LINCOLN UNIVERSITY BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RE-ELECTS PRINCIPAL OFFICERS TO CONSECUTIVE TERM

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – The Lincoln University Board of Trustees unanimously re-elected its principal slate of officers to a consecutive term last Saturday at its annual meeting. The new terms expire June 30, 2017.  Continue reading

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Lincoln Awards Honorary Degree to Distinguished University of Texas at Austin Professor

Toyin Falola

Toyin Falola

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – The Lincoln University, the nation’s first-degree granting Historically Black College & University, announced it will award Dr. Toyin Falola, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, an honorary doctorate degree at its 156th Commencement on Friday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the university’s stadium.

Falola, who is one of the most prolific and erudite global scholars of his generation, has published  more than 125 books, numerous journal articles and book chapters on Africa and the African Diaspora.  Coupled with his high level of international engagement activities and commitment to Pan Africanism, he has become one of the most respected and influential scholars of the 20th and 21st centuries.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious honor,” Falola said. “The greatest hope that a scholar can have is to feel that his/her efforts in the academy have been appreciated across time and space.”

Widely proclaimed as Africa’s preeminent historian and one of the major intellectuals of our time, Falola has been invited to speak in all continents and in over sixty countries. He also manages five distinguished scholarly monograph series and serves on the board of over twenty journals.

Falola has received several honorary doctorates,  lifetime career awards and honors in various parts of the world, including the Nigerian Diaspora Academic Prize, the Cheikh Anta Diop Award, the Amistad Award, the SIRAS Award for Outstanding Contribution to African Studies, Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria The Distinguished Africanist Award and three Yoruba chieftaincy titles, most notably the Bobapitan of Ibadanland (“the grand historian of the empire”).

At the University of Texas at Austin, he received the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, The Texas Exes Teaching Award, the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the Career Research Excellence Award.

In addition, an annual international conference has been named after him, the Toyin Falola Annual Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora (TOFAC), which meets every July in a major African university.

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Lincoln University Senior Katrina Springer Earns Prestigious Rangel Fellowship

Katrina Springer from Lincoln University

Lincoln University senior Katrina Springer was awarded a 2015 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Lincoln University senior  Katrina Springer was awarded a 2015 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship last month following a highly competitive nationwide contest.

The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

“I am really excited to have been selected as a Rangel Fellow,” Springer said. “I have been working toward a career in the U.S. Foreign Service since my freshman year at Lincoln, and receiving the fellowship affirms that my efforts have paid off.”

Springer, a Syracuse, New York native and a first-generation American of Barbadian and Panamanian heritage, is the daughter of Joyce and Roberto Springer.  The political science major, who is completing a minor in international relations, has participated in student government as a class senator, and executive board member of the Horace Mann Bond Honors Program and Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society.

“We are thrilled that Katrina will be joining the Rangel Program,” said Patricia Scroggs, Rangel Program Director  “During her time at the Lincoln University, she demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership and commitment to service.  These experiences bode well for her success in graduate school and in the Foreign Service.  I look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish in her career.”

An aspiring Foreign Services officer, Springer has focused on international travel and exposure to foreign culture through participation in Semester at Sea, the 2014 U.S.-China Student Summit, the Middlebury Language Schools’ Summer Arabic Language Program, and a World Affairs Council of Philadelphia internship while at Lincoln.  She plans to pursue graduate studies in public diplomacy at Syracuse University.

The Rangel Fellowship, which will provide Springer with approximately $95,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs, also affords the opportunity to work for a member of Congress on foreign affairs issues this summer.

The following summer in 2016, the U.S. Department of State will send her overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. After completing her master’s degree, Springer will become a U.S. diplomat.

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Philadelphia Community Development Leader and Clergyman to Address Lincoln Graduates

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Philadelphia community development leader and lead pastor of Dare to Imagine Church in Philadelphia, Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson will deliver Lincoln University’s 165th Commencement Address to more than 375 undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, May 8 at 9 a.m. in the university’s stadium. KEVIN JOHNSON - BOARD VICE CHAIR Continue reading

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State Corrections Secretary to Speak at Lincoln University Symposium at University City

Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel

Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel

Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel will speak at the symposium Re-Entry: Challenges and Opportunities at 11:30 a.m. on May 23 at the University City campus of Lincoln  University, 3020 Market Street, Philadelphia. Wetzel is widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in corrections today. He is a national consultant and speaker whose areas of expertise include staffing, vulnerability assessment, mentally ill offenders, developing employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated offenders, population management, mitigating impacts on the families and children of incarcerated individuals and effecting system change.

Wetzel has served as Secretary of Corrections since December 2010, under Republican Governor Tom Corbett and Democrat Governor Tom Wolf. His tenure has seen an elimination of a 24-year average growth of 1,500 inmates per year, presiding over the first population reduction in Pennsylvania in over four decades. Additionally, he oversaw the restructuring of the Community Corrections system, the mental health system and a re-engineering of internal processes to yield a more efficient system of program delivery.

The goal of the symposium is to present research and best-practices around re-entry, in a dynamic, multi-modal format to policy leaders, practitioners, researchers, consumers and advocates.

The symposium begins with a meet and greet and refreshments at 11:00 a.m.  A panel discussion begins at noon followed by question-and-answer session at 1:00 p.m. Panelists include Ricky Young, founder and CEO of Mantua Community Improvement Committee ) and founder of Youth Development Academy; Malik Aziz, chairman of the National Exhoodus Council; Tara J. Timberman, reentry support, project founder and coordinator at Fox Rothschild Center for Law & Society, Community College of Philadelphia; and  William Hart, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services, City of Philadelphia. The panel will be moderated by Charles A. Williams III, director of graduate studies at Lincoln University.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is required. For more information email Williams at cwilliams2@lincoln.edu  or call 215-590-8233 or 267-918-4454.

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New Mister And Miss Lincoln University And Court Crowned

by Chanel Watson, Student Correspondent

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA- The Lincoln University crowned Santea’a Ross-Hendrix and Imani Milliones-Roman and as its new Mister and Miss Lincoln for the 2015-2016 academic school year on Monday, April 9 at the University’s International Cultural Center. Continue reading

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Internet Entrepreneur and Alumnus Offers All-Expenses Paid Internship In Tanzania

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Internet entrepreneur and Lincoln alumnus Mihayo Wilmore and his business partner, Yasmin Chali, are offering a deserving Lincoln student an all-expenses-paid three-month internship this summer with their company, UhuruOne, in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania.

Mihayo Wilmore '00 and business partner, Yasmin Chali

Mihayo Wilmore ’00 and business partner, Yasmin Chali

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Lincoln Cheerleaders Win Big at National HBCU Competition

Cheerleaders with their trophies from the HBCU competition

Cheerleaders with their trophies from the HBCU competition

The Lions won both the Stomp and Shake and the Cheer Battle titles at the HBCU National All-Star Cheerleaders and Danceline competition held at the Prince George’s (Maryland) County Sports Complex on April 4. In its first competitive bid ever, the squad won both of the categories it performed in. The 13-member squad beat St. Augustine University, Shaw University and North Carolina Central University to claim the Stomp and Shake category and beat North Carolina Central University and St. Augustine University to claim the Cheer Battle title. Tiara Greene, a junior from Philadelphia, led the squad as its captain. In her third year as coach and first year as head coach, Tiffany Harrison has worked to implement unique routines and tumbling sequences in all of their performances. Harrison, a former member of the Lincoln cheerleading squad, said how proud she is of the squad.

Tiffany Harrison

Coach Tiffany Harrison

“As an alumna, I am elated that the cheerleaders made Lincoln history by winning the competition in multiple categories and as the coach I was so happy to be able to have been a part of the wins. This team has come such a long way from when I first started with them three years ago. This was their first competition; they showed up and showed out. They worked very hard this year and these wins were the perfect way to end this season. Coach Fredericksen and I couldn’t be prouder.”

The Stomp and Shake portion of the competition highlights the HBCU style of cheerleading. The squads were encouraged to use props, signs and costumes to support their performance’s theme.  The Lions adopted a boxing theme for the 5-minute performance. All of their music tied to theme and they incorporated fight moves such as punches and high kicks in their cheers and dances. The Cheer Battle routine was a head-to-head battle with the other schools, each completing three battle cheers.

Dr. Darryl Pope, director of athletics also praised the efforts of the cheerleaders.

“This win shows how competitive our cheerleaders are and how far they can go when given the chance,” Pope said. “The compound word ‘cheerleaders’ really speaks to the Lincoln Lions squad but should now be flipped – they are leaders by example and deserve a resounding cheer.” The competition ended the cheerleading season. Tryouts for next year’s squad begin next week. This is the second championship won by Lincoln teams this year as the women’s cross country team also won the CIAA cross country championships in the fall.

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Applaud Lincoln University’s Efforts to Keep Tuition Affordable

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA –Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly applauded Lincoln University’s efforts to keep tuition affordable and limit college debt.  These statements were made by representatives of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees during the budget hearings in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Acting President Valerie I. Harrison advocated for additional funding for Lincoln.

The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

“The University has taken very significant and specific steps to limit student college debt.  We instituted a tuition freeze in February 2014, which allows a student who entered Lincoln as a freshman in the Fall 2014 to have the same tuition cost over the next three years,” Harrison said in her opening statement.  “We believe that the four-year guarantee, coupled with our financial literacy curriculum, will motivate students to graduate in four years, a further step toward limiting student debt.”

Lincoln University is one of four state-related institutions that testified before the lawmakers. The presidents of Penn State University, Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh also participated in the hearings.

As a state-related university, the Commonwealth provides Lincoln with an annual appropriation, which was significantly reduced in 2011.  Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a plan to fully restore the higher education cuts over the next two years.  The General Assembly is working on their budget proposals and it is anticipated that a state budget will be approved by the General Assembly and Governor Wolf this summer.

Update 4/17/15: Since the March Appropriations Hearings, Gov. Wolf has requested that community colleges and the 14 institutions within the State System of Higher Education pledge a tuition freeze for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Lincoln University, a forerunner in the tuition freeze model, is committed to keeping tuition costs affordable for its students.

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Lincoln University President To Testify Today At State Budget Hearings

Acting President Dr. Valerie Harrison will be in Harrisburg today advocating on behalf of the university’s annual commonwealth appropriation. The president will appear with the leaders from the three other state-related schools at hearings before the House and Senate Appropriations committees. Continue reading

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