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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…)

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Arts Activist and Pioneering Feminist Suzanne Lacy to Present Talk, Lead Skype Panel at Allegheny College

March 22, 2016 – Suzanne Lacy, a pioneering arts activist who helped shape the art of social engagement in the 1970s and has continued to be a preeminent figure in the movement, will give a multimedia presentation at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. The presentation, titled “Setting the Stage: Conversations Through Art, Gender Identity and Social Practice,” is free and open to the public.

A visual artist whose prolific career includes performances, video and photographic installation, critical writing and public practices in communities, Lacy will discuss several formative projects and describe the evolution of her art activism nationally and internationally.

In addition to Lacy’s public talk, she will moderate a Skype discussion, titled “From Talk to Action Part I: Feminist Artists and Activists on Violence Against Women” at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. Joining Lacy through Skype will be artists Adaku Utah, Neda Moridpour and Jasmeen Patheja, whose work focuses on issues of violence and healing from sexual assault. A conversation centered on exposing rape culture will follow at 3 p.m. (more…)

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Schick Lecture by Dr. Carol Bakhos to Explore Abrahamic Traditions

March 21, 2016 — Carol Bakhos, professor of late antique Judaism and Jewish studies at UCLA, will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. Schick’s lecture, which is based on her book “The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations,” is free and open to the public.

Bakhos is also director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Religion and chair of the university’s Study of Religion Interdisciplinary Program.

In addition to “The Family of Abraham,” Bakhos is the author of “Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab.” She has edited or co-edited the volumes “The Talmud in Its Iranian Context,” “Current Trends in the Study of Midrash” and “Judaism in Its Hellenistic Context.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Junior Angelina Winbush Earns Prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Internship

March 16, 2016 – Allegheny College junior Angelina Winbush of Pittsburgh has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) internship for summer 2016.

The award will allow Winbush, a global health studies major and biology minor, to spend 10 weeks doing full-time research in the lab of an HHMI scientist. It also provides a $5,000 award, participation in a local summer research program with other undergraduate researchers, and long-distance travel and housing arranged and paid for by HHMI.

This is the second time that an Allegheny College student has received an EXROP award. Erin Brown, a physics and mathematics double major who graduated from Allegheny in 2015, was awarded an EXROP internship to work at the Salk Institute for Biological Science during summer 2013 and did research at the Salk Institute as an EXROP summer capstone student scholar during summer 2014.

Winbush will be placed in the lab of Matt Waldor, M.D., Ph.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and faculty member at Harvard School of Medicine. Dr. Waldor and his team conduct research on infectious diseases. (more…)

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Environmental Science Professor Eric Pallant Awarded Second Fulbright Award

March 15, 2016 – Eric Pallant, the Christine Scott Nelson Professor of Environmental Sustainability and chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Allegheny College, has been awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright award to the United Kingdom.

Pallant, who teaches a class at Allegheny titled “Soil to Plate,” an interdisciplinary survey of food production around the world, will reside in the U.K. for five months. He plans to spend half his time undertaking research into the scientific transformation of bread production as part of a book he is writing on the geography and history of sourdough cultures. The book is tentatively titled “Culture: A Short History of the World in a Loaf of Fresh Sourdough.”

He also plans to teach about food, sustainability and green campus initiatives at Lancaster University.

Pallant plans to work with the Lancaster Environmental Centre on a microbial survey of yeast sharing communities and the working microbial economy of Lancaster. He also plans to visit the National Collection of Yeast Cultures, a 65-year-old research facility with 4,000 strains of yeast, to have the yeasts in his own 122-year-old sourdough starter — from the Cripple Creek, Colorado gold rush of 1893 — analyzed for their microbial diversity. (more…)

Nominations Sought for Lew and Ellie Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service

March 7, 2016 – Allegheny College is soliciting nominations for the 12th annual Lew and Ellie Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service. The 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 and Ellie 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.

The Davies Community Service Leader Program, which has been endowed by the Davies family, integrates Allegheny students into organizations across the Meadville area. Davies Community Service Leaders collaborate as active partners with community organizations on unique projects. One of the many goals of the Davies Program is to further the Allegheny tradition of campus-community partnership and civic engagement. (more…)

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Allegheny College Talk and Workshop to Focus on Building a Thriving Local Economy

March 3, 2016 – Allegheny College will host a presentation by Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and author of “Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses.”

The event, which will focus on establishing an innovative, equitable, thriving local economy, will be held Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College.

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Mitchell directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise. She has led collaborative efforts to build stronger organizing and advocacy networks among local businesses and is the author of several books.

Mitchell also will participate in a local economies workshop on Saturday, March 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Shops @ the Bank, 940 Park Ave. (more…)

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President of Pennsylvania NOW to Speak at Allegheny College

Feb. 25, 2016 – Caryn Hunt, president of Pennsylvania NOW (National Organization for Women), will give a free public talk titled “A Field Guide to the Feminist Movement in Pennsylvania” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College.

Hunt will examine where women stand in Pennsylvania, legally and socially, as workers and as members of communities. She will ask what we can do not only to defend women’s rights but also to create a more inclusive future for women and for everyone.

Her talk offers a field guide to the feminist movement, both looking back at history and forward to a time when the word “person,” as far as the Constitution is concerned, really does include women. (more…)