Barry recognizes academic achievement of students at 2013 Honors Convocation

On Friday, May 3, Barry University held its annual Honors Convocation to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of the university’s students. More than 150 people were in attendance for the event which distinguished students from eight of Barry’s schools and colleges.

Barry’s most distinguished award, the St. Catherine Medal, was awarded to two students this year. Chelsea Baker, a senior social work major, earned the award in the senior category; while Leslie Redmond, a junior political science, earned the award in the sophomore/junior category.

Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Honor Society awards the St Catherine Medal each year to a pair of Barry student who have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership.

Baker earned the award for her involvement in numerous philanthropic organizations including the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church and the Immokalee Farmworkers Coalition. On campus, Baker volunteered with the Alternative Spring Break Program, created Barry’s Praise and Worship Group, and was the co-founder of Barry’s Students for Justice. She is the Vice President of Barry’s Student Social Work Association, a member of the philosophy club, and Phi Gamma Mu Honor Society.

In three years at Barry, Redmond has volunteered with numerous philanthropic societies including organizing the “Get Out and Vote” campaign on Barry’s campus. She is a resident assistant, and the vice president of Barry’s Phi Alpha Delta professional organization. She was elected as the 2013-14 Student Government Association President and will begin her term in August 2013. Redmond is a member of four academic honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Tau Delta, Delta Epsilon Iota, and Phi Sigma Alpha.

In addition to the St. Catherine Medal, the dean of each school/college, located on the Miami Shores campus, awarded their unit’s Dean’s Award to one or two students. The winners of Barry’s Deans’ Awards were selected because of their academic commitment and their representation of their school/college.

The Deans’ Awards Winners are:

College of Arts and Sciences:

Thomas Depalo – Major: Philosophy

Alec Davila – Major: Biology

College of Health Sciences:

Stephanie Cediel – Major: Nursing

School of Adult and Continuing Education:

Carlos Rafael Villalona – Major: Public Admin.

School of Business:

Elena V. Dulger – Major: Finance

School of Education:

Lucien Senatus – Major: Elementary Education

School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences:

Taylor Ellen Babcock – Major: Sport Management

Stephen Raskin – Major: Exercise Physiology

School of Social Work:

Jennifer Cairns – Major: Social Work

Students were also recognized in three other categories: writing, scholarship, and honor societies inductees. A list of these winners is below.

Sigma Tau Delta Writing Awards:

Essay Category

First Place: Mary Naiad Lopez
Title of Entry: “Americanization: Loss of Culture”
Double Major: English Literature and Broadcast Communication


Honorable Mention: Shanice Atwell
Title of Entry: “The Diving Board Dilemma”
Major: English Literature

Fiction Catagory

First Place: Chelsea Baker
Title of Entry: “Hole Dwellers”
Major: Social Work

Poetry Category

First Place: Rena Kizilisik
Title of Entry: “Life” and “Spider” (two entries)
Ph.D. Program: Higher Education Leadership Administration



Honorable Mention: Marisa Herrera
Title of Entry: “Forbidden Fruit”
Major: Business Administration

Scholarship Awards:

Dr. Lloyd D. Elgart Memorial Scholarship: Darya Ruzaykina – Major: International Business

Honor Societies:

Alpha Chi: 

Abdullah Alshehry

Connie Freehill

Dominique Pando Bucci

Cyndee Alves

Marcela Guerra

Cathy Rauback

Katie Anglin

Alicia Guerrero

Joao Rodrigues

Reshma Baddaloo

Jennyfer Gutierrez

Cifford Rosenberg

Linda Bergmann

Caroline Hannah

Carrol Russell

Terry Brayboy

Vernique Henfield

Andrea Saadatmandi

Shari Buchanan

Bridgette Kelley

Lauren Sanchez

Arianna Cabrera

George R. Kurak

Susan Smith

Jennifer Cairns

Lillian Lolo

Yazmin Sotelo

Albert Ciavolino

Thomas Lombardo

Andrea Tirado

Alexis Corona

Shena Matter

Tania Torres Delgado

Christina Dampman

Roger McGlamery

Abner Vargas

Alec Davila

Jeslie Mezidor

Carlos Villalona

Elena Dulger
Jacquelin Escobar

Robert M. Newton

Luis Pagnan

John Zartman

Delta Epsilon Sigma: 

Shanice Atwell

Alexis Garcia

Natalie Payan

Travor Baddaloo

Joong Kim

Lola Posley

Linda Bergmann

Shanika Kingston

Stephen Raskin

Ruchama Cherelus

Kristina Koncheva

Joao Rodriguez

Sasha Collymore

Jessica Lami

Wendy Saravia

Joe DePrado

Akemi Maehama

Madeleine Simonitsch

Angela DiPasquale

Breyonna Maddox

Kia Steele

Elena Dulger

Michael Markowitz

David Tio

Colette Eule

Peter Nwokoye

Alejandro Tobon

Kappa Gamma Pi: 

Reshma Baddaloo

Elena Dulger

Laura Perez

Angela DiPasquale

Bridgette Kelley

Kia Steele

Phi Eta Sigma: 

Suzely Alexis

Lisa Lawrence

Aarti Raggonath

William Atkins

Samantha Lopes

Dayla Ruiz

Diamond Brown

Ashley Lugo

Alekzander Sayers

Rodh Cesare

Julie Jungwirth

Zulay Scottborough

Marena Collazo-Lugo

Megan Mendoza

Cory Smith

Hemaghini Das

Trace McClenen

Dominic Smith

Angela Dasch

Brian McNally

Nina Sordillo

Ingeborg de Weever

Kelly Merrill

Lindsey Stangl

Sandra Fish

Taylor Mulvey

Chelsea Tapia

Lamont Fulwood

Deneshia Mumford

Viviana Tenorio

Judith Furtado

Raymond Osuch

Moraima Walker

Tatiana Gamboa

Marcos Pardo

Dustin Welsh

Maria Genao

Kaitlyn Parotti

Van Williams

Frank Gonzalez

Sherwin Pereira

John Wilson