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Sculpture Exhibit at Allegheny College Art Galleries Explores “The Fluidity of Gender”

Jan. 18, 2016 – The art galleries of Allegheny College will open “The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein” with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 in the galleries.

The exhibition explores the continuum between masculinity and femininity, while inspiring the compassion, empathy and bravery it takes to become an upstander – someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right – rather than a bystander. Stein asks people to re-invent and visualize bravery for themselves, to look at the armor they wear and the safety they seek.

“The Fluidity of Gender” is supported in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. (more…)

Community Members Invited To Join Allegheny College Chorus

Jan. 18, 2016 – The Allegheny College Chorus welcomes new singers each concert season and will do so again on Monday, January 25, as preparations begin for an April concert.

The Chorus invites singers from Meadville and surrounding communities to participate along with Allegheny faculty, staff and students. The mixed choir of male and female voices sings accompanied and a cappella works spanning five centuries of choral music from around the world.

Rehearsals take place in the Allegheny Choir Room in the Campus Center’s Arnold Hall on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Singers interested in joining the Chorus should contact the director, James Niblock, prior to the first rehearsal at jniblock@allegheny.edu, or by phone at 332-3305.

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Public Invited to Share in Allegheny College’s Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Please note: Dr. Monroe’s talk has been postponed due to the winter storm predicted for this weekend.

Jan. 13, 2016 – The public is invited to join the Allegheny College community for two free events that will bookend a weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Katrina Dyonne Thompson will speak on “Seeing Beyond Yourself: The Life, Leadership and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, January 18 in the college’s Ford Chapel.

An associate professor of history and African American studies at Saint Louis University, Thompson specializes in 19th- and 20th-century issues of race, gender, stereotypes and American entertainment culture. She is the author of “Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery.”

Thompson has been a contributor to discussions on race, popular culture and American slavery on NPR and on the New York based radio program The Communicators.

The Rev. Dr. Irene Monroe, an activist for human rights and against homophobia, will speak at the Sunday chapel service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 24 in Ford Chapel. The public is invited to both the service and to a reception afterward in the chapel oratory.

Monroe’s presentation will be a reflection on the dreams that Allegheny College has for its community and efforts to make them a reality. The 2015-2016 academic year at Allegheny College takes as its theme “the Year of Meadville” and reflects a partnership between Allegheny College and the Meadville community to build a just and sustainable future for the town. (more…)

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Allegheny College Year of Meadville Events to Focus on Developing Strong Local Food System

Jan. 13, 2016 – Beginning Monday, Jan. 18, Allegheny College will host a community reading series in preparation for a talk by Ben Hewitt, author of “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food.”

Small reading groups will discuss Hewitt’s best-selling book, with free copies of “The Town That Food Saved” provided to the first 30 registered participants. For more information about the reading series and to register, go to allegheny.edu/yearofmeadville and look for the “Our Local Food System” link.

The reading series will run until Friday, Feb. 19, when Hewitt will speak at 7 p.m. in the college’s Ford Chapel. The event will focus on how communities can work together to develop a strong food system that supports both people and natural resources.

The following day, a panel discussion on regional food systems will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Lew Davies Community Center, 1034 Park Ave., in Meadville. (more…)

Community Ballroom Lessons to Begin at Allegheny College

Jan. 4, 2016 — The Dance and Movement Studies program at Allegheny College will be offering community ballroom lessons on Monday evenings beginning on January 18.

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 for a total of 10 lessons 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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PNC Foundation Awards Grant to Fund Scholarships at Allegheny College

Dec. 17, 2015 – Allegheny College announced today that it has received a $200,000 grant from the PNC Foundation that will be used to fund more scholarships for students who otherwise might not be able to attend the nationally acclaimed liberal arts college.

“An investment in a student’s education yields significant benefits for many years, as students graduate and become leaders in their communities and professions,” said Marlene Mosco, regional president of PNC Bank in Northwest Pennsylvania. “Many of Allegheny’s students choose to remain in the region after graduation and contribute to the vitality and well-being of our communities in Erie and Crawford counties.

“PNC has a longstanding relationship with Allegheny College,” Mosco said. “In fact, our chairman, president and CEO, Bill Demchak, is an Allegheny alumnus.”

The grant, which comes as the college celebrates its 200th year, will be added to an endowed fund established in 1986. Awards from the PNC Bank Scholarship Fund have helped 14 students complete their educations at Allegheny so far. This grant will make more scholarships available to students in the future.

“Allegheny has a proud tradition of being accessible to any student who is qualified to enroll. Because many of our students come from families who are struggling financially, we search for ways to help these students pursue their aspirations for an Allegheny education,” said James H. Mullen Jr., the college’s president. “We are grateful to the PNC Foundation for helping to make dreams come true for future generations of students who will benefit from this generous grant.”

Megan Arnold, a first-year student from Burton, Ohio, received the PNC Bank Scholarship this year. She is a chemistry major and psychology minor with plans to attend graduate school in a medical scientist training program to pursue a career in medical research. (more…)

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National Organization Honors Professor E. Lee Coates With Career Achievement Award

Dec. 7, 2015 – The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, an organization that is part of the Society for Neuroscience, has honored Allegheny College professor E. Lee Coates with its Career Achievement Award.

The presentation took place in Chicago during the group’s annual meeting in October. Two Allegheny alumnae, Amy Jo Stavnezer, the academic organization’s incoming president, and outgoing president Lisa Gabel presented Coates with the award.

One of the organization’s highest honors, the Career Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to undergraduate neuroscience education and research. Coates, who has been at Allegheny since 1992, teaches in the biology department and in the neuroscience and global health studies programs.

“Lee is an accomplished teacher and scholar,” said Gabel. “His former students describe him as an exceptional mentor and friend. His impact on their careers is felt long after they have left the halls of the biology and neuroscience departments at Allegheny College.” (more…)

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Allegheny Choirs To Present Fall Concert: Program to Include Hugo Wolf’s “The Fire-Rider”

Dec. 2, 2015 — The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. The Allegheny College Chorus, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble and Choir will each perform several short works, and the groups will collaborate to close the performance as a massed choir of 140 voices.

With each choir contributing an eclectic assortment of classical works and seasonal selections, listeners can enjoy choral sounds in seven languages spanning five centuries of choral tradition. Highlights will include a number of holiday favorites such as the Ukrainian Carol of the Bells, Gloucestershire Wassail and the traditional carol for the presentation of a Boar’s Head at holiday feasts. (more…)

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Allegheny College Places Seventh in New Ranking of Psychology Programs

December 2, 2015 – Allegheny College has been ranked seventh among the top “up and coming” undergraduate psychology programs in the East by the organization Best Psychology Degrees.

Among the criteria used to determine the ranking were innovative instructional methods, such as experiential learning; research, internship and study-abroad opportunities in psychology; use of cutting-edge technological resources; recent additions and renovations to facilities; and what Best Psychology Degrees calls the “wow” factor.

“The psychology department at Allegheny College has a long history of preparing students for many post-graduate opportunities including graduate study or work in research, counseling, human resources and much more,” said Aimee Knupsky, associate professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at Allegheny College.

“Our students have access to a creative and engaged faculty, a broad range of labs and a well-established set of internship opportunities in the Meadville community,” Knupsky said. “We encourage students to become active participants in the field from their first years and guide them toward conducting their own independent research.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Senior Abby Lombard Chosen for House Legislative Program

Dec. 2, 2015 – Allegheny College senior Abby Lombard, of Syracuse, New York, has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship for 13 weeks beginning Jan. 12, 2016.

The highly competitive fellowship program places students in leadership offices, such as offices of committee chairmen, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. As one of the only legislative fellows this year to be placed on two committees, Lombard will be working with the Veterans Affairs/Emergency Preparedness and the Transportation committees.

The program provides fellows with access to weekly workshops with key thinkers, planners and decision makers. Fellows also 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.

“My dream is to enter into the political world and eventually get into government service,” says Lombard, a history and political science double major and philosophy minor. “I’ve worked for a congressman and for local government, but I’ve never had state experience. I believe I can really benefit from this.” (more…)