When the pillars of social stability crumble

Since the events of April 25, Internet news sources have been dominated by two tragedies—the earthquake in Nepal and the riots in Baltimore. Of course, these two news events grab the public’s attention because of their extreme nature and the implications that they have for our humanity.

For me, they also have special import. I am a U.S. citizen, born in Akron, Ohio, and have lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the past four years. Like most people, I have a special interest in stories about the places that I have connected with, the people who live there, and the significance that they have in my life. In watching how these two seemingly unrelated news pieces have developed over the past days, I have observed a strikingly similar perspective arise out of the rubble and devastation that have been left behind. Both of these events appear to teeter on the singular issue of helplessness and how people deal with the forces that are out of their control.  (more…)

Gators Give Back Eighth Annual Rummage Sale

Gators Give Back Eighth Annual Rummage Sale
Main event: Thursday, May 7, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$2 bag day: Friday, May 8, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Stone United Methodist Church, Meadville Pa.

April 30, 2015 – Gators Give Back, an Allegheny College student initiative, will hold its annual rummage sale for the community on May 7 and 8 at Stone United Methodist Church, Meadville, Pa.

According to Kirsten Peterson, Allegheny adviser of health professions, students have begun collecting items on campus from students, faculty and staff. Items include appliances, clothes, shoes, furniture, linens, housewares, toys/games and more. (more…)


Allegheny Voice Instructor Diane Kalinowski Wins Three of Top 10 Awards at Annapolis Opera Competition

April 29, 2015 – Soprano Diane Kalinowski, who teaches voice at Allegheny College, was awarded three of the top 10 prizes at the 27th annual vocal competition held by the Annapolis Opera on April 25 and 26. Kalinowski advanced through a field of 30 semifinalists and eight finalists to win the Marie E. Crump Memorial Award, the Director/Conductor Grand Prize Winner Award and the Victoria Waidner and Felix Rosario Memorial Audience Choice Award.

Last fall Kalinowski was one of only five sopranos worldwide selected to compete in the finals for the 2014 Elizabeth Connell Prize in Sydney, Australia. She won a spot in the final five after her performance in the competition’s semifinals, which were held at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Kalinowski is also the 2014 winner of the American Opera Idol Award from Connecticut Concert Opera, a winner of the Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition at the New Jersey State Opera and a grand prize winner of the Rochester Lyric Opera LaDue Professional Recital Competition. (more…)


PBS NewsHour Host Mark Shields To Give Commencement Address in 200th Year of Allegheny College

Honorary Degrees Also To Be Awarded to Daniel and Patricia Rooney and John Herbert Niles

April 29, 2015 – Political commentator and PBS NewsHour host Mark Shields will deliver the Commencement address at Allegheny College on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in a celebration of approximately 470 graduating seniors and 200 years of Allegheny history.

During the college’s bicentennial year, Allegheny will award honorary degrees to Shields; to Daniel Rooney, former ambassador to Ireland and chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers; to Patricia Rooney, a strong supporter of higher education and the liberal arts; and to John Herbert Niles, an Allegheny graduate who is known for his work advocating for the health of women and children in the Washington, D.C. area.

Over the past 40 years, Mark Shields has steadily built one of the most respected reputations in the country for fair-minded and thoughtful political analysis. He is a nationally known columnist and commentator, perhaps best known for his political analysis and commentary on PBS’s award-winning “The PBS News Hour.” He was also a regular panelist on “Inside Washington,” the weekly public affairs show broadcast on both ABC and PBS, and on CNN’s “The Capital Gang.”

He and his PBS NewsHour partner, David Brooks, were the recipients, in 2012, of the first Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life. (more…)


EPA Recognizes Allegheny College for Largest Green Power Use Among North Coast Athletic Conference Schools

April 27, 2015 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Allegheny College as a 2014-2015 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has the largest individual use of green power within a qualifying conference. Allegheny has taken top honors for the past four years.

Allegheny College beat its conference rivals by using more than 15 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Allegheny College is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Constellation NewEnergy. In addition, Allegheny College is generating green power from an on-site renewable energy system using solar resources. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. Allegheny’s commitment to on-campus renewables and the purchase of RECs also halves the campus carbon footprint and advances progress toward the college’s 2020 climate neutrality goal. (more…)

Chamber Singers To Present Free Recital Featuring Scenes from Opera

April 27, 2015 — The Allegheny Chamber Singers will present a program of opera scenes at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The recital is free and open to the public.

Performing will be seniors Bailey Blashford, Breana Gallagher, Shelby Hernan, Rosey Sheridan, Amanda Stefanowicz and Aubrey Welschcox, junior Lauren Dominique, and sophomores Troy Dinga, Daniel Keitel and Ashley Mulryan, in scenes from “Manon,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “La Serva Padrona,” “Martha,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Don Pasquale” and “Die Fledermaus.”

The singers have been coached by Carol Niblock and Vicki Jamison and staged by Betsy Sumerfield. Ward Jamison is the accompanist for the performance.


Allegheny College Graduate John Rooney One of 43 Americans to Receive 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship

April 22, 2015 – John Rooney, an Allegheny College class of 2014 alumnus, has been named one of 43 American recipients of the prestigious 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Rooney and the rest of the 2015 American Fellows will join students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine to participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Europe. The Fellowship will take place in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw from May 25 to June 28, 2015. Rooney, who resides in Austin, Texas, will travel to Copenhagen.

“The issue of human rights has been an interest of mine. What appealed to me about this fellowship was the opportunity to get together with a very diverse group of people that brings together such heavy people in terms of intellectuals and activists and others leading in the field of human rights,” says Rooney, who majored in political science and minored in black studies at Allegheny. “I’ve never been significantly out of the country, so the opportunity to go to Europe with others my age to discuss these issues with such leading thinkers is exciting.”  (more…)

Allegheny College’s Student Newspaper Wins First-Place Award from the Society of Professional Journalists

April 22, 2015 – The Campus, the student newspaper at Allegheny College, has won a first-place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 1, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Sam Stephenson, co-editor-in-chief of The Campus, and photo editor Meghan Hayman won the award in the category of breaking news.

Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. First-place winners move on to the national competition among category winners from the 12 regions of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Earlier this year The Campus won two first-place awards and three honorable mentions in the four-year college category from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, including a first-place award for Stephenson and Hayman in the category of general news. (more…)


Allegheny College Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition”

April 22, 2015 – Allegheny College is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation according to the Princeton Review. The education services company features Allegheny once again in the annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.” The profiles in the guide provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body, as well as “Green Facts.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this sixth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

“We strive daily to assess our progress, set new goals and take tangible steps to improve our sustainability in ways that integrate environmental sustainability into our institutional operations, policies, curriculum and campus culture,” said Kelly Boulton, the college’s sustainability coordinator. “We’re pleased the Princeton Review has recognized this commitment in each of its six editions of the Guide to Green Colleges.”

The guide recognizes Allegheny’s long-term leadership in campus sustainability: “As a charter signatory of ACUPCC [the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment] with a climate neutrality goal of 2020 and a participant in the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge to increase building efficiencies by at least 20 percent across campus, Allegheny College is determined not just to participate in the green movement, but to lead.”

Despite ambitious goals, Allegheny College has already achieved a 71 percent reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions and an 11 percent average increase in building efficiency. (more…)

Susan Washko

Allegheny Junior Susan Washko Earns Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention

April 21, 2015 – Susan Washko, a junior at Allegheny College, has received an honorable mention in the annual scholarship competition of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Washko, an environmental science major and Spanish minor at Allegheny College, is from Hudson, Ohio.

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. The scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.

Washko is a student leader on issues related to sustainability. The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium recently named her a “Campus Sustainability Champion” for her work as president of Edible Allegheny, through which she assists with the DeHart Local Foods Dinner, helps to maintain the student garden and edible plantings, leads student trips to local farms and assists local farmers.

A member of the board of Students for Environmental Action at Allegheny College, Washko resides in a special-interest house called “Green Living,” which is focused on sustainability. She also works as manager of the college’s swim team and is a member of the College Choirs.

In addition, Washko is a research assistant during the academic year in a lab run by Professor of Environmental Science Rich Bowden, while in the summer she works with Professor of Biology Scott Wissinger at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. She is also a teaching assistant for a freshman seminar on the conservation of natural resources.

This semester, however, she is in Costa Rica studying tropical ecology and conservation. (more…)