Fall 2010 Issue


Access Granted

In an effort to help close the gap in the nation’s nursing shortage, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Barry’s Division of Nursing $869,745 for nursing students. The grant required a match of $154,000 from the University, making it among the largest federally funded nursing grants given to the program.

Known as the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, it allows nurses accepted into the program to earn their master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing education and receive an 85 percent forgiveness policy on their education loan. Nursing students must teach as a full-time faculty member at any college or university, including Barry, for a minimum of five years after graduation in order to receive the loan forgiveness.

“Barry University’s Division of Nursing has been, is, and will continue to be dedicated to producing nursing faculty for the state of Florida,” said College of Nursing and Health Sciences Associate Dean and Division of Nursing Chair Claudette Spalding, PhD, ARNP. “This loan program has and will continue to make the difference in recruitment and production of nurses who will become the faculty needed by all of Florida’s nursing programs.”

Barry University’s Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project recently received a gift of $24,575 in grant support from three separate foundations. Two $10,000 donations came from the Frank J. Lewis Foundation of Riveira Beach, Florida, and the International Foundation of Fairfield, New Jersey. The Northwest Podiatric Foundation donated $4,575.

The Yucatan Project, now in its 14th year of operation, has rendered treatment to more than 6,700 crippled children in Mexico. All operations are performed by podiatric physicians and surgeons from Barry’s School of Podiatric Medicine. Funds from the three foundations will be used to support travel costs and provide medical supplies, equipment and medication.

Photo was taken during the Yucatan Project’s February 2008 trip.

The Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry received a $700,000 challenge grant from The Marie V. Gendron Fund. Administered by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Adrian, Michigan, the Gendron grant will be used for the Institute’s scholarship endowment.

For every dollar the Institute raises over the next two years, the Gendron Fund will match up to $700,000, bringing the potential monies raised to $1.4 million. The challenge grant will help the Institute in its campaign to raise $2.7 million for its scholarship endowment.

Established in 2006, the Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry is structured to empower Roman Catholic and Protestant lay and ordained ministers with a solid background in Hispanic/Latino practical theologies. The Institute offers a certificate program as well as concentrations in Hispanic/Latino theology within the master’s in Practical Theology and doctorate in Ministry programs.

The Counseling Department in the Adrian Dominican School of Education (ADSOE) was awarded $61,176 from the Florida Department of Education for its College Reach-Out Program (CROP). The grant period began September 1 and ends August 31, 2011.

CROP is a statewide program that helps educationally disadvantaged, low-income students in grades 6-12 pursue and successfully complete a college education by providing tutorial services. Barry’s program is the only one of its kind to provide counseling services to CROP students and their families. The program counsels students on the issues affecting their decision not to attend college, such as violence, domestic violence, substance abuse and family medical problems.

Barry counselors, at no charge, conduct individual and group psycho-educational counseling sessions in the schools, which provide students with the skills necessary to achieve academic success.

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded the College of Nursing and Health Sciences a $1.2 million congressionally-directed grant, one of the largest ever given to the University. Money from the grant is being used to fund a two-year project titled “Surveillance of water sources for pathogen contamination: an approach to provide informative maps for military deployment and humanitarian assistance planning.” The project, under the guidance of Barry faculty members Drs. Gerhild Packert and Evelio Velis (co-principle investigators), and Stephen Dunham (project coordinator), will be conducted in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its purpose is to address U.S. military and humanitarian needs by quickly testing water for safe use during emergency conditions. Barry researchers will be testing how accurate hand held water test kits are in identifying bacteria and parasites in fresh water. Results of these tests will be verified with advanced laboratory instrumentation.

Additionally, the grant provides an opportunity for Barry undergraduate students to participate in field sampling and laboratory testing. Students will receive training on advanced laboratory equipment and learn techniques that will prepare them for potential careers in research, hospitals and commercial laboratories.

The Department of Physical Sciences is the recipient of a Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), an active, hands-on foundation that promotes advances in science.

The grant, which is for $35,000 over two years, will help fund Dr. Tamara D. Hamilton’s research program, which involves the synthesis of porphyrins, also known as organic compounds that occur in nature. Heme, the pigment in red blood cells, is one the most widely known porphyrins. Hamilton’s research involves using porphyrins to build molecular-sized cube-shaped cages that could later be used for applications like drug delivery and catalysis.

Funds from the grant will also be used to purchase supplies and equipment, and provide two Barry undergraduate students with a summer salary for two years to do research.