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Adult Musicians at Allegheny College to Hold Week II Concert on July 1

June 27, 2016 – The Band Camp for Adult Musicians will hold its Week II Gala Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Shafer Auditorium. Reservations are not required.

Returning as the conductor of the Week II Concert Band is Col. Timothy Foley, USMC, who retired in July 2004 as the director of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. Foley was born in Berwick, Pa. He joined the U.S. Marine Band as a clarinetist in 1968. He was appointed the 26th director of “The President’s Own” in 1996. During his tenure as director of the Marine Band, Foley served as music advisor to the White House and regularly conducted the band at the Executive Mansion. During his time as director, the Band celebrated its 200th birthday and was the only musical organization to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Allegheny College Receives Gift to Endow Political Science Chair

June 23, 2016 – As part of its ongoing comprehensive fundraising campaign, Allegheny College has received a $1.5 million gift that will endow a professorship in its political science department.

The Robert G. Seddig Chair in Law and Policy has been established by the estate of Robert Bruce Dotson in honor of his daughter Betsy Dotson, Class of 1974. Ms. Dotson, a lawyer, worked for many years in the public sector after graduating from Allegheny. She was dedicated to the College’s undergraduate mission and believed in broad educational experiences. Ms. Dotson passed away at the age of 47.

“My parents saw the impact of Betsy’s Allegheny experience and wanted to make sure that others could benefit from such an experience,” said Barbara D. Davis of Arlington, Va. “My sister Betsy majored in political science. My parents understood how important the professors in the department were in motivating Betsy to choose a career in public service.”

Mr. Dotson died in 2014, and his wife, Paula Haas Dotson, died in 2015. They had previously endowed the Betsy Dotson ’74 Experiential Learning Fund that continues to help students studying and serving internships in government agencies and businesses in Washington, D.C.

“Allegheny is able to remain among the top liberal arts colleges in the country because it has such strong support from alumni and their families, faculty and friends,” President James H. Mullen, Jr. said. “We are deeply grateful to the Dotson family members for recognizing and honoring the quality of the Allegheny experience.” (more…)

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Colonel Michael Colburn to Conduct Gala Concert at Allegheny College

June 13, 2016 – The Band Camp for Adult Musicians will hold its free Gala Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny College campus. No reservations are required.

A new conductor will be on the podium for the concert this year. Colonel Michael Colburn is the former director of the “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. He is a native of St. Albans, Vermont. He earned a bachelor’s degree in euphonium performance at Arizona State University and received his master’s degrees in conducting from George Mason University. He won a position in the euphonium section of the U.S. Marine Band in 1987 and became the principal of the section. He was appointed as assistant director of the U.S. Marine Band in 1996, and he served as the 27th director of The President’s Own from July 2004 to July 2014. He is currently on the faculty of Butler University as director of bands.

The soloist for this concert will be the principal cornetist of the band camp, James Seidel. Seidel is director of the Ringgold Band of Reading, Pa. He was for many years a high school band director in Reading. He also currently serves as director of bands at Alvernia University in Reading. Mr. Seidel will perform the “Twilight Dreams” by Herbert L. Clarke. (more…)

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Vice President Joe Biden And Senator John McCain Awarded 2016 Civility Prize From Allegheny College

“Their examples of civility are more important than ever right now”

June 7, 2016 (Washington, DC) – The fifth annual Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life was awarded today to Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain at an afternoon ceremony in the nation’s capital.

“These two political giants – one from the left and one from the right – regard civility to be a fundamental obligation of leadership in our democracy. And they have aspired mightily to honor that obligation – throughout their careers, and even in the cauldron of presidential politics,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr., who, with Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and a 2012 Allegheny College honorary degree recipient, awarded the Prize to Biden and McCain today at a ceremony at the The University Club in Washington D.C.

“Their examples of civility are more important than ever right now,” said Mullen. “This year’s prize reminds America, and particularly our young people, that there are political leaders who still see the value of civility in politics and who demonstrate it when it matters most – in the heat of battle. We recognize Sen. McCain, who during a fiery town hall meeting while campaigning for President in 2008, took back the microphone to correct the misrepresentation of then-Senator Obama. And we salute Vice President Biden, who when announcing in 2015 that he would not seek the Presidency, chose that moment to say, ‘I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemy. They are our opposition.’”

“These two powerful moments stand in stark contrast to what we too often witness in our political debate today,” Mullen said. “We are beginning to see the ominous implications of incivility – poisonous demonization of adversaries, and even violence at political events. It is our belief at Allegheny College that incivility lights the fuse for such consequences. It is more important than ever right now for leaders to regard civility as an essential obligation of leadership. And Vice President Biden and Sen. McCain are models for us all.” (more…)

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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…)