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How Nice to See You Again, Mr. Nash

Cal Armistead interviews Graham Nash in 1980 for The Campus.

Not many people get to relive signature moments in their lives. But Cal Armistead ’80 was lucky enough to do just that. As a senior at Allegheny, she interviewed future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash when he came to perform in concert on the Meadville campus. She got to do it all over again 37 years later when the rock legend appeared at a summer music festival in Massachusetts.

Much has transpired in Armistead’s life: After getting her start in journalism writing for The Campus newspaper, she has written for publications such as The Chicago Tribune and Shape Magazine, and is the author of the novel Being Henry David, a book used in schools to introduce pupils to Henry David Thoreau within a contemporary story. She’s married to Tedford Armistead ’79, who works in information technology for the commonwealth of Massachusetts. They live in Acton and have two grown daughters.

Here is the link to Armistead’s article about twice interviewing Graham Nash, formerly of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The story appeared in The Boston Globe this past summer.

Allegheny Professor Shares His Fulbright Experience

Eric Pallant photographed his share of sheep, rustic stonewalls, and vintage waterwheels during the spring 2017 semester which he spent in the United Kingdom as part of the Fulbright educational exchange program. Pallant, the Christine Scott Nelson Professor of Environmental Sustainability and chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Allegheny College, also taught students about food, sustainability and green campus initiatives at Lancaster University. And he presented his lecture, “6000 Years of Bread,” at Gresham College in London.

This was Pallant’s second Fulbright experience. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright to teach and conduct research at Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

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Educators From Around the World to Attend Allegheny Global Health Institute

Allegheny College’s Global Health Studies program will host more than 75 faculty and administrative colleagues from around the country and the world to participate in the Teach Global Health: 2017 Summer Institute for Undergraduate Curriculum Development and Course Design for three days starting on Monday, June 19.

The institute is being held in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the Consortium of Universities of Global Health, Child Family Health International, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the highly competitive private foundation which awarded Allegheny $1.5 million to develop a robust undergraduate program in Global Health over the past five years.

Allegheny Global Health Studies has been one of very few programs in the country, and the only liberal arts institution, to offer an undergraduate major and minor in Global Health Studies since 2012, though the number of majors offered in programs around the country is expected to grow. With the number of Global Health Studies graduates increasing yearly, Allegheny continues to be a leader in this nascent field. Prompted by enthusiastic reviews from the 2015 Summer Institute, and requests from colleagues across the country, the workshop will return this summer to continue strengthening the field of undergraduate global health education. (more…)

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…)