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Lynn welcomes 2017-18 academic year

Lynn University Admission team member welcomes students as they arrive to the main campus entrance.
A Lynn University Admission team member welcomes students as they arrive to the main campus entrance.

Lynn University kicked off the fall semester Aug. 28, with another year of strong enrollment. The university welcomed approximately 625 new undergraduates and, for the second year in a row, broke its graduate enrollment record with nearly 330 new master’s students.

As President Kevin M. Ross said at Lynn’s annual Welcome Back Breakfast for faculty and staff, “We have an exciting academic year ahead of us.”

It started with a total eclipse of the sun, but that didn’t eclipse Lynn’s biggest accomplishments over the summer. Here are some highlights:

Growth spurt

Campus is undergoing major transformation, as significant strides were made on Christine E. Lynn University Center construction.

The Mary and Harold Perper Residence Hall is complete and upperclassmen moved into the “suite” new space. A formal dedication is scheduled for Sept. 20.

On the other side of campus, the first floor of the library underwent renovations and added a multipurpose room; Assaf classrooms were updated, and the East Potomac Road entrance and roadway was expanded.

Enhanced learning experience

Graduate students now receive upgraded iPads, and all students access course materials with Canvas, a new learning management software. The School of Aeronautics is now the College of Aeronautics; and the College of Business and Management is hosting a business symposium Nov. 15.

Life at Lynn

The Counseling Center was reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

Students can take advantage of new leadership and personal training programs, new equipment in the fitness center and lots of student organizations. Check out events and view organizations.

Lynn Dining welcomed Gregg Bibb as executive chef and announced dining platform upgrades and fresh offerings in all venues.

Bring it on

The Fighting Knights will take on Division I teams in the first-ever challenge of its kind, the South Florida Showdown (#SoFloShow). Lynn men’s soccer won the first game Aug. 16, against the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls. Eight games will follow with accompanying tailgate parties, giveaways and friendly rivalry. Next up is men’s and women’s basketball versus FAU Nov. 4.

Lynn people

Lynn welcomed several faculty members, including Lauri Olivier who is the Sylvester Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship.

Other employees were elevated to new positions including, Anthony Altieri, interim vice president for student affairs; Katrina Carter-Tellison, academic dean in addition to her role as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Erin Garcia, director of international programs and services.

Lynn also restructured its Employee of the Month program to identify employees nominated in four categories: student-centric, agile, inclusive and dedicated.

Departments were introduced to an online promo store to streamline purchasing procedures and offer better, pre-negotiated rates for Lynn-branded promotional items.

Looking ahead

Among the many opportunities to celebrate, commemorate, discover or learn on campus this year, the university also will reach a significant milestone. Mark your calendar for Oct. 26, when students and employees are invited to kick off a 20-day celebration of accomplishments marking the completion of the Lynn 2020 15-year strategic plan—two years ahead of schedule!—during the annual state of the university address, dubbed Mission: LynnPossible.

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Prospective student and family enjoying their tour of Lynn University.
Saylor Rogers, student
Christine E. Lynn University Center
Welcome to the Christine E. Lynn University Center.
Charlotte Jerdak, staff member
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Amazing double rainbow over the Lynn University Labyrinth.
Jennah Ackerman, staff member
Watson scholars posing with Lynn alumni Felecia Hatcher
Watson scholars participate in a master course with Lynn alumni, Felecia Hatcher.
Ja'dan Johnson, student
Marisa McGrady and Samo Nvota prep for a debate round
Marisa McGrady and Samo Nvota prep for a debate round—Lynn Debate won finalist trophies and speaker awards at SEU.
Kathryn Hamm, faculty member
The Latin Language and Roman Culture course celebrating the end of J-Term with a Toga party.
Kathryn Hamm, faculty member

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