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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…)

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Allegheny College Senior Emily Eikey Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 6, 2016 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Allegheny College senior Emily Eikey a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship.

Eikey, a chemistry major and psychology minor from Finleyville, Pa., was one of 2,000 individuals chosen for an award. Awardees — chosen from close to 17,000 applicants — represent a diverse group of scientific disciplines.

The fellowship provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution). That support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in science or engineering.

“I am extremely honored and beyond excited that I have been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship,” says Eikey, who plans to attend graduate school in the fall to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry. “By receiving this fellowship, I have opened the doors to a countless number of current and future opportunities. All the hard work I’ve put into my undergraduate career has paid off.”

“The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the most prestigious award a young scientist can win,” says Patrick Jackson, adviser in the college’s nationally competitive awards office and visiting professor of religious studies and history. “It comes with generous funding that frees recipients up to concentrate entirely on advancing their research agenda, without the pressure of having to apply for grants every year or to split their time between the laboratory and the classroom as a grader or a teaching assistant.” (more…)

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Dance Concert at Allegheny College to Celebrate Year of Meadville with “You Are Here, Now”

April 4, 2016 — The Allegheny College Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual spring dance concert in the college’s Montgomery Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. on April 14, 15 and 16. This year’s concert showcases students in several styles of dance, including ballet, ballroom, jazz and modern.

The concert, titled “You Are Here, Now,” celebrates the college’s 2016 theme, “The Year of Meadville.” The first act pays tribute to the local area with live music directed by John Hyatt. The act closes with a collaborative choreographic effort by DMS faculty Betsy Sumerfield and Eleanor Weisman.

The second section of the concert features a reconstruction of a popular high-energy piece choreographed by Betsy Sumerfield, “Between Here and There.” In addition, students in the Ballroom III class will perform several styles of social dance.

The spring concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Call the DMS office at 814-332-2813 for more information or to make a reservation.

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Allegheny College

March 29, 2016 — Allegheny Hillel will host a talk by Holocaust survivor Helen Marks at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The public is invited.

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1941, a year after the Nazis required all Jews to register, Marks was hidden with a Catholic family in Belgium, growing up as a member of their family, until the war was over and her parents were able to take her to the United States.

Marks is one of eight individuals directly affected by the Holocaust whom David Beckman featured in his documentary “White Rose Black Rose.” (more…)

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Creek Connections to Showcase Waterway Research by Local Students

March 29, 2016 – Creek Connections will host its 14th annual Pittsburgh area student research symposium on Friday, April 8 at YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, just west of Zelienople. Community members are invited to view students’ project displays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the camp.

Guest speakers at this year’s symposium will be Joshua Sager and Joshua Powell, from Viable Industries, who have created an app called Water Reporter to help a local watershed group, Saw Mill Run Watershed Association, collect water quality monitoring data.

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. (more…)

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Allegheny College Music Department To Present Two Recitals This Weekend

March 28, 2016 – Allegheny College will present two faculty recitals this weekend. Both concerts, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Violist Vincent Scacchetti, adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Allegheny College, will perform with Joseph Kromholz and Paul Miahky at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, April 1. The program includes the Bach Suite in C Major, BWV. 1009; the Mozart Duet for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423; and the Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Opus 9 Number 1.

Joseph Kromholz is professor of violin at Youngstown State University. Paul Miahky is assistant principal cello with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to Friday’s concert, the Department of Music at Allegheny College will present a faculty recital at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. Members of the music faculty will play works by Claude Debussy, Joseph Edouard Barat and Leo Sowerby, among others.

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Allegheny College Senior Jared Balik Receives Honors for Environmental Research

March 23, 2016 — Jared Balik, a senior at Allegheny College, has been awarded a General Fund Award of $1,000 from the Society for Freshwater Science. The award can be used to contribute to his research in aquatic sciences.

Balik will receive his award during the endowment reception for the Society for Freshwater Science. The reception will take place during the organization’s national meeting in Sacramento in May.

Balik was one of 15 students to receive a General Fund Award. According to the Society for Freshwater Science, the majority of the students with whom he was competing were graduate students.

“I’m very excited to attend the national meeting. These big conferences are fantastic networking opportunities, but moreover, they’re a wonderful way to hear about really exciting, cutting-edge research,” says Balik of South Beaver Township, Pa. “I also really like putting faces to the names of scientists whose work I’ve read.”

In addition, Balik has received a Southeast Climate Science Center Global Change Fellowship. This award is designed to provide financial, scientific and professional development support for incoming graduate students at North Carolina State University who are interested in multidisciplinary research related to climate and global change. (more…)

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15th Annual Executive Roundtable to Explore “Immigration Policy and Regional Development in Western Pennsylvania”

March 23, 2016 — The 15th Annual Executive Roundtable at Allegheny College, hosted by the college’s Center for Business and Economics (CBE), will bring together experts to speak on “Immigration Policy and Regional Development in Western Pennsylvania.” The roundtable, which is free and open to the public, will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4 in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Panelists will include Betty Cruz, deputy chief for special initiatives in the office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto; Dylanna Jackson, director of the International Institute of Erie; Greg Kedzierski, plant materials specialist for Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville; and attorney Hayes Stover, an Allegheny College trustee and graduate who works in immigration and labor and employment law at KNL Gates in Pittsburgh.

Moderating the roundtable will be Shannan Mattiace, chair of the college’s Department of Political Science who also teaches in the International Studies program.

Few public policy issues in the United States have been as politically contentious and polarizing as the ongoing immigration debate, especially in a presidential election year. Americans across the political spectrum and socio-economic strata are sharply divided over what should be done about the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country and how, more generally, to redesign our outdated national immigration policy. (more…)