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Celebration Day to Highlight Student Research, Accomplishments

Allegheny College will welcome students, their families and friends, staff, faculty and the public to a daylong celebration of student research and achievement on Tuesday, May 2.

The College’s first-ever Celebration Day, created by and for students, will include sessions at various locations across campus spotlighting hands-on student research across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as a panel focusing on the positive social, economic and environmental effects that have resulted from the work of the Community Wellness Initiative to increase food security in Meadville.

The aim of Celebration Day is “to recognize the hard work our students have done all year,” said Aimee Knupsky, chair of the Psychology Department and director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities.

“We have really awesome students who do really cool stuff and we want to have a moment where we pause and recognize that,” Knupsky said.

The day also serves to show students who have not yet participated in research projects or other activities that those opportunities are available, and to highlight the strength of an Allegheny education, she said. (more…)

Meadville to Hold March for Science

Meadville is among the more than 500 cities and towns across the nation holding a March for Science on Saturday in conjunction with a national march in Washington, D.C.

The community march, like the march in the nation’s capital, is a call for legislators and other decision makers at every level to “appreciate and uphold science in our society and the benefits science provides our everyday lives” and a direct response to recent legislative actions, said Allison Connell Pensky, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Allegheny College and main organizer of the Meadville march. (more…)

Students Lobby Legislators to Support Private Colleges

Jesse Tomkiewicz and Carlos Sanchez had a simple but powerful message for Harrisburg: Invest in education.

The first-year Allegheny College students were among the more than 225 students from more than 30 private nonprofit colleges and universities who traveled to the state capital on April 4 as part of Student Aid Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania. The annual event gives students from AICUP-member institutions a chance to meet legislators and encourage them to support private colleges and universities. Allegheny has been sending student representatives for at least the past five years.

This year’s event focused primarily on opposing a 50% proposed cut in institutional assistance grants, maintaining funding of PHEAA grant program, and growing the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program to benefit more middle-income students.

Tomkiewicz and Sanchez spent the day meeting with staff members from the offices of Rep. Brad Roae, Rep. Mike Schlossberg, Rep. Peter Schweyer, Sen. Michele Brooks, Sen. Pat Browne, and Gov. Tom Wolf. At each meeting, they handed out fact sheets and information detailing how financial assistance helps students at private colleges and universities, including Allegheny, and the return on investment in higher education.

For Sanchez, an 18-year-old economics major from Allentown, Pennsylvania, the issue is a personal one. (more…)

Allegheny’s Latest Fulbright Winner to Forge Connections Through Running

There’s something that happens when you run with another person.

You start talking, the sound of your voices mixing with the slap slap slap of rubber soles hitting the pavement, the grass, the dirt.

You push through the pain, together, toward some seen or unseen goal.

You forge a connection.

“The people I know the best in my life are the people I’ve run hundreds, thousands of miles with,” said Allegheny College senior Dan Cheung.

A championship runner and a member of Allegheny’s cross country and track teams, Cheung recently received a prestigious Fulbright grant to teach English in Kenya. He plans to use his love of running not only to teach but to foster relationships and serve as an ambassador, the deeper purpose of the Fulbright program.

In a country where long-distance running is king, he’s hoping a common passion can help bridge any cultural divide. (more…)

Senior Projects Featured in Allegheny Student Art Exhibit

The art galleries of Allegheny College will feature the work of seven graduating seniors from April 25 through May 7. The exhibit will open with a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 25 in the galleries. (more…)

Allegheny College Jazz Band Presents Spring Concert

The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform its annual spring concert on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Henderson Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The performance repertoire includes, “C-Jam Blues”, “The Tiger of San Pedro”, “The Girl From Ipanema”, “S’ Wonderful”, “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, “Cut the Cake”, “Moon River”, “Killer Joe”, “Somewhere”, and “Satin Doll.”

Instrumental soloists and a vocal soloist will be showcased.

The ensemble, made up of 27 students and one faculty member, is under the direction of Stephen F. Corsi.

Olson Publishes Essay in ‘On Meaning and Mantras’

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Carl Olson’s essay “The Shadow of Kali Over the Goddess Kamaksi and Her City” has been published in “On Meaning and Mantras: Essays in Honor of Frits Staal” edited by George Thompson and Richard Payne and published in Berkeley, Calif., by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and BDK America. This volume is a memorial book dedicated to the memory of Frits Staal, a longtime professor of Sanskrit at the University of California, Berkeley. The volume contains contributions from many famous Indologists from around the globe.

Bakken Awarded Residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Professor of English Christopher Bakken recently was awarded a week-long residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has an essay forthcoming in “The Iowa Review” and his new poems have appeared in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, “Michigan Quarterly Review,” and “Parnassus: Poetry in Review.”

Miller Presents Paper Examining Changing Attitudes About Decomposition

Assistant Professor of English John MacNeill Miller presented his paper “Composing Decomposition: In Memoriam and the Ecocritical Undertaking” at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) conference in Philadelphia on March 18. The essay uses a close reading of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s elegy In Memoriam to examine how attitudes towards bodily decay have changed over time, arguing that those attitudes affect our ability to understand humanity’s impact on the natural environment.

Students, Crowley Win Keystone Press Awards

Brittany Adams, ’18, won second place for her photography and Tyler Stigall, ’17, won an honorable mention for his columns in the 2017 Student Keystone Press Awards, Division II (four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000). Adams is videographer and photo editor for the The Campus. Stigall served as opinions editor and then as science/international editor before graduating in December.

Mike Crowley, who serves as adviser to The Campus, won second place for news beat reporting in the 2017 Professional Keystone Press Awards,
Division IV (multi‐day publications under 15,000 circulation). Crowley was recognized for his education reporting in the Meadville Tribune.