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December 4, 2007

A Student Reflects On the Significance of the $40.5 Million
Science, General Classroom and High Technology Building

Editor’s Note:
Renee Dixon is a senior from Rochester, N.Y. majoring in biology and anthropology.
The following is her remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the
$40.5 million Science and General Classroom High Technology Building.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ This is a very exciting day for Lincoln University. On behalf of the students from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, we would like to thank the Board of Trustees, President Nelson, and all other individuals who have been involved in the development of our new science building.

Winston Churchill said, "We shape our buildings: thereafter, they shape us." By its appearance alone, the new science building will make our campus more attractive and inviting.  Beyond its presence, the new building has many implications for the future of us, the students.  For us, the new science building means a better facility that is conducive to learning, a place for our organizations to gather, more spaces for studying, and a place that will unite us all from the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics and computer science departments that will further display our energetic spirit for pursuing careers in the sciences.

We the students hope that the new science building will create more supportive relationships between the students and between the students and the faculty, which will serve to increase the retention of students in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

It is also our hope that as students and their parents look for collegiate science programs, they will consider the construction of our new science building as another step forward toward our continued strives for excellence and as a place where minorities looking to pursue advanced degrees in the sciences receive the best training and support for achieving their goals. 

This building will be more than bricks and glass; it will be a place that produces the best out of us, the students.  Once again, we would like to thank all those who have been instrumental along the way in the construction of this building, and we are happy to be a part of such a historical day for this great institution.

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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