BUSSA Programs & Membership Benefits
Our goal is to inspire our students to remain Barry Proud by facilitating meaningful relationships and experiences with alumni. We pride ourselves on the extensive outreach of the Barry community and continually urge our alumni to do their part in positively impacting the student experience.
Show Your Barry Pride
Every college student deserves to get the most out of their experience here at Barry. One of the best ways to ensure this type of satisfaction at Barry is to participate in its traditions, several of which are connected to BUSAA. As BUSAA members, students have the opportunity to showcase their Barry Pride, engage in Barry’s rich legacy of philanthropy, and build relationships between current students and alumni.
Bucky’s Crew Committee
BUSSA students may choose to join one of three committees, including the Bucky’s Crew Committee. If you bleed red, silver, and black, this committee is for you! Bucky’s Crew members wear their Bucky tee-shirts and comprise the “student section” at athletic events. They are the champions of Barry Pride and keep the audiences’ energy up throughout games and events by leading cheers, throwing giveaways to the crowd, and parading the Bucky’s Crew banner and flags. This committee is advised by the Associate Athletics Director and co-chaired by the Assistant Director for Athletic Development
Scholarship And Fundraising Committee
More than 90% of current Barry students are receiving some form of financial aid. Much of this support is received from our Alumni, who grace us with their gifts on behalf of student scholarships. In order to help our members understand the true value of “giving back,” we continually hold campus service projects and fundraising campaigns to improve the Barry community, just as our alumni do with their gifts to the Barry Fund. BUSAA members who choose to serve on the Scholarship and Fundraising Committee are in an excellent position to make a difference in the lives of students and the sustainability of Barry University.
- Senior Class Gift: One of the primary functions of the Scholarship and Fundraising Committee is contributing to the selection of the senior class gift , bestowed upon Barry University by the departing senior class. The committee also assists in educating students about the senior class gift and in collecting contributions.
- Thank-a-Thon: Because so many of our students rely on the generosity of our alumni, it is only natural that BUSAA members and the wider student body should want to show their thanks. To honor and recognize the contributions made by alumni, committee members also assist with Thank-a-Thon, an annual event during which students send personal thank-you-notes to the alumni who have made an investment in the futures of Barry University students.
Alumni Engagement Committee
BUSAA members who are particularly interested in building connections with alumni may wish to consider joining the Alumni Engagement Committee. Members of this committee serve as student ambassadors and/or hosts at Alumni Association events, such as Networking with the Pros and Alumni Reunion Weekend. In their roles as ambassadors and hosts, students have the opportunity to meet numerous alumni from various fields. Committee members are also encouraged to suggest other ways to engage with Barry University alumni.
Dinner For Ten Buccaneers
Dinner for Ten Buccaneers is a growing tradition here at Barry, where students are afforded the opportunity to interact with alumni within a relaxed, casual setting. . As part of this series, an alumna or alumnus will invite a group of 10-12 students to dinner, often in their own homes, to share advice and words of wisdom in an informal setting. Students will be invited to apply as dinners are scheduled.
Networking With The Pros
Each year, the Offices of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving host Networking with the Pros, in collaboration with the Career Development Center. Networking with the Pros is the largest networking event of the year, featuring a keynote speaker and dozens of alumni from a variety of fields. Alumni are available during the event to answer questions about their fields and some even serve as recruiters for their businesses. This event provides an excellent opportunity to BUSSA members seeking to further their professional development.