Students, employees and special guests gathered Wednesday, Sept. 20, to officially dedicate the Mary and Harold Perper Residence Hall and honor the woman who made it all possible: Mrs. Mary Perper.
Mrs. Perper and her late husband Harold have been longtime supporters of the university and always looked for opportunities to provide what’s best for its students.
Lynn’s campus is filled with evidence of their generosity. The Perper name graces several buildings and facilities, including the Mary Ann and Harold Perper Intramural Field; the Mary and Harold Perper Plaza; Perper Coffee House and the Perper Tennis Complex, among others. The residence hall is the 11th Perper project at Lynn over the past 20 years.
Students wore special T-shirts to honor the Perpers’ contributions.
“As you can see, the Perpers have been on tour for a while here—and just as the shirts say, the Perpers rock at Lynn University,” said President Kevin M. Ross as he opened the ceremony.
The residence hall features loft-style apartments for 170 upperclassmen and graduate students, as well as a beautiful courtyard, two patios, a fire pit and grills. The community space has a TV lounge, collaboration room and a full kitchen where students can come together to relax, study and socialize.
“On behalf of our entire university, thank you, Mrs. Perper, for your continuous love and support for our students. You truly help make our university an incredible place to learn, work and live,” said President Ross.
Two students happily living in the new residence hall expressed appreciation to Mrs. Perper for enhancing their Lynn experiences.
“As a senior ready for a different type of living, this was the perfect solution,” said Kasia McCartney, an international student and biology major. “It’s the best of both worlds.”
“The residence hall is a sense of community and a home away from home,” said Rikki Soumpholphakdy, graduate student and resident assistant. “I can live the campus lifestyle and feel the full college experience.”
Taking in the finished product, Cliff Bollman, project manager for Gensler, the architectural firm behind the new hall, said, “We’re excited to part of such an innovative and unique piece of the Lynn experience. We made sure we could bring the best attributes and amenities to students at Lynn.”
Find the Perpers' name appears around campus:
- Harold and Mary Perper Testing Center in the Institute for Achievement and Learning;
- Mary Ann and Harold Perper Intramural Field
- Mary Ann and Harold Perper Grandstands at Bobby Campbell Stadium
- Mary Ann and Harold Perper Orchestra and Mezzanine Seating in the Wold Performing Arts Center
- Mary and Harold Perper Plaza
- Perper Coffee House
- Perper Communications Center
- Perper Lounge in the Library
- Perper Mailroom
- Perper Tennis Complex
And numerous scholarships and annual gifts