December 4, 2007
A Student Reflects On the Significance of
the $40.5 Million
Science, General Classroom and High Technology
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.
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.
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
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
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.
University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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