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November 10, 2006

Marilyn Button Top Choice For Excellence in Teaching

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Dr. Marilyn Button (left) receives award from Lincoln President Ivory V. Nelson

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA. - People who work hard, persevere and inspire others are usually rewarded for their diligence and effort.  A case in point is Dr. Marilyn Button, chair of the Department of English and Mass Communications, who has been recognized for her outstanding teaching abilities.

Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson presented Dr. Button with the 2006-2007 Lindback Award, which symbolizes excellence in teaching.  A committee comprised of faculty and students selects the recipient.

Accepting the award at the Honors Convocation, Dr. Button expressed deep appreciation for the honor, emphasizing the role that students play in producing good teachers.  "Students inspire teachers to do their best.  The better the student, the better the teacher," she said.

Dr. Button joined the faculty in l985 and said she likes working at Lincoln because there is always a new challenge.  Whether it is in helping a student or improving a program, she enjoys meeting that challenge by taking advantage of the many resources of the entire university community.

Before becoming chair of the department, Dr. Button served as coordinator of the World Literature Program.  She is an active member of several university committees.

Dr. Button has been a participant in three National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars.  In 1995, she was the recipient of another teaching excellence award at Lincoln University.  She is co-author of Foreign Women in British Literature, a series of essays on literary texts, and co founder of Women with a Vision, an urban outreach program that partners women nationally for personal and professional growth.

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 students 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.


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