The Lindenwood - Fall 2020

12 13 FALL 2020 EDITION FALL 2020 EDITION THE LINDENWOOD THE LINDENWOOD UNDERSTORY The CAMPUS LIFE CAMPUS LIFE LETTER FROM STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT Dear Lindenwood Community, Lindenwood University has saved my life! Lindenwood has saved me from inner city genocide, poverty, and self- destruction. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. stated that, “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” That quote has impacted me very much, because that’s the type of culture I wanted to instill within the students here at Lindenwood. Relationships are wealth, and we as students are here to get our education and connect with one another. For me, the students here at Lindenwood have become my family. And during this uncertain time, keeping the school open has been a primary goal for Lindenwood Student Government. LSG has combined with campus partners to put together a legendary COVID-19 response commercial. This commercial will feature why it’s important to follow the guidelines and safety protocols. The commercial will also feature students’ stories, trials, and tribulations. We have done a great job so far with battling the virus and doing our part to protect one another. Events are still being held virtually, and we are still able to network with one another. We are Lions, we are strong, and together we will achieve greatness at its highest level. I wish you the best, MARCO LEE Lindenwood Student Government President Marco Lee is a senior majoring in criminology and criminal justice. He began his Lindenwood journey at the Belleville campus and transferred to St. Charles for the 2020-21 academic year. Lee is a native of the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Il. and would like to attend law school. His goal is to be a top criminal attorney and someday dreams of running for office. If you asked Kathryn Finnerty where she was most happy as a child, she would tell you her happiest memories involve the ocean. She loves the waves, swimming, and everything related to water. Kathryn, who is known by most as Kat, is a current graduate student at Lindenwood University. She finished her undergraduate degree in May 2020, in the most unprecedented time our world has seen in the last century, as one might state. While some might find it hard to find a silver lining during a pandemic, there is something to be said about the community at Lindenwood giving students the opportunity to continue their education and find their true passions. Kat joined the Lion community from Waterloo, Ill., and initially considered attending Lindenwood in hopes of playing on the volleyball team. When she came to campus to meet her potential teammates and see the facilities, she was sold. While she had no idea what she wanted to study, after much research and a conversation with Dr. Julie Turner, Kat was convinced that a degree in nonprofit administration was the right academic program that would provide her with the tools and knowledge she’d need to make an impact in the world. During her undergraduate studies, Kat had the opportunity to work with a variety of non-profits, one involving animal welfare, and another involving children. Throughout her classes and community engagement, she came back to this idea of the water and her love for the environment. After completing her bachelor’s degree in May, Kat chose to stay at Lindenwood and is pursuing her master’s in Nonprofit Administration. Kat’s future goal is to work for a company that cares about the environment and marine life. Kat’s passion is to give back to the community and educating others on the potential they possess to affect change. From her perspective, no matter how long you are there or what type of community you are part of, that community is shaping you in some way, and you have the power to make a positive difference. STUDENT PROFILE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other. Students enjoy a nice fall afternoon on campus in 2019 Kat and her teammmates cheer on the community LU President Franc McCluer with U.S. President Harry S. Truman FUN FACTS Did you know that prior to coming to Lindenwood, President Franc McCluer headed the Constitutional Convention which created Missouri’s current Constitution? After two years of debate, and a couple of lawsuits attempting to prevent the Convention from proceeding, the “new” Constitution won wide approval by Missouri voters in 1945. The previous Constitution had been in place since 1875. ? KAT FINNERTY 2020 Lindenwood Graduate