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June 7, 2002

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman Announces a New Environmental Educational Partnership with Lincoln University


Lincoln University, Philadelphia’s Lincoln High School, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Whitman today (June 7, 2002) announced a new, innovative environmental educational partnership of the University, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., and the EPA.

"Lincoln University is very pleased to join in this educational partnership with Philadelphia Academies, Inc., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," said Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D. "This innovative environmental program is a good fit for Lincoln University because it is consistent with the University's academic mission to provide students with greater educational and career opportunities in the sciences as they prepare to live and work successfully in a global society requiring technological sophistication.

" Speaking at a press conference at Lincoln High in Philadelphia, EPA Administrator Whitman, the former governor of the State of New Jersey, agreed with President Nelson.

“We see tremendous benefits in collaborating with Lincoln University and the Philadelphia Academies to broaden the horizons for Philadelphia high school students in the environmental field. We are proud to be able to support this partnership with EPA’s direct involvement and a $50,000 grant for a summer academy in 2003 (to be located at Lincoln University),” said Administrator Whitman.

This is the first federal environmental education partnership developed to respond to the No Child Be Left Behind Act of 2001. This law increases support for educating American youth and expanding higher education opportunities - - particularly for students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds - - and especially those at historically black colleges and universities.

Administrator Whitman was joined at the signing agreement ceremony by Lincoln University President Nelson; Natalie S. Allen, president, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.; David Kipphut, principal, Philadelphia’s Lincoln High School; Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator, U.S. EPA Region III; and students from Lincoln High School.

“This new program will provide new academic and intellectual opportunities for all of the partners, and also expand career opportunities for students in the environmental field,” said Don Welsh, regional administrator for the mid-Atlantic region.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University provides the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of students living in a highly technological and global society. Besides its main campus in southern Chester County, Lincoln also operates the Center for Graduate and Continuing Education in Philadelphia. During the 2001-2002 academic year, the University enrolled 1,871 undergraduate and graduate students. In 2004, Lincoln University will celebrate its 150th anniversary as the nation's oldest Historical Black University.

Lincoln University is ranked first in Pennsylvania and second in the nation in graduating African Americans with baccalaureate degrees in the physical sciences -- biology, chemistry, and physics. Lincoln is also the only university in the Commonwealth and one of but 20 universities nationwide where 40 percent or more of its physics graduates are women.

Philadelphia Academies, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing youth’s educational and career needs through academic programs that are meaningful and productive. Started in 1969, the Philadelphia Academies, Inc. currently has thirteen career areas designed to meet needs of the city’s economy by training a workforce that understands the basics of its major industries. Business and community partners work closely with the Academies to broaden their education beyond the classroom.

The Philadelphia Academies, Inc. is one of the 27 national academies under the auspices of the National Career Academy Coalition. The only Environmental Technology Academy in Philadelphia is at Lincoln High School. It is one of the most well-established environmental high school programs in the country. It is a college preparatory program that combines an academic roster with courses in environmental concepts, theories and skills. Students use the latest technology to monitor and analyze environmental problems. Over ninety percent of these graduates go on to institutions of higher learning and many now are working in the environmental profession.

Although Lincoln University and Lincoln High share the same name, they are not affiliated.

For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Howard G. Kelly, Jr. Assistant Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574; hkelly@lu.lincoln.edu

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