|Scott Adams, member, Board of Trustees (BOT); Roy Levow, member, BOT; Betty Zinman, chair, FAU Foundation; Christine E. Lynn; President Brogan; Anne Boykin, dean, College of Nursing; Patricia Welch Dittman, chair, State of Florida Board of Nursing and alumna of the College of Nursing; Nancy Blosser, member, BOT; Armand Grossman, member, BOT.
On Feb. 3, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members joined President Brogan and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Dean Anne Boykin in celebrating the dedication of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building on the Boca Raton campus. The 75,000-square-foot building opened last fall but the planned late-October dedication was canceled due to Hurricane Wilma.
"Our program prepares our graduates with the extensive knowledge and technical background they need," President Brogan said. "But it also includes the component of caring, which allows them to do their jobs in a remarkable way. We believe it is the finest nursing college in the United States."
Construction of the college's new home was made possible by a $10 million gift (matched by the state to total $20 million) from Christine E. Lynn, who was at the dedication and is herself a registered nurse.
“I am extremely excited about the opening of the new College of Nursing Building,” said Christine Lynn. “This college will benefit humanity for decades to come and I am humbled and honored to have been able to make this project a reality.” Mrs. Lynn and her late husband, Eugene M. Lynn, were among the original benefactors who provided seed money to start FAU's nursing program in 1979.
“Mrs. Lynn has provided an invaluable gift that will be enjoyed and utilized by many,” said Dean Boykin. “This gift comes at a crucial time in the history of the profession when the need for nurses and skilled nursing is so great. The healing environment of this beautiful state-of-the-art building supports limitless possibilities for advancing caring in nursing through teaching, research, practice and service.”
The new facility incorporates the principles of feng shui and advances in energy-efficient design and sustainable building practices. According to Dr. Boykin, it was important for the college's new home to create a healthy and healing space reflecting the college's commitment to caring.
The building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the the U.S. Green Building Council, an industry-wide coalition that supports environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The building incorporates cutting-edge design elements such as the soaring multi-story glass atrium with a lush courtyard of patios, rock and herb gardens and a meditation area with bamboo floors and wood ceilings. It also features state-of-the-art technology, including videoconferencing and computer networking capabilities. The overall effect is meant to enhance and reinforce the college's focus on caring as the essential principle in nursing.
In addition to Mrs. Lynn’s gift, contributions from the following individuals and groups were also made in support of the college’s missions and goals and will thus name various areas of the new building: Libby and Harry Dodson; the Quantum Foundation; Ron and Beth Blake; Robert Adamson; William T. Kemper; and Mary Anna Fowler.
Other speakers at the event were Patricia Welch Dittman, chair of the State of Florida Board of Nursing and alumna of the FAU College of Nursing; Betty Zinman, chair of the FAU Foundation; and Nancy Blosser, member of the FAU Board of Trustees. A reception and tours of the building followed the dedication.
For more information about the College of Nursing, visit http://nursing.fau.edu/newnursingsite/index.html. Be sure to visit the building, located just southeast of the Administration Building on the Boca Raton campus.