Fall 2011 Issue


Keep the Good News Coming

In 1940, four founders brought to fruition the idea of an institution of higher education, known then as Barry College, to the city of Miami Shores. Recently, Barry University completed its 70th year of offering a quality, Catholic education and celebrated seven decades during its annual Founders' Week celebration.

The week-long celebration kicked off with the unveiling, blessing and dedication of the statue "Mary, Bearer of Good News," located in Barry's Garner Quadrangle. Sculpted by artist David Wanner of Milwaukee, Wis., the elegant statue stands 6 feet high on a 5-foot pedestal of travertine. Mary faces Cor Jesu Chapel, the spiritual heart of thousands of students and alumni of Barry.

The statue is a depiction of the Blessed Virgin, which represents the dedication of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the founding community of Barry University. Just as Mary is portrayed in this statue, for more than 100 years, Adrian Dominican Sisters journeyed forth, empowered by the gospel to seek truth, make peace and reverence life. In 1940, one of those journeys brought Mother Gerald Barry and the sisters of the founding community to Miami Shores to open Barry College for women.

Barry was selected as one of less than 100 universities/colleges in the country to participate in the Centralized Student Career Experience Program (CSCEP) with the United States Marshal Service.

CSCEP is a cooperative educational program that prepares undergraduate students to serve in deputy U.S. Marshal positions. It is a 16-week work-study program for college students pursuing degrees in criminal justice, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology or social sciences. CSCEP allows students to apply classroom experience into the world, and offers work experience in the public sector.