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Allegheny College Student Awarded Prestigious Place on Fulbright Summer Institute to the United Kingdom

Allegheny College student Allyson Wood has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom through one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university.

Beginning in mid-June, Wood will take an intensive four-week course in field biology in Brighton, England. The seaside town, located on the country’s southern coast, offers rich opportunities for research.   (more…)

Allegheny College Student Earns Honors at American Chemical Society National Meeting

Max Steffen

As a first-year student, Max Steffen stepped forward to learn more when Allegheny College chemistry professor Ryan Van Horn mentioned a research project on polymers.

It’s a step that eventually took Steffen, now a rising junior, all the way to San Francisco. That’s where he earned third-place honors for his poster presentation at the American Chemical Society’s Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science Symposium, part of the organization’s national meeting and exposition in April. (more…)

Allegheny Community Celebrates the Class of 2017 at Baccalaureate Ceremony


The Allegheny College community gathered with the class of 2017 and their families to reflect on the achievements of graduating seniors — and celebrate their futures —at the Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, May 12.

Clad in academic regalia, Allegheny trustees, faculty members and the graduating class processed into the College’s Raymond P. Shafer Auditorium to open Baccalaureate, the first of the official Commencement Weekend ceremonies. The Commencement ceremony, where degrees are conferred, takes place on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m.

Renowned String Quartet Brings New Perspective to Study of Language at Allegheny College

Works by Mozart, Beethoven and Bartók, performed by the award-winning Alexander String Quartet, resounded in a third-floor classroom on a recent morning in Allegheny College’s Ruter Hall.
But the students taking in the performance weren’t attending a music course. Instead, they were studying German language and literature. (more…)

Ready to Run Program Ignites Allegheny Students’ Interest in Public Service

Students who participated in Ready to Run

Seven Allegheny College students explored what it takes to pursue careers in public service by participating in Ready to Run Pittsburgh, a bipartisan training program to encourage women to seek government leadership positions.

The students attended the Feb. 4 workshop through financial support from the College’s Career Education office and Jennifer Daurora, a 1999 Allegheny graduate who serves on the College’s Board of Trustees. “There are not nearly enough women in politics in both parties,” she said. And when Daurora learned that Chatham University would be hosting Ready to Run, she saw an opportunity to help Allegheny students take part.


Alumna’s Gift to Internship Fund Helps Students Along Path from College to Career

Graduates on Brooks Walk

Interning at a Washington, D.C. think tank gave Aurley Morris ’15 a vivid snapshot of life as a young professional just before her senior year at Allegheny College. Bolstered by that experience, the political science major transitioned seamlessly into a full-time position at a major consulting firm after graduation.

Just a year and a half later, Morris has now made a gift to her alma mater to help today’s students along their own paths from college to career. She has provided initial support to establish the Intern Excellence Fund, which helps to cover expenses like housing, food, clothing and transportation for Allegheny students while they’re interning.


Professor Angela Keysor to Deliver Weiss Faculty Lecture

Angela Keysor, assistant professor of history at Allegheny College, will speak on “Racial Borders of Belonging: Community Networks of Care, African Americans and Citizenship in Massachusetts, 1780–1810,” as part of the Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series for 2016–17. The free, public talk is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in Room 301/302 of the Henderson Campus Center.

In her lecture, Keysor will discuss the experiences of African American residents of Charlestown, Massachusetts, to argue that after the Revolutionary War, local health care networks within Massachusetts transitioned into racialized welfare processes. Keysor will explore how, as a result of two court cases that created legal confusion, Massachusetts selectmen used arguments over money to construct substantial differences in the welfare a town gave to their white and black residents.

The Weiss Lecture Series showcases research conducted by Allegheny professors.

Justice Advocate to Present Keynote Address During Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Naim Edwards, a former Peace Corps volunteer who is involved in the water, land and food justice movements, will present a keynote address as part of Allegheny College’s weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The free, public talk will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Tippie Alumni Center on the Allegheny campus.

Edwards will discuss themes of justice, anti-racism work and environmental and food sustainability. He lives in Detroit and is the garden designer and program manager for Voices for Earth Justice, promoting and managing urban and community gardens and sustainable food systems. (more…)

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

Mark Campbell and Mary Feeley

Mark Campbell and Mary “Missy” Feeley officially began their roles in October as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Board of Trustees of Allegheny College. Rob Smith, of Meadville, Pa., completed his three-year term as chair.

All three are alumni of the College: Campbell graduated from Allegheny in 1982, Feeley in 1978 and Smith in 1973.


Allegheny College Alumnus, Trustee Emeritus Honored with President’s Medallion

Allegheny College alumnus and trustee emeritus Jack Mandel received the college’s President’s Medallion during a ceremony on Oct. 7, 2016. The President’s Medallion celebrates the best of liberal arts education by recognizing individuals of distinction and national stature who are themselves graduates of liberal arts colleges.

Mandel, Allegheny Class of 1958, served as a judge in the Superior Court of Orange County, Calif., for 19 years, until his retirement. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and an undergraduate law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mandel has made it possible for dozens of students from Orange County to attend Allegheny College. In 2008 Henry T. Nicholas III and Mandel established the first Nicholas Academic Center. Two Nicholas Academic Centers in Santa Ana, Calif., now provide students with academic tutoring, social services, cultural enrichment programs, college connection opportunities and scholarship opportunities.