Allegheny College Jazz Band Presents Spring Concert

The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform its annual spring concert on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Henderson Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The performance repertoire includes, “C-Jam Blues”, “The Tiger of San Pedro”, “The Girl From Ipanema”, “S’ Wonderful”, “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, “Cut the Cake”, “Moon River”, “Killer Joe”, “Somewhere”, and “Satin Doll.”

Instrumental soloists and a vocal soloist will be showcased.

The ensemble, made up of 27 students and one faculty member, is under the direction of Stephen F. Corsi.

Allegheny’s Playshop Theatre Presents ‘Baby With the Bathwater’

Allegheny’s Playshop Theatre will close out its 2016-17 season with “Baby With the Bathwater” from April 20-23 in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts. Performances are at 8 p.m. April 21-22, and at 2:30 p.m. on April 23.

“Baby with the Bathwater” was written by Christopher Durang in 1983 and depicts an extreme and hilarious take of bad parenting. In a review of the play, Frank Rich of the New York Times writes, “a playwright who shares Swift’s bleak view of humanity, Durang conquers bitterness and finds a way to turn rage into comedy that is redemptive as well as funny.” (more…)

Creek Connections to Showcase Waterway Research by Local Students

Creek Connections will host its 21st annual student research symposium on Friday, April 7 in the Henderson Campus Center at Allegheny College. Community members are invited to view students’ project displays beginning at 10 a.m.

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.

“This is a chance for students to show off the results of a year’s worth of rigorous, hands-on work to their teachers, their peers, and their family and friends,” said Laura Branby, Pittsburgh area educator for Creek Connections and director of the program’s annual Creek Camp. “It’s their time to shine.” (more…)

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger to Give Commencement Address

Paula Kerger, president and chief executive officer of PBS, will deliver the Commencement address at Allegheny College in the college’s 202nd year. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

PBS is the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization, with nearly 350 member stations throughout the country. The longest serving president and chief executive officer in PBS history, Kerger has made strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, high-quality educational content for children and the classroom, diversity, and the use of new digital platforms to bring public media into the lives of all Americans. During her tenure, PBS has moved from the 15th most-watched television network to number six.

Among Kerger’s accomplishments are the acclaimed programs “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece, Ken Burns’s “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” “Hamilton’s America” from Great Performances, a number of trusted and safe children’s series, and award-winning apps and online sites. Under her leadership, PBS developed PBS LearningMedia, which provides educators with digital resources for the classroom, and launched the first-ever PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream. (more…)

Kali Albern sketching

Kali Albern, a Member of Allegheny’s Class of 2017 — in Spirit

In a perfect world, Kali Albern ’17 would march across the stage at Allegheny College’s Commencement on May 13, happily accepting her bachelor’s degree as an art major.

Sadly, that won’t happen. Kali tragically died in August 2015 when she should have been preparing to return to campus for her junior year.

“Kali felt very connected to Allegheny,” says her mother, Sherri Albern. “She joined several clubs and had a lot of fun with the friends she made. When she was at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Headache and Facial Pain Clinic and was asked what she wanted to be able to do with her life, she responded, ‘Go back to Allegheny.’ Her last posts talked about her desire to go back to school.”  (more…)

Allegheny Choirs to Perform Spring Concert

The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in Shafer Auditorium. The Allegheny College Chorus, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, and College Choir will each perform several works, and the groups will collaborate to close the performance as a choir of 111 voices. The concert is free and open to the public.

The College Chorus will open the concert with “Fair Phyllis I Saw,” a playful English madrigal by John Farmer about a young shepherdess and her lover. Jewish composer Robert Applebaum will also be featured with his humorous Yiddish folk song “Chiribim Chiribom,” relating to the March holiday of Purim. (more…)

The Path to College: First-generation Students Tell Their Stories

Going to college can be a daunting experience even with a guide, a family member or friend who has walked the same path and can tell you what to expect and answer your questions.
But what if you’re the first in your family to go to college? What then?
Current first-generation Allegheny College students, alumni, faculty members and administrators talk about blazing their own trail, the resources they discovered and the lessons they learned along the way.
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Allegheny College Presents Annual Spring Dance Concert

The Allegheny College Dance & Movement Studies Program will present its annual Spring Dance Concert in the Montgomery Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. April 6-8, Thursday to Saturday. The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.
This year’s concert showcases students in several styles of dance, including ballet, ballroom, and modern.  Many of the dances will feature live music provided by local musicians, including John Hyatt and members of the college faculty band Credit/No Credit.
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Neurologist Fred Marshall to Speak on ‘Mindfulness and Medicine’

Dr. Fred Marshall will speak on the subject of “Mindfulness and Medicine,” on April 3 at 7 p.m. in the East Alcove of Schultz Hall at Allegheny College as part of the college’s ongoing Year of Mindfulness. The talk is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
The presentation will cover Marshall’s experience with dyads, as well as some theories of teaching, and address the phenomenon of “burn-out” through stress. He also will explore a model of cultivating resilience, compassion, and gratitude in daily life, and then hold both silent and guided meditations.

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16th Annual Executive Roundtable to Focus on Trump Presidency and the Economy

As President Trump and the Republican-led Congress navigate the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, there are many questions about how the promises made on the campaign trail are being incorporated into government policy. What changes in economic policy can we expect to see during a Trump presidency, and how will those policies affect Americans?
The 16th Annual Executive Roundtable at Allegheny College, hosted by the college’s Center for Business and Economics and Law & Policy Program, will bring together experts to speak on “The Trump Presidency: Economic Policy Opportunities and Challenges,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3. The roundtable in the college’s Ford Memorial Chapel is free and open to the public. (more…)