April 18, 2000
Volume 46
Number 29

Lindback Awards 2000 . . .

. . . in the Non-Health Schools
. . . in the Health Schools

Lindback Reception: April 27

All members of the University community are invited to a reception Thursday, April 27, from 4-6 p.m., when Provost Robert Barchi will present this year's eight Lindback Awards and the two Provost's Awards.

The party's location is the Terrace Room in Logan Hall.

Click here for comments that convey what makes these ten faculty members "distinguished teachers."

For a list of previous winners, see the Archives & Records Center's website, www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/notables/awards/lindback.html.

Provost's Awards

 Baccalaureate: Rev. Calvin Butts

The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City, and president of the SUNY College at Old Westbury, will be the keynote speaker at the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 21, according to University President Judith Rodin.

The Baccalaureate will begin at 3 p.m. at Blanche P. Levy Park (College Green) preceded by a brass concert at 2:15 p.m.

Dr. Butts is known for his commitment both to the daily activities and services of his congregation and the pervasive impact of the church on community development initiatives, such as homelessness, senior citizen and youth empowerment, cultural awareness and ecumenical outreach.

He was among the founders of Abyssinian Development Corporation, a comprehensive community-based organization responsible for more than $100 million in housing and commercial development in Harlem. He also has been instrumental in the establishment of the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, a public intermediate high school under the direction of the Abyssinian Development Corporation.

Dr. Butts is president of the Council of Churches of the City of New York and vice chairman of the board of directors of the United Way of New York City. He is the chairman of the National Affiliate Development Initiative of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and he is a founding member of the organization's board of commissioners.

Dr. Butts has served as president of Africare, New York, N.Y., and as chairman of the board of the Harlem Branch YMCA.

Dr. Butts has been instrumental in the boycotts of several New York institutions for their racist policies and employment discrimination. He has led an acclaimed campaign to eliminate negative billboard advertising in Central Harlem and other communities in New York City.

Dr. Butts also has been active in response to the issue of negative rap lyrics targeted against women and violence.

A native of New York City, he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Morehouse College. He earned a Master of Divinity degree in church history from Union Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree in church and public policy from Drew University. Dr. Butts is an adjunct professor at the City College of New York, and also has taught Black church history at Fordham University. He is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities throughout America.

Dr. Butts has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the William M. Moss Distinguished Brotherhood Award and the Louise Fisher Morris Humanitarian Award.

  . . . More About This Year's Baccalaureate

There has been unprecedented interest in the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 21, and we want to accommodate the hundreds of graduating students, their parents and friends, who wish to participate in the program. Therefore, we have moved Baccalaureate from Irvine Auditorium, which has limited seating, to Blanche P. Levy Park (College Green), which will enable us to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.

We hope you will join us on College Green for the Baccalaureate Service at 3 p.m., and also the preceding concert at 2:15 p.m.

In the event of rain, the program will be held in the Palestra, located on 33rd Street just north of Franklin Field, from 4 to 5 p.m.

--Rosemary McManus, Secretary of the University

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