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Items for Faculty Meeting Agenda Due by 5 p.m. Friday: 3/3

Posted on February 27, 2017 | Filed under General News

Items for the March faculty meeting are due to Faculty Secretary Kristen Webb ( by Friday, March 3, at 5 p.m. Please include an electronic version of any handouts, reports, or other materials that you wish to distribute to faculty. If you would like to make an announcement, please send a brief text version to include in the meeting notice.

Global Health Studies: (Mandatory) Advising & Pizza Lunch: 3/1

Posted on February 27, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Global Health Studies Program is hosting a pizza lunch and advising meeting on Wednesday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m. in Quigley Auditorium. We need all GHS majors and minors as well as those who are interested in majoring or minoring in Global Health Studies (classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020) at this meeting to discuss the curriculum and course offerings. If you cannot make it, please email Professor Becky Dawson (

The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting

Posted on February 27, 2017 | Filed under General News

Please join Allegheny College Art Gallery and Year of Mindfulness this week in welcoming monks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting. The opening ceremony is Tuesday, February 28, at 12:15 p.m. in the Art Galleries. The event is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, March 1-3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pot Luck will be Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. in th Art Galleries. Closing Ceremony is Saturday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m.For more information, please contact Jane Ellen Nickell at

Conversation on Drag and Transmisogyny

Posted on February 27, 2017 | Filed under General News

Join Gender and Sexuality Alliance at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, for a Grounds for Change talk on drag, how it can perpetuate transmisogyny, and how some transfeminine folks use drag to reclaim femininity. There will be a $50 tab, and all are welcome to join!

Write Letters to the Senators: 3/1

Posted on February 27, 2017 | Filed under General News

Worried about events in Washington? Want to voice your concerns to your representative? Join the College Democrats on Wednesday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Pelletier Collaboratory to write letters to Senator Pat Toomey asking that he listen to his constituents about various issues. Voter registration forms will be available for those not registered to vote in Pennsylvania, as will be information to contact other senators. Contact with questions.

Delta Desserts: 3/5

Posted on February 27, 2017 | Filed under General News

The sisters of Delta Delta Delta will be hosting Delta Desserts on Sunday, March 5, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby. Tickets will be sold for $3, so find a sister or stop by our table at Brooks and the Campus Center during lunch hours to buy one. All proceeds will go toward benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Souper Bar: 2/28

Posted on February 27, 2017 | Filed under General News

McKinley’s is running its Souper Bar on Tuesday, February 28, from 4 until 7 p.m. or while supplies last. Pastabilities will be closed for dinner as we will be serving the Souper Bar from that station.

Apply to be a CPP Student Fellow

Posted on February 26, 2017 | Filed under General News

Are you interested in developing political engagement programming for the campus community? Enjoy politics and engagement and law and policy? Apply to be a Fellow at the Center for Political Participation to join a team of hard-working students and faculty while also gaining valuable skills through leadership and development opportunities. All students are welcome to apply by the deadline of March 28, 2017. These are paid positions. If you hold another job on campus, you can still be a Fellow (as a volunteer), but you cannot receive payment for two positions. Please fill out the application (and attach your resume) here.

Ash Wednesday Service: 3/1

Posted on February 26, 2017 | Filed under General News

Ash Wednesday will be observed on campus in an ecumenical service on March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Ford Chapel. Led by Father Jeff Lucas and Chaplain Jane Ellen Nickell, this service begins the season of Lent and will include being marked with ashes as a sign of penitence.

French Study Abroad Cafe: 3/1

Posted on February 26, 2017 | Filed under General News

Come to the French House to enjoy a coffee and hear the amazing experiences of students who went to study in French-speaking countries. If you are interested in studying abroad in the future, it is the opportunity for you to ask all the questions you want to students who have tried this experience. Join us Wednesday, March 1 (Mars 1), at 4 p.m. in the French House!

Game Room Mardi Gras: 2/28

Posted on February 26, 2017 | Filed under General News

Stop by the Campus Center’s Game Room on Tuesday, February 28, between noon and midnight for Mardi Gras. The festive atmosphere will include beads, candy and a Mardi Gras gator with photo booth type props. Gather your friends for group photos to be shared with family members and others. If a photographer is needed, the Game Room staff is there to assist.

Summer Student Jobs

Posted on February 23, 2017 | Filed under General News

As summer is approaching, we will need to prepare summer student worker paperwork. Please complete the FA Job Posting Database Form for all summer positions regardless if they are open or filled by March 10. There are going to be a few changes to summer student worker policies this year. Due to stipulations of the Affordable Care Act we are eliminating stipend payments. For positions formerly paid by a stipend, please still include the amount of the stipend on the FA Job Posting Database Form, and we will develop an hourly rate to list on the Supervisor section of the Student Employment Form. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Celebrations and Concerns Items Due: 2/27

Posted on February 23, 2017 | Filed under General News

The deadline for the next issue of Celebrations and Concerns is Monday, February 27. Employee personal news such as births, marriages, personal achievement, and serious illness or death within the immediate family may be submitted by contacting Jane Ellen Nickell (Ext. 2800 or ) or by using this form. To receive the monthly email, use this form.

Community Mandala Opportunity

Posted on February 23, 2017 | Filed under General News

The monks of the Mystical Arts of Tibet will be offering an opportunity to participate in creating a Community Mandala in the Art Gallery February 28 to March 4. This mandala has been designed by an Allegheny College student and will be created by community members. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact Nadiya Wahl at

Deadline for People & Places: 2/28

Posted on February 22, 2017 | Filed under General News

The deadline for the next People & Places, which reports on the professional activities of members of the College community and highlights student achievements, is Tuesday, February 28. Please submit items here. If you have questions about People & Places, please send an email to

Work Local Networking Night: 2/28

Posted on February 22, 2017 | Filed under General News

The offices of Career Education and Alumni Affairs invite students to attend the Work Local Networking Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, in the Pelletier Collaboratory. This event will give current students the opportunity to meet, socialize, and network with alumni who live and work in Meadville. We want to encourage students to see Meadville as a community in which they can build roots, not just a “home away from home” during their college years. This event will precede the Work Local Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 1. Employers attending the fair are also invited to this networking session to meet with interested students. Current students can RSVP here. Business casual attire is encouraged.

Call for Proposals for Diversity Innovation Funds (DIF): 3/17

Posted on February 21, 2017 | Filed under General News

The DIF supports community based initiatives that will encourage cross-campus collaborations to improve diversity and inclusion for long-term community transformation. Students and employees are encouraged to apply for grants ranging from $500 to $3,000. Funds are intended for fall 2017 semester initiatives. The selection committee (which includes students, faculty and staff) welcomes applications that advance one or more of the following:
– Recruitment and retention
– Dialogue and civil discourse for social equity
– Curricular/co-curricular collaborations
– Enhanced student learning
– Integration of local/global diversity
– Faculty scholarship and teaching re: diversity
– Students’ understanding of collaboration and inclusion
– Faculty, student, staff partnerships
The online application deadline is 4 p.m. on March 17, 2017. For more information or to review a list of previously funded diversity innovations see Diversity Innovation Fund webpage. Questions should be directed to DIF Committee Chair Professor Amara Geffen at ageffen@allegheny or Associate Provost Dr. Ande Diaz at

“The Sultan and the Saint” Showing: 2/27

Posted on February 21, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department will present the “The Sultan and the Saint” film. It is the true story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt who meet on a battlefield and the risks they took for peace. It will be shown Monday, February 27, at 7 p.m. in the Playshop Theater in Arter Hall. Reserve tickets here. Tickets are free.

Student/Faculty Summer Collaborative Research for 2017: 3/28

Posted on February 19, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Provost and Dean of the College Office announces funding opportunities and application form for Student/Faculty Summer Collaborative Research for Summer 2017. Student/Faculty Summer Collaborative Research funding offers students and faculty the opportunity to work together on a research project of mutual interest. The project must not be directly related to the student’s senior project, though it can serve as preparation. This funding is not available for independent studies, summer internships, assistantships, or summer employment opportunities. Students interested in obtaining summer employment should contact the Financial Aid Office for a list of positions available during the summer. In order to be eligible for funding, student research must be conducted in collaboration with an Allegheny faculty member and the applicant must be a continuing student in good academic standing. Students must consult with their professor to confirm the specifics of the proposed project, including number of weeks, planned number of hours worked per week, and materials budget, before submitting this application form. The Provost’s office will review applications in early/mid April and will notify both the student and the professor as soon as possible regarding the status of this SFR Collaborative Application. This online application must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 28 in order to be considered for funding.

Room Selection Eligibility Policy

Posted on February 19, 2017 | Filed under General News

Room selection is an exciting time for students at Allegheny College. We believe that living on campus can have a significant impact on student success. We also strive to make the process fair and inclusive for all students. Room selection requirements are an important step toward ensuring these goals. One of the requirements to participate in the 2017 room selection process is that student billing accounts must be paid in full as per the Allegheny College Billing Policies. You can find the billing policies. Any account with a past due balance will result in a Room Selection Hold being placed on your student account. This means that the student’s room selection number will be pulled from the room selection list and that the student will not be permitted to be pulled into a room by another student. Students with past due balances have been notified via their Allegheny email account. Students must also have a signed housing agreement on file before room selection. For more information regarding residency requirements, please visit this site. Details on Room Selection for 2017–2018 can be found here.

Attention Seniors and First-Year Students

Posted on February 19, 2017 | Filed under General News

Please complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). On Tuesday, February 21, you will receive an email from President Mullen asking you to participate in this important study. That email will contain a link to the online questionnaire, which should take about 15 minutes to complete.
The NSSE helps colleges understand their students’ experiences. It asks the questions that matter, for example, do you interact with faculty outside of classes; how much time do you spend memorizing facts compared to discussing ideas; and in what kinds of activities are you involved? This is one of the most important surveys Allegheny asks students to complete. As a token of Allegheny’s appreciation of their time, students who complete this spring’s NSSE will be sent a gift certificate good for a $3 purchase at the Wrecking Ball Café.
For more information about NSSE, visit this site. For questions, please contact Director of Institutional Research, Marian Sherwood, 206 Bentley Hall, 332-2983,, or Professor Allison Connell, Chair of Allegheny’s Institutional Review Board, 210 Carnegie Hall, 332-2706,

Senior Project: First-Generation Student Interviews

Posted on February 16, 2017 | Filed under General News

First-generation college students, (students whose parents do not have any post-secondary education) experience additional challenges because of their status. When compared to continuing-generation students, students with one or both parents with post-secondary education, first-generation students encounter challenges in the areas of access to college, persistence throughout college, and attainment of a degree. A major indicator of this can be seen in graduation rates where three out of five first-generation college students do not complete their education in six years. Read more…

Want Study Buddies to Prepare for the MCAT?

Posted on February 16, 2017 | Filed under General News

Interested in a self-study approach for the MCAT or other graduate school standardized exam? Lack motivation on your own? Come join the MCAT Study Group on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pelletier Library. We will mostly just be studying in the company of each other but other activities potentially include advising on best study methods/schedules, sharing study resources, answering each other’s questions, and reviewing concepts if there’s interest.

Teaching Tidbits Spring Meetings

Posted on February 13, 2017 | Filed under General News

Teaching Tidbits is back this spring and will meet from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in McKinley’s Private Dining Room on the following Tuesdays: February 28, March 7, March 14, March 28, April 11, and April 18. This semester, we will use our meetings to discuss the book “The Invisible Gorilla” by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. The book explores “six everyday illusions that profoundly influence our lives: the illusions of attention, memory, confidence, knowledge, cause, and potential.” This book provides an approachable, interesting, general introduction to some cognitive psychology areas of research that could inform the way we think about how we teach and how students learn. Any staff or faculty member is welcome to join us and, remember, there is no obligation to come to all the meetings. We will start with chapter one at our first meeting and discuss a new chapter at each of the following meetings.

Accepting Submissions for 2016-17 Undergraduate Research Award

Posted on February 8, 2017 | Filed under General News

As one of the many laboratories for student learning and exploration, Pelletier Library is offering research awards to celebrate excellence in the research process. The research process is core to a liberal arts education and brings together many of the skills and processes that make up the curriculum of Allegheny College. Students wishing to participate in the competition should submit an essay reflecting on a research assignment that they completed during the 2016-17 academic year. Awards categories include work completed as part of FS201, Junior Seminar or Senior Comp, and collaborative research with a faculty member. Prizes range from $200 to $300. Submissions must be received by April 14. Please see this website for additional information.

Nominations for the 24th Annual Leadership Awards: 2/28

Posted on February 7, 2017 | Filed under General News

Do you know a student who has positively contributed to Allegheny? Then nominate that student for a Leadership Award. Students may be recognized for their work in a variety of ways, including community service, justice, ethical decision making, inspiration, community building and many more categories. To nominate a student for a leadership award, click on the link and fill out the application. Nominations are due by Tuesday, February 28. For more information email

Gender and Sexuality Alliance Board Holds Weekly Office Hours

Posted on February 6, 2017 | Filed under General News

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance Board holds weekly office hours as follows: Monday, noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 2 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Stop by the office in the Diversity Center on the third floor of the Campus Center and say hello. All are welcome.

Administrator and/or Faculty Member Needed to Lead Alternative Spring Break Trip to Washington, D.C.

Posted on February 5, 2017 | Filed under General News

Do you share a commitment to service? Are you interested in supporting students in exploring new experiences through service? The Allegheny Alternative Spring Break program is a weeklong immersive volunteering and living experience held March 19-24 which challenges students to think critically and react to problems faced by members of the communities in which they are working. For more information, please contact Charmaine Wilson, assistant director of Civic Engagement/Bonner Program director, at

Spring 2017 Mindfulness Practice

Posted on January 18, 2017 | Filed under General News

Please join us for a short Mindfulness Practice on Mondays and Thursdays at the PAM House (Prayer and Meditation—next door to Arter) from 12:20-12:50 p.m. No experience necessary! Contact Jennifer Hellwarth (, Jane Ellen Nickell (, or Sharon Wesoky ( if you have any questions.

Musicians for Civic Symphony

Posted on January 18, 2017 | Filed under General News

Do you play a wind, percussion, or string instrument? Are you interested in playing “the classics” as well as new repertoire? The Allegheny College Civic Symphony is looking for interested musicians — especially violins, violas, and trombone players! — to perform with the group. Rehearsals occur Mondays 7–9:30 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium, and the spring concert will be performed on Saturday, April 29, at 3:15 p.m. Repertoire this semester focuses on dance-related music — from ballets, folk tunes from around the world, and more! Please contact Prof. Jennifer Dearden at if interested. Students will receive academic credit for playing, and faculty and staff are also welcome to join!

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

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.

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.

International Dinner: 11/22

Posted on November 19, 2015 | Filed under Archive, General News

The annual International Dinner will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 in Schultz Banquet Hall. The door opens at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

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