2018: Lynn's year in review

A glimpse at top news of the year

Students celebrate at the annual Commencement ceremony.

Lynn University accomplished many milestones in 2018. It launched its new strategic plan, Lynn 2025: Design for the future. The plan calls on the Lynn community to engage constituents, elevate the Lynn experience, and expand programs, services and capabilities. Lynn also welcomed the largest incoming class under President Kevin M. Ross’s leadership and there is no sign of slowing down.

Here’s a look at the university’s significant accomplishments over the past year.

Awards and accolades

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report listed the Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education among the nation’s best graduate schools. The publication also recognized Lynn for the most international students in the south. South Florida Business Journal ranked Lynn the fifth largest MBA program in the tri-county area.

Lynn earned recognition as a "Great College to Work For" and received its first honor roll status from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The university also announced its designation as a Fair Trade University, an initiative spearheaded by students and the Social Impact Lab.

Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of Communication and Design students won 27 ADDY® awards during the American Advertising Federation of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches Student American Advertising Awards competition.

South Florida Business & Wealth recognized Chris Boniforti as a 2018 Apogee award winner and Barbara Cambia received the 2018 DIAMOND Award presented by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

Campus updates

Lynn began preparations for the 2019 grand opening of the Christine E. Lynn University Center and announced plans for a new health and wellness center. In addition, the university revamped spaces and completed construction projects across campus, including expanded and new walkways, classroom and library upgrades, locker room makeovers and added parking.

It's academic

Lynn announced that it would teach all academic courses in 15-week semesters on its main campus as of Fall 2018. Newly formed Lynn Creative Services remains at the Broken Sound Blvd. campus.

The College of Arts and Science welcomed its first B.F.A. in drama class with two fall performances, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Clybourne Park.

The College of Business and Management added majors in cybersecurity, data analytics, healthcare management and a social entrepreneurship program in collaboration with Watson Institute, as well as eight graduate certificates. It also hosted the second annual Business Symposium.

An academic collaboration with Code Institute formed to offer students, alumni and employees software development training online.

Eight students participated in the 2018 Ambassador Corps summer apprenticeship, the Social Impact Lab’s signature program.

The Conservatory of Music hosted the inaugural Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition, which was founded and directed by Trumpet Professor and Assistant Dean Marc Reese.

And, the Burton D. Morgan College of Aeronautics welcomed a Beechcraft Bonanza A36 to its airplane fleet.

Lynn people

Christian Boniforti was named Lynn’s first chief strategy and technology officer; David Jaffe announced he will serve as a full-time faculty member once a new dean is appointed to the College of Communication and Design; and Robert Watson was named a Distinguished Professor of American History.

The Office of Marketing and Communication debuted its “You’re Lynn” brand campaign, which features Lynn’s students, faculty and staff.

Athletics

Men’s golf won its first NCAA Division II National Championship. The Fighting Knights went 4-4-1 in the first-ever South Florida Showdown and added women's lacrosse and men's cross country, track and swimming.

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ASSAF Courtyard
ASSAF courtyard during Spring Break 2019.
Charlotte Jerdak, student
Ross College of Education students
Ross College of Education students enjoy having class in the amphitheater outside the new Christine E. Lynn Center.
Jennifer Lesh, faculty member
Lynn Hockey team
Lynn's ice hockey team captured the East Florida Collegiate Hockey Conference title, beating Flagler in the finals 5-0.
Theodore Curtis, faculty member
Watson Institute master course with guest facilitator, Ronald Porter.
Weekly Watson Institute master course with guest facilitator, Ronald Porter.
Ja'dan Johnson, student
Prospective student with family posing in front of Fighting Knights cutouts.
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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