Allegheny College Students Help Area Children Through Free Children’s Dental Health Fair

Feb. 9, 2015 — Students from Allegheny College’s Pre-Dental Society are teaming up with Meadville Medical Center to host a free Children’s Dental Health Fair for the community.

The fun, interactive fair for children ages 18 and under will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Lew Davies Community Building, 1034 Park Ave. It is being held as part of National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month in February.

The fair will include a fluoride station, healthy food demonstrations, good hygiene techniques and community-based oral health resources, along with free games, prizes and giveaways.

“The goal is to provide a fun experience for the whole family while also giving children and adults techniques and resources they can use for a lifetime,” says Matt Zaborowski ’17, a global health major/biology minor from Bloomfield, N.Y. “We want to help the community understand how important oral health is. And at the same time, we hope to get a better idea of what some of the barriers to oral health are.” (more…)

Single Voice Reading Series Continues with Poet Scott Cairns

cairnssFeb. 9, 2015 – The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College continues its 2014-15 season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 with Scott Cairns reading from his work. The presentation in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

Cairns is professor of English at the University of Missouri and founding director of Writing Workshops in Greece. The most recent of his seven poetry collections, “Idiot Psalms,” was published in 2014, as was the Greek edition of his spiritual memoir “Short Trip to the Edge.” He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006 and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014. (more…)


Megan Ming Francis To Speak on “Civil Rights, Freedom Fighters and Strategies for Today”

Feb. 5, 2015 — Megan Ming Francis, author of the book “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State,” will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The presentation, “Why We Can’t Wait: Civil Rights, Freedom Fighters and Strategies for Today,” is free and open to the public.

Francis’ work sits at the intersection of race, law, history, capitalism and civil rights. An assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, she earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at Princeton University and a B.A. in political science and economics from Rice University.

Her talk is part of Allegheny College’s Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation, which celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the Voting Rights Act and explores the state of voting rights, broadly defined, in the world today. The Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation is the academic centerpiece of the college’s bicentennial celebration.

More information on Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation events at Allegheny College, which will feature a keynote presentation by renowned civil rights activist and MacArthur Award-winning educator Robert P. Moses on March 30, can be found at


Allegheny College Featured in New Princeton Review Book “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Feb. 3, 2015 – Allegheny College is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking an outstanding academic experience, excellent career preparation and generous financial aid, according to the Princeton Review.

Allegheny is one of 200 schools that the education services company profiles in its new book “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition,” released today.

The Princeton Review’s “Return-on-Education” rating measures 40 weighted data points, including academics, cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The company based its ROE rating on data collected in 2013-14 from surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by through April 2014 of alumni of the same schools.

“Allegheny College is frequently cited as one of the best small liberal arts colleges in the country,” notes the Princeton Review in the book’s profile of Allegheny. “Known for combining extremely rigorous academics with an ethos that emphasizes community, social progress, and service, the school encourages its students to pursue ‘unusual combinations’ of interests—both academic and extracurricular.” The profile also recognizes Allegheny for “providing a top tier education and high graduation rates with affordable prices.” (more…)

Talk at Allegheny College To Focus on Political Participation and Transitional Society in Egypt

DandavatiFeb. 3, 2015 – Annie Dandavati, professor of political science at Hope College, will present a talk titled “Brothers, Sisters and Soldiers: Political Participation and Transitional Society in Egypt” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9 at the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College.

Dandavati’s talk, which is part of Allegheny College’s Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation, will focus on Egypt and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, gender and the military.

Chairperson of the Department of Political Science at Hope College, Dandavati also serves as director of international studies. Her areas of interest include comparative politics, democratization, gender and development, and human rights.

More information on Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation events at Allegheny College can be found at


Three Allegheny Voice Faculty to Give Recital

Feb. 2, 2015 — Allegheny College voice teachers Carol Niblock, Diane Kalinowski and Vicki Jamison will present a free vocal recital at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8 in Ford Chapel on the Allegheny campus.

The three sopranos will present a recital of opera duets and trios. The program will include duets from Purcell’s “King Arthur,” Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito,” Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief” and two Bellini operas: “Norma” and “Bianca e Fernando.” All three singers will be heard together in trios from “Beatrice et Benedict” by Berlioz, “Der Rosenkavalier” by Strauss, “Carmen” by Bizet and “The Magic Flute” by Mozart.

Diane Kalinowski joined the voice faculty in 2010. Carol Niblock graduated from Allegheny in 2002 and returned as a voice teacher in 2012. Vicki Jamison began teaching at Allegheny in 1981. The singers will be accompanied by Professor of Music Emeritus Ward Jamison.

Photo (from left): Carol Niblock, Vicki Jamison and Diane Kalinowski.


Fiber Artist Louise Silk To Present “The Quilt Maker’s Voice”

Jan. 27, 2015 – Fiber artist Louise Silk will present a lunchtime slide talk titled “The Sound of a Needle: The Quilt Maker’s Voice” at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in Room 101 of Carnegie Hall on the Allegheny College campus. The presentation is open to the public, and participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

From traditional quilt patterns such as the Log Cabin with its story of hearth and home to elevating the spirit through innovative quilts such as those created by African-American women in the rural community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Silk will demonstrate the varied ability of quilts to voice stories, share views, engage social change and memorialize loved ones.

Over the past 30 years, Silk’s work has been included in the National Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts as well as many private corporate collections. In addition to commissions and exhibitions, she lectures and teaches.

Allegheny College To Present International Film Festival

Jan. 27, 2015 — The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Allegheny College will host its annual international film festival on Thursdays from February 5 through March 5. All films begin at 7 p.m. at The Movies, 11155 Highline Drive in Meadville. General admission is $7.

The schedule includes:

February 5: “Three” (Germany, 2010), directed by Tom Tykwer. No rating. In German with subtitles.

February 12: “The German Doctor” (Argentina, 2014), directed by Lucía Puenzo. Rated PG-13. In Spanish with subtitles.

February 19: “Omar” (Palestine, 2013), directed by Hany Abu-Assad. No rating. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles.

February 26: “The French Minister” (France, 2013), directed by Bertrand Tavernier. No rating. In French with subtitles.

March 5: “A Touch of Sin” (China, 2013), directed by Jia Zhang-ke. No rating. In Mandarin with subtitles. (more…)

Allegheny Scholarship for Women Seeks Applicants for 2015-16

Jan. 23, 2015 — The Allegheny College Association, in conjunction with Allegheny College, offers a limited number of scholarships for part-time enrollment at the college. The Nancy Sheridan ACA Scholarship provides an opportunity for women who have been out of the classroom for a number of years to continue their education.

Applications for the 2015-16 Scholarship are available at The deadline for submission is March 11. An information session will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m. in Allegheny’s Schultz Hall, East Alcove.

The scholarship is available to women at least 25 years of age who are residents of Crawford County and who have completed high school or the equivalent but have less than two years of college. The fully paid scholarship covers a maximum of 12 credits of part-time enrollment for one year (two 14-week semesters), an allowance to cover course-related expenses, and a faculty advisor to help with course selection and provide support and guidance. Scholarship recipients have access to the same privileges as other students, including access to the library, athletic facilities, computing and parking. (more…)

Community Members Invited To Join Allegheny College Chorus

Jan. 21, 2015 – The Allegheny College Chorus welcomes new singers each concert season and will do so again on Monday, Jan. 26, as preparations begin for an April 11 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, or by phone at 332-3305.