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Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington  Correspondent for CBS News, Moderator of Face the Nation, and announced moderator of the debate at Lynn, was also the moderator for the third and final presidential debate in 2008.

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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 on October 22 in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.  



Lynn Begins Fall Semester



Last week Lynn held orientation for 450 new students, and on Monday the Class of 2016 joined returning students for the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.   On Tuesday, Lynn President Kevin Ross addressed those new students during the university's annual Welcome Convocation.


All current Lynn students will have the opportunity to witness history firsthand as the university prepares to host the third and final 2012 presidential debate on October 22.  In addition to having access to debate-related programming and events, Lynn students will be taking debate-related courses this semester.  They will also have the opportunity to receive a ticket to the debate through an upcoming lottery system.


Also, the group of College of Communication students scheduled to travel to and report from the conventions is still reporting from the RNC, although their trip was delayed a day by then Tropical Storm Isaac. 



 Welcome Convocation 

Lynn Continues Campus Debate Prep 


With only 54 days left until the debate, the Lynn University campus continues to be transformed.  The campus North Parking Lot will be closed until after the debate, but parking is available in the newly constructed South Parking Lot accessible by the West Potomac Road entrance. 


Additionally, the university's main Military Trail entrance has been undergoing renovations, which include the addition of more traffic lanes.  A new traffic signal at the entrance is supposed to be functioning in the next month as well.




The Lynn University campus



The new South Parking Lot



The new West Pomotac Road entrance



The renovated front Military Trail entrance

Official Small Business Partners 


Lynn University would like to congratulate and thank the following companies who recently became Official Small Business Partners:


Regent Labs

Life Audit Professionals LLC

Professional System Services Inc.


The Arlene Herson Show

The Boca Raton Observer

A1A Airport & Limousine Service

4Voice LLC

Steven R Alman, DMD


For a complete list of Official Small Business Partners or to learn how your company can become an Official Small Business Partner, please visit the Lynn University debate website or the Boca Chamber website.

Official Small Business Partner Spotlight: Brewzzi

Debate Official Small Business Partner - Brewzzi
Debate Official Small Business Partner - Brewzzi

Community Corner 


In celebration of Palm Beach County being a Labor Day destination, this edition's Community Corner features Roger Amidon, Executive Director, and Mami Hampton-Kisner, Member, of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. 


See what they have to say about the presidential debate coming to Lynn University and Palm Beach County.


Roger Amidon
Roger Amidon


Mami Hampton-Kisner
Mami Hampton-Kisner

In Case You Missed It




On August 22, for the first time ever, the Palm Beach County School Board met on the Lynn University campus.  During the monthly meeting, which was held in the Wold Performing Arts Center, the site of the upcoming presidential debate, Lynn President Kevin Ross spoke about the university's partnership with Palm Beach County Schools and the iTunes U K-12 Debate Curriculum, and the School District presented him with an plaque of appreciation for "sharing the presidential debate experience" with them. 






Lynn University Releases a Free iPad App for Presidential Debate Education 




Lynn presidential debate to aid in school district push for more civics in classrooms




Lynn University debate swag is now available in the campus bookstore.  In addition to the items above, a selection of Lynn debate t-shirts are also for sale.




 Florida 101: 10 Things to Know About Florida for the 2012 Election by Robert Watson, Lynn University professor and director of American Studies




WPTV Newschannel 5 reports on Lynn University's presidential debate preps
WPTV Newschannel 5 reports on Lynn University's presidential debate preparations





Lynn University receives $6 million gift to construct new business school building 

Upcoming Events


September 14, 2012 - Media Credentialing Application Deadline

For more information or to apply for media credentialing, visit the Commission on Presidential Debates website. 


October 5, 2012 - Community & Culture Expo - American Stories as Told Through the Cultural Arts

Mizner Amphitheater, 6:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.


October 12, 2012 - Cinema Under the Stars: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

Mizner Amphitheater, 8:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.


October 17, 2012 - Author Visit: Candice Millard

Spanish River Library, 7:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.


October 18, 2012 - Author Visit: Dr. Richard Beeman

Spanish River Library, 7:00 p.m.  For more information, click  here.


October 18, 2012 - 3rd Annual Latin American Food & Wine Festival

Midtown at Palm Beach Gardens, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.  For more information, click here


October 22, 2012 - Debate Watch Party and Concert, hosted by the City of Boca Raton and presented by the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Rock the Vote

Mizner Amphitheater, 7:00 p.m.  For more information, click here


Additional details and debate events can be found on the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Boca Raton websites. 


Also, keep an eye out for the September/October edition of the Boca Raton Magazine, which will feature an article on Lynn University and "The Great Debate."

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