U.S. News Identifies Allegheny as One of Eight National Liberal Arts Colleges on the Move

Sept. 9, 2014 – Allegheny College is one of only eight schools in its category recognized by U.S. News and World Report as an “Up-and-Comer” in its rankings, released today. Allegheny tied with Colorado College for the No. 2 slot. Allegheny made the “Up-and-Comer” list for the third consecutive year.

“Up-and-Comers” are identified by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans at their peer schools as having recently made, according to U.S. News, “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.”

U.S. News and World Report also once again names Allegheny College among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation and lists it as an “A+ School for B Students,” a school where good students can expect to succeed even if they enter college without stellar test scores.

The U.S. News rankings are the latest in a number of accolades for the college. (more…)

Playshop Theatre Opens Its 85th Season with “Market Growth” at the Meadville Market House

Market Growth logoSept. 5, 2014 — The Allegheny Playshop Theatre opens its 85th season with “Market Growth,” a community celebration at the historic Meadville Market House during the Second Saturday Community Market Harvest Festival, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 13. The day’s events include two comedy improv groups and musical performances on a garden-themed stage. Admission is free.

“The event is one way in which I’m trying to help create theatre that is more environmentally friendly,” said Allegheny College faculty member Michael Mehler, who is producing “Market Growth.” “The stage is built mostly from stock items that have been used before and can be reused in later Playshop productions. The items that are consumed come from easily renewable sources, such as bamboo and wheat stalks.”

Mehler notes that “Market Growth” is the first production of its kind in the United States and is based on Tanja Beer’s “Living Stage,” which premiered at an arts festival outside Melbourne, Australia. (more…)

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Prize-Winning Organist Christian Lane To Perform at Allegheny College

Sept. 5, 2014 – Christian Lane, winner of the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition, will perform at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. Admission is free.

The program ranges from J.S. Bach’s “Jig” Fugue and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor to Calvin Hampton’s “Lullaby” and John Knowles Paine’s “Variations on the Star Spangled Banner.” Works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Franck, Sowerby and Cooman will also be included in the 65-minute program.

One of America’s most accomplished, respected and versatile young organists, Lane is also vice-president of the American Guild of Organists. (more…)

Community Members Invited To Join Allegheny College Chorus

Sept. 3, 2014 – Community members interested in joining the Allegheny College Chorus are invited to contact Director of Choral Activities James Niblock at jniblock@allegheny.edu or 814-332-3305 prior to the first rehearsal.

The Allegheny College Chorus will begin rehearsing for its fall concert season on Monday, Sept. 8. Rehearsals take place in the Allegheny Choir Room in the Campus Center’s Arnold Hall on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The mixed choir of male and female voices sings accompanied and a cappella works spanning five centuries of classical choral literature and folk music from around the world. Singers interested in joining the Chorus should contact Niblock prior to the first rehearsal.

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50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Inspires Allegheny College’s Programming for 2014-15

Sept. 2, 2014 — Many of the events planned at Allegheny College in 2014-15 — in the academic year of the college’s bicentennial in 2015 — celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the Voting Rights Act.

Keynote speakers for the Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation at the college include Lani Guinier, the first woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School, at 7 p.m. on November 14 and civil rights activist and Algebra Project founder Robert Moses at 7 p.m. on March 30. Both presentations will be in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Another centerpiece of the year’s programming will be an undergraduate conference on the theme on April 10-11. Keynote conference presentations by five renowned scholars and activists — John Aldrich, Anne Boxberger-Flaherty, Joy James, Gabriel Sanchez and Carol Geary Schneider — will be open to the public.

In addition, students enrolled in the one-credit course “Voting Rights and Democratic Participation” will explore issues surrounding the theme by attending lectures and events together to stimulate discussion of the issues. (more…)

Ande Diaz Joins Allegheny College as Associate Provost for Diversity and Organizational Development

Ande DiazAug. 29, 2014 — Ande Diaz joined Allegheny College in August as the associate provost for diversity and organizational development. In her new position, Diaz provides direct leadership for the implementation of programs to create a welcoming and inclusive campus and support efforts to diversify the campus community.

Diaz has served in a variety of roles in higher education, including senior research consultant at the Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University; media, arts and public service career advisor at Harvard College; and assistant dean for multicultural affairs and interim director of the Pace Center for Community Service at Princeton University. Most recently she directed the Intercultural Center at Roger Williams University, where she also taught American Studies and first-year seminars.

Her research areas include civic engagement, inter-ethnic alliances and intergroup dialogue. Her work has been published in the Journal of American Ethnic History, the AAC&U publication “Diversity and Democracy” and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. She serves on the board of The Democracy Imperative, a national network of higher education professionals and community practitioners dedicated to infusing deliberative democracy policies and practices into campus and community decision-making. (more…)

Community Ballroom Lessons To Begin at Allegheny College

Aug. 28, 2014 — The Dance and Movement Studies program at Allegheny College will be offering community ballroom lessons on Monday evenings from September 8 through November 17.

Classes will be taught by Dance and Movement Studies faculty member Betsy Sumerfield in the Montgomery Performance Space on the Allegheny campus.

A class for beginners will be held from 6:45 to 8 p.m., and a class for more experienced dancers will be held from 7:45 to 9 p.m. The cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple.

Participants should plan either to wear ballroom shoes or to dance in their socks.

To register or for more information, call 814-332-2813.

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Allegheny College Art Galleries To Present “8 Hour Projects”

Aug. 25, 2014 — The art galleries of Allegheny College will present “8 Hour Projects” on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for this annual event, which features 13 artists making art on site with the public invited to observe.

This year’s artists, who have been invited to consider themes of loss and change, are Rafael Abreu-Canedo, John Bavaro, Julia Betts, Heather Brand, John Garrett, Darren Lee Miller with Ricky Gindlesberger and Miriam Patterson, Lucia Nhamo, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Ian Thomas and Jeff Willis. Each of the artists, who work with a variety of materials, has been assigned a wall or floor space of approximately 12 x 12 feet.

“Work-in-Progress Day is always crowded, with people dropping in throughout the day to see how ideas evolve—over the course of eight hours—to become completed artworks,” said gallery director Darren Lee Miller, who serves as curator for the exhibit. “The event is appropriate for people of all ages and is especially fun for young, aspiring artists. It’s an opportunity not only to observe but also to participate if the artist so desires.”

An opening reception for the show will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Art Galleries. A panel discussion in Doane Hall A104 will precede the reception at 7 p.m. Works will remain on display through Sunday, Sept. 21. (more…)

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Allegheny Again Makes Top 25 in Washington Monthly’s Best College Rankings

Aug. 25, 2014 – Allegheny College has been named for the second consecutive year to the Top 25 in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category of Washington Monthly’s college rankings, released today. Also listed among the top 25 are Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Swarthmore, Reed, Macalester, Williams, Oberlin and Haverford. In addition, Washington Monthly ranked Allegheny 34 among liberal arts colleges that represent “the best bang for the buck,” based on the economic value students receive per dollar.

The Washington Monthly rankings are unique in that they recognize not only what colleges do for their students but what colleges are doing for the country. The rankings rate top liberal arts colleges in the nation based on three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and civic engagement (encouraging students to give something back to society).

“The Washington Monthly ranking reflects the values at the core of the Allegheny experience,” said James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College. “Allegheny has been known since its founding in 1815 as a college where students can get an education of the highest quality that is still affordable, where they can work alongside faculty members on important research, and where students and graduates believe in giving back. Our college community illustrates every day how deeply embedded in Allegheny’s culture is an ethic of service and civic engagement.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Senior Crystal Stone Earns Good Citizen Scholarship

Aug. 21, 2014 – Crystal Stone, a senior at Allegheny College, is one of only nine students at private colleges to receive a 2014-2015 Commonwealth Good Citizen Scholarship from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Foundation.

The scholarship, a $1,500 award from the AICUP Foundation to students who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to community service, is awarded to full-time students with a GPA of at least 3.0 who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at one of AICUP’s 88 member institutions.

Stone, who is from Pottstown, Pa., is majoring in English at Allegheny College, with a minor in psychology.

She was recognized for a number of community service projects. During winter break, Stone led a group of students on a two-week service trip during which they volunteered on a farm through the WWOOF network, which connects people who want to live and learn on organic 
farms with people who are looking for volunteer help. Stone and her group worked on an organic coffee farm and funded their trip through activities that included a lemonade stand, a raffle and yardwork. (more…)