Three Days, Three Concerts at Allegheny

Allegheny College will showcase the musical talents of its students, faculty, and members of the Meadville community with events spanning three days, beginning Saturday, April 29 with a performance by the Civic Symphony. The Civic Symphony will perform at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, followed by a performance by the Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. The Percussion Ensemble will wrap up the concerts on Monday, May 1, at 8 p.m. All shows will be held in Allegheny’s Shafer Auditorium and are free and open to the public. (more…)

Students Lobby Legislators to Support Private Colleges

Jesse Tomkiewicz and Carlos Sanchez had a simple but powerful message for Harrisburg: Invest in education.

The first-year Allegheny College students were among the more than 225 students from more than 30 private nonprofit colleges and universities who traveled to the state capital on April 4 as part of Student Aid Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania. The annual event gives students from AICUP-member institutions a chance to meet legislators and encourage them to support private colleges and universities. Allegheny has been sending student representatives for at least the past five years.

This year’s event focused primarily on opposing a 50% proposed cut in institutional assistance grants, maintaining funding of PHEAA grant program, and growing the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program to benefit more middle-income students.

Tomkiewicz and Sanchez spent the day meeting with staff members from the offices of Rep. Brad Roae, Rep. Mike Schlossberg, Rep. Peter Schweyer, Sen. Michele Brooks, Sen. Pat Browne, and Gov. Tom Wolf. At each meeting, they handed out fact sheets and information detailing how financial assistance helps students at private colleges and universities, including Allegheny, and the return on investment in higher education.

For Sanchez, an 18-year-old economics major from Allentown, Pennsylvania, the issue is a personal one. (more…)

Allegheny Chamber Singers Perform Opera Scenes

The Allegheny Chamber Singers will perform their annual Opera Scenes program on Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m., in Ford Chapel. The ensemble includes 10 Allegheny students, and is co-directed by Vicki Jamison and Carol Niblock. (more…)

Allegheny’s Latest Fulbright Winner to Forge Connections Through Running

There’s something that happens when you run with another person.

You start talking, the sound of your voices mixing with the slap slap slap of rubber soles hitting the pavement, the grass, the dirt.

You push through the pain, together, toward some seen or unseen goal.

You forge a connection.

“The people I know the best in my life are the people I’ve run hundreds, thousands of miles with,” said Allegheny College senior Dan Cheung.

A championship runner and a member of Allegheny’s cross country and track teams, Cheung recently received a prestigious Fulbright grant to teach English in Kenya. He plans to use his love of running not only to teach but to foster relationships and serve as an ambassador, the deeper purpose of the Fulbright program.

In a country where long-distance running is king, he’s hoping a common passion can help bridge any cultural divide. (more…)

Allegheny to Host Dance Minors’ Concert

The Dance and Movement Studies Program will hold its annual concert on April 28 at 7 p.m. to showcase pieces directed by various dance-minor students. The concert will be held in the Montgomery Performance Space, and is free and open to the public.

The concert is titled “You. Me. Us.,” a play on the phrase “me, myself, and I,” to address the theme of relationships – whether familial, romantic, or otherwise. Each piece is designed and choreographed independently by dance minors, so a variety of styles and perspectives are included in the show. The concert allows students the freedom to explore the styles and techniques that draw them, and each year’s production has a different texture to it depending on who is involved and what is brought to the floor.

Senior Projects Featured in Allegheny Student Art Exhibit

The art galleries of Allegheny College will feature the work of seven graduating seniors from April 25 through May 7. The exhibit will open with a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 25 in the galleries. (more…)

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…)