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BOCA RATON, FL (LYNN UNIVERSITY) - The U.S. Department of State has notified the family of the passing of Stephanie Crispinelli, a sophomore from Katonah, N.Y.

The family of Dr. Patrick Hartwick, Dean of the Ross College of Education, were also notified of the death of Dr. Hartwick Friday.

Of the 14 members of the Lynn community who were in Haiti on a "Journey of Hope" service trip, one student and one faculty member remain unaccounted for.

"I am deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Stephanie. She had a real passion for serving others. Upon returning home from the Journey for Hope trip in Jamaica in January 2009, she began collecting sneakers and sports equipment to send back to the island—this after meeting orphans there who played soccer without shoes or equipment. This was the type of young lady she was—one who sought out need and then, when she found it, tried to remedy it. We are so proud to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lin, Lenny, Nicholas, Mike and all of Stephanie's friends and loved ones during this difficult time," said President Kevin M. Ross.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Patterson said, "As a colleague and educator, Dr. Hartwick garnered the respect of faculty and students for his uncompromising commitment to making a difference in the lives of students and educational institutions. An advocate for excellence in education, Dr. Hartwick dedicated his considerable talents to ensuring that every student had the opportunity to reach their potential as students and citizens. He believed in the power of education to eradicate ignorance and promote justice and his life's work is clearly a testimony to his professional and personal commitments. He was a dear friend and I will miss him terribly."

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