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Allegheny College Professor to Speak on Governing Rural America

Allegheny College Assistant Professor of Political Science Zachary Callen will speak on “Governing Rural America: Political Change and Limited Resources’” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Campus Center Room 301/302. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Callen will discuss the problems with which rural communities struggle, which range from deindustrialization and depopulation to the opioid epidemic. His presentation will address the ways in which local government in rural locations struggle to provide services and grow their economy. Based around a series of interviews with leaders from a small rural community, the project tries to grapple with the question of how communities decline gracefully.

The address is part of the 2017-18 Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series, which features professors from various departments representing the diversity of scholarship at Allegheny.

Fall Into Allegheny Provides High School Seniors With a College Experience

High school seniors have the opportunity to take an immersive look at a student’s life at Allegheny College on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 5 and 6, eating in the dining halls, following a personalized schedule, and sleeping in residence halls as part of the Fall Into Allegheny event.

The two-day event begins at the 2:30 p.m. check-in on Sunday followed by sessions held in the Henderson Campus Center, including a panel of students and faculty who discuss different aspects of the Allegheny experience, and an Academic Fair with representatives from various academic departments, including the Gateway and the Learning Commons.

From there, each student enjoys their own personalized schedule. They have dinner with an Allegheny student host, and can pick and choose from various fun-filled on-campus events to attend Sunday night. On Monday, they awake and after breakfast in a dining hall, they choose classes to attend that match their interests, and can fill in the gaps with sustainability-themed Green Tours, talk with Financial Aid counselors, and meet with athletic coaches.

For more information and to register, visit or call (800) 521-5293.

Allegheny College Named Among Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges in the Nation

Allegheny College has been named among the Top 50 best liberal arts colleges in the United States in the 2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings.

Allegheny ranked No. 47 among all liberal arts colleges in the nation, and No. 128 of more than 1,000 schools, colleges and universities identified in their annual student-focused rankings. The rankings take into account a school’s resources to effectively deliver teaching; whether it effectively engages with its students; the outcomes of the students who attend; and the school’s environment, including efforts to attract a diverse student body and staff. (more…)

Allegheny’s Game-changing Greenhouse Takes Root

The building is in some ways like any other of its kind, a cozy box of protection against the elements, a source of warmth and light for the leafy green things that will soon grow within.

But the newly built greenhouse in Allegheny College’s Carr Hall garden is different, too, in one fundamental, game-changing way: It produces more energy than it consumes.

“When you have a greenhouse, you expect to pay a lot in electricity and heating costs,” said Kelly Boulton, Allegheny’s sustainability coordinator. “This is flipping that narrative. It shows how possible it is to have a greenhouse without a large energy budget and with a small carbon footprint.”

The key? Groundbreaking solar panel technology. (more…)

Senior Hernstrom-Hill Wins Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize

Allegheny College senior Madeline Hernstrom-Hill has won the Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize for her short story “The Church of the Reformed Eden.”

The prize, awarded to an outstanding undergraduate author, includes a $1,000 prize, a full scholarship to the Southampton Writers Conference in July 2018 and consideration for publication in The Southampton Review.

Judge Amy Hempel, author of six acclaimed books of short fiction, selected Hernstrom-Hill’s story from more than 200 entries. (more…)

‘American Idol’ Finalist Elliott Yamin to Perform During Blue & Gold Weekend

Fans who first heard Elliott Yamin sing on “American Idol” will have the chance to see him on stage at Allegheny College. Yamin will perform on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium as part of Blue & Gold Weekend: A Family & Homecoming Celebration.

Yamin launched his recording career following his appearance as a finalist on the fifth season of “American Idol.” His highly anticipated debut album “Elliott Yamin” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart was the highest-debuting album by an independent artist in SoundScan history.  The self-titled disc achieved gold status in the U.S. and Japan and yielded the platinum hit “Wait for You.” His latest album, Yamin’s fourth, is “As Time Goes By,” a genre-bending collection of originals. (more…)

Allegheny College Featured in The Princeton Review’s ‘Guide to 375 Green Colleges’

Allegheny College is once again featured in The Princeton Review’s annual guide to the most environmentally responsible schools.

The “Guide to 375 Green Colleges” highlights schools with exceptional commitments to sustainability and includes profiles of each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body, as well as detailed “Green Facts” for some schools.

The Princeton Review chose schools for this eighth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from a 2016-17 survey of school administrators that asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.

Allegheny has been included in each of eight editions. (more…)

Hernstrom-Hill Awarded Short Fiction Prize

Madeline Hernstrom-Hill ’18 was awarded the Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize for her short story “The Church of the Reformed Eden.” The prize includes a scholarship to the Southampton Writers Conference in July.

Karczewski Presents at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Kylee Karczewski (Physics, 2018) spent ten weeks last summer doing research in the Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology program that is jointly administered by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. She presented the results of her research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Program symposium on July 28 held on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The title of her presentation was: “Biophysical Characterization of Mutants of HIV-1 RT Precursor”.Karczewski is incorporating elements of her summer research into her senior project.