Holiday Message from Brenda A. Allen

Office of the President

Dear Alumni and Friends,

I hope this message finds all of you safe and well as we enter the holiday season. I am pleased to report that with the commitment and cooperation of the entire Lincoln University family we were able to bring all of our students back to campus for the 2021 fall semester, as well as finish out the semester successfully with no major incidents or disruptions. It took all of us to keep our community of faculty, students and staff safe while providing a quality campus and educational experience in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 threat.

Our residential students have departed the campus for the winter break and will return for the start of classes in January. Spring semester is scheduled to start on January 10 and we are doing all that we can to provide a safe environment in which our students can study and engage in co-curricular activities and other campus events. As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, and the new Omicron variant is competing with the Delta variant for dominance. Both variants are highly contagious. As it has been shown that COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective at reducing severe illness and death, we have issued the mandate for all of our LU Lions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon returning to campus for the Spring semester.

I feel confident when I say that Lincoln University’s foundation remains solid! I can say that as a family, we came together on all fronts over the last year to ensure that our University continues to be a place where we Learn. Liberate. Lead.

While COVID-19 continued to be a factor in the way we planned and operated, we remained steadfast as we pressed forward in all areas. It was especially exciting to have all of our students back on campus for the fall 2021 semester. Students enjoyed a robust campus experience. Our faculty and students were back in the classroom to engage each other in face-to-face instruction and learning. And our student-athletes are competing before audiences of their peers and supporters. The basketball season has begun, and we are already witnessing excitement and support from the students and others who have filled the Manuel Rivera Gymnasium to cheer them on at the home games.

We are looking forward to culminating the season at the CIAA Tournament in Baltimore, MD, February 21-26, 2022. I hope to see many of you in Baltimore as we fellowship with each other at the activities being planned and to cheer on our student athletes as they compete.

In addition to a rejuvenated learning and living experience, we were able to move ahead with several Department of General Services (DGS) sponsored capital renovation projects including:

  • Amos Hall (Information Technology & Museum use) – construction currently underway; targeted for completion in fall 2022 with move-in in spring of 2023
  • Vail Hall (Administrative functions including the President’s Office) – DGS bid process was slated to begin in November 2021; construction targeted to begin in spring of 2022; targeted completion of Mid-2023
  • Track & Field – targeted completion of spring 2022
  • Cresson Hall (Exhibit & Research space and housing for approximately 30 students) currently in planning/discussion stages; targeted completion of fall 2023
  • Manuel Rivera Gymnasium – targeted completion of fall 2024

This is all very exciting. However, although we are making progress in many areas, we are still greatly in need of increased giving to move from our dependence on tuition and state appropriations. Giving by our alumni base is critical for Lincoln University to strengthen its foundation and position itself among institutions of higher education. Many thanks to each of you who participated in the recent Giving Tuesday event and the newly implemented “Promise Fund” which was introduced during Homecoming.

I want to close by saying how good it was to gather on the campus to celebrate our Homecoming activities. I, personally, enjoyed being on campus to celebrate with friends and classmates. I hope that many of you had the chance to tour the newly renovated Dickey and Azikiwe-Nkrumah halls which were completed earlier this year. Classes are being held in Dickey and our Institutional Advancement team has settled into Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall where they are poised to host donors, supporters and friends of the University.

Lincoln University will close December 23, 2021 through January 3, 2022 as faculty and staff observe a winter break. We are all looking forward to this time when we can rejuvenate after a very busy semester

Thank you all for your continued support and genuine love for Lincoln. Please be safe, and stay well. I look forward to strengthening collaborations on our shared goals in the New Year.

In the meantime, I hope you will take some time to relax and refresh over the upcoming holiday break.


Brenda A. Allen