Allegheny College One of 24 PA Schools Recognized Nationally For Community Engagement

Jan. 7, 2015 – Allegheny College is among 24 Pennsylvania schools—and 361 U.S. colleges and universities—to receive the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This is the second time that Allegheny has been chosen for this prestigious recognition.

According to the Carnegie Foundation, colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, first offered in 2006.

“This is a very significant designation of the college’s involvement in the community beyond the campus. Allegheny was part of the first class in 2006, so we were eager to reapply this past year,” says David Roncolato, Allegheny’s director of civic engagement. “Since 2006, our commitment to engagement in the community beyond the campus has deepened.”

Unlike the Carnegie Foundation’s other classifications that rely on national data, this is an “elective” classification—institutions like Allegheny participated voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond. (more…)

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Two Allegheny College Students, Imani Prince and Brianna Cusanno, Selected as Vote Everywhere Ambassadors

Dec. 22, 2014 – Two students at Allegheny College, Imani Prince and Brianna Cusanno, have been selected as Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassadors for 2015.

A Vote Everywhere Ambassador completes a year-long paid internship with the Andrew Goodman Foundation at the Ambassador’s college campus. By building a community of civically engaged peers, Ambassadors help lead national conversations about today’s critical civil rights and social justice issues.

Ambassadors receive training in civil rights and voting rights within a historical context, voter registration and education, community organizing and coalition building, and campaigning and advocating for social issues. They practice those skills on their college campuses through voter registration drives, voter education events and similar activities.

Imani_PrinceA junior at Allegheny College, Imani Prince is double majoring in political science and studio art with a minor in French. She is president of the college’s Association for the Advancement of Black Culture and also works as a program assistant for the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success, which serves students through academic support services, programs, research and planned activities. She plans to pursue a career in political activism through creative expression including drama, the visual arts and writing.

Brianna_CusannoBrianna Cusanno is a junior majoring in global health and minoring in political science. She has served as a public policy intern with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Elizabeth Warren. She currently works as a social media and outreach coordinator for the college’s Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success. She hopes to pursue a career in health policy or radio journalism. (more…)


Allegheny College Senior Pasquale DiFrancesco Chosen for House Legislative Program

Dec. 15, 2014 — Allegheny College senior Pasquale DiFrancesco, of Wexford, Pa., has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship for 13 weeks beginning January 12, 2015.

The highly competitive fellowship program places students in leadership offices, such as offices of committee chairmen, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. DiFrancesco will be placed in the office of Democratic Whip Mike Hanna. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to weekly workshops with key thinkers, planners and decision makers.

Fellows attend committee hearings and meetings as well as House Sessions. The final project for each fellow is to research, draft and present a piece of legislation.

“The experiences gained by participating in this fellowship will only further increase the value of my degree from Allegheny College to potential employers and graduate schools,” said DiFrancesco. “At this point in my college career, I believe the fellowship experience will provide me with exactly the skills and connections I need to further my educational and professional goals.” (more…)


Allegheny College Chamber Singers To Present Recital of Sacred Duets and Trios

Dec. 8, 2014 — The Allegheny College Chamber Singers will present a recital of sacred duets and trios at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 in the college’s Ford Chapel. The recital is free and open to the public.

Allegheny College students Bailey Blashford, Lauren Dominique, Breana Gallagher, John Knobel, Rosey Sheridan and Leah Stefanelli will present selections by Salamone Rossi, Johann Schein, Richard Dering, Heinrich Schütz, Camille Saint-Saëns, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel in various duet and trio combinations.

Professor Emeritus of Music Ward Jamison will serve as accompanist, and Adjunct Professor of Voice Carol Niblock will narrate. The Chamber Singers, who are selected from the membership of the college’s Chamber Choir, are coached by Carol Niblock and Vicki Jamison.


Allegheny President Mullen Joins President Obama for Higher-Ed Access Announcement

Dec. 4, 2014 – Today, James H. Mullen, Jr., Allegheny College president and chair of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), will join President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders, to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders and nonprofits to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

“Throughout its history, Allegheny College has sustained a fundamental commitment to ensuring access for students of all socio-economic backgrounds,” President Mullen said. “In its Bicentennial year, the College is proud to reaffirm its commitment. I am honored to be a part of this very important day and appreciate the Administration’s commitment on this significant issue.”

Today’s participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the first lady’s Reach Higher initiative and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (more…)

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Allegheny College Students Place in Top Teams in National Business Competition

Dec. 3, 2014 – Allegheny College students Peter Adler, Clayton Morris, Mary Nagel and Jonas Skattum were among 41 undergraduates chosen to compete November 7-8 in the Early Leaders Case Competition at the Simon Business School on the University of Rochester campus.

In a highly competitive selection process, undergraduate students from across the country were brought together in a business case competition designed to simulate decisions faced by global business leaders. Teams competed for a total of $10,000 in prize money.

Students met their assigned teammates for the first time on Nov. 7 and immediately began working on the assigned case: a review and assessment of Cole and Parker’s start-up wholesale business, which facilitates microfinance lending through 1 percent of its sales.

Each team had 24 hours to analyze the case, develop a marketing strategy aligned with Cole and Parker’s growth plans for the next two to five years, and prepare slides for a 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges on Nov. 8. The winners were announced at an awards dinner that evening.

The first-place team – which included Allegheny senior Mary Nagel and three teammates from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Knox College and Ursinus College – shared a $5,000 cash prize. (more…)


Allegheny Choirs Concert Will Showcase Work Commissioned for College’s Bicentennial

Dec. 1, 2014 — The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. The Allegheny College Chorus, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble and Choir will perform individually as well as in a finale of combined groups.

The College Chorus, featuring Allegheny students and singers from Meadville and surrounding communities, will open the program with two movements from Mozart’s “Sparrow Mass,” as well as the French carol “Masters in this Hall.”

The Chamber Choir will follow with unaccompanied selections ranging from Gregorian plainsong and playful French chansons to the Star-Spangled Banner. Student soloists Leah Stefanelli and Chris Schuchert will be featured in the Appalachian carol “I Wonder as I Wander.” (more…)

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Exhibition of Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects Opens at Allegheny College

Dec. 1, 2014 – The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects Exhibition with a public reception in the galleries on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. The show is an opportunity to showcase the work of graduating art majors and minors.

Some common themes in this year’s exhibition are recontextualization, the expression of human experience, questioning expectations, examination of systems of knowledge, and exploration of cultural contexts. (more…)


Cookies and Milk Holiday Concert Offers Two Performances

Nov. 24, 2014 — The Dance and Movement Studies Program at Allegheny College presents its annual holiday concert for families and children, Cookies and Milk, on Sunday, Dec. 7, with performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the college’s Montgomery Performance Space. The concert is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby. Members of Creating Landscapes for Families, a local organization that brings families together to focus on positive possibilities in the community, will be baking the cookies served this year.

Performing will be Allegheny College students from the ballet, modern and T’ai Chi courses as well as the student jazz dance group JaDE. Students in the community contra course will dance with children and families from the Meadville community in a family dance to live music.

Another highlight of the concert will be an audience involvement piece guided by local dancer Doug Lodge. (more…)

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Allegheny College Senior Jacqueline Coplen Named Rhodes Scholarship Finalist

Nov. 14, 2014 – Allegheny College senior Jacqueline Coplen, a political science and Spanish double major, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

If awarded, Coplen, of Carlisle, Pa., will be among 32 U.S. students to receive the honor for an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England. She also will be the first Allegheny College student to receive this scholarship.

“It’s hard to put into words the way I felt when I found out that I had been selected as a finalist. It didn’t seem real at first,” says Coplen. “I’m honored to be representing the college in this capacity. I’ve been able to do a lot of important things in my life, but this is definitely the biggest stage that I’ve been on thus far.”

“When Jacqui came to me about the Rhodes Scholarship last spring, it was clear that she’d been thinking about applying for a long while,” says Patrick Jackson, Allegheny College national fellowships adviser and visiting assistant professor of history and religious studies. “She knew the deadlines, what she wanted to study and that just putting the application together would be a long and arduous process – and she has brought a high level of commitment to that process. She’s an impressive young woman.” (more…)