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Allegheny Students to Present Work in Pop-up Gallery in Downtown Meadville

April 25, 2016 — Twenty-two students majoring or minoring in Studio Art and Art and Technology at Allegheny College will host a pop-up gallery in downtown Meadville to present their work. An opening reception for the show, “Recipe for Concentrated Dark Matter,” will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at 245 Chestnut Street (the Eldred Building). Admission is free and open to the public.

Student artists will be available during the opening to answer questions and discuss their work and ideas, which represent a semester-long, independently developed creative project resulting in a significant body of work. Works in the exhibit explore a broad range of studio art and inter-art media including video, drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and installation, as well as a broad range of artistic ideas. (more…)

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Creek Connections to Showcase Waterway Research by Local Students

April 25, 2016 – Creek Connections will host its 21st annual Student Research Symposium at Allegheny College on Friday, April 29 in the college’s Campus Center. Community members are invited to view students’ project displays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Creek Connections is an outreach program of Allegheny College that brings hands-on, inquiry-based education about watersheds to students ranging in age from middle school to high school.

Throughout the school year, participating students retrieve water samples and conduct research on waterways in their community, monitoring the conditions that affect the creeks’ water quality. At the research symposium, they come together to share interactive research displays and hands-on workshops with their classmates, teachers and the community.

Approximately 475 students will attend the symposium, representing schools from northwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York and eastern Ohio. Keynote speaker David Boughton of Pennsylvania Sea Grant will talk about Lake Erie shipwrecks. Several environmental organizations will also present displays. (more…)

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Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss to Give Commencement Address at Allegheny College

Honorary Degrees Also to Be Awarded to Wayne State University President and to EEOC Commissioner

April 25, 2016 – Michael Beschloss — presidential historian for NBC News, commentator for PBS NewsHour and nationally renowned author — will deliver the Commencement address at Allegheny College in the college’s 201st year. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

The author of nine critically acclaimed books, Beschloss co-authored with Caroline Kennedy the #1 New York Times best seller “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.” He is currently working on a history of American presidents in wartime from James Madison to George W. Bush. Beschloss himself has been called a national treasure.

In addition to his work on NBC and PBS, Beschloss created and hosted the Discovery Channel series “Decisions That Shook the World,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 2005.

He has been a historian on the staff of the Smithsonian Institution, a senior associate member at Oxford University and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation.

Sharing the stage with Beschloss and Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. will be two Allegheny alumni who will also be awarded honorary degrees. (more…)

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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.