The green space leading to the university center's north side follows a simple design, one informed by Christine E. Lynn’s personal aesthetic.
“They asked me what I wanted in the garden, and I told them that I like a clean landscape environment so you can see everything,” said Mrs. Lynn. “I think the park will highlight the heart of the campus.”
The park draws students to the university center and also allows events to spill over from inside to make the most of Lynn’s South Florida setting.
An amphitheater-style teaching area allows faculty to hold classes outdoors. Along the diagonal path, a bench wall offers spots for students to stop to answer a text or simply enjoy their surroundings. There is also an open space to play Frisbee or spread a picnic blanket.
The simple yet elegant layout is especially striking when seen from the second floor of the university center, which affords views of campus on all sides. Walkways lead students from other points on campus through the green space to the university center, making it clear that the park and building are the heart of campus.
In its first incarnation, this dining area was known as the Christine Room. Later, it evolved into a fresh-market cafe popular with students and staff. In its latest update on the second floor overlooking Christine's Park, Christine's resembles an upscale pub, with TVs tuned in to the Lynn Sports Network. On the menu are snacks, coffee, light meals and, in the evenings, beer and wine.
“We plan to hold trivia nights, sip-and-paint classes and other fun events in the evenings at the new Christine’s,” said Jaclyn Kuwik, assistant director of student involvement.
The seating plan includes stools at the bar, two large tables, several smaller tables, and three cozy booths. A nook at one end features armchairs and sofas where students can relax with friends.