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Welcome to the "Debate Insider" newsletter,  your behind-the-scenes guide to all things related to the third and final 2012 presidential debate hosted by Lynn University.  

Next Oct. 22, we will be welcoming the leading presidential candidates, their campaigns and countless journalists to our campus and the magnificent Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.  As we count down the days, we look forward to sharing with you all of our progress, as well as important announcements, in this newsletter.

The Lynn Inside Team


Meet the Lynn University Debate Planning Committee.

President: Dr. Kevin Ross




Co-Chairs: Jason Walton, Chief of Staff, and Greg Malfitano, Senior Vice President for Administration.


The Team (clockwise from upper left corner): Gregg Cox (Academics); Michele Morris (External Relations); Amy Greene (Special Events & Catering); Stella Quintero (Hotels & Transportation); Ashleigh Fowles (Accreditation Center & Ticket Distribution); Jessica Lawrence (Executive Communications); Phil Riordan (Student Life); Matt Chaloux (Debate Hall & Site); Margaret Ruddy (General Counsel); Barbara Cambia (Corporate Relationships); Judi Nelson (Development & Alumni Affairs); Angela Barioli (Debate Operations Assistant); Bill Testa (Security); Kathleen Clunan (Archives & Documentation); Joshua Glanzer (External Relations); Gary Martin (Student Life); Chris Boniforti (Information Technology); Carole Dodge (Volunteers); Laurie Levine (Finance); Tom Heffernan (Debate Hall & Site).
Inside Spotlight... on Carole Dodge, director of Lynn's Employee Services and chair of the volunteer sub-committee. As the chair, her responsibilities include mobilizing, organizing and coordinating volunteers to provide support before, during and after the debate. Carole joined Lynn University in 2005 and has a background in human resources and information technology. She earned her M.B.A. in finance from Lynn and is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).  She also moonlights as an adjunct instructor in HR management.
In Case You Missed It



Presidential Debate Press Conference - Highlights
Lynn University announces it has been named the host site for third and final 2012 presidential debate.





Jim Lehrer, moderator of 11 presidential debates, spoke to more than 500 high school students from Palm Beach, Martin, Broward and Miami-Dade counties at Lynn's Wold Performing Arts Center just days after the official debate announcement.





 Lynn University celebrated Veterans Day by recognizing student, faculty and staff veterans at the annual Red, White and Blue Barbecue.





 The famed political satire group Capitol Steps performed in Lynn's Wold Performing Arts Center Nov. 12. 




  President Kevin Ross and Chief of Staff Jason Walton joined Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel and Chamber President and CEO Troy McLellan at the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce November Membership Breakfast, where the duo gave a presentation on hosting the presidential debate.




President Ross and Dr. Walton also gave a debate presentation at the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County's Upper Level Breakfast on Dec. 12 (seen here with BDB Chair Fabiola Brumley and President and CEO Kelly Smallridge).




WPTV Newschannel 5 To the Point: Lynn University hosting presidential debate
WPTV NewsChannel 5 To the Point: Lynn University hosting presidential debate.





Memorable Moments from Presidential Debates
Robert Watson, Lynn's resident historian and presidential history expert, talks about memorable debate moments in history.





A local media panel composed of Antonio Fins (editor,

Sun Sentinel), Randy Schultz (editor, Palm Beach Post), and Manny Munoz (producer/host, WIOD News Radio 610 AM) discussed covering presidential campaigns and debates in Lynn's Wold Performing Arts Center on Feb. 16. 

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The Kalb Report -- The Great Debates: The History and Future of U.S. Presidential Debates
Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, participated on the panel The Great Debates: The History and Future of U.S. Presidential Debates.




Presidential debate preps continue at Lynn University
WPTV NewsChannel 5 highlights the Lynn campus improvements happening now in preparation of the debate.





 A history of civility

WASHINGTON -- As the fight for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination continues to wallow in mean-spirited negativism, the Commission on Presidential Debates celebrated the 25th anniversary of its creation here the other night. The theme, appropriately, was something we've seen precious little of in national politics this year: civility.

Jules Witcover, March 14, 2012




Keep an eye out for the newest edition of the Boca Raton YP Real Yellow Pages featuring Lynn's Wold Performing Arts Center, the site of the third and final 2012 presidential debate, on the cover.  This edition will be distributed to 305,000 households in Boca Raton and surrounding communities.

Upcoming Events

March 22, 2012 - Television Coverage of Campaign 2012 from Lynn University

The leadership of WPTV 5 (NBC) will discuss with Lynn students how television covers campaigns and the presidency, including the 2012 campaign and debate at Lynn.  Keep an eye out for coverage on NewsChannel 5.


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