Allegheny exists to provide students with a liberal arts education of high standards. We expect our graduates to be not only capable and farsighted leaders, but also rational and responsible citizens who are equipped to meet the vexing problems confronting all society. We expect them to value diversity, individual integrity of thought and action, and the importance of personal rights and freedom in the context of society as a whole. We expect them to know that the same complexities that create the problems and challenges of living also give life its richness. (Allegheny College Catalogue, 2001-02, p.4)
To help fulfill the mission of the College, Allegheny provides a number of opportunities that encourage students to consider and develop a personal philosophy of leadership. In doing so, students develop an awareness of themselves, others, and the community around them and consider the roles and responsibilities which they accept by being a part of that community.
Many students on campus have been involved in leadership and service activities that benefit the College and surrounding community. In an effort to recognize the valuable contributions of individual students and organizations on campus, Allegheny College holds an annual recognition banquet to celebrate those contributions. Guests are nominated by their peers and other members of their community to attend the banquet, and nominees must fill out applications to be considered for the named awards given annually at the banquet.
The Dean’s Award: Awarded on behalf of the Dean of Students to the upperclass student who best exemplified the tenets of the Leadership Program through significant contribution to the college community. This is the student who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in many areas of campus life.
The Outstanding Community Service Award (Inspired by Alyson Lawendowski ’93): Presented to an individual who has been instrumental in advancing Allegheny College’s commitment to service.
The Helping Hand Award (Inspired by Brian Grogan ’99): Presented to the student that exemplifies the ideals by which Brian lived his life: leadership, commitment, spirituality, respect for others, and personal sacrifice.
The Bridge Award: Presented to an individual who is strongly committed to improving cultural understanding and has bridged the many cultures represented on campus.
The Emerging Leader Award: Awarded to an outstanding first year or transfer student who has made noticeable contributions to student life on campus.
The Ethical Leadership Award: Presented to the individual who demonstrates honesty and integrity in their decision making, this is awarded to a value based student leader who is consistent in all aspects of their life.
The Innovation Award: Presented to a group or individual for demonstrating innovative and creative leadership in a single event or on an ongoing basis.
The Outstanding Organization Award: Awarded to the group that exemplified outstanding leadership and has made positive contributions to the campus community.
The Inspiration Award (Inspired by Paraskevi Mavrogeorgis ’97): Presented to an individual who inspires, educates, and empowers others through his/her personal passion.
The Community Building Awards (Inspired by Paula Coyle Wurst ’80): Presented to an individual or group that has made efforts to enhance the sense of belonging and community on campus.
The Justice Award (Inspired by Roy Cerise): Presented to an individual for his/her commitment to advancing justice in our community. This individual shares a deep concern for human beings, challenges our community to be one based on fairness and justice, and calls for direct action to implement social change.
Scholar/Leader Award: Presented to an individual who has exemplified a balance of personal academic excellence and meaningful leadership involvement in the community.
Collegiate Leadership Conference (CLC)
The Collegiate Leadership Conference (CLC) is an intensive five-day leadership and personal development experience that takes place each August. Approximately 60 Allegheny students participate in a variety of leadership activities and discussions.
These activities and discussions are based on the themes self, community, and impact, and combines theoretical models including the social change and servant leader models of leadership with practical activities and discussions to maximize opportunities for experiential leadership.
Topics of discussion include self-awareness and values clarification, civility, globalization issues, and impacting the Allegheny and surrounding communities.
All of our activities are participatory, and students are an active part of team challenges and group problem-solving exercises. Students do not need to hold a leadership position in order to apply – the conference focuses on developing student’s leadership interests. It is an excellent opportunity to spend time with other Allegheny students and community members to talk about the issues that are important to each attendee.
The conference takes place at McKeever Environmental Center in Sandy Lake, PA. The program is balanced to include time for physical recreation, social activities, and personal reflection. No previous experience with leadership or camping is necessary. Each year, we strive to assemble a diverse team of students who represent a wide variety of activities and interests.
There is no fee for attending CLC.
Emerging Leaders Retreat
Recognizing the need to assist students early in their careers at Allegheny, the Emerging Leaders Retreat (ELR) was created in 1999 to encourage first-year students to develop leadership skills. It has become a crucial piece of the leadership program and an excellent stepping-stone for first year students to get connected with the greater Allegheny community. The overnight retreat takes place prior to the start of Spring Semester each January. ELR seeks to equip students with campus resources, peer and professional mentors, and leadership skills to better guide their college career.