Project VOICE Brings Spoken Word Poetry to Meadville with Free Performance and Workshops

Nov. 3, 2015 — Project VOICE, which practices the art of spoken word poetry, will give a free performance at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. Two related workshops and an open mic night are also planned as part of the Year of Meadville, a partnership between Allegheny College and the Meadville community to build a just and sustainable future for the town.

Project VOICE uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate and inspire. Through award-winning performances and innovative workshops, Project VOICE promotes empowerment, improves literacy and encourages empathy and creative collaboration in classrooms and communities around the world. A performance by Project VOICE not only entertains but also encourages students to create their own work.

In addition to the free performance, Project VOICE performers Phil Kaye and Franny Choi will present a professional development workshop on November 12 at 4 p.m. in Pelletier Library at Allegheny College. Educators from Crawford Central School District and the Meadville area interested in learning how this art form can be incorporated into their classrooms can register for the workshop by following the link to Youth Voices at

A community open mic night will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 13 in the lounge of the Academy Theatre in downtown Meadville. The art created over the course of Project VOICE’s two-day visit will be performed, but all are welcome to share their spoken word pieces. (more…)


Allegheny Honored as Top Baccalaureate College in the Nation for Undergraduate Research

Oct. 29, 2015 – Allegheny College has been recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) with an inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment (AURA), CUR announced today.

The award recognizes Allegheny for its exemplary programs providing high-quality research experiences to undergraduates. AURA recognition requires campuses to have depth and breadth in their undergraduate research initiatives, as well as evidence of sustained innovation.

Allegheny College will be honored on January 22, 2016 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.

In announcing the award, CUR noted Allegheny College’s well-designed and developmentally appropriate undergraduate research experience. That experience is supported by deliberate scaffolding, which begins during a student’s first year, continues throughout the sophomore and junior years and culminates in a required capstone research project. CUR also noted that Allegheny’s faculty are actively engaged in publishing undergraduate research and that the college’s promotion and tenure process supports faculty’s work with undergraduate research.

Allegheny’s holistic and sustained student development approach, CUR said in announcing the award, prepares Allegheny students for both graduate study and post-baccalaureate employment.

“It is a great honor to have been selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research, one of the leading organizations in higher education, to receive an inaugural 2015 Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment,” said James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College. “The award is a valued acknowledgment of the robust programs for undergraduate research that our faculty have built with such care and that our students embrace with such enthusiasm.”

Three awards were made this year to recognize outstanding institutions from different classification groups. CUR’s Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos and President Roger Rowlett joined together to say, “Excellence in undergraduate research programming is found in all types of institutions, and CUR is proud to honor these national leaders who have thoroughly connected research to the undergraduate education process.” (more…)


Student Journalists at Allegheny College To Host Open House for Birthday of Ida Tarbell, Class of 1880

Oct. 29, 2015 – The student journalists of The Campus, the award-winning student newspaper at Allegheny College, will celebrate pioneering journalist Ida Tarbell’s birthday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 5 in the newspaper’s newsroom, Campus Center 314. The public is invited for cake and an open house.

Tarbell was born in Erie County on November 5, 1857 and grew up in Titusville. The only woman to matriculate at Allegheny College in 1876 and graduate in 1880, Tarbell set a standard for investigative reporting that journalists today continue to hold high.

“I think Ida Tarbell’s legacy is something that resonates deeply with the work we do for The Campus,” said Christina Bryson, the college newspaper’s editor-in-chief. “She never let anything or anyone stop her from doing her journalistic duty. Ida teaches us that it’s our duty as journalists to report the truth no matter how tough it may be to actually report. And I think as long as we continue working towards that goal of fairness and accuracy while also informing the public of the tougher issues, then we as student journalists are honoring Ida Tarbell’s legacy.” (more…)

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Single Voice Reading Series Continues with Poets Brian Barker and Nicky Beer

Oct. 28, 2015 – The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College continues its 2015-16 season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 5 with poets Brian Barker and Nicky Beer reading from their work. The presentation in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

Brian Barker is the author of two books of poetry: “The Animal Gospels” and “The Black Ocean,” winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition. His poems, reviews and interviews have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Cincinnati Review, Blackbird and Pleiades. He teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is a poetry editor with the journal Copper Nickel.

Nicky Beer is the author of two books of poetry: “The Octopus Game” and “The Diminishing House,” winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Her awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Mary Wood Fellowship from Washington College, a Discovery/The Nation Award and a Campbell Corner Prize. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she co-edits the journal Copper Nickel.

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Professor of English Christopher Bakken at


Two Exhibits at Allegheny College Art Galleries Examine the World’s Most Crucial Commodity: Water

Oct. 27, 2015 – The art galleries of Allegheny College will open two related exhibits on November 3: “Water Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource,” curated by Jennifer Heath, and “Water: Elemental, Mutable, Essential,” co-organized and curated by Heather Brand and Amara Geffen.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on November 3, with the exhibits on display through November 24. Artist Rebecca Allan, an Allegheny graduate from 1986, will lead a gallery talk at the reception. The exhibits, artists’ talk and reception are free and open to the public.

“Water, Water Everywhere” comprises 30-second to 30-minute films from 45 artists worldwide exploring the planet’s most crucial commodity and the basis for all earthly life, with works that are documentary, experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated and acted.

The second exhibition, “Water: Elemental, Mutable, Essential,” examines our relationship to water both as a vital resource and also as a catalyst for aesthetically and socially engaging creations. The artists work with water as both subject and medium, creating a space for inquiry, education and reflection. (more…)


Allegheny College Junior Bennett Gould and Creek Connections Program Are Named Campus Sustainability Champions

Photo: Allegheny College junior Bennett Gould in the college’s organic garden, outside the Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science

Oct. 26, 2015 – The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium has presented 2015 Campus Sustainability Champion awards to Bennett Gould, a junior at Allegheny College, and to Creek Connections, an outreach program of Allegheny College that brings hands-on watershed education to students ranging in age from elementary to high school.

Campus Sustainability Champion awards are given annually to students, faculty and staff of Pennsylvania colleges and universities who have made meaningful contributions benefiting social, economic and/or environmental sustainability on their campuses, in their communities or in society at large. Contributions can be in teaching, research, co-curricular programs, campus culture, community service and campus operations.

Both Gould and Wendy Kedzierski, director of Creek Connections, participated in a panel of Campus Sustainability Champions at PERC’s annual conference, held on October 9.



Pelletier Library Lecture Focuses on “Mothering and Media in Precarious Times”

Oct. 21, 2015 – Professors Julie Wilson and Emily Yochim will present the 20th annual Pelletier Library Lecture at Allegheny College at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 in the Collaboratory, on the upper floor of the college’s Pelletier Library. Both the lecture, titled “Mothering and Media in Precarious Times,” and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.

Wilson and Yochim, who are on the communication arts faculty at Allegheny College, ask the questions “What does mothering look like in an era of uncertainty?” and “How do mothers hold together their families in a world that seems bent on pulling them apart?”

Drawing on extensive ethnographic research with mothers in Meadville and Erie area communities, Wilson and Yochim explore the everyday joys and challenges of contemporary motherhood, showing how mothers navigate increasing economic insecurity through engagements with digital media such as Pinterest, Facebook and couponing sites.

The lecture is part of the college’s Year of Meadville programming, a partnership between the college and the community that is focused on building a sustainable and just future. More information can be found at

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Allegheny College Trustee Kim Tillotson Fleming Is Named Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania

Oct. 20, 2015 — Allegheny College trustee Kim Tillotson Fleming was named one of nine Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania in a ceremony on October 14 at the Governor’s Residence. Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf presented the nine women with medals for their achievements.

“I am proud to continue the tradition of honoring remarkable Pennsylvania women by designating them as Distinguished Daughters,” said Governor Wolf. “These women have greatly enhanced the lives of fellow Pennsylvanians and those beyond our borders, and have made great contributions to the commonwealth.”

Since the first group of women were named by Governor James H. Duff in 1949, nearly 500 women have been recognized by Pennsylvania governors as Distinguished Daughters.

“A respected business leader and community advocate, Kim provides a remarkable example for young people through her integrity, hard work, passion for life, and selfless service to society,” said James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College, who attended the awards ceremony at the Governor’s Residence. “It is her well-rounded approach to life – and her genuine compassion for others – that sets Kim apart as an exemplary role model and inspiration to all who know her. She is an extraordinarily gifted individual who has devoted those gifts to the service of others, and our Commonwealth is stronger and better for it.”

Fleming is chairman and chief executive officer of Hefren-Tillotson Inc., a privately held Pittsburgh-based financial planning and investment advisory firm. In 2014 Hefren-Tillotson was named #1 Top Workplace in Western Pennsylvania and Fleming received the Top Executive award for medium-sized companies by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (more…)


Allegheny College To Participate in Challenge to Benefit Public Radio

Oct. 16, 2015 – Allegheny College will participate in the 2015 Collegiate Challenge to benefit WQLN, northwest Pennsylvania’s public radio station, on Friday, October 23. WQLN will be broadcasting live from the Campus Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Allegheny College alumni, students, faculty and staff will compete with their counterparts at Pitt Titusville, Edinboro, Mercyhurst, Gannon and Penn State Behrend to see who can raise the most money for public radio.

During the competition, callers can make their pledges and increase their school’s fundraising standing. Two trophies will be awarded: one for most money raised and the other for highest percentage increase over last year’s giving total. Last year the Allegheny College community raised $14,742 for public radio.

Representing Allegheny on air this year will be President James H. Mullen Jr. and Allegheny Student Government president Haley Riley; Allegheny alumnus Pete Scibetta; Professors Beth Watkins, Jim Bulman, Glenn Holland, Ron Stitt, and Lowell and Julie Hepler; Wendy Kedzierski, director of the college’s Creek Connections program; Autumn Vogel, coordinator for the Year of Meadville, a partnership between Allegheny and the local community; and Taylor Hinton, the college’s Wellness Program coordinator. (more…)


Allegheny College Places in Top 10 Percent in Index That Measures Graduates’ Employability

Oct. 16, 2015 – Allegheny College ranks in the top 10 percent of almost 1,200 four-year colleges in an index released by the nonprofit Educate To Career, which measures economic value delivered to graduates.

ETC defines economic value as the improvement in earnings and employability of graduates measured against the total cost of the education. The rankings are calculated by measuring such factors as percentage of graduates employed in occupations that utilize their field of study, average salary earned by recent graduates, percentage of graduates employed within one year of graduation and number of years to graduate.

“Many brand-name colleges are better at picking winners than they are at creating them,” said ETC president and founder Michael R. Havis, “whereas our system rates colleges based upon their demonstrated ability to improve the earnings and employability of students.”

Ninety-three percent of Allegheny graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Top fields for graduates include careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; business; healthcare; and education.

“An Allegheny education is less about what to think and more about how to think and how to apply the writing, speaking and problem-solving skills you gain at Allegheny to new challenges and circumstances,” said Terrence Bensel, associate provost and director of the Allegheny Gateway. “It’s no wonder that our students do so well after graduation.” (more…)