On Monday, Nov. 12, Lynn University recognized teachers, students and families from the Lynn community who served in the U.S. military. Honorary remarks President Kevin M. Ross officiated the ceremony, which included individual recognition of servicemen and women at Lynn. The annual Red, White and Blue Barbecue followed the ceremony.
Lynn's student news service, iPulse, featured two of Lynn's heroes on campus.
Meet Sgt. Jay Jeudy
Sgt. Jay Jeudy '22, followed a nontraditional path to university life in Boca Raton.
Jeudy, originally from Hollywood, Florida, lived with his father, step-mother and three younger siblings. At age 19 in October 2007, he enlisted in the U.S. Army with the goal of serving his country and assisting his family financially.
During his service in the Army, he was a part of 13 Bravo, a key contributor to the field artillery cannon crew. His first duty station was at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, then Vilseck, Germany and lastly Ft. Carson in Colorado. Jeudy was deployed overseas three times—in Iraq from 2008–09, in Afghanistan from 2011–12 and 2014–15.
“My favorite part of serving was being able to travel the world, making friends that are now lifelong brothers,” said Jeudy.
During his service in the Army, Jeudy received numerous awards and commendations, as well as a combat badge for engaging in multiple firefights with Al Qaeda enemy insurgents.
Jeudy has a combined deployment of 36 months in combat zones. In March 2018, he was honorably discharged as a wounded soldier from the Army. After returning home to Florida, Jeudy wanted to further his education in the criminal justice field.
“I decided to use the 9/11 G.I. Bill to earn my bachelor’s degree,” said Jeudy. “I also sought to help my family financially by paying for my siblings’ college tuition.”
Jeudy was led to Lynn through his friends and from online research.
“At Lynn, I was able to find other veterans like myself very quickly, allowing me the chance to create a Veterans Club on campus,” said Jeudy.
After ending his time with the Army, Jeudy now serves as a military police reserve soldier assigned to the Ft. Lauderdale area. While his short-term goal lies in obtaining his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, his long-term pursuit is a career in law enforcement as a member of the FBI or CIA.
Introducing Misael Castillo
Misael Castillo, a New Jersey native, has a more adventurous story than the average college student.
After graduating high school in 2015, Castillo took a road less traveled, enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces at age 18.
“Having family members who also served in the military, it was a dream of mine to do the same,” said Castillo. “Serving my country has always been something for which I have passion.”
Castillo served in the Army National Guard for nearly four years, learning much of what it takes to protect an entire nation in the process. Following his stint in the military, he returned home to play Division II baseball for the Cumberland County College Dukes.
“Having the opportunity to serve my country is something I have and will continue to do,” said Castillo. “I want to protect this country for as long as I can, in whatever way I can.”
After Castillo played as a student-athlete for the Dukes in New Jersey for two full seasons, Lynn’s baseball head coach Rudy Garbalosa and assistant coach Chris Piperno took notice. Due to Castillo’s success at the Division II level in mind, the two chose to offer him a spot on the Fighting Knight roster.
“Since I was 6-years-old, I have always had the dream of playing college baseball in Florida,” said Castillo. “Fulfilling that dream by coming to Lynn has become my biggest accomplishment.”
With this dream fueling him, Castillo chose Lynn following an official visit in July. Identifying strongly with the athletic and academic opportunities across campus, he was certain he found the ideal landing spot.
Now preparing for the upcoming season alongside his new teammates, Castillo plans to apply many of the lessons he learned in the Armed Forces to the baseball diamond. To keep tabs on him and the rest of the Lynn baseball program, individuals can visit lynnfightingknights.com.
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