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Allegheny College Celebrates 458 Students and Three Distinguished Leaders; Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss Delivers Commencement Address

May 14, 2016 – Allegheny College today honored 458 graduates and presented three distinguished leaders with honorary degrees at its Commencement ceremonies inside the Wise Center Sports Forum.

NBC News Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the ceremony, delivered the Commencement address in the College’s 201st year. He also is a commentator for the PBS NewsHour and is a political analyst for the Cable News Network (CNN). He has authored nine books and created and hosted the Discovery Channel series “Decisions That Shook the World,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 2005.

Beschloss told graduates that his own liberal arts education, and its emphasis on communication skills, led to his success. He emphasized the “glorious history” of Allegheny, the 32nd oldest college in the nation. In stressing the importance of studying and learning from history, Beschloss said: “Keep close to you the strong friendships you have made here, be they with classmates, professors or administrators. This college has prepared you magnificently for a wonderful life.” (more…)

Chamber Singers to Present Opera Scenes Program

April 29, 2016 — The Allegheny Chamber Singers will present their annual Opera Scenes program on May 8 at 3:15 p.m. in Ford Memorial Chapel on the Allegheny College campus.

Twelve singers will present scenes from “Fidelio,” “Cosi fan tutte,” “La Perichole,” “The Beggar’s Opera,” “Flavio,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Il Trovatore” and “Der Freischütz.” The program will open with the well-known Anvil Chorus from “Il Trovatore” and conclude with the opening chorus from “Der Freischütz.” All scenes will be performed in their original languages.

The opera scenes are staged by guest director Jessica Sakal. Ward Jamison will accompany the singers on piano, and Vicki Jamison will serve as narrator to explain the drama of each scene. She and Carol Niblock have coached the music and diction.

The Chamber Singers this semester are Troy Dinga, Lauren Dominique, Kyle Donnelly, Louis Feher-Peiker, Brennen French, Chelsea Hubert, Daniel Keitel, Megan Kelly, Ashley Mulryan, Lauren Ottaviani, Johanna Stanley and Audrey Trotta.

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EPA Recognizes Allegheny College for Largest Green Power Use Among NCAC Schools

April 26, 2016 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Allegheny College as a 2015-16 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Allegheny has taken top honors for the past five years.

Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use within the program. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has the largest individual use of green power within a qualifying conference.

Allegheny College beat its conference rivals by using nearly 15 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Allegheny College is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Constellation NewEnergy. In addition, Allegheny College is generating green power from an on-site renewable energy system using solar resources, demonstrating a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. (more…)

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Allegheny Students to Present Work in Pop-up Gallery in Downtown Meadville

April 25, 2016 — Twenty-two students majoring or minoring in Studio Art and Art and Technology at Allegheny College will host a pop-up gallery in downtown Meadville to present their work. An opening reception for the show, “Recipe for Concentrated Dark Matter,” will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at 245 Chestnut Street (the Eldred Building). Admission is free and open to the public.

Student artists will be available during the opening to answer questions and discuss their work and ideas, which represent a semester-long, independently developed creative project resulting in a significant body of work. Works in the exhibit explore a broad range of studio art and inter-art media including video, drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and installation, as well as a broad range of artistic ideas. (more…)

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Creek Connections to Showcase Waterway Research by Local Students

April 25, 2016 – Creek Connections will host its 21st annual Student Research Symposium at Allegheny College on Friday, April 29 in the college’s Campus Center. Community members are invited to view students’ project displays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Creek Connections is an outreach program of Allegheny College that brings hands-on, inquiry-based education about watersheds to students ranging in age from middle school to high school.

Throughout the school year, participating students retrieve water samples and conduct research on waterways in their community, monitoring the conditions that affect the creeks’ water quality. At the research symposium, they come together to share interactive research displays and hands-on workshops with their classmates, teachers and the community.

Approximately 475 students will attend the symposium, representing schools from northwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York and eastern Ohio. Keynote speaker David Boughton of Pennsylvania Sea Grant will talk about Lake Erie shipwrecks. Several environmental organizations will also present displays. (more…)

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Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss to Give Commencement Address at Allegheny College

Honorary Degrees Also to Be Awarded to Wayne State University President and to EEOC Commissioner

April 25, 2016 – Michael Beschloss — presidential historian for NBC News, commentator for PBS NewsHour and nationally renowned author — will deliver the Commencement address at Allegheny College in the college’s 201st year. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

The author of nine critically acclaimed books, Beschloss co-authored with Caroline Kennedy the #1 New York Times best seller “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.” He is currently working on a history of American presidents in wartime from James Madison to George W. Bush. Beschloss himself has been called a national treasure.

In addition to his work on NBC and PBS, Beschloss created and hosted the Discovery Channel series “Decisions That Shook the World,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 2005.

He has been a historian on the staff of the Smithsonian Institution, a senior associate member at Oxford University and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation.

Sharing the stage with Beschloss and Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. will be two Allegheny alumni who will also be awarded honorary degrees. (more…)

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Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, with Soloist Douglas Jurs, to Present Spring Concert

April 25, 2016 — The Allegheny College Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble will present their 2016 spring concert on Sunday, May 1 at 3:15 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium. Admission is free.

Both ensembles are under the direction of Professor of Music Lowell Hepler. The soloist for the concert will be Assistant Professor of Music Douglas Jurs. Pre-concert music will be provided by the Allegheny College Saxophone Ensemble.

The Wind Symphony is an 85-member symphonic band, with membership open by audition to all Allegheny College students. The Wind Ensemble is a 40-member ensemble auditioned from the Wind Symphony. Students from the Wind Symphony also regularly participate in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band and the National Small College Intercollegiate Band. In addition to their campus concerts, the Allegheny ensembles in past years have toured the Eastern, Southern and Mid-Western United States. (more…)

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Percussion Ensemble to Present Spring Concert, with Audience Seating on Shafer Auditorium Stage

April 25, 2016 — The Allegheny College Percussion Ensemble will perform their annual spring concert on Monday, May 2 at 8 p.m. on the stage of Shafer Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Audience seating will be on the auditorium stage.

The ensemble’s concert repertoire includes “Introduction & March,” “Bossa Nova Without Instruments,” “Head Talk,” “The Swords of Moda-Ling,” “Fancy That!” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Dona Nobis Pacem” and “Das Küchenkonzert.”

The Percussion Ensemble features nine student performers. Stephen F. Corsi conducts.

Senior Art Show Opens at Allegheny College

April 22, 2016 – The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects Exhibition with a public reception in the art galleries on Tuesday, April 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. The show is an opportunity for graduating Studio Art and Art & Technology majors to present to the public their works, which are the culminating experience of their art studies.

The Spring 2016 Senior Projects Exhibition features the work of eight artists: Rebecca Anderson, Andrea Brush, Elizabeth Blaschak, Emily Cancilla, Jackson Magee, Lesly Mejia-Flores, Imani Prince and Rachel Simmons. (more…)

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Allegheny College’s “Year of Meadville” Culminates with Community Celebration

April 22, 2016 — Allegheny College will conclude its “Year of Meadville” programming with a community celebration from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Downtown Mall, 920 Water St., Meadville.

The event will feature:
• Meadville Neighborhood Center Music Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Meadville Time Trade Sharefest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Meadville Area Middle School “Artists and Authors” event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Vendors and food coordinated by Second Saturday Community Markets, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Local film screenings
• Family-friendly programming and activities
• Premiere of “A Town for Us: A Meadville Community-based Play,” 7 p.m.

A second showing of the community-based play will be held Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Mall.

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