Allegheny Dance Program to Host Cookies and Milk Holiday Concert

Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual holiday Cookies and Milk concert, especially for families and children, on Sunday, Dec. 4, with performances at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Montgomery Performance Space. Refreshments will be served between shows at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby.

Allegheny students from Dance and Movement Studies classes will perform routines of various styles, including modern, tap, and ballet. The class Landscapes of the Body will use audience participation in a piece called “Popcorn” and invite children to come onstage to act out the process of making popcorn. The tap class, DMS 105 will perform rhythmic tap in a narrative dance that culminates in a modern pointe piece choreographed by student Meaghan Gilbert. (more…)

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Allegheny College Civic and Wind Symphonies to Present Fall Concerts

Allegheny College will present two free, public concerts next weekend: the Civic Symphony will perform on Saturday, Nov. 19, and the Wind Symphony on Sunday, Nov. 20. Both concerts will be held at 3:15 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium.

The Allegheny College Civic Symphony includes students, faculty, staff, and Meadville community members as performers. The concert will be conducted by Jennifer Dearden, associate professor of music and string coordinator, and will feature guest piano soloist Douglas Jurs, assistant professor of music, performing the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Jackson Froman, instructor of accordian, on the accordion performing a movement of Virgil Thomson’s “Acadian Songs and Dances.”The Civic Symphony will perform “Overture in D” by Henry Purcell, “Piano Concerto No. 1” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst featuring the string players, “Pavane” by Gabriel Faure, and “Acadian Songs and Dances” by Virgil Thomson.
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Photographer to Share Experience of Walking the Israel National Trail

Professional photographer Udi Goren will talk about his journey along the Israel National Trail in the Collaboratory of Allegheny College’s Pelletier Library Pelletier on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The talk is part of International Education Week (IEW), a national initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that aims “to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” as part of an effort to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. (more…)

EL Seminar in Italy

Travel Seminars Bring Classroom Learning to Life

The Lake District of Salzburg is one of the most spectacular parts of Austria, with lakes nestled high among the lush green Salzkammergut Mountains, and picturesque little towns along the shoreline. The area is perfect for biking along the lakeshore — which is exactly what Dana O’Connor, a sophomore at Allegheny College, spent a day doing last summer.

“I biked right next to the Alps and the lakes, and it’s just so quiet and peaceful,” she recalled. “It made me feel so tranquil.”

O’Connor’s moments of serenity came amid an Experiential Learning (EL) Seminar focused on important composers and musical landmarks throughout Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Led by two faculty mentors, Allegheny students learned through attending concerts, visiting historic locations, and discussing their experiences. But they also had time to bask in their surroundings.

“It made me realize I need to take more time to enjoy and experience life,” O’Connor said of the trip. The most influential part of the EL seminar, she added, was “experiencing the different cultures. The rich history of the countries was breathtaking.”

EL seminars are two- to three-week trips, typically at the beginning of summer break, that provide Allegheny students a way to earn academic credits while visiting other countries. Next May, Allegheny students and faculty will have the opportunity to explore histories and cultures through four EL seminars offered by the Allegheny Gateway: Cuba, Greece, Italy, and Berlin to Warsaw.

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Noted Author Ross Howell, Jr. Returns to Allegheny

Ross Howell Jr.’s life of late has revolved around the history of the Jim Crow South and one woman in particular: Virginia Christian.

In his debut novel, “Forsaken,” Howell tells the story of Christian, a black girl tried and convicted for killing a white widow in 1912 Hampton, Va., and Charlie Mears, the journalist who tries to save her life. It’s a story based on true events — Christian is the only female juvenile executed in Virginia history — and one that had Howell hooked from the start. He spent three years researching and writing.

“That idea of bringing history alive has always fascinated me,” said Howell, who worked as director of communications at Allegheny College from 1979 to 1981 and was responsible for re-launching the Allegheny magazine under its current name.

Howell recently visited campus to speak with creative writing students and sign copies of his book, published this year by NewSouth Books. It was a homecoming of sorts.

Working at Allegheny was “one of the first professional positions I had and it was one of the greatest learning experiences I’ve had,” Howell said.

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Orchesis Dance Company Presents Annual Recital

The Orchesis Dance Company will present its annual recital — with four performances — beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Allegheny College’s Shafer Auditorium.

The first performance, on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., is the designated Community Premiere Show for members of the Meadville community and Allegheny faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12 and at noon on Nov. 13. All shows are all free and open to the public. (more…)

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Boulton, Shipe Named PERC Campus Sustainability Champions

Allegheny College Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Boulton and junior David Shipe recently were named Campus Sustainability Champions of 2016 by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC).

PERC honors select students, administrators, staff and faculty members as Campus Sustainability Champions for their exemplary work toward environmental sustainability efforts within their campuses or greater communities.

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Renovations Improve Labs, Student Experience at Carnegie Hall

Allegheny College celebrated the 100th year of Carnegie Hall by showcasing renovations that have transformed the building into a state-of-the-art center for the study of psychology and neuroscience.

Students, faculty and staff, along with representatives of companies that participated in the renovation of the building, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday. The event celebrated both the history of the building and its future as the modern home of Allegheny’s psychology and neuroscience programs, two of the most popular programs on campus. The neuroscience program also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“The research, the faculty-student collaboration, and the education — both in and out of the classroom — that these programs produce is second to none,” Provost and Dean of the College Ron Cole said. “This project shows that Allegheny is committed to providing our students with the facilities and resources that will prepare them to be change makers in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.” (more…)

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Seven Elected to Allegheny College Board of Trustees

The Allegheny College Board of Trustees has added seven members, including: Kevin Baird of Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan; Curt Cramer of Detroit, Michigan; Robert A. Marchman of Maplewood, New Jersey; Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; Jim Spalding of Nashville, Tennessee; Arthur Stewart of Warren, Pennsylvania; and Karen Ubelhart of New York City.

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Allegheny College Ranked Among Top 50 Green Colleges

Allegheny College has been named among the Top 50 Green Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review.

The educational services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Allegheny in the 2016 edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges.” The guide includes profiles about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body, as well as “Green Facts” and the Top 50 list. Allegheny ranks No. 32. (more…)