Remember when state of the university talks were boring? Not anymore. Last year, Lynn president Kevin Ross repelled down from the ceiling. Hard act to follow.
This year, The Avengers theme with costumes, music, and videos captured attention at the Wold Performing Arts Center Thursday. Ross appeared as Capt. America, with characters like Ironman, Thor, and Spiderman.
The university has regrouped under Lynn 2025 Design for the Future, he said. The goals are to engage, elevate and expand.
Each staff and faculty person had progress reports to share with the audience of students, faculty, and staff.
Here are excerpts:
- The current incoming class has 1,134 students including 160 international students from 56 counties. The total student population is 3,048.
- The new Christine E. Lynn University Center will open in early 2019. Lynn pledged a $15 million challenge gift. More than 100 donors committed to making the University Center a reality.
- The campus added 108 parking places and electric charging stations. There’s a pathway around the lake.
- Lynn students collectively raised nearly $20,000 for local nonprofits.
- The university announced new opportunities to study abroad and new majors and degrees, including drama.
- The curriculum was expanded to help local employers in the growth market. Certificates now include healthcare, hospitality, and human resources management, among others.
- Graduate students receive an iPad and digital books. Apple designated the school for teaching innovation for the third time.
- Look for a new university branding campaign, You’re Lynn, presenting students as “the face of a new generation.”
- Sports added new teams and coaches including women’s lacrosse and men’s swimming.
By Marci Shatzman