A 2018 inductee into Lynn University’s Student Leadership Hall of Fame, Anton Pastuszak ’96 honed his leadership and communication skills at Lynn.
“Being involved in Student Government Association and becoming its president taught me how to work with people from different cultures, experiences and backgrounds,” he said. “We live in a diverse world, so it really gave me an edge in the workplace.”
Pastuszak has been a successful teacher and athletic coach, and is currently a professor of welding technology at Palm Beach State College. His metal sculpture career was born at Lynn, he said.
“Without that art show in the administration building, I never would have won awards, sold art, taught metal sculpture, become a top welder and iron worker, opened my own private shop and studio, or reached where I am today—building one of the top welding programs in Florida.”
Here is what he had to say about his Hall of Fame nomination, his involvement at Lynn and his advice to other students.
Why do you believe you were nominated?
I hope I was nominated because I tried to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow students. At the time I wasn't thinking about building a legacy. I just wanted to give back to Lynn because of what Lynn had given to me—a full scholarship. Without a scholarship I would not have been able to afford a four-year university, and my future would have been different.
What does it mean to you?
It meant a lot to be appointed to the Hall of Fame because it showed me I must have made a positive difference. So, it truly is an honor to be in the Hall of Fame.
What activities were you involved in during your studies on campus?
I was active in Lynn’s Student Government Association. I became its treasurer in 1994 and its president in 1995. I also was a founding member and DJ of radio station WLYN 96.1 FM, and a writer for iPulse newspaper.
Any advice to current students?
Be passionate about whatever you want to do. People are worth more than things. If you're not making someone’s life better, you're wasting your time. Investing in people will make you richer in many ways, and that is where your legacy will be made.
“My time at Lynn was one of the best times of my life, and I will cherish it forever,” said Pastuszak.