Allegheny College to Host High School Jazz Band Festival

Meadville, Pa. — The Allegheny College Music Department will host a High School Jazz Band Festival on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Allegheny’s Shafer Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured ensembles are the Conneaut Area Blue Note Jazz Band directed by Glenn Cameron, the Meadville Area Senior High School Jazz Band, directed by Armond Walter, General McLane High School’s GM Jazz, directed by Jacob Malec, and the Allegheny College Jazz Band, directed by Stephen F. Corsi.

For more information, please call Stephen F. Corsi at 814-332-6244.

University of Kansas Chemistry Professor to Present Lord Lecture

Kristin Bowman-James, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas, will present the annual Lord Lecture at Allegheny College at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 13, in Ford Memorial Chapel. Her talk, “Serendipity and Surprise in Coordination Chemistry,” is free and open to the public.

After receiving her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Temple University and completing postdoctoral research at Ohio State University, Bowman-James has spent her academic career at the University of Kansas, becoming the first woman to chair the Department of Chemistry. She was promoted to University Distinguished Professor in 2007. In addition, in 2005, she was appointed director of Kansas EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), a National Science Foundation-funded program advances excellence in science and engineering research and education. (more…)

Author, Activist and Attorney Ritchie to Discuss Social Justice

Author, activist and attorney Andrea Ritchie will speak about the meaning of social justice as part of Allegheny College’s IDEAS Lecture Series on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Quigley Hall. The event, hosted by the college’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice (IDEAS) Center, is free and open to the public.

Her lecture will focus on collective conceptions of safety, justice and the means we devote to achieving both. (more…)

Hartford Speaks to Students About Career, Value of Allegheny

Terry Hartford didn’t know he’d end up at Chatham Financial soon after graduating from Allegheny College in 2011.

But when he arrived at Chatham, a Pennsylvania-based advisor specializing in real estate capital markets and risk management, he found it to be a good fit: The attributes that make for successful Chatham employees, Hartford said, are the same attributes he developed while earning his economics degree here. Chatham values employees who are intellectually curious, who can solve complex problems, who are collaborators, who have good communication skills, who can work with limited direction and who have the initiative to leverage the experiences of their colleagues, among other skills, he said.

“Allegheny ticks all of those boxes,” Hartford said. (more…)

Allegheny College Art Galleries Present Here/Now

Allegheny College’s Art Department will present the Here/Now Exhibitions, exhibitions created by students and professors, during the week of March 6.

Various exhibitions and projects are scheduled throughout the week, with a final reception and celebration on Sunday, March 12, from noon to 1 p.m. The exhibits, showcased in the Bowman-Penelec-Meaghan Art Galleries in the Doane Hall of Art, are free and open to the public.

As part of the Allegheny’s ongoing Year of Mindfulness, the exhibitions will use creative processes as meditations on mindfulness, and offer a shared learning space for the collaborative projects. There will be a variety of project concepts, using various mediums.

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Mitchell Carrigan

Mitch’s Miraculous Journey to Meadville

On Oct. 13, 2014, Mitchell Carrigan’s life took a dramatic turn. It was the day he had surgery to remove a tumor from his brain.

“I was scared but I had hope; I knew all I had to do was push through and things would get better,” Carrigan says now, 30 months after the operation. “I essentially had two options, pushing through this experience and become a better person from it, or saying ‘this is it, if I was supposed to do something great with my life, then I would not have been dealt this card.’”

Carrigan, a first-year student at Allegheny College, has been told he is in full remission after having the grade 2 astrocytoma removed at the Albany Medical Center, near his home in rural Laurens, New York.

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Allegheny Single Voice Reading Series Features Poet Jane Hirshfield

Poet and prose writer Jane Hirshfield will visit the campus of Allegheny College for two events on Thursday, March 9.  She will speak and answer questions on the subject of “Poetry and Mindfulness” at 12:30 p.m. in Odd Fellows 105C, and at 7 p.m. she will read from her work as part of Allegheny College’s Single Voice Reading Series in Ford Memorial Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public.

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JaDE Concert to Benefit Crawford County Special Olympics

The Allegheny College Jazz Dance Ensemble (JaDE) will present its annual benefit concert for the Crawford County Special Olympics at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny campus.

The family-friendly show will include performances by JaDE, The Patterson School of Ballet, Erie Dance Theater, Groundbreakers, Little Dance School, Spotlight Studio and Lake Erie Ballet.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are welcome. All donations — as well as proceeds from raffles for prize baskets — will go to the Crawford County Special Olympics.

Alexander String Quartet Returns to Allegheny for Residency, Performance

San Francisco’s award-winning Alexander String Quartet will return to campus for its annual residency at Allegheny College, and will perform in Ford Chapel on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Early seating is recommended, as the chapel has filled to capacity in previous years.

The Alexander String Quartet includes violinists Zakarias Grafilo and Frederick Lifsitz, violist Paul Yarbrough and cellist Sandy Wilson. Formed in New York City in 1981, ASQ became the first string quartet to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition just a year later.

In 1985, the ensemble captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has since performed in major music capitals on five continents, and has established itself as an important advocate of new music through over 30 commissions and numerous premiere performances.
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Allegheny College’s Mattiace to Discuss Mexican Drug Cartels, Violence

Shannan Mattiace will explore “Indigenous Resistance to Drug Violence in Mexico,” as part of the Karl Weiss Faculty Lecture Series. The talk will be held on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Room 301/302 of the Henderson Campus Center. It is free and open to the public.

Mattiace is the chair of the Political Science Department at Allegheny, with a focus on Latin America. She is currently working with Guillermo Trejo, an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Sandra Ley, assistant professor at the Center for Economic Research in Mexico City, to shed light on what experiences within indigenous communities facilitate resistance to criminal organizations, in the hope that policy changes will ensue. (more…)