Allegheny College Hosts Hands-On Science Workshop for Area Fourth Graders

For the third year, Allegheny College, in conjunction with the Crawford Central School District and Partners in Education, is hosting the Fourth Graders as Scientists event (formerly called the Fourth Grade Science Symposium) on Tuesday, March 17, Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, on the College’s campus.

During the event, fourth graders from all five Crawford Central elementary schools will be on campus to get hands-on experience with a variety of science topics to help them prepare for the science portion of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSAs), which the students will take in the spring.  (more…)

Nominations Sought for Lew Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service

March 16, 2015 – Allegheny College is soliciting nominations for the 11th annual Lew Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service. This award, which includes a cash prize, will be given to an Allegheny student who has made a significant, demonstrable contribution to the Meadville area community.

Nominees must have gone “above and beyond” in their volunteer or internship activities and have positively influenced other Allegheny students through their commitment to service.

The Lew Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service is given in honor of Lew Davies, a 1940 graduate of Allegheny who worked his way through college and, as a result of his connection with Meadville, returned following his service in World War II. As a successful businessman and community leader, as well as an active alumnus and trustee of the college until his death in 2003, Davies continually sought to build cooperation between the college and the community. (more…)


Professor of Geology Ron Cole Receives NSF Grant in Support of Research

March 16, 2015 — Ron Cole, a professor of geology at Allegheny College, received a grant of $107,250 from the National Science Foundation in support of his project “Research at Undergraduate Institutions: Magmatic Evolution Leading Up to the Modern Aleutian Arc on the Alaska Peninsula.”

The grant will provide funding for three Allegheny students over two years to collaborate with Cole and researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Volcano Observatory and University of Wisconsin at Madison. The project will investigate long-term and modern geologic processes that influence volcanic activity in southwestern Alaska. One hundred percent of the $107,250 cost of the project will be covered by federal funds through this NSF grant.

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President James Mullen To Moderate Discussion with Historian Michael Beschloss at American Council on Education Meeting

Photo: Michael Beschloss, left, and President James H. Mullen Jr. at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education

March 12, 2015 — James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College and chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), will moderate a discussion with historian Michael Beschloss on Monday, March 16 at the annual meeting of ACE, the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities.

The annual meeting, held March 14-17 in Washington, D.C., will close out Mullen’s tenure as chair of ACE’s board. He will be succeeded by Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston (UH) System and president of UH.

A frequent guest on national news programs, Michael Beschloss serves as presidential historian for NBC News, is a contributor to the PBS NewsHour, and is a contributing columnist for The New York Times. (more…)

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Allegheny College’s Student Newspaper Wins Five Awards from Pennsylvania Newspaper Association

March 11, 2015 – The Campus, the student newspaper at Allegheny College, won two first-place awards and three honorable mentions in the four-year college category from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

Sam Stephenson, co-editor-in-chief of The Campus, and photo editor Meghan Hayman won a first-place Student Keystone Press Award in the category of general news. The Campus staff also won a first-place award for layout and design on “The Story Next Door,” a special edition of The Campus that published student work from a conference that explored community journalism in action.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Amasa Smith, in the category of feature photos; Meghan Hayman, in the category of news photos; and Elliott Bartels, Sam Stephenson and Amanda Spadaro, for The Campus’ website.

“It is an understatement to say we were really excited to hear that we won five Keystone Awards,” said Stephenson. “I was sitting in the newsroom with my co-chief, Amanda Spadaro, when she started screaming that we had won awards. After seeing how many we won, including two first place awards, I was just incredibly proud of the staff. But I think we also see it as a challenge. Five awards was incredible and unexpected, but we can always do better, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.” (more…)

top-environmental-science-schools-badge-300x225 Ranks Allegheny College’s Environmental Science/Studies Department No. 2 in the Nation

Allegheny College’s Environmental Science/Studies Department ranks No. 2 in the country, according to, a website dedicated to environmental science education and careers.

Allegheny’s program “teaches students to analyze the relationships between humans and the environment that we live with and use,” the site says.

Factors considered in the ranking were location, environmental practices, faculty, study abroad opportunities, teaching methods, program breadth, degree levels offered and renowned research.

“Allegheny’s environmental science department has long been dedicated to teaching students to solve real-world environmental problems,” says Professor Eric Pallant, department chair. “More than a dozen Allegheny faculty with exceptional breadth and depth in environmental problem-solving work shoulder-to-shoulder with students to make the world more sustainable. Our students and alumni have achieved extraordinary success in promoting environmental sustainability. It is a wonderful achievement to be recognized by the nation’s most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Alumna and Trustee Emerita Honored With President’s Medallion

March 6, 2015 – Allegheny College alumna and trustee emerita Patricia Bush Tippie received the college’s inaugural President’s Medallion during a ceremony on Feb. 6, 2015. The President’s Medallion celebrates the best of liberal arts education by recognizing individuals of distinction and national stature who are themselves graduates of liberal arts colleges.

Mrs. Tippie is a member of Allegheny’s Class of 1956. She has served as an Allegheny College Trustee since 1992 and before that as a member of the College’s Alumni Council.

“This was the first time in my life that I have been surprised, so at first I was shocked and overwhelmed. Then I realized that all of my trustee friends were responsible for me receiving this high honor and I felt humbled, honored and loved. It was an unforgettable evening,” says Mrs. Tippie. (more…)

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“Agents of Change” Conference To Showcase Projects That Harness Student Power

March 6, 2015 — The Lake Effect Leaders VISTA Consortium will host a conference, “Agents of Change,” on March 27 and 28 at Gannon University in Erie. The conference will be of particular interest to individuals who work in nonprofits as well as long-term service professionals, such as Peace Corps alumni and members of AmeriCorps and Teach for America.

The conference is inspired by the history and evolution of the AmeriCorps VISTA program for children and youth in northwest Pennsylvania that has been facilitated by Allegheny College for the past 11 years. Service teams from the program’s 15 community sites in Erie and Crawford counties and participating institutions of higher education will showcase projects that have harnessed student leadership to bridge the gap between campus and community in order to battle poverty and advance social justice. (more…)

Single Voice Reading Series Continues with Poets Lauren Alleyne and Allison Wilkins

March 3, 2015 – The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College closes its 2014-15 season at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 with poets Lauren K. Alleyne and Allison Wilkins reading from their work. The presentation in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

lauren-alleyne-150x150A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Alleyne received her M.F.A. from Cornell University and is currently Poet-in-Residence and an assistant professor of English at the University of Dubuque. Her first book of poems, “Difficult Fruit,” was published in 2014 by Peepal Tree Press.

Allison-Wilkins-150x150Wilkins is an assistant professor of English at Lynchburg College, where she is also poetry editor of the James Dickey Review. Her first book of poems, “Girl Who,” was published by CW Books in 2014. She received her M.F.A. at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is a doctoral candidate at University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Professor of English Christopher Bakken at


Professor of Geology Ron Cole Appointed Provost and Dean of Allegheny College

Feb. 27, 2015 – Professor of Geology Ron Cole has been appointed provost and dean of Allegheny College, effective July 1. Cole will succeed Linda DeMeritt, who has served as the college’s chief academic officer since 2003.

“Ron is a proven leader, a scholar of the first rank, an exceptional teacher and a mentor not only to students but to his colleagues on the faculty,” said President James H. Mullen Jr. “He is committed to the core values of our residential liberal arts community and has offered a compelling vision for our future that is grounded in academic rigor, shared governance and to insuring a diverse, inclusive campus environment. The totality of his experience — as well as his collegiality, openness and essential fairness — affords him a particularly strong preparation for his new role. He will be an outstanding provost and dean of the college.” (more…)