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Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe '96
concludes his official visit to Vietnam
on Dec. 18, 2012.

2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Success of the Barry Athletics Model

Campus Democracy Project

Spring 2013, Volume 18, Number 1

Campus Currents I Spotlight On Sports I Barry Beat I Features


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Barry University was selected to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education

The Honor Roll recognizes the university’s students, faculty members, and staff for their commitment to community service and service-learning. Barry was admitted to the Honor Roll for contributing more than 25,000 service hours, primarily in the areas of education, social services and community development. Higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities are recognized.

Laura Loomer was recently awarded the first Miami Young Republicans Scholarship

Loomer, a sophomore from Tuscon, Arizona majoring in broadcast communication and minoring in political science, is Vice President of Barry’s College Republicans. She was awarded the $1,000 scholarship for a video she produced titled, “Why I am proud to be a Republican.”


Andreas School of Business Dean Dr. Tomislav Mandakovic

was listed among the 2011-2012 Top 100 Latinos in Miami for his success and influence in the city, by The Association Fusionarte, Panamerican Foundation and Televisa Publishing. The group of influencers will have their success stories printed in a book and showcased in an exposition at Miami International Airport. A professor from Chile who came to the U.S. in 1983, Mandakovic taught decision sciences and information systems and served as the associate dean of the Chapman Graduate Business School at Florida International University before leading the Andreas School of Business.


Ashly Breuil , a student in the Master of Science program in Anesthesiology,

received a $10,000 scholarship from Sheridan Healthcare, Inc. In addition to the scholarship, the company will offer Breuil a job as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at a Sheridan affiliated hospital upon her graduation. “The scholarship will jump-start my career within an organization that is one of the most well-known among anesthesia providers,” said Breuil, a Weston resident. Sheridan Healthcare, based in Sunrise, Florida., is the leading anesthesia services provider in the country.


Vanady Daniels, a graduate student in Barry University’s Adrian Dominican School of Education,

was awarded a $4,000 scholarship from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Daniels has been a member of the sorority since 1981 and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Daniels was recently appointed as principal of Lake Stevens Elementary School in Miami Gardens. Prior to that, she served as principal for five years at Arcola Lakes Elementary in Miami. Delta Sigma Theta is a national public service sorority with a five-point thrust consisting of economic development, political action, international awareness, educational development, and physical and mental health.


Gene Majka, assistant professor of nursing,

received the Community Engagement Educator of the Year award from Florida Campus Compact. Majka won the award for the independent sector, and was honored November 8 at Florida Campus Compact’s annual awards gala at the University of Tampa. The award recognizes one outstanding individual in each of the three higher education sectors — state universities, state/community colleges, and independent colleges and universities — for significant contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement by inspiring a vision for service on the campus and supporting faculty, students and/or campuscommunity partnerships. He is an active member in many community organizations serving the homeless and migrant workers of South Florida. Majka served on the task force that proposed the design for Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives, which nominated him for the statewide award.


Sister Pat Siemen, coordinator of mission integration and director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence

at the Barry University School of Law, received the Sister Ann Joachim Award at Siena Heights University’s Alumni Awards ceremony October 5. Siena Heights President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, (left) presented the award during a ceremony in St. Dominic Chapel in Adrian, Michigan. The Sister Ann Joachim Award recognizes significant contributions to Siena Heights University and/or the community through activities that demonstrate strong leadership, the ability to get things done, and the capacity to confront issues head-on while maintaining the image and spirit of the university. Siemen, a graduate of Siena Heights, is a civil attorney with experience as a community organizer, voting rights and legal services advocate and congregational leader. Her work as founder and director of Barry’s Center for Earth Jurisprudence advocates for new approaches to governance and law that recognize the interdependence of nature, humanity and all of Earth’s inhabitants.

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