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April 24, 2008

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY CONDUCTS GROUND BREAKING FOR
$26.1 MILLION INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CENTER

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ Lincoln University took another step on Saturday (April 19) toward the realization of a $26.1 million International Cultural Center (ICC) with a ground breaking ceremony at the construction site of state-of-the-art facility.

It was the second such event during this academic year.  In November the university broke ground for a $40.5 million General Classroom and High Technology Building.

According to Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson, reaching the point of breaking ground for the ICC is the culmination of several years of planning and positive discussions.

“We are very pleased to break ground for this state-of-the-art facility,” President Nelson said. “This project was conceived before my arrival and I am excited that it has come to fruition. This building has tremendous implications, not only for teaching and learning but also as a resource for our community.”

Dr. Calvin Morris, chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “This has been an extraordinary year for new construction at Lincoln University. This building is tangible evidence of our commitment to excellence in teaching, learning and public service.  We are continuing to advance the Lincoln legacy.”

Scheduled for completion within a year, the ICC will have many features.  It will have an auditorium with 1,000 seats for lectures and convocations; nine classrooms, two language labs, one faculty administration and reception area; two large conference rooms; and a Presidential Suite with a Board of Trustees conference room.

Additionally, the structure will feature a 1,500 square feet art gallery to accommodate 330 patrons.  The lobby and atrium can be used for small receptions and will cover 2,700 square feet.

In total, the ICC will be 60,000 square feet and the cost includes construction, furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.  Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.

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