October 28th 2013
Oct. 28, 2013 — The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will present writer, actor and Iraq War veteran Benjamin Busch at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 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.
A U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, Busch is also an actor, photographer and film director. He played the role of Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series “The Wire” and has appeared on “Homicide,” “The West Wing” and “Generation Kill.”
He is the author of the memoir “Dust to Dust,” for which he received the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award in Nonfiction in 2013. (more…)
October 25th 2013
Oct. 25, 2013 — Student Experimental Theatre at Allegheny College will present two performances of “Our Own Sounds,” a Meadville community-based theatre piece by Katie Beck about the Underground Railroad and the struggle for civil rights. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Arter Little Theatre on the Allegheny campus and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Bethel AME Church, at the corner of Arch and Liberty Streets in Meadville.
The performances are part of the college’s Year of Civil Rights, which celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2014 of the Civil Rights Act. Admission is free, but donations for Bethel AME will be accepted. (more…)
October 24th 2013
Oct. 24, 2013 – In a speech last night at the annual Spirit of Lincoln Dinner of the Log Cabin Republicans, former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge cited research by Allegheny College.
In a passionate speech at the sold-out event in Washington, D.C., Ridge insisted on the importance of civil, respectful dialogue in the political arena.
Talking about the current level of discourse in the nation’s politics, Ridge said, “This lack of civility and statesmanship has consequences that extend beyond lost elections. We risk losing a generation of public servants. Allegheny College, one of the nation’s great liberal arts schools, has done extensive polling on the subject. They found that young Americans are turning away from careers in elected office. That troubles me greatly. It should trouble all of us.” (more…)
October 24th 2013
Oct. 24, 2013 — The Allegheny College Equestrian Team recently won Reserve Champion High Point Team honors at collegiate horse shows at Seton Hill University and West Virginia University.
All team members accumulated points according to their placing. The team arrived at a grand total of 33 points at Seton Hill and 26 points at West Virginia. (more…)
October 24th 2013
Oct. 24, 2013 – The Allegheny College Food for Sustainability Project has been named a Pennsylvania Campus Sustainability Champion by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) for its work to advance sustainability on campus and in the community.
The goal of the Food for Sustainability Project, which is directed by Assistant Professor of Environmental Science TJ Eatmon, is to increase public understanding of sustainable systems by promoting sustainable values, attitudes and practices.
The project utilizes aquaponic systems for indoor, year-round tilapia and lettuce production that would otherwise be difficult in the cold-weather climate of the Great Lakes region. The products, which are sold to Parkhurst Dining Services, are incorporated into Allegheny’s campus dining menu throughout the year. (more…)
October 24th 2013
Oct. 24, 2013 – Soprano Bailey Blashford, a junior at Allegheny College, will present a recital of art songs and arias at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Ford Memorial Chapel on the Allegheny campus.
She will begin the recital with pieces by three 20th-century composers: John Jacob Niles, Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel. Three pieces by Niles — settings of American folksongs — will be followed by two sacred pieces: “The Crucifixion” by Barber and a setting of the Hebrew prayer Kaddish by Ravel. (more…)
October 23rd 2013
Oct. 23, 2013 — Glenn Sharfman, professor of history and vice president and dean of academic affairs at Manchester University, will give a talk titled “Are You My Brother’s Keeper? Why Ordinary People Acted Extraordinarily During the Holocaust” at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The public is invited.
Much of the historical writing and current teaching on the Holocaust focuses on famous perpetrators, but Sharfman’s talk will concentrate on ordinary individuals who acted extraordinarily during World War II. The discussion will center on some lesser known people who were put in a position where they could have acted heroically or cruelly. Sharfman will talk about why some chose to save their neighbors while others chose not to during the Holocaust. (more…)
October 22nd 2013
Oct. 22, 2013 – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl Gay Stolberg, a Washington correspondent for The New York Times, will speak on “A Reporter’s Journey Through Washington: What You Won’t Read in the Newspaper” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. Her talk is part of the college’s Year of Civil Rights, which celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2014 of the Civil Rights Act.
Stolberg has covered mob bosses, race riots, natural disasters, scientific breakthroughs and, for the past decade, American politics. She began her career in 1983 at The Providence (R.I.) Journal and later moved to The Los Angeles Times, where she shared in Pulitzer Prizes awarded for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the 1994 Northridge earthquake. (more…)
October 22nd 2013
Oct. 22, 2013 – Ryan Devlin, the youngest person to be chosen Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, will speak at Allegheny College at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 in the college’s Quigley Auditorium. The public is invited to the presentation, titled “Wanted: A New Kind of Teacher.” To join an optional interactive portion of the program, they are invited to bring their smartphones, tablets or laptops.
A teacher at Brockway Area High School in Jefferson County, Devlin was named Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year last December. He has won multiple grants for his use of technology within the classroom and for innovative lesson plans that cultivate 21st-century learning skills. (more…)
October 21st 2013
Oct. 21, 2013 – Two highly successful innovators — Rob Smith, of Meadville, Pa., and Tim Reeves, of Hershey, Pa. — officially began their roles in October as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Allegheny College Board of Trustees. Eddie Taylor Jr., president of Taylor Oswald in Cleveland, completed his three-year term as chair this month.
All three are alumni of the college: Taylor graduated from Allegheny in 1987, Smith in 1973 and Reeves in 1983. (more…)