When the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, the impact was felt throughout South Florida, including on Barry’s campus. Many students, faculty, staff and alumni had family members and friends who lost their lives in the quake. Others had friends and family members who were injured or lost their homes and livelihoods. In the story, “Keeping the Faith,” we recognize Barry’s deep ties to the people of Haiti and to South Florida’s Haitian community. We also wanted to highlight some of the practical contributions the Barry community has made to Haitian relief efforts. We are very proud of students like Scott Dean, a lieutenant in the Miami Fire Department and a member of the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team that was sent to Haiti to help in rescue efforts. There were and continue to be many relief efforts undertaken by members of the Barry community both collectively and individually, and we only wish we had space to acknowledge them all.
In this issue we are also proud to include the story, “Oh Me, Oh MiMo” about the work being undertaken by the Barry Institute for Community and Economic Development (BICED). BICED programs provide needs assessments and business skill development that is targeted to select Miami-Dade communities. Through BICED, students in the Andreas School of Business were able to offer well researched recommendations for encouraging business development in the MiMo District, not far from Barry’s campus. According to Dean of the Andreas School of Business Dr. Tomislav Mandakovic, opportunities to work on these types of service learning projects are invaluable to today’s business students as “small business development and community revitalization will play a significant role in our country’s future, especially in regions like South Florida.”
Finally, speaking of pride, see the Alumni Connection section for coverage of the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Receiving the highest honor given by Barry University from the Alumni Association,. recipients Heather J. Rohan ’77, ’89, Helen Aguirre Ferre ’87, Alberto M. Carvalho ’90 and Bradley W. Bakotic,’89,’91,’92 were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their professions - business, communication, education and health care – as well as to the community at large.
Overall, “community” was the theme that was manifested as this issue came together. Whether it was helping a country struck by tragedy or envisioning ways to help a local community thrive once again, these past few months have been ones in which we can all say we are proud to be a part of the Barry community.
Editor, Barry Magazine