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Allegheny College Senior Pasquale DiFrancesco Chosen for House Legislative Program

Dec. 15, 2014 — Allegheny College senior Pasquale DiFrancesco, of Wexford, Pa., has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship for 13 weeks beginning January 12, 2015.

The highly competitive fellowship program places students in leadership offices, such as offices of committee chairmen, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. DiFrancesco will be placed in the office of Democratic Whip Mike Hanna. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to weekly workshops with key thinkers, planners and decision makers.

Fellows attend committee hearings and meetings as well as House Sessions. The final project for each fellow is to research, draft and present a piece of legislation.

“The experiences gained by participating in this fellowship will only further increase the value of my degree from Allegheny College to potential employers and graduate schools,” said DiFrancesco. “At this point in my college career, I believe the fellowship experience will provide me with exactly the skills and connections I need to further my educational and professional goals.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Chamber Singers To Present Recital of Sacred Duets and Trios

Dec. 8, 2014 — The Allegheny College Chamber Singers will present a recital of sacred duets and trios at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 in the college’s Ford Chapel. The recital is free and open to the public.

Allegheny College students Bailey Blashford, Lauren Dominique, Breana Gallagher, John Knobel, Rosey Sheridan and Leah Stefanelli will present selections by Salamone Rossi, Johann Schein, Richard Dering, Heinrich Schütz, Camille Saint-Saëns, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel in various duet and trio combinations.

Professor Emeritus of Music Ward Jamison will serve as accompanist, and Adjunct Professor of Voice Carol Niblock will narrate. The Chamber Singers, who are selected from the membership of the college’s Chamber Choir, are coached by Carol Niblock and Vicki Jamison.

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Allegheny President Mullen Joins President Obama for Higher-Ed Access Announcement

Dec. 4, 2014 – Today, James H. Mullen, Jr., Allegheny College president and chair of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), will join President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders, to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders and nonprofits to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

“Throughout its history, Allegheny College has sustained a fundamental commitment to ensuring access for students of all socio-economic backgrounds,” President Mullen said. “In its Bicentennial year, the College is proud to reaffirm its commitment. I am honored to be a part of this very important day and appreciate the Administration’s commitment on this significant issue.”

Today’s participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the first lady’s Reach Higher initiative and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (more…)

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Allegheny College Students Place in Top Teams in National Business Competition

Dec. 3, 2014 – Allegheny College students Peter Adler, Clayton Morris, Mary Nagel and Jonas Skattum were among 41 undergraduates chosen to compete November 7-8 in the Early Leaders Case Competition at the Simon Business School on the University of Rochester campus.

In a highly competitive selection process, undergraduate students from across the country were brought together in a business case competition designed to simulate decisions faced by global business leaders. Teams competed for a total of $10,000 in prize money.

Students met their assigned teammates for the first time on Nov. 7 and immediately began working on the assigned case: a review and assessment of Cole and Parker’s start-up wholesale business, which facilitates microfinance lending through 1 percent of its sales.

Each team had 24 hours to analyze the case, develop a marketing strategy aligned with Cole and Parker’s growth plans for the next two to five years, and prepare slides for a 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges on Nov. 8. The winners were announced at an awards dinner that evening.

The first-place team – which included Allegheny senior Mary Nagel and three teammates from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Knox College and Ursinus College – shared a $5,000 cash prize. (more…)

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Allegheny Choirs Concert Will Showcase Work Commissioned for College’s Bicentennial

Dec. 1, 2014 — The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. The Allegheny College Chorus, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble and Choir will perform individually as well as in a finale of combined groups.

The College Chorus, featuring Allegheny students and singers from Meadville and surrounding communities, will open the program with two movements from Mozart’s “Sparrow Mass,” as well as the French carol “Masters in this Hall.”

The Chamber Choir will follow with unaccompanied selections ranging from Gregorian plainsong and playful French chansons to the Star-Spangled Banner. Student soloists Leah Stefanelli and Chris Schuchert will be featured in the Appalachian carol “I Wonder as I Wander.” (more…)

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Exhibition of Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects Opens at Allegheny College

Dec. 1, 2014 – The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects Exhibition with a public reception in the galleries on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. The show is an opportunity to showcase the work of graduating art majors and minors.

Some common themes in this year’s exhibition are recontextualization, the expression of human experience, questioning expectations, examination of systems of knowledge, and exploration of cultural contexts. (more…)

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Cookies and Milk Holiday Concert Offers Two Performances

Nov. 24, 2014 — The Dance and Movement Studies Program at Allegheny College presents its annual holiday concert for families and children, Cookies and Milk, on Sunday, Dec. 7, with performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the college’s Montgomery Performance Space. The concert is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby. Members of Creating Landscapes for Families, a local organization that brings families together to focus on positive possibilities in the community, will be baking the cookies served this year.

Performing will be Allegheny College students from the ballet, modern and T’ai Chi courses as well as the student jazz dance group JaDE. Students in the community contra course will dance with children and families from the Meadville community in a family dance to live music.

Another highlight of the concert will be an audience involvement piece guided by local dancer Doug Lodge. (more…)

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Allegheny College Senior Jacqueline Coplen Named Rhodes Scholarship Finalist

Nov. 14, 2014 – Allegheny College senior Jacqueline Coplen, a political science and Spanish double major, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

If awarded, Coplen, of Carlisle, Pa., will be among 32 U.S. students to receive the honor for an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England. She also will be the first Allegheny College student to receive this scholarship.

“It’s hard to put into words the way I felt when I found out that I had been selected as a finalist. It didn’t seem real at first,” says Coplen. “I’m honored to be representing the college in this capacity. I’ve been able to do a lot of important things in my life, but this is definitely the biggest stage that I’ve been on thus far.”

“When Jacqui came to me about the Rhodes Scholarship last spring, it was clear that she’d been thinking about applying for a long while,” says Patrick Jackson, Allegheny College national fellowships adviser and visiting assistant professor of history and religious studies. “She knew the deadlines, what she wanted to study and that just putting the application together would be a long and arduous process – and she has brought a high level of commitment to that process. She’s an impressive young woman.” (more…)

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One Weekend, Three Free Concerts: Chamber Ensembles, Civic Symphony and Wind Symphony To Perform

Nov. 14, 2014 – Three free concerts at Allegheny College the weekend of Nov. 21-23 will showcase the talents of students, faculty and other members of the Meadville community. Student chamber ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 in Ford Chapel. The Civic Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 in Shafer Auditorium. The Wind Symphony will perform at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 in Shafer Auditorium.

Friday’s recital will feature the flute, clarinet and saxophone ensembles as well as the brass quintet and two woodwind quintets. The program will include a wide range of music, including works by Scott Joplin, Igor Stravinsky, Phyllis Avidan Louke, Morton Gould, Isaac Albeniz, Jim Parcel, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Georges Bizet, Denes Agay, Daniel Dorff, G.P. Telemann, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney. (more…)

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Panel Discussion at Allegheny College To Focus on Oppressed Minority Groups and Electoral Politics

Nov. 13, 2014 – A panel of experts will bring an international perspective to the issue of oppressed minority groups and electoral politics at noon on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The event, “Religious Minorities, Voting Rights and Democratic Participation in South Asia,” is part of the college’s Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation.

The discussion will focus on how the recent general election in India, the world’s largest democracy, and recent agitations in South Asia have affected religious minorities.

Panelists include Philip Oldenburg, who has taught political science at Columbia University since 1977 and has served as director of Columbia’s South Asia Institute. His published scholarly work focuses mainly on Indian politics, particularly local government and elections. His current research and writing project has the working title of “The Indian Politician.”

Joining Oldenburg on the panel will be Neil DeVotta, an associate professor in politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University. His research interests include South Asian security and politics, ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic conflict resolution, and democratic transition and consolidation. His current work focuses on democratic regression and authoritarianism.

Sadia Saeed, a visiting lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Boston University, will also join the panel. She is a political sociologist with research and teaching interests in religion, law, nationalism and minority relations. Saeed is currently working on a book manuscript on how issues pertaining to religious difference have been debated and institutionalized in Pakistan. (more…)