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November 20 , 2007


Rev. Calvin Morris - Chairman of the Board, President Ivory V. Nelson,
Mr. Dwight Taylor - Chairman of Buildings & Property Committee

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ With members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students taking view of the proceedings, Lincoln University took another step Saturday (Nov. 17) toward the realization of a $40.5 million Science and General Classroom High Technology Building with a ground breaking ceremony at the site of the proposed campus structure.

“The impact that this high tech science classroom building will have on recruitment of science majors is immeasurable,” Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson said. “Today there is a serious competition among postsecondary institutions to attract students who major in the sciences, mathematics and computer science.”

“Students and parents have options and make choices based on what colleges offer, and that includes facilities. For Lincoln University to compete and attract students, modern facilities like this science building are a must.”

The cost for the building includes design, construction, furniture, fixtures and equipment. It will house the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics and computer science departments and is scheduled for completion in about a year.

With its brick and glass exterior, the four-story, 150,000 square-foot-facility will feature eight computer labs, six chemistry labs, 10 high-tech classrooms and two 100-seat state-of-the-art lecture halls with video conferencing and high-tech capabilities for distance education.

The facility will also house 20 labs for biology, chemistry and physics as well as administrative suites and offices, conference room, dark room, greenhouse, student lounge and library.

“Many students are coming from high schools whose facilities are superior to what exist here today,” President Nelson said. “However, starting eight years ago, and especially today, we will change the face of Lincoln University.”

Construction of the building no doubt will enhance Lincoln University’s new academic initiatives, particularly its Center of Excellence in the Sciences. An outgrowth of that initiative would be to increase the number of minorities pursuing advanced degrees in the sciences, thereby increasing significantly the number of underrepresented researchers.

“We are excited about this new facility and its high tech amenities will bring to our science programs,” President Nelson said.

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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