Campus to welcome new students, families

Mark Myers remembers the nervous excitement he felt when he walked into Baldwin Hall as a first-year student at Allegheny.

“This place seemed so huge to me,” the rising sophomore from Lock Haven said and smiled.

It’s a feeling many first-year students and their families likely will experience, and one Myers will help them navigate as co-coordinator of New Student Orientation this year.

First-year and transfer students will attend a slate of events Aug. 27–29 aimed at introducing them to college life and helping them feel at home as new Gators. (more…)

Tippie Family Gives $7 Million to Endow Professorships, Fund Experiential Learning

As a young woman growing up in western Pennsylvania, Patricia Bush Tippie admired her mother, not only for her maternal instincts, but also for her abilities as an artist.

Years later, Pat Tippie, Allegheny College Class of 1956, and her husband, Henry, have turned that admiration into a gift that will last for many years and benefit generations of Allegheny College students. The Tippies have established the Eila V. Bush Endowed Professorship in Art as part of a series of gifts totaling $7 million made during the past year to support the Our Allegheny: Our Third Century Quest comprehensive campaign.

The latest gift endows a chair that honors Eila V. Bush, who, along with her husband, Harvey, raised three children in New Castle and found the time to flourish as an artist as well. (more…)

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Allegheny Appoints Awadi, Adkins, Promotes Epps

Allegheny College has appointed Ali G. Awadi, Ph.D, as director of public safety and Justin Adkins as associate dean and director of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice (IDEAS) Center.

Darnell Epps, most recently the senior assistant director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment at Allegheny, has been promoted to associate director of the IDEAS Center.

“We are embarking on an exciting new journey with individuals who are passionate about students and their work at Allegheny College,” Vice President and Dean of Students Kimberly M. Ferguson said. “Justin Adkins, Ali Awadi and Darnell Epps are all well respected leaders in their fields who are known as advocates for students and the student experience. Each one has a vibrant spirit, fresh and diverse perspectives, and wonderful new ideas that will contribute to a welcoming and caring learning community.”

Eileen Petula, Asociate Vice President for Finance and Treasurer on the campus of Swarthmore College on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Swarthmore, Pa. (Laurence Kesterson / staff photographer)

Eileen E. Petula Named Executive Vice President

Eileen E. Petula, who previously served as associate vice president and treasurer at Swarthmore College, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Allegheny College, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

“Eileen Petula brings not only impressive financial expertise and leadership experience, but also deep appreciation for the value and impact of an innovative liberal arts education,” said James H. Mullen, Jr., president of Allegheny College. “Her commitment to collaboration and our mission will be a tremendous asset to Allegheny as we begin our third century and continue to build on the College’s strengths.”

Petula has more than 27 years of progressive management experience in public accounting, nonprofit administration and higher education. After serving for three years as controller at Swarthmore College, Petula was promoted to assistant vice president for finance and controller in 2008 and to associate vice president for finance and treasurer in 2014. (more…)


Students spend summer conducting original research

Hannah Fischer could have spent the summer before her junior year at Allegheny traveling or relaxing with family and friends.

Instead, she did something that many of her peers in other colleges and universities don’t have the opportunity to do as undergraduate students: She conducted her own research.

With guidance from Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ryan Van Horn, Fischer and two rising sophomores — Max Steffen and Cole Tower — spent 10 weeks studying the structure of polymers and the role structure plays in how a polymer can be used in medical applications. The team presented their work as part of the Allegheny College Research Seminar Series (ACRoSS), an interdisciplinary forum that features student-faculty summer research projects.

The annual series began in June and runs each Tuesday from noon until 1:30 p.m. through Aug. 9 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. Presentations are free and open to the public; the full schedule is available here.

The majority of student presenters are rising sophomores or juniors, all of whom have done meaningful, quality work, said Aimee Knupsky, the College’s director of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities. (more…)


Two Allegheny Students Are Winners in Project Pericles National Competition

July 19, 2016 – Allegheny College juniors Hayden Moyer of Sewickley, Pa., and Walter Stover of Charlotte, N.C., were members of one of five winning teams of the National 2016 Letters to an Elected Official competition sponsored by Project Pericles.

The Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ competition promotes civic engagement and effective advocacy skills among a wide range of students. Students from Periclean campuses send letters on critical public policy issues to elected officials throughout the United States. For the first time, students also submitted project proposals outlining how they would use their award. The five winning teams will each receive $500 to work on their issue during the 2016-17 academic year.

For the competition, Moyer and Stover wrote to Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) about online privacy and adapting Europe’s Right to be Forgotten in the United States. They plan to develop a website “promoting digital privacy rights and serving as a database” for cases supporting their endeavor.

“We picked the Right to be Forgotten as our topic because of its presence in modern society, with the huge boom of social media and the information age,” said Moyer, who is pursuing a major in economics and double minor in French and German. “There was also legislation regarding this issue passed recently in Europe, and now that debates are beginning to form here in the United States, we thought we would serve as trailblazers in our generation’s discussion of the topic.” (more…)


Student Journalist Files Stories From the Republican National Convention

A global audience of millions is tuning into the Republican National Convention from the comfort of their homes.

Allegheny College sophomore Alexander Hasapis is watching, too – from a coveted seat in the press gallery in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Hasapis is working as a student journalist, one of 15,000 credentialed members of the media covering the historic event. He plans to regularly file stories and photos for possible publication in The Meadville Tribune and The Daily Record, which covers his hometown of Wooster, Ohio.

Hasapis’ first dispatch, about the readiness of Cleveland businesses to welcome 50,000 convention visitors, appeared on page A5 of the July 18 edition of The Meadville Tribune.

“I don’t even know if I can fathom it just yet,” Hasapis said of his involvement. “This event I truly believe will be in the record books for years to come. … I’m just completely ecstatic that I have this opportunity.” (more…)


Allegheny Listed in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017

July 13, 2016 – Allegheny College is featured in the 33rd edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017, a reference book for prospective students and their families that describes life on campus at the country’s best colleges and universities.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges publishes detailed profiles, including interviews with students, for more than 300 four-year schools. The guide is fully updated and expanded every year, and, according to USA Today, is the most authoritative source of information for college-bound students and their parents.

“Allegheny is honored to be included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, recognizing our national reputation for excellence,” said Dr. Ron Cole, provost and dean of the college. “As part of the college search process, we welcome students and families to visit campus where they can discover firsthand how an Allegheny education empowers students for successful outcomes and to make a difference in the world.” (more…)


Adult Musicians at Allegheny College to Hold Week II Concert on July 1

June 27, 2016 – The Band Camp for Adult Musicians will hold its Week II Gala Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Shafer Auditorium. Reservations are not required.

Returning as the conductor of the Week II Concert Band is Col. Timothy Foley, USMC, who retired in July 2004 as the director of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. Foley was born in Berwick, Pa. He joined the U.S. Marine Band as a clarinetist in 1968. He was appointed the 26th director of “The President’s Own” in 1996. 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. (more…)


Allegheny College Receives Gift to Endow Political Science Chair

June 23, 2016 – As part of its ongoing comprehensive fundraising campaign, Allegheny College has received a $1.5 million gift that will endow a professorship in its political science department.

The Robert G. Seddig Chair in Law and Policy has been established by the estate of Robert Bruce Dotson in honor of his daughter Betsy Dotson, Class of 1974. Ms. Dotson, a lawyer, worked for many years in the public sector after graduating from Allegheny. She was dedicated to the College’s undergraduate mission and believed in broad educational experiences. Ms. Dotson passed away at the age of 47.

“My parents saw the impact of Betsy’s Allegheny experience and wanted to make sure that others could benefit from such an experience,” said Barbara D. Davis of Arlington, Va. “My sister Betsy majored in political science. My parents understood how important the professors in the department were in motivating Betsy to choose a career in public service.”

Mr. Dotson died in 2014, and his wife, Paula Haas Dotson, died in 2015. They had previously endowed the Betsy Dotson ’74 Experiential Learning Fund that continues to help students studying and serving internships in government agencies and businesses in Washington, D.C.

“Allegheny is able to remain among the top liberal arts colleges in the country because it has such strong support from alumni and their families, faculty and friends,” President James H. Mullen, Jr. said. “We are deeply grateful to the Dotson family members for recognizing and honoring the quality of the Allegheny experience.” (more…)