Lynn University honors memory of those we lost in Haiti quake through scholarship program

Scholarships awarded to 3 students for study abroad in Dominican Republic; new classes offered for upperclassmen.
Lynn University honors memory of those we lost in Haiti quake through scholarship program

Published Jan. 08, 2014

The start of the new year is a solemn time for the families of the four Lynn University students and the two professors who lost their lives four years ago this month during the Haiti earthquake. The students and professors arrived in Haiti on Jan. 11, 2010, for the Journey of Hope-Haiti, a mission that was dedicated to helping those in need. The next day, an earthquake struck and only eight of Lynn University’s students were able to return home that year.

In addition to Lynn’s annual Knights Unite Day of Caring which honors their legacy of service, scholarships were established to remember the lives of the Lynn University students and faculty who lost their lives in Haiti which were awarded to 3 students traveling abroad this month for the HUM 399 Community Awareness: Theory and Engagement in the Dominican Republic.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Yaritza Luciano – Lynn University Global Citizenship Memorial Fund
  • Sydney Putnam – Christine Gianacaci Journey of Hope Award
  • Elisa Pisana – Stephanie Crispinelli Endowed Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the study abroad class is to help students build relationships with community members and organizations based on commitment, participation and trust. Students and faculty left for the Dominican Republic on Jan. 5  and will return Jan. 25. During their time, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture, and participate in excursions that will highlight must-see spots throughout the country

Other study abroad locations

  • Jan. 6- Jan. 21, Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil
  • Jan. 5- Jan. 25, Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Jan. 4- Jan. 20, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan. 4- Jan. 25, Cape Town, South Africa

New classes for upperclassmen

Lynn University’s 6th annual J-Term offers 36 different courses throughout the three- week semester (Jan. 6-Jan. 24). The classes for upperclassmen this year will focus on two main areas of study: Language and Culture, and Career Preparation. 

“We believe these two themes will allow the offerings in the J-term to be more intentional and purposeful. As with all aspects of the Dialogues of Learning, we are consistently focused on improvement and increasing student learning,” says Katrina Carter-Tellison, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

  • Career Preparation

Career Preparation features classes that will help students prepare for jobs and internships. Some of the classes offer resume and cover letter preparation, while others train students on the proper etiquette needed for an interview. The purpose of these classes is to assist students in developing the skills needed for successful, life-long career choices.

  • Language and Culture

Language and Culture introduces students to different lifestyles from all over the world. Students will be given the opportunity to learn different languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and French. They will also be immersed in the culture that makes these countries both similar and different from the one we live in now.

The Citizenship Project

During J-Term, first-year students are required to participate in the Citizenship Project: Commitment to Community engaging in experiential learning opportunities and community service work with local, community-based partners. The project features 22 courses that focus on a civic issue, problem or topic.

Newly developed Citizenship Project courses this year are:

  • Lead for Change
  • Maintaining Greener, Blue Waterways in South Florida
  • Social Consciousness and Animal Welfare
  • Empowering Movements Through Digital Slogans and Photography
  • Healing Arts