Fall 2016 Issue

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THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Be the Voice of Change

FALL 2016


Q & A with John D. Murray, PhD


75th Anniversary Italy Trip with Sister Linda


Refurbishing the Broad Auditorium

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FALL 2016






At a Glance


Campus Currents News from across the university.


Barry Beat Stay in tune with student happenings.


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

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Faculty Focus Highlights from Barry’s faculty.

Class Notes Alumni news and updates.

Meet Barry’s New Provost A Q&A with John D. Murray, PhD.


All Roads Lead to Home The 75th Anniversary trip to Italy with Sister Linda.


A Voice of Change Leading the School of Social Work— Phyllis Scott, PhD.


Building Bridges to a Safer and More Inclusive Society The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.


Advocacy in Action Barry’s Guardian Services.


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President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs Sara B. Herald, J.D. ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR BRAND MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Kimberly Cox


Managing Editor Catherine Grieve

Having just finished watching a TV news clip about an upcoming concert with Kool & The Gang, I write to you with the lyrics from one of their signature songs, “Celebration,” running through my mind. You know how that goes – a song gets in your head and you find yourself humming or singing lyrics for hours.

News Editor Jessica Alexandre Jeremy Jones Art Director Artis Design Group

“Celebrate good times, come on…” You’d think after a year of amazing, memorable celebrations commemorating Barry’s founding 75 years ago in 1940, our university community would have had its fill of celebrations, but that’s not the case. This year we are highlighting Barry’s School Social Work for valid recognition and praise as we celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Writers Jessica Alexandre Suzanne Beckmann Courtney Berrien Glenn A. Bowen, PhD Joshua Goehring Catherine Grieve Dennis Jezek, Jr. Jeremy Jones Jim McCurdy Walter Villa Rebecca Wakefield

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Looking back we remember fondly and gratefully the many women and men whose passion for social justice was brought to life at Barry through their teaching, scholarship, leadership and community engagement. We recall especially Dr. Henry A. McGinnis, the founding dean of the School of Social Work, and our Adrian Dominican Sister, Molly Lorms, OP. From its inception, the esteemed faculty, competent administrators and dedicated staff have continued to adapt the Social Work curriculum in response to the needs of society, our students and in keeping with the standards of their profession.

Photography & Illustration Joel Auerbach Courtney Berrien Daniel Bock Photography Allison Deutch Fernando Diez Sara B. Herald, J.D. Claude Zick Printer Nupress of Miami, Inc.

By earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, Barry’s Social Work graduates enter their profession with requisite skills, competencies and experiences to practice effectively and compassionately in a variety of settings and environments. We are extremely proud of the School’s Center for Human Rights and Social Justice whose mission is to foster social and intellectual transformation from oppression through leadership, research, teaching, and informed action that advances the fundamental freedoms, justice and the belief in the resilience of the human spirit. The Center‘s five foci flow directly from Barry’s commitment to social justice embedded within the University’s Mission and Core Commitments. Happy Golden Anniversary to our Social Work colleagues, alumni and benefactors!

Barry Magazine is published biannually for all current students and their parents, alumni, trustees, employees and other friends of Barry University. Communications may be addressed to: Barry Magazine Department of Brand Marketing and Communications 11300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33161

“Celebrate good times, come on…” As you read our magazine, you will see why we always have reasons to celebrate. Every day our students, alumni, faculty, and staff make us proud of their numerous accomplishments, all of which contribute to Barry’s vitality and success. In this Christmas season when we express love, friendship and appreciation with gifts, I pray in gratitude for you and your loved ones and for the encouragement and financial support with which you “gift” the Barry community throughout the year. You are a blessing to us and we celebrate you.

Weber Hall Revitalized


Weber Hall, originally known as Stella Matutina, first opened its doors in August 1946 for Barry University’s then-largest freshman class – 128 women. Its ground-floor lounge was a popular gathering place for students and the site for special events, including the Campus Queen coronation and ball, plays and musical performances.

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As part of Barry’s master plan, Weber Hall’s lounge has been renovated and is again a hot spot for students and a venue for receptions and performances, including several during the 2016 Miami Summer Music Festival.









Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD Class of ’62





Q & A with John D. Murray, PhD


75th Anniversary Italy Trip with Sister Linda


Refurbishing the Board Auditorium

The School of Social Work

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) has awarded Barry University’s School of Social Work a $2.6 million grant. The HRSA grant will fund a new program, Social Work CONNECT, to provide scholarships to Master of Social Work students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students accepted into Social Work CONNECT will also receive a field education internship in a primary care setting and within a medically underserved community.

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More than 120 golfers played alongside members of Barry University’s men’s and women’s golf teams during the 22nd Annual Ryder-Benjamin Golf Tournament at Crandon Golf on Key Biscayne. The tournament raised more than $100,000 for student scholarships. Sponsors included Ryder, Coca-Cola, Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch, The Garner Foundation, Certified Contracting Group Inc., Coconut Grove Junior Chamber Foundation, DEX Imaging, Innovative Services Technical Management and Emerald Construction. The 23rd Annual Ryder-Benjamin Golf Tournament will be held at Crandon Golf on March 17, 2017. For corporate sponsorship opportunities or to register a foursome for the 2017 tournament, visit www.barry.edu/playfore



Social work Awarded

Innovative application of high-impact educational practices has earned Barry University national recognition as a College of Distinction for 2016-2017. To receive this honor, schools must demonstrate results across four distinctions — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. “We’re so happy to award Barry University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Barry University for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures. “Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” added Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Barry University, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

ACCLAIM FOR BARRY M A ST E R O F B I O M E D IC A L SCIENCE — A TOP 10 GRADUATE PROGRAM GraduatePrograms.com has ranked Barry University’s Master of Biomedical Sciences program as one of the top 10 in the country. Barry, at No. 10, received the highest ranking of any Florida school. The ranking is based on student reviews and feedback. “We are thrilled that BMS is ranked as a top 10 graduate program in biomedical sciences in the country. I believe this is because we have the best faculty, most dedicated staff members and determined students,” said Dr. Sathees B. Chandra, associate professor and director of Barry’s biomedical sciences program.

MASTER OF COUNSELING PROGRAM — A TOP VALUE Barry University’s graduate program in counseling was recently named one of the best values in Florida by Top Counseling Schools. The top eight programs in Florida were ranked based on program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity, tuition and fees. “This ranking as a top value counseling program is a testament to Barry's academic excellence and affordability,” said Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD. “The faculty and staff at the Adrian Dominican School of Education are preparing caring, ethical and highly skilled professional educators and counselors to teach and work in a wide range of culturally diverse learning environments.”

ONLINE MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM IN TOP 50 FOR BEST VALUE Value Colleges has ranked Barry’s Online Master of Public Administration program, which is offered through the School of Professional And Career Education (PACE), at No. 44 in the nation. When compared to other private and nonprofit schools, Barry ranks No. 14. According to Value Colleges, the Top 50 Best Value Online goes to schools offering the perfect balance of educational quality and affordability. Value Colleges’ method gives students confidence that their graduate degree choice will earn them a worthwhile return on their investment. “I would like to commend our entire PACE faculty for establishing and maintaining a program of such high quality,” said Dr. Andrea Keener, dean of PACE. “We appreciate the continuous efforts of our distance education unit, which enable us to continuously raise the bar in online education. Thank you also to our recruitment, advising and site staff, as well as to my fellow members of the PACE administration, who bring this great program to our communities and take care of our students.”

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Barry’s MAC-Lab benefits students, professors and the community By Walter Villa When local children with severe movement disorders can receive help at Barry University’s state-of-the-art Motion Analysis Center (MAC-Lab), it’s just one measure of the MAC-Lab’s success. Von M. Homer, director of the MAC-Lab and an assistant professor at the School of Podiatric Medicine, said the facility is the best of its kind in South Florida. “We use it on the research level, on the teaching level and in community outreach,” Homer said. “We partner with other organizations in the community such as the Children’s Rehab Network, where they care for kids from low-income families. We can give those children the biomechanical feedback they need.” Th e M AC - L a b u s e s a d v a n c e d c o m p u t e r i z e d instrumentation to measure speed, force, angles and power, as well as analyze gait, kicking and throwing actions relative to human movement. Results are analyzed to improve performance or recover from injuries.

Homer said that Dr. Albert Armstrong, dean of the School of Podiatric Medicine, and Dr. Darlene Kluka, dean of the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences, deserve significant credit for providing resources, support and assistance with funding.

t h e u n i v e rs i t y h as b e e n a bl e to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Harvard University and MIT, as well as major companies within the biomechanical industry. Because of this elite facility, Barry students and professors published several research papers, and the university has been able to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Harvard University and MIT, as well as major companies within the biomechanical industry.

The idea for the MAC-Lab came to fruition when the School of Podiatric Medicine, then headed by Dr. Jeffrey Jensen, received a $200,000 grant for the equipment needed to make an elite facility.

In addition, Barry’s podiatry students recently created the Biomechanics Society, which was named Club of the Year by the Florida Podiatric Medicine Student Association.

However, the podiatry school didn’t have the needed space. Homer approached Dr. Kathryn Ludwig, an associate professor of biomechanics at the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences, with an idea for the site for the new podiatry equipment.

Homer, who teaches Concepts and Th e o r i e s o f O r t h o t i c s a n d Biomechanics, said the MAC-Lab is a great asset for students and professors.

The MAC-Lab is housed inside Barry’s Health and Sports Center and operated jointly by the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences and the School of Podiatric Medicine.

“Normally, students learn concepts and theories by way of book and lecture,” Homer said. “But this is a subject you have to see to fully understand it in the applied sense.

“This was the first of its kind at Barry — a lab shared by two different schools,” Ludwig said. “We reconfigured our lab and opened it to the podiatry students.” In addition to the $200,000 grant, operating costs have come through funded research and the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences' budget. Together, these Barry MAG | 8

funds have allowed Barry to make this facility the envy of many universities in the nation.

“With our lab, professors are able to answer questions that are theoretical. Professors are able to see evidence of what is being presented.”

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For two seasons, Daniel Allan ’11 and Mark Kilpatrick ’11 played together on Barry University’s men’s soccer team.

By Rebecca Wakefield

TAKE A SEAT! There’s a lot of history in the seats of the Broad Auditorium at the Shephard and Ruth K. Broad Center for the Performing Arts. Now’s your chance to add your name to the legacy. Back in 1940, a young Jewish lawyer named Shepard Broad found himself on a train to Miami with a priest, which sounds like the setup to an off-color joke. In fact, that chance meeting between Broad and Monsignor William Barry turned into the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Barry charmed Broad into getting involved with the Catholic women’s college he had just founded in Miami Shores. The energetic Broad became a supporter and eventually the first lay chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees. Broad also founded Bay Harbor Islands and served as its mayor for 26 years. Broad and his wife, Ruth, were also big patrons of culture. In 1983, the Broads made a generous gift that allowed the university to renovate and enhance the magnificent 977-seat proscenium theater that had been built in 1955. The university renamed the theater the Shephard and Ruth K. Broad Center for the Performing Arts. It has an orchestra pit, sound and lighting, as well as audio and video recording equipment – all of which has served to enhance student and community performances over the years. “The Broad Center is one of the last grand-scale theaters in South Florida presenting both university and professional theater, opera, music and dance,” says John Manzelli, associate professor of theater. “These seats have watched hundreds of award-winning actors, singers and dancers.”

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But as with any older building that is well-used and loved, the Broad Center needs some updating. To that end, Barry has been working to refurbish all 977 seats in the theater. The fundraising began in 2014, raising more than $100,000 to date through a combination of grants, a $20,000 grant from The Villagers, a $50,000 grant from the state of Florida and approximately $30,000 received from over 80 faculty members, staff, alumni and friends. “Starting in the fall of 2014, we tagged every seat and sold some,” says Kristy Henry, Barry’s director for annual giving. “We’ve sold 112 seats so far, but more than 300 seats are still available.” Barry hopes to raise another $100,000 to complete the project. Refurbishment will include removal of seats, painting and refinishing frames, recovering with new upholstery and affixing new engraved nameplates. Interested in taking a seat and adding your name to a six-decade cultural legacy? Donate $300 and the university will contact you to select your seat.

To make your gift today, • Mail your donation in the enclosed annual giving envelope • Visit www.barry.edu/giving/donate, choose "Other" under Gift Details and type "Take a Seat" • Contact Kristy Henry at 305-899-3170 or khenry@barry.edu.

A few years after graduation, they reconnected at a Barry Presidential Reception hosted by Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, in New York City and decided to team up once again for Barry. “When I first met Daniel and Mark at the Barry Presidential Reception, they told me that they wanted to form a local alumni chapter,” recalled Matthew Blair ’04, associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving. “Hearing such passion as they articulated their vision was music to my ears as I too had been strategizing on how to execute this very endeavor.” Kilpatrick estimates there are 1,500 Barry alumni in the New York metropolitan area. “New York is this massive hub — we felt it is somewhere Barry should have a presence,” Allan said. Today, Allan and Kilpatrick serve as co-presidents of Barry University’s New York City Alumni Chapter. Both men are blessed with fulfilling personal lives and careers, and volunteer their time and energy to the chapter because of their immense gratitude to Barry. Allan is married to Sharinna (Ortiz) Allan ’11, and Kilpatrick is engaged to Emily Trembley ’13. Each couple met when they were Barry students. Allan is the director of business development at M-III Partners LP, an investment and advisory firm, and Kilpatrick is the chief marketing officer and co-founder of Urban FT, a financial technology company that builds banking applications.

Barry, I was narrowly focused on soccer. But then I discovered that there was a great community at Barry.” Allan and Kilpatrick want the chapter to help alums maintain a lifelong connection to the university and the Barry community.

By Walter Villa

the New York City Alumni Chapter


Barry Soccer Alums Help Launch

“They share my vision for the Alumni Association and truly understand the importance of having vibrant alumni networks,” said Blair. “I’m honored to be collaborating with these two stellar gents and am grateful for their leadership and vision.” In May 2016, the chapter launched with a cocktail party in midtown Manhattan and in July, hosted a reception followed by a performance of the hit Broadway comedy Fully Committed. Several events are planned for 2017, including Alumni Night with the NBA — networking while watching the New York Knicks take on the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on March 14. In addition to hosting events, Allan and Kilpatrick see the chapter helping with recruiting local students, increasing alumni giving and eventually, funding a scholarship. “My athletic scholarship changed my life. I want to find a way to provide funding in a similar way for the local community and give people a chance that they otherwise might not get,” Allan said. “The possibilities are endless,” Kilpatrick said of the New York City Alumni Chapter. “There’s no reason why we can’t have sensational results.” For a comprehensive list of alumni events, visit barry.edu/alumni/events

Daniel Allan ’11 (left) and Mark Kilpatrick ’11 (right), co-presidents of Barry University’s New York City Alumni Chapter

Allan said he wasn’t exposed to much in his hometown in Swindon, England, and it wasn’t until he got to Barry that he saw what was possible. “I was ambitious but naive . . . I didn't know exactly what I was looking for, but when I came to Barry I knew I was in the right place,” said Allan. Barry introduced him to diverse cultures and ideas, and helped expand his thinking. His professors helped him form vital connections that were essential to launching his career. Similarly, Kilpatrick said there’s no doubt Barry made him a better person. “I came from a small town with little diversity,” Kilpatrick said of Stevenson, Washington, which has a population of less than 2,000. “When I came to

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Barry Law Moot Court Team


Fire Academy Class A cohort of 16 students have become the first alums of Barry University’s Fire Academy, graduating from the program at a ceremony held on June 18. The group of hopeful firefighters took part in a six-month program offered through Barry’s School of Professional And Career Education (PACE), training at the City of Hollywood’s certified firefighter recruit training facility. The Fire Academy class, which consists of 398 hours of training, is a prerequisite for becoming a firefighter. The curriculum was provided by eight experienced instructors. More than 100 family members attended the graduation ceremony, including Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Fernandez, whose son was among the graduates. 21206 DAA ad.qxp_Layout 1 11/14/16 3:53 PM Page 1

2017 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS RECIPIENTS Sister Mary Margaret “Peggy” Albert, OP, PhD ’82, ’88 President, Siena Heights University Nelson Andreu, Sr. ’11, MPA ’12 Chief of Police, City of West Miami Rodney Barreto ’88 President and CEO, The Barreto Group, Inc. Rev. Mary Ellen Dakin Cassini, ’77, D. Min. ’10 School Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life Palmer Trinity School

For the first time in Barry history, the Barry Law Moot Court team finished first overall in the Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition. In addition, Barry won the 2016 competition’s two other top prizes — Best Advocate and Best Brief. The Barry Law Moot Court team members were Geraldine Pena, Dalya Zalloum and brief-writer Michael Andriano. Pena earned the Best Advocate award in both the preliminary rounds and the final round, and Andriano won Best Brief. “Barry Law’s Moot Court Orseck win is a major victory,” said the team’s faculty advisor, Terri Day, a professor

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at the law school. “Our Barry team beat the best of the best, as Florida law schools have some of the nation’s top-ranked moot court programs.” The Orseck competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, is held annually during the Florida Bar Convention, culminating in the final round before the Florida Supreme Court. All 12 Florida law schools competed this year. “We couldn’t be more proud of our students,” said Leticia M. Diaz, dean of the School of Law. “They worked incredibly hard and dedicated a great deal of time towards preparing for this stellar performance.”

FEBRUARY 9, 2017

11:00 am – Networking Reception 12:00 pm – Luncheon and Awards Ceremony The Coral Gables Country Club For tickets and sponsorships opportunities visit barry.edu/daa

Andrea Ivory ’13 Founder and Executive Director, The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative Sister Nancy Murray, OP ’72 Adrian Dominican Sister Preaching through Acting Carlos F. Orta ’95 Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Carnival Corporation & plc Stephanie L. Rakofsky, MA, MSW ’81, LCSW, CCM, C-ASWCM Medical Social Work Leader and Change Agent 2017 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI FACULTY/STAFF RECIPIENTS Dr. Roxanne Davies, PhD ’12 Associate Vice President, Mission and Institutional Effectiveness, Barry University Dr. Mario Cala, DPM ’08 Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine, Barry University Chief of Podiatry, Jackson North Medical Center

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PACE’s First



New Fellows Ready for Civic Leadership Roles By Courtney Berrien Students enrolled in Barry University’s Service Corps (BSC) Fellows program completed specialized training to prepare for civic leadership roles in the community. Topics included diversity and cultural competency, pathways to social change, facilitation and community organizing. The 23 BSC Fellows also took a historical tour of Miami and met with leaders at several local agencies. Throughout the academic year, the BSC Fellows provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to support social justice initiatives through direct and indirect service with community partners. In addition, each fellow designs and implements a project that addresses a local community need. The BSC Fellows each participate in one of four social justice teams to work with community partners: global citizenship, PACT (People Acting for Community Together) justice, urban health and youth development. The global citizenship team concentrates on consumer behavior and the related issue of globalization, as well as immigration and refugee concerns. The PACT justice team focuses on juvenile justice and affordable housing issues in Miami-Dade County. The urban health team addresses food access, air quality, sustainability, green jobs and neighborhood development issues.

Anita Francetti, assistant farm manager for Urban GreenWorks, and BSC Fellow Jennifer Sanhou identify edible berries at Liberty City’s Cerasee Farm.

Photo Credit: Courtney Berrien

Members of the youth development team lead service trips to the Little Haiti Optimist Club’s community site, the Lillie C. Evans K–8 Center, and Gang Alternative’s site, and assist in developing and implementing health curricula for community partners. The Center for Community Service Initiatives coordinates the BSC Fellows program, a subprogram of the Barry Service Corps. BSC fellows visit the Lillie C. Evans K–8 Center. Barry MAG | 14

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Christian Mesa Named a Newman Civic Fellow BARRY SERVICE CORPS FELLOWS

Campus Compact has selected Barry University student Christian Mesa as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award recipient. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors “inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country,” according to Campus Compact. “Through service, research and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.” Mesa ’18 served in the Barry Service Corps (BSC) Fellows program from August 2015 to July 2016. His work as a BSC Fellow focused on urban heath — supporting community partners EcoTech Visions, Urban GreenWorks and La Paloma Neighborhood Association. Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, nominated Mesa for the award on the recommendation of the Center for Community Service Initiatives. Sister Linda said Mesa has demonstrated that he can make a difference in the community and can inspire others to get involved. “Given his leadership ability and motivation, Christian Mesa will undoubtedly contribute to public problem solving and to the long-term improvement of community life,” Sister Linda added.

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Christian Mesa with Nylisa Matos

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By Jeremy Jones BARRY BEAT

Volunteers from Barry University recently joined Dr. Eric J. Stelnicki and his father, Dr. James Stelnicki, a Barry trustee, on a medical mission trip to Georgetown, Guyana. The trip was funded in part by Children’s Health and Rehabilitative Missions, a nonprofit organization established by Dr. Eric J. Stelnicki, a Fort Lauderdalebased pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Guyana, a small South American nation with only one plastic surgeon for its entire population, has an urgent need for pediatric reconstructive surgery and podiatric care.



During the week-long trip, volunteers from Barry’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the School of Podiatric Medicine — including Dr. Rebecca Lee, Dr. Tony Umadhay, Dr. Jorge Valdes and nurse practitioner Jamelah Morton — partnered with the doctors in providing care to the Guyanese people and presented several medical educational lectures to local hospital staff. The team treated more than 100 patients for emergency medical issues, such as ulcers, bone infections and footrelated problems. The team also performed 35 surgeries, including one on a woman whose foot injury had prevented her from standing or walking for the past three years. “Our aim is to perform desperately needed surgeries that otherwise would not be possible,” said Dr. Eric Stelnicki.

By Rebecca Wakefield

First came love, then came studying — and finally — a marriage. Jeff Sylvain proposed to Jocelyn Nunez in a kayak two years ago. “He put on this ‘Marry Me’ song,” Nunez remembers. “He was like, ‘I need you in my life’ and I was like, ‘YES.’” That part was easy. The pair had been dating since the 11th grade. They met in a tutoring class for Advanced Placement courses at North Miami Beach Senior High School. She was down to earth and a little shy. He was sunny and outgoing. Both were passionate about their faith, social justice and community issues. After high school, Nunez was supposed to go to Mount Holyoke College on a scholarship. Sylvain was supposed to go to Mississippi State University. But circumstances intervened and both ended up attending St. Thomas University instead. The next decision was about a career path. Should they study the same major? Which one? Were they crazy?

such a dream come true.” Barry University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is challenging and both were determined to ace the coursework. On the advice of family and mentors, they put marriage plans on hold until after earning the degree. The hardest part was finding time to nurture their relationship. Nunez remembers the advice of the late Dr. Fern Peoples, then an associate professor of nursing: “She always told us the goal is to graduate, but learn to balance the relationship.” “It was hard,” Nunez continues. “I remember the late nights. At the Thompson building, we’d literally put tables and chairs together and bring pillows and blankets.” “There were times we had to put our relationship on the back burner,” Sylvain agrees. “We watched other people going on dates and we were studying all the time. It was difficult but we stuck through it. We let our relationship blossom through it.” In August, all the hard work paid off. The couple pinned each other at the pinning ceremony, a time-honored nursing school tradition, celebrating both of them completing the degree with honors. Not long after, they finally made good on the promises made in that kayak two years ago.

The answers were yes, nursing and a little crazy.

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The high school sweethearts dove in, completing their pre-nursing courses at St. Thomas just about the time Sylvain declared his intentions in the kayak. They applied to a few programs and fate struck again – they both got accepted to Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences the same day. “I went to her job and told her,” Sylvain recalls. “We thanked God and prayed about that. We were the first ones in our families pursing a bachelor’s degree. It was

“Jeff can find the upside to everything,” says his new bride. “He has that bright charming smile to get you through. Finding someone who’s willing to fight with you and build with you, I can’t let this go ever.” Up next, the honeymoon — and studying for their RN license exam and the graduation walk in December. Both already have jobs lined up at Jackson Memorial Hospital. They plan to get a few years of bedside nursing experience and then return to Barry for their master’s in nursing. They plan to do it together, as always.

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Meet Barry’s New Provost a Q & A with John D. Murray, PhD Interview by Catherine Grieve

What attracted you to Barry? John D. Murray, PhD, joined Barry as its new provost and professor of psychology on July 1. Dr. Murray came to Barry from Indiana State University where he had been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the past six years. He previously served as chair of the Psychology Department at Georgia Southern University. Murray was a tenured professor of psychology at both Indiana State and Georgia Southern. As provost, Murray is Barry’s chief academic officer – responsible for the quality of all academic programs at Barry’s two colleges and seven schools. He is tasked with ensuring that students both experience and have opportunities to exemplify Barry’s core commitments and that the university mission is evident in the curriculum. Murray also serves as a member of the university’s Executive Committee of the Administration (ECA).

The Dominican traditions and values mirror my own and are what I crave for myself and my family. I also strongly identify with Barry’s core commitments. The more that I learned about Barry and its environment, the more that I realized that it connects with what I want in my own personal and working life. Because we spend so much time in our work, it is important to me to be in a place that shares my values. I am inspired by Barry’s multiculturalism and diversity, the wide range of academic offerings and the opportunities and challenges of a small private school in a large, international city.

What are your priorities for your first academic year? There is so much that I want to accomplish and learn in my first year. A major priority for the 2016-2017 year is the strategic agenda. I am working with the deans and the ECA, as well as faculty and staff, to develop the university’s strategic agenda for 2016-2021. We are collectively determining the university’s goals for the next five years, which we will present to the Board of Trustees. Then, we will formulate our objectives and action plans to meet each goal.

Generally, it is important to me that academic affairs operates effectively, efficiently and consistently across the university. Students from our seven schools and two colleges all receive diplomas from Barry University. We are all a part of one Barry. A specific improvement that interests me is increasing our online education offerings. We have the technology and I believe that we can maintain quality as demand for distance learning grows.

How is your family adapting to life in Miami? Obviously, moving to Miami has been an enormous change from Indiana and it is by far the largest city that we’ve called home. Being in Miami reminds me a bit of being abroad — it’s stimulating and invigorating. We are enjoying meeting people and exploring the city. Rebecca, my wife, is a clinical psychologist and has just become licensed in the state of Florida. She is exploring employment options, but her priority has been on settling our daughter into school and also doing much of the legwork for a home purchase for us.

Are you seeking input from students to help you achieve your goals?

My daughter, Kate, is a junior at Doctors Charter School in Miami Shores. It is actually much smaller than her old high school, and Rebecca and I are very impressed with her teachers and the curriculum. While Kate is at an age where a family move is difficult, she is doing great, making new friends and getting involved. Kate joined me for Barry’s September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance project in Tropical Park and the International Coastal Cleanup at Virginia Key Beach Park.

Yes, I started by meeting with the student ambassadors, and I have asked that Barry’s Student Government Association form a subcommittee on academic affairs.

My new colleagues have been incredibly welcoming to my family.

As provost, I am eager to work with the deans to form a strong team to deliver to the students for years to come.

Students are understandably concerned with the realities of job markets, yet also seek meaning in their education. I am awed by Barry students’ commitment to social justice and interest in community service. Student involvement and feedback is incredibly valuable to the enhancing the quality of our academic programs. I look forward to working closely with our students.

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Are there any particular ideas, general or specific, that interest you?

What would you like the Barry community to know about you? What you see is what you get. I am energized by interacting with students, the faculty and the deans. I am eager to listen, to learn and to collaborate. I am excited to help the university grow and improve while staying true to its values and mission.

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All Roads Lead to

By Rebecca Wakefield

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“All these people came together, different ages, backgrounds, even religion. It was a great bonding experience for everyone.”

Students, alumni and President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, celebrated Barry University’s history with a trip to Italy, reconnecting with the school’s roots — and each other. As a Barry student back in the early 1970s, Jeri Yoest never imagined she’d be traveling through Italy with her former dean of students some four decades later. How much the small women’s college Yoest attended has changed since then, not to mention the world. Yoest and four friends from her class were among more than three dozen Barry alumni, students and staff who spent 10 days exploring Italy in May for the culmination of Barry’s 75th anniversary celebration. “I hadn’t traveled since 9/11,” says Yoest, who graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. “I was thinking about how to spend the last third of my life and I thought it would be great to start traveling again with Barry. It was fabulous to reconnect with my old friends. I haven’t seen any of those girls in 45 years.” Sister Linda led the historic trip through the masterpieces of Florence and Siena, the home of St. Francis of Assisi, the monuments of ancient Rome, the treasures of the Vatican and a Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square.

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“Sister Linda wanted to do something special to bring together aspects of the community to celebrate,” explains Amy Deutch, Barry’s director of conference and event services, who brought her own 19-year-old daughter on the trip. “All these people came together, different ages, backgrounds, even religion. It was a great bonding experience for everyone.” With an age range from 19 to 80, and diverse memories of Barry University as it has evolved over time, the group found itself enjoying swapping stories as much as exploring the wonders of Italy. Maureen Kelly, a senior majoring in biology, was scrolling through the Barry website in calculus class when she saw a notice about the trip. Being half-Italian, half-Irish and all Roman Catholic, the idea appealed to her as her first overseas journey. For Kelly, actually seeing in person the great artworks and cathedrals of Rome — not to mention the Pope himself — was “a very life changing experience.” But the best part was doing all of that with people who weren’t friends or family, but folks from her school’s past, present and future. “It was eye opening to learn what they took from their time at Barry and their experiences,” Kelly says. “Some of these people went in with one mindset and came out with a completely different outlook.

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Like Kelly, Catherine “Kitty” Childress experienced her very first trip out of the country in May. It was a 60th birthday present from her husband. Now a teacher at William H. Turner Tech High School, Childress has lived near Barry since she graduated in 1978. She’s been an active alumna and was equal parts thrilled and terrified at the prospect of flying to Europe. Planes make her nervous. She took her 24-year-old son with her and the pair spent a fair bit of time tasting their way through local bakeries, markets and cafés.

Nancy Bushneck, who graduated with Yoest in 1971, decided to go on the trip to see old friends, but also to reconnect with her love of travel, which she recalls as her favorite college experience. “We decided to do it without our spouses,” she reveals. “It was something that took us all back to being kids again. It was fun to see Sister Linda again, too. I remember her as a young girl.”

"The best part was doing all of that with people who weren’t friends or family, but folks from her school’s past, present and future."

The rest of time was spent seeing the sights and trading memories of student life, the condition of the dorms, and what happened to people after graduation. “The highlight for me was that I got to go to confession at St. Peters,” she says. “It was like, ‘Wow, now I’m holy in Rome. All my sins are cleared; I’m good to go!’”


People my age need to hear that. Nothing is set in stone. You can go another route and find success and happiness. That’s what those wonderful people who went on that trip taught me. It’s something I will cherish forever.”

Another thing she remembers is how different Barry College was from the Barry University of today. The tiny women’s college that Yoest and Bushneck entered in the late 1960s was largely white and very conservative. As freshmen, the young women were required to wear dresses and observe strict curfews.

But by the time the friends graduated in 1971, the dress code had liberalized to include jeans and the student body was beginning to diversify. Just a few years later, the institution went fully co-ed. In the years since, Barry University has grown enormously, diversifying its student body, its programming and its geographic footprint.

But the trip to Italy, which included revisiting the social and educational history of the Dominican order, helped reinforce for all participants that the essential spirit of Barry has remained intact throughout its evolution. “Barry is so special,” says Childress. “It helped mold me, who I am. I made some great friendships with people all over the country. Your bond is who you were at Barry at some point.” This is not an uncommon reaction. Barry University is hoping to promote more of that bonding feeling with other planned trips through its Passports Alumni Travelers Program for alumni, Barry faculty and staff. “Travel is a really good way to engage people because you’re experiencing new adventures and different cultures with people you might not know,” says Deutch. “You remember that bond.”

Join President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, on an Alaskan Glacier Cruise JULY 19–29, 2017

Cruise out of Seattle to discover classic gold rush towns and spectacular seascapes. Alaska will thrill you with its winding waterways, towering glaciers and rushing waterfalls. After a week on the water, visit Victoria, beloved for its blooming gardens. For more details, visit www.alaskabarry.grouptoursite.com Space is limited! To guarantee your spot, call 1.800.438.7672 by December 31, 2016. For more information about the Alumni Travelers Program and upcoming trips, visit www.barry.edu/travel or email passports@barry.edu.

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Dr. Phyllis Scott, who joined Barry University’s faculty in 2001, was appointed dean of the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work in 2011. A Barry alumna, she earned both her master’s degree and doctorate in social work from the university. “I did not choose Barry to build my character, but to challenge me to reveal my character,” recalled Scott. In addition to her teaching background at the graduate level and as a field educator, Scott brings to her role as dean her significant administrative and managerial experience with the state of Florida’s Department of Children and Families and the Broward County Board of Commissioners. A recipient of numerous awards and honors for her dedication and work with children and families, Scott is an active member of several health and human services boards and committees. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Barry University’s School of Social Work is influenced by the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ vision to challenge heresies of local and global domination, exploitation and greed that privilege some, yet dehumanize others. It is also influenced by the university’s heritage of fostering individual and communal transformation through an environment where learning leads to knowledge and truth, reflection leads to informed action, and a commitment to social justice leads to collaborative service.

“The School was here when racial wars dominated the streets” Barry University was the first in South Florida to establish a Master of Social Work (MSW) program to educate and prepare social workers to respond to the emerging economic and social crises of the 1960s. “The School was here when racial wars dominated the streets and when men, women and children from Cuba flooded Miami’s shores seeking shelter and seeking freedom,” commented Scott. A doctoral program was introduced in 1983 to prepare advanced practitioners and scholars for leadership roles within the profession. A bachelor’s degree program was initiated in 2001. Through its Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, Guardianship Programs and Academy for Better Communities, the school offers both students and faculty Barry MAG | 28

alike the opportunity to engage in impactful fieldwork and community-based activism. Under Scott’s leadership, the School of Social Work is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the national stage, as it elevates its already-strong reputation as bellwether for trauma-informed research, education and practice. It placed third in the social work category among BestCatholicColleges.com's 2015 ranking of 143 U.S. Catholic Colleges, and in March was South Florida's highest ranked school in the social work "Best Grad Schools" category by U.S. News & World Report. It was second in the state, and tied for 78th place nationwide.


OF Change By Suzanne Beckmann

Perhaps even more exciting are two game-changing grants recently awarded. In July 2015 it received a grant from the Miami-based Ware Foundation that allowed the School of Social of Social Work to formally open its Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. Then, in July of this year, a second $2.6 million federal grant to be allocated over a four-year period, was awarded that is one of the largest in Barry’s history. Funding the Social Work CONNECT program, this $2.6 million grant will provide full-time masters-level scholarships to disadvantaged students from racial and ethnic minority groups. Through partnerships with organizations like the Miami Children’s Initiative and fieldwork in neighborhoods such as Liberty City and Opa-locka, the goal of the Social Work CONNECT program is to foster experiential learning and future employment prospects for these students in primary care settings within medically underserved communities. Philip Giarraffa, the school’s director of admissions and enrollment, who was instrumental in securing the grant, says the first nine students started this semester. The program has an overall goal of awarding approximately 30 scholarships each year, 110 in total. When asked what’s next, Scott replied, “We must continue to rise and excel as leaders in the profession to help create a more just society and build bridges from despair to hope, sculpting an environment that renders opportunities to our most vulnerable.” Of the school’s “Be the Voice of Change” tagline, she explained, “It means having the courage to give voice to those who are least heard. It is looking at the tragedies of poverty, oppression, abuse, war and violence, the rare pain from loss, looking into the faces of fear, despair and hopelessness of those most denied the right to be the best they could be, and knowing that if it’s not your voice (advocating for them), then whose voice (will it be)?” Barry MAG | 29

By Suzanne Beckmann


Building Bridges to a Safer & More Inclusive Society

The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice formally opened this year as part of Barry University’s Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work. Made possible by a grant received last July, the center is fully funded by the Ware Foundation, a Miami-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in need. Ashley Austin, an associate professor with the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work, is the center’s executive director. Following Barry University’s tradition of advocating for a more humane and just society by focusing on diversity, dignity and respect for the most vulnerable, the center’s mission is to advance crucial human rights and social justice initiatives locally and globally through targeted education, research, service and leadership. The five key areas on which it focuses are creating inclusive communities through sexual and gender diverse individuals, combatting human trafficking, preventing sexual victimization, advancing trauma-informed research education and practice, and promoting wellness in marginalized communities. Working closely with local advocacy groups and activists, Barry last year secured a Proclamation from Miami-Dade County’s mayor, Carlos Gimenez, for both its on-campus Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience (TDORR) and in recognition of the school’s ongoing commitment to

practice, research, education and advocacy that advances the human rights of sexual and gender minority populations. Austin created Barry's on-campus event in 2013, and it is held annually in concert with the international TDORR. Each November, TDORR honors the brutal, and still unsolved, murder of Rita Hester on November 28, 1998, which sparked an international movement. It began in 1999 with a candlelight vigil in San Francisco and a subsequent “Remembering Our Dead” web project. According to the tdor.info website, one person dies every month due to transgender[1]-based hate or prejudice and this trend shows no sign of abating. In partnership with local advocacy groups and community members, Barry’s event was created to honor the many lives lost each year to anti-transgender violence, to show support, love and solidarity with the transgender community, and to highlight the strength and courage of transgender individuals. The Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Fund provided a grant that enabled the center to bring a nationally recognized transgender speaker to this year’s event. Austin is proudest of Barry University’s trauma-informed work and the high-caliber faculty, researchers, community members and activists with whom the center partners. “I’m really proud of team we’ve put together,” she said.

Jill Levenson (left) and Ashley Austin (right)

[1] Transgender is an inclusive term used to refer to individuals whose gender identity is not consistent with social and cultural gender expectations associated with their assigned sex at birth. Please know this writer uses the term “transgender” broadly and inclusively to encompass the spectrum of gender identities (e.g., agender, bigender, female to male (FTM), gender creative, gender fluid, gender independent, gender nonconforming, gender neutral, genderqueer, male to female (MTF), third gender, transmasculine, two spirit).

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Cinthia Angus Assistant Coach, Volleyball

Sarah Dacey Head Coach, Women’s Soccer

Brianna Finch Assistant Coach, Women’s Basketball

João Garcia ’11 Assistant Coach, Men’s Soccer

Marcelo Huarte ’14

Advocacy in Action

By Suzanne Beckmann Following the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ tradition of walking in solidarity with people who are poor and challenging the structures that impoverish them, Barry University in 1998 became the designated public guardian program for Broward County and opened the doors of its nonprofit Office of the Public Guardian. Operated through the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work, the university’s licensed and master’s-level professionals provide court-appointed advocacy services to those who lack the capacity to make their own decisions or care for themselves. The program has been recognized as one of the most cost-effective in the state, as well as a promising practice model on the national level. It is also the only public guardianship program in the country operated by a university’s School of Social Work.

Assistant Coach, Men’s and Women’s Golf

national certified guardian, Ramos is also a Barry alumna, MSW ’96. Anyone can refer an individual to Barry University’s Office of the Public Guardian and any adult may file a petition with the court to determine one’s competency to make their own decisions. Because guardianships may considerably restrict one’s rights, they should only be employed after all other options have been exhausted. While it is often necessary for this appointment to remain in place until a person’s death, the goal of an effective guardianship is to restore the individual’s rights whenever possible. “Working closely with the courts, we continually assess whether all, or parts, of our clients’ rights can be restored,” explained Ramos.

In 2012, the School of Social Work launched the Institute Guardianship, also referred to as conservatorship, is a for Professional Guardianship and Elder Services to not legal process enacted when a person lacks the ability to only provide professional guardianship and care communicate their wishes or is unable to make sound coordination services, but also as a means to fund the decisions regarding their physical or financial well-being. office’s ability to serve more indigent cases. The office Because this population is more vulnerable to abuse or currently serves 234 pro bono cases, but Ramos aspires neglect, a court-appointed guardian serves as an advocate to significantly expand the public program with fees and champion. Guardianship responsibilities include collected from the university’s professional guardianship overseeing consent for medical treatment and the release and care coordination services. The monies generated of confidential information, providing access to education also fund emergency and life-threatening needs for and counseling, making end-of-life decisions, acting as a disadvantaged clients that are not covered by their representative payee, and managing a client’s estate and Medicare or Medicaid programs, such as dental assets. The office has also been brought in to navigate a emergencies or one-time medication costs. patient’s bioethics meeting in a hospital, says Eloisa The School of Social Work Ramos, the executive director Barry University in 1998 offers undergraduate and of the Office of the Public graduate-level students an Guardian and Institute for opened the doors of its opportunity to translate Professional Guardian and noNprofit Office of the classroom material into realElder Services at Barry life scenarios through Public Guardian. University. participation in hands-on fieldwork through the Office The program, “really epitomizes Barry’s mission and core of the Public Guardian. Barry is the only academic program commitment by promoting the common good for a more in the U.S. that links formal social work education with humane and just society by focusing on diversity, dignity the court’s probate system. “We are a vital partner with and respect for the most vulnerable in our society,” the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida,” said Ramos. remarked Ramos. A licensed clinical social worker and

Nicholas Johnson



Assistant Coach, Rowing

JUAN RANERO Head Coach, Baseball

Stephen Schram Assistant Coach, Women’s Tennis

Barry Athletes in Rio de Janiero Natalie Bieule ’11, competing for Team USA in her first Paralympic Games, came in sixth place in women’s discus F44. She had won the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships title in both 2014 and 2015, and took the bronze in the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships. In 2016, Barry University honored Bieule with a Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award.

Former Barry University rower Anna Boada and her partner, Aina Cid, finished sixth in the women’s coxless pairs in the 2016 Summer Olympics, representing Spain. Boada, an AllSunshine State Conference selection and a Pocock Scholar All-American, rowed for the Bucs’ Varsity 8 in 2013 when Barry finished second in the nation. Barry MAG | 33

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By Jim McCurdy


The Barry Buccaneers won the 2016 NCAA Division II South Region Men’s Basketball title and advanced to the quarterfinals round with an 87-83 come-frombehind win over the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. “We anticipated and hoped that it would come to this, but this certainly is a little bit surreal that we’re here right now this quickly in three years,” said head coach Butch Estes, who has a 70-21 record with three trips to the NCAA Tournament at Barry University. This was the first Elite Eight appearance for the Buccaneers, who claimed a co-championship in the Sunshine State Conference regular season. The Bucs lost in the quarterfinals to Lincoln Memorial, finishing their season with a school-record 26 wins. “It was a fun ride,” Barry senior Yunio Barrueta said. “I’m glad we made history at Barry, and we’ll forever be known, and I’m just glad I was a part of it.”

Going Pro

Yunio Barrueta ’16 inked a one-year deal with Crelan Okapi Aalstar in Belgium. Barrueta, a guard/ forward, received four All-America honors after averaging a school-record 24.4 points and grabbing 9.3 rebounds. In his senior year, he was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA South Region Tournament and a finalist for the Bevo Francis Small College Basketball Player of the Year award. Barrueta was also voted the Sunshine State Conference’s Player of the Year, and a first-team all-conference selection.

Amra Elezovic ’16 signed with the Dunkerque Malo Basket Club in the French Ligue 2. Elezovic, who earned first-team All-Sunshine State Conference honors as a senior, led the Bucs and the league in scoring in 2015-16 at 17.3 points per game. She also averaged a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game and shot 90.2 percent from the free throw line to set a school single-season record. Barry MAG | 34

Ines Kerin ’16, a shooting guard from Trbovlje, Slovenia, signed to play with Herner Turn Club in Germany. In her senior season with the Buccaneers, she averaged 12.7 points and 2.9 assists and received second team All-Sunshine State Conference honors. Barry MAG | 35

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Men’s Basketball Reaches Elite Eight

By Dennis Jezek, Jr. Juan Ranero has returned to the Barry University baseball program, where he served as head coach from 2002 to 2005.

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Drafted! By Dennis Jezek, Jr.

DeGoti had a standout senior season for the Buccaneers, finishing the year on a 13-game hitting streak. He started all 49 games, batting .404 with 14 homers, 22 steals and 58 RBI. He ranks fourth in school history in batting, and is tied for 10th in homers and RBI. In the 2016 season, DeGoti played 63 games for the Astros’ minor league affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League.

With 20 years’ experience as a college head coach, Ranero carries a 519363-5 career mark. At Barry, he went 109-103-1, mentored 13 All-Sunshine State Conference picks and had six players sign professionally, including Major League Baseball draftees Joey Apotheker and Alex Meneses. Ranero spent the last two seasons at Sunshine State Conference foe Eckerd College. “I am truly grateful to Mike Covone and the Search Committee for bringing me back to Barry University to serve as the head baseball coach,” Ranero said. “I feel blessed that the university has given me the opportunity to build on the great tradition of Bucs Baseball and develop the program into a national championship contender.”

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Coach Ranero is Back

Shortshop Alexander DeGoti was tabbed in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in 2016. The Bucs’ star was selected 457th overall out of 1,216 total picks by the Houston Astros.

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Boban Rankovic Repeats as

Coach of the Year

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) named Barry’s Boban Rankovic the CRCA Division II Coach of the Year for the second straight year. The award is voted on by the membership of the CRCA and recognizes head coaches whose teams have had outstanding success throughout the current season and who have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach. Rankovic became Barry’s first full-time rowing assistant coach in 2011, took over as head coach in September 2013, and has lead the Bucs to back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships.

2016 NCAA Division II

National Champions The No. 1-ranked Buccaneers claimed their second straight national rowing title, winning both the Varsity 4 and Varsity 8 Grand Finals. “We all feel amazing for this year’s accomplishment,” said head coach Boban Rankovic. “What’s amazing about it is, going back to when the girls all arrived in the fall and at our first practice, with all the work they put in, they trusted in the process we put ahead of them.”

All-Americans Baseball Ryan Baldwin, Alex DeGoti

Men’s Basketball Yunio Barrueta

Men’s Golf Mike Anderson, Mario Beltran Nico Cavero, Niclas Weiland

Women’s Golf Nicky Ferre, Maria Paola Fiorio Tilda Larsson

Rowing Rosie Boncheva, Beth Desmond

In the Varsity 4 Grand Final, Barry defeated Central Oklahoma and Western Washington. The Bucs won the Varsity 8 Grand Final, defeating Central Oklahoma, Western Washington and Humboldt State.

Men’s Tennis Renato Lombardi, Ahmed Triki

Women’s Tennis

“You could see how excited everyone was when the Eight crossed the finish line,” Rankovic said. “It was exhilarating. It was very rewarding.

Zuza Maciejewska, Emma Onila

“We have five seniors who will be greatly missed. Their contributions to the program were vast. For the seniors, winning the national championship in their last race, that’s how they wanted to finish their college careers. It’s a dream come true.”

SCHOLAR All-Americans

Barry has now won 16 NCAA Division II national championships. Rowing joins women’s soccer (1992, 1993) and men’s golf (2013, 2014) as repeat champions.

Women’s Golf Nicky Ferre, Maria Paola Fiorio Tilda Larsson

Rowing Rosie Boncheva, Angela Dasch Jelena Momirov, Eva Patyi Sara Rus Alba, Luna Ugrenovic



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Sam Busekrus, Megan Copeland Lynsey Duncan, Dee Espinosa Ashley Fernandez, Alayna Gallagher Jasmine Harris, Cheyanne Head Kristina Osorio, Anieliese Palmeiro Geneva Santos, Nicole Szelest

Men’s Tennis Franco Echenique, Renato Lombardi Flavio Matteoli, Ahmed Triki

Women’s Tennis Judith Bohnenkamp, Karina Goia

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Velmarie L. Albertini Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, School of Professional And Career Education

Jeanne Antolchick Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Jennifer Casani Visiting Assistant Professor, Counseling, School of Education

Patricia Coccoma

Susan Gray, EdD, MBA, MSW, who retired from the School of Social Work in 2013 as professor emerita, received the National Association of Social Workers’ lifetime achievement award. The award celebrates the best of social work values, contributions to the profession and extraordinary achievements demonstrated in a distinguished career. Among her many accomplishments, Gray was honored for her dedication to improving the treatment of vulnerable populations, and distinguished as a practitioner, educator, public servant, author and a mentor who has strengthened the individual capacities of countless social workers.

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Jan de Beer Gothic Renewal in Renaissance Antwerp D E

Visiting Assistant Professor, Social Work, School of Social Work

Elaine S. Cronin Instructor and Project Coordinator of Child Welfare, School of Social Work

ISBN 978-2-503-55531-7

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Kristy D'Angelo-Corker

Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law


The Antwerp painter Jan de Beer (c.14751527/28) was highly esteemed in his lifetime and still famous forty years after his death, but then fell into oblivion until the early twentieth century. This monograph is the first published, comprehensive study of his art and career. Its biography is the result of a thorough search of the archives and includes a recently discovered teaching contract with Lieven van Male of Ghent. All documents are fully transcribed, including documents for the artist’s painter-son, Aert de Beer (c.1508-1538/40). Results from technical studies of the artist’s work, including underdrawings and dendrochronological dating, are incorporated throughout the book.

Brepols Publishers has published “Jan de Beer, Gothic Renewal in Renaissance Antwerp,” a monograph by Dan Ewing, PhD, The artist’s surviving oeuvre consists of forty works, mainly devotional paintings and professor of art at the College triptychs but also a dozen drawingshistory and a stained glass window in Antwerp Cathedral a lost design. De Beer’s stylish, elegant ofafter Arts and Sciences. It is the first art exerted a powerful appeal upon the buying public, churches abroad, and copyists. His lost Adoration of the Magi was the best-selling published comprehensive study of painting design in Antwerp at the time. De Beer is further important as one of only two Antwerpde artists ofBeer’s his generation for art whom a and career. “The Jan signficant body of drawings exist. The catalogue of paintings and drawings by the artist and his workshop, including the numerous copies and Ewing’s book on publication of Dr. variants, comes to over 170 works. Jan de Beer iswithremarkable for the De Beer’s art is typically associated the work of the Antwerp Mannerists, a prominent group of mostly anonymous painters active in breadth its scholarship and for his the city during his of lifetime. This study argues that De Beer’s work, plus that of the Mannerists and the city’s retable carvers, should be longtime commitment to bringing understood as a novel, modern expression of late Gothic art, a sixteenth-century renewal of the Gothic mode that wasartist also manifested in this Dutch into the public eye,” contemporary architecture, calligraphy, music and poetry. said Silvia Lizama, chair of Barry’s fine arts department.


Wes Henricksen Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law

Shanika L. Hill Associate Professor, Podiatry, School of Podiatric Medicine

Randall K. Johnson Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law


Victor Romano, PhD, associate professor of sociology and criminology at the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the faculty senate, was elected chairperson of the board of directors for Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence Inc. (HOPE), a nonprofit organization committed to combatting housing discrimination. Romano has served on HOPE’s board since 2010 and also serves as chairperson of the MiamiDade County Commission on Human Rights.

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Dan Ewing (1949) completed his dissertation on Jan de Beer at the University of Michigan in 1978. He is Professor of Art History at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and has published on De Beer, Jan van Eyck, and Michelangelo. In 1990 his archival study of the Antwerp Cathedral account books for the Pand art market, 1460-1560, was published in The Art Bulletin. In 2005 he was a contributing author for the Antwerp exhibition, ExtravagAnt! A Forgotten Chapter of Antwerp Art, 1500-1530. He contributed to the 2007 Patinir exhibition in Madrid and the 2011 Joos van Cleve exhibition in Aachen. Among his many research grants are an award from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and two awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jan de Beer

Sister Patricia (Pat) Siemen, OP, J.D., founding director of the Center for Earth jurisprudence (CEJ) at the School of Law, was elected prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, for a six-year term which began July 1, 2016. At the law school, Sister Pat also taught a seminar in Earth jurisprudence for many years and served as the liaison for the Office of Mission Engagement. Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, described Sister Pat as “a highly acclaimed and respected national and international expert, advocate and lecturer on Earth jurisprudence” as well as a “dear and trusted personal friend.” Sister Pat will continue to serve the CEJ as the honored director emeritus and will serve on the university’s Board of Trustees in the seat reserved for the prioress of the congregation.

Charles W. Evans, PhD, associate professor of finance and economics at the Andreas School of Business, recently testified as an expert witness in a closely-watched Bitcoin case in Miami involving money laundering charges. Evans, who specializes in virtual currency, advised the court that no central government or bank backs Bitcoin, regulation of Bitcoin varies by jurisdiction, and the IRS considers Bitcoin trades the same as bartering. “Basically, it’s poker chips that people are willing to buy from you,” he testified. The court dismissed the case on the grounds that it could not deem Bitcoin as money.


Gothic Renewal in Renaissance Antwerp

Jessie Colin, PhD, RN, professor and director of the PhD, nursing executive leadership and nursing education programs at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, received the Nurse of the Year Award during the sixth Annual South Region Florida Nurses Association Symposium and Awards Ceremony. Colin was originally nominated by a group of students for the FNA Nurse Administration Award, which honors an outstanding administrative leader in nursing. As a result of that nomination, she was selected to receive the Nurse of the Year Award, given to the most outstanding nominee in the association’s six award categories.


Glenn A. Bowen, PhD, director of Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives, was elected to the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. The association’s mission is “to promote the development and dissemination of research on servicelearning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system.” Bowen has served as a proposal reviewer for the association's annual conference and co-chaired the conference’s social justice track in 2015. As a director, he will engage in planning strategies and programs to spur the growth of the association which has more than 1,000 members.

Heidi Heft LaPorte Associate Professor, Social Work, School of Social Work

Elisabeth Londono Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Meredith Parry Instructor, School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences

Robin G. Schugar Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Program, School of Podiatric Medicine

Natalia Shtompel Assistant Professor, Social Work, School of Social Work

Charles Stringer Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program, School of Podiatric Medicine

In Memoriam Michael Connolly, PhD Former Interim Dean of the School of Social Work and Former Faculty Member J. Gualberto Cremades, EdD, PhD Professor and Coordinator of the Graduate Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology Program Sister Helen Duggan, OP, PhD Formerly known as Sister Ann Charles Duggan, Former Dean of Students and Former Faculty Member Cesar Odio Assistant Director of Athletics and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Sister Maura Phillips, OP Formerly known as Kathleen Phillips, Former Faculty Member

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Sister Jean Crane, MS, was honored by Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito during the annual Religious Jubilee Mass on May 21 at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens for her 60 years of service to the Dominican Sisters. The Rockwall (Texas) Area Chamber of Commerce named Diane Porter as its Ambassador of the Month for March 2016. She is the founder and owner of Weight Off for Life. Porter also serves as an independent certified health coach and regional director for Take Shape for Life.


The artwork of Roxanne Panero was included in “East End Realists,” an exhibition featuring oil paintings by nine Hamptons-based artists at the Southampton (N.Y.) Cultural Center.


Sister Margarita Gomez, MA, DMin ’02, was honored by Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito during the annual Religious Jubilee Mass on May 21 at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens for her 50 years of service to the Claretian Missionary Sisters.


Jose De Vivero, one of the founders and principals of Interport Logistics LLC, has been named the company’s CEO.


Douglas Johnson has been named the personnel director for the city of Clifton, New Jersey.


Lt. Col. Jeannette M. Watterson, USAF, earned a doctorate from the University of Florida.


Jenna T. Hackman, a partner in the Deerfield Beach, Florida, office of ROIG Lawyers, successfully completed and graduated from the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Class 22.


Luis A. Castro has been named vice president and branch sales leader at BankUnited. Castro is responsible for managing branch activities and deposit and loan growth in Miami Beach and Wynwood.


Michelle Valdivia Ayala has been named account director at República.


Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Kemba Lewis, J.D., to the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, which serves Pasco and Pinellas counties. Lewis is currently assigned to the Circuit’s Civil Division.


Corinn Singletary, MSCS, joined the staff of Plastic Surgery Associates and Allegra MedSpa in Santa Rosa, California, as a full-time provider of aesthetic injectable treatments.


Catherine Tyson was named deputy managing director for The Cayman Reporter.

Gary M. Barrow, MBA, has been appointed chief technical officer of Jamaica Public Service.

President Barack Obama appointed Shelly Siegel to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. Siegel is the founder and president of Universal Design & Education Network LLC.


Paul Tei won the 2016 Carbonell Award for best supporting actor for his performance in “Buried Child” at Palm Beach Dramaworks. The Carbonell Awards honor excellence in theater in South Florida.

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Maria J. DuPree Lynn has been promoted by the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity. She is now the special education assessor at Osan American Elementary School at the U.S. Air Force base in Osan, South Korea. Prior to her promotion, she taught disabled preschool students and learning-impaired middle school students at the U.S Army base in Daegu, South Korea.



Dexter M. Williams was appointed chief of police for the Miramar Police Department. Williams has over 25 years’ experience in law enforcement and has served on Miramar’s police force since 1993.

Emily Lloyd has been accepted into Mississippi State University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program as part of the class of 2020.


Masoud Moradi, DPM, has opened a second location of the Neville Foot & Ankle Centers in Spring, Texas.

Patrick Eloi was awarded a Miami Herald Small Business Makeover for his company, Complete Care IT.

Meghan Buckley has been hired as a marine science teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy in Fort Pierce.


Danielle Igoe, a tax manager at Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil in West Palm Beach, was recently appointed to the board of directors for Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County’s premier community children’s chorus. Maday Leon is the lead instructor for South Florida State College’s Bachelor of Science in elementary education program.


Amber DuPree Smulcheski and her husband, Michael, welcomed their son, Grant, in July 2015.

Nadege Green, a reporter and producer for WLRN Radio, was selected for the Class IX of Miami Fellows, The Miami Foundation’s signature leadership program.


Dr. Rafaela Nita recently became a National Research Council fellow at the U.S. Naval Research laboratory in Washington, D.C. Nita earned her doctorate from the Florida Institute of Technology.


Niel Johnson was awarded the nation’s highest public safety honor — the Medal of Valor — by President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House in May. The medal is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect others from harm. A member of the North Miami Police Department, Johnson was recognized for swift and valorous action to end a violent crime spree. Johnson pursued a man who had shot a Miami police officer and two other innocent bystanders, withstanding fire from an assault weapon, and apprehended the assailant.


Brandon Brown, J.D., has been promoted to advance scout with the Indianapolis Colts. Gulfshore Business recognized Artisia Parker, office manager for the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University, in the magazine’s “40 under 40” issue honoring Southwest Florida’s rising business leaders.


Ali Kamalzadeh, J.D., earned a promotion to a permanent position as a research and writing attorney for the Appellate Division of the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida in Orlando.

Regina Price, MPA ’10, was sworn in as police chief for the Darby Township Police Department in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on April 13. Price is both the first woman and first African American to serve as police chief in Delaware County’s history.

Renee Torpy and her husband, Doug, welcomed their daughter, Elisabeth Rose, on April 27, 2016.


Denasia Lawrence, MSW, won State Farm’s Sing Your Way competition at the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards, held in Las Vegas.

class notes


In Memoriam Maria A. Accetturo ’88 Dorin R. Antuna ’67 Suzanne I. Bernard, MSW ’87 Franklin Clark, MS ’68 Chadrick Davis ’12 Susan B. Dombrowsky, MS ’95 Joseph R. Ferrante ’08 Dorothy J. Giese ’00 Janice S. Goodman, MSW ’77 Charles B. Helton ’94 Carlton J. Holmes ’05 Sister Audrey H. Hull ’45, formerly known as Sister Raymond Clare Hull Irene R. Johnson ’49 Marya P. Mavilya, MA ’64 Mary L. McAtee ’85 Sister Sharon A. McGuire ’84 Mary Lou Paxton ’48 Vivian L. Rodriguez ’09 Margaret T. Rudolph, MS ’85 June H. Seropian, MSW ’78 Joseph F. Taylor ’94 Delio D. Vento ’91 Dolores S. Wilbur ’47 Walter C. Young, MA ’57

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ArtsEd Forever!, a program of Broward County School Board’s Cultural Division, named Tami Lynn Williams as the 2016 Arts Teacher of the Year in the music category. Williams teaches music at West Hollywood Elementary School.

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