Fall 2011 Issue

Alumni Connection

Class Notes

Col. Hank Malanowski '82 retires from Marine Corps

Col. Malanowski, an expert logistician who served in the Gulf War, retired from active duty from the Marine Corps with 28 years of service, and was awarded the Legion of Merit. He will reside in Lorton, Va. upon retirement and work in the supply chain organization for AT&T. Col. Malanowski graduated with a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance and has advanced degrees in systems and information management and strategic studies.


Pamela Amoury Taylor is retiring from her position as social worker/care manager and lives in England. She hopes to reconnect with folks who knew her from her years at Barry. Pamela's email is pam_amy @hotmail.com if anyone would like to touch base with her.


Brendan C. Francis was a recent participant in the Harvard Medical School Leadership Program. Dr. Francis has been elected to the Fellowship of the Linnean Society of London. The appointment to this prestigious post is the highest accolade that can be obtained in the field of biodiversity.

Barrett E. Mincey '05 awarded Teacher of the Year

Mincey was selected as Region VII Teacher of the Year (2012) of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Teacher of the Year-District Finalist. His research in juvenile justice education, organizational change and community improvement and redevelopment led him to create an educational program, "Big Chief Productions," and subsequently to write a grant titled, "The Big Chief Turnaround Program: a prevention mechanism for at-risk youth." The turnaround program would be focused on providing a continuum of care that would embrace and empower at-risk youth. Mincey is eager to contribute his expertise in juvenile justice education or in any capacity/agency that wishes to utilize him. His ultimate goal is to help his students become critical thinkers and develop analytical approaches that may be useful for researching and making contributions in the areas of social change.


Jason Bulger has been living in Melbourne, Australia, since 2006. His first son, Macallan, who was born in Los Angeles, is turning 7 in August. He and his wife added another Bulger boy to the clan, Campbell, in January 2010. Jason has heard of the changes made to the Barry campus and can't wait to see them in person on his next trip back to South Florida.


Christopher J. Weir earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida in May of 2010.

Ira Gonzalez '01, MBA '05 joins Adams and Reese New Orleans office

Gonzalez has joined the law firm of Adams and Reese as an associate in the firm's New Orleans office as part of the Litigation Practice Team. He has experience in environmental, real estate, land use and zoning law.

He formerly served in a number of roles in Miami government, including as chief of operations for code enforcement, executive assistant to the city manager, assistant policy coordinator for the mayor, and law clerk for the Office of the city attorney. He is a former director of real estate development for an outdoor advertising firm, where he was a market manager and negotiated contracts with landlords, including Fortune 500 companies, for outdoor advertising contracts in major markets such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York and Miami. Gonzalez graduated from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2010.

American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation's top law firms - "The Am Law 200." The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the "NLJ 250" list of the nation's largest law firms.


Lorna Washington was promoted from a sales representative to a key account sales representative at the News-Press Media Group in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Class of 1961 is 'Golden'

Barry College Class of 1961 celebrated its 50-year class reunion March 25-27. Eleven members of the class, plus several spouses and guests were in attendance for the festivities-packed weekend. On Friday afternoon, the group received a "Back to the Classroom" experience, complete with campus tours, a visit to a special exhibit in the archives, and a lecture from Dr. Jesus Mendez, associate professor of history and political science. Saturday's agenda included a guided tour of the senior exhibition at the Andy Gato Gallery led by Sommer Wood '11, one of the student-artists whose work was on display. The tour was followed by a wine and cheese reception at the Vivian A. Decker Alumni House and dinner at a lively Miami restaurant, "Dolores, but you can call me Lolita." On Sunday, Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, presented Golden Shield Medals to the newest members of the Torch and Shield Society at the Golden Shield Champagne Brunch, the weekend's signature event.

The Class of 1962 is planning its 50-year reunion for Feb. 10-12, 2012. In 2013, we will be expanding the reunion to include those celebrating their 5-, 25- and 50-year reunions and are looking for a representative from the classes of 2008, 1988 and 1963 to assist with the planning. For more information or to volunteer, contact alumni@barry.edu or 305-899-3175.


Weiselande Cesar has written a new book, "The Colors We Feel," which advocates connecting with one's emotions in order to lead a healthier life and to better understand others. Ms. Cesar is a professional dancer and a special education teacher for Miami Dade County Public Schools. She is also the CEO of Tradisyon Lakou Lakay, a Miami-based nonprofit that she founded in 2001 to promote Haitian culture, dance and arts. Noted for her dedication to children, she was named Teacher of the Year in 2009 by Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary School.


Marisa Rae Cochrane was recently hired as an associate attorney at Kramer Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Fla. • Nicole Bosman has spent five years in the theatre department and is now the resident stage manager of a professional theater company, The Alliance Theatre Lab, based in Miami Lakes, Fla. She describes it as her "dream job."

In Memoriam

Barbara George Carroll '62
Ellen R. Markowitz '92
Elizabeth (Betty) Meredith '57
Patricia Bower '08