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Executive Vice President Eileen Petula and Provost Ron Cole Hold Weekly Student Office Hours: 1/18

Posted on January 17, 2017 | Filed under General News

EVP Eileen Petula and Provost Ron Cole hold office hours at which students can drop in to speak with them. No appointment is necessary. EVP Petula and Provost Cole’s hours: Wednesday, January 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby.

Lunchtime Learning–Steps to a Successful Summer Internship: 1/19

Posted on January 17, 2017 | Filed under Events

Are you ready for your summer internship? Join us at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19, in Henderson Auditorium in Quigley Hall for Lunchtime Learning as Jim Fitch, director of Career Education for the Allegheny Gateway, presents steps to obtain an internship using Gator Connect, and how to drive an experience that is successful for both you and your employer. Enjoy free pizza.

URSCA Office Announcements

Posted on January 17, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) Office has several announcements to share for spring 2017.
First, the annual Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference will be held at Penn State Behrend on Saturday, April 22. Students conducting projects in any discipline are invited to submit proposals to present at this conference. Please talk with your faculty mentor or advisor about your interest in doing so. The deadline to submit is Feb. 22 and more information is found at the website here.
Second, we are excited to coordinate the first full celebration day at Allegheny College–the Symposium for Allegheny Gator Excellence (SAGE) on Tuesday, May 2. We will host events throughout the day that allow students to showcase their URSCA, Civic Engagement, International, and other work. The Senior Project poster session will take place on this day, as well as the award ceremony for the Pelletier Library Undergraduate Research Award (apply here). Please stay tuned for more details about how to participate.
Finally, funds are still available through the URSCA office for students traveling to present their work at professional conferences. Students who applied in the fall should receive their award letters in the next two weeks. Students who would like to apply for the spring should email the director of URSCA, Aimee Knupsky, for the application at

Save the Date–Third Annual Children’s Dental Fair: 2/18

Posted on January 17, 2017 | Filed under Events

The Allegheny College Pre-Dental Society is pleased to announce the date for the Third Annual Children’s Dental Health Fair. The event will take place on Saturday, February 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lew Davies Community Building (1034 Park Ave). The event was created as a fun and educational program that promotes good dental health and local dental resources in honor of February being Children’s Dental Health Awareness month. Any questions or those interested in volunteering at the event should contact Matt Zaborowski at More information can be found here. Please come smile with the Allegheny College Pre-Dental Society and the Meadville Medical Center as they host the Third Annual Children’s Dental Health Fair! #Meadvillesmiles

Apply to Join the Writing Consultant Staff: 2/13

Posted on January 17, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Learning Commons seeks applications from students interested in joining the writing consultant staff. Consultants work with their peers on specific assignments as well as general writing concerns, and thus develop hands-on teaching experience. Most importantly, consultants help empower others to discover their greatest potential as writers. We encourage applications from all majors–natural science, social science, humanities, communications, fine arts, interdisciplinary, and even undeclared. We also encourage speakers of languages other than English to apply.
Required qualifications include an open mind, a willingness to learn, and an interest in helping others become stronger, more confident writers; a solid academic record, strong interpersonal skills, and a sense of humor are advantageous. To apply, please complete the application form and submit a brief personal statement along with a writing sample to Professor Hart at The deadline for applications is Monday, February 13.

Reception in Honor of Visiting Scholars From Turkey: 1/20

Posted on January 17, 2017 | Filed under General News

On Friday, January 20, at 4 p.m. in the Oddfellows foyer, the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department will host a reception in honor of Irem Kurtsal and Mark Steen, two visiting scholars who will be joining the Allegheny community this spring semester from the Philosophy Department at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to share hor d’oeuvres, engage in good conversation with Irem and Mark, and consider ways to team up over the course of the semester. Their experience concerning recent social developments in Turkey and their general capabilities as cosmopolitan thinkers are on offer to the college for the semester; please feel free to consult them with ideas that might bring their expertise into your classroom and to other campus events. Contact Eric Boynton ( with questions and see the Department website for Irem and Mark’s professional biographies. See you on Friday! If you can’t make the reception, please email Irem Kurtsal (, Mark Steen (, or Eric Boynton ( directly.

New RA Information Sessions

Posted on January 17, 2017 | Filed under General News

Interested in being a resident assistant for the 2017-2018 academic year? Learn about this unique leadership development opportunity, the application process including important dates, and the expectations of the position. Please attend one of the following informational meetings:
Friday, January 20, at noon in Campus Center 301/302
Monday, January 23, at noon in Campus Center 301/302
Monday, January 23, at 4 p.m. in the Reis Hall Treasure Room
Wednesday, January 25, at 6 p.m. in the Reis Hall Treasure Room
Wednesday, January 25, at 7 p.m. in the IDEAS Center
If you are unable to make any of these times, please contact us at to set up a time to chat with a staff member.

Faculty Lecture Series Talk by Angela Keysor: 1/25

Posted on January 17, 2017 | Filed under Events

The January talk in the Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series for 2016-17 will be held on Wednesday, January 25, at 7 p.m. in Campus Center 301/302. Angela Keysor, assistant professor in the Department of History, will present “Racial Borders of Belonging: Community Networks of Care, African Americans and Citizenship in Massachusetts, 1780-1810” A more detailed description of the talk can be found here. Read more…

Wells Fargo Sophomore Leaders Conference Applications Open

Posted on January 16, 2017 | Filed under General News

Current sophomores: Want a free and invaluable experience that will help you gain paid summer internships? Then the Wells Fargo Sophomore Leaders Conference is for you. All majors can apply. Applications are due January 22, 2017. How effective is this program? Ellie Najewicz ’17 completed this program and it resulted in a paid summer internship for her in Charlotte, N.C., following her sophomore year and a paid summer internship in San Francisco, Calif., following her junior year.

MLK Service Saturday Event: 1/21

Posted on January 16, 2017 | Filed under Events

Civic Engagement will be hosting its first Service Saturday event of the semester on Saturday, January 21, in honor of Baptist minister and leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can sign up here. Eileen Petula, the college’s executive vice president, will address the group. The event kicks off in Pelletier Library at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast. No prior experience is necessary. Service sites for this event include the Tarr Mansion, Bethel Church, the Liberty House and more. Questions? Please contact

S.E.T. January General Meeting: 1/19

Posted on January 16, 2017 | Filed under General News

Student Experimental Theatre wants to welcome you back to the new semester. Come join us at our general meeting Thursday, January 19, at 5 p.m. in Arter Little Theater in the basement of Arter Hall. We’ll be hanging out and talking about what’s new this semester, including our new season. Bring a friend.

Auditions for Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’: 1/18-20

Posted on January 16, 2017 | Filed under General News

S.E.T. is holding auditions for its production of “The Comedy of Errors,” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Megan Greig and Audrey Trotta. No experience in Shakespeare or theater in general is necessary to audition; join us in Arter 007 on Wednesday, January 18, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, January 19, from 6 to 10 p.m., or Friday, January 20, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contact with any questions.

Dignity and Respect for All–Join the Ghostlight Project: 1/19

Posted on January 16, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Ghostlight Project is a nationwide initiative demonstrating dignity and respect for all persons. Gathering outside on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, people will join in a collective, simultaneous action, together creating “light” for challenging times ahead. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone–regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Join us at 5:25 p.m. Thursday, January 19, outside the Vukovich Center. Be a light!

PULSE Recruiting Open Houses

Posted on January 16, 2017 | Filed under General News

Serve. Lead. Transform. In community. Join us. PULSE cultivates a community of young leaders to transform Pittsburgh and invites recent college graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. We are hosting two upcoming Open Houses:
Tuesday, January 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the PULSE Stanton House in the East End. Check out the Facebook Event.
Saturday, February 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the PULSE Chester House in the Northside. Check out the Facebook Event.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about PULSE: Please visit our website and check out our current Fellows. Applications for the 2017-2018 program year are due March 1, 2017. Connect with PULSE on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@pulsepittsburgh). Contact our Recruiting Coordinator Jonnett Maurer: or (412) 361-0124.

Martin Luther King Jr. Week Celebration

Posted on January 15, 2017 | Filed under General News

The IDEAS Center, Spiritual and Religious Life, Civic Engagement, and others on campus are partnering to present a wonderful series of events this week celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme of the celebration is “Silence in the face of oppression betrays the soul and diminishes one’s spirit,” and a complete schedule for the week is available here.
The week’s public events include: a Q&A with Naim Edwards on Monday, January 16, at 11 a.m. in the Pelletier Collaboratory; a presentation of the film “Slavery by Another Name,” followed by a discussion, on Thursday, January 19, at 7 p.m. in Quigley Hall; a Shabbat celebration with Hillel on Friday, January 20, at 5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center; Service Saturday on Saturday, January 21, from 8 a.m. to noon; and a service, hosted by the chapel congregation, on Sunday, January 22, at 11 a.m. in Ford Memorial Chapel with guest speaker John Christie-Searles, visiting assistant professor of political science and black studies.

Limited Seats Available for the Women’s March on Washington: 1/21

Posted on January 15, 2017 | Filed under General News

Allegheny College will join with other colleges and universities across the nation in support of the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21. In the spirit of civility and democracy, the Women’s March on Washington will stand in community and support of the most marginalized among us in this great nation. The march is designed to unify our communities and to advocate for parity, justice and equity in our society and in our national leadership. The Allegheny College organizers include the Departments of History, Philosophy, Political Science, Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, the IDEAS Center, and student organization representatives from Reproductive Health Coalition, Young Feminist Leadership Alliance, Association for the Advancement of Black Culture, and Union LatinX. Read more…

Invitation for Faculty to Interview Candidates for the Director of International Education

Posted on January 15, 2017 | Filed under General News

Faculty are invited to sign up for the opportunity to meet with and interview finalists for the Director of International Education (Gateway) position. Three candidates will be coming to campus in the next two weeks, and the interview session for faculty is scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on each day in the Pelletier Collaboratory:
Lucinda Morgan, Monday, January 23
Sarah Speir, Friday, January 27
Lefteris Michael, Monday, January 30
Any faculty member interested in participating in one or more of these interview sessions should email Terry Bensel ( and Rhonda Hershelman ( by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, so that we can confirm space, provide information on the applicant, and share a rating/feedback form with you. Questions about the search for a Director of International Education in general can be directed to Terry Bensel.

For Employees: 2017 Retirement Contributions

Posted on January 15, 2017 | Filed under General News

The amount you can contribute to your retirement account in 2017 has not changed from 2016. For most employees, the maximum before-tax contribution is $18,000. If you are age 50 or older in 2017, you can contribute an additional $6,000 before taxes. All of your contributions go into the plan on a before-tax basis so you reduce the amount of federal income tax you pay.
If you are interested in contributing to the supplemental retirement plan, you can do so on a pre-tax basis or through a Roth 403(b) on an after-tax basis. The benefit of the Roth is qualified withdrawals during retirement are tax-free. If you anticipate being in a higher tax bracket when you retire, you may benefit from making Roth contributions at a lower tax rate now and receiving distributions tax-free when you retire. If you are interested in participating in the retirement or supplemental plan, or maximizing your current contribution, please contact the Office of Human Resources at Ext. 2312 for more information.

Auditions for Allegheny Choirs: 1/17-21

Posted on January 15, 2017 | Filed under General News

Auditions for the Allegheny Choirs (College Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Community Chorus, and Men’s Ensemble) will be held January 17-21 in Arnold Hall M208. Singers of all voice ranges and levels of experience are welcome to audition during the walk-in hours listed here. It is not necessary to bring a prepared solo. Contact Professor James Niblock with questions:
1/17 Tuesday: 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 5 p.m.
1/18 Wednesday: 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 5 p.m.
1/19 Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 5 p.m.
1/20 Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1/21 Saturday: noon to 4 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble: 1/17

Posted on January 15, 2017 | Filed under General News

The first meeting/rehearsal of the Percussion Ensemble, in the Department of Music, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, at 6:30 p.m. on the stage of Shafer Auditorium. The Percussion Ensemble is a one-credit-hour Chamber Ensemble, with rehearsals scheduled on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on stage. Interested musicians must hold concurrent membership in a major performing ensemble (Music 114), in order to participate in Percussion Ensemble. ADD cards will be addressed at the first meeting/rehearsal. Questions should be directed to Stephen F. Corsi, instructor of percussion, at

AC Jazz Band: 1/17

Posted on January 15, 2017 | Filed under General News

The first meeting/rehearsal of the AC Jazz Band, in the Department of Music, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, at 12:30 p.m. in rehearsal hall M202. Auditions will take place as needed, with ADD cards being addressed at the first rehearsal. There is one-credit hour for this Music 114 course. Rehearsals are scheduled on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in rehearsal hall M202. The ensemble will be rehearsing at the first meeting/rehearsal. Therefore, students should be prepared to play. Questions should be directed to Stephen F. Corsi, Jazz Band director, at

Donate Mugs and Spoons, Please

Posted on January 15, 2017 | Filed under General News

Grounds for Change is asking for your help, as we will be accepting mug and spoon donations throughout the semester. If you happen to have any spares, etc., GFC would be grateful for your kindness and generosity. We hope you have had a restful winter break and that you enjoy your last day before classes start.

Sign Up for AFTV’s 48-Hour Film Festival: 2/3-5

Posted on January 12, 2017 | Filed under Events

Love movies and want to try your hand at making your own? Assemble a team and sign up for the Allegheny Film and Television’s 48-Hour Film Festival. No experience or equipment are necessary. The festival will take place from February 3-5 and each team will have exactly 48 hours to write, film, and edit a video. Click here to sign up.

Adult Tang Soo Do Classes

Posted on January 12, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Allegheny College Dance & Movement Studies Program will host Adult Martial Arts classes in the Korean form Tang Soo Do. John Guthrie will teach the classes on Monday evenings from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. in Montgomery Gymnasium. Classes will begin on Monday, January 23. The $250 fee will cover the semester-long course and includes a uniform. The class will have limited space. Call (814) 573-9692 or the DMS Office (814) 332-2813 for more information.

Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Posted on January 10, 2017 | Filed under General News

Get involved in the Meadville community by volunteering at the Stone Church soup kitchen two to four times per month this semester. To sign up, fill out this form. You will then be contacted about doing a brief orientation.

Summer Research Internship at the Jackson Center

Posted on January 8, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Robert H. Jackson Center offers internships for college students as a major part of its educational mission. Internships are not limited to Law & Policy students or students planning to go to law school; all students currently enrolled at Allegheny College may apply. An interest in research and writing is the most important qualification for the internship.
Interns will work directly with the staff of the Robert H. Jackson Center as they determine their project. Each project will allow the intern to experience the legal profession through the life and career of Robert H. Jackson, a major figure in the history of the United States. Areas of work are subject to discussion and will reflect the skills and interests of the intern and the needs of the Jackson Center. Some possibilities include the following: Read more…

For Employees: TIAA Consultations

Posted on January 8, 2017 | Filed under General News

A representative from TIAA will be on campus for individual counseling sessions on the following dates and locations:
January 31 — Campus Center, Room 318
February 22 — Campus Center, Room 318
March 16 — Campus Center, Room 317
May 25 — Campus Center, Room 206
June 8 — Campus Center, Room 317
You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA financial consultant on a confidential basis. The TIAA rep can help you with questions such as: Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals? Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I will need? Register for a session to get an action plan created especially for you. RSVP as soon as you can as space is limited. You can register at or call (800) 732-8353 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For Student Workers: Exemption from Meadville Local Service Tax (LST)

Posted on December 13, 2016 | Filed under General News

In order to continue exemption from the Meadville Local Services Tax, you must file at the beginning of each calendar year, as your 2016 exemption will not apply in 2017. To do so, complete the Local Services Tax Exemption Certificate and return the form to the Payroll Office, Bentley Hall 215, prior to the first payroll in January. Until a 2017 form is completed and returned to the Payroll Office, the tax will be deducted from your 2017 paychecks. For questions, please call the Payroll Office at 332-4792.

Big Idea Competition 2017: “Shark Tank” Allegheny style

Posted on December 11, 2016 | Filed under General News

The Center for Business & Economics is offering you a chance to bring your big idea to fruition and win some big prize money in the process. Click here for more information and sign up now for spring courses/workshops to help teams prepare. Categories include For-Profit Business, Social Venture, Research Project or Community Engagement Initiative.

EL Travel Seminar Proposals

Posted on December 8, 2016 | Filed under General News

The Study Away and Campus Internationalization Committee (SACIC) invites proposals for May 2018 EL Travel Seminars. Proposals are due by February 1, 2017. You may consult the May 2018 EL Travel Seminar Proposal Packet here for more information. Please submit your proposal to the Study Away and Campus Internationalization Committee at

Winter Maintenance Plan and Energy and Comfort Policy

Posted on December 7, 2016 | Filed under General News

Winter weather in Northwest Pennsylvania is a challenge for residents and visitors alike. We’ve developed two new resources to ensure the winter is safe and comfortable for all:
Winter Maintenance Plan
On average we receive 120 inches of snow each year. As a residential campus that houses over 1,900 students, Allegheny College rarely closes for inclement weather. Although snow and ice removal is the top priority for the Physical Plant Department during this time of year, we encourage all residents and visitors to wear appropriate footwear for the weather and to exercise caution when walking and driving throughout the campus. Our first priority is ensuring access to the campus for safety vehicles (fire lanes) as well as for delivery of services (employee parking lots). Within campus, main pedestrian routes to dining facilities, academic buildings and administration buildings are priorities. Details of our approach to specific areas of campus may be found in the Winter Maintenance Plan.
Read more…

VITA Recruiting Tax Preparers

Posted on November 1, 2016 | Filed under General News

The Meadville Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is a free tax preparation service available for Meadville/Crawford County residents. VITA is now recruiting students and staff for the four-credit Tax Internship course. Volunteers will be trained in January and will assist residents with income-tax preparation from February through April 2017. VITA enhances valuable skills for students, looks great on a resume, and facilitates engagement in our community. The Meadville VITA program assisted more than 1,000 local taxpayers in 2016. We invite you to become a tax preparer for the upcoming semester. If you are interested in taking this course but have questions, please email To take the course, use a signature card to sign up for ECON 501 or INTDS 590 with Professor Sickafuse. Meadville VITA is a collaborative program sponsored by the Meadville Public Library, Allegheny College, and the IRS.

Important FAFSA Changes for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Posted on September 26, 2016 | Filed under General News

Students and their families should be aware that starting with the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, there will be two major changes:
1) You’ll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier. Students and parents (as appropriate) will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 rather than January 1, 2017. This earlier submission date will be a permanent change enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. To complete the 2017-18 FAFSA click here. (Please note: To receive your maximum financial aid eligibility, please file your FAFSA by Allegheny College’s new priority deadline of February 15, 2017.)
2) Prior-Prior Year (PPY). Students and parents (as appropriate) will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students and parents will report their 2015 income information rather than their 2016 income information. This change will make the FAFSA easier to complete because you’ll already have done your taxes for 2015 by the time you fill out your FAFSA. This means you won’t have to estimate your income information, and you can automatically import your tax information directly onto your FAFSA using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). For more information regarding the 2017-18 FAFSA please click here or contact the Financial Aid Office at (800) 835-7780.

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 4 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 4 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 Rick Stanley at 332-4395 or