Student Achievements

Dean Award Winner Melanie Ziegner

Dean's Award Winner Melanie Ziegner

Meet one our recent graduate, Melanie Ziegner graduated in Spring 2019.

Melanie Ziegner is a student athlete from Germany. She pursued a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Marketing. She has a cumulate grade point average of 3.977. In spring of 2019, Melanie got inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Beta Gamma Sigma’s members are the top 10% of undergrads from the top 5% of Business Schools worldwide.

In her Junior Year, Melanie worked with Miami Bridge, an emergency home for kids, to improve its online presence. Melanie has also been a successful college athlete playing for the Women’s Soccer team. In 2015 and 16, Melanie won the Regional Championship Title with her previous school, University of Bridgeport. In 2017 and 18, Melanie was named to the Sunshine State All Conference Team and to the All South Region Team in 2018. Moreover, she was awarded for her academic and athletic success with being named to the Google Cloud NCAA DII Academic All-America Team in 2018.

Melanie Ziegner, Class of 2019


Meet Double Major & Golfer Maria Foa Torres

Maria Foa Torres Spotlight
Meet Double Major & Golfer Maria Foa Torres

An Argentinian native, Maria Foa Torres craved the opportunity to play golf while pursuing a degree, something that was not possible in her home country. During a summer vacation in Miami, Maria took the opportunity to visit the Barry University campus alongside her family. After meeting with the women’s golf coach and taking a tour of the campus, she knew that Barry is where she belonged. Add to that Miami’s year-round optimal weather (perfect for practicing golf) and her family’s seal of approval, and Maria was well on her way to making her dreams a reality.

In addition to golf, Maria is extremely passionate about her studies. In fact, one of the things she liked most during her visit was the small campus atmosphere, knowing it would mean more personal interactions with peers and professors. She recently completed her major in finance and is now pursuing another in international business. She enjoys the flexibility that these two majors provide, and says there are plenty of global career opportunities available to her once she graduates. She credits her Fundamentals of Security Analysis class as one of her favorites, saying she was constantly challenged to learn more, conduct research, and develop her analytical skills. Plus, as a member of the university’s Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), she was given the opportunity to apply the skills she had learned inside the classroom. Acting as an analyst with a select group of students, Maria ran valuation models, completed industry analyses, and developed her presentation skills through the organization’s weekly meetings.