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Allegheny College Continues Focus on Strong Local Food System Through Author’s Talk and Panel Discussion

Feb. 12, 2016 – Allegheny College will host a talk by Ben Hewitt, author of “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food,” on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Ford Chapel. The event will focus on how communities can work together to develop a strong food system that supports both people and natural resources. Free child care will be provided.

The following day, a panel discussion on regional food systems will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Lew Davies Community Center, 1034 Park Ave., in Meadville. Attendees will hear from leaders throughout the region who are working to make their own local food systems more sustainable, building their local economy through agricultural industry, and making local and healthy foods more accessible.

Joining Hewitt as panelists will be Emily Best, general manager at Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative, a farmer-owned co-op of more than 45 certified organic family farmers in central Pennsylvania; Sophia Buggs, farmer and owner of Lady Buggs Farm, an urban farm in Youngstown, Ohio; Molly McHolme, Allegheny College Class of 2011 and garden educator at Grow Pittsburgh, an urban agricultural education organization in Pittsburgh; and Gianna Cioffi, general manager at Lake to River Food Cooperative, a member-owned cooperative of farmers, producers, processors and buyers who grow, prepare and add value to healthy foods for families and institutional and commercial buyers in the Youngstown region.

The talk and the panel discussion, which are free and open to the public, are part of Allegheny College’s Year of Meadville programming, a partnership between the college and the community that is focused on building a sustainable and just future. For more information about the panelists, click here.

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Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. Appointed to NAICU Board

Feb. 10, 2016 – James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Mullen joined the board at NAICU’s annual meeting in February in Washington, D.C.

With close to 1,000 member institutions, NAICU is the national public policy association for the nation’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities. The association focuses on policy issues with the federal government, such as student aid, taxation and government regulation.

In 2014-15 Mullen chaired the board of directors of the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s institutions of higher education. (more…)

Allegheny College To Present International Film Festival

Feb. 8, 2016 — The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Allegheny College will host its annual international film festival on Wednesdays from February 17 through March 16. All films begin at 7 p.m. at The Movies, 11155 Highline Drive in Meadville. General admission is $7.

The schedule includes:

February 17: “Theeb” (Jordan, 2014), directed by Naji Abu Nowar. No rating. In Arabic with subtitles.
February 24: “Girlhood” (France, 2014), directed by Céline Sciamma. No rating. In French with subtitles.
March 2: “Barbara” (Germany, 2013), directed by Christian Petzold. PG-13. In German with subtitles.
March 9: “Wild Tales” (Argentina and Spain, 2014), directed by Damián Szifrón. Rated R. In Spanish with subtitles.
March 16: “Assassin” (Taiwan, China, 2015), directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. No rating. In Mandarin with subtitles.

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Crawford County-Allegheny College High School Band Festival To Feature Free Concert

Feb. 8, 2016 — The annual Crawford County-Allegheny College High School Band Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13, with a closing concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. Admission to the concert is free.

The festival, now in its 33rd year, will involve 142 high school students chosen by their directors to participate in the county-wide honor band. They will work under the direction of Lowell Hepler, director of bands and professor of music at Allegheny College. Armond Walter, director of bands at Meadville High School and a member of the Crawford County Band during his student days, will conduct one of the numbers at the closing concert.

The program will be chosen from a repertoire that includes “Rhythm of the Winds,” by Frank Erickson; “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss,” by David Holsinger, conducted by Armond Walter; “Equilibrium,” by Michael Oare; “Runaway Circus Train,” by Erik Morales; “Allegro Barbaro,” by Antonin Dvorak; and “Colonel Bogey March,” by Kenneth Alford.

Participating bands and their directors are Cambridge Springs High School, Jeffrey Beltz; Cochranton High School, Carl Miller; Conneaut Area High School , Glenn Cameron; Maplewood High School, Jamie Gardner; Meadville Area High School, Armond Walter; Saegertown High School, Patrick Baldwin; and Titusville High School, Jeffrey Herwig. (more…)

Gateway Network for Local Knowledge and Research Is Accepting Project Proposals from the Community

Feb. 5, 2016 – The Gateway Network for Local Knowledge and Research at Allegheny College is accepting proposals from community organizations that are interested in partnering in a research project with an Allegheny College student for 10 weeks during summer 2016.

Possible research projects include agency and organizational capacity building, needs assessment, economic or environmental impact, community vitality and aesthetics, investigation of funding streams, visibility and marketing, client surveys and public policy research, among other projects.

Among the organizations encouraged to submit proposals are nonprofit agencies and organizations in Meadville and the surrounding area, economic development organizations and networks, government agencies and subsidiaries, and civic organizations. (more…)

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Allegheny College Featured in Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Feb. 4, 2016 — Allegheny College is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking an outstanding education with great career preparation and at an affordable price according to the Princeton Review.

The education services company features Allegheny in the 2016 edition of its newly released book “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on return on investment ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings weighted 40 data points that covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt and alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

“We highly recommend Allegheny College, and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s senior vice president and lead author of the book. “They stand out not only for their outstanding academics but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and/or generous financial aid to students with need – or both. Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and post-grad support.”

In their profile of Allegheny College, the Princeton Review’s editors praise Allegheny for “providing a top tier education and high graduation rates with affordable prices.” (more…)

Allegheny Scholarship for Women Seeks Applicants for 2016-2017

Jan. 28, 2016 — The Allegheny College Association (ACA), in conjunction with Allegheny College, offers a limited number of scholarships for part-time enrollment at the college.

The Nancy Sheridan ACA Scholarship is available to women at least 25 years of age who are residents of Crawford County, who have completed high school or the equivalent, and who have no more than two years of college toward a four-year bachelor’s degree.

The fully paid scholarship covers a maximum of 12 credits of part-time enrollment for one year (two semesters), an allowance to cover course-related expenses, and a faculty advisor to help with course selection and provide support and guidance. Scholarship recipients have access to the same privileges as other students, including access to the library, athletic facilities, computing and parking. Since its inception, more than 120 women have been selected to participate in the program. (more…)

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Pianist Jocelyn Swigger to Play the Complete Chopin Etudes in Recital at Allegheny College

Jan. 28, 2016 — Pianist Jocelyn Swigger will perform the complete etudes by Frederic Chopin in concert at Ford Chapel at Allegheny College on Saturday, February 6 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Chopin’s 27 etudes – short pieces that develop specific technical skills — are widely regarded as some of the most difficult and beautiful pieces in the classical piano literature. It is rare for a soloist to attempt to play all of them in one evening.

“Learning to play them has been like getting another graduate degree. It’s the most difficult musical challenge I’ve ever faced, and after five years living with them I’m not tired of them,” Swigger said. “I still learn from them every day, and I’m still amazed by how beautiful and expressive they are.” In addition to playing, Swigger will talk from the stage and explain some of the specific details of the etudes.

Jocelyn Swigger is associate professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. She has also taught at Fort Lewis College, the Hochstein Music School, CUNY Queensborough and Adelphi University. She played as a collaborative artist and accompanist for the Manhattan School of Music, the Castleman Quartet Program, the Boys Choir of Harlem and the Juilliard School. (more…)

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Single Voice Reading Series Continues with Novelist Catherine Chung

Jan. 28, 2016 – Novelist Catherine Chung, author of “Forgotten Country,” will read from her work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The reading, part of the college’s Single Voice Reading Series, is free and open to the public.

Catherine Chung is the recipient of a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship as well as an Honorable Mention for the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award. Her work has been published by the New York Times, Granta and the Rumpus, among others.

She co-edits the PEN/Guernica Flash Series and teaches creative writing at Adelphi University. Currently a visitor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, she is working on her next novel.

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Professor of English Christopher Bakken at cbakken@allegheny.edu.

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Allegheny College Joins National Effort to “Turn the Tide” in Higher Education

Jan. 25, 2016 – Allegheny College has joined the first comprehensive effort of its kind to bring leading colleges and universities together to reshape the college admissions process.

On January 20 at the New York Public Library, leading educators announced the launch of a report, titled “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions,” that offers concrete recommendations for how college admissions can promote greater ethical and intellectual engagement, dial down undue pressure to achieve, and level the playing field for economically diverse high school students.

“Colleges and universities across the country have come to recognize that we need to make the college admissions process more fair for students from all economic backgrounds and to find ways to change the college admissions process so that students do not feel compelled to feverishly rack up academic achievements, accolades and extracurricular experiences simply to impress admission boards,” said Cornell LeSane II, vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions at Allegheny College. “Allegheny has embraced the spirit of ‘Turning the Tide’ for some time and will continue to prioritize its principles and recommendations.”

Allegheny is one of 13 members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, which has also endorsed “Turning the Tide.” GLCA colleges will develop and present on their websites application instructions that reflect “Turning the Tide” principles and recommendations. (more…)