Allegheny Makes Top 25 in Washington Monthly’s Best College Rankings for Third Straight Year

Aug. 24, 2015 – Allegheny College has been named for the third 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 Amherst.

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 service (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…)


“8 Hour Projects” at Allegheny College Art Galleries To Explore Themes of Place and Home

Aug. 24, 2015 — The Art Galleries of Allegheny College will present “8 Hour Projects,” curated by Heather Brand and Darren Lee Miller, on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for this annual event, which this year features 10 artists making art on site with the public invited to observe–and participate if the artist chooses.

This year’s invited artists will consider themes of place and home for the Year of Meadville, a year of programming created by community and college partners. The artists are Justus Cotterill, Norman Cramer, Nima Dehghani, David Karl Leighty, Caldwell Linker, Alicia Marvan, Darren Lee Miller, Steve Prince, Byron Rich and M. Greg Singer. 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.

A panel discussion and opening reception for the show will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Art Galleries. Works will remain on display through Sunday, Sept. 20. (more…)


Allegheny College Welcomes Class of 2019 and Their “Unusual Combinations”

Aug. 22, 2015 – Allegheny College welcomed the Class of 2019 and their families at today’s matriculation ceremony in Raymond P. Shafer Auditorium.

New students represent 387 high schools in 33 states and 7 countries in addition to the U.S.: Albania, China, India, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan and South Korea. The class is the most diverse in the college’s history, with 25 percent of incoming students identifying as students of color. The top five states from which enrolled students originate are Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, California and Florida.

Sixty-six percent of the incoming class graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, and 25 percent graduated in the top 5 percent. Sixty percent participated in some form of civic engagement in high school, and 47 percent served in a leadership capacity. (more…)


Allegheny College Again Featured in the Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges”: Receives Highest Rating on “Green Honor Roll”

Aug. 6, 2015 – Allegheny College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review. The education services company features Allegheny in the 2016 edition of its annual college guide “The Best 380 Colleges.” The Princeton Review also features Allegheny in the guide’s “Colleges That Pay You Back,” “Best Northeastern Colleges” and “Private Schools” categories.

In addition, Allegheny was one of only 24 schools to receive a score of 99, the highest possible score, in the guidebook’s Green Honor Roll, which celebrates the most environmentally friendly colleges in the nation.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which includes detailed profiles of the colleges.

In its profile on Allegheny College, the Princeton Review quotes extensively from Allegheny students surveyed for the book. Among their comments: Professors “go above and beyond to make sure their students understand the material” and “The school is very understanding of how special and different each student is and tries to help each student excel in their own way.” In addition, students note, “Allegheny students are known for their ‘unusual combinations’ of interests such as a major in biology and a minor in dance,” which result in a “unique and valuable educational experience.” (more…)

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Allegheny College Receives National Science Foundation Grant in Support of Faculty Research

July 24, 2015 — Ivelitza Garcia, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Allegheny College, received a grant of $174,038 from the National Science Foundation in support of her project “Research in Undergraduate Institutions: Catalytic regulation of ribosome processing factors: Investigation of peripheral domain effects on the enzymatic capabilities of the DEAD-box protein Rok1p.”

The grant will provide funding for eight Allegheny students over four years to collaborate with Garcia to investigate how different structural elements within DEAD-box proteins can regulate the activity and initial structural state of a protein model. Understanding the regulation of DEAD-box proteins is of high medical interest since they are often over- or under-expressed in breast, cervical and prostate cancer as well as in T-cell and myeloid leukemia.

One hundred percent of the $174,038 cost of the project will be covered by federal funds through the NSF grant.

Photo: Winnie Wong at work in Ivelitza Garcia’s lab.

Creek Camp

Area Students to Learn about Freshwater Ecology at Allegheny College’s Creek Camp

June 26, 2015 – Nine high school students will attend this year’s Creek Camp, held July 5-10 at Allegheny College. Creek Camp, a program of the Creek Connections education outreach, is a weeklong program for high school students to study freshwater ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania.

During the week, Creek Campers will conduct hands-on field-based research with Allegheny College environmental science and biology faculty and students, as well as other environmental science professionals. Campers will visit outdoor locations around the French Creek watershed, one of the most biodiverse in the nation. Topics to be explored include trees, fish, macroinvertebrates, water chemistry, birds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater mussels and more.

“Because Creek Camp is a great introduction to environmental science, this experience is especially valuable for students who are interested in that field and may consider pursuing it in college and later for a career,” says Laura Branby, Pittsburgh field educator with Creek Connections. (more…)


Retired U.S. Marine Band Director Colonel Timothy Foley To Conduct Gala Concert at Allegheny College

June 18, 2015 — The Week 2 Concert Band of the Band Camp for Adult Musicians will present a free gala concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26 in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny College campus.

Returning as the conductor of the Concert Band is Colonel Timothy Foley, USMC, retired director of the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”), considered one of the most prestigious posts for any military musician in the world.

During his tenure as director of the Marine Band, Foley served as music advisor to the White House and regularly conducted the band at the Executive Mansion. During his time as director, the band celebrated its 200th birthday and was the only musical organization to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Diane Stallings of Newport News, Va., who has been attending Band Camp since the early 1990s, will be the soloist for the concert, narrating Randol Bass’ setting of “Casey at the Bat.” A retired National Park Service ranger, Stallings served much of her career at Jamestowne National Historic Park. (more…)

Allegheny College To Host Community Celebration on the Diamond to Commemorate Its Founding 200 Years Ago

June 10, 2015 – The Meadville community is invited to a celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 at the Founders House in Diamond Park to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of Allegheny College.

On June 20, 1815, the Reverend Timothy Alden and citizens of Meadville, then a frontier town, met to sign a document declaring their purpose in establishing a college and appointing Alden president and professor of Oriental languages and ecclesiastical history.

A short ceremony will take place at the site of the original log courthouse where Alden and Meadville citizens met to sign the statement of purpose.

The Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania, under the direction of John Fleming, will perform a free concert on the Diamond beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program, “West of the Alleghenies,” will feature the premier performance of “An Allegheny Repertory” composed by Bryan Lewis.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the performance. The ceremony will take place at the Founders House rain or shine. In the event of rain, the band will perform at Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny College campus.

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Allegheny College Announces $200 Million Fundraising Campaign As It Begins Its Third Century of Academic Excellence, Equity and Access

May 30, 2015 – Allegheny College on Saturday launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school’s history, with a goal of $200 million, which will be used primarily to fund scholarships and to endow faculty chairs. President James H. Mullen Jr. announced the campaign, titled “Our Allegheny: Our Third Century Quest,” at a reunion weekend celebration during the college’s bicentennial year.

Mullen announced to more than 2,100 alumni and friends of the college that supporters had already come forward, before the campaign’s public announcement, to donate more than $106 million to the college. He also called on Allegheny’s 24,000 alumni, and on the many friends of the college, to step forward to support the campaign.

“The greatest gift that alumni can give those who follow is a promise to leave their alma mater stronger than they found it,” Mullen said. “It is a gift born of devotion to their college and fidelity to its traditions. It is a gift born of gratitude to those who have preceded us and faith in those who will follow. In this bicentennial year, as America’s 32nd oldest college, we embark on a historic quest that is worthy of the moment and true to our generational responsibility.”

The “Our Third Century Quest” campaign has five main initiatives: increasing the number of student scholarships to ensure access to Allegheny for every student who wishes to attend, regardless of economic status; enhancing global learning and internship opportunities that give students hands-on work experience; enriching the classroom experience by reducing the student-faculty ratio to 11:1; continuing to restore and maintain the college’s historic campus, considered one of the most beautiful in the nation; and keeping Allegheny financially strong through gifts to the college’s Annual Fund. (more…)


Meadville Council on the Arts To Show “Heeschen Creatures”

May 26, 2015 – The Meadville Council on the Arts, located on the second floor of the Market House, is showing “Heeschen Creatures,” a selection of linocuts and other prints picturing animals by the late Carl F. Heeschen. The exhibit was on display earlier this year at the Erie Art Museum, in collaboration with the Heeschen family and in celebration of Allegheny College’s bicentennial.

Carl F. Heeschen taught at Allegheny College for 35 years, from 1947 until his retirement in 1982. He served as chairman of the art department for nearly 30 years.

The exhibit will be on display until June 6 in the Heeschen Gallery. Carl Heeschen, with other community members, helped to establish the Meadville Council on the Arts in 1975.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m., with special gallery hours Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Image: “Jaguar,” by Carl Heeschen, 1978