Nominations Sought for Lew Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service

March 13, 2014 – Allegheny College is soliciting nominations for the 10th annual Lew Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service. This award, which includes a cash prize, will be given to an Allegheny student who has made a significant, demonstrable contribution to the Meadville area community.

Nominees must have gone “above and beyond” in their volunteer or internship activities and have positively influenced other Allegheny students through their commitment to service.

The Lew Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service is given in honor of Lew Davies, a 1940 graduate of Allegheny who worked his way through college and, as a result of his connection with Meadville, returned following his service in World War II. As a successful businessman and community leader, as well as an active alumnus and trustee of the college until his death in 2003, Davies continually sought to build cooperation between the college and the community. (more…)

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Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. Elected Board Chair of American Council on Education

Photo: Outgoing ACE board chair Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso, passes the gavel to Allegheny College president James H. Mullen Jr.

March 10, 2014 — James H. Mullen Jr., president of Allegheny College, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the country’s colleges and universities.

Mullen became board chair during ACE’s 96th Annual Meeting in San Diego. He succeeds Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and will serve for one year. Before becoming ACE Board chair, Mullen served as vice chair.

ACE’s membership also elected Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston (UH) System and president of UH, vice chair; and Robert L. Caret, president of the University of Massachusetts, secretary.

“I am deeply honored by my election as chair of the American Council on Education. Under Molly Broad’s leadership, the Council is providing the voice that unifies all sectors of higher education on the critical public policy issues of our time,” said Mullen. “That I will serve as chair during Allegheny College’s bicentennial year makes this honor even more meaningful for me and for Allegheny.” (more…)

Alex John London To Give Lehman Medical Ethics Lecture

face_londonMarch 4, 2014 — Alex John London, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, will present the Lehman Medical Ethics Lecture 
at Allegheny College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 in the Quigley Hall Auditorium.

The public is invited to this free lecture, titled “IRBs, What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing? Individual Integrity vs Institutional Design.”

Before researchers can conduct a study involving human participants they must submit their protocol to an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Recently, a number of critics have challenged the value of IRB review and charged that requiring it represents a violation of First Amendment rights that has had disastrous effects on academics and society as a whole. London’s talk will examine some of these criticisms and challenge the idea that the most basic function of IRB review is to protect research participants. (more…)

Allegheny College Junior Breana Gallagher To Give Voice Recital

252501_2125710985266_7957781_n-2March 3, 2014 – Soprano Breana Gallagher, a junior at Allegheny College, will present a voice recital at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 in the college’s Ford Chapel. She will perform works from the mid-17th century to the 20th century in five languages: English, French, German, Latin and Italian. The recital is free and open to the public. (more…)

Single Voice Reading Series To Present Amanda Reynolds and Gerry LaFemina

March 3, 2014 — The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will present Amanda Reynolds and Gerry LaFemina at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. All events in the Single Voice Reading Series are free and open to the public.

Amanda ReynoldsAmanda Reynolds received her B.A. from Allegheny College, her M.F.A. from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. from Florida State University. She is the author of a book of poems, “Heinz 56,” as well as a chapbook, “Degrees of Separation.” She lives and teaches in Pittsburgh.

gerry lafeminaGerry LaFemina is the author of 11 books of poems, prose poems and fiction, including “Graffiti Heart,” “The Parakeets of Brooklyn” and, most recently, “Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist” (prose poems) and “Clamor” (a novel). A noted editor, teacher and advocate for the literary arts, he directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University, where he is an associate professor of English.

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Associate Professor of English Christopher Bakken at

Allegheny College To Sponsor International Film Festival

March 3, 2014 — The Allegheny College Department of Modern and Classical Languages is sponsoring an international film festival on Thursdays. The series will be shown at 7 p.m. on March 6, 13 and 27 and April 3 and 10 at The Movies, 11155 Highline Drive in Meadville. The films will be in their original languages, with subtitles in English. The cost is $7 for general admission. (more…)

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Beckman Scholar Jared Balik Will Study “Effects of Species Replacement on Detrital Processing Rates in Montane and Sub-Alpine Ponds”

Feb. 28, 2014 — Allegheny College recently named Jared Balik from South Beaver Township, Pa., a Beckman Scholar. He will be working with faculty mentor Scott Wissinger, professor of biology and environmental science at Allegheny, on the project “Effects of Species Replacement on Detrital Processing Rates in Montane and Sub-Alpine Ponds.”

Balik’s research will begin in May 2014 and run through August 2015. The summer research will be conducted at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, Colo.

Balik is a double major in biology and environmental science, with a minor in environmental writing. A 2012 graduate of Blackhawk High School, he is the son of Matthew and Karen Balik.

Allegheny is entering the third year of its Beckman Scholar program. In 2012 it was one of only 11 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a Beckman Scholars Program award in support of student research. (more…)

Director/Producer Dawn Porter To Screen “Gideon’s Army” at Allegheny College

Feb. 26, 2014 — Lawyer turned filmmaker Dawn Porter will screen her documentary “Gideon’s Army” on Wednesday, March 5 Porter D-Photo (High Res HEADSHOT 2013)in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at Allegheny College. The screening at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a talk by Dawn Porter.

The public is invited to this free event, which is part of the Year of Civil Rights at Allegheny.

Porter directed and produced “Gideon’s Army,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and debuted on HBO Documentary Films in July 2013. An official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, “Gideon’s Army” follows a group of idealistic young public defenders in the Deep South, where lawyers face particularly difficult challenges due to high bonds, minimum mandatory sentencing and a culture that is traditionally “tough on crime.” (more…)


“Women of the Senate” To Be Awarded 2014 Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life

February 25, 2014 – The third annual Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life will be awarded Thursday to the “Women of the Senate” – the 20 U.S. senators who banded together to help end the 2013 government shutdown, and in so doing helped to show the way toward a more civil climate in Washington D.C., one that continues to provide hopefulness today.

President James H. Mullen Jr. will award the 2014 Prize at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 27. U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the ranking Republican and Democrat members of the women of the Senate, will accept the award on their colleagues’ behalf.

Said Mullen: “The 16-day federal government shutdown last Fall, and the incivility that accompanied it, reminded us how divided we are as a nation, and how uncivil our debates had become. Just when it seemed the impasse would extend indefinitely, the Women of the Senate stepped up and said, ‘Enough.’ They met incivility with collegial resolve – and in so doing, showed us all a better way.” (more…)


Two-day Photojournalism Conference at Allegheny College to Tell “The Story Next Door”

Photo: Allegheny alumnus Richard Murphy, one of three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who will speak at the conference

Feb. 24, 2014 – Award-winning journalists from across the country, including three Pulitzer Prize winners, will help college students and community members document “The Story Next Door” at a two-day conference exploring community journalism in action. The conference, on March 7-8 at Allegheny College, is free and open to the public and requires no preregistration.

“This is a grand storytelling experiment that brings top professional journalists to present their work and mentor students during a weekend multimedia project,” said Cheryl Hatch, visiting assistant professor of journalism in the public interest at Allegheny. “Together we’ll bridge the campus and community and partner journalists who’ve excelled in their field with students who aspire to their profession. We will learn from one another, share stories and create a portrait of Meadville through multiple voices and visions.”

The storytelling component of the conference, on Friday, March 7, will be a sunrise-to-sunset multimedia documentary. Members of the community are welcome to join students from Allegheny College and Ohio University, which is partnering with Allegheny on the project, as they spread throughout Meadville to capture stories. Participants are encouraged to sign up for shifts and are not expected to work the entire day. (more…)