Spring 2010 Issue
2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Barry University’s third annual Distinguished Alumni Awards was held in Hollywood, Florida, but attendees said it had the glitz and glamour of a true Tinseltown celebration.
At the 2009 event, four alumni received the highest honor awarded by the Alumni Association in recognition of their contributions to their professions, community and their ongoing commitment to the University.
“I am thrilled to be attending this event for the first time,” said Ryan Saunders ’09. “To be an alumnus of Barry and see that such exhilarating events are taking place to honor my fellow alumni for their achievements inspires me to continue my journey and to one day stand on this very stage.”
The event, held at The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, once again featured the Barry Distinguished Chef competition, in which five of the area’s top chefs squared off in a culinary competition decided by dinner attendees.
Honored alumni included:
Dr. Bradley Bakotic ’92, an adjunct professor at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and one of the foremost authorities in podiatric pathology. As a principle partner in Bako Pathology Services, he recently arranged for a $100,000 grant from Bako to establish the Bako Pathology Services Anatomy Lab at the School of Podiatric Medicine.
In 2008, he was selected as the recipient of the Northwest Podiatric Foundation for Education and Research’s National Service Award for his efforts to promote podiatric medicine and surgery on a national and international level.
Alberto M. Carvalho ’90, superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools. Carvalho was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Florida for 2009 by Florida International Magazine. He is a member of the United Way of Miami Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the Children’s Trust, the Miami-Dade YMCA Vision Council and was recently named as the President’s Appointee to the National PTA Board.
Helen Aguirre Ferré ’87, award-winning bilingual journalist in both print and broadcast media. Ferré is the Opinion Page Editor of Diario Las Américas, an independent, family-owned Spanish-language newspaper founded in Miami in 1953. She co-hosts “Yo Cuento,” Radio Cadena Univision’s political national radio program and is a weekly political analyst on “Prohibido Callarse” for Miami radio station WQBA.
Heather Rohan ’77, ’89, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, a 407-bed health care facility serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties. With more than 30 years of health care experience, Rohan led the way for Aventura Hospital to receive HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award that places it in the top 5 percent for overall clinical quality.
The Alumni Association also bestowed its Distinguished Business Partner Award on Assurant, Inc. Assurant participates in the Barry University Annual Fund Program by contributing to scholarships for students in the fields of math, management and accounting.
Additionally, the Andreas School of Business has partnered with Assurant to provide MBA students with the Assurant Solutions MBA Cohort Program.
The distinguished alumni were the stars of the evening, but the highlight for many was the Barry Distinguished Chef competition. Five celebrated chefs - Andrew Platt of Catering Coordinators in Miami, David Hackett of The Westin Diplomat Hotel and Spa in Hollywood, Morgan Nims of Chef In The Box in Miami, Pablo Guarella of Miami’s Chophouse, and Susan and Soco Rojas of Sisters in Pink Catering and Chef Services in Miami - created signature dishes that event attendees graded on creativity, presentation and taste.
Once all the dishes were cleared and the scorecards tallied, Hackett was awarded the top prize before a crowd of more than 200 people, including Barry President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, members of the Alumni Board of Directors, Barry Board of Trustees, and deans from the nine academic schools and colleges. All proceeds from the event benefit the Barry University Alumni Scholarship Fund.