustration marker at people, not paper, and redraw the stubborn margins that have long excluded society’s sick, suffering, and lonely. “The same fundamental needs remain throughout our lives, whether we’re 5 or 95,” Fr. Cristóbal said. “The need to be challenged, to excel at something, and even more fundamentally to have someone recognize and value us – first as people and then for the work that we do.” Barry is Fr. Cristóbal’s first assignment as a newly ordained priest, following five years of monastic formation. In a way, it seems fitting. He was as an adjunct professor and graduate student at Barry in the latter 2000s when he encountered the Dominican order. Fr. Cristóbal is well studied, having earned an undergraduate degree at Rutgers University before pursuing a Master of Social Work at New York University. He moved to South Florida around 2000, teaching Spanish in elementary and high schools for nine years while he earned his Master of Theology at Barry and a Master of Divinity at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

Fr. Cristóbal Torres at Cor Jesu Chapel

He entered the Dominican order in 2009, suspending his pursuit of a doctorate in ministry at Barry for five years of monastic life.

Fr. Cristóbal’s first year was in Texas, where he spent most of his time in prayer, contemplation, and community. After succeeding as a novice, he was stationed the next four years in St. Louis. There, Fr. Cristóbal further studied and began ministering to the community. “I was affiliated with Our Lady of Guadeloupe Church, which has a predominantly Mexican and MexicanAmerican population,” Fr. Cristóbal says. ”I worked with a group of Hispanic couples and led workshops to train lay leaders in parishes, in addition to a variety of other things.” He also spent a summer in Montreal at a “L’Arche” community, which operates on a 50-year-old concept that marginalized populations such as the mentally ill should be warmly welcomed and broadly protected. Despite the depth of his education and experience, Fr. Cristóbal’s steadfast preference in artistic medium hasn’t changed since he was young. He loves comics and other methods of “sequential storytelling.” ”I’m drawn to art that explores the relationship between words and images in storytelling – in which the pictures are themselves words, and the sequence of images whole sentences,” Fr. Cristóbal says. “The modern comics medium has probably gone farther in developing these techniques and theories than any other graphic art form of which I’m aware.” Even Fr. Cristóbal’s favorite superhero, Wonder Woman, seems a testament to his ministerial approach, who as a character usually conveys a message of empowerment for the oppressed, he said. “Something there, in my mind, is very consistent with the gospel,” he says. “In terms of pop culture, I find that theme very interesting and very powerful – the idea of including and of bringing in groups who would otherwise not find a home.”

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A n dr e as S c h oo l of B u s i n e ss Prof e ssor Philip H. Mann has a passion for painting. By Walter Villa Barry University Professor Philip H. Mann enjoys his students and loves teaching, but there’s something about the tranquility and the connection to nature he finds in the Florida Everglades. Inspired by the area’s “sea of beauty,” Mann has used oils to create hundreds of paintings of the Everglades and its inhabitants. One art critic called Mann “the Van Gogh of the Everglades,” a label the charismatic professor surely enjoys.

“I started painting when I was 10 years old. I just naturally sketched. I sketched kids in school with a pencil,” Mann said. “I used any extra money I could make to buy oils.”

It is a labor of love for Mann, who does not have a degree in art even though he has studied the subject intensely. “You don’t need a degree in art to be a great artist,” Mann said. “You need patience, talent, a good eye, and time to absorb it.” Barry MAG | 36

Adrian Dominican School of Education faculty member Lois Haid, PhD, will be serving as a member of the 2014-2015 International Reading Association’s literacy and education reform task force. Haid will be collaborating with the organization to spearhead: design for education reform for high literacy achievement, outlining planning considerations for policymakers/reformers, developing position statements for common core standards and international perspectives on best practices for literacy instruction and lifelong learning, and many other directives.

Dr. Tony Umadhay, PhD, CRNA, director and assistant professor of Barry’s anesthesiology program was recently named associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Umadhay was past president of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists and served on the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Mann, who is also the director of the Entrepreneurial Institute at Barry, studied art at Brooklyn College (New Philip Mann stands proudly next to his work titled “Serene Glades" York) and at the University of Miami. He also studied and painted with local artists at the Grove House in Coconut Grove. His work, including an exhibit called “Reflections of the Everglades and South Florida,” has been shown at numerous art galleries, schools, and libraries.

The latter pursuit came about when he decided he wanted to put his paintings in a book and felt he needed words to match his drawings. He is in the process of attempting to get that book published.

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“When you don’t have a lot of money, you find places to entertain yourself that are cheap and beautiful,” Mann said when asked what originally attracted him to the Everglades. “Painting allows you to be alone with yourself in a nice way – and I like that. Your mind doesn’t have to worry about things. You just enjoy what you are doing, and that was a good thing for me.”

Mann, who is married with three grown children, gave up painting for a period of time while he got on with the business of life, including his successful career as a professor. But in the past two-plus decades, he has renewed his passion for painting, and he also became a poet.



Paint the Town

Best Foot Forward The School of Podiatric Medicine has a new associate academic dean. Sanjay Sesodia, PhD, a professor of anatomy (neurophysiology), has taken over the role after teaching at Barry since 1995. His other duties include coordinator of the physiology course in the podiatric medicine program and co-director of pathology labs.

Serene Glades Walking through the Glades one day, a view just caught my eye. What a painting this would make. I couldn’t pass it by. Some might say it’s just a bunch of trees and grass you know. A few will be amazed at how the colors blend and flow.

In the Director’s Seat Mary Colvin, PhD, associate professor of nursing, was recently appointed as the director of undergraduate nursing for Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. In her new position, Colvin will oversee the operations of the pre-nursing program, the traditional BSN program, the accelerated option program, and the RN-to-BSN program.

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“I loved every moment I was there. I still regularly talk to people from 1959." Patricia and David O’Hearne with Sister Linda Bevilacqua

It’s hard to make Patricia O’Hearne speechless. Pat, as she’s known to friends, is a bit of a sparkler. A woman of definite opinions, easily expressed.

Mrs. O’Hearne recalls that Sister Linda was a force to be reckoned with even as a young woman and fondly remembers how many of her classmates came to witness her investiture as the sixth president of Barry University. They serenaded her with some class songs they’d sung decades before as students.

It took her husband, David, decades to pull one over on Pat, to get the best of her with an anniversary gift that proved he really knew her heart and mind.

“Everyone got hysterical laughing,” she says. “Sister Linda has a very good sense of humor. She was very smart and well liked.”

Mr. O’Hearne slyly arranged to create an endowment in his wife’s name at her beloved alma mater – Barry University.

As a class leader, Pat was entrusted with helping to organize the dances and looking out for younger students. At one such dance, she invited an old friend from high school, the aforementioned Mr. O’Hearne to escort her, on the condition that he bring a friend for her friend.

“I was shocked when he gave it to me,” Mrs. O’Hearne recalls. “‘You thought of this?’ I was stunned.” Mr. O’Hearne clearly still revels in this rare triumph, a singular moment in 53 years of marriage. He’d wracked his brain for the perfect gift and what kept coming back to him was how much Pat loved the school she graduated from in 1959. “I thought, ‘Well, I could start a scholarship at Barry,’” he recounts. “I called the university. Sister Jeanne sent us a plaque and I gave that to Pat on our anniversary in 1986. It was a big, happy occasion for me.”


At the time, Mr. O’Hearne was a corporate lawyer at Pitney Bowes, which had a matching gift program. For five years, they contributed to the endowment. With careful management and use by the university, the endowment continues to enrich the lives of students 28 years later. Pat O’Hearne, née Johnston, came to Barry as a young woman because her family considered it an appropriate place for a Catholic woman to be educated. She was an English major, with minors in journalism and French. A natural leader, she was soon involved in a plethora of campus activities. And in her senior year she was assigned a “little sister” to mentor - Linda Bevilacqua, who would go on to lead Barry University as president. Barry in 1959 was a very different campus – smaller, female-only, with a strict dress code appropriate for a 1950s Catholic institution. The camaraderie developed there stayed with Pat for decades.

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“I loved every moment I was there,” she says. “I still regularly talk to people from 1959. The nuns were lovely; part of everyone’s life. Sister Mary Arnold was my history teacher. We are still in touch with her and she’s as sharp as can be at 93 years old.”

It was a matter of convenience. David, a couple of years older and stationed in Key West, Florida, by the Navy, was a safe choice, not a romantic interest. The everpractical Pat didn’t want any distractions. But David didn’t look too shabby in that white uniform and a little spark flew. The pair began writing to each other and eventually dated, marrying in 1961. “Everyone looks to Pat and likes her and wants to be around her,” says Mr. O’Hearne. “That’s why you want to marry someone.” The O’Hearnes lived in Massachusetts, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Connecticut and retired in Delray Beach, Florida. Wherever David’s career took them, Pat was always busy working, volunteering, and running scout clubs for their three children. She served as a schoolteacher, a copy editor, a museum director, and even ran for a state Senate seat in Connecticut. Politics is a lifelong passion, starting with her volunteering for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. And now the O’Hearnes proudly follow the progress of their endowment at Barry. “It’s marvelous,” she says. “I’m thrilled. I only wish it could be more.” For more information about endowed scholarships, contact Margaret Hubbard, associate vice president for major gifts development, at mhubbard@barry.edu or 305.899.1156.

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Helen A. Mendel ’64, MS ’69 understands the importance of education. She taught in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for more than 30 years and credits Barry for her passion for teaching. That’s why, on the occasion of her 50-year reunion and induction into the Golden Shield Society last spring, Mendel made plans to bequeath more than $810,600 to benefit Barry University. Her planned gifts to the university now total more than $1 million, including a gift made a few years ago.

Helen Mendel with Sister Linda Bevilacqua

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A lasting legacy

Alum action Martha Smith ’76 was recently named president of the Barry University Alumni Board of Directors. The Alumni Association Office aims to promote Barry's mission through the establishment of mutually beneficial relations between the university and its alumni, and to help support the university through growth, scholarships, and development. Smith brings over 25 years of business experience in coaching individuals, leaders, and team.

Mendel's steadfast support of Barry led the university to honor her with the Donor Next Door award at the Leave a Legacy luncheon this past May.

Barry alum named COO of Cleveland Clinic Florida Osmel “Ozzie” Delgado ’97, MBA, PharmD, FASHP, was recently named chief operating officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. Delgado will be responsible for planning and directing operations for the academic medical center, which includes a hospital and medical practices in Weston as well as practices in Parkland, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens. Delgado earned an MBA in healthcare administration from Florida Atlantic University, a Doctor of Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Barry University.

Mix & Mingle Barry hit the road in September and hosted a luncheon for alums of Barry College for Women and a mixer for all Barry grads in both New York City and Washington, D.C. The social events drew more than 75 alums who shared stories and showed their Barry pride. Barry President Sister Linda Bevilacqua and representatives from the executive committee of the administration led the festivities, which took place at memorable locales in both cities.

Leigh Kamioner ’84, Sister Linda Bevilacqua ’62, James J. Pypelink '84 in New York City

Medical Breakthrough Larisa Borzhemskaya, MS ’95 was part of a three-person team that discovered a way to rapidly identify microorganisms directly from positive blood cultures. The promising new method can identify microorganisms in minutes, which may prove to benefit the clinical management of sepsis. The findings were published in an article titled “Rapid Intrinsic Fluorescence Method for Direct Identification of Pathogens in Blood Cultures” in the American Society for Microbiology. Borzhemskaya’s daughter, Yekaterina Grigol, is currently a student in Barry's Physician Assistant Program. Barry MAG | 40

First Row: Natalie McCleskey Crawford, Mary Elizabeth Fellman, Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, Ethelmary McCleskey Maddox, Cassandra “Cassie” Gray Roberson, Sara Herald, and Cynthia Hammerman Benson. Second Row: Sister Linda Bevilacqua and Julie Atkins Landrigan. Barry MAG | 41



Ruben J. Gomez and Marcia Gomez, MS ’01 had a baby girl named Emma in December 2013. Ruben is currently finishing his MA in Spanish from New Mexico State University. Marcia is the current presidentelect of the Miami chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.


Zachary M. Gill, J.D., a partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers for the third consecutive year as a Rising Star in the field of personal injury litigation.


Alexander Hannett, MS ’09 was selected as a finalist for 2014 Marketing Professional of the Year by The American Business Awards (Stevie Awards) in Chicago.


Francis R. DeLuca, DMD, J.D. lectured to the International Congress of Oral Implantology in Chicago on August 23, 2014, on the topic "Dental Implantology – A Legal Primer."


Christopher E. Brown J.D., an attorney with The Health Law Firm, spoke to Florida Hospital family medicine residents and medical students on April 9, 2014, at Florida Hospital East Orlando. The presentation gave residents and students an overview of common family medicine malpractice lawsuits.


Jonathon Brown earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from The George Washington University on May 18, 2014. Emma Gomez

Christine Mica, ‘MS 97 was appointed Chief of Staff of the Office of Postsecondary Education with the U.S. Department of Education. Mica previously served as dean of admissions for The Catholic University of America.


William Trapani, OTR/L, CNMT and his wife, Yessica, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Daniela Marie on January 10, 2014. Mother and daughter are doing well.

Thank you for supporting excellence in education at Barry University! Office of Annual Giving 11300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33161 Barry MAG | 42

Maria Mas-Blet was honored with a 2014 Influential Business Women Award by the South Florida Business Journal. Mas-Blet serves as CEO of KR Financial Services, Inc., overseeing the management of the firm, integration of a partner firm referral program, marketing and administration and, client relationship management.


Michael G. Caplan, PA-C, recently earned a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

More than 90% of our students rely on some type of financial assistance so they can achieve their academic and career goals. Please help us by supporting students and making a gift today! Donate by sending a check to the address below or by visiting www.barry.edu/giving/ donate. If your employer matches charitable contributions, this can double or even triple the impact of your gift. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, visit www.barry.edu/giving/matching-gifts.


Jeff LaLiberte, MS, and his wife, Laura, welcomed Gabriel Andrew on December 28, 2013. Gabriel weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.

In Memoriam: Charles Anderberg ’10 Danielle L. Knigin-Berroa ’97 Carlyn Jacobs ’96 Roberta Kelley ’85 Dr. Russell Mootry ’76 John Muzika ’07 Kathleen Orgell ’75 Nicholas Potts ’10 Virginia Waters ’53

Gabriel Andrew LaLiberte


Abigael M. Luke graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine this past spring. She is now in her surgery residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Center in Bronx, New York. To submit information for class notes, visit www.barry.edu/alumni.

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Joanne Rask Kelly and her husband Jim would like to thank the Barry community for the outpouring of support after the death of their oldest son, James Perry, last year. He was a beloved son, brother, nephew and friend; a gifted writer, journalist and naturalist. On a happier note, Joanne and Jim have recently become grandparents to granddaughter Mabel Emeline, born to son Joel and Elizabeth Kelly in New Orleans.

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A weekend of memorable celebrations, exciting events and programs, and plenty of opportunities to reconnect with friends, classmates, faculty and staff. All alumni and friends are welcome to attend, regardless of class year. This year we especially honor graduates from the classes of 1965, 1985, and 2005.

February 19-22

For RSVP info and program details, visit www.barry.edu/alumni today!