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50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Inspires Allegheny College’s Programming for 2014-15

Sept. 2, 2014 — Many of the events planned at Allegheny College in 2014-15 — in the academic year of the college’s bicentennial in 2015 — celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the Voting Rights Act.

Keynote speakers for the Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation at the college include Lani Guinier, the first woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School, at 7 p.m. on November 14 and civil rights activist and Algebra Project founder Robert Moses at 7 p.m. on March 30. Both presentations will be in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Another centerpiece of the year’s programming will be an undergraduate conference on the theme on April 10-11. Keynote conference presentations by five renowned scholars and activists — John Aldrich, Anne Boxberger-Flaherty, Joy James, Gabriel Sanchez and Carol Geary Schneider — will be open to the public.

In addition, students enrolled in the one-credit course “Voting Rights and Democratic Participation” will explore issues surrounding the theme by attending lectures and events together to stimulate discussion of the issues. (more…)

Ande Diaz Joins Allegheny College as Associate Provost for Diversity and Organizational Development

Ande DiazAug. 29, 2014 — Ande Diaz joined Allegheny College in August as the associate provost for diversity and organizational development. In her new position, Diaz provides direct leadership for the implementation of programs to create a welcoming and inclusive campus and support efforts to diversify the campus community.

Diaz has served in a variety of roles in higher education, including senior research consultant at the Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University; media, arts and public service career advisor at Harvard College; and assistant dean for multicultural affairs and interim director of the Pace Center for Community Service at Princeton University. Most recently she directed the Intercultural Center at Roger Williams University, where she also taught American Studies and first-year seminars.

Her research areas include civic engagement, inter-ethnic alliances and intergroup dialogue. Her work has been published in the Journal of American Ethnic History, the AAC&U publication “Diversity and Democracy” and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. She serves on the board of The Democracy Imperative, a national network of higher education professionals and community practitioners dedicated to infusing deliberative democracy policies and practices into campus and community decision-making. (more…)

Community Ballroom Lessons To Begin at Allegheny College

Aug. 28, 2014 — The Dance and Movement Studies program at Allegheny College will be offering community ballroom lessons on Monday evenings from September 8 through November 17.

Classes will be taught by Dance and Movement Studies faculty member Betsy Sumerfield in the Montgomery Performance Space on the Allegheny campus.

A class for beginners will be held from 6:45 to 8 p.m., and a class for more experienced dancers will be held from 7:45 to 9 p.m. The cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple.

Participants should plan either to wear ballroom shoes or to dance in their socks.

To register or for more information, call 814-332-2813.

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Allegheny College Art Galleries To Present “8 Hour Projects”

Aug. 25, 2014 — The art galleries of Allegheny College will present “8 Hour Projects” on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for this annual event, which features 13 artists making art on site with the public invited to observe.

This year’s artists, who have been invited to consider themes of loss and change, are Rafael Abreu-Canedo, John Bavaro, Julia Betts, Heather Brand, John Garrett, Darren Lee Miller with Ricky Gindlesberger and Miriam Patterson, Lucia Nhamo, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Ian Thomas and Jeff Willis. Each of the artists, who work with a variety of materials, has been assigned a wall or floor space of approximately 12 x 12 feet.

“Work-in-Progress Day is always crowded, with people dropping in throughout the day to see how ideas evolve—over the course of eight hours—to become completed artworks,” said gallery director Darren Lee Miller, who serves as curator for the exhibit. “The event is appropriate for people of all ages and is especially fun for young, aspiring artists. It’s an opportunity not only to observe but also to participate if the artist so desires.”

An opening reception for the show will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Art Galleries. A panel discussion in Doane Hall A104 will precede the reception at 7 p.m. Works will remain on display through Sunday, Sept. 21. (more…)

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Allegheny Again Makes Top 25 in Washington Monthly’s Best College Rankings

Aug. 25, 2014 – Allegheny College has been named for the second consecutive year to the Top 25 in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category of Washington Monthly’s college rankings, released today. Also listed among the top 25 are Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Swarthmore, Reed, Macalester, Williams, Oberlin and Haverford. In addition, Washington Monthly ranked Allegheny 34 among liberal arts colleges that represent “the best bang for the buck,” based on the economic value students receive per dollar.

The Washington Monthly rankings are unique in that they recognize not only what colleges do for their students but what colleges are doing for the country. The rankings rate top liberal arts colleges in the nation based on three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and civic engagement (encouraging students to give something back to society).

“The Washington Monthly ranking reflects the values at the core of the Allegheny experience,” said James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College. “Allegheny has been known since its founding in 1815 as a college where students can get an education of the highest quality that is still affordable, where they can work alongside faculty members on important research, and where students and graduates believe in giving back. Our college community illustrates every day how deeply embedded in Allegheny’s culture is an ethic of service and civic engagement.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Senior Crystal Stone Earns Good Citizen Scholarship

Aug. 21, 2014 – Crystal Stone, a senior at Allegheny College, is one of only nine students at private colleges to receive a 2014-2015 Commonwealth Good Citizen Scholarship from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Foundation.

The scholarship, a $1,500 award from the AICUP Foundation to students who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to community service, is awarded to full-time students with a GPA of at least 3.0 who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at one of AICUP’s 88 member institutions.

Stone, who is from Pottstown, Pa., is majoring in English at Allegheny College, with a minor in psychology.

She was recognized for a number of community service projects. During winter break, Stone led a group of students on a two-week service trip during which they volunteered on a farm through the WWOOF network, which connects people who want to live and learn on organic 
farms with people who are looking for volunteer help. Stone and her group worked on an organic coffee farm and funded their trip through activities that included a lemonade stand, a raffle and yardwork. (more…)

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Sierra Club Again Counts Allegheny College Among America’s “Coolest Schools”

Aug. 20, 2014 – The Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, has again listed Allegheny College among the top colleges and universities in the nation for green initiatives, institutions that the Sierra Club calls “America’s coolest schools.”

“Our ranking aims to act as a guide for prospective students who seek a way to compare colleges based on the schools’ commitment to environmentalism,” says the Sierra Club on its website. “It also serves to spur competition, create aspirational standards, and publicly reward the institutions that work hard to protect the planet.”

Allegheny College was also included earlier this summer in the annual edition of the Princeton Review’s book “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.” (more…)

September Concert by Alec Chien Canceled

Aug. 11, 2014 — A recital by pianist Alec Chien, originally announced for September 6 at Allegheny College, has been canceled because of scheduling issues.

Chien will perform in two free concerts at Allegheny College in March 2015. On March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Chapel, he will be featured with the Alexander String Quartet in the Brahms and Schumann piano quintets.

The next day, on March 7, Chien will conclude his series on the major works of Schubert and Chopin, at 3 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. The March 7th concert concludes a series of seven concerts over four years that Chien designed to express his gratitude to the community and to Allegheny College. (more…)

Catherine Pope Named Title IX Coordinator at Allegheny College

Katie_PopeAug. 7, 2014 – Catherine “Katie” Pope has been named Title IX coordinator at Allegheny College, a new full-time position in the office of the executive vice president. Pope will join Allegheny College from Purdue University, where she is Title IX deputy coordinator and managing director of the Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

As Title IX coordinator at Allegheny College, Pope will have primary responsibility for ensuring institutional compliance with Title IX laws and regulations and will direct education, training and outreach programs related to Title IX. She will also monitor the development and implementation of the college’s discrimination and sexual harassment policy.

In addition, Pope will provide a long-term vision for compliance and community development that further enhances a safe and respectful environment that best supports the mission of Allegheny College as a residential liberal arts institution. (more…)

Community Invited to Open Dress Rehearsal with Diane Kalinowski

KalinowskiAug. 6, 2014 — The Music Department at Allegheny College will host an open dress rehearsal with Diane Kalinowski at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, in Shafer Auditorium.

Kalinowski will perform five arias she has sung in the competition for the Elizabeth Connell Prize, an international singing competition for dramatic sopranos. Admission is free for the performance, which is expected to last about 30 minutes.

A voice instructor at Allegheny College, Kalinowski has been selected as one of only five sopranos worldwide who will compete in the finals for the 2014 Elizabeth Connell Prize. She won a spot in the final five after her performance in the competition’s semifinals, which were held in July at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

The five finalists will compete in a private judging and a public concert in Sydney, Australia on September 13 in conjunction with the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award Finals. In addition to monetary prizes for all finalists, the winner of the Elizabeth Connell Prize will be granted an audition at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London. (more…)