Summer Student Enrichment Program teaches success skills in 2nd year

Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Carl Walton works on a project in his office.Walton plays an essential role in the Summer Academic Program,beginning its second year in June.

Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Carl Walton works on a project in his office.
Walton plays an essential role in the Summer Academic Program,beginning its second year in June.

By Alex Oates

Lincoln University is continuing its Academic Enrichment Summer Program for the second year this summer. The one week program from June 23rd to June 29th , is designed to prepare students for the college experience and is open to high school juniors and seniors. The workshops main focus is to get students familiar with college environments and give them a college mindset.

The program was started by Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings.

“The program was a vision of Dr. Jennings, put together as a value to Lincoln, for exposure and to attract a broader variety of students,” said by Carl F. Walton, vice president of student affairs.

The program has forged key partnerships that have contributed to the overall success to the program.

A main partnership is with the Harlem Children’s Zone, an organization in New York that helps students academically from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Lincoln faculty and students have contributed to the enrichment activities as well.

Enrichment activities such as technology development have given students the skills to academically improve. Students learned to apply proper grammar and to use authentic online research sources with Google applications. In addition to cell phone applications to develop proper research papers.

“The students loved it. The program was just long enough for them to develop beneficial skills,” said  Professor Evelyn Davis-Poe, assistant director of the Learning Resource Center.

Some workshops are held in the Lincoln University Chapel. These workshops help to develop student’s historic interest by introducing black musicians and authors from the 1960s to modern day.

Other workshops also taught students about leadership, interaction, and evaluating how they handle certain situations.

“Overall we are trying to encourage students to be number one. I play a part in student affairs and I love the opportunity to help students become holistic, physically fit, spiritual, and ethical,” said by Reverend Frederick T. Faison, Chaplin of the office of Religious Activities.

The program has become a success and has drawn students from all over the United States.

This year’s goal is to enroll fifty students, which would be more than double the students that attended the program last year.

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