Boulton, Shipe Named PERC Campus Sustainability Champions

Allegheny College Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Boulton and junior David Shipe recently were named Campus Sustainability Champions of 2016 by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC).

PERC honors select students, administrators, staff and faculty members as Campus Sustainability Champions for their exemplary work toward environmental sustainability efforts within their campuses or greater communities.


Carnegie renovation- open house

Renovations Improve Labs, Student Experience at Carnegie Hall

Allegheny College celebrated the 100th year of Carnegie Hall by showcasing renovations that have transformed the building into a state-of-the-art center for the study of psychology and neuroscience.

Students, faculty and staff, along with representatives of companies that participated in the renovation of the building, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday. The event celebrated both the history of the building and its future as the modern home of Allegheny’s psychology and neuroscience programs, two of the most popular programs on campus. The neuroscience program also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“The research, the faculty-student collaboration, and the education — both in and out of the classroom — that these programs produce is second to none,” Provost and Dean of the College Ron Cole said. “This project shows that Allegheny is committed to providing our students with the facilities and resources that will prepare them to be change makers in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.” (more…)

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Seven Elected to Allegheny College Board of Trustees

The Allegheny College Board of Trustees has added seven members, including: Kevin Baird of Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan; Curt Cramer of Detroit, Michigan; Robert A. Marchman of Maplewood, New Jersey; Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; Jim Spalding of Nashville, Tennessee; Arthur Stewart of Warren, Pennsylvania; and Karen Ubelhart of New York City.


Allegheny College Ranked Among Top 50 Green Colleges

Allegheny College has been named among the Top 50 Green Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review.

The educational services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Allegheny in the 2016 edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges.” The guide includes profiles about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body, as well as “Green Facts” and the Top 50 list. Allegheny ranks No. 32. (more…)


Allegheny Students, Community Partner to Make a Difference

More than 320 Allegheny students — more than 15 percent of the student body — joined with community volunteers Saturday to take part in Meadville’s 23rd annual Make a Difference Day.

Groups worked on about 100 projects ranging from roof and door repair to tree planting.

“Allegheny is a community, doing service alongside others in the (Meadville) community for those most in need,” said Dave Roncolato, Allegheny’s director of civic engagement.

The projects completed during the annual event are “lessons of citizenship that are profound for our students and that obviously help improve our community as well,” Roncolato said.


Harper to Speak About Diversity in IDEAS Lecture Series

JoAnna Harper will speak about diversity as part of Allegheny’s ongoing IDEAS Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Quigley Hall. The event, hosted by the college’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice (IDEAS) Center, is free and open to the public.

Harper is a teacher with a focus on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. She teaches adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, daylong and weekly classes, and works with both at-risk and non-at risk youth in institutional and school settings. Of particular priority is building multicultural communities and helping communities and individuals who don’t typically have access to the traditional dharma settings. (more…)


Allegheny Survey: 2016 Presidential Campaign Reveals Chilling Trend Lines For Civility in U.S. Politics

October 17, 2016 (Meadville, PA) – As American voters await the third and final presidential debate this week, a landmark new Zogby Survey on Civility in U.S. Politics commissioned by Allegheny College reveals chilling trend lines for civility in America. The September 2016 survey of 1,286 adults, which revisits the same questions asked in Allegheny’s 2010 benchmark civility survey, shows that this year’s presidential campaign appears to be the most uncivil in recent American politics. And the uncivil behavior appears to be numbing the electorate.

“These findings are stunning and deeply disturbing for everyone who believes civil discourse is essential to the long-term health of our democracy,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr.

For example, in 2010, 89% of respondents said commenting on another’s race or ethnicity in a political engagement was not okay. Today that number has dropped to 69%, a full 20 points. Similarly, 81% said commenting on someone’s sexual orientation was not acceptable. Today that number is 65%.

And the percentage of voters who believe elected officials should pursue personal friendships with members of other parties plummeted even more precipitously, from 85 percent to 56 percent.

“As the leader of one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in America, a place where we encourage healthy, spirited debate on important matters of the day, and respect for the dignity of every individual, the notion that there is greater comfort with personal attacks in the political process is terribly concerning,” said Mullen. “We launched the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life five years ago after polling data told us incivility was becoming more of a concern for Americans. It is now clear that voters not only view this year’s campaign as the most uncivil in recent memory, but many are beginning to lower their standards for civility in politics. It is a double dose of bad news for our democracy.”

Deeply troubled by the rise of incivility in U.S. politics, and its negative impacts on political participation, particularly among young people, the College created the Civility Prize in 2011 to highlight and reinforce the unheralded public figures who strive to positively advance civility. The 2016 winners were Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain.

The survey found fewer voters today hold civility to be important or even possible. Eighty percent of 2016 respondents said they believe civility in politics is important for a healthy democracy, compared to 95% in 2010. And 77% of 2016 respondents said it is possible for people to disagree respectfully, compared to 87% of 2010 respondents.

But even more stark was the evolving definition of civility. When asked to create a rulebook for civility in politics, here is what voters said should NOT be okay:

2010 2016
Interrupting someone you disagree with in a public forum 77% 51%
Shouting over someone you disagree with during an argument 86% 65%
Belittling or insulting someone 89% 74%
Personal attacks on someone you disagree with 87% 71%
Questioning someone’s patriotism because they have a different opinion 73% 52%

“When examining the state of civility among adults who were surveyed, based on the survey questions that were asked both in 2010 and 2016, there seems to be less emphasis on, and a decrease in, acts of civility among adults nationwide,” said Jonathon Zogby, CEO of Zogby Analytics. “That might explain the state of politics at the moment, especially when taking into consideration the broken system in Washington D.C. and the state of the 2016 presidential election.”

The 2016 survey also asked how respondents would rate the civility of recent presidential elections. The respondents found the Trump/Clinton election to be the most uncivil by a wide margin.

Extremely or very uncivil Extremely or very civil
2016 Trump/Clinton 63% 11%
2012 Obama/Romney 20% 41%
2008 Obama/McCain 18% 41%
2004 Bush/Kerry 16% 35%

When looking at the individual candidates in recent presidential elections, the two 2016 candidates also ranked most uncivil.

Extremely or very uncivil Extremely or very civil
Donald Trump 59% 18%
Hillary Clinton 32% 41%
Barack Obama 26% 54%
Mitt Romney 19% 41%
George W. Bush 16% 50%
John McCain 14% 46%

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About Allegheny College

Allegheny College is a national liberal arts college where 2,100 students with unusual combinations of interests and talents develop highly valued abilities to explore critical issues from multiple perspectives. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pa., Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives” and is also featured in “Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You” and Peterson’s “Competitive Colleges, 400 Colleges That Attract the Best and the Brightest,” among many other guidebooks. Allegheny is one of the nation’s oldest liberal-arts colleges, celebrating its 200th anniversary of learning at its picturesque campus in 2015.

About Zogby Analytics

Zogby Analytics is respected nationally and internationally for its opinion research capabilities. Since 1984, Zogby has empowered clients with powerful information and knowledge critical for making informed strategic decisions.

The firm conducts multi-phased opinion research engagements for banking and financial services institutions, insurance companies, hospitals and medical centers, retailers and developers, religious institutions, cultural organizations, colleges and universities, IT companies and Federal agencies. Zogby’s dedication and commitment to excellence and accuracy are reflected in its state-of-the-art opinion research capabilities and objective analysis and consultation.

Survey Methodology and Sample Characteristics

Zogby Analytics was commissioned by Allegheny College to conduct an online survey of 1286 adults in the United States. Included in the data were 1093 likely voters. Using internal and trusted interactive partner resources, thousands of adults were randomly invited to participate in this interactive survey. Each invitation was password coded and secure so that one respondent could only access the survey one time. Using information based on census data, voter registration figures, CIA fact books and exit polls, we use complex weighting techniques to best represent the demographics of the population being surveyed. Weighted variables may include age, race, gender, region, party, education, and religion. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1286 adults is +/- 2.7 percentage points. The margin of error for 1093 voters is +/- 3.0 percentage points for the likely voters sub-set. This means that all other things being equal, if the identical survey were repeated, its confidence intervals would contain the true value of parameters 95 times out of 100. Subsets of the data have a larger margin of error than the whole data set. As a rule we do not rely on the validity of very small subsets of the data especially sets smaller than 50-75 respondents. At that subset we can make estimations based on the data, but in these cases the data is more qualitative than quantitative. Additional factors can create error, such as question wording and question order.


Residencies, City Tours Immerse Allegheny Students in Business

Allegheny College economics students are learning from the best in business — here on North Main Street in Meadville and on Wall Street in New York City.

A group of students and faculty will participate in the Center for Business and Economics Major City Business Tour to New York City, a biennial trip designed to expose junior and senior economics majors to the daily business world in the banking and financial services industries. Students will also explore careers in those industries and network with Allegheny alumni working in business and finance.

This sixth tour, Oct. 26–27, includes planned meetings with John Gregory ’89, managing director at Wells Fargo Securities; Bruce Thompson ’86, vice chairman at Bank of America and chairman of Global Acquisition Finance and Capital Commitments; Karen Ubelhart ’77, industry analyst with Bloomberg; and Jonathan Drescher ’84, senior vice president of project development for The Durst Organization. Thompson and Ubelhart serve on the college’s Board of Trustees. (more…)


Allegheny College Alumnus, Trustee Emeritus Honored with President’s Medallion

Allegheny College alumnus and trustee emeritus Jack Mandel received the college’s President’s Medallion during a ceremony on Oct. 7, 2016. The President’s Medallion celebrates the best of liberal arts education by recognizing individuals of distinction and national stature who are themselves graduates of liberal arts colleges.

Mandel, Allegheny Class of 1958, served as a judge in the Superior Court of Orange County, Calif., for 19 years, until his retirement. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and an undergraduate law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mandel has made it possible for dozens of students from Orange County to attend Allegheny College. In 2008 Henry T. Nicholas III and Mandel established the first Nicholas Academic Center. Two Nicholas Academic Centers in Santa Ana, Calif., now provide students with academic tutoring, social services, cultural enrichment programs, college connection opportunities and scholarship opportunities.


Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Six Alumni Join Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame

Allegheny College inducted six alumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 1, during the College’s Homecoming Weekend.

In a ceremony at Schultz Hall, Rebecca Smullin Dawson ’00 (swimming), Nick Catanzarite ’03 (basketball), Jane Och Sharpless ’03 (soccer), Liz Orr Sowa ’03 (soccer), Ben Rathfon ’05 (golf), and Giannina Coccaro Sardis ’06 (softball) joined the Athletic Hall of Fame as its 37th class. Following the induction ceremony, the six inductees were recognized at halftime of Allegheny’s football game against Oberlin, while Sharpless and Sowa were also honored during the Gator women’s soccer team’s match against Wittenberg. (more…)