Hundreds of Lynn University students poured into their brand new building on campus. It was their first look inside. “I feel like I’m in the Ritz-Carlton,” was overheard in a packed elevator after Friday’s grand opening of Christine E. Lynn University Center. The building was wrapped in balloons for the ribbon cutting and dedication.
At three stories and 65,000 square feet, the center is bigger than the White House by 10,000 square feet, it was mentioned. “They did a great job and on time,” university board chairwoman Lynn told Boca Voice before the ceremony. Lynn had pledged a challenge grant of $15 million. She and Lynn president Dr. Kevin Ross spoke about what the center would mean to their 3,000-plus students.
A place to gather and learn, it has collaboration and learning spaces. It’s a base for entrepreneurship majors and social impact projects. Student groups and government and alumni have offices there. The university’s book store and 24-hour dining will move to the new building. The center has a kitchen, multi-purpose social room, living room and a park. Christine’s, a coffee shop and sports bar with a bank of TVs, has indoor and out outdoor seating.
Each space is named for a major donor. Gifts of $1 million or more include: Elaine Johnson Wold, Irving and Barbara Gutin Charitable Foundation, Bobby Campbell, Mary Ann Perper in her husband Harold’s memory, Dick and Barbara Schmidt and the Urso Family.
A entire wall is dedicated to Christine E. Lynn’s philanthropy in Boca Raton. Ross also gave Lynn’s senior vice president Greg Malfitano special kudos for overseeing the huge undertaking in the middle of campus.
By Marci Shatzman