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Allegheny College Receives National Science Foundation Grant in Support of Faculty Research

July 24, 2015 — Ivelitza Garcia, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Allegheny College, received a grant of $174,038 from the National Science Foundation in support of her project “Research in Undergraduate Institutions: Catalytic regulation of ribosome processing factors: Investigation of peripheral domain effects on the enzymatic capabilities of the DEAD-box protein Rok1p.”

The grant will provide funding for eight Allegheny students over four years to collaborate with Garcia to investigate how different structural elements within DEAD-box proteins can regulate the activity and initial structural state of a protein model. Understanding the regulation of DEAD-box proteins is of high medical interest since they are often over- or under-expressed in breast, cervical and prostate cancer as well as in T-cell and myeloid leukemia.

One hundred percent of the $174,038 cost of the project will be covered by federal funds through the NSF grant.

Photo: Winnie Wong at work in Ivelitza Garcia’s lab.

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Area Students to Learn about Freshwater Ecology at Allegheny College’s Creek Camp

June 26, 2015 – Nine high school students will attend this year’s Creek Camp, held July 5-10 at Allegheny College. Creek Camp, a program of the Creek Connections education outreach, is a weeklong program for high school students to study freshwater ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania.

During the week, Creek Campers will conduct hands-on field-based research with Allegheny College environmental science and biology faculty and students, as well as other environmental science professionals. Campers will visit outdoor locations around the French Creek watershed, one of the most biodiverse in the nation. Topics to be explored include trees, fish, macroinvertebrates, water chemistry, birds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater mussels and more.

“Because Creek Camp is a great introduction to environmental science, this experience is especially valuable for students who are interested in that field and may consider pursuing it in college and later for a career,” says Laura Branby, Pittsburgh field educator with Creek Connections. (more…)

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Retired U.S. Marine Band Director Colonel Timothy Foley To Conduct Gala Concert at Allegheny College

June 18, 2015 — The Week 2 Concert Band of the Band Camp for Adult Musicians will present a free gala concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26 in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny College campus.

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.

Diane Stallings of Newport News, Va., who has been attending Band Camp since the early 1990s, will be the soloist for the concert, narrating Randol Bass’ setting of “Casey at the Bat.” A retired National Park Service ranger, Stallings served much of her career at Jamestowne National Historic Park. (more…)

Allegheny College To Host Community Celebration on the Diamond to Commemorate Its Founding 200 Years Ago

June 10, 2015 – The Meadville community is invited to a celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 at the Founders House in Diamond Park to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of Allegheny College.

On June 20, 1815, the Reverend Timothy Alden and citizens of Meadville, then a frontier town, met to sign a document declaring their purpose in establishing a college and appointing Alden president and professor of Oriental languages and ecclesiastical history.

A short ceremony will take place at the site of the original log courthouse where Alden and Meadville citizens met to sign the statement of purpose.

The Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania, under the direction of John Fleming, will perform a free concert on the Diamond beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program, “West of the Alleghenies,” will feature the premier performance of “An Allegheny Repertory” composed by Bryan Lewis.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the performance. The ceremony will take place at the Founders House rain or shine. In the event of rain, the band will perform at Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny College campus.

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Allegheny College Announces $200 Million Fundraising Campaign As It Begins Its Third Century of Academic Excellence, Equity and Access

May 30, 2015 – Allegheny College on Saturday launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school’s history, with a goal of $200 million, which will be used primarily to fund scholarships and to endow faculty chairs. President James H. Mullen Jr. announced the campaign, titled “Our Allegheny: Our Third Century Quest,” at a reunion weekend celebration during the college’s bicentennial year.

Mullen announced to more than 2,100 alumni and friends of the college that supporters had already come forward, before the campaign’s public announcement, to donate more than $106 million to the college. He also called on Allegheny’s 24,000 alumni, and on the many friends of the college, to step forward to support the campaign.

“The greatest gift that alumni can give those who follow is a promise to leave their alma mater stronger than they found it,” Mullen said. “It is a gift born of devotion to their college and fidelity to its traditions. It is a gift born of gratitude to those who have preceded us and faith in those who will follow. In this bicentennial year, as America’s 32nd oldest college, we embark on a historic quest that is worthy of the moment and true to our generational responsibility.”

The “Our Third Century Quest” campaign has five main initiatives: increasing the number of student scholarships to ensure access to Allegheny for every student who wishes to attend, regardless of economic status; enhancing global learning and internship opportunities that give students hands-on work experience; enriching the classroom experience by reducing the student-faculty ratio to 11:1; continuing to restore and maintain the college’s historic campus, considered one of the most beautiful in the nation; and keeping Allegheny financially strong through gifts to the college’s Annual Fund. (more…)

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Meadville Council on the Arts To Show “Heeschen Creatures”

May 26, 2015 – The Meadville Council on the Arts, located on the second floor of the Market House, is showing “Heeschen Creatures,” a selection of linocuts and other prints picturing animals by the late Carl F. Heeschen. The exhibit was on display earlier this year at the Erie Art Museum, in collaboration with the Heeschen family and in celebration of Allegheny College’s bicentennial.

Carl F. Heeschen taught at Allegheny College for 35 years, from 1947 until his retirement in 1982. He served as chairman of the art department for nearly 30 years.

The exhibit will be on display until June 6 in the Heeschen Gallery. Carl Heeschen, with other community members, helped to establish the Meadville Council on the Arts in 1975.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m., with special gallery hours Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Image: “Jaguar,” by Carl Heeschen, 1978

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Allegheny College Admissions To Go Test Optional Starting with Class Entering in Fall 2016

May 22, 2015 — The Office of Admissions at Allegheny College today announced that it will implement a test optional policy, allowing applicants to choose whether to submit standardized test scores such as SATs or ACTs with their college applications. The change takes effect with students applying for admission in fall 2016.

“Allegheny College embraces the concept that standardized test scores do not exclusively reflect a student’s full range of abilities or potential to succeed in college,” said Dean of Admissions Cornell LeSane. “Mounting evidence indicates that high school performance — as measured by rigor, grades and/or class rank — and less quantifiable factors, such as character, determination and love of learning, are the best indicators of success in post-secondary education. Giving students the option of providing test scores gives them the opportunity to showcase their greatest strengths.”

The 32nd oldest college in the nation, Allegheny joins a growing list of colleges and universities that have gone test optional in their admissions practices. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing reports that more than 850 accredited bachelor-degree granting schools now do not require all or many applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores, including more than 165 schools ranked in the top tiers of their categories.

“We want to engage every prospective student who has the potential to be a great student in our classrooms, and we expect that going test optional will further strengthen the caliber of student we see applying to Allegheny,” said Vice President for Enrollment and College Relations Brian Dalton. “Research shows that test scores can reflect socioeconomic factors more than actual readiness for college. By giving prospective students the option of submitting test scores, we continue to demonstrate the commitment to educational access and equity that has been a hallmark of Allegheny since our founding 200 years ago.” (more…)

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Commencement Ceremony at Allegheny College Celebrates 470 Students, Four Distinguished Leaders and 200 Years of Allegheny History

May 9, 2015 – Allegheny College today honored approximately 470 students, four distinguished leaders and 200 years of Allegheny history at Commencement ceremonies in the historic college’s bicentennial year.

Political commentator and PBS NewsHour host Mark Shields, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the ceremony, delivered the commencement address. Over the past 40 years, Shields has steadily built one of the most respected reputations in the country for fair-minded and thoughtful political analysis.

“Don’t ever waste any of your time or energy worrying about what other people are thinking of you,” he advised the graduates, urging them to “go take on the world and tell them Allegheny sent you.”

In addition to Shields, honorary doctorates of humane letters were conferred on Daniel Rooney, former ambassador to Ireland and chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers; to Patricia Rooney, a strong supporter of higher education and the liberal arts; and to John Herbert Niles, an Allegheny graduate who is known for his work advocating for the health of women and children in the Washington, D.C. area. (more…)

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Allegheny College Student Karina Mena Named to “110 Students to Watch” List

May 6, 2015 – Allegheny College’s Karina Mena, a junior communication arts major with minors in Latin American/Caribbean studies and theater, has made the list of “110 Students to Watch” in Variety magazine.

Mena, from Portland, Ore., was named to the list, which features upcoming movers and shakers in the entertainment industry. She is a lead technician in Allegheny’s Playshop Theatre and will attend the 2015 United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference in Cincinnati, the leading professional conference for theater technology and production.  (more…)

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Student Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas at Ninth Annual Gator Social Venture Challenge

Members of the first-place Limuli Farms Team, left to right: Kiah Boudreau ’15, William Schroer ’15, Jeremy Pallant ’18, Timothy Cornett ’16 and Jennifer Glen ’15

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May 5, 2015 – Twenty-six teams of Allegheny College and Grove City College student entrepreneurs participated in a two-day business “idea pitch” competition on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 at Allegheny College.

Allegheny’s Gator Social Venture Challenge, hosted by the Department of Economics and a part of their managerial track programming, is designed to provide students with community-based experiential learning opportunities envisioned by the Allegheny Gateway, as well as opportunities to present their ideas to highly successful professionals in their fields and networking opportunities with Allegheny alumni and friends of the college.

Preliminary round judging took place on Friday, April 24 with all teams pitching to a panel of judges their ideas for either a new social venture or improvement of an existing social venture. Nine student team finalists advanced to Saturday’s championship round.

For new social ventures, first place and $1,000 in prize money were awarded to the Limuli Farms team from Allegheny College: Kiah Boudreau, Timothy Cornett, Jennifer Glen, Jeremy Pallant and William Schroer. (more…)