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Playshop Theatre To Present Four Performances of the Farce “A Flea in Her Ear”

Nov. 3, 2014 — The Allegheny College Playshop Theatre continues its 85th season with “A Flea in Her Ear,” a new version by David Ives of Georges Feydeau’s farce. Directed by Mark Cosdon, the comedy will be performed in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16.

“‘A Flea in Her Ear’ is one of the theater’s most beloved and influential comedies,” says director Mark Cosdon. “Misunderstandings, hypocrisy and the ridiculous are tacked onto plots of enormous speed and vigor. Farce operates under the pretense of invariably bringing the wrong people together at the precisely wrong moment, generating even more misapprehensions and belly laughs for audiences. Without ‘A Flea in Her Ear,’ it’s hard to imagine ‘Fawlty Towers,’ ‘Noises Off,’ ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘I Love Lucy.’”

Although “A Flea in Her Ear” was written in 1907, Playshop’s production is firmly placed in the early 1970s. “It was a time of social upheaval, changing sexual mores and evolving attitudes toward gender and sexuality,” Cosdon notes. “Go-go boots, platform shoes, bell-bottom trousers and lots of fantastic fashion are on display in our production.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Jazz Band’s Free Concert To Feature Swing, Funk, Rock and Jazz

Oct. 31, 2014 — The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform their annual fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:15 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program features swing, funk, rock and jazz. Compositions include “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “A Child Is Born,” “Get It On,” “Yesterday,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “September,” “Cool” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000.” Instrumental soloists and a vocal soloist will be showcased.

The ensemble, made up of 22 students and one faculty member, is under the direction of Stephen F. Corsi.

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Student Journalists To Host Celebration for Birthday of Ida Tarbell, Class of 1880

Oct. 31, 2014 – The student journalists of The Campus, the award-winning student newspaper at Allegheny College, will celebrate pioneering journalist Ida Tarbell’s birthday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the newspaper’s newsroom, Campus Center 314. The public is invited for cake and an open house.

Tarbell was born in Erie County on November 5, 1857 and grew up in Titusville. The only woman in Allegheny’s Class of 1880, Tarbell set a standard for investigative reporting that journalists today continue to hold high.

She is best known for her 1904 book “The History of the Standard Oil Company,” in which she revealed the unethical means used by John D. Rockefeller to monopolize the early oil industry. Eight years later, as a result of Tarbell’s investigative work, the Supreme Court issued a decision to break up the Standard Oil trust. (more…)

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Senior Bailey Blashford To Give Vocal Recital in Ford Chapel

Oct. 30, 2014 – Soprano Bailey Blashford will present a senior recital at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The recital is free and open to the public.

Blashford will perform arias from the Brahms Requiem, Handel’s “Atalanta,” Offenbach’s “La Perichole,” Weber’s “Der Freischütz,” Puccini’s “La Bohéme” and Victor Herbert’s “Mlle Modiste.” Also on the program are art songs by Debussy and Michael Head.

Her accompanist will be Professor Emeritus of Music Ward Jamison.

Blashford, who has studied voice privately for eight years, is a vocal student of Vicki Jamison’s at Allegheny College. An economics major with an English minor, she is a member of the College Choir, Chamber Choir and Chamber Singers. In addition to vocal performance, she has appeared onstage in Allegheny’s Playshop Theatre and Meadville’s Academy Theatre productions.

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EEOC Commissioner and Allegheny Alumna Victoria Lipnic To Speak at Allegheny College

Oct. 28, 2014 — Victoria Lipnic, a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will speak at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The presentation, titled “The Enduring Power of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Contemporary America,” is free and open to the public.

Her talk is part of the college’s Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation, which celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the Voting Rights Act and explores the state of civil rights, broadly defined, in the world today. The Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation is the academic centerpiece of the college’s bicentennial celebration.

A graduate of Allegheny College, Lipnic was nominated to serve as an EEOC commissioner by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate, for a term ending on July 1, 2015. (more…)

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Dance Concert at Allegheny College To Showcase Student Choreography

Oct. 27, 2014 – Orchesis, the student dance company at Allegheny College, will showcase the talents of its dancers in its annual recital on November 5-8 at 8 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. Admission is free, and the program is family friendly.

Although all performances are open to the public, the show on November 5 has been designated the Community Premiere Show. Orchesis extends a special invitation to members of the Meadville community to join Allegheny faculty and staff and their families at the Wednesday performance.

Choreographed in its entirety by students, the show will feature a variety of dance forms, including ballet, musical theater, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and ballroom pieces. The finale will be a dance performed by the entire troupe of about 100 dancers.

All aspects of the Orchesis show are designed or chosen by students, including choreography, lighting, costumes and make-up.

Photo: “Sail,” one of the dances performed by Orchesis last year, was choreographed by Allegheny student Austin Cosgrove.

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Exhibit at Allegheny College Art Galleries To Showcase Faculty and Alumni Work

“Morning on Cherry Lane,” by Jeff Gola

Oct. 23, 2014 – The art galleries of Allegheny College will present the college’s annual faculty and alumni exhibit from Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Tuesday, Nov. 25. The artists will talk about their work at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4, with a reception following in the galleries from 8 to 9 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

Allegheny alumnus Jeff Gola, who specializes in egg tempera painting and also works in oil and watercolor, will exhibit. As a student, Gola spent his junior year in Temple University’s program in Rome, Italy. He has continued his art education with courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been included in juried competitions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The show will also feature selected works by the Department of Art’s 2014-2015 faculty and staff — Sue Buck, Heather Brand, Amara Geffen, Darren Lee Miller, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Richard Schindler and Ian Thomas – as well as by Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Public Interest Cheryl Hatch and Professor of Communication Arts Mike Keeley. (more…)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Is Recruiting Volunteers

Oct. 22, 2014 — The Meadville Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is recruiting volunteers. Volunteers will be trained in January and will assist Meadville/Crawford County residents with income tax preparation from February through April 12, 2015.

A free tax preparation service, VITA is available for Crawford County residents who made $50,000 or less in 2014. Meadville VITA is a collaborative program sponsored by the United Way of Western Crawford County, the Meadville Public Library, Allegheny College and the IRS.

The Meadville VITA program assisted 760 local taxpayers in 2014, and the coordinators hope to increase tax provision services again in 2015. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to email vita@allegheny.edu with their contact information.

Allegheny College To Present Faculty Music Recital

Oct. 21, 2014 — The Department of Music at Allegheny College will present a faculty recital at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 featuring Susanna Reilly, cello instructor; Diane Kalinowski, vocal instructor; and Wendy Plyler, piano instructor. The concert in Ford Chapel is free and open to the public.

The program includes Cesar Franck’s violin sonata as well as selections of vocal pieces by Kurt Weill, arranged for voice, cello and piano. (more…)

Allegheny College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

Oct. 20, 2014 – Three individuals have been sworn in as new members of the Allegheny College Board of Trustees: James R. DeFrancesco of Ellicott City, Md.; Terrence L. Hartford of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Robert E. McGarity of New York, N.Y. They will each serve a six-year term.

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DeFrancesco is the chief executive officer of ACell Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of next-generation regenerative medicine products. He previously served as CEO, board chairman, president and co-founder of Credit Management Solutions, Inc. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, working with cryptographic communications systems.

DeFrancesco has made several visits to Allegheny’s campus to speak to students. He and his wife, Pamela Malamphy, live in Maryland.

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Hartford (Allegheny Class of 1981) is vice president and general manager – sheet division at ATI Allegheny Ludlum, a world leader in the technology, production and marketing of specialty materials – stainless steels, grain-oriented electrical steels, titanium and nickel alloys, as well as other advanced alloys. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Hartford is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Allegheny College Managerial Economics program. He and his wife, Laura Laderer Hartford (Class of 1982), have four children: Leslie, Terry Jr. (Class of 2011), Michael and Colin (Class of 2013).

REM_PhotoRobert E. McGarity
McGarity (Allegheny Class of 1980) is senior director – compensation at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a leading Canadian-based global financial institution. He graduated from Allegheny with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

McGarity has taken part in numerous Allegheny functions, including hosting an alumni event in New York City and serving on the class gift committee for his 25th Reunion. In September 2012, he married Henry Robin, who is the co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board of Directors.

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