Works by Allegheny Alumni on Display at ArtPrize Nine

Two Allegheny College alumni are exhibiting their work in ArtPrize Nine, an international art competition that bills itself as the most attended annual public art event in the world.

Zane Miller ’09 is one of five artists on a juror’s short list in the installation category for his work “Two-way Protocols” and one of 25 artists leading a public vote in the same category, putting him in contention for prizes to be announced Friday, Oct. 6. The competition awards more than $500,000 in prizes each year, including a $200,000 Jurors’ Grand Prize and a $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize.

Adrienne Vittorio ’04 is displaying her work “Horses Being Horses: Western Wild Herd” in the three-dimensional category.

Now in its ninth year, ArtPrize is art on a grand scale, attracting 500,000 visitors to downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. For 19 days — this year, Sept. 20 through Oct. 8 — theaters, restaurants, museums, parks, hotels and other spaces are transformed into galleries showcasing all manner of art. The 2016 competition featured 1,453 works created by artists from 40 states and 44 countries, exhibited in 170 venues. This year’s competition showcases 1,346 entries in 175 venues. (more…)

DeHart Market and Dinner Features Nature’s Bounty

More than 250 diners who were lucky enough to get tickets to the 15th Annual DeHart Dinner and Market at Allegheny College on Wednesday, October 4, feasted on dishes like sweet potato and carrot puree, kofta with yogurt sauce, and maple ice cream, all grown naturally and healthfully.

Tickets for the dinner were sold out in a record 90 minutes this year, according to organizers. The culinary event honors Jennifer DeHart, an Environmental Science professor who died in 2010 after a five-year battle with cancer.

The dinner was preceded by a market on campus. The band Salmon Frank provided an enthusiastic soundtrack while vendors set up at tables, selling their produce straight to shoppers. Other activities included a game of cornhole, a stationary bike that generates electricity, and table where Nancy Schultz sells flowers.

To get the dinner started in Schultz Banquet Hall, diners were greeted by three coffee dispensers that read “Decaf,” “Outdoorsy Sumatra,” and “Royal Ethiopian.” Happy Mug Coffee, based in Edinboro, roasts 1,000 pounds of coffee a week and sells it just hours after it’s roasted.

Emmett Barr ’17, an Allegheny alumnus, was one of the employees representing the business at the market. “We roast the coffee the same day it’s bought. We get orders in the morning, and roast to fill those orders so people are getting the freshest possible coffee,” he says. (more…)

Allegheny Art Galleries Feature ‘Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys’

The art galleries of Allegheny College will exhibit ‘Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys,’ works by Helen Zughaib, from Tuesday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 12. An opening reception and artist’s lecture, free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the galleries.

Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art Helen currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. Of her work she writes, in part, “I feel that my background in the Middle East allows me to approach the experiences I have in America in a unique way, remaining an observer of both the Arab and American cultures. I believe that the arts are one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue and positive ideas between the Middle East and the United States.” (more…)

Allegheny to Join Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society

Allegheny College will join nearly 300 colleges and universities from across the country when it becomes a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society.

Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition.  It recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher throughout their junior and/or senior years. Allegheny’s membership in the society was made possible by a grant from the North Coast Athletic Conference that enabled membership of each of the league’s member schools.

“We are extremely grateful for the NCAC’s generosity,” said Portia Hoeg, Director of Athletics at Allegheny.  “Gator student-athletes have always performed well in the classroom, and now we can proudly induct them into an honor society that specifically recognizes their athletic participation and academic excellence. We are beyond thrilled to be a campus chapter!” (more…)

Allegheny Among Pittsburgh Promise’s Preferred College Partners

Allegheny College is proud to be part of an inaugural group of 19 Pennsylvania colleges and universities establishing the Preferred College Partners initiative with The Pittsburgh Promise, a nonprofit organization working to advance academic success.

Allegheny and other Preferred College Partners will provide grants for room, board, or books to eligible, accepted students, beginning with the Class of 2018. The schools will also provide transition and academic support services aimed at student retention and success.  (more…)

15th Annual DeHart Local Foods Dinner to Showcase ‘Bounty of Crawford County’

The reason Allegheny College’s annual DeHart Local Foods Dinner is wildly popular is simple.

“It’s really, really delicious,” Kelly Boulton, Allegheny’s sustainability coordinator, said with a laugh.

This year’s dinner, the 15th, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Schultz Banquet Hall and promises to be no different, with a mouthwatering menu featuring vegetables, proteins, dairy, fruit and other products from local farms and produce grown in Allegheny’s Carr Hall Garden. (more…)

Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy: Cities, Students Must be ‘Intentional’

Former three-term Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy told students gathered in Allegheny College’s Quigley Hall auditorium Friday that cities must be intentional in attracting talent, forming public-private partnerships, and building a future in order to be successful.

“The reality is, cities that are successful are cities that are making investments in the future,” Murphy said during his lecture,“Reaching for the Future: Competing in the 21st Century.” “Cities that have said ‘We need to make investments, not just to maintain the status quo but to invest in the future.”

Students must be intentional in the same way, he said.  (more…)

Renowned Conservationist, TV Host Jeff Corwin to Speak at Allegheny College

Allegheny College will welcome Emmy Award-winning television host, author and biologist Jeff Corwin to campus on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. for a lecture, “100 Heartbeats.” The event in Shafer Auditorium is free and open to the public and is appropriate for all ages.

Corwin, executive producer and host of ABC’s acclaimed weekly series “Ocean Mysteries,” has worked for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the globe since early childhood. For nearly 20 years he has produced and hosted a variety of popular television series and specials that have aired in more than 130 countries worldwide. (more…)

Allegheny College Honors Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney as Inaugural Recipients of the ‘Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania’

Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. presented the inaugural Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania to Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney, former chairs of Pennsylvania’s Republican and Democratic state parties. The presentation was made during last night’s 33rd Annual Chamber Dinner in Hershey – an annual gathering of 2,000 political, business and labor leaders from across the Commonwealth. Former Governor Tom Ridge, a champion of civility and advisor to Allegheny College on the Prize, was on hand to present the award to the Pennsylvania honorees.

“Civility is part of Pennsylvania’s DNA,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. “The Founding Fathers who gathered in Philadelphia to discuss Independence had incredible differences. But they argued those differences with civility. That’s what the Prize is all about – proud partisans who compete in the political arena with a commitment to civil discourse.”

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Allegheny Biology Professor to Speak at Symposium Connecting Girls With Female Scientists

Quick, what do you see in your mind’s eye when you hear the word “scientist?”

For many kids, research shows, the image is of a white male in a lab coat.

It can take exposure to someone of a different color or gender to change the perception of who can be a scientist and what he — or she — can do, said Lisa Whitenack, an associate professor of biology at Allegheny College who studies sharks.

“When you turn on ‘Shark Week,’ it’s almost all male. When you look on TV and in magazines, it’s predominately men,” Whitenack said. “If you’re not seeing yourself, that can be discouraging.”

Whitenack is one of 10 female shark scientists participating in “Shark Tales: Women Making Waves,” a symposium for high school and college-age women organized by the Gills Club. An education initiative of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Gills Club is “dedicated to connecting girls with female scientists from around the world” and promoting women in science. (more…)