Barry recognizes outstanding student achievement during 2015 Honors Convocation

Barry recognizes outstanding student achievement during 2015 Honors Convocation

On Friday, May 8, Barry University held its annual Honors Convocation to recognize the outstanding academic and service achievements of the university’s students. More than 150 people were in attendance for the event which distinguished students from seven of Barry’s schools and colleges.

Barry’s most distinguished award, the St. Catherine Medal, is awarded annually to two students who exemplify outstanding service or leadership among their peers. The award is granted by the Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Honor Society to a pair of Barry students, a senior and a sophomore or junior. The Honors Committee has conferred this medal each year upon outstanding Barry students who have displayed high ideals and leadership in Catholic college education. The recipient of the medal is selected on the basis of leadership and service to Barry University and/or church and community.

Senior Cheryl Frazier, a senior Philosophy major who graduated on May 9, earned the award in the senior category, while junior Alejandro Tobon, a pre-professional biology major, was named the reciepetient in the sophomore/junior category.

Fraizer is a Stamps Leadership Scholar and was actively involved in numerous university sponsored clubs and organizations during her tenure at Barry. She was a member of the Honors Program Student Advisory Board for four years and president of the Philosophy Club for three years. In addition, Frazier has been a member of the Psychology Club, The Ethics Bowl and Bioethics Bowl, and Alternative Spring Break.

Frazier has an outstanding academic record at Barry and has presented her work at various conferences. She is a member of seven academic honor societies: Sigma Alpha Pi, Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Sigma Tau, Delta Epsilon Sigma, Kappa Gamma Pi, Alpha Chi, Delta Epsilon Iota. She will continue her studies at the University of Oklahoma in the fall where she earned a Patwardhan Fellowship and will pursue a PhD in Philosophy.

Tobon is a member of Barry’s Alternative Spring Break program and serves as the co-chair of the organization. He is the current president of Barry’s Minority Association of Pre-Health Students and serves as community service chair for Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, the Latina American Student Association, and the Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence, and Success organization.

In addition to his service on campus, off-campus, Tobon works with a number of organizations in South Florida including: Feeding South Florida, International Beach Day Clean Up, Bone Marrow Donors with La Icla Silva Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. He is the previous winner of the Mother Gerald Barry Outstanding Sophomore Award at Barry University in 2014.

In addition to the St. Catherine Medal, the dean of each school and college, located on the Miami Shores campus, awarded their unit’s Dean’s Award to one or two students. The winners of Barry’s Deans’ Awards were selected because of their academic commitment and their representation of their school/college.

The Deans’ Awards Winners:

College of Arts and Sciences


Humanities, Fine Arts, and Theology:

Cheryl Frazier (BA – Philosophy)


Lukas Bijaminas (BS – Computer Science)

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Shantell Monreal (BA – Pre-law)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Giuliana Matthews (BS – Nursing)

School of Business

Connor Randel (BS – Business Administration)

School of Education

Patricia Crossett (BS – Education)

School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences

Sherwin Pereira (BS – Exercise Physiology)

School of Professional and Career Education

Colleen Roark (BS – Administration)

School of Social Work 

Nichelle Marshall (BSW)

In addition to the Deans’ Awards, students were also recognized in the categories of writing, scholarship, and honor societies inductees. A list of these winners is below.

Sigma Tau Delta Writing Awards:

Essay Category

Honorable Mention: Lizandra Cruz

Title of Entry: “Learning Japanese through Anime”

Major: English, Specialization in Professional Writing

College of Arts and Sciences

Fiction Category

First Place: Patricia Martinez

Title of Entry: “Recovery”

Major: English, Specialization in Professional Writing

College of Arts and Sciences


Honorable Mention: Lizandra Cruz

Title of Entry: “Glitter”

Major: English, Specialization in Professional Writing

College of Arts and Sciences

Poetry Category

First Place: Coraima Morales

Title of Entry: “Oh, Harlem”

Major: Management

School of Business


Honorable Mention: Presler Maxius

Title of Entry: “Letter to (My Brother in) the Afterlife”

Major: Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Helen Connell Film Essay Award

Lawrence Byrne, PhD

Andrea Greenbaum, PhD

Lillian Schanfield, PhD

Co-Faculty Sponsors


Matthew Block

Major: English with Professional Writing Specialization

College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarship Awards:

Dr. Lloyd D. Elgart Memorial Scholarship: Karina Patricia Salinas – Major: Management and Marketing

Honor Societies:

Alpha Chi: 

Thomas Adams

Cheryl Frazier

Alexia Pavlovic

Carmen Andreu

Charmaine Jeanty

Deborah Pelham

Nancy Aspenleiter

Phillip Johnson

Sherwin Pereira

Kenneth Baino

Heather Kussoff

Elio Perez

Nancy Baker

Anna Leimberg

Robert Rodriguez

Alina Bowman

Breyonna Maddox

Yailyn Rodriguez

Pekiera Brooks

Charles Mason

Christopher Saunders

Ruby Clary

Carissa McGuinness

Eric Sullivan

Robert Curnow

Carlos Miranda

Ariel Valdivia

Victoria Davis

Sathish Natarajan

Eric Vazquez

Natalie Diaz

Tomas Otero

Brandi Williams

Paul Franetovich

Carlos Paillacar

Christina Wood

Delta Epsilon Sigma:

Audreena Baker

Jah-Healla Daniel

Kiesha Naraine

Tashlyn Begon

Natalie Diaz

Denise Schiano

Aliyah Brooks

Kelly Merrill

Liza Trainello



Stephanie Wiedenhofer

Kappa Gamma Pi: 

Ruby Clary

Carlos Paillacar

Denise Schiano

Cheryl Frazier

Alexia Pavlovic

Donavan Valentin

Phi Eta Sigma:

Michael Anthony

Shayne Kearney

Ninosca Reyes

Abel Bustamante

Seona Kwon

Morgan Rivera

Lumy Casco

Christina Larmond

Yanni Robaina

Edward Coronado

Alina Luna

Rebecca Rogers

Bailey Dorta

Hailey Lugo

Lizbett Sanchez

Mirtha Gonzalez

Jehrade McIntosh

Johneeka Simpson

Alana Hardy

Aunalatice Moore

Gabriela Soto

Michael Herrera

Anna Norovskaya

Annette Speaks

Alexis Jennings

Joseph Pacheco

Kirrin Tubo

Rebekah Jourdain

Marlena Ramos


Visit the Honor Societies website for more information about Barry’s Honors Convocation and how to apply for membership in a university-sponsored honor society.

A full gallery containing images from the 2015 Honors Convocation can be found on Barry's Facebook page at: