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GREAT EXPECTATIONS In the face of daunting challenges, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe ’96 draws on lessons learned as a Barry University student-athlete

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Distinguished Alumni Awards The Success of the Barry Athletics Model

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Publisher & Executive Editor Michael Laderman Managing EditorS Emilie Goldman Wernick Paige Stein News Editor Jeremy Jones

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At a Glance Barry has had seven NCAA “Woman of the Year” finalists – the most of any Division II school in the nation. Read about Grace Collins (pictured), on page 20.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS In the face of daunting challenges, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe ’96 draws on lessons learned as a Barry University student-athlete

2012

Distinguished Alumni Awards The Success of the Barry Athletics Model

ON THE COVER: Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe ‘96 concludes his official visit to Vietnam on Dec. 18, 2012.

*Departments 02 Ata Glance 06 C ampus Currents

News from across the university.

20 S potlight on Sports On the move with Barry’s student athletes.

24 Barry Beat

Stay in tune with student happenings.

50 Fac ulty Focus

Highlights from Barry’s impressive faculty.

52 B uccaneer Bookshelf

Read up on the latest publications written by alumni and faculty.

53 C lass Notes

Alumni news and updates.

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30 G reat Expectations

In the face of daunting challenges, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe ’96 draws on lessons learned as a Barry University student-athlete.

33 T he Ripple Effect

Barry University is expanding its geographic reach by educating teachers and training physician assistants in the Caribbean.

36 I n Defense of Hope

The School of Law creates a resource to fight to protect the constitutional rights of juvenile offenders.

39 A StepAhead

With a state-of-the-art research center and a world-renowned wound care expert, the School of Podiatric Medicine is hitting its stride.

41 A ce inthe Hole

Barry’s School of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) helps adult learners and ‘retirees’ make smooth career transitions.

44 A ward Season

Three Barry graduates honored with 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

48 V oices Not Heard

Ronae Cambridge ’10 found her ‘life’s work’ feeding Miami’s hungry and ministering those in need.

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FROM the EDITOR

Those of us who are lucky enough to be members of the Barry community know that every year our institution experiences unique victories and challenges. Our incoming freshmen, our graduates, our alumni, as well as faculty and staff come together to build upon past achievements and map out new goals for the future. Each passing year and every individual contribution makes our institution stronger. However, even with a history as impressive as ours, this past year stands out: How many other institutions of higher education across the country can lay claim to one of the greatest basketball players of all time — Shaquille O’Neal — earning his EdD in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development? How many other universities and colleges can honor a country’s head of state — Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe ’96 — with a Distinguished Alumni Award and experience the pride of hearing him say that even today he draws on lessons learned on the court as a Barry Buccaneer? What other university had one of its students — sport management major Garrett Booker — win a $100,000 scholarship from Dr Pepper on live television, at halftime of the SEC football championship game? What other school is hosting teams for the Orange Bowl and Bowl Championship Series on its athletic fields? Indeed, it has been an amazing year at Barry University — with so much more to come. We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone — alumni, students and supporters alike — who have helped to make 2012 a year for the record books.

Michael Laderman Publisher & Executive Editor, Barry Magazine

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Campus Currents

Big Man on Campus NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal is known by many names, but the one he takes the most pride in is his new title of “Dr. O’Neal,” which he earned last year after graduating with a doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership, with a specialization in human resource development, from Barry’s Adrian Dominican School of Education. “This is for my mother, who always stressed the importance of education,” O’Neal said. “I am proud to have achieved a doctoral degree and wish to thank my professors and Barry University for helping make this dream

a reality. I’m smart enough to know that, even at my tender age, my pursuit of education is never finished.” For the past four-and-a-half- years, O’Neal pursued his doctoral degree in education while juggling the roles of athlete, student and entrepreneur. He completed the requirements of the doctoral program while adhering to the grueling NBA schedule prior to his retirement in 2011 and fulfilling commitments in broadcasting and business. O’Neal achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.813 while completing 54 credits, comprised of 16 courses and six credits

of self-directed research under the guidance of Dr. David M. Kopp, Chair of Barry’s Organizational Learning and Leadership program. In addition to attending class on Barry’s main campus in Miami Shores and participating in academic sessions with university professors and administrators, O’Neal’s instruction was provided via satellite classrooms, video conferencing and Blackboard.com. As part of his graduation requirement, O’Neal presented his doctoral capstone project, “How Leaders Utilize Humor or Seriousness in Leadership Styles,” to Barry faculty and administrators.

Campus Improvements are Connecting the Barry Community New and returning students arriving at the Miami Shores campus were greeted with a brand new residence hall, completely renovated Penafort Pool, and updated campus mall area.

Home Sweet Home

Dominican Hall, a three-story, 247-bed residence hall officially opened its doors to students in August. With 72,000 square feet of space, this state-of-the-art building was designed to create a strong connection between residential students who live in the building and the campus itself. Dominican Hall is a short walk from Barry’s athletic facilities and student union, which helps students immerse themselves in campus life. The new residence hall includes student-gathering spaces, a laundry room, vending areas, a study, offices and a multi-purpose room. It also features 2,421 square feet of retail space with a café and sundries store. “The fact that we are the first Barry students to reside in Dominican Hall is awesome and something I will not forget for years to come,” says senior Marcela Gonzalez. “It is a very innovative residence hall and by far, one of the best on campus. My favorite thing about it is the C-store. It is conveniently located to satisfy resident needs and to make our lives easier.” Suite-style single and double rooms were designed for a maximum of four students per suite, with one bathroom per four occupants, and additional staff apartments were constructed with full kitchens and a laundry area. “The laundry area has to be one of my personal favorites as it is so huge and there is a TV along with a desk and chairs that you can do your homework at or watch a movie while you do your laundry - very neat,” says Khadine Baksh, a resident assistant at Dominican Hall. “When I’m on duty, it’s so easy to walk down my hallway and get dinner or a midday snack, which I really enjoy.” Named after the University’s Dominican Catholic heritage, Dominican Hall is the most recent addition to Barry’s student-living landscape since Benincasa Hall opened in 2005. Dominican Hall was constructed by Moss & Associates of Fort Lauderdale and utilized a designbuild concept in partnership with Cannon Design.

In the Swim of Things Penafort Pool, which formally opened in October 1941 following

the generous gift of Mrs. Margaret Brady Farrell, underwent a complete renovation. The halfmillion dollar project features a new interior pool finish, restored deck with new pavers, expanded green space for student recreation, tropical landscaping, and modernized pool equipment and filtration systems. The renovated pool area provides

a resort-like feel for students and members of the Barry community. In addition to the renovation, the area was outfitted with new poolside furniture. Penafort Pool, named after St. Raymond of Penafort, has been used for more than 70 years as a place for leisure time, training for student athletes and sports/ health-related classes.

Make an Entrance The University’s main entrance and campus mall area, which still bears the original Barry College sign, also received a major facelift. The entrance, on Northeast Second Avenue, was renovated with new entrance gates, brick pavers and a new gatehouse. Inside the entrance, the campus mall driveway was repaved and sidewalks were replaced and repainted.

Left: Dr. Shaquille O’Neal poses with Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD. Right: O’Neal is hooded during the Commencement in Miami on May 5, 2012. Barry MAG | 6

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Campus Currents

Campus Currents

Barry Law Trial Team Defeats Harvard

A Blessing

All campus construction and renovation was formally dedicated on Sept. 14 during the University’s Day of Blessing. As part of that event, Dr. Barry Brock, assistant professor in the School of Adult and Continuing Education, presented a 9/11 flag to the University. Brock, who continues to serve in the Navy as an assistant chief medical staff officer after more than 25 years, gave the flag to the University as a token of gratitude for its support of his service to the Navy. The flag was flown Sept. 11, 2011 at a base Brock was serving at in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It was flown in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Barry University professor Dr. Barry Brock and Barry President Sister Linda Bevilacqua. Left to right: Barry’s ABA criminal trial champions: Presiding judge of the final round Hon. Stanley Sacks; Best Advocate Award winner Aboubakr Maaroufi; Barry Law students Ryan Sainz, Ciara Harris and Victor Zamora; coach Elizabeth Megale.

Law and Order

The Barry University School of Law community celebrated the opening of its new three story Legal Advocacy Center on its Orlando campus. Features of the 32,400 square-foot center include: two large classrooms that can accommodate up to 94 students each; five moot courtrooms; two seminar rooms; a dean’s suite; conference room; registrar and financial aid suite; and a third-floor multi-purpose event space to accommodate up to 200 people. “Being able to attend my Trial Advocacy class in one of the new mini-courtrooms in the Legal Advocacy Center really added to the authenticity of the class,” said law student and Student Bar Association President Chris Bailey. “I felt like I was trying a real case!” Since its founding in 1999, Barry Law School has grown to more than 700 students enrolled on its 14-acre campus. Additional renovations to existing facilities include a cafeteria, faculty lounge, additional faculty offices and expanded admissions offices. Barry MAG | 8

Making Headlines

The Barry Buccaneer, the university’s student-run newspaper, took first place in a statewide college journalism contest. The Florida College Press Association (FCPA) honored The Barry Buccaneer in the category of feature design for a two-page spread. Collegiate newspapers from around the state competed against Barry, including The Miami Hurricane (University of Miami), University Press (Florida Atlantic University) and The Famuan (FAMU). The awards were judged by professional journalists from around the nation. The winning design was for the article, “From marine biology to break dancing” and was featured in the April 2012 edition of the newspaper. It was designed by Buccaneer layout editor Damian Flores. The article was written by contributing writer Ray Rosa to illustrate a story about a student break dancer. Photographs for the article were taken by photo editor Angel Roman.

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The Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law Trial Team won the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago last spring, defeating Harvard University in the finals. The win was Barry’s seventh championship at a national competition since 2008. It was also the second championship of the academic year, marking the second year in a row Barry’s trial team has won two championships. Barry’s advocates were Aboubakr Maaroufi (prosecution and defense), Ryan Sainz (defense, and prosecution witness) and Ciara Harris (prosecution, and defense witness). The swing witness was Victor Zamora. Maaroufi, a secondyear student, was named Best Advocate at the competition, which included 19 teams. Both Harris and Zamora received perfect witness scores in two separate preliminary rounds. Barry went undefeated in the preliminary rounds, beating the University of Alabama, Widener and the University of Puerto Rico. Only four teams advanced, with Barry facing and defeating Creighton in the semifinals to reach the finals against Harvard. The team was coached by Barry Law professors Mark Summers and Elizabeth Megale.

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The Barry Buccaneer, November 2011

From Marine Biology to break dancing By Raymond Rosa

The beat is fast and the moves are faster. On the sidewalk, a young man stands on his hands, his head, his elbow, his knees, his legs wind-milling where his arms should be, culminating in a one hand stand that seems to defy gravity - the other hand is holding his feet in the air. Barry, meet freshman marine biology major and b-boy Dala Yang. The soft spoken Minnesota native doesn’t say much. He communicates through his dancing. “He’s always talking about break dancing, even more so than marine biology,” said Brandon Alberhasky, a computer science freshman. Dala’s moves are smooth but getting scrapes, burns and bruises is a price he has to pay. “I was in the ninth grade when I had to stop dancing for two months for dislocating my elbow,” Yang said. “I was like ‘damn my dancing is over!’ But after the cast was off, the dancing was on!” Dala picked up break dancing from his cousins. He and three cousins, along with seven other dancers, came together and created their own group called Looney Tunes. “We practiced three to four times a week,” Yang said. In addition to dance, Yang, whose parents were Hmong refugees from the Vietnam War, is fascinated with the deep sea. Yang will be competing Dec. 10 and 11 in Orlando in a jam called “The Outbreak.” “I want to explore the deep sea features and show the world the wonders of the underworld. I want to be remembered as the cool Asian b-boy here at Barry,” Yang said.

Photos by Angel Roman

The winning design was for the article, “From marine biology to break dancing.”

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Music, Diversity, and Fashion Take Center Stage During Homecoming Week th

Events included concerts, fashion show, and 18 Annual Festival of Nations Barry University recently hosted its first homecoming week since 2007. Modern music, diversity, and fashion highlighted the week which was headlined by a concert and fashion show, and Barry’s annual Festival of Nations celebration. The celebration kicked off on February 18 with the Un Masque Fashion Show and concert. A transformative experience, Un Masque unveiled a harmonious blend of fashion, art, music, and dance. Barry students modeled fashion creations by local and national designers like BID, Faye’s Closet, Men’s Warehouse, Splash Boutique, Revenge Vintage, Cupcake Mafia, Chubbies Shorts, Betty’s Bridal & Tuxedo, and Swim ‘n Sport. Sons of Mystro – the official violinists of the Miami Heat – played a special accompaniment during the show. On February 22, Barry’s Festival of Nations, one of the university’s largest cultural events focusing on the diversity of Barry’s student body, took place. The richness and variety of

the international culture on campus was displayed through student-sponsored country booths, food, music and dance, educational workshops, and performances. International students staffed booths representing 23 countries including The Bahamas and Haiti, and Latin American neighbors Argentina, Mexico, and Peru. International entertainment groups included a Jamaican Junkanoo band [Miami Junkanoo], a Peruvian band [Dance Tondero], and Indian-based belly dancer performers Belly Motions. Following the festival, an after party took place with performances by Suenalo, a Miamibased Latin-funk fusion band that has won two Miami New Times Best of Miami Awards (Best Latin Rock – 2005 & Best Latin Band – 2011), and Code Red, an authentic reggae/ roots band featuring four-time Grammy nominee Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer.

Barry students show support for the Buccaneer men’s and women’s basketball teams during a bonfire prior to the big games. Students “roasted” a sailfish, the mascot of opponent Palm Beach Atlantic. Barry was victorious in both games with the women winning 77-54, while the men took an 87-58 victory.

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University Reunion 2013 February 22-24, 2013 marked the start of a new Homecoming and Reunion tradition at Barry University. For the first time in recent history, the departments of Alumni Relations and Student Affairs joined forces to offer a wide variety of events to appeal to both our alumni and student populations. Reunion welcomed all alumni, with a focus on those from the classes of 2008, 2003, 1988, and 1963. Returning alumni enjoyed campus tours to see how much Barry had changed since their last visit to campus, a special exhibit in the archives of the Barry they remembered, and a trip to Roussell Dining Hall to experience current student life. On Saturday evening, Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua OP, PhD, hosted a Presidential Reception, which provided an opportunity for all reunion guests to connect with each other and to learn about the latest developments at their alma mater. Sunday was a special day for the Barry Women’s College Class of 1963, celebrating their 50th Reunion. Following Reunion Mass, the Class of ’63 was honored with a Champagne Brunch. Each member of the class was inducted into the Golden Shield Society to celebrate this golden milestone. Reunion Chairs Patricia Fox MacLaughlin ‘63, Annette Kund Nolte ‘63, and Sandra A. Southmayd ’63 led the group in a lively game which had the guests reliving their Barry experiences from 50

years prior as they were quizzed on many things including the names of past favorite hangouts and strict dress code requirements. The group also recited “Ah, Wasteful Woman,” by Coventry Patmore, a poem they were required to memorize as students for a now unremembered wrongdoing. Brunch ended with a rousing rendition of the original Alma Mater Song from Barry College for Women. The Homecoming and Reunion tradition will continue next year the weekend of February 21-23, 2014. Barry will welcome back all alumni, regardless of graduation year, and a special highlight will be deans’ Receptions on Friday, February 21, 2014 to give alumni a chance to reconnect with their respective school and spend time with favorite faculty members. Additionally, the Barry Buccaneers will be hosting a homecoming basketball game on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Alumni and their families will be invited to a pre-game tailgate and custommade Barry paraphernalia will be awarded to the alumni group with the largest turnout. Finally, the Class of 1964 will be Barry’s guests of honor on Sunday, February 23, 2014 as they are inducted into the Golden Shield Society at the Champagne Brunch following Reunion Mass. Those interested in becoming a Reunion Chair and getting a group of alumni friends together to celebrate Reunion and Homecoming 2014 should please contact the Barry University Alumni Association at alumni@mail.barry.edu or 305-899-2586.

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Campus Currents

Dr Pepper Awards Big Scholarship to

Barry Student Barry University sophomore Garrett Booker took home a grand prize scholarship of $100,000 by winning the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway at the SEC Championship football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. To win the prize, Garrett had to compete against a student from Virginia Commonwealth University in a race to throw as many footballs into an oversized Dr Pepper can replica. Not only did Garrett win, he also set a Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway record by making 20 throws in 30 seconds. He said his style was a basketball chest-pass approach. Garrett was among thousands of Dr Pepper fans from across the country who submitted video entries online explaining why they deserved to win college tuition. Entries were judged on a range of criteria, such as the inclusion of Dr Pepper, a description of how the tuition money and a college education will help the student make an impact in the world, and overall presentation quality. Booker’s winning video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/ZfLLFV.

“I want to thank God, my family for support, my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and all the support from Barry University,” Booker said on Miami’s CBS affiliate, CBS4 following his win. “With this check, I just hope I can change lives. Actually, I will change lives.”

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Bruno Cadoré (right), the 87th Master of the Dominican Order, participates in the July 15 Mass in Cor Jesu Chapel.

Master of the Dominican Order Visits Barry

Bruno Cadoré, OP, MD, PhD, the 87th Master of the Dominican Order and Successor of St. Dominic, made a rare and welcomed visit to Barry’s campus last summer. Cadoré, who preached the July 15 Eucharist in Cor Jesu Chapel, visited the university as part of his eight-city Provincial Visitation of the Southern Dominican Province, which includes Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Raleigh and San Antonio. While in Miami, Cadoré visited with the local community of friars, learning about their various ministries as well as their collaboration with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the order which founded Barry University in 1940. As part of his duties as Master of the Dominican Order, Cadoré, who resides in Rome, is required to make at least one visit to the worldwide Provinces during his nine-year term. He is currently serving his first year as Master. Born in Le Creusot, France, in 1954, Cadoré was a medical doctor before entering the Dominican novitiate in 1979. He made profession in the order in 1980, and was ordained a priest in 1986, earning a doctorate in moral theology in 1992. Prior to his election as Master of the Order, Cadoré was Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of France. He has also served as director of the Medical Ethics Center of the Université Catholique de Lille.

Dr. Sandra Roberts administers a polio vaccination to a child in India as part of a large eradication effort.

Heal the World

Dr. Sandra L. Roberts, assistant professor of business administration in the School of Adult and Continuing Education, traveled to India earlier this year to help administer polio vaccinations to nearly 1,000 children. The trip was part of Rotary International’s global effort to end polio worldwide. Roberts joined Rotary members from nine countries as they traveled to India to immunize children against polio — a crippling disease that still paralyzes and sometimes kills children in parts of the world. The 43-member team visited the country for two weeks. The Rotary is a worldwide humanitarian service organization that has polio eradication as its main philanthropic goal. The Rotary members joined other volunteers and health workers to administer drops of oral polio vaccine during an immunization campaign that targets millions of children under age 5. Tremendous progress has been made in India, with more than 95 percent of children regularly reached during vaccination campaigns. India’s polio eradication effort continues to make strides, having reported just one case in all of 2011. “Until polio is eradicated worldwide, every child remains at risk,” Roberts said. “Although polio is 99 percent eliminated, the final 1 percent is the most difficult. We must continue our efforts until all children are protected against the tragic consequences of this disease.”

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Give Praise

Barry University was selected to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. The Honor Roll recognizes the university’s students, faculty members, and staff for their commitment to community service and service-learning. Barry was admitted to the Honor Roll for contributing more than 25,000 service hours, primarily in the areas of education, social services and community development. Higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities are recognized.

Laura Loomer was recently awarded the first Miami Young Republicans Scholarship. Loomer, a sophomore from Tuscon, Arizona majoring in broadcast communication and minoring in political science, is Vice President of Barry’s College Republicans. She was awarded the $1,000 scholarship for a video she produced titled, “Why I am proud to be a Republican.”

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Andreas School of Business Dean Dr. Tomislav Mandakovic was listed among the 2011-2012 Top 100 Latinos in Miami for his success and influence in the city, by The Association Fusionarte, Panamerican Foundation and Televisa Publishing. The group of influencers will have their success stories printed in a book and showcased in an exposition at Miami International Airport. A professor from Chile who came to the U.S. in 1983, Mandakovic taught decision sciences and information systems and served as the associate dean of the Chapman Graduate Business School at Florida International University before leading the Andreas School of Business.

Ashly Breuil, a student in the Master of Science program in Anesthesiology, received a $10,000 scholarship from Sheridan Healthcare, Inc. In addition to the scholarship, the company will offer Breuil a job as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at a Sheridan affiliated hospital upon her graduation. “The scholarship will jump-start my career within an organization that is one of the most well-known among anesthesia providers,” said Breuil, a Weston resident. Sheridan Healthcare, based in Sunrise, Florida., is the leading anesthesia services provider in the country.

Vanady Daniels, a graduate student in Barry University’s Adrian Dominican School of Education, was awarded a $4,000 scholarship from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Daniels has been a member of the sorority since 1981 and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Daniels was recently appointed as principal of Lake Stevens Elementary School in Miami Gardens. Prior to that, she served as principal for five years at Arcola Lakes Elementary in Miami. Delta Sigma Theta is a national public service sorority with a five-point thrust consisting of economic development, political action, international awareness, educational development, and physical and mental health.

Gene Majka, assistant professor of nursing, received the Community Engagement Educator of the Year award from Florida Campus Compact. Majka won the award for the independent sector, and was honored November 8 at Florida Campus Compact’s annual awards gala at the University of Tampa. The award recognizes one outstanding individual in each of the three higher education sectors — state universities, state/community colleges, and independent colleges and universities — for significant contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement by inspiring a vision for service on the campus and supporting faculty, students and/or campuscommunity partnerships. He is an active member in many community organizations serving the homeless and migrant workers of South Florida. Majka served on the task force that proposed the design for Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives, which nominated him for the statewide award.

Sister Pat Siemen, coordinator of mission integration and director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at the Barry University School of Law, received the Sister Ann Joachim Award at Siena Heights University’s Alumni Awards ceremony October 5. Siena Heights President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, (left) presented the award during a ceremony in St. Dominic Chapel in Adrian, Michigan. The Sister Ann Joachim Award recognizes significant contributions to Siena Heights University and/or the community through activities that demonstrate strong leadership, the ability to get things done, and the capacity to confront issues head-on while maintaining the image and spirit of the university. Siemen, a graduate of Siena Heights, is a civil attorney with experience as a community organizer, voting rights and legal services advocate and congregational leader. Her work as founder and director of Barry’s Center for Earth Jurisprudence advocates for new approaches to governance and law that recognize the interdependence of nature, humanity and all of Earth’s inhabitants.

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Arts Culture

Get Graphic

Barry’s graphic design program celebrated its 10th anniversary with the 5th Graphic Design Exhibition at the Andy Gato Gallery on the Miami Shores campus. Running from Feb. 21 to April 20, 2013, the exhibition showcased impressive work from students in the graphic design program.

Worth Waiting For

Audiences were certainly not kept waiting for great theater when the Barry University Department of Fine Arts presented “Waiting for Godot” for 10 shows at the Broad Center for the Performing Arts October 18-28, 2012. Assistant Professor of Theatre John Manzelli, a critically acclaimed director, re-imagined Samuel Beckett’s classic existentialist tale of two friends struggling to find meaning and purpose in a seemingly hopeless world. Performed in the round, the cast included Barry students Smyrna Ferguson, Laura Pons, Jovon Jacobs, Everton Rene, Marquise Rogers and Jameilah Torres.

Flashes of Brilliance and a Site of Genius

Last fall, members of the Barry community, as well as the general public, got a chance to view the full spectrum of work produced by the University’s studio art faculty. On display at the Andy Gato Gallery from September 28-December 1, “Faculty Show 2012” included works by the following full-time and adjunct faculty members: Nichole Beltran, Duane Brant, Maria Brito, Angi Curreri, Natasha Duwin, Jason Galbut, Tracie Heller, Lisa Kaplowitz, Silvia Lizama, Venessa Monokian, Ray Morales, Ania Moussawel, Thomas Rockwell, Sara Rytteke, Scott Weber and Sommer Wood. The image “Backlit Columns, Miami, FL, 2012” (at right) by Fine Arts Chair Silvia Lizama is of the current State Roads 826/836 massive road work project and part of a body of work titled, “Sights of Construction.” “Stripped of vegetation and other identifying content, the photographs contain an ambiguous sense of time and place. Altered landscapes convey a juxtaposition of devastation and beauty, ruin and renewal and bear a striking resemblance to archeological remains of ancient cultures,” wrote artist/curator Jackie Otto Miller of Valencia College in Orlando, where Lizama recently exhibited the series. “Sights of Construction,” she noted, “explores the impulse of creating, recreating, mapping and transforming the environment over centuries and suggests a universal connection between distant and disparate cultures.”

Big Offerings Come in ‘Small’ Packages

A Grand Time

Last yearspring, more than 800 music lovers turned out for the Florida debut performance of “Ten Grand” at the Broad Center for the Performing Arts on Barry’s Miami Shores campus. It was such a success that the performance is coming back to campus on April 28, 2013. The composition, written by renowned composer Wendy Mae Chambers for 10 grand pianos, is a collaboration of Barry University’s Department of Fine Arts and Miami Piano Circle, highlighting Fine Arts faculty and other prominent area pianists under the baton of Maestro Georgi Danchev. The show is modeled after a performance which premiered in 1983 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Praise for last year’s performance included feature stories in The Miami Herald, ABC affiliate WPLG, The Palm Beach Post, the Knight Arts Blog, WLRN and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Last spring, Angi Curreri, a member of Barry’s Fine Arts faculty for close to three decades, exhibited collages from her travel journals in the Andy Gato Gallery. Small Offerings featured works compiled during trips to Italy, Spain and France between 2007 and 2011. The actual collages, which are created from materials she gathers throughout her trips, are made to exhibit, while digital copies of the collages are incorporated into the artist’s travel journals. Curreri’s most recent trip to Barcelona, Avignon, Marseilles and Arles — to follow in the footsteps of two of her “artist heroes,” Antoni Gaudi and Vincent van Gogh — was supported by the Ambassador Jean Wilkowski International Fellowship. The grant is awarded to Barry University faculty for travel projects that will engage and enrich the campus community, and the exhibition served as Curreri’s vehicle to share her experiences. Curreri also exhibited a 50-piece, heart-shaped ceramic wall installation, Heart’s Desire, which was started in December 2009. Using colorful symbolic imagery, the piece addresses many of the milestones, challenges and defining moments we experience throughout our lifetimes.

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A Dynamic Leader

Barry has added an impressive new leader to its Executive Committee. Sara B. Herald, a former advisor to Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Fortune 500 executive, was named vice president of institutional advancement and external affairs. In her new role, Herald leads the advancement office, including major and planned gifts, advancement services, alumni relations, annual fund, communications and marketing, corporate and community relations as well as grants and governmental relations and web marketing. Herald serves as a member of Barry’s Executive Committee of the Administration. “Sara’s extensive and successful professional experience, her administrative and advancement skill, creativity, and personal values will enrich our University community and guide us to a more vibrant future,” says Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD. A Miami native and third-generation Floridian, Herald has more than 30 years of experience in the legal, business, governmental and non-profit arenas. Highlights of her extensive professional background include serving as shareholder at Fine Jacobson Schwartz Nash Block & England; interim district administrator for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families; regional vice president for Children’s Home Society of Florida; chief administrative officer for Regions Bank; and most recently, president of WorkWise Group, LLC, a consulting company. In the government realm, Herald served Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles as disaster relief coordinator (Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health) for the State of Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services in the wake of Hurricane Andrew; advisor to Gov. Bush, serving as social service policy coordinator for the governor’s transition team and co-chair of the Strengthening Families Workgroup. Herald also has a long volunteer history, particularly as a child advocate. She serves on the board of the Orange Bowl Committee and Breakthrough Miami. She has played a leadership role in other organizations, including the Children’s Services Council; Miami-Dade’s Children’s Trust; the Miami-Dade and Monroe Early Learning Coalition; Overtown Youth Center; Alonzo Mourning Charities; Miami Children’s Museum; Dade County Women’s Fund; Coconut Grove Arts Festival; and YWCA of Greater Miami. She has also dedicated countless hours of pro-bono work for abused and neglected women and children. Herald received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida. She lives in South Miami with her husband Bing and is the mother of four children. Barry MAG | 18

Funding Barry’s Future Barry University’s Division of Nursing in the and Services Administration (HRSA) grant (AENT) Program. This is the largest grant ever was made into a competitive program and support programs (MSN and Post-BSN to or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse students for tuition, fees and books.

T he Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Barry University’s Division of Nursing $1,176,182 for nursing students. The loan program is geared toward helping close the gap in the nation’s nursing shortage by allowing nurses wanting to continue their education and return to school to earn their master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing education. A nurse accepted into the Nurse Faculty Loan Program can expect an 85 percent forgiveness policy, meaning only 15 percent of the loan would be paid back if they begin teaching as a full-time faculty member at any college or university, including Barry, for five years after graduation.

B arry University was awarded a $451,908 sub-grant for its role as a collaborative partner with Broward County-based Kids In Distress (KID). Serving as project evaluator, the university will work with KID on The HEART (Housing, Empowerment, Achievement, Recovery & Triumph) Alliance for Sustainable Families project, for which the grant was awarded. KID awarded the sub-grant to Barry from the $5 million grant it received from the Administration of Children and Families. HEART represents an innovative system of care that provides subsidized housing and a supportive services network that advances family stability for 50 at-risk families.

College of Health Sciences has been awarded a Health Resources for $348,585 under the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship awarded to the Division of Nursing under this program. This year, AENT only the best applications were funded. Grant funds will be used to DNP) for those students studying to become Family Nurse Practitioners Practitioners. One hundred percent of these funds go directly to

Barry University’s Office of the Public Guardian in Broward County received a $370,000 award allocation from the Foundation for Indigent Guardianship, Inc. (FIG), providing additional resources to fund two additional staff members and enabling it to serve more than 200 indigent and vulnerable adults in Broward County through 2013. The Office of the Public Guardian has served the Broward County community for the past 14 years. The office is the only one in the state and the country that links formal social work education with the probate system, serving as a field education site for bachelor’s and master’s level social work students to conduct their practicum training. Office staff members are appointed as legal guardian designees to more than 200 individuals who lack the means or ability to care for themselves and do not have family members or friends to make decisions for them.

The Counseling Department in the Adrian Dominican School of Education (ADSOE) received a grant in the amount of $40,597.85 from the Florida Department of Education to continue its one-of-a-kind College Reach-Out Program (CROP), a statewide program to motivate and prepare educationally disadvantaged, low-income students in grades 6 through 12 to pursue and successfully complete a college education. Barry’s Counseling Department is the only program of its kind in the state that provides counseling services to C.R.O.P. students and their families along with tutoring, mentoring, college symposiums, and summer residential programs. Additionally, C.R.O.P. serves as an educational and training program for ADSOE Counseling students who will eventually enter areas of counseling and therapeutic practice. C.R.O.P has been very successful over the years. During the 2010-2011 academic year, 98 percent of students in grades 6 through 11 were promoted and 96 percent of seniors graduated high school.

The Counseling Department in the Adrian Dominican School of Education (ADSOE) was awarded a $28,353 grant for Success University, a program of the Miami Beach Service Partnership to impact youth and families in accordance with The Children’s Trust and City of Miami Beach. The primary goal of the program is to address the root causes of excessive absences among middle and high school students, while providing support for families that are experiencing the negative influences of community stress factors. Youth and families are provided with program services such as employment, referral and transportation services; care coordination; and family group counseling. ADSOE graduate students are trained to work with youth and families who have not had access to educational, economic, and counseling/ mental health opportunities.

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Spotlight Sports

Tennis player named to NCAA DII 40th Anniversary Team

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Former Barry University women's tennis student-athlete Anna Hallbergson was chosen to represent the Sunshine State Conference on the NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team. Developed through a partnership with the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team highlights one male and one female from each of the division’s 23 current conferences, plus two at-large nominees. Conferences were asked to submit a list of nominees representative of Division II’s ideals. Hallbergson had a 4.0 grade point average in pre-med/ biology. She was a member of the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll from 1998-00. She was an all-SSC selection in 1998 and 1999, and was a member of the Bucs first SSC title-winning team in 1998. She was a 1999 and 2000 ITA All-American, a 2000 Walter Byers Scholarship winner, a 2000 NCAA Woman of the Year state of Florida winner and 2000 NCAA Woman of the Year top-10 finalist. Hallbergson won the 1999 and 2000 Barry Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was a 1999 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Hallbergson played at Barry from 1998-2000. She had a 31-28 singles record, .525 singles winning percentage, 44-29 doubles record and .603 doubles winning percentage. She ranks among the school's leaders in all four categories. She is currently a resident in the pediatric cardiology department at Boston Children’s Hospital and a fellow at Harvard Medical School.

Grace Collins named NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist Barry standout softball star, Grace Collins, has advanced as a top nine candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year. She is top three for Division II. The NCAA’s Woman of the Year Award, now in its 22nd year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. During her time at Barry, Collins made an impact on her school and the community around her. Collins served as vice president for the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee and traveled to Nashville to assist with relief of the 2010 flood. She was a committee chair for Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes, America’s Moms for Soldiers and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar Athlete, she was named to the academic all-district team in 2011. She was the first studentathlete to win the Barry University President’s Award, which is presented to the most outstanding senior. In 2012, Collins received the University’s Excellence in Leadership Award. She graduated in 2012. Collins was also named NFCA first-team All-South Region and was a first-team All-American in 2011. She earned first-team all-region and third-team AllAmerica honors through Daktronics as both a junior and a senior. She also received Sunshine State Conference first-team accolades in 2011 and 2012. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the national winner from the nine finalists in October, 2013.

Golfers named Scholar All-Americans Barry University’s Taylor Babcock (Lake Oswego, Oregon) and Francesca Perini (San Lazzaro, Italy) were named National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) NCAA Division II Scholar All-Americans. Both female golfers are part of a 585-member class of student-athletes from Divisions I, II and III who earned a GPA above 3.5. This marked the third straight year Babcock received the honor. Perini, coming off her freshmen season, earned the award for the first time. Babcock, a sport management major who also was an NGCA honorable mention All-American strictly for her

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performance on the course, finished in the top 10 in seven events in 2011-12. She carried a 77.69 stroke average in her junior season. Babcock’s low round was a 72 at the Tusculum/Kiawah Inner Island Intercollegiate February 4. She was the first Buccaneer in four years to receive All-America acclaim. Perini, a management major, had an 81.05 stroke average with five top 25 finishes. She was 11th at the BarryLynn-Florida Tech Tri-Match. Perini had eight rounds in the 70s, including two in the South Regional and another at the National Championships. Her low round was a 75 at the Lady Moc Golf Classic February 20.

Bucs Qualify for the PGA Latin American Tour

Alum Carlos Velez, a Barry University men’s golfer became the third Buccaneer to qualify for the Latin America PGA Tour. Velez, who played at Barry from 2007 to 2010, shot 69-72-70 to tie for 11th at the Doral Resort & Spa’s Great White course earlier this year. He joined Bucs alumns Willy Pumarol and Daniel Stapff on the 11-tournament tour that began September 3 in Menda, Mexico. The top five money earners on the Latin America tour earn their Web.com tour cards.

Bucs baseball alum and star becomes first Brazilianborn player to appear in MLB game

Brazil has long been known for its soccer standouts, but Barry University’s Yan Gomes became the first Brazilian-born player to appear in a major league game after being called up by the Toronto Blue Jays this past season. In 41 games, Gomes played numerous positions for Toronto, including first base, catcher, third base, and the outfield, carrying a .994 fielding percentage. He hit .204 with a .367 slugging percentage. Gomes, a 10th-round draft pick of the Jays from 2009, was batting .359 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI in Las Vegas. He had also played at first base and third base in the minors, in addition to his catching duties. After playing rookie and short season ball in 2009, Gomes started the 2010 season with Class-A Lansing and finished it with Hi-A Dunedin. In 2011, he spent most of the season with New Hampshire’s Fisher Cats and had a brief stint with Las Vegas, where he has played all year this season. In his four years in the minors, Gomes managed a .283/.334/.471 slash line with 77 doubles, 29 home runs, and 168 RBI in 917 at-bats. Gomes was a consensus NCAA Division II All-American at Barry in 2009 after transferring from the University of Tennessee. He helped lead the Bucs to their first-ever Sunshine State Conference title, earning Player of the Year honors in both the conference and the South Region. He hit .405 with 17 doubles, 21 homers and a school-record 92 RBI, while scoring 69 runs. He split time between third base and catcher. Gomes is the second Buccaneer to make it to the major leagues, joining Mets and Marlins reliever Henry Owens. Barry MAG | 21


The Barry Athletics model enables student-athletes to excel in the classroom, in the community and in sport. By Whitney Sessa

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For many student-athletes, success is measured by layups, goals, shots under par and other game-related victories. But for Barry’s studentathletes, success is defined not just by accomplishments in sport, but also by achievements made in the classroom and in the community. “As part of Barry’s School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences (HPLS), the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) advances human potential through the integration of body, mind and spirit in pursuit of excellence,” said HPLS dean Dr. Darlene Kluka. Barry’s most accomplished studentathletes are also quick to credit ICA for carefully cultivating an environment that places an equal emphasis on athletics, academics and community service. “I was called to be more than just an athlete, or just a student, but to be a leader, a voice, a volunteer, a tutor, and so much more,” said Grace Collins ’12, a four-year starter for Barry’s women’s softball team and one of three finalists in the 2012 Division II category for the NCAA’s “Woman of the Year.”

Collins, who, as the top graduating senior, became the first Buccaneer to win Barry’s President’s Award, was also named the Professor Emerita Neill Miller Scholar Athlete of the Year. Standout men’s golf player Daniel Stapff ’12 was named the men’s choice for the third consecutive year and also earned Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors for the second time. The ICA, which has been in existence for 29 years, includes the University’s 12 intercollegiate programs, head and assistant coaches for each sport, and about 200 student-athletes. The ICA has achieved prominence with more than 60 percent of its athletes earning GPAs of 3.0 or higher for the last eight semesters, and, in 2012, 45 Barry student-athletes were recognized by the Division II Athletic Directors Association as recipients of the association’s 2011-2012 Academic Achievement Awards, a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the NCAA Division II level. During the 2011-2012 academic year, several individual teams were also recognized for their academic excellence: Barry’s volleyball team was selected to receive American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Award honors; men’s golf earned Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic honors; women’s golf posted the 17th highest cumulative GPA in the nation, according to the National Golf Coaches Association’s Top 25 list,

tutors in the Learning Center labs. “Student-athletes genuinely appreciate that there does not need to be a conflict between their dual roles or aspirations,” Ryder added. Barry Athletics’ academic monitoring model has also been improved since its inception through the use of technology, Ryder said. Traditional strategies used to keep student-athletes on track academically, such as enforcing study hours and class attendance, have been enhanced through the SAAR (StudentAthlete Academic Reporting) web application, developed by Barry’s Division of Information Technology. The app allows the department to receive biweekly feedback from professors regarding a student-athlete’s performance in class. Perhaps one of the most unique features of Barry Athletics’ academic monitoring model is that it incorporates community service opportunities. Through the BucTutor system, select student-athletes have the chance to tutor other studentathletes and share their experiences. “Barry student-athletes are always striving to make the community better for everyone, bringing pride and success to the University through all avenues,” says Collins. “The culture of the Barry student-athlete is one that is overpowering, life-changing and inspiring to take part in.”

which included NCAA Division I, II and many aspects of the department, she said. III schools; softball finished 12th in the Hierarchically, the department is housed NFCA All-Academic team rankings; within the University’s Division of women’s tennis earned a spot on the ITA Academic Affairs, under HPLS, which Academic Honor Roll; and men’s and weaves academics and athletics women’s soccer earned an NSCAA throughout policies and procedures that academic team award. guide the ICA. In addition to housing The strong emphasis on academics was set athletic facilities, Barry’s Health and into place in the 1990s, said Mike Covone, Sports Center is home to the School of Barry’s Athletic Directors. With the support HPLS, including dean, faculty and staff of Barry coaches and HPLS administrators, offices, classrooms and learning/research Dr. Jean Cerra, former dean of the School laboratories. of HPLS, and the late Professor Neill Miller, From the moment a student-athlete joins former HPLS assistant dean, implemented Barry Athletics, the department examines an academic monitoring model to track his or her academic records and designs a student-athletes’ performance in the “success plan” that includes required study classroom, monitor absences, enforce hours and monitors academic program mandatory study time, athletically milestones. Student-athletes are also suspend student-athletes who violated encouraged to meet with their academic class attendance policies, and institute a advisers at the beginning of each term to peer tutoring program. devise class schedules that reduce conflicts Today, this model has evolved, although with athletic obligations and their its basic tenets continue to guide the customized study plans. Rather than department, said Maritza Ryder, HPLS enforcing general study hours, the assistant dean. The “academics first, department specifically requires studentathletics second” mentality is evident in athletes to work with experienced

Keeping Score 29: Years of Athletics 9: D ivision II National Championships 243: All-Americans 272: Scholar All-Americans

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arry University’s commitment to promoting civic engagement through political education and participation in the electoral process recently prompted a group of faculty and staff to create the Campus Democracy Project (CDP). A nonpartisan initiative, the CDP has already achieved notable success in organizing or supporting campus activities that have attracted hundreds of students and generated increased interest in the 2012 elections. The strategy used by the CDP included voter registration, candidate and issue education, community outreach, and voter turnout activities. Highlights of the program were a forum on health care policy, a student debate and presidential debate watch parties. Held to commemorate U.S. Constitution Day in September, the forum on health care policy featured panelists discussing how the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts students, families and society. They also discussed the legal, political and economic ramifications. About 50 people attended the event on Barry’s main campus, with many others connecting via the Internet from the St. Petersburg site and the Barry Law School campus in Orlando. Students asked questions about preventive care, managed care, related costs and the possible impact on the medical field. A student debate on the presidential candidates and their policy positions was held on October 23, a day after the final presidential debate. About 90 students and staff encouraged College Democrats Xavier Swain and David Zaret and College Republicans Laura Loomer and George Schnell to debate the issues. Lively discussion and probing questions were followed by a straw poll where Barack Obama was favored over Mitt Romney by a large margin. With CDP support, residence halls hosted four debate watch parties during the presidential and vice presidential debates, with nearly 200 students in attendance. Two of the events were covered by local networks on their evening newscast. The CDP provided students with opportunities either to register to vote for the first time or to update their address. Electoral officials were invited to campus, and the CDP also set up voter resource centers in the Landon Student Union and the Business Center in Thompson Hall. The Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Organizing for America and the Republican Party of Florida all sent representatives to campus during CDPorganized events. Approximately 330 students were registered through these efforts. In addition, more than 150 registered voters on campus signed a pledge to vote in the

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Campus Democracy Project Nonpartisan initiative gets Barry University students interested in politics, public policy and peacemaking. November elections. Prior to November 6, the CDP organized information sessions to inform voters about the various ballot questions and to assist students in getting to the polls. CDP worked with Resident Assistants to organize a Halloween Dorm Storm during which hundreds of pieces of candy imprinted with “Vote!” messages were passed out at the residence halls. Many students also took advantage of CDP-organized van rides to an early voting site. An hourly parade to the local poll at Hubert Sibley Elementary marched students to vote on Election Day. A rally was held on Election Day for students to make buttons or signs urging registered voters to go to the polls. Apart from activities focused on the elections, the CDP also lent its support to other civic engagement initiatives such as the Center for Community Service Initiatives’ (CCSI) Deliber­ative Dialogue series and the Peace-In event. The topic of the inaugural Deliberative Dialogue, held on September 25, was “The Death Penalty: An Eye for an Eye?” Among the five panelists was a former death row inmate, Herman Lindsey, who told the story of his conviction, incarceration and

exoneration. Lindsey, whose 2006 murder conviction was overturned in a unanimous decision by the Florida Supreme Court in 2009, admitted to the standing-room-only audience that, while he did not commit the murder, he was a drug dealer with a lifestyle that made him vulnerable. Lindsey discussed some of the problems with the criminal sentencing procedures that led to his wrongful placement on death row. He is one of 23 convicts exonerated in Florida and now works with the non-profit organization Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Approximately 200 Barry University students attended the second annual Peace-In. Held on September 20 in commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Peace, the event featured workshops on topics related to peacemaking, peace building, civic engagement and social justice. Attendees participated in interactive workshops and sessions focused on fair trade and labor, LGBT sensitivity, efforts to address global poverty, work with the Peace Corps, the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a dialogue about race-related issues, domestic and dating violence advocacy and peace education. Workshops led by Laura Finley, assistant professor of sociology and criminology, area activists, and Barry students Chelsea Baker and David Carden focused on engaging students in dialogue and on presenting opportunities for students to take action about the respective issues. “Collectively these events promoted civic engagement and offered students opportunities to become informed citizens,” said Sean Foreman, associate professor of political science, who serves on the CDP committee. “Many of the events also encouraged students to exercise their right to vote. That is an essential element of the democratic process.” Seven departments across three university divisions—Academic Affairs, Mission Engagement and Institutional Effectiveness, and Student Affairs—are represented in the CDP. They are the CCSI, Department of History and Political Science, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Office of Mission Engagement, Center for Student Involvement, Department of Campus Ministry and the De Porres Center for Community Service. The CDP receives support from the Student Government Association. Florida Campus Compact supported the initiative by awarding a $1,000 mini-grant, which was allocated to Constitution Day activities and to support Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Barry MAG | 25


Stocking Up

Members of Barry’s Student Managed Investment Fund learn about world financial markets while giving back to the community. By Dmitry Rashnitsov

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n 2010, during one of the most tumultuous periods for global stock markets, two students from Barry University’s Andreas School of Business (ASB) proposed an initiative which seemed like somewhat of a risky venture. In short: a student-run program that managed thousands of real dollars in real markets. Fast forward a couple of years and the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) is a successful educational program. Students are buying real stocks, bonds and securities in markets all over the world while learning how to value financial assets. Although the program is still fairly new, students who are involved are honing their portfolio management skills and giving back to the community by working with local high schools and teaching finance principles to local students. The program even has plans to set up small scholarships as part of its earning allocation plan. SMIF co-founders Raul Ballester ’11 and Sean Cooney ’12 knew

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that they were taking on a large project on top of their coursework but were determined to make it work. “We really wanted to leave our mark on Barry and give back to the future generations of students,” Ballester explained. “We also wanted the project to contribute toward shortening the ‘knowing-doing’ gap by getting the students to practice what they learned in the classroom and gain real-world experience at the same time,” Cooney said. To gain some traction, the duo garnered support from several faculty members and put together a proposal, before pitching the idea to ASB dean Dr. Tomislav Mandakovic. “After listening to their proposal, we were convinced they were on to something, and we were excited to share it with our colleagues and [Barry University’s] Executive Committee,” Mandakovic said. With ASB’s support, Ballester and Cooney presented the idea to the Executive Committee and eventually to the University’s Board

of Trustees for approval. Two board members in particular, Michael give presentations about personal finance at William H. Turner O’Neil and John Bussell, championed the project and not only Technical Arts High School, a charter school located on the Miami got it approved, but also decided to allocate $50,000 of the University Central High School campus, about two miles west of Barry. endowment for the group to begin investing immediately. “We are talking to the students about beginning to build their Once the SMIF was established, Cooney and Ballester began credit scores, making sure they don’t get mired down in debt, the advertising the program to ASB students, initially recruiting 20 power of saving their money, basic financial activities such as balancing a checkbook, showing them their options for paying general members to conduct research, analyze market data and for college, introducing the Free Application for Federal Student create investment proposals. To ensure the program’s continuity, Barry’s Vice President for Business and Finance Bruce Edwards Aid (FAFSA) and other things along these lines,” said finance and Mandakovic were appointed to the SMIF board, while major Wesley Burns, who serves as SMIF’s head of community Dr. Stephen Morrell, professor of economics and finance, became service. “These simple topics have generated an enormous amount the group’s faculty advisor. of questions from the students; we really struck a nerve.” In addition to gaining valuable investment experience, SMIF “Everyone in the program is more keenly aware of the types of students also get invaluable face time with leading professionals events that can move stock markets all over the world,” Morrell in the financial industry by working closely with the advisory said. “It’s like starting a business. The students get an incredible amount of valuable and useful experience that just can’t be taught board. Alumni such as Christopher S. Neill ’95 are thrilled to from a textbook.” share their wealth of experience in a highly competitive profession that As the program begins its second year, students participating in SMIF meet once thrives on risks, rewards, innovative a week to discuss the current portfolio thinking and correctly predicting mix, vote on buy/ hold/sell decisions the future. and execute investment strategies. These “It’s great practical experience and exercises help them develop a deeper an introduction into the workforce understanding of capital markets and that they can put on their résumés,” security analysis. The program is open said Neill, who serves as the director to both undergraduate and graduate of institutional relations at Thomas students from all majors at Barry. White International, LTD, a boutique investment management firm based This year, 36 students with the help in Chicago. “The advisory board of 16 mentors are buying and selling stocks and bonds while managing the looks over the portfolio about once Left to right: Raul Ballester ’11 and Sean Cooney ’12, growth of the portfolio and giving back every quarter and points out things co-founders of the Barry University Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) to the community through lectures on that the fund managers might not financial proficiency and responsibility. have even thought about.” Students participating in SMIF can take on a role of general Student managed investment funds are common in some business member/analyst or fund manager in different sectors, which schools around the country; however, most schools utilize software include: Consumer Discretionary & Consumer Staples, Energy & simulations. The fact that Barry University’s SMIF program manages Finance, Health Care & Industrials and Technology & Telecommunication real money places it among a group of select few consisting of Services and Fixed Income. Some SMIF members also take on top-tier institutions. operational duties to ensure the program continues to grow and Today, Cooney and Ballester each work in finance and credit the improve. Although the student group has decision-making education they received at Barry, as well as the experience of authority — with guidance from the faculty advisor — on starting up the SMIF, as key to launching their careers. Cooney is investments, all major programmatic decisions, such as earnings an energy investment banking analyst at Dundee Capital Markets allocation, are vetted and approved by the advisory board, which in Canada, while Ballester is a property transfer specialist at Chevron consists of alumni, faculty, administration, trustees and local Corp. in Houston. They both serve on the SMIF’s advisory board. business community leaders. “My experience at Barry and with creating the SMIF has allowed me to compete with individuals from top-tier educational “Being part of SMIF has been one of the best experiences I have institutions. It’s all about applying yourself and making the most had at Barry,” said 2012-2013 SMIF President Fernando Araujo Simoes, an MBA student scheduled to graduate this spring. of your education,” Ballester said. “It truly gives you the opportunity to manage a real investment Cooney agreed and emphasized the value to his own education. portfolio and develop the type of leadership and teamwork skills “The experience of getting the program moving from idea to that are very important if you want to succeed in the business proposal to execution was amazing. I learned a lot just from that world. I think this will definitely set me apart from the rest of exercise alone,” he said. Mandakovic, ASB dean, also sees the project as a valuable asset that the applicants in my future career.” can attract high-level individuals to pursue their studies at ASB. The SMIF’s short-term focus is to meet its benchmarks and grow its portfolio methodically. The long-term plan is to grow the fund “The partnership between our expert faculty and members of the to a size that would allow the group to not only reinvest, but also local finance community ensures that students acquire expertise allocate a portion of its earnings to fund scholarships, community in designing solid investment strategies,” he said. “The SMIF service projects, and educational events beyond the classroom, project is truly a collaborative program that enhances student knowledge and enriches the South Florida talent pool.” such as national competitions. In 2012, the SMIF added a community service component as a requirement for membership. Twice a month, SMIF members Barry MAG | 27


The Scholarly Way Barry is one of an elite group of universities offering incoming freshmen the opportunity to participate in the Stamps Leadership Scholars Program. By Whitney Sessa Left to right: Dr. Gerene Starratt, Melina Williman, Victoria Hoelscher, Hemaghini Das, Connor Randel, David Novo, Cheryl Frazier, Bethany Dill, Anna-Marie Weed and Paul Wenning attend the Stamps Scholars Leadership Conference at the Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana on Nov. 2-4, 2012.

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nna-Marie Weed was finishing up her final semester as a high school senior, and the pressure to decide which college she would attend was really ramping up. Thankfully, with one phone call, her decision became crystal clear. “As soon as I heard that I was accepted into the Stamps program, I knew which university was right for me,” said Weed, now a second-year chemistry major at Barry University. “I still remember excitedly stumbling over my words when admissions called to let me know I’d been selected.” Weed is one of 11 students who have been selected to participate in Barry’s Stamps Leadership Scholars Program since its establishment in the fall of 2010. The program, founded by South Florida philanthropists Penny and E. Roe Stamps, awards full merit scholarships to high achieving incoming freshmen with an interest in leadership and service. The scholarships cover tuition and room and board for four years. Additional funds, often used during the summer, are available for enrichment experiences such as study abroad and undergraduate research. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to mentor these students who come to Barry dually motivated to excel academically and to actively pursue leadership opportunities that contribute in meaningful ways to their community,” said Dr. Gerene Starratt, Barry’s Stamps Leadership Scholars Program mentor. Barry’s Stamps Leadership Scholars agree Barry MAG | 28

that the largest benefit of the program is that it allows them to attend college without having to shoulder the heavy financial burden that many undergraduate students take on, especially when attending universities out of state. “I found the college search to be far more stressful than I expected,” said Melina Williman, a nursing major and 2012-2013 Stamps Leadership Scholars Program Stamps recipient. “My parents were, of course, interested in scholarships while I was interested in getting out of Virginia. We had quite a few conflicts trying to find nursing schools that met both standards.” Victoria Hoelscher, another 2012-2013 Stamps recipients, echoed those sentiments. “Searching for a college was stressful for me,” said Hoelscher, biology major. “I was afraid that I would place a large financial burden on my family.” Barry’s Stamps Leadership Scholars Program made their decision of which college to attend “effortless.” “I could either attend school 30 minutes from my house or go to Miami. Of course, I chose Miami. The Stamps program has allowed me to fulfill my lifelong dream of attending an out-of-state college,” Williman said. Hoelscher added: “At that point, I knew immediately that I would be attending Barry and was excited to receive an education at such an amazing school without placing stress on my family.” Barry is one of 30 universities in the United

States able to offer the program through the generous support of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. As part of its commitment to attract the nation’s best and brightest future leaders, the University, in turn, matches Stamps funding to provide the full-merit scholarships. “The Stamps Leadership Scholars Program is aligned with Barry’s mission, which integrates study, reflection and action to inform the intellectual life,” said Barry Provost Dr. Linda Peterson. “A Barry education and university experience is grounded in a commitment to learning, reflection, informed action, collaborative service and transformation, all of which are consistent with the tenets of the Stamps program.” Although the program has been instituted nationwide, Barry’s Stamps Leadership Scholars say that their generous benefactors still make it their mission to meet each and every Stamps Leadership Scholar. “Mr. and Mrs. Stamps want to see what their kids are doing. It’s nice to see how much they care and how much they put into this,” Weed said. “They look for someone who’s not just sitting in a classroom reading a textbook, but who’s also out there learning from their experiences.” Each year Barry’s admissions staff actively searches for prospective Stamps Leadership Scholars who meet the criteria. Students must first be accepted to Barry and then become eligible to apply for the Stamps scholarship. Applicants must submit an

“I could either attend school 30 minutes from my house or go to Miami. Of course, I chose Miami. The Stamps program has allowed me to fulfill my lifelong dream of attending an out-of-state college,” Williman said. essay and provide evidence of community service and leadership. A committee of Barry faculty and administrators recommends a list of finalists to Penny and E. Roe Stamps, who conduct an interview with each finalist and make the ultimate decision. The award is renewable every year as long as the scholar maintains an acceptable GPA and remains engaged in the Stamps program, including service and leadership activities. This call to service, leadership and scholar­ ship is not considered a challenge, but rather an opportunity to engage the campus community, said Bethany Dill, a 2011 Stamps Leadership Scholars Program recipient. “I’ve been able to connect with the Barry community in a way that I would not have been able to otherwise,” said Dill, an education major. “From the Honors Program, to taking part in assemblies, to group community service, to having a scholarship advisor, we’ve had so many positive experiences.” The service component of the program varies each semester as Stamps Leadership Scholars tackle various projects benefiting the Greater Miami area. During the fall 2011 semester, Barry’s Stamps Leadership Scholars joined forces with local volunteers at Oleta River State Park to protect Florida’s natural environment by clearing out non-native plant species. In the spring, they switched gears and began volunteering for the non-profit His House in Miami Gardens, which provides residential

care for abused, neglected and drug-exposed children in a home-like setting. “As Stamps Leadership Scholars, the students have a number of unique opportunities,” Starratt said. “For example, in November, we traveled to the University of Illinois to participate in a weekend leadership conference with Stamps students and mentors from across the country.” In addition to providing service opportunities, the Stamps Leadership Scholars Program also offers invaluable leadership development opportunities. As part of Barry’s Presidential Ambassador Program, Stamps Leadership Scholars serve as the faces of the University by hosting campus tours and assisting during campus events. Leadership opportunities are also provided through the scholarship program itself. Every two years, Stamps Leadership Scholars from across the country gather together at a Stamps-affiliated university for the Stamps Scholars National Conference. During the three-day conference, Stamps Leadership Scholars are able to network with one another, attend leadership workshops, and showcase community service projects and initiatives they are working on at their respective schools. The next confer­ ence will take place in April 2013 at the University of Michigan. The connections that Stamps Leadership Scholars form with one another at conferences are just as valuable as the ones they form with scholars on their respective campuses.

During Weed’s first Stamps meeting at Barry, she was introduced to fellow Stamps Leadership Scholar Paul Wenning, a junior majoring in English; they quickly became good friends. Before the year was up, the two were engaged. “I believe both of us being part of the program shows that we share some of the same values of leadership and service,” Weed said. Although they have yet to set a wedding date, they do plan to invite two special guests. “We would love for the Stamps to come because they have played such an important role in our lives and our meeting,” Wenning said. Weed plans to pursue graduate studies in chemical engineering, while Wenning has his sights set on becoming a high school English teacher. Regardless of where life takes them, their experience with the Stamps program will be an important anchor, helping them navigate the road ahead, they say.

For more information about the Stamps Leadership Scholars Program at Barry, visit www.barry.edu/stamps. For more information about the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, visit stampsfoundation.org.

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Great Expectations In the face of daunting challenges, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe ’96 draws on lessons learned as a Barry University student-athlete. By Travis Reed

intonation. “He gave me the opportunity — the opportunity that shaped the person that I am today.” Turns out Samuel was right. Before long, Lamothe claimed the No. 1 spot on the team, ahead of the player who beat him in the tryout. In 1993, he became Barry’s first men’s tennis player to be named ITA All- American, and represented Haiti in the 1994 and 1995 Davis Cups. “After he came in and got settled, he really started to shine,” Samuel said. “And Laurent was also really into the team spirit, playing for Barry. He had good chemistry on the team. He proved to be somewhat of a leader on the court, doing what a team captain would be expected to do, which he eventually was.”

Long Day’s Journey

Prime Minister Lamothe visits the launch and registration drive for “ Ti Manman Cheri” (“Dear Little Mother”) in the Grand Ravine neighborhood of Port-au-Prince in September of 2012. The government’s social assistance program provides extremely impoverished mothers up to $20 a month, via cellphone money transfer, for keeping their children in school.

In 2011, Prime Minister Lamothe and former President Bill Clinton co-chaired the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment in Haiti. Photos courtesy of Pierre Côté, Realtime transmedia advisor to the Prime Minister of Haiti.

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s a successful telecommuni­cations entrepreneur, Lauent Lamothe was used to decisions in high-pressure situations, often with millions of dollars hanging in the balance. He was really good at it. But could he make decisions that would directly affect millions of lives? Would he be able to bring meaningful relief and healing to a nation devastated by natural and manmade disaster — floods, earthquakes, coup d ’états, starvation and pestilence? Was this the right job for a businessman? That’s what went through Lamothe’s mind Barry MAG | 30

when, just shy of his 40th birthday and 16 years after graduating from Barry University, he was asked to serve as Prime Minister of Haiti. “In the business world, you work for a company, and if things don’t go well the shareholders might get upset and you might lose your job,” Lamothe said. “The stakes now, if you make a mistake, you have failed 10 million people.” A number of those people, including good friends, advised against accepting the nomination. Honestly, that was Lamothe’s first inclination, too. “But I like challenges, and I want to contribute

my time in order for my country to be a better place,” added the Port-au-Prince native. “And the president felt that he wanted me to take the job. Who am I to say ‘no’ to a president?” It’s been this way much of Lamothe’s life. People see in him something special, something that gives them a steadfast confidence in his potential and in his abilities.

A Ticket to Miami That’s how the 15th Prime Minister of Haiti ended up with a tennis scholarship to Barry

back in 1991. When Lamothe showed up for the campus visit and tryout, coach George Samuel pitted him against the school’s best player at the time. “I lost, badly,” Lamothe said. “I went home, and I said, ‘You know, I just blew the biggest chance to attend a huge university.’ What I wanted the most was an opportunity to show what I could do. So I thought that was it.” That wasn’t it. Samuel knew Lamothe had more ability than

he showed that day. “I was hoping he would be somebody that would lead the team, because he had pretty good credentials,” Samuel said. “I still liked his tennis. I saw somebody I thought could play high on the team, but I wasn’t certain exactly what role he was going to play.” The phone rang the day after Lamothe got home. “I heard, ‘This is George Samuel’ on the line,” Lamothe said, with a broad smile and gravely

Lamothe earned an MBA after graduating from Barry, and quickly built a lucrative phone card business, called NoPin. His stroke of genius was using popular Haitian musician Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, a politically minded singer and keyboard player, to front the product. (Since May 2011, it has been “President Martelly.” It is, indeed, a small world in Haitian politics.) Lamothe and his partners reinvested the profits in another telecommunications startup called Global Voice Group. The South Africa-based company bridged Lamothe’s two academic interests — business and politics — by targeting emerging econo­

mies with telecommunication gover­nance technology. It was an even bigger success, earning Lamothe a nomination for the 2008 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Unsurprisingly, Lamothe takes an executive’s approach to Haiti’s reforms. He has focused on replacing incompetent or corrupt staff members throughout the administration, such as embassy, consulate and ministry officials. “The biggest challenge is changing 208 years of mismanagement, with little resources, and the ability to convince people that you’re doing the right thing,” Lamothe said. “This government, we consider ourselves as profes­ sional managers, wanting to just take a problem and improve it. We’re not claiming that we’re going to do miracles, but we have a team that’s working day and night to make a difference.” He does mean that literally. Lamothe typically works 19 to 20 hour days, from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. It’s not the first time he’s pulled that kind of shift. Lamothe never got much sleep during college, because of tennis. As an entrepreneur, he worked roughly the same schedule, particularly at the beginning. “What I’m trying to build also is a team of competent people around me in order to take some of the load off, and I believe I’m succeeding at that,” Lamothe said. “I have a good team around me. It’s a five-year term for the president. We have 1 ½ in there. So we have another 3 ½ years to go. I believe that for the country, 3 ½ years is not that big of a deal, considering the outcome that we’re seeking.” Barry MAG | 31


Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe (waving) is using his MBA from Barry University to help find new replacement revenue streams in storm-ravaged Haiti.

The outcome he’s seeking is more than ambitious. Lamothe wants Haiti to be an “emerging country” by 2030, which means getting ahead of the disasters rather than simply responding to them. Haiti is, in part, cursed by its very geography, lying on fault lines and in a well-worn tropical storm path. However, the flooding risks can be significantly reduced, officials hope, with a dredging project that should be complete before the next hurricane season. “In Haiti, we haven’t invested enough into the protection of rivers, into unclogging of the canals, into dredging of the Port-au-Prince Bay. It hasn’t been done for 35 years, so any little rain creates almost mass flooding,” Lamothe said. “Just yesterday, there was another flooding, as we were basically doing very well on the relief effort. There was flooding in the northern side of Haiti that killed 15 people.” The relief effort Lamothe referred to was for Hurricane Sandy. The storm didn’t even directly hit the island, but it was large and near enough to cause significant damage. 54 died, and Sandy, along with Hurricane Isaac, wiped out 72 percent of the country’s agriculture industry Barry MAG | 32

— $104 million worth of crops — in addition to destroying $200 million worth of infrastructure, Lamothe said.

Untapped Potential

All of this has happened as the country has struggled to get back on its feet from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. However, Lamothe is leveraging his business acumen to find new, replacement revenue streams. The administration just implemented an anticorruption and anti-smuggling initiative, which brought in $27 million in its first month. “Haiti should be flying on its own wings and not having to depend on our friends for everything,” he said. “In order to do that, we have to increase our tax revenues. “Right now only 3 percent of the population pays taxes. We have a large percentage of goods coming into the country without paying customs, so we’re working on that. We’ve increased the budget of the anti-corruption unit; we’ve increased the budget of the customs office.” In addition, the nation may be sitting, literally, on a gold mine. Recent independent estimates

have shown up to $20 billion in gold, as well as copper and silver, could be extracted from the island, and officials have been negotiating with several mining companies over extraction rights. Lucrative precious metals reserves are often found on fault lines, and Haiti’s production potential wasn’t entirely unknown to international mining companies. United Nations geologists found significant gold and silver deposits in the 1970s, but decades of corruption and political instability made extracting it too high-risk. Testing is under way, but largescale production likely wouldn’t begin for a few years. Lamothe said the administration also hopes to raise $100 million through the issuance of bonds, and is pushing a 2 percent tax increase for its social assistance fund. “We’re not only counting on one group of stakeholders,” Lamothe said.

The Right Stuff

The irony doesn’t escape Lamothe that his future success was put into play by one of the most memorable losses of his career. But Samuel doesn’t see it that way. Tryouts, the 23-year veteran says, are far more complicated

“It takes time, and it takes patience, and resilience, and perseverance,” he said. “And, also, it takes the belief that you want to do the right thing.” than regular matches. “You’ve got the coach standing right next to you, the assistant standing right next to you, wanting to see what your game is like. You’ve got all the members of the team looking over their shoulders to see, ‘Is this guy any good?’” Samuel said. “There’s quite a bit of nervousness, quite a bit of pressure. Most of the time nobody performs to the best of their ability when we do tryouts.” These days, there are a lot more people looking over his shoul­ ders, and Lamothe says he is comfortable with that. He learned how to be scrutinized while at Barry, on that tennis court. But Lamothe is quick to add that he knows repairing 208 years of economic, envi­ ronmental and psychological damage in Haiti will be the greatest challenge of his young career. Unlike business, where he simply needed to hit the right numbers, success here depends on his ability to engender confidence in an electorate repeatedly traumatized by its own leaders. “It takes time, and it takes patience, and resilience, and perseverance,” he said. “And, also, it takes the belief that you want to do the right thing.”

The Ripple Effect

Barry University is expanding its geographic reach by educating teachers and training physician assistants in the Caribbean. By Rebecca Wakefield

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arry University has long embraced its mission to provide education wherever it is needed and has offered programs to students not just on its main campus in Miami Shores but throughout the state of Florida via its numerous satellite sites. In the last couple of years, however, Barry has expanded into new territory — the Caribbean. The Adrian Dominican School of Education (ADSOE) now offers several master’s degree programs in Nassau, Bahamas, while the Physician’s Assistant program is now offered in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While Barry’s campuses may be separated by an ocean, they are connected through technology and dedicated faculty.

Barry Grows its Bahamas Base

“We have a strong alumni base in the Bahamas and a wonderful reputation there,” explained associate dean of International Programs, Dr. Jill Farrell. “We have a number of Barry graduates in The Bahamas, and they have encouraged us to offer faceto-face programs there.” The first program — a master’s in curriculum and instruction — began in early 2011, with the first cohort of 16 students graduating in May 2012. The program operates out of the Genesis Academy, a small school run by the family of Noel Treco-Hanna Knowles, one of many in the Barry network of alumni in the Bahamas. As with any new undertaking, there were obstacles. Challenges included getting the word out to potential students who didn’t have any direct experience with the University. They did so

through numerous presentations at schools and community meetings, as well as radio and newspaper ads. “It was the first program to be offered offshore,” Farrell said. “We didn’t have a presence, a campus. There was no established place to hold classes. We didn’t even have a sign that said Barry University.” What attracted students to Barry was the University’s willingness to bring the program to them. While Barry has a long tradition of providing undergraduate education to Bahamians, graduate programs were a new undertaking. Once people begin their careers, it’s expensive and disruptive to have to put their lives and jobs on hold to get a graduate degree on the mainland, said Dr. Judy Harris-Looby, Chair of the Exceptional Student Education program and part of The Bahamas faculty. Joan Knowles Turnquest has been an elementary school teacher in the Bahamas for nearly two decades. Her résumé reflects a constant effort to improve her skills, with a long list of conferences and workshops she has participated in over the years. That’s why she was thrilled when Barry University decided to offer a master’s degree in her hometown of Nassau. It allowed her to expand her knowledge and enhance her career without the expense and life-altering disruption of spending a year or more in Miami. “Not only have I had the opportunity to meet and learn from experienced and professional lecturers,” she said. “What I have learned has channeled me into a renewed way of viewing education in my country as one that is dynamic and progressive.”

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One example: Knowles is now working to expand research she did in the program into creating memorization strategies for readingchallenged students in her school. ADSOE currently offers both a master’s in curriculum and instruction and a master’s in exceptional student education. In January 2013, the school will commence its first Bahamas master’s cohort in organizational learning and leadership. Courses are designed to fit into the lifestyle of working teachers, with intensive weekend and summer courses. A strong part of Barry University’s mission is a commitment to social justice and community service. An example is its program to train Bahamian teachers in methods of working with children with disabilities, training largely unavailable to them in the islands. “We’re trying to provide experienced educators with the knowledge and skills to be leaders and move their government systems forward,” Farrell said. There are few resources in The Bahamas to deal with either behavioral or academic problems in children with special needs, says Dr. Michelle Major, clinical director of the Caribbean Center for Child Development in the Bahamas. That’s why Major, who holds multiple degrees from Barry, including BS ’98, MS ’99, SSP ’01 and PhD ’05 and was formerly an assistant professor of psychology at the University for several years, pushed ADSOE to bring a graduate program in exceptional student education (ESE) to her country. Her passion is to see Barry develop the ESE program into a model for universities teaching abroad. Less than two months into the program, she says the reception from the highest levels of government has been wonderful. More importantly, the teachers themselves feel proud to be armed with information that will make a real difference. “I don’t think people understand the ripple effect and the impact that programs like this have in a country,” she explained. “In a country like ours, we don’t have a lot. This has the poten­tial not just to change a kid’s life, or a family, but to transform an entire country.”

2012 Bahamas Alumni Reception

Pictured with Shaquille O’Neal (left to right) are recent Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction graduates Lucinda Morley, Johnette Cooper-Lockhart, Braquelle Newton, Tamar Bodie, Asheka Culmer, Tamu McKinney, Leontine Wells and Pleshette McPhee. Seated areTamara Saunders, Rayette Strachan, Shavonne Rolle and Tanya Wells. Barry MAG | 34

Barry University’s Adrian Dominican School of Education (ADSOE), along with the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, hosted an alumni reception in the Bahamas this past October. More than 100 alumni, local dignitaries, friends and Barry administrators attended the event, held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino. Alumni attending from the Bahamas included Brendan C. Francis, MD, who was recently named to the Forbes Advisory Panel and included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World in 2013; Michelle Major, PhD, director of the Seahorse Institute and Caribbean Center for Child Development; Lisa McCartney, owner of Unicorn Village Meridian School; and Dwight Strachan, host/producer of Morning Blend on Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. Shaquille O’Neal, PhD, former basketball great who earned his EdD in Organizational Learning and Leadership with a specialization in Human Resources Development from ADSOE, also attended the alumni event.

Physician Assistant Program Expands to U.S. Virgin Islands

In 2010, almost $1.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Health Resources and Services Administration were awarded to Barry University to bring its Physician Assistant Program to the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to address dramatic health care shortages. Physician assistants are highly trained health care professionals who gather and evaluate medical data and participate in the process of clinical decision making, diagnosis, and therapeutic management under physician supervision. In places like the USVI, they fill a critical gap in primary care. Although the Physician Assistant Program had been around since 1997, the USVI was new territory. Doreen Parkhurst, associate dean and Program Director of the Physician Assistant Program, had identified a need in the medically underserved islands and successfully secured grants to pay for equipment needed to conduct classes via interactive video conferencing, to develop faculty and staff and to send students there from the mainland for two years. Then an advance team from Barry went to the islands to identify the best location and partners. They settled on St. Croix and found a hospital and a local government keen to have them. Still, there were challenges. The program operates out of a mall space that had to be adapted for classes, workshops and labs. Internet capabilities had to be built.

Barry faculty and staff worked closely with the local government to pass legislation expanding the types of medications physician assistants can prescribe for patients seen in hospital emergency departments, making them more effective and valuable partners to the hospitals. An ongoing challenge is to prepare an educational pipeline of Virgin Islands students to fulfill a primary mission of the program — to provide medical education to islanders who will stay to serve their community. “We have to nurture them,” Parkhurst said. “We’re doing health fairs, lots of radio interviews, working with the legislature to make sure they allow practitioners to do what they need to do. We want to go into the elementary schools and talk to children on career days.” Virgin Islanders have eagerly embraced the program. “Barry is pioneering our way forward in the Virgin Islands,” said Virgin Islands Department of Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan Jr. “Education, high-tech and health care encompasses our demand sectors of the future. It is our hope that we can work with partners to expand our training resources and thereby our knowledge base, a valuable asset in today’s economy.” Jennifer Samuel and Arthurlyn Sullivan are two USVI natives currently in the program, who plan to stay on the islands to practice medicine upon graduation. Sullivan was inspired to go into health care because she has seen the difficulties faced by family and friends who must travel to the mainland for specialized care. “The population is large for the number of specialists,” she said. “A lot of people will travel to Florida in an emergency and it’s expensive. Diabetes and hypertension really affect the community here.” Samuel says the coursework is rigorous, but she’s been inspired by the “incredible support, encouragement and assistance” of a faculty, staff and fellow students who clearly feel that they are pioneers building something important in the Virgin Islands. “If I could do it all over again and have the choice to come to a campus like this, I would do it here again,” said Salo, between rounds at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center. “You’re getting the same education that everyone else gets, but from a Caribbean island. You get more hands-on experience because you’re not competing with a massive amount of medical students. And, in a sense, this is the most critical access hospital you can find on United States [territory].”

Law of the Land

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John P. de Jongh Jr. signed legislation into law on July 17 permitting physician assistants to prescribe non-narcotic medications for up to 30 days and a 72-hour supply of Schedule II-V controlled medications for patients seen in the emergency department of a Virgin Islands government hospital. The persistent and determined efforts of the Barry University PA team in St. Croix played a critical role in helping to get the legislation passed. The new legislation will allow better access to health care for all USVI residents

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In Defense ofHope School of Law creates a resource to fight to protect the constitutional rights of juvenile offenders. By Travis Reed

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n the summer of 1993, a skinny teen and his friend from Orlando pulled a BB gun on a former classmate, stole his car, forced him into the trunk and took off on a joyride. They drove around for several hours with him in the trunk and outside temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. When the teens checked on him they removed him from the trunk of the car and left him. As a result, the victim suffered irreversible brain damage. Seventeen-year-old Terrence Jenkins and his accomplice confessed and were convicted of attempted second-degree murder, armed kidnapping and robbery with a weapon. In 1994, the Court sentenced them to the harshest possible punishment: life in prison without the possibility of parole. “This was a pretty significant case in the 1990s in Orlando. It probably got more publicity than any case I’d ever seen at the time,” said veteran defense attorney and former public defender Daniel Tumarkin, who was then just another interested observer. Seventeen years later, an unexpected call from Ilona Prieto Vila, director of Barry’s The Youth Defense Institute, dropped Tumarkin squarely in the middle of that very case. Barry MAG | 36

Today, Terrence Jenkins has been released from prison, thanks to Tumarkin, Vila, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law graduate Jessica M. Smith ’12 and the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Graham v. Florida, abolishing life without parole sentences for juveniles who did not commit murder. “Those people are special, they pushed the envelope for us,” Jenkins said. “Special to me because I probably had the most publicized case. Them taking on people like that, for me? They did a tremendous job.”

Case by Case

Barry University School of Law created The The Youth Defense Institute with a grant from the Florida Bar Foundation to develop a statewide response to the Supreme Court’s mandate in Graham v. Florida. In its ruling, the Court abolished life without parole for juvenile offenders such as Terrance — who were not convicted of murder — finding it to be cruel and unusual punishment. Accordingly, it mandated states to provide a meaningful opportunity for release based on an individual review of each case. Since Florida has no parole system, the state can’t simply make the cases eligible for parole review in response to Graham. Every offender must have a new hearing before the Florida courts. The juvenile resource center tracks those who are potentially eligible for relief under Graham. It’s also an information hub for best practices, and has cultivated a network of all public defender offices, private counsel and, in collaboration

with the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, has identified more than 30 pro bono attorneys, including Tumarkin, to represent people in court. Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law students participate on a voluntary basis, but many say they choose to get involved to gain experience while simultaneously fulfilling the school’s pro bono service requirements, thereby, carrying out the school’s mission of service to the larger community as part of the legal education it provides. The students help with case research, collect family information for mitigation to be used at re-sentencing and try to answer any questions families may have about the center. Those with the time and inclination can be assigned a case to work with a private attorney.

The Problem with Florida

Tumarkin said he first expected Jenkins’ case to be a huge undertaking, but it turned out to be fairly simple. The process took about four months and somewhere between 500-1000 hours of work, he estimated. At the time of the offense, the maximum sentence for each of Jenkins’ counts was 40 years, but the sentencing guidelines gave credit for early release after 17 years. Tumarkin said the judge in 2011 had no choice but to release Jenkins, because he had already served 17 ½ years. In this case, Smith and Tumarkin say, the “law” was on Jenkins’ side, but Jenkins likely never would’ve been released if the resentencing judge had any room for discretion.

Barry University law students Amanda Velazquez-Goodman, Jayde Coleman and Rick Chandoke volunteer at the school’s Juvenile Life Without Parole Defense Resource Center.

They say that for a couple of reasons. Florida is far and away the harshest sentencing state when it comes to juveniles. The Graham case originated in Jacksonville, and a staggering 77 of the 129 inmates eligible for resentencing nationwide were imprisoned here, Vila said — 60 percent of the total. The life-without-parole reversal was based in substantial part on scientific evidence that adolescents are developmentally distinct from adults. Teenagers aren’t entirely capable of recognizing the consequences of their actions or extracting themselves from dangerous situations, the justices determined. “They’re not fully developed physically, emotionally, psychologically,” Tumarkin said. “Teenagers do a lot of stupid stuff without thinking about the consequences.” Both Tumarkin and Smith came away from jailhouse meetings with Jenkins feeling as though he had changed. Smith said she “truly felt for him.” “Just because the facts of the case may not have been the greatest in our favor, that doesn’t mean Terrence wasn’t worthy of rehabilitation and release, and moving forward, and being a productive member of society,” Smith said. Besides Jenkins, 10 others assisted by the juvenile resource center have been completely released from prison through Graham resentencings. However, most hearings haven’t gone so

well, from the defense perspective. The Supreme Court didn’t issue specific guidelines in Graham, so Vila said it’s difficult to determine what constitutes an acceptable term. “In the majority of cases, the most common sentence has been 80 years,” she said. “We’ve had 170 years, 130, 100, 99 and 92 years. Those are called ‘virtual,’ or ‘de-facto,’ life sentences, because the reality is they won’t get out at all because they won’t live that long.” Since Graham, Florida has had an unconstitutional juvenile sentencing structure on the books for two years, but the state legislature has made little progress toward replacing it. Former Rep. Mike Weinstein (R-Jacksonville), a veteran prosecutor, has twice proposed a “Graham Compliance Act,” which would give juveniles a parole hearing after 25 years. If parole is denied, an additional review would be triggered every seven years. It went nowhere in 2011. It passed the House in 2012, but died in a Senate committee at the end of session. Weinstein vowed to resurrect the legislation in 2013, but lost a bid for the Senate in the Republican primary.

Giving Back, and Getting

Tumarkin has already done another pro bono Graham case — for a friend of a friend — and says he is open to doing more through the center.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and I might not have the same idealism and enthusiasm as I started with, but you could say it still exists,” he said. “This case here, in all honesty, the night I got to know Terrence, the more I felt he really was worthy of help and really did deserve help. It ended up being very rewarding to me.” Meanwhile, Smith, who graduated in May, is working as an intern for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs. She hopes to parlay her degree and experience at the center into a job as a juvenile defense attorney, where she believes the system is best equipped for change. “I think there’s a lot that can be done in terms of rehabilitating juveniles because once adults get into the system they’re hardened and jaded, and it’s not as easy to turn them around as when they’re juveniles,” she said.

Bills, Bills, Bills

Barry created the center in 2010 after the Graham decision, with $100,000 from the Florida Bar Foundation. Increasingly, however, it’s being required to do more with less. The foundation added $91,000 in 2011, but couldn’t contribute further in 2012, Vila said. The center supplemented in 2011 with a $95,000 grant for trial experts from the Criminal Justice Fund of the George Soros-founded Open Society Foundation, but that funding ran out. The center would’ve had to cease operations on October 1 without an emergency $90,000 grant from the Criminal Justice Fund of the Open Society Foundation, and faces the same situation in July 2013 if no new donors are secured. They’re roughly 2 ½ years into a caseload that began at 77 but eventually grew to 115 (after Graham was expanded to attempted homicides). Most of the cases that were handled initially were similar to Jenkins’, and settled relatively quickly. However, Vila expects the remaining Graham cases to take much longer because they will have to be litigated, with defense attorneys relying on experts to testify about the psychological immaturity of juveniles. Though that was a bedrock principle of the high court decision, it remains a tough sell in some courtrooms. And, as hard as things have been for the center, they may be about to get much worse. Before the Supreme Court’s 2012 summer recess, justices essentially Barry MAG | 37


extended Graham sentencing guidelines to homicides, holding that states cannot sentence a juvenile convicted of a homicide to mandatory life without parole. The courts must take into consideration the Graham factors before sentencing them to life without parole on a case-by-case basis. The ruling gives courts in Florida discretion to give a sentence less than life, which they could not do before Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs came down. Early estimates suggest around 200 additional juvenile offenders may be affected in Florida, though there may be more. Vila and Barry law student volunteers are still counting. However, there’s already a problem. A Florida inmate appealed his case under the ruling and lost, because the 3rd District Court of Appeals determined in Geter v. State that the Supreme Court ruling is not retroactive. The man filed the motion himself, pro se, and the court never appointed the public defender’s office to secure representation. Defense advocates say Geter had a right to counsel because his sentence is illegal. Since Miller, second-year law student Paul Brill, the center’s Public Service Fellow, has been corresponding with inmates that are affected by the Supreme Court’s decision. He also corresponds with people who are not Miller-eligible, such as parole-eligible and second-degree murder inmates. He sends case information from Florida courts and policies related to adolescent development, to keep them updated as new information becomes available. Brill is now including the Geter decision as part of his outreach. “We’re not their lawyers; we’re not giving them legal advice, and we don’t correspond with them without their attorneys’ permission. At the same time, we’re monitoring the Florida cases through the statewide network of defense attorneys, both at the trial and appellate levels that could hopefully be taken to the Florida and United States Supreme Court,” he said. “We’re kind of in flux right now. We’re offering some hope, but not a lot. Hopefully that will change.”

‘What You Make of it’

Hope went a long way for Terrence Jenkins, but he’s emerged to find a changed world — cell phones, the Internet — not that he’s complaining. Jenkins was arrested in 1993, when Beanie Babies were invented, Bill Clinton took the oath for his first term and world wide web terminals existed almost exclusively in physics labs. He’s been out of prison for a year, but Jenkins still has trouble with crowds. In prison, they always meant something bad was about to happen. He also has problems sleeping — often muttering things about shackles being too tight — and only recently stopped wearing sandals in the shower. Like the juvenile defense center, he, too, worries about money. Despite submitting a flurry of applications, he hasn’t gotten anywhere in his job search. Because Jenkins was serving a life term, he couldn’t study electrical wiring or get a commercial driver’s license, as he wanted. Inmates with longer sentences are last in line for those programs. There is one other thing that’s been gnawing at him. Jenkins has been desperate to reach out to the victim, not just since his release, but even while he was incarcerated. “It’s constantly pulling at my heart,” Jenkins said. He was advised to write a letter instead, but he says that feels like a hollow gesture.

“Just to show my remorse, to show I am a human, that I do care for real,” he said. “I don’t want you to think I don’t have a care in the world. I am free, but I’m trying to be productive with it. I want to make sure Terrence does the right thing.” In the meantime, he writes fiction and speaks with teens about gang prevention. He’s engaged to be married, and says he thanks God several times a week for the Barry resource center — for Vila, Tumarkin, Smith and the additional help he received.

“Prison can make you smarter and wiser, and want to do the right thing, or it’s going to make you hateful and deceitful,” Jenkins said. “It’s a school, that’s all it is. It’s a school for criminals. It can teach you to how to be a better person, or it can teach you how to be a better criminal. It is what you make it.”

Ahead

By Millie Acebal Rousseau ‘99

Ready for Residency

With a national shortage of residency programs, Jensen plans to ensure students are prepared to compete for those limited opportunities. Students have an opportunity to participate in two highly soughtafter residency programs affiliated with Barry, one at Mercy Hospital, led by Thomas Merrill, DPM, ABPS, ABPOPPM, ABDA, a specialist in podiatric reconstructive surgery and the other at Mount Sinai Medical Center, headed by Jacqueline Brill, DPM, ABPS, AAWM, ABPOPPM, who specializes in podiatric surgery and wound care. Besides being residency directors, the two physicians teach the surgical curriculum to third- and fourth-year students, who undergo their training at these two hospitals. While students do clinical rotations, the residents are conducting foot and ankle surgery, working on everything from sports injuries to trauma. “We’re taking students from college, into podiatry school and impacting their entire years of training,” explained Jensen. “It’s an all-encompassing awareness of what needs to happen in the development of a physician.”

Jeffrey Jensen, DPM, FACFAS, dean of the School of Podiatric Leadership Medicine and professor of podiatric Experienced One component of the program that sets it apart from other medicine and surgery, arrived at podiatric schools, according to Jensen, is the Barry University and Ankle Institute, with clinics in three locations — Mount Barry over two years ago, and Foot Sinai, Mercy Hospital and Hialeah Hospital. brought with him a new vision to The Institute serves as the School of Podiatric Medicine’s graduate clinic, where doctoral students receive clinical training make the school into one of the teaching by treating podiatric patients, under the supervision of boardmost innovative training programs certified university faculty staff. The clinics see, and treat, approximately 1,250 patients monthly. in the country. His goals include “Those clinics are an extension of our school; the doctors teaching developing an enhanced curriculum in the classroom are able to reinforce what’s learned on patients in the clinics,” explained Jensen. to attract top-notch students, The school also has James M. Losito, DPM, a leader in the country achieving 100-percent residency in sports medicine, and the Miami Heat’s team podiatrist, who a Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME)placement, and establishing new oversees accredited sports medicine fellowship. Each year, Losito chooses research opportunities. a student who’s completed the residency program for the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law graduate Jessica M. Smith ’12 is working as an intern for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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A Step

With a state-of-the-art research center and a worldrenowned wound care expert, the School of Podiatric Medicine is hitting its stride.

one-year fellowship. Under Losito’s supervision, the fellow participates in treating athletes at the collegiate and professional sports levels, among them, Barry University and University of Miami athletes, as well as Miami Heat players.

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The fellowship program stresses teamwork and encompasses educational, clinical and surgical components. “The goal is to educate and cultivate a high-level sports medicine/ podiatric medicine practitioner,” explained Losito, who has mentored about 20 fellows since the early 1990s. Another major draw for prospective students is the presence of Robert J. Snyder, DPM, MSc, CWS, ABPS, FACFAS — leading wound care researcher, specialist and surgeon — who joined the faculty full time in January as a professor and director of clinical research for the Paul and Margaret Brand Research Center. The Center opened in April 2011 and is named after two missionary physicians who revolutionized the treatment of diabetic foot complications. In addition to bringing his renowned expertise, Snyder, who has conducted clinical research for more than 15 years, is also overseeing a handful of clinical trials currently under way — the first for Barry. Two, he explains, encompass sophisticated, innovative therapies, including a topical therapy that facilitates the healing of diabetic foot wounds. Another trial examined a unique cell-based therapy to treat venous leg ulcers, which are caused by high blood pressure in the veins. The results were promising, leading to the go-ahead for a multicenter Phase 3 study. The findings were published in the prestigious medical journal, “The Lancet.” “Research gives the university the opportunity to do cutting-edge work and have students involved on the front line. This is the first time Barry has entered the clinical trial arena. They’ve been very supportive of my efforts in facilitating this,” Snyder said. “It also affords the chance to publish in peer-reviewed journals, further adding academic distinction to an already stellar program.”

Research in Motion

The Brand Center also received a $1.9 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to explore the use of nitric oxide to treat wounds in the battlefield. That research can translate to the civilian population in the area of chronic wound care. “Our goal is to have full translational research that goes from petri dish to human clinical trials,” Jensen said. The state of Florida also awarded the School of Podiatric Medicine’s Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center $200,000 for diabetic foot amputation research. Funds will be used to identify the highest-risk diabetic foot patients, and provide preventative care to reduce wound recurrence that could lead to amputation. The end goal is to reduce amputations in South Florida.

Giving Back

With the school on the cusp of becoming a prominent teaching and research institution for podiatric medicine on the East Coast, individual supporters, alumni and faculty are also stepping up to aid its growth. Jensen and his wife donated $25,000 to the Brand Center to establish the Dr. Robert Warriner III Research Scholarship in Neuropathy Prevention. Jensen said he created the scholarship to follow in the footsteps of James V. Stelnicki DPM, PA, who established a scholarship for research excellence in lower extremities vascular medicine. Barry School of Podiatric Medicine graduate, Marybeth Crane, MS, DPM ’94, FACFAS, CWS, also recently established the Dr. Werber Research Scholarship in Podiatric Sports Medicine/ Biomechanics with her gift of $25,000. In honor of her mentor, Dr. Werber, the scholarship focuses on research in biomechanics and sports medicine in podiatry. “My hope is to start some good research projects that will advance this part of podiatric medicine,” Crane said. Two additional scholarships have been established recently: the Dr. Herbert Feinberg Research Scholarship in Podopediatrics and the Scholarship for Research in Diabetic Limb Preservation. All of the above-mentioned scholarships go toward students participating in research projects. The scholarships contribute upward of $150,000 over five years. Add to that, the Foot and Ankle Institute clinics, which contribute 5 percent from clinic revenues directly back into scholarships every year. In short, Jensen says, when it comes to podiatric schools, Barry University really has a competitive advantage: “This is a top school to learn podiatric medicine and a leader in research. Students come to school here and make a difference.”

Ace in the Hole Barry’s School of Adult and Continuing Education helps adult learners and ‘retirees’ make smooth career transitions. By Jennifer LeClaire

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vonne Ortiz was working as an assistant in a Downtown Miami law firm when she decided to enroll in a higher education program that she felt would advance her career. After graduating from Barry University’s School of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) with a Bachelor of Arts in legal studies, the 55-year-old now has her heart set on earning her own law degree. “I figured a degree from Barry would help put the lock on a management position at the law firm,” she said. “But graduating from Barry opened up opportunities to go to law school. A couple of schools have

invited me to join their program and I’m preparing for the LSAT now. None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for Barry.” Although everyone’s story is unique, statistically speaking Ortiz is one of many. Between 1991 and 2011, the 25- to 44-year-old population in the United States grew a mere 1 percent, but adult enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs grew more than 50 percent during that same period, according to Boston-based Eduventures, a research, consulting and advisory services firm for the higher education community.

Indeed, adult education has come a long way over the past two decades and Barry University is leading the way into the future. “Some people in the middle of their careers are looking to make dramatic changes,” said ACE interim dean Andrea Allen. “Some are dissatisfied with corporate life. Others have discovered instability in the corporate world and want to move toward a government-based path. Either way, more than 40 percent of students enrolled today in institutions of higher education are adult students.”

Committed to Supporting Barry

The Podiatric Insurance Company of America (PICA) Group committed $60,000 to provide future PICA Scholarships and a Rite of Passage event sponsorship to deserving Barry podiatric medical students. The commitment from PICA to the podiatric medical education at Barry will provide $35,000 in support for costs of the Rite of Passage ceremony over the next five years, including white lab coats, invitations and keepsake programs. The PICA Scholarships of $25,000 will provide two $2,500 scholarships each year to Barry podiatric students over the next five years. The PICA Group also donated exclusive sponsorship of the Rite of Passage ceremony during the Barry University Podiatric Alumni Reception held in Orlando last year. In 2011, PICA was inducted into the Barry University Society of Founders (lifetime giving of $50,000 or more).

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ACE offers adult learners access to undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and non-credit professional development programs. Recent graduates include Norma Herrera, Health Services Administration (left); Sandra Acevedo, Liberal Studies (right); and Rolande Simeon, Public Administration (center).

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‘CommunityEmbedded’

At Barry, ACE offers adult learners access to undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and non-credit professional development programs that encourage an interactive approach to learning. Barry’s ACE program relies on practitioner-focused course content and faculty who are subject matter experts in their field. The program currently has 18 sites across the state. “Adult students are becoming much more mainstream and adult programs are being specifically tailored to this demographic,” said Dr. Heidi McLaughlin, associate dean of marketing at Barry University. “Everything we do in our Adult and Continuing Education program is driven by andragogy, a teaching principle that underlies how individuals beyond traditional college age process and use information in their daily lives.” That means ACE programs at Barry are not just evening versions of the day programs in which traditional students typically enroll. ACE degrees are designed based on what is (and will be) happening in industries and organizations, market feedback, and the specific skill enhancements adult learners need to help advance their careers. “We are community-embedded. We go to corporations, organizations and institutions and form partnerships, then deliver our programs right in the community to employees of these corporations, organizations and institutions,” Allen said. “We do that because we recognize adult learners need flexibility, and they need to learn in their own environment.”

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Equipped for Promotion

Ken Becker, a sergeant in the Collier County Sheriff ’s Office and an adult student, agreed and said he appreciated the opportunity to study with students closer to his own age — students with real career experience — as he pursued his Bachelor in Public Administra­ tion degree. He also valued the opportunity to learn from faculty who were industry leaders with a wealth of experience in the field.

“Taking classes at Barry helped me gain a better understanding of how and why things are done in the agency I work for,” said the 51-year-old Becker. “Even though I didn’t get an immediate promotion because of the economic downturn, I’ll be better equipped to pursue a different career path in another area of law enforcement in 2016.” Becker plans to transition to a career in the child safety field, such as preventing the exploitation of children online, when he retires at age 55. This type of career transition exemplifies ACE’s mission to help adult students and “retirees” like Becker find a strong sense of purpose and become change agents in their community. With a Wells Fargo survey revealing 30 percent of Americans now plan to work until they are 80 or older, ACE programs are becoming an increasingly important component of both workforce and economic

development. Modern students are more likely to be employed and have multiple commitments. They are often individuals who cannot make college their sole focus, according to Chari Leader Kelly, PhD, vice president of LearningCounts.org, a Council for Adult and Experiential Learning program founded by an alliance between The College Board and the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. “I’ve heard others say, ‘Tomorrow’s work force is today’s work force!’ This means that adults will need to work much longer, change careers, and continue to pursue lifelong learning and new skills training to have jobs that will support their families,” Kelly said. “However (at the same time), with the recession, we’re seeing more adults than ever before working more hours than ever before — due to cutbacks — and they’re struggling to fit continuing education into their busy schedules.” In order to accommodate the reality of today’s overburdened worker/adult student, Barry is developing more flexible ACE programs, Allen notes. Three of the school’s programs are now fully available online: the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management, the Master’s of Arts in administration and the Masters in public administration. Yet, she emphasizes that engagement among online students and instructors must remain a vital component of any educational program.

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Award Season Three Barry graduates honored with 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.

More than 250 alumni, community leaders and supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale on November 10 to honor three of Barry University’s most illustrious graduates at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The award was established in 2007 to recognize “the most prestigious graduates of Barry University for their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the University.” The event kicked off a weeklong celebration in commemoration of the University’s founders: Bishop Patrick Barry; his sister, the Reverend Mother Gerald Barry; brother, the Right Reverend Monsignor William Barry; and past Mayor of Miami Shores, Mr. John Thompson. Laurent Lamothe ’96, Luis Marin, MS ’90, DPM ’94 and Mimi Watson Sutherland, RN, BSN ’94, MS ’96, CNRN joined 24 prior winners, ranging from business executives to politicians to educators and health care professionals. Proceeds raised supported the Barry University Scholarship Fund. The next Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held in November 2013. To nominate one of our outstanding alumni, please contact the Department of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at alumi@barry.edu or (305) 899-3175.

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Luis Marin, MS ’90, DPM ’94

Leading podiatric surgeon and philanthropist credits Barry with almost everything positive in his life By Travis Reed

Prime Minister Lamothe ’96 is honored at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Laurent Lamothe ’96

Haiti’s Prime Minister appreciates skills he learned at Barry. As an All-American tennis player at Barry, Laurent Lamothe learned “discipline and perseverance” - qualities that he needs daily in his role as Haiti’s Prime Minister. Lamothe, born in Port-au-Prince, completed his undergraduate work at Barry, with a major in political science and a minor in French. He welcomed the award, saying that it was such an honor to receive such recognition from his alma mater. To read more about Lamothe, read the cover story, “Great Expectations.”

Sometimes, patients leave Dr. Luis Marin’s operating room looking like cyborgs. Instead of receiving a traditional cast after reconstructive surgery, they’re wheeled out with metal halos, rods and pins protecting surgically repaired feet or legs. Marin, a podiatric surgeon, patented the devices by adapting existing “external fixator” technology to help patients recover more quickly after surgery. “You can have patients walking a lot faster,” Marin said. “The average is seven to 12 days, with no cast, versus six to 12 weeks.” That kind of innovation and a demonstrated commitment to service are among the reasons Marin was chosen as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Marin credits the University with almost everything positive in his life. He met his wife, Dr. Colleen Dzikowski, here. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees here. And he met his mentor, Dr. Charles Southerland, through Barry’s residency program, which would ultimately guide his career in profound ways. “Through this education, I have traveled the world, and I’m still invited to many other countries, which (unfortunately) I could not visit, because I would not be able to lecture that much and keep seeing patients,” Marin said. “My passion is seeing patients.” It was through Southerland, and on a sabbatical in Israel, that Marin became exposed to the technology he later adapted and patented. “He was always innovative and came up with good ideas,” Southerland said. “When

Luis Marin accepts his award.

I did my sabbatical, I roomed with him and worked with him on a daily basis. I knew he’d do well in practice.” Marin holds three patents, and his company MDPO LLC, in Sunrise, Florida, employs 14 people. However, he’s involved in much more. Marin is also director of residency at Palmetto General Hospital — Southerland’s old post — and director of podiatric services at Leon Medical Center. He has his own practice, and serves as an attending podiatric surgeon at six South Florida hospitals. But it’s another venture, which will never provide a paycheck that Marin may be most proud. Eight years ago, he co-founded the Steps of Life Foundation, which has performed more than 900 surgical procedures for the underprivileged in the Dominican Republic. The foundation has organized nearly 20 trips for a small crew of volunteer orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists and cardiologists, in cooperation with a handful of local doctors. Travel and lodging for six American doctors are covered by the Dominican vice president whom Marin met after a handful of early administrative visits.

Marin modeled the program after Barry’s Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project, which Southerland founded in 1988 to provide care to medically underserved children in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Marin participated actively for several years, helping to cement the two doctors’ bond. “We emphasize on day one to our students the responsibility they have,” Southerland said. “I think Luis embraces that wholeheart­ edly. He has done that as a physician, as a father, as a husband and as a member of the community.” Marin gets emotional thinking about what Barry has done for “a hillbilly from Vieques”—as he describes himself. The surgeon knew only limited English when he arrived in Miami Shores from Puerto Rico as a young graduate student. However, he became fluent quickly, while taking a full load of classes. What else could be expected from the guy who ended up with five jobs? “I have done many things with the profession,” Marin said. “I only wish that I can do a little bit more.”

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Mimi Watson Sutherland, RN, BSN ’94, MS ’96, CNRN Retired ER nurse helps South Florida teens see a life beyond gun violence By Travis Reed The longer Mimi Watson Sutherland worked as a neurosurgical nurse, the more frustrated she got. Gun violence spilled into her South Florida operating rooms every night, and the victims were getting younger. By the end of her 30-year career, Sutherland had seen so many fatalities involving 12- and 13-year-olds that she was determined to do something. “I spent three decades of my life looking at this, picking up the pieces after the doctor said, ‘Your son’s not going to make it,’ or he’s not going to be able to play football or get that scholarship,” Sutherland said. With plenty of passion, but no training beyond the grant-writing class she took as part of her degree program at Barry, Sutherland retired from nursing and began a journey that has changed the lives of hundreds of South Florida juveniles. In 2000, Sutherland founded the GATE Program for Juvenile Weapons Offenders with a grant from the Miami-Dade County Youth Crime Task Force. The nonprofit takes court-ordered teens through a six-month program intended to steer them away from peer pressure, provide positive reinforcement and encourage better decision-making. Sutherland’s innovation and tireless work in retirement made her one of Barry’s three Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2012. At the November 10 ceremony, she credited the grant-writing class with helping make it all possible. “Without this skill, there would never have been a GATE program,” she said. Sutherland brings a unique perspective to juvenile rehabilitation. Since she had no background in counseling or criminal justice, she did Barry MAG | 46

Mimi Watson Sutherland (left), director of the GATE Program at Jackson Medical Center with Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD.

a lot of research. She says she learned the most from talking with teenagers — some of whom went through other programs. She says she came to the conclusion that the so-called “scared straight” approach doesn’t work because it doesn’t focus on issues teen boys care about. “I think the biggest thing is they are not afraid to die,” Sutherland said. “With those programs, it’s always, ‘If you do this, you’re going to die.’ They’re all like, ‘Yeah, I know, we’re all going to die.’ It’s just not relevant for teenage boys.” GATE exposes teens to a more holistic message, communicated on a different level. They go to the morgue, for example, and Ryder Trauma Center. But other stops, like the nursing home, pediatric intensive care unit, and even the bowling alley, illustrate how comprehensive the program is. “Many of these young men have never had the opportunity to have people care for

them, to be exposed to rewards that you can get through discipline,” said Frost Walker, a South Florida attorney who has known Sutherland for about 10 years. Sutherland’s services are in constant demand by judges. But the program is also chronically underfunded. The county has supported GATE since the beginning, but the grant is down 30 percent, to $140,000 annually. They have funding for 35 kids a year. The fiscal year just began on October 1, and they’ve already taken in 15. “The point about Mimi is she didn’t do this with the support of any moneyed interests. This is a retired nurse with no community influence — just her own force of character and her own perseverance and desire to help this happen,” Walker said. “She has funded this program from her own pocket many, many times, when it was late getting money from the county.”

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Voices Not Heard

Ronae Cambridge ’10 found her ‘life’s work’ feeding Miami’s hungry and ministering to those in need. By Jeff LaLiberte

“We founded the Ministries because of the need we saw in the community,” she said. “We wanted to bring healing to the public.”

Ronae Cambridge ’10 organizes a food bank in Miami every Thursday.

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t is still dark at 5 o’clock on a Thursday morning, but a line has already formed in a deserted lot on 22nd Avenue in Miami’s West Little River neighborhood. A young woman just arriving takes her place near the end of the line; she seems ready to wait. “My husband and I have been unemployed for over a year,” says the 26-year old, who prefers not to give her name. “We don’t like having to do this, but thank God for the people here.” The young woman and the others in line are all there for one purpose and one purpose only — to ensure their families are fed for the week. This is where Ronae Cambridge, a woman who is a complete stranger to many of them, touches their lives on a daily basis. Cambridge is the pastor and founder of Glory Temple Ministries, a worship center in Miami with a mission to offer relief to the less Barry MAG | 48

fortunate and, ultimately, help them to better their lives. The organization accomplishes this goal in a number of ways, but the chief operation at Glory Temple Ministries is the food bank where every Thursday, come rain or shine, Cambridge and a group of volunteers work from sunup until sundown to distribute boxes of crackers, loaves of bread, fresh fruit, and other foodstuffs to needy families in Miami-Dade County. “This is the most important work I’ve done in my life,” Cambridge said. “I worked in the legal field for 33 years, dealing with people who had means. Now, I work for those who’ve been overlooked.” In 2000, she and her husband, Franklyn, founded Glory Temple Ministries as a small operation that served hot meals at the conclusion of worship sessions.

After retiring from her job as a paralegal in the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office in 2005, Cambridge says she knew it was time to take the next step toward meeting the needs of the community by founding the Ministries’ food bank. When it began in 2007, it served a few participants a month; today it serves more than 3,200 people each month. While growing the ministries, Cambridge complemented her service work by earning a pair of degrees at Barry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies in 2010 and enrolled in Barry’s Master of Social Work program soon after. The program, she says immediately felt like home to her, and her experiences here moved her deeply. “The compassion I witnessed by the professors and students in Barry’s social work program blew me away,” Cambridge said. In order to secure food items for the vast amount of people the ministries serve, Cambridge works with a number of organizations, including Kraft Foods’ Mobile Pantry program, Feeding South Florida, CHASE Bank, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These groups contribute weekly by delivering fresh fruits and vegetables, non-perishable canned and boxed items such as corn, beans, rice and various fresh baked goods, such as muffins and bread. With such generous donations from partners, one would think that there would be plenty of food to go around. But unfortunately, this is not always the case. “We always try to make sure everybody gets something,” Cambridge said. “But we have had to turn people away at times.” Every Thursday, the Ministries dispense approximately 9,000 pounds of food, with those that qualify receiving about 60 pounds of food per family unit. The Ministries is a member of the USDA’s Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) which supplements the diets of low-income and needy people. A national program, TEFAP identifies needy individuals, and refers them to Cambridge’s ministries. Other patrons who receive food at Glory Temple must fall below the

poverty threshold as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (net monthly income under $1,838 for a family of four), or meet guidelines established by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, or Medicaid. While the food bank is the most direct form of assistance provided at Glory Temple Ministries, the organization stretches its hands into the community in a number of other ways. Other services include after school initiatives, such the Grand Diva program, which assists grandmothers raising grandchildren; the senior program, which ensures food for poverty-stricken elderly; and a program that offers free medical testing, including HIV/AIDS testing as well as blood pressure and glucose screenings. “We strive to meet all of our patrons’ needs,” she said, “from the basic to the most advanced.” Though Cambridge is the founder and pastor at Glory Temple Ministries, she is not alone in her determination to feed the impoverished of South Florida. Each week, she is joined in her efforts by a small army of more than 30 volunteers, some of whom understand the distress of being hungry. “Giving back to the community is what the Lord has asked us to do,” said Mary Doster, a five-year volunteer at Glory Temple Ministries. “When I was hungry, He fed me. Now it’s my turn to give back.” Like Doster, Cambridge and the other volunteers are ever mindful that they, too, may need assistance in the future; they say they live each day knowing that “their salvation lies with the work they do for others.” Fittingly, these notions, of giving and accepting help, are two of the ministries’ founding principles.

“I do this for those whose voices are not heard,” Cambridge said. “If they scream they’re hungry, who will listen? That’s what we’re here for — to give those people a voice.”

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Dr. M. Sylvia Fernandez has been appointed associate dean for the Clinical Practice Division in the Adrian Dominican School of Education (ADSOE). Fernandez will provide oversight to the CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited counseling programs offered in Miami Shores and in Orlando, the National Association of School Psychologistsapproved School Psychology program offered in Miami Shores, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of a multidisciplinary comprehensive diagnostic educational center in ADSOE.

Dr. Andrea Allen was named interim dean of the School of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE). Allen earned a PhD in psychology with a concentration in life span developmental science from Florida International University. She is also a licensed mental health counselor who has produced numerous publications and presentations on traumatic stress, and disaster response and preparedness. A member of the Barry community since 2005, Allen has held a faculty position, served as interim Associate dean and most recently as associate dean for academic and student affairs, all in ACE.

Dr. Phyllis Scott, a member of the Barry community since 2001, was named dean of the School of Social Work. Scott, who had been serving as interim dean, taught courses in the graduate program and was the director of the master’s degree in social work program. She served as associate dean for two years prior to her appointment as interim dean. She earned her MSW and Ph.D. from the Barry University School of Social Work.

Dr. Darlene Kluka was named dean of the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences (HPLS) after serving one year as the school’s interim dean. Kluka has been with the University since 2008 and has a doctorate from Texas Women’s University in physical education — motor learning, and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in human movement sciences — port management.

Dr. John McFadden was named interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences. As the interim dean, McFadden now oversees the administra­ tion of nearly 20 degree programs and specializa­ tions. A member of the Barry community since 1998, McFadden was the program director of the Master of Science Program in anesthesiology from 2005 to 2008, and most recently served as the associate dean and chair for the Division of Clinical and Administrative Health Science Programs. He earned a Ph.D. in nursing from Barry in 2008 and has been licensed in nurse anesthesia since 1996.

Neelum Arya and Kevin Leske have joined the Barry Law School faculty. Arya taught Law Office Practice and Professional Responsibility in the fall and is teaching Criminal Law and Legislation this spring. Leske taught Civil Procedure and Climate Change in the fall and currently teaches Civil Procedure and Environmental Law.

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Buccaneer Bookshelf ClassNotes A Theological Exploration

Dr. Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, associate professor of theology and director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry, has authored a new book titled, “Trinity in Relation: Creation, Incarnation, and Grace in an Evolving Cosmos” (Anselm Academic Press, a division of St. Mary’s Press, Winona, WI). Drawing upon the biblical, historical and contemporary theological traditions of Christianity and the insights of the natural, physical and behavioral sciences, “Trinity in Relation” sets forth a theology of the Triune God and in relation who is intimately, unceasingly, and dynamically engaged in the full flourishing of the cosmos and its creatures. It grounds this theological perspective in an understanding that being itself is constituted by relation and focuses on three relations essential to all being: the relations of origin, effect and emergence. This is Schaab’s second book rooted in the dialogue between theology and science.

The Process of Language

Dr. Terry Piper, dean of the Adrian Dominican School of Education, has authored a new book titled, “Making Meaning, Making Sense: Children’s Early Language Learning” (Bridgepoint Education). The book explores the process of language development via concrete exemplars of children learning language in a real-world context. With personal anecdotes and interesting case studies, the text challenges future teachers to think critically about language development and include it as a goal in all their interactions with young children. “Making Meaning, Making Sense” includes a number of features to help students understand key concepts, think critically and apply language acquisition concepts to interactions with children.

A Tale of Two Judges

Jeffrey David Reynolds ’09 has written a novel “Justice Betrayed” published by Sunstone Press. Set in the cities and courthouses, the mesas, mountains, and high desert plains of New Mexico, it tells the story of two judges: one is a respected, seasoned veteran of the bench who has risen from Magistrate Court Judge to District Court and then to the Chief Justiceship of the state’s Supreme Court; the other a young Administrative Law Judge, riveted by his duty and unwilling to be silenced or kept from his sworn oath to uphold the law. Events such as murder trial, a jury deliberating intensely on the death penalty, and a staunch investigation lead to the prize of a vacant U.S. Senate seat. Reynolds is an attorney who served as the Judicial Law Clerk at the District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, taking part in major criminal and civil trials during his tenure. He later served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Justice Mary Walters, who was the first woman appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe. He also served as Staff Attorney/Pro Se Writ Clerk for the United States District Court of New Mexico. His legal career culminated with an Administrative Law Judgeship/ Hearing Officer position for child support hearings in the northeast quadrant of New Mexico.

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’57 Joan F. Mulins Przywara has five

happily married adult children and 10 grandchildren. She is still active with the Girl Scouts (Chair at Wilmington Diocese Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts), Alzheimer Association (Support Group Facilitator), and AARP (local chapter).

’61 Martha Saconchik-Pytel, after 10 years

of research, has a book published, “Baker’s Haulover – A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers.” (www. haulover.us) It is the first ever history of this site along with the “golden age” of charter boat fishing including its pioneers, celebrities, events and landmarks.

’62 Maureen S. Dinnen was chosen

Florida School Board Member of the Year in 2010 by the Florida Education Foundations.

’68 Georgia Ann Bicknell completed her

Master’s of Education online from Jones International University in July 2010. She is presently enrolled online in a doctoral program in Education (Leadership and Organizational Development) with Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. • William “Bill” Tenney is on the Board of Directors of the Barnacle Society, The Barnacle Historic Park in Coconut Grove, Florida.

’71 Pamela Taylor née Amoury is retiring

soon and has grown children. She hopes to reconnect with folks from the halcyon days and anyone who has known her in her years at Barry. • Kathleen A. Fives Wilkinson is retired. She is living on the water in Eastern North Carolina with her husband and Labradoodle.

’75 Margaret P. Langerman Schram has a

32-year career as a National Board Teacher of Mathematics Education and Math chair. • Sharon Sonchik Colon will be retiring in 2013 after 40 years of teaching.

’77 Madonna Elyce Rodgers Beatty

works at All Children’s Hospital in the Neuroscience/Surgical Floor. She has 2 children; son TJ is 29 years old and daughter Tara-Anne is 22 years old. Her son Tj has spent six years in the U.S. Army and went to Iraq twice for a total of 2 ½ years.

’78 Lisa Blando Carlton is beginning her 23rd year in education. Her first grandchild was born in October.

’79 Baulbeer Persaud is a member of the

“Who’s Who International”— a global network of professionals who share knowledge as well as business ideas. Based in the United States, the group also provides advice on business development and members assist each other as required and subject to each member’s ability/capacity. She would like to get in touch with classmates Trevor London and Simon Cheong.

’80 Dr. Dave Hinkes has published his

first book co-authored with Dr. Daryl Green, “Selling by Objectives (SBO).” He is an associate professor of management/ marketing at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. He is CEO of Hink, Inc., a management, marketing, sales, and keynote speech consulting practice since 1991. He and his wife of 30 years, Debra, live in Knoxville, Tennessee.

’82 Leon “Chip” Horne has been living

in New York City, his hometown since 1983. He owns and operates one of the last printing companies in the city of New York. • Hank Malanowski retired from 28 years of service in active duty in the Marine Corps and was awarded the Legion of Merit for meritorious service to the Marine Corps and to the United States. He served as an expert logistician in the Gulf War. Upon his retirement he will reside in Lorton, Virginia, and work in the Supply Chain for AT&T. He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance and has advanced degrees in systems information management and strategic studies.

’84 Maria Dusenbery works for six

agencies, including Home Care Case Management and LTC Insurance Assessments. Her daughter gave birth to her first child in February 2012 and may move to Southwest Florida and is hoping to connect with Barry activities in the Fort Myers area. • Jacqueline Laurin is a transplant hepatologist at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is married to Robert Olshaker and has two sons: Benjamin, 6, and Gerald, 5.

’91 Vanessa Gilyard attends The

American Public University System, which is an online university, in Charles Town, West Virginia. She is working on a Master of Arts in history with a concentration in American history.

’92 Dr. Brendan Francis who served on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of Barry University from 2005-2010 is a member of the Harvard School of Public Health/Global Health

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Litigation Leader

Ira Gonzalez, BS’ 01, MBA’ 05, a litigation attorney in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese, was accepted into the Young Leadership Council’s Class of 2012 Leadership Development Series, a 10-week course designed to teach leadership skills to class members who are interested in taking on leadership positions within the YLC and, eventually, in the New Orleans community at large. In June, he was elected to serve as the deputy regional representative for Region XII (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas) for the Hispanic National Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division. Last November, he was elected to serve as the vice president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, an affiliate of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Gonzalez also is an active member of the Cuban American Bar Association, American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association and The Florida Bar.

Professionals Group, Harvard China Group and a member of the center for Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Francis has been featured in Marquis Who’s Who in the World as one of the top physicians in the world. He was also named to the Forbes Advisory Panel. Comprised of senior executives and professionals, the panel provides valuable insights and knowledge to guide Forbes prestigious thought leadership. • Robbie McGuiness would love to reconnect with anyone from the 1988-89 soccer season, anyone from the 1988-00 softball season, and the dorm RAs for the years 1990-1992.

’93 Delawrence Blue has been serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army since 2005.

’94 Miguel A. Pagan from the Diocese of Orlando will be retiring as captain from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office after 25 years of dedicated service to the agency and all of the Orange County citizens. Deacon Miguel will spend a lot of time with his grandchildren, spouse and parish community. He graduated from Barry Orlando ACE with a BLS and

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a minor in human behavior in 1994. Miguel is also an adjunct professor at Keiser University. • Lenore P. Rodicio was appointed managing partner director for Completion by Design at Miami Dade College. She was an academic dean at the Kendall Campus and has served as a Wolfson Campus chemistry faculty member and is Chair of the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at the InterAmerican Campus. She widely respected at the college and is recognized nationally for her innovative leadership. In addition, she presented her keynote talk, “Educating the Scientists of Forever”, at the SoFL-ACS awards banquet on April 16, 2011.

’95 Jason Bulger has been living in

Melbourne, Australia, since February 2006 and can’t believe how fast five years has gone by. His first son, Macallan, who was born in Los Angeles, is turning 7 in August. He and his wife added another Bulger boy to the clan, Campbell, in January 2010. He enjoys teaching his sons baseball and gridiron football just by watching the games on TV at 3 o’ clock in the morning. He has heard of the changes made to the Barry campus and can’t wait to see them in person on his next trip back to South Florida.

’96 Jesus Jara was appointed superinten­ dent of schools in Monroe County on August 8, 2011, by Governor Rick Scott.

’98 Sona Ramdath completed the Sports

Medicine Fellowship at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California. He started his private practice, Atlantic Podiatry Associates, in Daytona Beach, Florida, in August 2011.

’99 Michelle Rudinsky completed her

residency in pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in June 2011. She has joined Sunlife Pediatric Network, a pediatric practice in Plantation, Florida. • Robert Ryan was promoted to supervisor of customer service in the United States Postal Service. • Christopher J. Weir earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida in May 2010.

’00 Jo Ellen Keller has joined the

nonprofit agency Community Cooperative Ministries Inc., as an education team leader. Keller has lead

teams throughout the southeast for the past 26 years. In this new position, she will be responsible for overseeing CCMI weekend backpack programs in schools throughout Lee County. In addition to her Bachelor of Arts in criminology from University of South Florida, she holds a Master of Science in human resource development and administration from Barry University. She has earned numerous continuing education credits in disciplines such as advanced living principles, leadership in action and adventure-based counseling. In 2009, she completed her Life Coach Certification in empowerment coaching through The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She was selected as one of 10 lead ambassadors for IPEC’s Life Potential Program, leading teams from Florida to Connecticut.

’01 Donna DeLoach is a Pediatric PACU nurse.

’02 Melissa Adames and husband Raul

welcomed Daniel Andres Ygualada to their family on June 16, 2011. He is the little brother to their 4-year-old son Raul. Melissa works as a procurement contracting manager for the Miami-Dade County Department of Procurement Management. • Kristina Feher was appointed to serve as the Young Lawyers Section Chair of the St. Petersburg Bar Association for 2011-2012. • Nadine Elizabeth (Cuffe) Franz is the founder, president and CEO of APEX Career Services. APEX assists professionals seeking to enhance their current career or desiring to change career paths through job search management and career search branding. • Davecia Ragoonath-Cameron is the senior clinical manager at the Institute for Medical Education & Research (IMER) in Miami. She and her husband Matt are the proud parents of 18-month-old Kai Ronan.

’03 Omoleye Ajileye was bestowed with

the honor of high school science teacher of the year for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She was also awarded with teacher of the year for MAST (The Medical Academy for Science & Technology), a new state-of-the-art medical magnet school in Homestead, Florida. • Shawn Clark and his fellow graduate and classmate Jenifer Day were married on October 10, 2010. • Lorna Washington was promoted in October

2010 from being a sales representative to a key account sales representative at the News-Press Media Group in Fort Myers, Florida.

’04 Octavio Aguiar earned a Master’s

degree in mental health and has been working in the field ever since and loves it. He started as a family therapist and is now supervising a program at an agency in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called Henderson Behavioral Health. • Kendall Bercaw earned an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship and marketing from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, in August 2011. • David Enriquez has recently graduated from University of Miami MBA program.

’05 Deborah M. Francisco completed her

bachelor’s degree in seven years as an adult student. Afterwards, with thanks to Dr. Patricia Feito, she pursued her new career as a teacher. She has found her calling and loves her career and is thankful for all of her professors at Barry who allowed her to achieve a dream she thought was long forgotten. • Raul Mirza has completed his Master’s of Public Health year at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is starting his third year of residency in a sequential program for preventive medicine and occupational and environmental medicine. He has recently been appointed as the career development chair for the American College of Preventive Medicine and has been appointed to a three-year term as alumni board member for the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

’06 Jessica Aguilar has completed her

third year of teaching and was named Teacher of the Year last year. • Frantz Moise is a PhD candidate at Palo Alto University in California. He is a health psychology intern at Tewksbury Hospital in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. • Miriam Moustache-Wechsler has been a licensed clinical social worker and licensed mental health counselor since 2006. • Joan Roman decided to start Uranium Productions a little more than a year after graduating from Barry. Her vision was to establish an unconven­ tional working environment for independent entertainers that were both professional and artistic without being creatively restricting. Three years later,

the company has expanded globally with a network that has the power to reach millions instantaneously. She considers herself as a producer, a writer, but more than anything, an entrepreneur. She believes that without her Barry education she wouldn’t be where she is today, living her dream. She believes that her choosing Barry was her first major adult life decision and has set her on the path to success ever since. She looks forward to giving back to students for generations and is forever grateful to be part of Barry University alumni. • Amaru Sanchez is a project analyst at the National Quality Forum in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health (MPH, social behavioral sciences/ health policy and management).

’07 Adreina Aguado is the first author of

the recent publication “Intramolecular Nitroalkene Diels-Alder Reaction Catalyzed by Bronsted Acids” published in Synlett, No. 9 p. 1259, June 2011. She is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Miami. • Towana C. Daniels is pleased to announce that she has opened up her dream business. She is the owner of a company called Transitions. Therapy with a twist, Transitions is designed with the modern client in mind, and seeks to offer therapy in several different modalities to meet various needs, schedules and clients. Transitions offer therapy through video and web conferencing, in person, via email and by telephone. For those clients that need more intensive services and can afford to do so, Transitions is available to travel to locations outside of the Charleston, South Carolina, metropolitan area. She said that this was all made possible in part because of the wonderful education that she has received at Barry University. • Tina Franklin was recently awarded threeyear funding support from the NIH under the Diversity Supplement Program to continue her PhD studies in physiology and integrative biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. • Arthur Anthony Harris is working as a volunteer at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he assists veterans and their families in obtaining benefits. He was medically retired from military service in 2008 due to wounds sustained during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as

The ‘Social’ Hour

By Stephanie Rodriguez Despite being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age 6, Alex Hannett, BS ’07, MS ‘09 has never shied away from life’s challenges. In fact, he often goes out looking for fresh ones. Such was the case when Hannett decided to give his alma mater its first/ largest social media presence by creating The Barry University Network. The 28-year-old Virginia native said he was inspired to create the LinkedIn account as a place where Barry students could reach out to future employers such as The Walt Disney Company, American Express, The U.S. House of Representatives, and many more. “It was such a small network that no one thought it was going to happen,” said Hannett, who created the site without any help from Barry’s marketing team, working on it every chance he got, sometimes for hours on end. As a result of his efforts, the university-wide network now has more than 5,200 members in 12 social networks confirmed on LinkedIn. Students and alumni also have access to 4,000 job postings categorized by profession. Hannett says that based on anecdotal evidence such as emails, discussion board postings, and comments, he believes that more than 200 people have found jobs and/or business opportunities through The Barry University Network. The site has also increased attendance at alumni events and encouraged more students to enter into Career Services’ Mentoring Program. In addition to his day job at All Florida Paper, which is ranked among the top 100 Hispanic companies to work for by Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Hannett is a social media strategist for small companies. “I believe I live by the entrepreneurial management quote that states, ‘The desire to win does not equal the will to never give up,’” he said. the senior field medical specialist (HM) with the U.S. Marine Corps. • Mary P. Nicholson has been promoted to vice president of institutional advancement/ executive director of TVCC Foundation t TVCC. She is responsible for alumni relations, foundation, graphics and print Barry MAG | 55


designs, public and sports information, fundraising and external relations. • Maria Pineda married Alvaro Echeverri on May 21, 2011, in Cartagena, Colombia. She is a fourth-year PhD student in the Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

’08 Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely is enrolled in

the PhD program of Auburn University’s Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program. His master’s thesis titled “The Role of Identity Styles and Academic Possible Selves on Academic Outcomes for High School Students” was accepted for publication in International Journal of Theory and Research, 4 (2) 187-208. • Trudi O’Grady teaches character education in Lee County. She was honored for her efforts in teaching character education at The Uncommon Friends Foundation annual event to recognize business ethics and character education on June 2, 2011, • Mallory Jorif is a second-year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is also assisting in a clinical research project in the emergency medicine department in conjunction with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. • William Patrick Leonard is a senior talent acquisition specialist. He is currently self-employed and is searching for IT and non-technical positions nationally and globally for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. • Alison St. Paul traveled to Botswana, Africa, to volunteer for a month at the dental clinic at Princess Marina Hospital. She is the secretary of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA) at the University of Pennsylvania where she is a fourth-year DMD student.

’09 Danielle Jackman is a second-year

PhD student at the Colorado State University in the Developmental Psychology Program. • Robin Revis Pyke was appointed to serve as the vice chair of the American Cancer Society Lake & Sumter Unit Operating Board. • Michael Suder accepted a position as manager of E-Business with Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in Sunrise, Florida. He writes, “I’m developing a roadmap for Watson’s eBusiness initiatives and aligning it with overall IT, Business Development, and corporate strategies.” • Natalie Guderjahn Vallot started her Barry MAG | 56

Master of Science in nurse anesthesia in 2011 at the University of New England in Maine.

’10 Nicole Bosman has spent 5 years in

the theater department and is now the resident stage manager of a professional theater department, The Alliance Theatre Lab, based in Miami Lakes, Florida. She describes it as her “dream job.” • Vivian Cata was promoted in June 2011 to patient care manager in a busy 37-bed Med.-Surg. Tele. Unit. • Marisa Rae Cochrane was recently hired as an associate attorney at Kramer Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Florida. • Theresa Daniels opened Daniels Law, P.A. on April 4, 2011. • Sean Gallagan was named Miami-Dade’s top principal by the school district on May 25, 2011. Gallagan works at George T. Baker Aviation School is the only public school in Miami-Dade County authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to offer technical training to students. In addition to being an experienced principal, he is also an experienced pilot. He has recently helped secure a $6 million donation to the school in the form of a jet from American Airlines. Gallagan has been praised by MiamiDade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho for his humanitarian work. In 2010, the principal helped to secure an airplane to carry Carvalho and a team of MiamiDade educators to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. A school district veteran, Gallagan recently completed a doctorate in leadership and education at Barry. • Nathan Gonzalez enrolled in the Master of Science in analytical chemistry program at Florida International University in fall 2011. He received a Department of Energy Fellowship and research assistantship. • Emily Hanna enrolled in the MD program at the University of Central Florida in fall 2011. • Sheila Harkatz is the education development manager at the American Welding Society. • Krystal Lago married Denis Ribot on July 16, 2011, in Miami. She is in her second year in the Developmental Psychology PhD program at Florida Atlantic University. • Gregory Mcleod joined St. Johns River State College in July 2011 as provost of the St. Augustine campus. Over the previous seven years, Greg worked in various administrative positions at St. Petersburg College, including as associate provost of the health education center.

’11 Monica Barreto enrolled in the Applied Developmental Psychology Master’s Program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. • Jonothan Colon is a research assistant in the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. • Brian Garner enrolled in the post-baccalaureate program in biomedical sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. • Iliana Gonzalez enrolled in the Master of Science in psychology program at Barry University in 2011. • Gina Guillaume enrolled in the Medical Science Preparatory Program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia in 2011. • Vanessa Inchausti is a research assistant at the Human Genetics Lab at the University of Miami. • Alton Johnson attended a summer research internship in the Laboratory of Experimental Immunology at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland funded by the Summer Research Training Award. Alton accepted a position through AmeriCorps VISTA where he works with the Boston Public School System mentoring and tutoring at-risk youth. • Blandine Victor enrolled in the Preparatory Research Experience Post – Baccalaureate (PREP) Program at Emory University in Atlanta in 2011.

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