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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.

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…)

Nominations Sought for Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service

Allegheny College is seeking nominations for the 12th annual Lew and Ellie Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service. The award, which includes a cash prize, will be given to an Allegheny student who has made a significant, demonstrable contribution to the Meadville-area community. Nominees are expected to have gone above and beyond in their volunteering or through an internship, and to have positively influenced other Allegheny students through their service and dedication. (more…)

Chaplain Shares Her Methodist Roots at Allegheny

Jane Ellen Nickell

A desk seldom separates the Rev. Jane Ellen Nickell from visitors in her office.

Rather than sequester herself behind furniture, the Allegheny College chaplain much prefers to sit adjacent to her guests, the room encased with bookshelves and filled with gentle, dim light.

Nickell’s office is as warm and inviting as her presence is on Allegheny’s campus. The ordained United Methodist minister oversees the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, leads Sunday worship services, advises student groups and teaches religious studies courses.


Allegheny Senior Awarded Grant for Environmental Research

Allegheny College senior Alexandrea Rice has been awarded a Davey Foundation Annual Arbor Grant for her work in eco-friendly research. Rice is an environmental science major, with a focus in forest and soil science, and a geology minor.

“The award is a testament to Alex’s work as an undergraduate in (Professor) Rich Bowden’s lab on a green-industry approach to forestry and arboriculture,” says Scott Wissinger, chair of Allegheny’s Environmental Science Department.


Allegheny College Senior Heather Bosau Awarded Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship

Heather Bosau

Allegheny College senior Heather Bosau, of Mentor, Ohio, has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship for 13 weeks beginning in late January 2017. Allegheny students have been selected for three consecutive years for the highly competitive fellowship program, which puts students in the offices of committee chairmen or other leaders in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.


Allegheny Students Answer the Call as Emergency Medical Technicians

Tori Rollin and Matthew Kim

Like other Allegheny College students, Victoria “Tori” Rollin and Matthew Kim strive to find the right balance between schoolwork and their outside involvements. But their extracurricular activities go well beyond what many students take on: Rollin and Kim volunteer to be on call 24/7 for the Vernon Township Fire Department as EMTs, or emergency medical technicians.


Allegheny Choirs to Perform Winter Concert

The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Shafer Auditorium. The Allegheny College Chorus, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, and College Choir will each perform several works, and the groups will collaborate to close the performance as a choir of 120 voices. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert’s repertoire covers traditions and ideas from 13 countries – including five pieces with seasonal themes associated with winter, Christmas, and Hanukkah. Niblock says he aims to present music as a “cultural meeting place,” bringing together histories and stories from across the globe. Listeners will hear nine languages incorporated, including Ladino, Slovenian, Hebrew, and Mandarin.  (more…)

Allegheny Dance Program to Host Cookies and Milk Holiday Concert

Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual holiday Cookies and Milk concert, especially for families and children, on Sunday, Dec. 4, with performances at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Montgomery Performance Space. Refreshments will be served between shows at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby.

Allegheny students from Dance and Movement Studies classes will perform routines of various styles, including modern, tap, and ballet. The class Landscapes of the Body will use audience participation in a piece called “Popcorn” and invite children to come onstage to act out the process of making popcorn. The tap class, DMS 105 will perform rhythmic tap in a narrative dance that culminates in a modern pointe piece choreographed by student Meaghan Gilbert. (more…)

Photographer to Share Experience of Walking the Israel National Trail

Professional photographer Udi Goren will talk about his journey along the Israel National Trail in the Collaboratory of Allegheny College’s Pelletier Library Pelletier on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The talk is part of International Education Week (IEW), a national initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that aims “to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” as part of an effort to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. (more…)