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Allegheny Student Yukihide Nakada Accepted into Highly Competitive Math in Moscow Program

May 28, 2014 — Yukihide Nakada, a junior at Allegheny College, has been accepted into the highly competitive Math in Moscow program.

The program—which is sponsored by the Independent University of Moscow, the Higher School of Economics and the Moscow Center for Continuous Mathematical Education—allows students to spend a semester in Moscow studying with internationally recognized mathematicians in what is generally regarded as one of the leading programs in the world.

Visiting Professor of Religious Studies and History Patrick Jackson identifies and mentors high-achieving students for national fellowships and other competitive programs.

“The Math in Moscow program is fiercely competitive, with an acceptance rate in the single digits,” he said. “Yuki is a remarkably talented mathematician, however, so I’m not at all surprised that he was accepted. From the moment I began to work with him on the application, I was impressed by his intelligence, maturity and poise. I expect that he’ll do very well.” (more…)

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Student Experimental Theatre to Perform Ben Slote’s “Calling Ida”

May 27, 2014 – Student Experimental Theatre at Allegheny College will present performances of “Calling Ida,” a one-act comedy by Professor of English Ben Slote, at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 30, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

No tickets are necessary for the play, which will be performed in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts.

“Calling Ida” follows heroine Jeannie Pointer, Class of 2015, as she pursues her senior project. Will she make it to graduation with her wits and integrity intact? Not without help from Allegheny’s most illustrious alumna, Ida Tarbell – or at least Jeannie’s own inner Ida.

Student Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas at Eighth Annual Gator Innovation Challenge

May 22, 2014 – Forty-five Allegheny and Grove City College student entrepreneurs participated in a high energy competition on Saturday, April 26 by pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges during Allegheny’s Eighth Annual Gator Innovation Challenge. The all-day event, hosted by Entrepreneur-in-Residence Chris Allison, Allegheny College Class of 1983, was held on the Allegheny campus.

Allegheny’s Gator Innovation Challenge, a part of the managerial track programming in the college’s Department of Economics, is designed to provide students the opportunity to present ideas to highly successful professionals in their fields. It also offers them the opportunity to network and gain valuable presentation experience. (more…)

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Commencement Ceremony at Allegheny College Celebrates 487 Students and Three Distinguished Leaders

May 10, 2014 – Allegheny College today honored 487 students and three distinguished leaders at Commencement ceremonies in the 199th year of the college.

Journalist and PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the ceremony, delivered the commencement address. Co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.

“What you’ve learned here provides you with the compass to navigate the uncertainties that lie ahead,” Woodruff told the graduates. “Today is one of ‘mission accomplished’ for you and your families. This is a moment to reflect on the world you enter.

“First, whatever your political persuasion, government matters, for good or ill; it decides whether you or your children will go to war, what type of health care and retirement system you live under, how much in taxes you pay and it affords you the protection of a civil society.

“Government today, especially in Washington, too often is paralyzed by gridlock and partisanship at the expense of the greater good. One of the facets I love about this college is your Civility award — given this past year to the Women members of the United States Senate and two years earlier to my NewsHour colleagues David Brooks and Mark Shields. My home town would do well to spend a little time at Allegheny.”

In addition to Woodruff, honorary doctorates of humane letters were conferred on Kitty Dukakis, mental health advocate and former First Lady of Massachusetts, and Lucius T. Outlaw, professor of philosophy and of Africana and Diaspora studies at Vanderbilt University. (more…)

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Allegheny College on Track to Achieve 20 Percent Energy Savings through the Better Buildings Challenge

May 9, 2014 – Allegheny College was recognized on May 8 by the Energy Department for its achievements in the Better Buildings Challenge and for reducing energy intensity by 7 percent across its entire building portfolio. The announcement was made at the first National Better Buildings Summit. Better Buildings Challenge partners are demonstrating progress to achieve 20 percent energy savings in 10 years, with annual energy savings of 2.5 percent or $300 million.

“By committing to cut energy use by 20 percent, Better Buildings Challenge partners are demonstrating how businesses and organizations are reducing our nation’s energy bill, creating American jobs, and protecting the environment,” said David Danielson, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. “With commitments representing more than 3 billion square feet of floor space, these partners are leading the way to a cleaner energy economy.”

Allegheny College was among only seven colleges and universities nationwide to join the Better Buildings Challenge when it was first announced by President Barack Obama in 2011.

Allegheny’s Carr Hall was modeled to be 23 percent more efficient due to renovations as a showcase project associated with the Better Building Challenge. Energy savings were achieved through building envelope improvements, heat recovery techniques and energy-efficient lighting. Carr Hall, which houses the Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science, also achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Voice Instructor Diane Kalinowski Wins Prize in Vocal Competition

May 5, 2014 — Diane Kalinowski, a voice instructor at Allegheny College, was recently awarded one of eight prizes in the Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition at the New Jersey State Opera. The preliminary rounds of the competition were held in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey, with 125 singers competing for a spot in the semi-finals. Kalinowski was one of 34 semi-finalists who competed at New Jersey State Opera on April 27 and ultimately one of eight winners.

As part of the prize, Kalinowski will perform in the winners’ gala concert with orchestra on June 1 in New Jersey.

A native of Cochranton, she began her study of voice with Vicki Jamison, instructor in music at Allegheny College, and continues to coach with Vicki and Ward Jamison. She received her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Kansas and while there was the soprano apprentice at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She has been an Allegheny voice instructor since 2011.

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Journalist Judy Woodruff To Give Commencement Address in 199th Year of Allegheny College

May 1, 2014 – Approximately 500 students will graduate from Allegheny College at Commencement on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. The ceremony takes place in the college’s 199th year.

In addition, Allegheny will award honorary degrees to three distinguished individuals: journalist Judy Woodruff, who will give the Commencement address; mental health advocate Kitty Dukakis; and philosopher Lucius T. Outlaw Jr.

Judy Woodruff is the co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. She has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.

She served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program “Inside Politics”; was the Chief Washington Correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS; and also anchored PBS’ award-winning weekly documentary series “Frontline with Judy Woodruff.” At NBC News, she was White House correspondent. (more…)

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Journalism Professor Cheryl Hatch Wins Award for Column Writing

May 1, 2014 — Cheryl Hatch, visiting assistant professor of journalism in the public interest at Allegheny College, won second place in column writing in the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association (PWPA). Hatch’s columns appear weekly in The Meadville Tribune.

A longtime photojournalist, Hatch spent time embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan. She also spent time in Somalia and has worked at daily newspapers in Florida and Oregon.

She held a Snedden Endowed Chair in journalism at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. At Allegheny, in addition to teaching journalism courses, she serves as the advisor to The Campus newspaper and has brought several Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists to photojournalism conferences at the college.

Winners of the Excellence in Journalism Contest will be recognized at PWPA’s annual awards luncheon May 31 during the 2014 Pennsylvania Press Conference in State College.

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Gators Give Back Rummage Sale To Benefit Project Chacocente

May 1, 2014 – The Allegheny College student initiative Gators Give Back will hold its 7th annual rummage sale at Stone Church on the Diamond in Meadville on Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9. Thursday’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The sale concludes on Friday with a $3 bag sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sale items – which include clothes, shoes, dishes, hats, books, furniture, appliances, linens, housewares, toys, games and more — are donated by students and other members of the college community. Proceeds from the sale benefit Project Chacocente, a grassroots effort outside Managua, Nicaragua, which helps families residing in the city’s municipal dump to relocate to a healthier, sustainable life within a rural farming community.

The idea for the rummage sale began with a service-learning trip taken by a student delegation from Allegheny to Project Chacocente in May 2007, as a way to continue to help the Chacocente community from a distance. Allegheny students and staff returned to Nicaragua in 2010 and 2012. Twenty-three students are planning to participate in the service-learning trip to Nicaragua in May 2014. (more…)

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Allegheny College Chamber Singers To Present Annual Opera Scenes Program

April 29, 2014 – The Allegheny College Chamber Singers will present their annual opera scenes program at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, in the college’s Ford Chapel.

The singers will perform scenes from “Carmen,” “Dido and Aeneas,” “Bastien und Bastienne,” “The Merry Widow,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Madama Butterfly” and “Lucia di Lammermoor.” (more…)