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Repaving of Park Avenue

Posted on August 29, 2014 | Filed under Safety Alerts

PennDOT will begin the repaving of Park Avenue on Tuesday, September 2. This project will affect traffic patterns and may cause delays for people driving to and from campus. Please keep this in mind as you travel to campus. If you expect visitors, you may want to advise them to build extra time into their travel schedules. Please exercise extra caution while driving in this area, as we all get used to new traffic patterns.

Save the Date: Make a Difference Day Is Scheduled for 9/27

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under Events

Make a Difference Day is Saturday, September 27. Build a ramp, paint, rake leaves, assist with personal care, or repair a roof. Allegheny College celebrates the spirit of volunteerism. More information will follow.

Architectural Documentation of Allegheny’s Historic Buildings: Organizational Meeting Is 9/3

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under Events

Architect and Allegheny instructor Steven Utz will be sponsoring a team of students interested in learning the skill of architectural documentation and submitting architectural drawings in national competitions. Students may register this as an academic internship for 2 credits. Both the Holland and Peterson Prizes are administered by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) under the US Department of Interiors National Park Service. HABS has been at the forefront of historic preservation in American architectural heritage since 1933. Their mission is to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic buildings throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress. Throughout the academic year, students working as a team under the guidance of Mr. Utz will learn how to document historic architecture on campus through measurements, hand drawings and computer-aided drafting. No experience is needed. Students will develop scaled drawings as a communication tool, transferable to many disciplines in visual and communication arts. An organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at 12:15 p.m. in Doane Art 103; weekly sessions will later be held on a flexible schedule in Bentley Hall throughout the semester. Students unable to meet at this time should contact Mr. Utz at or 332-2725.

For Faculty: Three-Part Teaching Circle

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under General News

This semester, the directors of speech and writing will offer a three-part teaching circle exploring how to help students to “think communicatively.” The teaching circles are open to anyone; you do not need to be teaching a FS course this academic term. Participation in each of two sections is limited to no more than twelve participants. The Wednesday teaching circle will meet noon-1:15 on Sept. 24, Oct. 29, and Nov. 12. The Thursday teaching circle will meet 4:30-5:45 on Sept. 25, Oct. 30, and Nov. 20. Priority enrollment will be given to those who sign up for a complete three-part series.

Community Ballroom Lessons To Begin

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under General News

The Dance and Movement Studies program will be offering community ballroom lessons on Monday evenings from September 8 through November 17. Classes will be taught by Dance and Movement Studies faculty member Betsy Sumerfield in the Montgomery Performance Space. A class for beginners will be held from 6:45 to 8 p.m., and a class for more experienced dancers will be held from 7:45 to 9 p.m. The cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple. Participants should plan either to wear ballroom shoes or to dance in their socks. To register or for more information, call 332-2813.

#HandsUpDontShoot Campaign

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under General News

ABC invites the campus community to help make a stand about justice in the world by raising awareness through the #HandsUpDontShoot social media campaign. Many black people have been killed in America recently at the hands of policemen. With the #HandsUpDontShoot photo campaign, individuals can raise awareness and bring attention to “violent justice,” where lives are taken at the hands of law enforcement when killing could have been avoided. ABC invites you to help raise awareness and shed light on violent justice. Harvard University, Howard University, and many Civil Rights leaders and other prominent individuals have already participated in the campaign. Please contact anyone from the ABC Board if you have any questions about the #HandsUpDontShoot social media campaign or email with your questions or concerns.

APO Informational Meetings

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under General News

Interested in making a difference in your community and on campus? Want to meet new people and build lasting friendships? Join Alpha Phi Omega, a student organization focusing on leadership, fellowship and service. Come to an informational meeting to learn more. APO will also be at the Involvement Fair. Informational meeting schedule: Saturday, August 30, 4 p.m., McKinley’s Private Dining; Sunday, August 31, 1 p.m., McKinley’s Private Dining; Monday, September 1, 12:30 p.m., McKinley’s Private Dining; Wednesday, September 3, 7 p.m., Campus Center 317; Saturday, September 6, 1 p.m., McKinley’s Private Dining; Monday, September 8, 12:30 p.m., McKinley’s Private Dining.

Downtown Road Construction

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under General News

PennDOT reports that we can expect at least another three weeks of construction before the intersection at North Street and North Main Street re-opens. Although the construction can result in delays and inconvenience for members of our community and visitors to campus, the construction will result in safer, smoother roads in Meadville.

Game Room Opening

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under General News

The Game Room will open for the semester at noon on Friday, August 29. Hours of operation are noon to midnight daily. The Gator Flix movie collection contains 1500+ DVD titles that are free to sign out for 48 hours with your Allegheny AllCard. Late return of movies is assessed at $2 per day per movie late fine. All gaming stations are free to play and board game sign-outs are available for a week at a time. Stop by and challenge your friends to a contest or plan a movie night for the weekend!

Work-Study Positions Available in Music Department

Posted on August 28, 2014 | Filed under General News

The music department has as many as three work-study positions available for music computer lab monitors. Contact if you are eligible for work study and are interested in one of these positions.

Needed: Trombonists and French Hornists

Posted on August 27, 2014 | Filed under General News

The Allegheny College Wind Symphony (symphonic band) is in search of trombonists and French hornists. Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. with the concert on Sunday, November 23. Students will receive one semester-hour of academic credit for participation (Music 112). The ensemble is also open to Allegheny faculty and staff. If interested, please contact Professor Lowell Hepler at

New Hours for the Wise Center

Posted on August 27, 2014 | Filed under General News

Effective immediately, the Wise Center will open at 6 a.m. every weekday. The Mellon Pool will be open for early swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays only at 6 a.m.

DJ slots for WARC Meadville: Sign Up by 9/5

Posted on August 27, 2014 | Filed under General News

DJ slots for WARC Meadville are now open! Go to to sign up for your slot now. Any type of show is welcome. Students, professors, staff — the whole Allegheny community — can apply. Sign-ups are open from now until Friday, September 5. Email with questions.

Art Galleries To Present “8 Hour Projects”: 8/30

Posted on August 26, 2014 | Filed under Events

The art galleries will present “8 Hour Projects” on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for this annual event, which features 13 artists making art on site with the public invited to observe. This year’s artists, who have been invited to consider themes of loss and change, are Rafael Abreu-Canedo, John Bavaro, Julia Betts, Heather Brand, John Garrett, Darren Lee Miller with Ricky Gindlesberger and Miriam Patterson, Lucia Nhamo, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Ian Thomas and Jeff Willis. Each of the artists, who work with a variety of materials, has been assigned a wall or floor space of approximately 12 x 12 feet. An opening reception for the show will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Art Galleries. A panel discussion in Doane Hall A104 will precede the reception at 7 p.m. Works will remain on display through Sunday, Sept. 21.

First Service Saturday and Gators-in-Town: 9/6

Posted on August 26, 2014 | Filed under Events

Join the Office of Civic Engagement on September 6 for the First Service Saturday of the year. Service Saturdays are short-term commitments to serve in the Meadville community. Projects often include activities like yard work, cleaning, organizing and light construction. Service projects usually last from 2 to 3 hours. This month, after Service Saturday, the Office of Civic Engagement is hosting an event at Diamond Park in downtown Meadville to welcome first-year students to the Meadville community. Local vendors will be providing light samples of their food. A shuttle from Brooks Walk down to the Diamond will be provided for those who do not attend Service Saturday. The shuttle will start running at 11:30 a.m. To register for either or both events, please fill out this form. Questions? Contact Bethany Chien in the Office of Civic Engagement:

Student Volunteers Needed at Active Aging

Posted on August 26, 2014 | Filed under General News

Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer experience? Active Aging, Inc. and Allegheny College will be offering noncredit courses to Crawford County residents age 55 and over beginning in September and continuing through April 2015. Students will be needed to assist with the classes, which will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 3 until 5 p.m. or 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at each of the county’s senior centers. Transportation will be arranged. Contact Lorri Drumm at to be part of this continuing educational endeavor.

The Learning Commons Has Moved

Posted on August 25, 2014 | Filed under General News

The Learning Commons has moved to the third floor of Pelletier. To find them, enter through the main door and take the staircase on the right. Elevator access is also available. In the event that the main door is not open on Tuesday, please enter through the North Main Street entrance and take the elevator to the third floor. Questions? Please call the Learning Commons at 332-2898.

Interested in Pre-law?

Posted on August 25, 2014 | Filed under General News

If you are interested in pre-law and want to be included on pre-law related e-mails, please send a brief message to Assistant Director of Career Education and Pre-Law Advisor Kristin Mook at Kristin also holds pre-law drop-in hours every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in Reis Hall. No appointment is necessary: just drop by and ask a quick question. If you would like to schedule a formal appointment, please call 332-2381.

The Loop Starts Wednesday

Posted on August 25, 2014 | Filed under General News

The Loop will begin its regular operating schedule on Wednesday, August 27 at 4 p.m. The route for the Loop has changed slightly this year to include stops at the Park Avenue Cinemas and near McDonalds downtown. The Loop will not stop at the Downtown Mall, but riders are able to access the mall from other stops. As always, the Loop and other CATA routes are free with a student ID. For more information, log onto or email

Sidewalk Replacements

Posted on August 25, 2014 | Filed under Safety Alerts

Contractors will be working on sidewalk replacements along the east side of North Main Street in front of Montgomery Gym, Cochran Hall and Alden Hall. They are planning on finishing by August 29, but the schedule is weather dependent. Please use caution when walking in these areas. Any questions or concerns please contact Physical Plant at 332-5378.

Fall Registration Updated

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed under Events

Preregistration for Fall 2014 is now closed. Adding any class to your Fall schedule now requires an Add card. Add cards will be available in the Registrar’s Office on Monday, August 25, and faculty will be available in their offices on Monday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign cards if space is available in their classes. Please note that Add and Signature cards from last Spring are no longer valid — you must use a Fall Add card to add classes at this time. Signed Add cards must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 8. Late cards will not be accepted. You may register for up to 20 credits without special permission; taking more than 20 credits requires Overload Approval. WebAdvisor will be open for drops only from August 25 through 5 p.m. on September 8; after that date, Drops will require a Drop card. Please contact the Registrar’s Office (, 814-332-2357) if you have questions or difficulties with Fall registration.

Credit/No Credit

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed under Events

Cards to declare a Fall course Credit/No Credit will be available on Monday, August 25, and must be signed by your advisor and returned to the Registrar’s Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 8. Please keep the following information in mind when deciding whether to take a class Credit/No Credit: 1. No more than four credits may be taken Credit/No Credit in a given semester. 2. No more than sixteen credits total toward an Allegheny degree may be taken Credit/No Credit. 3. Specific programs may have limits on the number and type of courses that may be taken Credit/No Credit toward a major or minor. Check with the department chair before electing to take a class in your major or minor Credit/No Credit.

Explore. Engage. Reflect. Enroll in a Section of 193 “Voting Rights and Democratic Participation”

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed under General News

This year, Allegheny is celebrating its bicentennial and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights (1965) Act. As an important part of this campus-wide conversation, students are encouraged to enroll in a 193 facilitated “Group Study.” Each group represents a cluster of Allegheny community members committed to experiencing and reflecting on the Bicentennial and “Year of” themes together. Student participants will earn one credit.

Community Service Opportunity: Apply by 9/1 To Be a Davies Leader

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed under Events

Are you interested in bridging the gap between Meadville and Allegheny? Are you passionate about service and community involvement? Apply to be a Davies Leader! Through this position, students receive a stipend to work 300 hours per year (8-10 hours per week) at a specific site in Meadville. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Bethany Chien ( in the Civic Engagement Office by September 1.

Find Out More about Swimming & Diving Teams

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed under General News

Do you have competitive experience as a swimmer or diver at the YMCA, USA, high school or collegiate level? Are you interested in being part of a varsity team, challenging yourself to improve individually and competing throughout the year? The Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams invite you to learn more about joining the squad for 2014-2015. If interested, you should request a one-on-one meeting or phone call with Head Coach Kirk Kumbier. This meeting/call will allow the coaching staff to learn more about you while it will also give you an opportunity to ask questions you might have about the program. If you think you might be interested, please email Coach Kumbier at to set up a meeting or call — or you can stop by his office in the Wise Center near the pool, Room 331. Please contact Coach Kumbier before August 27 if you are interested in becoming a Gator.

Parking Restrictions on Highland Avenue

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed under General News

The City of Meadville has temporarily posted the west side of Highland Avenue between Limber Road and North Village as a No Parking Zone (NPZ) “Contractor Only.” If you have a vehicle on campus or will be bringing a vehicle to campus, do not park in this Contractor Only area until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation.

Borrowing Media Equipment from the Library

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed under General News

Due to the library’s renovation, media equipment may be borrowed only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, until further notice. This restriction includes laptops and projectors. All loans will be facilitated by Rita Manning ( of Media Services (332-4784). Equipment may be returned to the Circulation Desk between opening and midnight on weekdays, and between opening and half an hour before closing on weekends.

Allegheny College Association International Dining Club: Sign Up by 9/4

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed under General News

Faculty and staff who enjoy international cuisine are invited to join the Allegheny College Association International Dining Club. Each semester small groups of members gather to share a meal featuring a specific cuisine chosen and prepared by the participants. The meals are held at various times during the semester at the convenience of the hosts and their “guests.” Last academic year featured Southeast Asian and North African cuisines. Click on for additional information or to sign up by September 4.

Safety Alert

Posted on August 22, 2014 | Filed under Safety Alerts

The Office of Safety & Security received a report on Friday, August 22 of a suspicious vehicle and person in the area of Park Avenue and Ben Avon Street. The suspicious person, who was persistent in asking a student if she wanted a ride, is described as a white male, 40-55 years of age, medium build, black hair color. The vehicle is reported to be a silver SUV — possibly a Honda CRV. Although no one was hurt in the incident, we encourage you to make a call to Safety & Security at 814-332-3357 if you become aware of similar activity in the area.

Late Addition: New Course in Global Health Studies

Posted on August 21, 2014 | Filed under General News

GHS 490 “Modern Challenges in Toxicology”: A study of the current challenges facing the field of toxicology. Toxicology relies on understanding how the dose of a chemical can impact the response in living organisms. Using the primary literature in toxicological case studies, students examine novel health outcomes, such as reproductive, developmental, neurological, and immunological endpoints. In addition, students learn about atypical doses at which some chemicals may operate, critical windows of developmental exposure, and the fetal origins of some adult diseases. Our study stresses the complexity of real-world exposures, such as antagonistic or synergistic effects from exposure to multiple contaminants and the variability in individual susceptibility. Prerequisites: Junior/senior standing, at least one Biology course numbered 220 or above or one Chemistry course numbered 110 or above. Contact Professor Sasha Adkins ( for more information.

Pelletier Library

Posted on August 21, 2014 | Filed under General News

Pelletier Library will be closed this weekend. The library will be open Monday, August 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting Tuesday, the library is open regular hours. See for more information.

Annual French Creek Cleanup: 9/6

Posted on August 21, 2014 | Filed under General News

Registration is open for the 22nd Annual French Creek Cleanup, and signups are already rolling in. Always held the first Saturday after Labor Day, the cleanup this year is September 6. You can do it by yourself, with a friend or two, or gather a whole team. No boat? No problem! Walk along the banks of the creek or clean up a tributary or lake in the watershed. Register here. The educational institution with the most participants wins $1,000 for a science-related program/project. There is a $500 prize for the community group with the most participants, a corporate competition for the coveted Hellbender trophy, and many more prizes for trash by weight and unusual trash. A free picnic at Sprague’s Farm and Brew Works and T-shirt are included for all participants registered by August 27.

Window Hours at the Campus Post Office

Posted on August 20, 2014 | Filed under General News

The campus post office provides window service from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. This allows our post office staff and student workers uninterrupted time in the mornings to process the high volume of packages and other mail that is received each day.

Richard Kleeman Research Fund: Proposals Due by 9/10

Posted on August 20, 2014 | Filed under Events

The Art Department announces the availability of funds to support significant work in studio art and art history. Monies are available through the Richard Kleeman Research Fund, an endowed fund created in 1992 in recognition of Professor Kleeman’s 39 years of dedicated teaching at Allegheny College. All current Allegheny College students who are interested in applying for money from the fund are required to submit a written proposal to the chairperson of the Art Department on the form designed for that purpose. Read more…

Rehearsals for Civic Symphony Begin 9/1 (New Player Auditions on 8/26)

Posted on August 17, 2014 | Filed under Events

The Allegheny Civic Symphony will begin rehearsals for the new year on Monday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. on the Shafer Auditorium stage. Returning players are encouraged to bring a new player with them. We are always interested in having new players join us. Any string, woodwind, brass or percussion player is invited. There will be new player auditions on Tuesday, August 26 in Room 106 of the Music Department. Sign up on Dr. Stitt’s office door, Room 202A. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Dr. Stitt at or leave a message at 332-2157.

Information about Cable TV at Allegheny

Posted on August 17, 2014 | Filed under General News

Starting August 18, Cable TV at Allegheny will require the use of a digital adapter. (If you have not requested an adapter, please contact the ITS Help Desk. Additional adapters will be requested as needed.) Once you connect your adapter you will have access in your room to 30 digital channels provided locally by Armstrong Cable. Students who requested a digital adapter can sign it out for the year by visiting the ITS Help Desk in Murray Hall weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ITS Help Desk in Murray Hall will have special weekend hours on August 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet the needs of students on Move-in Weekend. Additional information about Cable TV at Allegheny College is available on the ITS website.

Parkhurst Is Looking for Student Workers

Posted on August 17, 2014 | Filed under General News

Parkhurst Dining Services is seeking hard-working, customer-service-oriented college students to work in Brooks Dining Hall and Catering. Parkhurst values its student team members and has shifts that work with your schedule. Work study or regular employment is available. Students also get a free meal during their shift, leadership opportunities and the opportunity to make new friends. Applications are available at the Parkhurst Office in the basement of Bentley. Questions? Please call 332-2317.

Faculty: Syllabi Are Due to Archives

Posted on August 14, 2014 | Filed under General News

All faculty are asked to please submit their syllabi directly to the Archives electronically through this short Wufoo form. PDF format is preferred, but we can convert most others. Please contact the Archives at if you have questions.

Japan Study Tour for Faculty and Staff

Posted on August 13, 2014 | Filed under Events

Applications are due by noon on Monday, September 8 for the Japan study tour for faculty and staff. The tour, which is scheduled for January 1-9, 2015, will be led by Darren Miller and Linda Bills. Through generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon grant for internationalizing the campus, ten applicants will be selected and their costs for the trip will be covered, except for a participation fee of $1,500 and any personal expenses they incur. Participants will be expected to join in pre-departure and post-study tour discussion and activities. More information can be found here.

September Concert Canceled

Posted on August 13, 2014 | Filed under General News

A recital by pianist Alec Chien originally announced for Saturday, September 6 has been canceled because of scheduling issues. Two concerts in the spring will feature Professor Chien. On Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Chapel, Professor Chien will be featured in the Brahms and Schumann piano quintets with the Alexander String Quartet. The next day, on March 7 at 3 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium, Professor Chien will conclude his series on major works by Schubert and Chopin, a four-year effort intended to express his gratitude for the community and the College. These free concerts will be his last concerts as a faculty member at Allegheny, as he is retiring from teaching at the College after the 2014-2015 year. They will culminate his 35 years of service and are also part of the College’s Bicentennial celebration.

Allegheny Dining Services To Offer Pick ‘n Pack

Posted on August 13, 2014 | Filed under General News

Pick ‘n Pack, a quick and easy meal that you design, will open Sunday, August 24 at 8 p.m. With Pick ‘n Pack, which is part of Smoothie Street, you pick one item from our list of proteins, two sides, and either pita, granola, gluten-free pretzels or Carr garden lettuce: all for just $4.95. Smoothies will still be available, but the soft serve will be part of dining at Brooks.

Student Parking Permits

Posted on August 10, 2014 | Filed under General News

Student parking permits are now available at the Office of Safety and Security in Newton Observatory. Please register online first. Then go to the Newton Observatory to pick up your student parking permit. Questions? Call Safety and Security at 332-3357.

Deadlines for My Allegheny

Posted on August 25, 2013 | Filed under General News

Here are a few things to remember about My Allegheny: Items for My Allegheny must be submitted by 5 p.m. in order to be posted to My Allegheny the following day. Items are not posted on Saturday or Sunday except for Safety Alerts. Items to be posted on Monday must be received by 5 p.m. the previous Friday. Submissions are automatically removed after an event has passed. Please note that due to the volume of postings we receive we cannot re-post items. Academic events are also listed in the calendar box to the right of the postings to give them greater visibility and so that you can quickly see lectures, concerts, gallery shows and other events related to our lives as scholars. Questions about My Allegheny? Contact Kathy Roos at x5950 or