Commencement Ceremony at Allegheny College Celebrates 470 Students, Four Distinguished Leaders and 200 Years of Allegheny History

May 9, 2015 – Allegheny College today honored approximately 470 students, four distinguished leaders and 200 years of Allegheny history at Commencement ceremonies in the historic college’s bicentennial year.

Political commentator and PBS NewsHour host Mark Shields, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the ceremony, delivered the commencement address. Over the past 40 years, Shields has steadily built one of the most respected reputations in the country for fair-minded and thoughtful political analysis.

“Don’t ever waste any of your time or energy worrying about what other people are thinking of you,” he advised the graduates, urging them to “go take on the world and tell them Allegheny sent you.”

In addition to Shields, honorary doctorates of humane letters were conferred on Daniel Rooney, former ambassador to Ireland and chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers; to Patricia Rooney, a strong supporter of higher education and the liberal arts; and to John Herbert Niles, an Allegheny graduate who is known for his work advocating for the health of women and children in the Washington, D.C. area. (more…)

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Allegheny College Student Karina Mena Named to “110 Students to Watch” List

May 6, 2015 – Allegheny College’s Karina Mena, a junior communication arts major with minors in Latin American/Caribbean studies and theater, has made the list of “110 Students to Watch” in Variety magazine.

Mena, from Portland, Ore., was named to the list, which features upcoming movers and shakers in the entertainment industry. She is a lead technician in Allegheny’s Playshop Theatre and will attend the 2015 United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference in Cincinnati, the leading professional conference for theater technology and production.  (more…)

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Student Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas at Ninth Annual Gator Social Venture Challenge

Members of the first-place Limuli Farms Team, left to right: Kiah Boudreau ’15, William Schroer ’15, Jeremy Pallant ’18, Timothy Cornett ’16 and Jennifer Glen ’15

by Tamara Minns

May 5, 2015 – Twenty-six teams of Allegheny College and Grove City College student entrepreneurs participated in a two-day business “idea pitch” competition on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 at Allegheny College.

Allegheny’s Gator Social Venture Challenge, hosted by the Department of Economics and a part of their managerial track programming, is designed to provide students with community-based experiential learning opportunities envisioned by the Allegheny Gateway, as well as opportunities to present their ideas to highly successful professionals in their fields and networking opportunities with Allegheny alumni and friends of the college.

Preliminary round judging took place on Friday, April 24 with all teams pitching to a panel of judges their ideas for either a new social venture or improvement of an existing social venture. Nine student team finalists advanced to Saturday’s championship round.

For new social ventures, first place and $1,000 in prize money were awarded to the Limuli Farms team from Allegheny College: Kiah Boudreau, Timothy Cornett, Jennifer Glen, Jeremy Pallant and William Schroer. (more…)

Police Chief Giving His Badge To Civil Rights Leader Is Named Winner Of Allegheny College Civility Prize

May 4, 2015 – Mounting racial tensions in America set the stage for the winner of the 2015 Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life.

Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. had previously announced that, in recognition of Allegheny’s 200th anniversary this year, the 2015 Civility Prize would be used to recognize the most important moment of civility in American history. Prominent historian Douglas Brinkley helped lead the effort and joined Mullen for today’s announcement.

The winning moment, announced by Mullen today at the National Press Club: former Montgomery (AL) Police Chief Kevin Murphy taking off his badge and giving it to Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), as an act of contrition for the police department’s treatment of Lewis in 1961.

“Historians could rightly say that other moments of civility were more important in American history,” said Mullen. “Perhaps that’s true. But I believe this is the moment America needs to reflect upon right now. Because it shows the incredible power of civility to bridge our racial divides. To foster reconciliation. And to give us all hope. And with America jarred so deeply by images from Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, Brooklyn and now Baltimore, that is what we most dearly need.” (more…)


When the pillars of social stability crumble

Since the events of April 25, Internet news sources have been dominated by two tragedies—the earthquake in Nepal and the riots in Baltimore. Of course, these two news events grab the public’s attention because of their extreme nature and the implications that they have for our humanity.

For me, they also have special import. I am a U.S. citizen, born in Akron, Ohio, and have lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the past four years. Like most people, I have a special interest in stories about the places that I have connected with, the people who live there, and the significance that they have in my life. In watching how these two seemingly unrelated news pieces have developed over the past days, I have observed a strikingly similar perspective arise out of the rubble and devastation that have been left behind. Both of these events appear to teeter on the singular issue of helplessness and how people deal with the forces that are out of their control.  (more…)

Gators Give Back Eighth Annual Rummage Sale

Gators Give Back Eighth Annual Rummage Sale
Main event: Thursday, May 7, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$2 bag day: Friday, May 8, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Stone United Methodist Church, Meadville Pa.

April 30, 2015 – Gators Give Back, an Allegheny College student initiative, will hold its annual rummage sale for the community on May 7 and 8 at Stone United Methodist Church, Meadville, Pa.

According to Kirsten Peterson, Allegheny adviser of health professions, students have begun collecting items on campus from students, faculty and staff. Items include appliances, clothes, shoes, furniture, linens, housewares, toys/games and more. (more…)


Allegheny Voice Instructor Diane Kalinowski Wins Three of Top 10 Awards at Annapolis Opera Competition

April 29, 2015 – Soprano Diane Kalinowski, who teaches voice at Allegheny College, was awarded three of the top 10 prizes at the 27th annual vocal competition held by the Annapolis Opera on April 25 and 26. Kalinowski advanced through a field of 30 semifinalists and eight finalists to win the Marie E. Crump Memorial Award, the Director/Conductor Grand Prize Winner Award and the Victoria Waidner and Felix Rosario Memorial Audience Choice Award.

Last fall Kalinowski was one of only five sopranos worldwide selected to compete in the finals for the 2014 Elizabeth Connell Prize in Sydney, Australia. She won a spot in the final five after her performance in the competition’s semifinals, which were held at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Kalinowski is also the 2014 winner of the American Opera Idol Award from Connecticut Concert Opera, a winner of the Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition at the New Jersey State Opera and a grand prize winner of the Rochester Lyric Opera LaDue Professional Recital Competition. (more…)


PBS NewsHour Host Mark Shields To Give Commencement Address in 200th Year of Allegheny College

Honorary Degrees Also To Be Awarded to Daniel and Patricia Rooney and John Herbert Niles

April 29, 2015 – Political commentator and PBS NewsHour host Mark Shields will deliver the Commencement address at Allegheny College on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in a celebration of approximately 470 graduating seniors and 200 years of Allegheny history.

During the college’s bicentennial year, Allegheny will award honorary degrees to Shields; to Daniel Rooney, former ambassador to Ireland and chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers; to Patricia Rooney, a strong supporter of higher education and the liberal arts; and to John Herbert Niles, an Allegheny graduate who is known for his work advocating for the health of women and children in the Washington, D.C. area.

Over the past 40 years, Mark Shields has steadily built one of the most respected reputations in the country for fair-minded and thoughtful political analysis. He is a nationally known columnist and commentator, perhaps best known for his political analysis and commentary on PBS’s award-winning “The PBS News Hour.” He was also a regular panelist on “Inside Washington,” the weekly public affairs show broadcast on both ABC and PBS, and on CNN’s “The Capital Gang.”

He and his PBS NewsHour partner, David Brooks, were the recipients, in 2012, of the first Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life. (more…)


EPA Recognizes Allegheny College for Largest Green Power Use Among North Coast Athletic Conference Schools

April 27, 2015 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Allegheny College as a 2014-2015 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.

Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has the largest individual use of green power within a qualifying conference. Allegheny has taken top honors for the past four years.

Allegheny College beat its conference rivals by using more than 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. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. Allegheny’s commitment to on-campus renewables and the purchase of RECs also halves the campus carbon footprint and advances progress toward the college’s 2020 climate neutrality goal. (more…)

Chamber Singers To Present Free Recital Featuring Scenes from Opera

April 27, 2015 — The Allegheny Chamber Singers will present a program of opera scenes at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The recital is free and open to the public.

Performing will be seniors Bailey Blashford, Breana Gallagher, Shelby Hernan, Rosey Sheridan, Amanda Stefanowicz and Aubrey Welschcox, junior Lauren Dominique, and sophomores Troy Dinga, Daniel Keitel and Ashley Mulryan, in scenes from “Manon,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “La Serva Padrona,” “Martha,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Don Pasquale” and “Die Fledermaus.”

The singers have been coached by Carol Niblock and Vicki Jamison and staged by Betsy Sumerfield. Ward Jamison is the accompanist for the performance.