Special to Boca Raton magazine
By Nicole Thaw, Lynn student
Lynn University unveiled its newly built Remembrance Plaza on March 16 to honor the four Lynn students and two faculty members who died Jan. 12, 2010 in the Haiti earthquake that devastated the country and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
The impressive plaza, designed by Sousa Architecture, is built with glass and marble; it features numerous benches for visitors wishing to spend time and pay their respects. Friday's memorial drew more than 1,000 visitors. Vice President for Academic Affairs Gregg Cox presented posthumous degrees to the families of Stephanie Crispinelli, Britney Gengel, Christine Gianacaci and Courtney Hayes as well as Doctor of Humane letters to the two deceased professors, Dr Richard Bruno and Dr Patrick Hartwick.
"The Haiti incident was a tragic loss, and I don't go a day without thinking about Christine [Gianacaci]," says Lesley Keith, a senior. "I am graduating in May, but every time I pass the Plaza I will think about everyone that [we] lost at Lynn."
Lynn University President Kevin Ross spoke on behalf of the Lynn family when he stated, "We hope that in our moments of pain, which will never fully go away, we may find peace and comfort in this sacred place we dedicate today."