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Allegheny College Honors Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney as Inaugural Recipients of the ‘Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania’

Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. presented the inaugural Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania to Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney, former chairs of Pennsylvania’s Republican and Democratic state parties. The presentation was made during last night’s 33rd Annual Chamber Dinner in Hershey – an annual gathering of 2,000 political, business and labor leaders from across the Commonwealth. Former Governor Tom Ridge, a champion of civility and advisor to Allegheny College on the Prize, was on hand to present the award to the Pennsylvania honorees.

“Civility is part of Pennsylvania’s DNA,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. “The Founding Fathers who gathered in Philadelphia to discuss Independence had incredible differences. But they argued those differences with civility. That’s what the Prize is all about – proud partisans who compete in the political arena with a commitment to civil discourse.”

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New Faculty Join the Allegheny Community

Ten new full-time professors joined the Allegheny College faculty in fall 2017. We asked them to share some brief background information and another interesting fact or two about their lives so the community could get to know them better.

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Local Forest to be Dedicated as a Shared Gift With Area Land Trust, Allegheny

 

A 17-acre forest east of Conneautville in Spring Township, Crawford County, has been conserved in perpetuity via a donation to the Foundation for Sustainable Forests in partnership with Allegheny College.

The Bail Family Forest, named in honor of the late Richard N. Bail Sr., is located between Blue Falls Road and Thatcher Road and spans a large, forested ravine near what was formerly the Bail Family’s farm. The land was bequeathed to his three children — Richard N. Bail Jr. of Newton, Massachusetts, Caroline Bail of Winooski, Vermont, and Frederick T. Bail of Waimanolo, Hawaii. Of their late father’s connection to the land, Caroline Bail writes “Dad told my brothers and me about his early love for the woods in Conneautville, reminiscing about hours hiked through that forest, sometimes hunting squirrels, sometimes just walking.”

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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.

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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.

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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…)