Office of Student Life

Larry Perez, Director
TBA, Associate Director
Renee Fellinger, Coordinator, FYE and Orientation
, Coordinator, Clubs and Organizations
, Coordinator, Marketing
, Coordinator, Campus Programming
Sharon Singh-Passley, Administrative Assistant

Landon Student Union, 202
Student Life Suite 206
Commuter Student Lounge, Landon Student Union, 202
Greek Life, Landon Student Union, 202
Ethical Leadership Center, Landon Student Union, 108

Purpose Statement

The Office of Student Life is committed to the mission of Barry University and the Division of Mission and Student Engagement. The guiding philosophy of the department recognizes that the development of the whole student is achieved through in-class and out-of-class learning opportunities and experiences provided through programs designed to enhance cultural, intellectual, leadership, personal, and professional development. When afforded these opportunities for learning and growing, students will graduate from the institution with a better understanding of themselves and their peers, as it relates to their organizations, chosen professions and responsibilities as part of a larger community.

The office encompasses new student orientation program and first year experience programs, student organizations, leadership development, student programs and events, International and Multicultural programs, club and organization governance, Fraternity and Sorority life, commuter student resources.

The staff, through the implementation of student development theories in a variety of instructional settings, assists students in developing environments which enhance diversity, promote ethical and moral development, encourage civic engagement, promote the establishment of meaningful interpersonal relationships, and provide leadership and experiential learning opportunities.

Commuter Student Resources

Office of Student Life provides a variety of programs and services intended to enhance the commuter experience by broadening the students' knowledge of opportunities, events, and services that will assist them during their college career. The office offers programs such as commuter appreciation days solely for commuter students and variety of different services including carpooling and commuting alternative programs, Commuter Student lounge with amenities, information on commuter spots on campus, locker rentals, student discounted Metro- bus passes and parking decals, and information on commuter meal plans.

Campus Events & Programming

While academics will be a major focus of your college career, the Office of Student Life at Barry University believes that a complete college education requires involvement in activities, events, and programs outside the classroom. Therefore, the office plays a major role in the social and educational programming throughout the campus.

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) – a University Funded Organization (UFO), develops, coordinates and presents many of the campus wide programs, trips, and events. CAB strives to provide dynamic and diverse programs and events that meet the needs and interests of the Barry University student community. Programs include evening entertainment such as bands, comedians, talent shows, and game shows. Large scale and/or traditional programs include: the coffee house themed Café Latte, the all-white attire party Glo, and the event inspired by Barry University’s past history as an all woman’s college, Barry Beauties. Annual holiday trips to Florida theme parks are scheduled annually as well as trips to local attractions.

Adventure Series

The Adventure Series serves the educational, recreational, and developmental needs of the Barry University community by utilizing human-powered outdoor adventure pursuits, experiential education methods, and the natural environment. The program provides opportunities for challenging experiences in outdoor settings while promoting a responsible and sustainable land-use ethic. In doing so, Adventure Series can address individual recreational needs as well as provide out-of-classroom academic support experiences. Students are encourage to discover the thrilling adventures of South Florida such as sailing, hiking, rock climbing, scuba diving, kayaking, horseback riding & more…


Mosaic Cultural & Creative Arts Series a program designed for Barry University students to explore an array of cultural arts programs and activities through a variety of mediums. Whether attending a theatrical performance, one of the world's finest ballets, going to a cultural festival or experiencing a new artisan's work at an exhibit, Mosaic enables students to celebrate their freedom of expression and inquiry as well expose them to the rich tapestry of culture and arts that South Florida is renowned for.


Homecoming is a weeklong celebration of traditional events, fun activities and competitions. Traditional Events include the Barry Beauties, Golf Cart Parade, and Fashion Show. Competitions between clubs and organizations, Residence Halls, and student organized teams also traditionally took place during the week with such favorites as Bucky Bird Watch, Residential Life Battle of the Halls Competition, Powder Puff Football and the Popular Boat Races.

For more information regarding campus events and programming at Barry University, please contact the Office of Student Life, located in Landon Student Union 202, call 305-899-3961 or email:

Leadership Development

Leadership Speaker Series -are designed to provide students with the opportunity to understand and explore the concept of leadership, assess your interests, improve your skills and learn more about working with others. Seminar topics will vary each semester and suggestions for new topics will be researched and provided as needed.

Leadership Conferences – the purpose of these conferences is to provide student leaders with the opportunity to interact with their peers from Barry University and/or surrounding institutions, allowing them to form friendships, gather ideas and promote intercollegiate cooperative program planning. Most conferences will feature a keynote speaker and a series of breakout sessions aimed at addressing issues that are pertinent to both established and emerging student leaders.

Project LEAD - is a series of skill building and training workshops to aid students in the development of their leadership style and personal development. An integral component is to prepare participants to utilize critical thinking, develop effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills, learn how to delegate and work collaboratively and cooperatively within a team. Students can attend workshops "a-la-carte" or they can apply to the Leadership Academy – a track based, intensive leadership and skill developing program. Successful completion of the Leadership Academy culminates with leadership certification.

Vice President's Roundtable - these roundtables provide an opportunity for the primary student leaders of Barry University to have lunch with administrators to ask questions and gain insight from one of the University's leaders.

Leadership Recognition - the office and the Division of Mission and Student Engagement recognizes student leaders for their positive contributions to campus life by hosting an annual leadership awards banquet held in April. This program is designed to emphasize the importance of student leaders and recognize outstanding individuals, student organizations and advisors for their leadership contributions to Barry University.

Emerging Leaders – this program focuses on first-year student leadership development based loosely on the Social Change Model of Leadership. The Emerging Leaders program provides experiential opportunities enhancing leadership skills, raising social awareness, and stimulating intellectual growth. To further expose students to campus resources and provide transitional support, this program offers direct interaction with current student leaders, university staff, faculty, and senior administrators.

Leadership Library – if you are interested in researching educational resources on leadership topics, the Leadership Library stocks books, journals, videotapes, and a wide array of handouts, all of which relate to leadership, including topics such as leadership theory, meetings, delegation, networking, publicity, diversity, ethics, ice-breakers, and other topics relevant to leadership and management. Anyone with a Barry University student ID card may review the materials in the library or check out an item for 48 hours.

The Leadership Library is located in the Landon Student Union, Suite 202.

New Student Orientation /FYE Program - is rooted in the university's mission of providing Knowledge and Truth, Inclusive Community, Social Justice and Collaborative Service. The Center is responsible for developing comprehensive transition support and programming for the Division of Mission and Student Engagement. Additionally, the office will foster collaboration among campus departments, individual students, and student organizations toward the goal of presenting a comprehensive transition support program that facilitates social, educational, spiritual, cultural, cognitive, and ethical development. End of Fall Orientation first year students participate in the Passport Program. This is the 8 week all inclusive student experience with includes 18 departments and over 60 holistic programs.

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