Jack Slotnick, Lynn’s oldest undergraduate student, has made waves in the media appearing on NBC’s Today Show, on Fox’s America’s Newsroom, on CNN, in the Sun-Sentinel saying “you really are a dumb-dumb” for not going back to school, and in the Palm Beach Post as the “Octogenarian refuses to ’stagnate’.”
And just yesterday (Nov. 16), Jack celebrated his 85th birthday! What did he do to celebrate this milestone? “Study,” said Jack.
The day before Jack’s birthday (Nov. 15), Professor Jim Kassar, Jack’s Quantitative Reasoning teacher, decided to throw Jack a mini-surprise party at the end of class with a delicious cake and birthday cards from Jack’s peers and fellow students. Professor Kassar was kind enough to invite members of the marketing team so we could celebrate with the class, take pictures and of course wish Jack a very happy birthday!
Professor Kassar said he doesn’t typically order a cake for his students on their birthdays, but “how often do you get a celebrate one of your student’s 85th birthdays?” asked Kassar. “What Jack is doing is amazing. He’s an inspiration to us all!”
If you see Jack around campus (he can typically be found eating lunch in the caf or studying at the library – I see him all the time!) be sure to wish him a very happy 85th birthday. As professor Kassar said, he’s an inspiration to us all.
As for a recent rumor I heard, Jack has been studying very hard (and taking more than a full load of classes) at Lynn for the past year and a half. In fact, rumor has is that Jack is set to walk at graduation in May 2011! Congrats Jack!
Stay tuned to Knight Writer – I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted on Jack’s projected graduation date.
After graduation, Jack plans to attend graduate school at Lynn and major in psychology so he can help mentor fellow veterans who have come back from war.
Keep up the great work Jack!