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Creek Connections To Host Its 20th Annual Student Research Symposium at Allegheny College

April 17, 2015 – Creek Connections will host its 20th annual Student Research Symposium at Allegheny College on Friday, April 24 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 elementary to high school.

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

Approximately 400 students will attend the symposium, representing schools from northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York. Several environmental organizations will also present displays. Professor of Environmental Science Eric Pallant will give a presentation on water issues in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines. (more…)

Bipartisan Political Meet and Greet: April 24

April 16, 2015 – The Allegheny College Republicans and Allegheny College Democrats, in collaboration with the Crawford County Republican and Democratic committees, will host a Bipartisan Political Meet and Greet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24, in the Henderson Campus Center Lobby at Allegheny College. The event is free and open to the public.

According to organizers, the gathering is meant to be a chance for the Allegheny and Meadville communities to meet and chat with the people who make decisions directly affecting citizens’ lives. It also provides essential networking opportunities for Allegheny students, faculty and staff. (more…)

Chamber and Select Strings To Perform Free Concert at Allegheny College

April 15, 2015 – The Allegheny College Chamber Strings and the Select Strings will perform a chamber music recital at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 in the Campus Center lobby. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert features both Chamber and Select Strings performing works by Mozart, Albeniz, Corrette and Schneider.

The ensembles, which include Allegheny students and faculty as well as members of the Meadville community, are under the direction of Vincent Scacchetti.

Senior Art Show Opens at Allegheny College

SAMSUNG CSCApril 13, 2015 – The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects Exhibition in the Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Galleries with a public reception in the galleries on Tuesday, April 21 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 2015 exhibition features the work of eight artists: Jaysa Alvarez, Natalie I. Bensel, Jasmine K. Davis, Ziania NarvaezGarcia, Brooke Osbourne, Joey Phelps, M. Greg Singer and Sachika Yamaguchi. (more…)

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Creek Connections to Showcase Waterway Research by Pittsburgh-area Students

April 13, 2015 – Creek Connections will host its 13th annual Pittsburgh area student research symposium on Friday, April 17 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.

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

Throughout the school year, participating students retrieve water samples and conduct research on various waterways, 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 400 students from southwestern Pennsylvania will attend the symposium. Several environmental organizations will present displays, and a number of participating schools will give presentations. Participants will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Allegheny College. (more…)

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Allegheny College Senior Erin Brown Receives Honors from National Science Foundation and Stanford University

April 9, 2015 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Allegheny College senior Erin Brown an honorable mention in the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which provides fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

Additionally, Brown, a physics and mathematics double major with an English minor, has received the 2015-16 Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education–in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (EDGE-STEM) Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University. She was nominated for this award by the Stanford School of Engineering based on her record of extraordinary academic accomplishment and her potential to contribute to the diversity of her program and academic field.

The EDGE-STEM fellowship will provide Brown with a stipend and research and travel funds when she begins Stanford’s Ph.D. program in Computational and Mathematical Engineering in the fall. She hopes to someday teach and conduct research at the university level.  (more…)

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Allegheny Choirs To Present Spring Concert: Program To Include Works Commemorating the End of the Civil War

April 6, 2015 — The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. The Allegheny College Chorus, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble and Choir will all perform individually as well as in a combined finale.

The program will feature a variety of choral works in an assortment of languages and styles ranging from Polish folk dance, Italian madrigal and Spanish villancico, to a classical Viennese elegy and 20th-century operatic choruses. The Chamber Choir adds a touch of genuine exoticism to the program with Victor Paranjoti’s “Dravidian Dithyramb.”

Sprinkled throughout the program are works commemorating the end of the American Civil War 150 years ago this month. Student soloists Grace Trocano and Ben Thomas are featured in two works that introduce this thematic thread. The Women’s Ensemble will share the contemplative ponderings of “Nancy Hanks,” mother of Abraham Lincoln. “Tenting on the Old Campground” will allow the College Men’s Ensemble to offer musical reflection. (more…)

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Allegheny College Sophomore Walter Stover Receives Critical Language Scholarship from U.S. Department of State

April 6, 2015 – Walter Stover, a sophomore at Allegheny College, has been selected for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The highly competitive scholarship will allow Stover to study Chinese in an intensive eight-week program in Beijing this summer.

The CLS Program, part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 foreign languages.

Stover, from Charlotte, N.C., is majoring in economics at Allegheny, with a minor in Chinese studies. He hopes to use his major and minor, and his experience in China this summer, to lay the groundwork for a career as a policymaker with the State Department. (more…)

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President of Association of American Colleges and Universities To Give Keynote Address at Allegheny College

March 30, 2015 – Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, will speak on “Democracy and Opportunity: How Liberal Education Can Foster Both” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The talk, which is the keynote presentation at the National Undergraduate Conference on Voting Rights and Democratic Participation, is free and open to the public.

Conference speakers will include four additional nationally recognized scholars and activists: John Aldrich of Duke University, Anne Boxberger-Flaherty of Southern Illinois University, Joy James from Williams College and Gabriel Sanchez from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of New Mexico.

Schneider200_0As president of the AAC&U, Carol Geary Schneider oversees the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education. The organization includes more than 1,300 member institutions, half public and half private, with members drawn from the entire higher education community, large, small, two-year, four-year, selective and open admissions. (more…)

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Dance and Movement Studies Program To Present Spring Concert

March 27, 2015 — The Allegheny College Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual spring dance concert in the college’s Montgomery Performance Space at 7 p.m. on April 9, 10 and 11. This year’s concert will be an eclectic mix of genres, including Betsy Sumerfield’s advanced ballroom students performing four short dances that progress from “Speed Dating” to “The Proposal” to “The Wedding” and ending in “Celebration.”

Sumerfield also offers a new piece based on childhood experiences of education in the era of No Child Left Behind. Four musicians join John Hyatt to perform original music live for this work, Sumerfield’s “Nen Iuvenis.”

James Reedy will present an expanded version of a solo choreographed last year for student Kassandra Krason. This year additional performers will join Krason to create more images of “Crossing.” Live music will accompany the piece this year.

Eleanor Weisman and guest artist Jay Hanes will perform a duet inspired by John Dewey’s themes of the aesthetic process. Their piece, “Compress, Impulse, Express,” includes Hanes on the cornet and the creation of visual documentation of their work during the performance. (more…)