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Our Homecoming Theme:
Reflections and Reconnections

When Barry University was founded 80 years ago, no one could predict the world changing events that would transpire just one year later. On December 7, 1941, our country abruptly entered a climate of fear and uncertainty as a result of the bombing attack at Pearl Harbor.

The resilience of Barry University through those early years set the foundation for where we are today. Our 80th Anniversary arrives in a year that has presented challenges and opportunities that require all of us to reflect upon the concepts of “individual and communal transformation”; two important components of our University mission.

Rather than defer our opportunity to celebrate our 80 years with our alumni family, we felt that Homecoming was in fact, the best time to encourage Reflections and Reconnections within our Barry community. While most of our events and activities will be presented virtually, now more than ever we needed to provide a Homecoming experience that reminds us that through Faith, Family and Fellowship we can close the distance between us, and reconnect with the memories and sense of community that are uniquely Barry!

We welcome you all to the Barry University Homecoming 2020 Celebrating 80 Years:
Reflections and Reconnections.

[Meet President Mike Allen]

Welcome Back, Bucs! We are looking forward to hosting you during our virtual Homecoming weekend!

This year marks Barry University’s 80th anniversary and with a community that is 70,000 strong, we are excited to celebrate with our alumni across the globe. It is our hope that this will be our largest-ever gathering of Barry graduates.

From networking opportunities to happy hour, to “walking tours”, trivia, wellness events, and activities for the whole family, our team has put together a program that will have you reliving wonderful memories, reuniting with lifelong friends, and renewing your connection to this very special institution. Click here to read President Allen’s full message.

Homecoming 2020

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November 12, 2020
November 13, 2020
November 14, 2020
November 15, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Networking with the Pros – Sponsored by AARP
Join us as industry leaders share secrets and knowledge you need no matter if you’re seeking employment for the first time, moving to a new career, or reentering the workplace – Networking with the Pros has something for everyone. This event allows you to connect, share opportunities and exchange ideas with other alumni and brush up on your networking skills.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
A Fabulous Friday Mixology Happy Hour
Raise your glass and toast Barry during this live mixology session hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Mike Allen. Carla Rivera, one of Miami’s top bartenders and mixologists will guide you through the mixing and sipping of a special custom cocktail, answering your questions along the way. We will then be joined by Derrick Jones, expert mixologist from Red Rooster, famed top chef Marcus Samuelsson’s new restaurant in Historic Overtown. After their demos Derrick and Carla will “battle” for the title of “The Great Barry-tini”. You can help us decide which Barry-tini really is the greatest! Live from SGWS Wynwood, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits’ multi-purpose hospitality and education center, and one of Miami’s newest venues.
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Family Night at the Drive-In
Is your family missing the big screen? Get the popcorn ready and join us for an old-fashioned drive-in experience with our featured presentation, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Family and friends will be able to gather – safely and contact-free – for a fun evening of movies, music and entertainment. Social distancing rules will apply. Food vendors will be onsite to arrange pre-orders or bring your own food and snacks to enjoy during the show. Gates open at 6:00 pm at the Barry University Podiatry parking lot, NW 113th Street and NW Second Avenue. Please arrive early, cars will not be admitted after the movie starts at 7:30 pm. Space is limited. Advanced registration is required.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Reflections and Reconnections: A Conversation with Dr. Mike Allen
Join President Mike Allen for a University update and in conversation with alumni leaders from across the country.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Zumba ® with Meiling
Join instructor Meiling Bansee and experience the class that started the dance-fitness revolution and changed the way we look at a “workout” forever. It’s fun, effective and is perfect for anybody and everybody. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
After the Storm: Recovering and Thriving in a Post-COVID World
Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic caused major disruption to our personal and professional lives. Join a panel of Barry faculty and experts for this special discussion about recovering and thriving in a (post-)COVID-19 world – from a physical/mental health perspective, as well as tips on personal financial recovery and the ongoing role of spirituality beyond the crisis.

The panel is to be moderated by Neki Mohan. Panelists include:

Dr. Maria Teahan, ACSW, LCSW, CCTP, CTS, Associate Dean, Barry University School of Social Work

Dr. Nichole Castater, Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Manny Tejeda, Associate Dean and Professor of Management and Psychology, Andreas School of Business

Dr Susan Ryan, EdD, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Program

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sweet Treats at Home
Pastry chef and two-time James Beard award finalist Hedy Goldsmith will provide a cooking demonstration of a delicious dessert that you can make from the comfort of your own kitchen. A list of ingredients will be provided upon registration.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Championship Athletics from the Vault
Buccaneer athletes and fans from throughout the decades are invited to gather with current coaches and staff to share memories celebrate the legacy of Barry Athletics. Outstanding moments from Buccaneer athletics 22 national championships will be highlighted in film.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Lost Pirates: An Interactive Theater Performance for Families
Three captains are washed up after a gigantic storm on Watson Island. Find out who becomes the captain of this here island in this original theater show. Presented by The Miami Children’s Museum.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Affinity Group Gatherings
Were you a student athlete while at Barry? Or a resident assistant or SGA member? Or maybe you were part of a special interest group that represented a passion of yours? Reconnect with fellow alumni from your Barry circle, and pour your favorite beverage of choice as you enjoy an hour filled with great virtual conversations, memories, and laughs.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dj Irie
A Barry Irie Homecoming
Enjoy live entertainment featuring the energy and sounds of DJ Irie, the official DJ of the Miami Heat.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mindful Meditation: The Power of Positivity
Gratitude is the natural theme of the fall with Thanksgiving right around the corner, yet gratitude starts from within. Before we can truly feel gratitude, we must first connect with all the goodness in our lives. Sometimes we struggle to see the good in our lives when we are so focused on what’s wrong instead of what’s right. But there’s power in positive thinking. The brain has the power to shape and reshape itself according to our thoughts, feelings, and environment. By thinking and saying positive thoughts, you can create positive change in your life. Find a bit of bliss and as Eva Nowakowski-Sims, PhD, LCSW, MPH, CFLE demonstrates different breath work and movement strategies to change how we think and feel.
11:00 AM - 12 Noon
Barry_University Mass
Homecoming Mass
Celebrate Barry’s Catholic heritage with this special Homecoming Mass.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
80th Anniversary Trivia Challenge
Take a trip down memory lane. Test your knowledge of Barry’s rich 80-year history and compete against fellow alumni in rounds of special trivia questions and categories.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cabaret: A Musical Matinee
A showcase of musical selections performed by Barry University’s Performance Workshop Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Beverly Coulter. Featuring a variety of styles including jazz, pop, classical, blues and musical theatre.
[Many thanks to our sponsors for their support]

[The Barry University Alumni Association]

Make the Reflections and Reconnections created during Homecoming last throughout the year. Take advantage of opportunities to reconnect with classmates and friends, have new experiences, and be enriched by participating in our Alumni Association network. More importantly, by becoming an active alumni volunteer, you can give back, pay it forward, and make a lasting impact on the campus and for future Barry students.

Contact Monique Armbrister, Director of Alumni Relations at alumni@barry.edu to learn how you can get involved.. 

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