Fresh Start For Lynn University’s Heartbeat

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By Shawn Johnson


Fall 2017 saw significant change and developments across the Lynn campus.  With new faces arriving and absorbing various roles, the Fighting Knight community underwent a makeover in the span of only a few weeks.  Outside of campus, numerous headlines kept students alike engaged with the key aspects of the ever-changing social and political spheres.  Meanwhile, the school grounds saw unmatched events occur anywhere from the Wold Performing Arts Center to the Elmore Dining Commons.

Likewise, iPulse endured all of the changes and adjustments as new names took over several leadership positions.  At the same time, a new group of staff writers joined the editors to bring relevant, timely information to the Lynn community.  Most definitely, iPulse established a team prepared to overcome anything in its path towards maintaining its award-winning standard.

The fall of 2017 brought first the International Business and Entrepreneurship Symposium to the Wold Performing Arts Center and International Business Center.  With keynote speakers like Keven Moffitt and Jessica Jackley, the grand occasion united the business community with educators and students to explore connections and advancements in global enterprise.  Bringing innovation to the forefront, leaders across the community were enabled to grow as a result of the one-day forum.

However, the symposium was only one of a few momentous occasions from the fall.  In fact, other events on campus such as the Laramie Project and the South Florida Showdown took over campus, showcasing the best Lynn has to offer in regards to drama and athletics respectively.  The entire Lynn community gathered to make these happenings a success and memorable for years to come.

Putting Fall 2017 in the books, we welcome new faces to continue the legacy left from prior iPulse volumes.  With the spring semester comes additional, creative minds to take over top-tier pieces each week.  All while partnering with students from Digital Media Arts Center (DMAC), we look forward to introducing a fresh look in the coming months, focused on our goal to inspire, invigorate and energize the Lynn community.

As the educational experience changes, we see numerous upgrades across the campus.  With the official DMAC integration taking place in the fall, more improvements are on the horizon. In fact, progress on the Christine E. Lynn University Center can be seen daily, while new programs are continuously being integrated to aid the learning process.

With increased distribution has come easier access to pieces, allowing the community to read from their iPad or simply grab the latest edition in the morning on their way to class.  With that, social media has changed how iPulse is received across campus, something which will only spread due to our new social media manager.

While the editors and production staff may change from one semester to another, the unwavering, ethical approach to responsible journalism remains the same.  With countless functions occurring throughout the coming semester, we look forward to partnering with the Lynn community to foster an environment of dialogue and discussion.

On behalf of the entire iPulse staff, we thank all Fighting Knights for your continued engagement with our publication through the years.  As we continue our ongoing mission, we look forward to connecting via social media and our consistent publications with you all.  In the spring semester, we invite you to grow with us as journalists and storytellers, fueling Lynn’s ever-growing, innovative vision for the future.


Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson, member of the 3.0 accelerated degree program, is a sophomore. Having grown up in Birmingham, Ala., Johnson established an unwavering love for college athletics in his youth. Wanting to connect his love for sports with his passion for writing, he has identified sports journalism as the ultimate goal of his academic endeavors at Lynn. As such, Johnson is a multimedia journalism major. Within his collegiate interests, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Fighting Knight and current ESPN reporter Lisa Kerney. Outside of iPulse, he was a contributing writer for the Palm Beach Post as well. In his second year, there is still much more in the tank for his career preparation at Lynn. All the while, he is immensely proud of the Alabama Crimson Tide for recently winning their 17th overall national championship. Thankful for the opportunities he has received thus far, Johnson is eager to grow alongside his peers in the College of Communication and Design.

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