On The Cover

Celebrating Barry's
International Reach

Founding Focus
A week of festivities

Support System
Students overcome obstacles to succeed

College Bound
Reaching a new generation

Spring 2014

Campus Currents I Spotlight On Sports I Barry Beat I Features

Letter from the President

Dear Barry Community,

Those of us who live in Florida take great delight in the glories of creation that abound in the magnificent diversity of our flora. Driving to campus one day I realized that the “trees of gold” (Tabebuia caraiba) have begun to bloom. I am already anticipating the flaming flowers of the showiest of all our Florida trees, the royal poinciana. My other favorites are the jacaranda, the frangipani, the shaving brush tree, the pitch apple, the bald cypress, and the shower trees (Cassia javanica of which there are 400 species). This diversity – size, color, and fragrance –lifts my spirit and often leads me to a prayer of thanksgiving for the Creator’s handiwork.

I am also filled with great joy each day as I experience the magnificent diversity of our Barry University community of students, faculty, staff, and administration. As we stated in our Core Commitments, “we are a global, inclusive community” and we call ourselves to embrace “a global world view.” We value and nurture cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. We also have fun celebrating our various cultural traditions and enjoy culinary delights from around the globe. We are a flavorful community that, in the end, enriches and energizes all of us, especially our students’ education and university experiences. We also are committed to serving local and global communities through collaborative and mutually productive relationships.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Barry Magazine as it highlights aspects of our international essence. Whether you are near or far, you are always in our thoughts and prayers and we thank God for your connection to us, your support and affirmation of our Catholic identity and Adrian Dominican heritage.

Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD