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Knights Unite Day of Caring set for the one-year anniversary of the Haiti quake
Published Nov. 01, 2010
Jan. 12, 2010 – the day a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti where 12 Lynn University students and two professors were for a January Term course, “Journey of Hope to Haiti” – is a day that will never be forgotten by the Lynn family. The Lynn group was staying at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince. Eight of the Lynn University students returned home after the quake, but four students and two professors were lost.
In his State of the University address last week, President Kevin M. Ross said, “We are dedicated to carrying on the work of the six lost members of the Journey of Hope, and I would like to thank each member of our faculty and staff in assisting in carrying on their legacies. I am tremendously proud of your response and ability to carry on with your jobs and the work of our university under the most difficult and extreme circumstances.”
On the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, Lynn will be hosting a very special event – the Knights Unite Day of Caring. At 4:53 p.m. – the precise time the earthquake shook Haiti – the Lynn community will come together to honor the six whose lives were lost in Haiti, as well as the Lynn employees’ family members lost in the earthquake, during the Celebration of Life Ceremony. Following the ceremony, Lynn will have an uplifting event with food and Haitian music.
In addition, “On January 12, 2011, we are asking all Lynn University faculty, staff and students to participate in a service project, said Ross. “We will be partnering with the United Way to establish a listing of service projects, and we will be providing Knights Unite shirts to all of the participants to wear during the service.”
Since the devastating Haiti earthquake, President Ross has affirmed Lynn’s dedication to international travel and service.
“We have now gained – and most definitely earned – the reputation as the university that cares,” said Ross. During the next January Term, the Stephanie Crispinelli Endowed Scholarship will provide funds for three students to take part in J-Term travel and the Christine Gianacaci Journey of Hope Award will fund two students’ travel costs.
Although the details for a memorial in honor of those we lost – Richard Bruno, an assistant professor in the College of Liberal Education; Patrick Hartwick, dean of the Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education; and students Stephanie Crispinelli, Britney Gengel, Christine Gianacaci and Courtney Hayes – are still being finalized, President Ross said, “Soon we will be announcing plans.”