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Recent Allegheny Graduate Dan Cheung Named Academic All-America

Dan Cheung

Recent Allegheny College graduate Dan Cheung has been named Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Cheung becomes the 36th CoSIDA Academic All-American in Allegheny history and the seventh Gator track and field athlete to earn the honor. (more…)

Allegheny, Grove City Students Pitch Their Big Ideas

The  Center for Business and Economics at Allegheny College will hold its 11th Annual Big Idea Competition on April 28-29 in Quigley Hall. The contest emulates the experiences seen on the popular CNBC broadcast, “Shark Tank”. The public is welcome to attend the final round of presentations on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Students will present entrepreneurial concepts with the chance to receive funding through cash prizes. The ideas must fit into one of four areas: For-profit Business, Not-for-profit Social Venture, Research Project, or Community Engagement Initiative. Students work in teams and design 20-minute presentations for their ideas, which they present at the competition.


Two Gators Receive All-NCAC Basketball Honors

Sophomore Olivia Barkley and Senior Evan Zabriski were named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference Honorable Mention Teams for their performances during the 2016-17 season.

Olivia Barkley

Barkley led the Gators offense throughout the season, averaging 10.3 points per game, shooting .424 from the floor. In the Gators home win against the College of Wooster, Barkley scored a career-high 24 points. She also had a 20 point performance in a road win over Alfred University, scoring 23. Read more about her season here.


Evan Zabriski

Evan Zabriski

This marks the third straight season in which Zabriski has received postseason conference honors, as he was an honorable mention selection in 2016, and a second team pick in 2015. In his final season in the blue and gold, Zabriski averaged 14.6 points and 4.7 rebounds, with a team-leading .510 field goal percentage. Read more about his season here.


Rigorous Academics Inspire a Career in Physics

When he enrolled at Allegheny, Colby Mangini ’04 thought he’d probably major in international studies. He had studied Spanish in high school, and international business and economics sounded interesting. He wanted a college degree but wasn’t exactly passionate about academics.

“I wasn’t challenged that much in high school and could get by doing the bare minimum, so I did,” he says.

During his first semester, Mangini decided to get his science requirement out of the way and signed up for Physics 101 with Dr. James Lombardi, Sr. As it turns out, that single introductory course would change the trajectory of Mangini’s studies, and shape his future career.

Now, a little over a decade since he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physics, Mangini holds a doctorate in radiation health physics and is board certified in the field, both accomplishments that have helped fast-track his career and allowed him to play a major role in the treatment of children who are battling cancer. (more…)

Seven Elected to Allegheny College Board of Trustees

Bentley Hall

The Allegheny College Board of Trustees has added seven members, including: Kevin Baird of Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan; Curt Cramer of Detroit, Michigan; Robert A. Marchman of Maplewood, New Jersey; Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; Jim Spalding of Nashville, Tennessee; Arthur Stewart of Warren, Pennsylvania; and Karen Ubelhart of New York City.


Allegheny College Ranked Among Top 50 Green Colleges

Allegheny College has been named among the Top 50 Green Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review.

The educational services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Allegheny in the 2016 edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges.” The guide includes profiles about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body, as well as “Green Facts” and the Top 50 list. Allegheny ranks No. 32. (more…)

Harper to Speak About Diversity in IDEAS Lecture Series

JoAnna Harper will speak about diversity as part of Allegheny’s ongoing IDEAS Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Quigley Hall. The event, hosted by the college’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice (IDEAS) Center, is free and open to the public.

Harper is a teacher with a focus on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. She teaches adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, daylong and weekly classes, and works with both at-risk and non-at risk youth in institutional and school settings. Of particular priority is building multicultural communities and helping communities and individuals who don’t typically have access to the traditional dharma settings. (more…)

Allegheny Survey: 2016 Presidential Campaign Reveals Chilling Trend Lines For Civility in U.S. Politics

October 17, 2016 (Meadville, PA) – As American voters await the third and final presidential debate this week, a landmark new Zogby Survey on Civility in U.S. Politics commissioned by Allegheny College reveals chilling trend lines for civility in America. The September 2016 survey of 1,286 adults, which revisits the same questions asked in Allegheny’s 2010 benchmark civility survey, shows that this year’s presidential campaign appears to be the most uncivil in recent American politics. And the uncivil behavior appears to be numbing the electorate.

“These findings are stunning and deeply disturbing for everyone who believes civil discourse is essential to the long-term health of our democracy,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr.

For example, in 2010, 89% of respondents said commenting on another’s race or ethnicity in a political engagement was not okay. Today that number has dropped to 69%, a full 20 points. Similarly, 81% said commenting on someone’s sexual orientation was not acceptable. Today that number is 65%.

And the percentage of voters who believe elected officials should pursue personal friendships with members of other parties plummeted even more precipitously, from 85 percent to 56 percent.

“As the leader of one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in America, a place where we encourage healthy, spirited debate on important matters of the day, and respect for the dignity of every individual, the notion that there is greater comfort with personal attacks in the political process is terribly concerning,” said Mullen. “We launched the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life five years ago after polling data told us incivility was becoming more of a concern for Americans. It is now clear that voters not only view this year’s campaign as the most uncivil in recent memory, but many are beginning to lower their standards for civility in politics. It is a double dose of bad news for our democracy.”

Deeply troubled by the rise of incivility in U.S. politics, and its negative impacts on political participation, particularly among young people, the College created the Civility Prize in 2011 to highlight and reinforce the unheralded public figures who strive to positively advance civility. The 2016 winners were Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain.

The survey found fewer voters today hold civility to be important or even possible. Eighty percent of 2016 respondents said they believe civility in politics is important for a healthy democracy, compared to 95% in 2010. And 77% of 2016 respondents said it is possible for people to disagree respectfully, compared to 87% of 2010 respondents.

But even more stark was the evolving definition of civility. When asked to create a rulebook for civility in politics, here is what voters said should NOT be okay:

2010 2016
Interrupting someone you disagree with in a public forum 77% 51%
Shouting over someone you disagree with during an argument 86% 65%
Belittling or insulting someone 89% 74%
Personal attacks on someone you disagree with 87% 71%
Questioning someone’s patriotism because they have a different opinion 73% 52%

“When examining the state of civility among adults who were surveyed, based on the survey questions that were asked both in 2010 and 2016, there seems to be less emphasis on, and a decrease in, acts of civility among adults nationwide,” said Jonathon Zogby, CEO of Zogby Analytics. “That might explain the state of politics at the moment, especially when taking into consideration the broken system in Washington D.C. and the state of the 2016 presidential election.”

The 2016 survey also asked how respondents would rate the civility of recent presidential elections. The respondents found the Trump/Clinton election to be the most uncivil by a wide margin.

Extremely or very uncivil Extremely or very civil
2016 Trump/Clinton 63% 11%
2012 Obama/Romney 20% 41%
2008 Obama/McCain 18% 41%
2004 Bush/Kerry 16% 35%

When looking at the individual candidates in recent presidential elections, the two 2016 candidates also ranked most uncivil.

Extremely or very uncivil Extremely or very civil
Donald Trump 59% 18%
Hillary Clinton 32% 41%
Barack Obama 26% 54%
Mitt Romney 19% 41%
George W. Bush 16% 50%
John McCain 14% 46%

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About Allegheny College

Allegheny College is a national liberal arts college where 2,100 students with unusual combinations of interests and talents develop highly valued abilities to explore critical issues from multiple perspectives. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pa., Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives” and is also featured in “Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You” and Peterson’s “Competitive Colleges, 400 Colleges That Attract the Best and the Brightest,” among many other guidebooks. Allegheny is one of the nation’s oldest liberal-arts colleges, celebrating its 200th anniversary of learning at its picturesque campus in 2015.

About Zogby Analytics

Zogby Analytics is respected nationally and internationally for its opinion research capabilities. Since 1984, Zogby has empowered clients with powerful information and knowledge critical for making informed strategic decisions.

The firm conducts multi-phased opinion research engagements for banking and financial services institutions, insurance companies, hospitals and medical centers, retailers and developers, religious institutions, cultural organizations, colleges and universities, IT companies and Federal agencies. Zogby’s dedication and commitment to excellence and accuracy are reflected in its state-of-the-art opinion research capabilities and objective analysis and consultation.

Survey Methodology and Sample Characteristics

Zogby Analytics was commissioned by Allegheny College to conduct an online survey of 1286 adults in the United States. Included in the data were 1093 likely voters. Using internal and trusted interactive partner resources, thousands of adults were randomly invited to participate in this interactive survey. Each invitation was password coded and secure so that one respondent could only access the survey one time. Using information based on census data, voter registration figures, CIA fact books and exit polls, we use complex weighting techniques to best represent the demographics of the population being surveyed. Weighted variables may include age, race, gender, region, party, education, and religion. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1286 adults is +/- 2.7 percentage points. The margin of error for 1093 voters is +/- 3.0 percentage points for the likely voters sub-set. This means that all other things being equal, if the identical survey were repeated, its confidence intervals would contain the true value of parameters 95 times out of 100. Subsets of the data have a larger margin of error than the whole data set. As a rule we do not rely on the validity of very small subsets of the data especially sets smaller than 50-75 respondents. At that subset we can make estimations based on the data, but in these cases the data is more qualitative than quantitative. Additional factors can create error, such as question wording and question order.

Vice President Joe Biden And Senator John McCain Awarded 2016 Civility Prize From Allegheny College

“Their examples of civility are more important than ever right now”

June 7, 2016 (Washington, DC) – The fifth annual Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life was awarded today to Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain at an afternoon ceremony in the nation’s capital.

“These two political giants – one from the left and one from the right – regard civility to be a fundamental obligation of leadership in our democracy. And they have aspired mightily to honor that obligation – throughout their careers, and even in the cauldron of presidential politics,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr., who, with Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and a 2012 Allegheny College honorary degree recipient, awarded the Prize to Biden and McCain today at a ceremony at the The University Club in Washington D.C.

“Their examples of civility are more important than ever right now,” said Mullen. “This year’s prize reminds America, and particularly our young people, that there are political leaders who still see the value of civility in politics and who demonstrate it when it matters most – in the heat of battle. We recognize Sen. McCain, who during a fiery town hall meeting while campaigning for President in 2008, took back the microphone to correct the misrepresentation of then-Senator Obama. And we salute Vice President Biden, who when announcing in 2015 that he would not seek the Presidency, chose that moment to say, ‘I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemy. They are our opposition.’”

“These two powerful moments stand in stark contrast to what we too often witness in our political debate today,” Mullen said. “We are beginning to see the ominous implications of incivility – poisonous demonization of adversaries, and even violence at political events. It is our belief at Allegheny College that incivility lights the fuse for such consequences. It is more important than ever right now for leaders to regard civility as an essential obligation of leadership. And Vice President Biden and Sen. McCain are models for us all.” (more…)

Spring Concert by Allegheny Choirs to Celebrate “Works from Shakespeare”

April 11, 2016 — The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. The performance will feature the college’s five choral ensembles as well as a finale of several pieces performed by the combined choirs.

Saturday’s program, “Works from Shakespeare,” will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616. Each of the choral ensembles will contribute to the central theme, presenting musical settings of Shakespeare texts. Though the works are all presented in a classical choral idiom, individual compositions are infused with style traits drawn from madrigals, romantic part-songs, doo-wop, jazz and bluegrass. (more…)