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Allegheny College Celebrates 460 Students and Two Distinguished Leaders; PBS Chief Executive Paula Kerger Delivers Commencement Address

Allegheny College today honored 460 graduates and presented two distinguished leaders with honorary degrees at its Commencement ceremonies on the lawn outside of historic Bentley Hall.

Paula Kerger, president and chief executive officer of PBS, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the ceremony, delivered the commencement address in the College’s 202nd year.

Kerger urged graduates to trust their intuition. “Wherever your adventure takes you, I encourage you to find your inner voice – the one that whispers to you about what you were put on this earth to do. The voice that is innately and inherently yours, not an imitation of someone else. And once you find it, never let it go.

“During your time at Allegheny, you’ve proven that you’re smart and creative and resilient, and you’ve been given the tools needed to succeed in life and career. That brings me to my ‘ask:’ I ask that you use those tools not just for the advancement of your professional career, but also for the betterment of your community and your country,” said Kerger. (more…)

Allegheny Honors Students and Organizations for Outstanding Leadership

Allegheny College on Tuesday, April 18, honored dozens of students and student-operated organizations for their leadership on the campus and in the Meadville community during the past academic year.

Students and groups were nominated for the Annual Leadership Awards and Cornerstone Awards by community and campus sponsors and were chosen by selection committees that include faculty and staff. Awards were presented by Allegheny President James H. Mullen, Jr. and members of the College’s administration.

“The leadership in this room has made a significant impact on this campus, in the Meadville community and beyond,” Mullen said. “It is truly inspiring to hear about everything our students accomplish while balancing school, work and life.”

The students honored for their leadership and a brief description of their accomplishments and awards follows: (more…)

Kali Albern, a Member of Allegheny’s Class of 2017 — in Spirit

Kali Albern sketching

In a perfect world, Kali Albern ’17 would march across the stage at Allegheny College’s Commencement on May 13, happily accepting her bachelor’s degree as an art major.

Sadly, that won’t happen. Kali tragically died in August 2015 when she should have been preparing to return to campus for her junior year.

“Kali felt very connected to Allegheny,” says her mother, Sherri Albern. “She joined several clubs and had a lot of fun with the friends she made. When she was at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Headache and Facial Pain Clinic and was asked what she wanted to be able to do with her life, she responded, ‘Go back to Allegheny.’ Her last posts talked about her desire to go back to school.”  (more…)

Mitch’s Miraculous Journey to Meadville

Mitchell Carrigan

On Oct. 13, 2014, Mitchell Carrigan’s life took a dramatic turn. It was the day he had surgery to remove a tumor from his brain.

“I was scared but I had hope; I knew all I had to do was push through and things would get better,” Carrigan says now, 30 months after the operation. “I essentially had two options, pushing through this experience and become a better person from it, or saying ‘this is it, if I was supposed to do something great with my life, then I would not have been dealt this card.’”

Carrigan, a first-year student at Allegheny College, has been told he is in full remission after having the grade 2 astrocytoma removed at the Albany Medical Center, near his home in rural Laurens, New York.

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Endowed Prize Established at Allegheny College to Address Environmental Challenges

Bing and Mary Ewalt

Many environmentalists believe that climate issues are the biggest challenges facing world leaders today, and in particular they see the availability of potable water as a major source of future concern for many nations.

“Water will most likely become the new gold,” says Henry “Bing” Ewalt, a 1962 Allegheny graduate who majored in political science. “Many won’t be able to afford water and others won’t be able to get it no matter how much they might have to spend. While we won’t be here to act on such issues, we do firmly believe that future generations of environmental leaders educated at Allegheny will be prepared to make intelligent decisions, which will address the then-current issues in reasonable ways.”

As a way to help provide incentives to solve environmental problems, Ewalt and his wife, Mary, have created the Allegheny College Environmental Prize with an endowment of $100,000. The endowment also provides support for students pursuing internships, known as Ewalt Environment Scholars.

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Tippie Family Gives $7 Million to Endow Professorships, Fund Experiential Learning

As a young woman growing up in western Pennsylvania, Patricia Bush Tippie admired her mother, not only for her maternal instincts, but also for her abilities as an artist.

Years later, Pat Tippie, Allegheny College Class of 1956, and her husband, Henry, have turned that admiration into a gift that will last for many years and benefit generations of Allegheny College students. The Tippies have established the Eila V. Bush Endowed Professorship in Art as part of a series of gifts totaling $7 million made during the past year to support the Our Allegheny: Our Third Century Quest comprehensive campaign.

The latest gift endows a chair that honors Eila V. Bush, who, along with her husband, Harvey, raised three children in New Castle and found the time to flourish as an artist as well. (more…)

Allegheny Listed in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017

July 13, 2016 – Allegheny College is featured in the 33rd edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017, a reference book for prospective students and their families that describes life on campus at the country’s best colleges and universities.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges publishes detailed profiles, including interviews with students, for more than 300 four-year schools. The guide is fully updated and expanded every year, and, according to USA Today, is the most authoritative source of information for college-bound students and their parents.

“Allegheny is honored to be included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, recognizing our national reputation for excellence,” said Dr. Ron Cole, provost and dean of the college. “As part of the college search process, we welcome students and families to visit campus where they can discover firsthand how an Allegheny education empowers students for successful outcomes and to make a difference in the world.” (more…)

Adult Musicians at Allegheny College to Hold Week II Concert on July 1

June 27, 2016 – The Band Camp for Adult Musicians will hold its Week II Gala Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Shafer Auditorium. Reservations are not required.

Returning as the conductor of the Week II Concert Band is Col. Timothy Foley, USMC, who retired in July 2004 as the director of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. Foley was born in Berwick, Pa. He joined the U.S. Marine Band as a clarinetist in 1968. He was appointed the 26th director of “The President’s Own” in 1996. During his tenure as director of the Marine Band, Foley served as music advisor to the White House and regularly conducted the band at the Executive Mansion. During his time as director, the Band celebrated its 200th birthday and was the only musical organization to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. (more…)

Allegheny College Receives Gift to Endow Political Science Chair

June 23, 2016 – As part of its ongoing comprehensive fundraising campaign, Allegheny College has received a $1.5 million gift that will endow a professorship in its political science department.

The Robert G. Seddig Chair in Law and Policy has been established by the estate of Robert Bruce Dotson in honor of his daughter Betsy Dotson, Class of 1974. Ms. Dotson, a lawyer, worked for many years in the public sector after graduating from Allegheny. She was dedicated to the College’s undergraduate mission and believed in broad educational experiences. Ms. Dotson passed away at the age of 47.

“My parents saw the impact of Betsy’s Allegheny experience and wanted to make sure that others could benefit from such an experience,” said Barbara D. Davis of Arlington, Va. “My sister Betsy majored in political science. My parents understood how important the professors in the department were in motivating Betsy to choose a career in public service.”

Mr. Dotson died in 2014, and his wife, Paula Haas Dotson, died in 2015. They had previously endowed the Betsy Dotson ’74 Experiential Learning Fund that continues to help students studying and serving internships in government agencies and businesses in Washington, D.C.

“Allegheny is able to remain among the top liberal arts colleges in the country because it has such strong support from alumni and their families, faculty and friends,” President James H. Mullen, Jr. said. “We are deeply grateful to the Dotson family members for recognizing and honoring the quality of the Allegheny experience.” (more…)

Colonel Michael Colburn to Conduct Gala Concert at Allegheny College

June 13, 2016 – The Band Camp for Adult Musicians will hold its free Gala Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny College campus. No reservations are required.

A new conductor will be on the podium for the concert this year. Colonel Michael Colburn is the former director of the “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. He is a native of St. Albans, Vermont. He earned a bachelor’s degree in euphonium performance at Arizona State University and received his master’s degrees in conducting from George Mason University. He won a position in the euphonium section of the U.S. Marine Band in 1987 and became the principal of the section. He was appointed as assistant director of the U.S. Marine Band in 1996, and he served as the 27th director of The President’s Own from July 2004 to July 2014. He is currently on the faculty of Butler University as director of bands.

The soloist for this concert will be the principal cornetist of the band camp, James Seidel. Seidel is director of the Ringgold Band of Reading, Pa. He was for many years a high school band director in Reading. He also currently serves as director of bands at Alvernia University in Reading. Mr. Seidel will perform the “Twilight Dreams” by Herbert L. Clarke. (more…)