Dialogues of Innovation provides hands-on learning experiences
January Term, a three-week program, invites students to take interdisciplinary courses, attend workshops and lectures, intern, travel abroad and donate time to community projects.
This year, students participated in projects from the other side of the world to right here on campus. No matter where they were, they embraced their hands-on, innovative and eclectic learning experiences.
Land of the rising sun: Our students made it across the Pacific Ocean to study Japanese language and culture. Each day was filled with classroom work, field trips and nonstop activity absorbing all the sights and sounds of the country. They braved their first hot springs adventure in Hakone, Japan, with natural mineral baths from volcanic activity underground; had raw egg and fish for breakfast; and took classes at Sophia University.
Tidying up: Locally, students picked up trash from several parks and beaches, including 800 lbs. from Rutherford Park and Gumbo Limbo, 610 lbs. from Spanish River Park, and more at Red Reef Park and on Delray Beach. A graphic design class made posters for the beach cleanup, and students made an art piece out of their findings.
Going green: More than 100 students participated in five on-campus J-term sustainability projects, including a Butterfly Garden revitalization, a preserve cleanup and trail improvement project, two campus trash cleanups and a canal cleanup. Classes helped clean up and beautify the campus, removing 250 lbs. of trash from the canals, preserve and campus.
Hooray for Bollywood: Students learned about Indian culture through the Bollywood lens and cooked Indian food together in the culinary lab on campus.
Brush strokes: A Citizenship Project class painted a home in Delray Beach for an 84-year-old who lives alone on a limited income.
"Thank you so much for an amazing group of students and staff. They were kind, sweet, hardworking, professional, respectful and caring. I could not have asked for a better group."
Paint Your Heart Out program’s coordinator
Taking care of business: Twelve students in the Future Leaders of Tomorrow career prep J-Term course met with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, had lunch with Sheila G., founder of Brownie Brittle, and visited Boca Helping Hands, the WPTV Channel 5 newsroom and Boca Raton Resort & Spa.
Students discussed environmental stewardship at different location in South Florida.
Timely with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students also built a house with Habitat for Humanity off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Boynton Beach.
In addition, students took part in on-campus global studies courses:
- American as Apple Pie—Explore the English/American Language and Culture
- Close encounters: Modern Hebrew and Israeli Culture through Film
- Columbia Music and Art
- Comparative Spanish Experience
- Cuban Culture and Language
- Deutsche Filme: German Culture through Film
- French Cuisine and French Language too!
- Mandarin language and a Glimpse of the Chinese Culture
- Puerto Rican Spanish and culture
- Traditions and Cultures of Portugal
- Understanding the Dutch
- The Language and History of Russia
Additionally, guest speakers visited Lynn to educate students on their professional paths to success, current events and other useful academic insights. This year’s speakers featured:
- Tim and Chris Gannon, founder and owner of Bolay Enterprises and Outback Steakhouse
- Ethel Isaacson, Director of Corporate Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, FPL
- Paul Rogat Loeb, founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project
The Knights of the Roundtable led the freshman class in a pledge to compromise, cooperate and seek consensus in their interactions Jan. 20. The program, led by Robert Watson, American history professor, was one of the first components of Project Civitas, a Lynn initiative launched this year to promote civility in politics and public life through education in and outside of the classroom.
Now in its seventh year, Knights Unite Day of Caring brought the Lynn community together to:
- Collect school supplies for a Palm Beach County Title I school
- Gather hygiene products for Church World Services
- Lead children with disabilities and developmental challenges in a baseball game
- Collect recyclable caps and lids for Caps of Love
Knights Unite Day of Caring concluded in front of Lynn’s Remembrance Plaza to honor the lives and legacies of the students and faculty members lost in the 2010 Haiti earthquake while on the Journey of Hope humanitarian trip.