Allegheny College Honors Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney as Inaugural Recipients of the ‘Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania’

Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. presented the inaugural Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania to Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney, former chairs of Pennsylvania’s Republican and Democratic state parties. The presentation was made during last night’s 33rd Annual Chamber Dinner in Hershey – an annual gathering of 2,000 political, business and labor leaders from across the Commonwealth. Former Governor Tom Ridge, a champion of civility and advisor to Allegheny College on the Prize, was on hand to present the award to the Pennsylvania honorees.

“Civility is part of Pennsylvania’s DNA,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. “The Founding Fathers who gathered in Philadelphia to discuss Independence had incredible differences. But they argued those differences with civility. That’s what the Prize is all about – proud partisans who compete in the political arena with a commitment to civil discourse.”


Allegheny Biology Professor to Speak at Symposium Connecting Girls With Female Scientists

Quick, what do you see in your mind’s eye when you hear the word “scientist?”

For many kids, research shows, the image is of a white male in a lab coat.

It can take exposure to someone of a different color or gender to change the perception of who can be a scientist and what he — or she — can do, said Lisa Whitenack, an associate professor of biology at Allegheny College who studies sharks.

“When you turn on ‘Shark Week,’ it’s almost all male. When you look on TV and in magazines, it’s predominately men,” Whitenack said. “If you’re not seeing yourself, that can be discouraging.”

Whitenack is one of 10 female shark scientists participating in “Shark Tales: Women Making Waves,” a symposium for high school and college-age women organized by the Gills Club. An education initiative of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Gills Club is “dedicated to connecting girls with female scientists from around the world” and promoting women in science. (more…)

Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy to Speak on Competing in 21st Century

Pittsburgh has become an international model for how a city remade itself. How did that revitalization happen? What were the ingredients and decisions that drove success? What lessons can other cities learn?

Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy will address those and other questions during a talk on Friday, Sept. 22 at noon in Allegheny College’s Quigley Hall auditorium. The event, “Reaching for the Future: Competing in the 21st Century,” is free and open to the public.


U.S. News & World Report Names Allegheny Sixth Most Innovative National Liberal Arts College in U.S.

U.S. News & World Report has named Allegheny College one of the top 100 national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. — and the sixth most innovative.

In annual rankings released today, U.S. News & World Report also recognized Allegheny as a school committed to providing students the best educational experience through programs and unique opportunities. U.S. News highlighted Allegheny among a select group of schools in which students and faculty collaborate to produce intensive, original research and creative work. Allegheny also was recognized among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges in the Best Value Schools category.

“We’re honored to once again be acknowledged as one of the best and most innovative colleges in the nation,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. “Building on more than two centuries of history, Allegheny is constantly striving to break new ground in new ways. We’re doing that today on many fronts, including student-faculty research, a curriculum that challenges students to solve problems across disciplines, and through the Allegheny Gateway, which offers internship opportunities, service learning, off-campus study and career services. An Allegheny education continues to prepare students to be successful leaders in the classroom, the workplace and the global community.” (more…)

PBS’s Heffner on ‘Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age’

The “incivility of bigotry” has resulted in a society unable to come together across difference, Alexander Heffner said during a keynote lecture at Allegheny College on Thursday.

“The incivility of bigotry does not mean the incivility of purely racism or xenophobia or nativism. The incivility of bigotry is the incapacity of our society to rationalize and reason with disparate political objectives and constituencies,” Heffner, host of “The Open Mind” on PBS, said to 100 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center.

“When you have a bigoted attitude or mindset it precludes you from having an exchange that is thoughtful and deliberative and fruitful in what it yields.” (more…)

Marshall, Scenters-Zapico Kick Off 2017-18 Single Voice Reading Series

The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will begin its 2017-18 season on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. with readings by poets Nate Marshall and Natalie Scenters-Zapico. The event in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

Nate Marshall is the author of “Wild Hundreds” and an editor of “The Breakfast Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.” “Wild Hundreds” has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writers Award. Marshall is the director of national programs for Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at the University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University. (more…)

Allegheny Welcomes Class of 2021

A writer who lived in Japan for four years before finding her way to Meadville.

A Botswana native who traveled to six of the seven continents before beginning a quest to learn Braille.

A female blacksmith who plays the flute and operates a gardening business.

They and their classmates embody the unusual combinations of talents, skills and interests that the Class of 2021 brings to Allegheny College. (more…)

Allegheny’s Newest Gators Move In

A small army of volunteers clad in blue shirts emptied each car within minutes, hauling table-top ironing boards, desk lamps and tote bins full of sweaters up flights of stairs with smiles and single-minded determination.

Inside Brooks Hall, first-year students Claire Collier and Sarah Halprin tried to turn their room into a home away from home with the help of a few potted plants on the windowsill and a vinyl wall decal in the shape of the Lone Star State.

Collier and Halprin are both from Texas — Collier from Seabrook, Halprin from League City — and went to middle school together. They’re not used to the snow that Meadville winters bring.

“I had to shop for a lot of winter clothes,” Collier said and laughed. “I didn’t have any coats, only a hoodie. And I had to buy boots.”

Saturday, Move-in Day for first-year and transfer students, was a day of nervous excitement for Allegheny College’s newest Gators as they met roommates, found their way around campus and readied for the start of classes on Tuesday. As he does every year, President James H. Mullen Jr. helped them settle in.

“It’s one of my favorite days of the year because it’s always filled with such excitement and promise,” Mullen said as he stood outside Brooks. “It’s a great joy for me to know I’m going to share an important part of their life journey.”


Local Forest to be Dedicated as a Shared Gift With Area Land Trust, Allegheny


A 17-acre forest east of Conneautville in Spring Township, Crawford County, has been conserved in perpetuity via a donation to the Foundation for Sustainable Forests in partnership with Allegheny College.

The Bail Family Forest, named in honor of the late Richard N. Bail Sr., is located between Blue Falls Road and Thatcher Road and spans a large, forested ravine near what was formerly the Bail Family’s farm. The land was bequeathed to his three children — Richard N. Bail Jr. of Newton, Massachusetts, Caroline Bail of Winooski, Vermont, and Frederick T. Bail of Waimanolo, Hawaii. Of their late father’s connection to the land, Caroline Bail writes “Dad told my brothers and me about his early love for the woods in Conneautville, reminiscing about hours hiked through that forest, sometimes hunting squirrels, sometimes just walking.”


PBS’s Heffner Talks Civil Discourse

Alexander Heffner, host of PBS’s “The Open Mind,” will deliver a keynote lecture at Allegheny College on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 12:15 p.m. The lecture, “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-Partisan Citizenship,” will be held in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at 12:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Heffner’s visit will also include a classroom visit and a breakfast workshop with students on the engagement of young people in the political process.