A Place to Share

In the days, weeks and month following the earthquake in Haiti, we received many messages of support and remembrance.


December 5, 2010

I met Dr. Bruno only briefly in Fort Lauderdale Airport. I was on a mission team heading down to Haiti. I remember talking to him about Haiti and what to expect when I was down there. His stories of his experiences helped mentally prepare for the work that was doing amongst the people.

Zachary Ashley
Rochester, N.Y.

OctOber 13, 2010

My husband, Steve, and I were shocked to learn yesterday of this news in the Duke Magazine that goes out to alumni. Rich was one of my husband's closest friends in college and was an usher in our wedding. He was the dearest man. We can't believe this happened. We hope and pray that the girls and his mother and extended family are coping well after this terrible loss. Our prayers are with all who have suffered from this devastating event.

Mary Bonwich
Springfield, Va.

June 21, 2010

Memories don’t fade especially when it comes to our six wonderful individuals who we are all so proud of to go to Haiti and want to help those in need. My daughter Sarina was Stephanie Crispinelli’s roommate at Lynn and each day we ask for strength to get us through.....such a shocking loss of so many precious lives.

Sharman Peddy
East Hampton, New York

April 18, 2010

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Richard Bruno during my time with the IAL. Words can't express what a kindhearted, devoted educator Richard was. We should all learn to follow his example for his kindness and humanity. Although it had been a few years since I last saw Rich, the word of him perishing was nonetheless easier to deal with. He will be sorely missed and hopefully people will realize what a treasure he was and try to emulate the life and leadership he displayed.

Andrew Zuckerberg
Buffalo, N.Y.

April 1, 2010

To the Entire Lynn University Staff,
Words cannot describe the outstanding job everyone did in not only organizing this Journey of Hope, but also throughout the whole ordeal. Six precious angels left this earth on January 12, 2010 and through the entire aftermath of the earthquake, the institution held strong. Greg Malfitano was my rock. When I first met Greg two days after the earthquake, he said to me, I need to bring "our" kids home. From that point forward, I knew Greg and the entire crisis management staff were doing everything humanly possible to bring the 14 home and I will forever be indebted to him. Kevin Ross is a class act and you will never meet a more genuine person in all of your life. Through a devastating tragedy, I have a NEW family. The memorial celebration of the lives lost was a fitting tribute to Britney, Courtney, Stephanie, Christine, Dr. Hartwick and Dr. Bruno. Their smiling faces looking down on this celebration was sure to make them proud of this fine school. I am truly proud my daughter chose this school as it exemplifies what I feel every school should be like. I look forward to the dedication of the memorial site of our lost six as I know the school will honor their passing in a most fitting way. Be proud of who you are what you did for the families involved. I know this was the most difficult time in your lives. I know I am PROUD of ALL of you. God bless you all and to everyone, please keep our six angels in your thoughts and prayers FOREVER!

Mike Elliott
Hartland, Wis.

March 19, 2010

I went to high school with Britney, and she was such a wonderful person inside and out. She was a leader and had so much going for her future. I'm glad her last days were spent doing something she loved. God Bless Brit and the Gengel Family! God Bless the families of all the others lost in the earthquake! May you rest in peace.

Paxton, Mass.

March 16, 2010

My heart-felt condolences to the families of those Lynn University students and professors lost in Haiti. I did not know you personally, but I was inspired by you and I will never forget you.

Deltona, Fla.

March 13, 2010

I will never forget these wonderful people who gave up their lives helping others. I was friends with Stephanie from home, She will never leave my heart. I am so inspired by all of their stories. may the angels shine down on us.

New York

Thank you so much to the university for the WONDERFUL Memorial Service that you held today. It would of made the "6" very proud!

St. Louis, Mo.

March 12, 2010

Please know for any grieving family, friends, or community members that there are over 17000 people praying for your healing at the Haiti Earthquake Hotel Montana Facebook page. All are welcome to visit and be strengthened by this group.

Portland, Ore.

March 5, 2010

My heart breaks for the families of those children.
Lynn students lost in the Haiti earthquake.
They gave selflessly.
Their kindness and compassion define humanity forever.
Their lives touched the lives of people everywhere.

St. Augustine, Fla.

February 28, 2010

We watched in shock and panic waiting for news from Port de Prince. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families and friends of the students and professors lost in Haiti. We pray for each of you and hope that having your children home brings you some sort of peace.


February 18, 2010

My condolences to the entire Lynn family, especially the families and friends of the Haiti 6. As a mother of students in college, it was both heartbreaking and awe inspiring to follow your story after the earthquake. The students who were rescued and the four who were lost are obviously bright, loving individuals. The professors as well. We will remember you. Thank you for your inspiration.


February 17, 2010

God bless you as you grieve the loss of your dear friends and loved ones. Their service and how Lynn U has responded have touched people all over the world.

Minneapolis, Minn.

I once studied abroad, so my heart was drawn to the Lynn University students and professors who were serving others abroad. Oh how I would have loved for a different outcome and that ALL of the students and professors would have returned to hug their families. I am grateful for the sacrifices made by ALL of the Lynn Students and professors on the alter of humanity. Their work is eternal as are their own souls. I do pray for the peace of God that passes all understanding for the families and friends of the Journey of Hope team.


February 16, 2010

I sit here with sadness reflecting on the reality that humankind, the families, friends and Lynn University has suffered such substantial losses. These wonderful people gave their lives in service to mankind. This is the greatest gift and the ultimate sacrifice. May you all be blessed. Keep love at the forefront of all that you do.

Charlotte, N.C.

February 13, 2010

Yesterday I learned the news about Dr. Hartwick. Something I dreaded but something I was preparing for. Dr. Hartwick was my professor at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and what an inspiration. He expected the best from all of his students because he knew one day we would be in the classroom. He made us want to be a better student, a better teacher a better person. To his children-the pain you must feel is understandable-you lost a father, a mentor, a kind and just man. Do not forget for one minute how many people he has touched. The love of education and helping others would shine through in every lesson he taught. He made us want to be a better student, his lessons were fun and engaging and I will never forget him. I can assure you that many people will not forget him. This website at Lynn University was a great way to follow the aftermath of Haiti and the devastation that occured. When I first learned that Dr. Hartwick was in Haiti at the time of the earthquake and was missing I felt devasted- and he was my teacher ten years ago--this was an indication to me that he was a great person for me to feel such a loss 10 years later. To the family and friends that lost someone, it must be so difficult for you. And I realize that a stranger like myself cannot take your pain away. However before this happened I didn't know your family members and now I honor them for their caring and loving ways. Know that now they are known by thousands of people who hold them in their prayers and in high esteem. they were there serving others less fortunate and spreading love- which is very honorable. I am sorry for everyone's loss. It is greater for you to have known them for the short time you had with them then never knowing them at all. Stay Strong!

Lancaster, N.Y.

January 24, 2010

I want to thank you from the deepest part of my heart. Patrick is my best friend's uncle. I did get to see him on Christmas Eve at his niece's annual gathering where much fun and laughter was shared by all. Your quick action and your excellent updates on your site has helped me feel like I have a set of hands in Haiti that I wish could actually be there. You have helped me feel less helpless. You have brought hope and comfort that everything is being done to find all of the loved ones from your Lynn University family and to bring them home to ours once again. Prior to this, I never thought about where my 11 year old son would go to college one day but now-Lynn University will be at the top of our list. As a single mom, I know that I will want him at a place that extends the safety, love and watchful eye like that which he is being reared. As I sit here on this Sunday morning, approaching 2 weeks after the quake, I still hold some hope in my heart. I read your alert and know that there are still people being my hands and your persistence has been my voice. I continue to do what I can in Buffalo, I pray for everyone. I am so sorry for your losses also, and I keep you in my prayers; coordinating these efforts with such sadness must be extremely difficult. Again, thank for all that you have done and all that you continue to do. With deep gratitude.


January 21, 2010

Please advise the university president that the public statement released just now was outstanding and served to sum up this entire disaster. It could not have been any better given the circumstances, and it will help to prepare everyone involved for what may come. Your school officials have done everything humanly possible. It is clear from your efforts and your communications how much you care about your community. You have done all you can. We will ensure that everyone is brought home to their families. Thank you for your statement. It helps greatly.

Westfield, Mass.

January 20, 2010

I am hearing everywhere, on and off the news, how concerned our citizens of the USA are for the lives of those students and faculty still missing in Haiti. I can not begin to fathom how these families are managing to go on. It is important to me, as well as the whole USA, that these families know how many people care about their situation, and their loved ones. I would like for them to know that thousands of people are following their story continuously and closely, including the Lynn University dated and timed postings. My heart hurts so badly for them. I have been to Haiti, and I hurt for the Haitian people too, of course. But these children and the faculty....I pray God holds these families and their loved ones in his arms during these trying and difficult times. Please pass the word to all of these wonderful families and the whole family of Lynn University that America does care, and very much indeed. God bless you all.

Corsicana, Texas

January 19, 2010

Hello. I live in New Jersey. I want to offer my prayers and hope to the families of the students and faculty. I have been glued to the TV since day one, hanging onto every word about students... May God bless them and keep them safe. All of America is supporting you all.


As a resident of Douglas, Georgia, I have been concerned about the safety of Courtney Hayes. As I continue to pray and hope for the best, I wanted to congratulate you on the responsible way in which you have reported and updated each day so that we could go to your website and get information that has been as accurate as possible under the challenging circumstances. You have handled a tough situation admirably, and I felt that I would be remiss not to express my appreciation. As busy as you are, there is no need to respond to this. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with your university community at this time.

Douglas, Ga.

January 17, 2010

I pray that God grant you the strength in this hour of suffering you are having. I would like to embrace every one of you to take away some of your pain.

Boynton Beach, Fla.

My thoughts and prayers are with the parents of the students affected by the catastrophe in Haiti. All prayers are for the safe return of their children to their homes. God bless.


Our church family is praying fervently for the safe return of your students and faculty. We have a time of prayer scheduled tonight at 6:30 where many will gather and pray. May God bless your students, faculty, administration and all their families during this crisis.

Cape Coral, Fla.

Hi. I have been hearing the terrible news on channel 7 on your 4 missing students and 2 professors in Haiti. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Lynn University staff and students as well as their family members. I am praying for those 4 students and 2 professors to be found alive and brought back home safely. I have faith that they are still alive and will return home safely and rejoin their friends and family at Lynn University. God Bless everyone at Lynn University.


January 16, 2010

To the families pleading for the students in Haiti: I will be praying the families find their daughters, safe and well. May God give your family peace. My heart goes out to you all.

St. Petersburg, Fla.