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Annual Art Show Features Work of Allegheny Students

The Annual Student Art Show will be held from April 4 to April 16 in the art galleries of Allegheny College. Students who wish to participate can drop off their work on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. An opening reception and awards ceremony will be Tuesday, April 4, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

This year’s show, which will feature works in a variety of media, is juried by John Vanco, Allegheny alumnus and director of the Erie Art Museum. (more…)

University of Kansas Chemistry Professor to Present Lord Lecture

Kristin Bowman-James, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas, will present the annual Lord Lecture at Allegheny College at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 13, in Ford Memorial Chapel. Her talk, “Serendipity and Surprise in Coordination Chemistry,” is free and open to the public.

After receiving her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Temple University and completing postdoctoral research at Ohio State University, Bowman-James has spent her academic career at the University of Kansas, becoming the first woman to chair the Department of Chemistry. She was promoted to University Distinguished Professor in 2007. In addition, in 2005, she was appointed director of Kansas EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), a National Science Foundation-funded program advances excellence in science and engineering research and education. (more…)

Allegheny Single Voice Reading Series Features Poet Jane Hirshfield

Poet and prose writer Jane Hirshfield will visit the campus of Allegheny College for two events on Thursday, March 9.  She will speak and answer questions on the subject of “Poetry and Mindfulness” at 12:30 p.m. in Odd Fellows 105C, and at 7 p.m. she will read from her work as part of Allegheny College’s Single Voice Reading Series in Ford Memorial Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Allegheny College’s Playshop Theatre to Present ‘Luna Gale’

The Allegheny College Playshop Theatre will present “Luna Gale” from February 23-26 in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts.

“Luna Gale,” written by Rebecca Gilman and directed by Mark Cosdon, centers on a social worker who is confronted with an unforgiving dilemma — what to do with a child born to drug-addicted teens. Family secrets, moral ambiguities, faith, biases, and the beleaguered welfare system collide in this contemporary drama.  A play that The New York Times called “smart and absorbing,”  “Luna Gale” is sure to provoke questions of how we care for the most vulnerable and at-risk. (more…)

Student Sings to Help Save Lives

Brett Trottier ’19 has been playing his guitar and singing in the lobby of the Allegheny College Campus Center since he returned from Thanksgiving break. The most recent evidence: groups of students taken to occasionally filming, mostly staring, and enthusiastically applauding.

Trottier is a member of the Philanthropic Committee of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, presided over by Mark Abrams ’18, which has set its sights on prostate cancer research. In a project spearheaded by Trottier, Abrams, Alex Bakus ’17, and Milton Guevara ’18, a GoFundMe web page was created. It also includes a promotional video championed by Michael Ross ’18.

The campaign has raised more than $1,000 so far.

As an added incentive to get community members to donate, members of the fraternity have pledged to shave their heads. Several fund thresholds have been established, starting at $1,000 and going up to $3,000, and with each one met, a greater number of Deltas have pledged to assume the bald-is-beautiful look. “I’m so excited. I’ve never done it, but I’ll probably look like an alien,” says Trottier, who is a geology major and political science minor.

A second incentive to donate: Trottier’s voice echoing pleasantly up and down the three floors of the Henderson Campus Center. Belting out tunes such as “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay,” “Stand by Me,” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” Trottier plays for an hour during the lunch rush at McKinley’s dining hall. Ross also joins him for some performances. This portion of the fundraiser has raised more than $120 in the past week.

Other philanthropic events organized throughout the year included a “Grilled Cheese Soiree” and a “French Toast Dinner.” The deadline for contributions is December 6, so think about sharing the holiday spirit and helping out Trottier and the Deltas here.

Photo of Brett Trottier by Joseph Merante ’20

Equestrians Share a Love of Horses—and Camaraderie

Allegheny Equestrian Team

Allegheny College junior Callie Garlick has loved horses for as long as she can remember.

“I begged my mom to let me take riding lessons at a young age, and the obsession has only grown from there,” says Garlick, president of Allegheny’s Equestrian Club. “I got involved with the club because I knew that I wanted to continue riding horses when I got to college, and because I wanted the opportunity to horse show, which I was never able to do before.”

Garlick, a biology major with minors in English and psychology, not only leads the Equestrian Club, but also is part of the college’s 11-member Equestrian Team. She has enjoyed success, having placed first in Novice Flat (a category of competition) at a competition at Slippery Rock University in October. The Allegheny equestrians tied for first as a team at Slippery Rock, and individually five members—Garlick, Griffin Sullivan, Alex Doran, Megan Newman, and Ashlee Rowles—placed first in six categories of the competition. Three riders from the team—Doran, Sullivan, and Hayley Diemer—have already qualified for the regional competition in the spring.

Meanwhile, the entire Equestrian Club was cheering them on as they competed.

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Allegheny Jazz Band to Tour Local Schools

The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform at several local schools on Monday, Dec. 5, including stops at Conneaut Lake Middle School, West End Elementary School and Second District Elementary School.

This outreach program from the Music Department at Allegheny College will feature performances of “Fantasy,” “Afro-Blue,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Traces,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Summertime,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Almost Like Being in Love,” “A String of Pearls,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Peter Gunn,” “25 or 6 to 4,” and “Silver Bells.”
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Students Savor Bounty of DeHart Local Foods Dinner, Farmers’ Market

Students enjoying local food

Caitlin Waddington ’18 came to the DeHart Local Foods Dinner and farmers’ market on Sept. 21 with one thing on her mind — maple candy.

Ivy Ryan ’19 came for the atmosphere. “I heard the music and had to go check it out,” Ryan said.

Molly Martin ’19 left with a dozen flowers grasped in her hand.

These three Allegheny students were among the hundreds who attended the farmers’ market on the patio outside of Brooks Hall, but only one of the three, Waddington, was lucky enough to get a ticket to the DeHart dinner afterward. All 256 tickets to the event featuring more than 20 different locally sourced dishes sold out in a record four hours, according to event organizer Kelly Boulton, the College’s sustainability coordinator, and Tony Pollock, director of catering with Parkhurst Dining Services.

The dinner was championed by, and named for, Jennifer DeHart, who was a professor in the College’s environmental science program and was deeply invested in local agriculture before she died six years ago.

“This is a great event to [get to] know what Crawford County is,” Boulton said.

What Crawford County is about is incredible, locally grown food. Farms like Strawberry Lane Produce, Davenport Fruit Farm and Maple Harvest Farm all had display tables to tempt students who had been subsisting off of the best produce grocery stores had to offer.

Strawberry Lane Produce, managed by husband and wife Jim and Robin Coxson, grows and sells everything from carrots to kale to cherry tomatoes. Davenport Fruit Farm had a table overflowing with apples and jugs of apple cider. On the other side of the patio was Nancy Schultz’s Farm, offering a dozen kinds of flowers, not to mention an array of peppers. A local band, Salmon Frank, provided music for the event, playing bluegrass and acoustic rock songs.

Student clubs also showed up in force. Alpha Phi Omega sold frosted slices of fruit pie from Miller’s Farm Market, and Edible Allegheny featured bobbing for apples — with the more sanitary twist of using elbows instead of faces to nab apples.

According to Erica Moretti ’17, Edible Allegheny marshaled its impressive force of 14 students to turn out apple crisps for the dinner “in record time.”

The dinner itself started with appetizers on the table, proceeded to a banquet-style buffet line and then wrapped up with desserts. For example, one could have feasted on crabapple and quince chutney, moved on to roasted vegetable and black bean tamales, and finished with fresh-churned maple ice cream. Diners washed it all down with apple cider spritzers and organic teas and coffees.

“While the growers aren’t certified organic, we tend to work with farmers and producers who use sustainable and healthy practices,” said Boulton. “I’d say nearly 100 percent of the produce was grown organically. The proteins, cheeses and eggs were likely not organic but were raised responsibly – the animals have land on which to range even if they’re not necessarily eating organic feed. Basically, a perk of local sourcing is that you don’t need a simple label because you know the farmer and you can talk to them to understand their practices.”