Allegheny College Again Featured in the Princeton Review Book “The Best 379 Colleges”

Aug. 5, 2014 – Allegheny College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review. The education services company features Allegheny in the 2015 edition of its annual college guide “The Best 379 Colleges.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book.

In its profile on Allegheny College, the Princeton Review quotes extensively from Allegheny students surveyed for the book. Among their comments: Professors are “great about teaching the material to you in a variety of ways until you understand,” “I have never once felt dumb or like I couldn’t handle something after getting help one on one” and “The school is very understanding of how special and different each student is and tries to help each student excel in their own way.”

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on Allegheny College, the Princeton Review lists topics that Allegheny students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about. The list includes: “lab facilities are great,” “career services are great,” “students are friendly” and “athletic facilities are great.” (more…)

Cornell B. LeSane II Named Dean of Admissions at Allegheny College

Cornell LeSaneAug. 5, 2014 – Cornell B. LeSane II has been named dean of admissions at Allegheny College. LeSane, who has more than 15 years of experience working in higher education, was most recently associate director of admission at Carnegie Mellon University.

“It’s been great becoming better acquainted with Allegheny College,” said LeSane. “I’ve been met with such a warm reception and am honored to be a part of the community. I am extremely excited about this amazing opportunity and cannot wait to join the Gator family.”

At CMU LeSane had been promoted to associate director from a position as assistant director of admission and coordinator of ethnic diversity recruitment. He began his career as an admissions coordinator at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

He has been active both in professional associations and in his community, having served on the steering committee for the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, a magnet school for 6th through 12th graders, and as committee chair for College Success 101, an outreach program geared toward inner-city youth in the Pittsburgh area. He has also served as a judge for the Hightower Scholarships to underrepresented students in southwestern Pennsylvania and the Dominion Award of Achievement Scholarship. (more…)

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Professor Matthew Venesky’s Work Featured as Cover Story in Top Science Publication

July 30, 2014 – One of the leading international science journals, Nature, recently featured the research of Matthew D. Venesky, visiting assistant professor of biology at Allegheny College, and his colleagues on vaccinating frogs against a harmful fungus. The paper appeared as the cover story and was published July 9, 2014.

Nature CoverImage_July10 2014According to the group’s paper, titled “Amphibians acquire resistance to live and dead fungus overcoming fungal immunosuppression,” a fungal pathogen has been linked to the declines of many amphibian species worldwide.

“Using vaccines to induce resistance in captive-bred amphibians prior to a return to the wild could make it possible in the future to repopulate areas that have seen catastrophic declines,” Venesky explains.

Venesky was involved in three of the four experiments that were presented in the Nature paper, and on one of them he was the lead investigator.

Nature is an international journal, published weekly, with original, groundbreaking research spanning all of the scientific disciplines. (more…)


Allegheny College Partners with Bayer on International Science Teens Camp

July 24, 2014 – Sixteen high school students—eight from Germany and eight from cities throughout the United States—are at Allegheny College for two weeks for the Bayer International Science Teens Camp. The camp is sponsored by the Bayer Science & Education and Bayer USA Foundations and organized by Creek Connections, an outreach program of Allegheny College that brings hands-on, inquiry-based education about watersheds to students ranging in age from elementary to high school.

Campers, selected by Bayer, are participating in hands-on, field-based learning on this year’s theme: wildlife research and management. In addition to Creek Camp staff, camp instructors include college professors, Allegheny students and alumni and other scientific experts in the field.

Goals for the program include introducing wildlife-based topics to the campers as well as giving them opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of wildlife research and management through participation in data collection and other projects. (more…)

Allegheny College Instructor Diane Kalinowski Advances to Final Five in International Vocal Competition

Kalinowski_Diane_croppedJuly 23, 2014 — Diane Kalinowski, a voice instructor at Allegheny College, has been selected as one of only five sopranos worldwide who will compete in the finals for the 2014 Elizabeth Connell Prize, an international singing competition for dramatic sopranos. She won a spot in the final five after her performance in the competition’s semifinals, which were held in July at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

The five finalists will compete in a private judging and a public concert in Sydney, Australia on September 13 in conjunction with the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award Finals. In addition to monetary prizes for all finalists, the winner of the Elizabeth Connell Prize will be granted an audition at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London.

The Music Department at Allegheny College will host an “open dress rehearsal” at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, in Shafer Auditorium, where Kalinowski will perform five arias she has sung in the competition. Admission is free for the performance, which is expected to last about 30 minutes. (more…)

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Allegheny College Receives Grants for Campus and Community Projects

July 8, 2014 — Allegheny College recently received four grants in support of initiatives both on campus and in the community.

Allegheny received the first installment of $300,000 toward a $750,000 grant from an anonymous donor in support of a project focused on improving community health. The grant will support programs related to food and nutrition and physical activity, including the creation of a model neighborhood garden as well as hiking and educational trails at the Meadville Area Recreation Complex (MARC).

The project is a collaborative venture between Allegheny and the MARC as well as the Crawford Central School District, Meadville Medical Center, Crawford County Commissioners and Crawford County Career and Technical Center. A second installment of $250,000 and a third of $200,000 will be awarded in 2015 and 2016 respectively upon successful achievement of the previous year’s program goals. Kerstin Martin, Allegheny’s garden manager, is the project director. (more…)


Captain Michelle Rakers of the U.S. Marine Band To Conduct Band Camp Musicians in Free Gala Concert

June 25, 2014 — The Week 2 Concert Band of the Band Camp for Adult Musicians at Allegheny College will perform a free gala concert on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium.

Returning as the conductor of the Concert Band is Captain Michelle Rakers, USMC, assistant director of the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”). Rakers joined the Marine Band in 1998 as a trumpeter/cornetist. She is both the first female assistant director and the first female commissioned officer in the history of “The President’s Own.”

The soloist for the Week 2 concert will be LeAnne Wistrom, who is principal flutist of the Band Camp for Adult Musicians as well as for the Erie Philharmonic and the Lake Erie Ballet Orchestra. (more…)


Allegheny College Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition”

June 17, 2014 – Allegheny College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company — known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks – profiles Allegheny once again in the annual edition of its free downloadable book “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for the guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The 322 profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants, including facts and statistics on school demographics, admission, financial aid and write-ups on the schools’ sustainability initiatives. A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

The guide recognizes Allegheny’s long-term leadership in campus sustainability. “As a charter signatory of ACUPCC [the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment] with a climate neutrality goal of 2020 and a participant in the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge to increase building efficiencies by at least 20 percent across campus, Allegheny College is determined not just to participate in the green movement, but to lead.” (more…)


Professor Matthew Ferrence Publishes “All-American Redneck: Variations on an Icon, From James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks”

June 12, 2014 — Matthew J. Ferrence, an assistant professor of English at Allegheny College, has published a new book with the University of Tennessee Press, “All-American Redneck: Variations on an Icon, From James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks.”

An insightful examination of the faux redneck within the context of literary and cultural studies, “All-American Redneck” traces the icon’s foundations in James Fenimore Cooper’s Natty Bumppo, as well as the downtrodden rural lifestyle in Erskine Caldwell’s “Tobacco Road.” (more…)

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Band Camp Musicians to Perform in Free Gala Concert: Retired Director of U.S. Marine Band To Conduct

June 5, 2014 — The Week I Concert Band of the Band Camp for Adult Musicians at Allegheny College will perform a free gala concert on Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium.

Returning as the conductor of the Concert Band is Colonel Timothy Foley, USMC, retired director of the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”), considered one of the most prestigious posts for any military musician in the world.

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…)