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A Mammoth-Sized Community Art Project

Conneaut Lake, Pa. — How do you move a 3,500 pound, 10-and-a-half foot tall woolly mammoth made of steel?

Very carefully, and with the help of a very large crane and a team of dedicated community partners.

“Ganesh,” a sculpture created by Eila V. Bush Endowed Professor of Art Amara Geffen of Allegheny College, was installed at Fireman’s Beach in Conneaut Lake Friday morning, the culmination of a community art project two years in the making. The project is funded by a competitive National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, federal money that “supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.”

“It’s incredibly rewarding, beyond belief,” Geffen said of the project, which she called a “a highlight of my career.” (more…)

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Allegheny Professors Study the Story of Zika, Effects on Behavior

What are people reading and hearing about the Zika virus?

How are their behaviors changing as a result?

Those are the questions three Allegheny College professors are asking as part of an interdisciplinary effort here to better understand the global consequences of Zika, a virus at the center of an international public health emergency.

The answers could have profound social and economic ripple effects and change the way society talks about sexually transmitted infections, including Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can also be spread through sex.

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Campbell and Feeley Take Leadership Roles on Allegheny College Board of Trustees

Mark Campbell and Mary “Missy” Feeley officially began their roles in October as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Board of Trustees of Allegheny College. Rob Smith, of Meadville, Pa., completed his three-year term as chair.

All three are alumni of the College: Campbell graduated from Allegheny in 1982, Feeley in 1978 and Smith in 1973.

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Allegheny Featured in ‘Diversity & Democracy’ Magazine

Allegheny College’s commitment to the broader community — and the cultural and structural institutional changes that have fostered and strengthened that commitment — is featured in the fall issue of “Diversity & Democracy,” a magazine published quarterly by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

In “Building Momentum for Community Engagement: From Structural to Cultural Change,” Allegheny Provost Ron Cole and Dave Roncolato, director of civic engagement for the Allegheny Gateway, write about recent changes in institutional practices, structures, and momentum for cultural change, all aimed at supporting community engagement.

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Food Hub, Mobile Market Bring Fresh Food to Community

The burgeoning farm-to-table movement is getting some help from some tech-savvy students at Allegheny College.

Working under the direction of Assistant Professor of Computer Science Janyl Jumadinova, two students — junior Maria Kim and sophomore Jesse Del Greco — are developing an “online food hub,” a website aimed at connecting the community with the region’s farmers. It’s one of the many ways Allegheny faculty and staff are working to educate the public about the availability and benefits of fresh, locally grown food.

Once launched, the still-unnamed site will allow users to search for sellers of specific produce within a selected geographic range. Buyers — limited to restaurants and other bulk purchasers, initially — will be able to place orders online and arrange for pickup or delivery, Jumadinova said. If successful, the hub could expand and offer online buying to the general public.

Every visitor will be able to search for local gardens and pick-your-own farms and learn about events and activities related to local foods and farming.

“The whole goal is to increase access to and availability of fresh, local food,” Jumadinova said. (more…)

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Allegheny Choirs to Perform Winter Concert

The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Shafer Auditorium. The Allegheny College Chorus, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, and College Choir will each perform several works, and the groups will collaborate to close the performance as a choir of 120 voices. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert’s repertoire covers traditions and ideas from 13 countries – including five pieces with seasonal themes associated with winter, Christmas, and Hanukkah. Niblock says he aims to present music as a “cultural meeting place,” bringing together histories and stories from across the globe. Listeners will hear nine languages incorporated, including Ladino, Slovenian, Hebrew, and Mandarin.  (more…)

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Allegheny Jazz Band to Tour Local Schools

The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform at several local schools on Monday, Dec. 5, including stops at Conneaut Lake Middle School, West End Elementary School and Second District Elementary School.

This outreach program from the Music Department at Allegheny College will feature performances of “Fantasy,” “Afro-Blue,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Traces,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Summertime,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Almost Like Being in Love,” “A String of Pearls,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Peter Gunn,” “25 or 6 to 4,” and “Silver Bells.”
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Allegheny Dance Program to Host Cookies and Milk Holiday Concert

Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual holiday Cookies and Milk concert, especially for families and children, on Sunday, Dec. 4, with performances at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Montgomery Performance Space. Refreshments will be served between shows at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby.

Allegheny students from Dance and Movement Studies classes will perform routines of various styles, including modern, tap, and ballet. The class Landscapes of the Body will use audience participation in a piece called “Popcorn” and invite children to come onstage to act out the process of making popcorn. The tap class, DMS 105 will perform rhythmic tap in a narrative dance that culminates in a modern pointe piece choreographed by student Meaghan Gilbert. (more…)

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Allegheny College Civic and Wind Symphonies to Present Fall Concerts

Allegheny College will present two free, public concerts next weekend: the Civic Symphony will perform on Saturday, Nov. 19, and the Wind Symphony on Sunday, Nov. 20. Both concerts will be held at 3:15 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium.

The Allegheny College Civic Symphony includes students, faculty, staff, and Meadville community members as performers. The concert will be conducted by Jennifer Dearden, associate professor of music and string coordinator, and will feature guest piano soloist Douglas Jurs, assistant professor of music, performing the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Jackson Froman, instructor of accordian, on the accordion performing a movement of Virgil Thomson’s “Acadian Songs and Dances.”The Civic Symphony will perform “Overture in D” by Henry Purcell, “Piano Concerto No. 1” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst featuring the string players, “Pavane” by Gabriel Faure, and “Acadian Songs and Dances” by Virgil Thomson.
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Photographer to Share Experience of Walking the Israel National Trail

Professional photographer Udi Goren will talk about his journey along the Israel National Trail in the Collaboratory of Allegheny College’s Pelletier Library Pelletier on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The talk is part of International Education Week (IEW), a national initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that aims “to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” as part of an effort to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. (more…)