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Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, with Soloist Douglas Jurs, to Present Spring Concert

April 25, 2016 — The Allegheny College Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble will present their 2016 spring concert on Sunday, May 1 at 3:15 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium. Admission is free.

Both ensembles are under the direction of Professor of Music Lowell Hepler. The soloist for the concert will be Assistant Professor of Music Douglas Jurs. Pre-concert music will be provided by the Allegheny College Saxophone Ensemble.

The Wind Symphony is an 85-member symphonic band, with membership open by audition to all Allegheny College students. The Wind Ensemble is a 40-member ensemble auditioned from the Wind Symphony. Students from the Wind Symphony also regularly participate in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band and the National Small College Intercollegiate Band. In addition to their campus concerts, the Allegheny ensembles in past years have toured the Eastern, Southern and Mid-Western United States. (more…)

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Percussion Ensemble to Present Spring Concert, with Audience Seating on Shafer Auditorium Stage

April 25, 2016 — The Allegheny College Percussion Ensemble will perform their annual spring concert on Monday, May 2 at 8 p.m. on the stage of Shafer Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Audience seating will be on the auditorium stage.

The ensemble’s concert repertoire includes “Introduction & March,” “Bossa Nova Without Instruments,” “Head Talk,” “The Swords of Moda-Ling,” “Fancy That!” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Dona Nobis Pacem” and “Das Küchenkonzert.”

The Percussion Ensemble features nine student performers. Stephen F. Corsi conducts.

Senior Art Show Opens at Allegheny College

April 22, 2016 – The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects Exhibition with a public reception in the art galleries on Tuesday, April 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. The show is an opportunity for graduating Studio Art and Art & Technology majors to present to the public their works, which are the culminating experience of their art studies.

The Spring 2016 Senior Projects Exhibition features the work of eight artists: Rebecca Anderson, Andrea Brush, Elizabeth Blaschak, Emily Cancilla, Jackson Magee, Lesly Mejia-Flores, Imani Prince and Rachel Simmons. (more…)

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Allegheny College’s “Year of Meadville” Culminates with Community Celebration

April 22, 2016 — Allegheny College will conclude its “Year of Meadville” programming with a community celebration from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Downtown Mall, 920 Water St., Meadville.

The event will feature:
• Meadville Neighborhood Center Music Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Meadville Time Trade Sharefest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Meadville Area Middle School “Artists and Authors” event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Vendors and food coordinated by Second Saturday Community Markets, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Local film screenings
• Family-friendly programming and activities
• Premiere of “A Town for Us: A Meadville Community-based Play,” 7 p.m.

A second showing of the community-based play will be held Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Mall.

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Student Journalist Angela Mauroni Is Finalist in Mark of Excellence Awards

April 20, 2016 – Angela Mauroni, news editor for The Campus, the student newspaper at Allegheny College, was a finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Mark of Excellence awards. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

The awards were presented at the Region I spring conference in New Haven, Connecticut on April 10. Region 1, the largest of the 12 SPJ regions, includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Mauroni, a junior from New Kensington, is majoring in English with minors in history, political science and journalism in the public interest. She will serve as co-editor-in-chief of The Campus in 2016-17.

Alex Weidenhof, junior news editor for The Campus, traveled to New Haven to accept the award on behalf of Mauroni and The Campus, which is in its 140th year of publishing at Allegheny College.

Photo: Angela Mauroni, center, with friends

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Allegheny College Senior Honored With Award From the Central PA Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration

April 19, 2016 – Allegheny College senior Abby Lombard has received the Outstanding Student Award from the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

The yearly award is given to one undergraduate student who displays excellence and promise in public administration.

Although she is a native of Syracuse, New York, Lombard was eligible for the award because she spent 13 weeks completing a Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship in Harrisburg. This highly competitive fellowship program places students in leadership offices, such as offices of committee chairmen, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Lombard was placed with two standing committees: the House Majority Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the House Majority Transportation Committee.

Lombard, a history and political science double major and philosophy minor, was nominated for the award during her time in Harrisburg. She will accept it May 2 during a celebration for national Public Service Recognition Week at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. (more…)

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26-Member-Strong Allegheny College Jazz Band to Present Spring Concert

April 18, 2016 — The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 24 at 3:15 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured music will include “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Woodchopper’s Ball,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Getaway,” “Summer Wind,” “Orange Colored Sky,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” “Hurricane Season” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

Instrumental soloists and two vocal soloists will be showcased, including James Niblock, the college’s choral director.

The ensemble, made up of 25 students and one faculty member, is under the direction of Stephen F. Corsi.

Photo: The Allegheny College Jazz Band on their February tour to local schools.

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Spring Concert by Allegheny Choirs to Celebrate “Works from Shakespeare”

April 11, 2016 — The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. The performance will feature the college’s five choral ensembles as well as a finale of several pieces performed by the combined choirs.

Saturday’s program, “Works from Shakespeare,” will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616. Each of the choral ensembles will contribute to the central theme, presenting musical settings of Shakespeare texts. Though the works are all presented in a classical choral idiom, individual compositions are infused with style traits drawn from madrigals, romantic part-songs, doo-wop, jazz and bluegrass. (more…)

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Playshop Theatre’s “Peter Pan and Wendy” Promises to Appeal to Audiences of All Ages

April 11, 2016 — The Allegheny College Playshop Theatre presents “Peter Pan and Wendy” April 21-24, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the production, in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts, can be purchased by calling 814-332-3414.

“Peter Pan and Wendy,” adapted by Doug Rand from the timeless novel by J. M. Barrie, is directed by Beth Watkins.

“I chose this particular adaptation because I like the framing device of story-theatre,” Watkins says. “There is tremendous theatrical potential in this version to exercise the audiences’ imaginations, both through the story-telling but also through the medium of movement. Movement is implied many times in the script: flying, swimming, climbing, walking the plank, running and swordplay/fighting. In our production, characters will ‘fly’ through imaginative means—not on wires, as in the Mary Martin version of the play, but via rolling nursery beds, falling from the sky, and being elevated by other actors.” (more…)

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Vice President Joseph Biden and Senator John McCain To Be Awarded 2016 Civility Prize by Allegheny College

American Political Leaders Recognized for Important Moments of Civility in
Presidential Politics and Throughout Distinguished Careers

April 7, 2016 – The fifth annual Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life will be awarded to Vice President Joseph Biden and Senator John McCain. These two political giants – one from the left and one from the right – have demonstrated throughout the course of their distinguished careers the benefits of civil behavior, and who showed remarkable moments of civility during recent Presidential campaigns.

Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. and Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and a 2012 Allegheny College honorary degree recipient, will award the 2016 Prize at an event this summer in Washington.

“I am increasingly fearful that the tone of our politics – particularly this presidential campaign – and the seeming inability to get anything done in Washington is driving young people away from interest in political careers,” said President Mullen. “I hear it every day on the Allegheny campus from young people who are deeply committed to service and citizenship. They are fulfilling that passion for service in very important ways like the Peace Corps, but not looking toward elective office as a goal. I fear that this is perhaps the most insidious long-term impact of the behavior we are seeing on the campaign trail – it will drive a generation of talented young people away from active engagement in American politics.

“That is why, through the Prize, we must remind today’s students that there are, in fact, political leaders who still see the value of civility in politics and who demonstrate it when it matters most – in the heat of the battle. We recognize Sen. McCain, who during a fiery town hall meeting while campaigning for President in 2008, took back the microphone to correct the misrepresentation of then-Senator Obama. And we salute Vice President Biden, who when announcing in 2015 that he would not seek the Presidency, chose that moment to say, ‘I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemy. They are our opposition.’ (more…)