Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Lincoln University Presents 2nd Annual
Legacy Awards Gala Friday, October 22, 2004
The program will honor four individuals for their achievements.

Lincoln University, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary as America's first Historically Black University, will present its Second Annual Legacy Awards Gala on Friday, October 22, 2004, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza, in the ballroom, at 17th and Race Streets, in Philadelphia.

Four individuals will be honored for their distinguished careers and achievements. They are:

    • Reneé Amoore, a successful entrepreneur, healthcare advocate, and political advisor.
    • Dr. Marvin Wachman, a nationally acclaimed college administrator, and former president of both Lincoln University and Temple University.
    • Dr. Frank (Tick) Coleman, Trustee Emeritus and 1935 graduate of Lincoln University, and an award-winning community worker and leader.
    • Rev. Canon Thomas W.S. Logan, Sr., a 1935 graduate of Lincoln University, and Rector Emeritus of Calvary Church in Philadelphia
Over 500 guests -- including dignitaries and Lincoln alumni -- are expected to attend the gala. Tickets for the formal affair are $250.00 per person. For tickets, contact Lincoln's Office of Special Events and Community Relations at 610-932-1235.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University combines 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.


Leadership Excellence Award
Reneé Amoore

Reneé Amoore -- founder and president of The Amoore Group, Inc., a conglomerate consisting of four thriving entities -- has earned a national reputation as a knowledgeable and hard-working entrepreneur, healthcare advocate, and political advisor. In 1995, she started Amoore Health Systems, Inc., a company designed to improve the delivery, service, and quality of healthcare in the United States. The company recently took its mission abroad with the implementation of progressive health programs in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. In 1996, Amoore expanded her enterprise with the creation of 521 Management, Inc., which has grown to become one of Pennsylvania’s premier strategic communication firms.
By 1999, she had started Ramsey Educational Development Institute, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides a variety of services to children and adults throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. A fourth operation, Liberty Services, offers full-service construction, comprehensive facility, mechanical maintenance, engineering, and environmental services.
An energetic and inspiring leader, Amoore has spent much of her adult years serving on numerous professional and community organizations. They include the Franklin Institute Board of Trustees, Nazareth Hospital Board of Directors, Drexel University Board of Trustees, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Union League’s Member Relations Committee. In 1992, she was elected to the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee. By 1996, she was elevated to Deputy Chair, a position she still holds. The Philadelphia Business Journal has ranked The Amoore Group as one of the Top 25 minority-owned businesses, while The Philadelphia Tribune has repeatedly named Amoore one of the region’s most influential African Americans. She began in the medical field as a registered nurse with training at Harlem Hospital School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Antioch University.


Leadership Excellence Award
Dr. Marvin Wachman

Marvin Wachman, Ph.D., Honorary Chancellor and President Emeritus of Temple University, was the ninth President of Lincoln University from 1961 to 1970. Dr. Wachman, who also served as Temple University's sixth President from 1973 to 1982, has achieved an outstanding career as an educator and university administrator.

During Dr. Wachman's tenure at Lincoln, student enrollment grew from 300 to over 1,100. The University also began recruiting more students and faculty from the African Continent. The faculty, which was largely White, was enlarged and diversified. New campus facilities were constructed, including three dormitories. He left Lincoln, which he said had helped him to become a better leader, to assume the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at Temple University. During his presidency, the student enrollment grew from 30,000 to 37,200; students and the faculty became more diverse, including with Blacks and Hispanics. New constructions included the law school building and other academic facilities.

Dr. Wachman earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois, and his bachelor of science and master's degrees from Northwestern University. In early 2005, he will publish his autobiography The Education of a University President. The two biggest chapters are on Lincoln University and Temple University.

Distinguished Alumni Award
The Reverend Canon Thomas Wilson Stearly Logan, Sr. '35

The Reverend Canon Thomas Wilson Stearly Logan, Sr., a 1935 Lincoln University graduate, is Rector Emeritus of Calvary Church in Philadelphia. The Rev Logan has devoted over 60 years of dedicated ministry to the Episcopal Diocese and served much of his time on commissions and various community groups. He was ordained as a deacon in June 1938 in the Diocese of Pennsylvania at Holy Apostles Church. He then advanced to priesthood in June 1939 at St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia. He served as Curate at St. Phillips Church in New York City from 1938 to 1939; Vicar at St. Augustine’s Chapel in Yonkers, New York, from 1938 to 1939; and Vicar and Rector at St. Michael and All Angels Church, in Philadelphia, from 1940 to 1945. In 1945, he was elevated to Rector at Calvary Church Northern Liberties in Philadelphia where he served until 1984. That same year he was given the title of Rector Emeritus at Calvary Church.
The Rev. Thomas is affiliated with and is a member of numerous religious, fraternal, social and civic organizations. These include member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, delegate to the Anglican Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, member of the Restitution Fund Commission, past president of the Homeless Fund, past chaplain in the Presbyterian and Misericordia Hospitals and a past police chaplain for the Philadelphia Police Department, former member Diocesan Council, one of the founders and member (1968 to 1998) of the National Conference of Black Episcopalians, and past president (1951 to 1961) of the National Church Workers Conference U.S.A. In addition, he is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He is a past president of the Philadelphia Tribune's Charities and the Philadelphia Rafters' charities. He is a life member and former board member of the NAACP for Philadelphia and Darby, Pennsylvania. He is one of the founders and past member of the Afro-American Museum in Philadelphia.

After his graduation from Lincoln in 1935, he earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1938 from General Theological Seminary, in New York. In 1941, he received his Master of Sacred Theology from Philadelphia Divinity School.

Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Frank (Tick) Coleman '35

Dr. Frank (Tick) Coleman -- an exemplary educator, civic and community leader, and former star athlete -- is an Emeritus Trustee and a 1935 alumnus of Lincoln University. Dr. Coleman has served his alma mater with distinction in several leadership roles, including as Special Assistant to the President for Alumni Giving and as Alumni Relations Director. Dr. Coleman, a longtime South Philadelphia resident, recently was presented with the prestigious 2004 John Wanamaker Humanitarian Award in recognition for having devoted 80 years of service to the Christian Street YMCA in South Philadelphia. He started his career in counseling and working with youth shortly after his graduation from Lincoln.

Dr. Coleman holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an honorary doctorate from Lincoln, where he served on a volunteer basis as Director of Alumni Relations from 1981 to 1988 and as an alumni representative on the Board of Trustees for 10 years. A 1981 retiree of the School District of Philadelphia, Dr. Coleman has performed extensive community work, serving in leadership capacities with the Philadelphia Christian Street YMCA, Wharton Settlement, Wissahickon Boy’s Club, Department of Public Assistance, Department of Recreation, Peace Corps, Salvation Army: Neighborhood Centre South, Wilmont Boys Club, Curtain Community Center, Southside Camp, and the Lansdowne Board of Education.

Dr. Coleman is the recipient of Lincoln’s Outstanding Alumnus Award, the Philadelphia Community Award, and numerous other honors. A true living legend, Dr. Coleman was the first Black quarterback on Central High School of Philadelphia's football team and led them to the Public League championships in 1929 and 1930. He also was the first Black member of the All Scholastic High School Football Team in 1928. His football helmet and shoes are on exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. In addition, he was one of the first three Black scouts to earn the group's highest honor, the Eagle Scout Badge.

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