Friday, August 5, 2011

Dr. Lynn Ennis passed away

Dr. Lynn Ennis, adjunct lecturer in the Poole College of Management and associate director and curator of the collection at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, passed away Tuesday July 26.  Lynn has taught MBA 536 Creativity in Management in the college every semester since fall 2007. 

Lynn’s creativity course was very well received by both MAC and MBA students.  The course met in a wide range of venues reflecting various sorts of creative activity. Students were exposed to the visual arts at the NC Museum of Art, (Larry Wheeler was a regular guest lecturer), the Gregg Museum and ArtSpace.  They also gained an appreciation for the creative process in scientific research and product development, plus the role of creativity in marketing.  Course projects over the last year have focused on creative approaches to sustainability issues.

Lynn taught one other MBA course where she took a group of students to New Orleans to do service projects over spring break in 2009.  Student teams assisted five small businesses in the ninth ward district, providing assistance in business planning, finance, accounting, and operations. 

I still remember the first time I was able to spend quality time with Lynn.  I showed up in her office ready to provide advice on how to design a syllabus, select appropriate assignments, and engage MBA students.  Lynn did not need that help at all; instead we ended up having a delightful tour of the various artifacts collected by the Gregg Museum that were in storage. 

Lynn’s expertise allowed the MBA program to offer a course that was highly valued by students.  It was also a course that few MBA programs offer.  She will be sorely missed by College of Management students, faculty, and staff.  Her class for this fall will be cancelled; the program will attempt to find a new instructor for spring 2012. 

The family has requested gifts in her memory to the Gregg Museum of Art and Design Campaign, sent in care of Nicole Peterson, Director of Arts Development at Arts NC State, Campus Box 7306, Raleigh, NC 27695-7306.

Condolences can be sent to her husband and daughter, Larry and Emily, at the home address, 1500 Village Glen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612-4344.

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