February 24th 2014
Feb. 24, 2014 — The Allegheny College Playshop Theatre continues its 84th season with “Wedding Band,” subtitled “A Love/Hate Story in Black and White,” by Alice Childress. The show, directed by Beth Watkins, will be performed in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, February 27 through March 1, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 2.
“Wedding Band” takes place in South Carolina in 1918, during World War I and the influenza epidemic. The plot focuses on an interracial romance between Julia, an African-American seamstress, and Herman, a white baker. Because it is illegal to marry between the races in that place and time, Julia has moved from neighborhood to neighborhood, trying to find a place where she can live without being bothered by the people around her. Herman’s family, who have simply rejected the idea of his relationship with Julia, consider him eligible for marriage to a white woman. (more…)
February 21st 2014
Feb. 21, 2014 – The Allegheny College Jazz Dance Ensemble (JaDE) will present its 8th annual benefit concert for the Crawford County Special Olympics at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny campus.
The family-friendly show will include performances by JaDE, Allegro Dance Studio, Studio 83 and the ARC. Dancing and performance acts from other on-campus groups will also be featured.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations are welcome. All donations — as well as proceeds from raffles for prize baskets — will go to the Crawford County Special Olympics.
February 14th 2014
Feb. 14, 2014 – The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, the moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, will give a talk titled “Religion and the Global Struggle for LGBT Rights” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The talk is free and open to the public.
Wilson, who graduated from Allegheny College in 1972, is the second person—and the first woman—to serve as the MCC’s global leader since its founding. The spiritual leader and spokesperson for MCC, she also leads its governing board and senior leadership team. In addition, she serves on the board of the Global Justice Institute, as well as on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Her recently published books “Outing the Bible” and “Outing the Church” are reissues of her 1995 work “Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Bible.” She blogs on the Huffington Post and is included in The Advocate’s “10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know.” (more…)
February 11th 2014
Feb. 11, 2014 — The Peace Corps today released the 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. This year, Allegheny College ranked No. 8 among small schools, with 14 alumni currently volunteering worldwide. The No. 8 position marks a significant increase in rank from 2013, when Allegheny held the No. 23 spot.
Also included in the top 10 are Carleton, Macalester, Dickinson, Kenyon and Bucknell.
Allegheny alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps are working in Cambodia, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine and Zambia. They work in sectors including agriculture, education, English, health and youth development. Since the first days of the Peace Corps, 195 Allegheny alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. (more…)
February 3rd 2014
Feb. 3, 2014 — John Gilbert, the great-great-grandson of John Butler, recently gave John Butler’s diary and an account of Butler’s life to the John Brown Heritage Association. The association will be depositing the diary for safekeeping with the Allegheny College Special Collections at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 7 in Pelletier Library on the Allegheny campus. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony.
In October 1859, abolitionist John Brown and 21 men attacked the arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Their raid was suppressed and the surviving men tried and executed. One of those men was Edwin Coppock, who, as a boy, had been fostered by John Butler of Goshen, Ohio. John Butler visited Coppock in prison before his execution and recorded the events of that time in his diary.
The ceremony on February 7 will be attended by John Gilbert; Gary Coburn, president of the John Brown Heritage Association, which owns the John Brown tannery in New Richmond, 13 miles northeast of Meadville; and Sandy Porter, a local historian and member of the association’s board. (more…)
January 31st 2014
Jan. 31, 2014 — Tegan and Sara will perform at Allegheny College at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 8 at Shafer Auditorium in the Campus Center. Tickets are $20.
Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by the White Stripes to collaborating with DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. (more…)
January 31st 2014
Jan. 31, 2014 –TJ Eatmon, an assistant professor of environmental science at Allegheny College, has received a 2014 Carnegie Science Award. Eatmon won the award in the category of Post-Secondary Educator.
The program honors awardees from more than 20 categories who have distinguished themselves by making unparalleled contributions to science and technology in various disciplines. Awardees will be honored during a formal celebration at Carnegie Music Hall on Friday, May 9.
“The Carnegie Science Awards spotlight some of the most innovative minds today,” said Ron Baillie, Henry Buhl, Jr., co-director of Carnegie Science Center. “These individuals are making a global impact starting with our own region. We know they are already inspiring a new generation of leaders. One of our central missions is to promote education in science, technology, engineering, and math – or STEM. The Carnegie Science Awards winners exemplify the highest levels of success in STEM fields and in STEM education. We are proud to recognize these outstanding awardees and look forward to their continued contributions.” (more…)
January 29th 2014
Jan. 29, 2014 — Tim Downing, co-chair of the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, will speak at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The presentation, which is part of the Year of Civil Rights at Allegheny, is free and open to the public.
The largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. It was founded in 1980 to advocate on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilize grassroots actions in diverse communities, invest in strategic electoral campaign support and educate the public about LGBT issues.
A 1985 graduate of Allegheny, Downing is a partner in the law firm of Ulmer & Berne. (more…)
January 28th 2014
Jan. 28, 2014 – Friday, January 31 is the Eighth National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites. One of those sites is the Meadville Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), a partnership between Allegheny College, the Meadville Public Library and the United Way of Western Crawford County that is sponsored by the Crawford Heritage Foundation. The local VITA office will open on February 3 at the Meadville Public Library.
The IRS estimates that roughly a quarter of those who qualify in our area do not file for the credit. Meadville taxpayers who are eligible for the credit but do not claim it may be losing thousands of dollars a year.
The EITC helps low-income workers through a refundable tax credit based on income earned in the labor force. Typically, families with children apply for this credit, but many others are eligible for EITC as well. (more…)
January 22nd 2014
Jan. 22, 2014 — Diane Kalinowski, a voice instructor at Allegheny College, was recently awarded one of two grand prizes in the LaDue Professional Recital Competition at the Rochester Lyric Opera.
Established to honor the memory of G. William LaDue, a native of Rochester, New York, the competition celebrates the artistry of singers who have dedicated themselves to the vocal arts.
As part of the grand prize, Kalinowski will perform a shared recital in Rochester in April.
A native of Cochranton, she began her study of voice with Vicki Jamison, instructor in music at Allegheny College, and continues to coach with Vicki and Ward Jamison. She received her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Kansas and while there was the soprano apprentice at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She has been an Allegheny voice instructor since 2011.