Several Projects Contribute To Business School's Community Engagement Success


May 20, 2021

Business Several Projects Contribute To Business School's Community Engagement Success

The Andreas School of Business is a 2021 winner of a community engagement award at Barry University.

The school “has placed exemplary emphasis on collaborative service and social responsibility while pursuing its academic goals,” Provost Dr. John D. Murray declared. “As a result, a highly effective and fulfilling learning model has flourished—one that requires prioritizing decisions that benefit society while minimizing negative impacts on the environment by adopting philosophies and practices that are socially just and sustainable.”

Provost Murray presented the award in the Engaged Department category to the school for achievements in advancing the community engagement goals of the university, educating students for civic and social responsibility, and improving community life. 

The School of Business does not have departments within its structure. Therefore, the entire school was presented with a Community Engagement Award, which was accepted by Dr. Manuel Tejeda, interim dean. 

VITA, SMIF, B.E. Lab, WIN. These acronyms are synonymous with the school, which “has raised the bar for what it means to be innovative and impactful in academic offerings, student–faculty relationships, and engagement with the broader community,” Provost Murray pointed out. “Faculty and students alike take pride in the service-learning projects embedded in an accounting, a finance, and a marketing course.” 

Presenting the award virtually on April 7, the provost continued: “Community members receive tax-filing assistance each year, free of charge, through VITA—the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Students at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School develop skills in financial literacy, thanks to members of SMIF—the Student Managed Investment Fund.”

Dr. Murray indicated that the B.E. (Barry Entrepreneurship) Lab and WIN (We Inspire Now) have become part of the success story of the School of Business. 

“With more than a decade of developing strong ties and building deep relationships with the community, this academic unit has demonstrated genuine community engagement,” the provost noted. “Its faculty, staff, and students value, promote, and employ socially responsible practices that strengthen local communities.”

The Center for Community Service Initiatives hosted the eighth annual Community Engagement Awards. Speaking during the ceremony, Barry University President Dr. Mike Allen and Campus Compact President Dr. Andrew Seligsohn congratulated all award winners.

Community Engagement Awards 2021 

Award Winners

Community Engagement Support

  • Barry Premier Events Team—Conference and Event Services, Information Technology, Marketing

Community Impact

  • Isaly Ortiz
  • Dai’ Jonnai Smith

Community Partnership

  • Bread for the World

Community Engagement Educator

  • Dr. Jalane Meloun

Service-Learning Faculty

  • Sister Mary Frances Fleischaker

Community Engagement (Engaged Department)

  • Andreas School of Business

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