Dance Program’s Cookies and Milk Holiday Concert Designed with Families and Children in Mind

Nov. 23, 2015 — Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies Program presents its annual holiday concert, Cookies and Milk, for families and children on Sunday, December 6 with performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Montgomery Performance Space. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Campus Center.

The concert this year fits with the college’s annual theme, “The Year of Meadville.” Local bakers who are members of Creating Landscapes for Families will provide the cookies served.

In addition, two groups of dancers who are students at Movement Unlimited in Meadville will perform. Demonstrating the unique collaborative relationships between the college and the Meadville community, the instructors for those dancers are Allegheny students Casey Freed and Lauren Winterberg. (more…)

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Allegheny College to Present Fall Concert by Student Chamber Ensembles

Nov. 16, 2015 – Allegheny College student chamber ensembles will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 20 in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Performing will be the Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet. The program will include music by Gustav Holst, Eric Ewazen, Gioachino Rossini, Henry Mancini, Andrejs Jansons, Samuel Adler and Savario Mercadente, as well as several traditional tunes.

Faculty coaches are Jennifer Dearden for the Trumpet Ensemble, Bronwell Bond for the Flute Ensemble and Julie Hepler for the Saxophone Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet.

The 32 students who will perform are all members of the college’s Wind Symphony and/or the Civic Symphony.

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Wind Symphony to Present Annual Fall Concert

Nov. 16, 2015 — The Allegheny College Wind Symphony will present its 2015 Fall Concert on Sunday, November 22 at 3:15 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium. Admission is free of charge. The Saxophone and Flute Ensembles will provide pre-concert music in the Campus Center lobby.

The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Lowell Hepler, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music. The featured trumpet soloists for the concert are Allegheny College juniors William Hawkins, Jacob Patterson and Kevin Simpson.

The Wind Symphony is an 80-member symphonic band, with membership open by audition to all Allegheny College students. Wind Symphony students have been honored at the state level through acceptance to the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band and at the national level through acceptance to the National Small College Intercollegiate Band and the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

Sunday’s program includes the premiere performance of “Crimson, Blue and White,” a march written by Ronald Stitt, assistant director of bands at Allegheny. The march is based on the fight song for Ft. LeBoeuf High School, where Stitt taught for many years before his retirement. (more…)


Playshop Theatre to Present Bertolt Brecht’s “A Life of Galileo”

Nov. 16, 2015 – The Playshop Theatre at Allegheny College continues its 2015-16 season with Bertolt Brecht’s iconic “A Life of Galileo,” in a translation by Mark Ravenhill. Four performances will be given in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts: at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, November 19-21, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.

Professor of Theatre Dan Crozier directs, and Jim Hollerman, who teaches mathematics at Allegheny College, portrays Galileo.

“‘A Life of Galileo’ is a play about revolutions,” Crozier notes, “revolutions in the heavens and on earth. It’s about the orbits of the planets, the paradigm shift in cosmology proved by Galileo and the social revolution that springs from Brecht’s long study of and adherence to Marxist principles. The word revolution is also defined as consideration or reflection. ‘A Life of Galileo’ invites us to reflect on the spirit of critical inquiry as we celebrate Allegheny’s bicentennial.” (more…)


Allegheny Students Stephen Anderson and Kyle Murphy to Present Senior Percussion Recital

Nov. 13, 2015 — Stephen Anderson and Kyle Murphy, students in the Department of Music at Allegheny College, will present their senior percussion recital on Monday, November 23, at 7 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited to this free performance, with seating on stage with the performers.

The program includes works by John Beck, Jessica Muniz, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Morris Goldenberg, Richard Peterson and James L. Moore.

Wendy Plyler is the piano accompanist for the recital. Anderson and Murphy are percussion students of Stephen F. Corsi.

Photo by Aleäa Rae


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

Nov. 12, 2015 – Mark Campbell and Antonio “Tony” Dias have been elected to leadership positions on the Board of Trustees of Allegheny College.

Campbell, who was elected vice chair of the board, graduated from Allegheny College in 1982 and has served as a trustee since 2007. A Partner with the Ridge Policy Group, a federal and state bipartisan government affairs practice with offices in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Campbell is the former chief of staff to two Pennsylvania governors, Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. He also serves on the board of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle.

“Mark Campbell brings a deep love for Allegheny and the liberal arts, as well as a life-long passion for public service, to the vice chairmanship of his alma mater,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. “His achievements as a civil voice in doing the people’s business should inspire us all—particularly our students, whom we hope will embrace government service as a worthy calling.”

Campbell resides in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Nancy Middleton Campbell, a 1983 graduate of Allegheny College. They have a son, Tyler.

Dias, who graduated from Allegheny College in 1986, was elected secretary of the board. He is a Partner in the Jones Day law firm in Washington, D.C. and co-leads the firm’s global Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulation practice. Jones Day has over 2,400 attorneys on five continents. Dias holds leadership positions in national and local organizations promoting better public policy and improving children’s health and education. A member of Allegheny’s board of trustees since 2013, he also serves on the board of directors of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing and as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council.

“Tony Dias represents the highest in integrity and professional excellence,” said Mullen. “As an alumnus, parent of two Allegheny students and a nationally regarded attorney, Tony will be a tremendous Secretary of the Board.”

Dias and his wife, Amy, live in Potomac, Maryland. Their son Nicholas is a junior at Allegheny College, and their son Taylor is a freshman.

The Allegheny College Board of Trustees is the governing body elected to oversee the college. The board’s primary responsibilities relate to policymaking and sound management of the college’s resources.


IRS Seeks Volunteers to Provide Free Tax Help

Nov. 12, 2015 — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking local volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals as well as seniors to file their 2016 tax returns and claim qualifying, valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free preparation of federal income tax returns to taxpayers with annual incomes up to $53,000.

Meadville’s volunteer tax preparation sites will operate from mid-January through mid-April 2016. Volunteers join a program that has helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years.

No experience is required. Volunteers receive training on income tax preparation from IRS-certified instructors or via online courses. Volunteers are certified upon successful completion of the required training.

VITA volunteers are friends and neighbors helping friends and neighbors in Crawford County and across the state and nation. To find out more, visit and type “tax volunteer” in the search box. Volunteers can connect with the VITA coordinator for Meadville, Stephanie Martin, at or by calling the VITA phone: 814-332-6015.


Allegheny College Jazz Band’s Free Concert to Feature Swing, Funk, Ballad, Jazz and Rock

Nov. 9, 2015 — The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform their annual fall concert on Sunday, November 15 at 3:15 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program features swing, funk, ballad, jazz and rock. Compositions include “In the Mood,” “L.O.V.E.,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Slam,” “Birdland,” “One Moment in Time,” “All the Things You Are,” “Day Tripper,” “Doxy,” “Mack the Knife,” “What’ll I Do?” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Instrumental soloists and a vocal soloist will be showcased.

The ensemble, made up of 25 students and one faculty member, is under the direction of Stephen F. Corsi.

Prior to the Jazz Band performance, the Mallet Ensemble and AC Jazz Combo will perform blues, ragtime, swing and jazz beginning at 2:30 p.m.


Applications Being Accepted from Organizations Wanting To Host VISTA Members

Nov. 5, 2015 — The Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA project, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is accepting applications from organizations in Crawford, Erie and surrounding counties interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member beginning in July 2016. Approximately 30 grant awards are available.

Now in its 12th year serving northwest Pennsylvania, Lake Effect Leaders places VISTAs at 501(c)(3) organizations, schools and government offices with the goal of reducing poverty by helping nonprofits to build their capacity to effectively deliver their programs.

These competitive awards are granted based upon the quality of the project and its alignment with focus areas determined by CNCS. Focus areas include economic opportunity, education, access to food and health care, and assistance for veterans and military families.

Host sites interested in applying for an AmeriCorps VISTA member should contact Erin O’Day-Frye at 814-332-5318 or Concept applications are due December 1, 2015. Additional information can be found on the project’s website:


Pianist Douglas Jurs to Perform Recital at Allegheny College

Nov. 5, 2015 – Pianist Douglas Jurs, assistant professor of music at Allegheny College, will present a free recital at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 in the college’s Ford Chapel.

The program will include the “Children’s Corner Suite,” by Claude Debussy; Impromptus, Op. 90, by Franz Schubert; Sonata No. 9, Op. 68, “Black Mass,” by Alexander Scriabin; and “Banjo Quickstep,” by Anthony Philip Heinrich.

Jurs, who is in his first year on the faculty at Allegheny College, has performed throughout North America, Europe and beyond.

Recent performances include a two-week residency in India as a guest of Kolkata Classics, where Jurs presented several collaborative concerts in Kolkata and Jamshedpur, as well as master classes and private lessons for students at the Calcutta School of Music.

Of one of his performances there, The Telegraph wrote, “The performance was spectacular … the pianists had reached a level of near telepathic coordination.” The newspaper went on to note that Jurs was “as impressive as a teacher as he is a performer.” (more…)