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Allegheny College to Host Open House on Oct. 21

Prospective students and their families are invited to visit Allegheny College during an open house on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the campus, talk with students and faculty, and discover what a day in the life is like at the college.

The open house program includes a continental breakfast hosted by Allegheny community members, a “Gator Tales” student panel discussion, and an academics and activities fair. The open house will take place in conjunction with the college’s Blue & Gold Weekend: A Homecoming & Family Celebration, and visitors also will have the opportunity to attend a research poster symposium in the Allegheny Gateway, athletic contests and other Homecoming events.

For more information and to register, visit college/special-visit-programs/ or call (800) 521-5293.

Former Marine Corps Pilot Joins Allegheny’s Governing Board

Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis, above left, experienced plenty of exhilarating moments during his career in the U.S. Marine Corps, launching in his Harrier jump-jet from amphibious carriers and from austere forest roads in Germany. Commanding the Marine Corps Aviation Weapons School, he flew with and taught pilots the advanced tactics they needed to win the Cold War and support the Marines on the ground.

“You have to be disciplined and precise in all you do in Marine aviation — especially in a single-seat jet strike fighter,” says Davis, who graduated from Allegheny in 1980 with an economics degree.

During his years as a military aviator, Davis never had to eject from his aircraft — and finished his career mishap free. “Not in over 4,500 hours of military flying,” he says.

In July 2017, Davis, whose call sign was “Dog,” retired after 37 years in the Marines, most recently as the Pentagon-based deputy commandant for aviation, a post he had held since 2014. The job entailed making sure the Marines’ 1,300 aircraft were equipped and prepared to support 47,000 combat-ready Leathernecks.

‘American Idol’ Finalist Elliott Yamin to Perform During Blue & Gold Weekend

Fans who first heard Elliott Yamin sing on “American Idol” will have the chance to see him on stage at Allegheny College. Yamin will perform on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium as part of Blue & Gold Weekend: A Family & Homecoming Celebration.

Yamin launched his recording career following his appearance as a finalist on the fifth season of “American Idol.” His highly anticipated debut album “Elliott Yamin” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart was the highest-debuting album by an independent artist in SoundScan history.  The self-titled disc achieved gold status in the U.S. and Japan and yielded the platinum hit “Wait for You.” His latest album, Yamin’s fourth, is “As Time Goes By,” a genre-bending collection of originals. (more…)

Allegheny College Featured in The Princeton Review’s ‘Guide to 375 Green Colleges’

Allegheny College is once again featured in The Princeton Review’s annual guide to the most environmentally responsible schools.

The “Guide to 375 Green Colleges” highlights schools with exceptional commitments to sustainability and includes profiles of each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body, as well as detailed “Green Facts” for some schools.

The Princeton Review chose schools for this eighth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from a 2016-17 survey of school administrators that asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.

Allegheny has been included in each of eight editions. (more…)

Allegheny Single Voice Reading Series Features Poets William Brewer, Jen Julian

William Brewer, who graduated from Allegheny College in 2011, will join Jen Julian, visiting fiction writer-in-residence at Allegheny College, for a reading from their work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. The event, part of the Single Voice Reading Series, is free and open to the public. (more…)

Works by Allegheny Alumni on Display at ArtPrize Nine

Two Allegheny College alumni are exhibiting their work in ArtPrize Nine, an international art competition that bills itself as the most attended annual public art event in the world.

Zane Miller ’09 is one of five artists on a juror’s short list in the installation category for his work “Two-way Protocols” and one of 25 artists leading a public vote in the same category, putting him in contention for prizes to be announced Friday, Oct. 6. The competition awards more than $500,000 in prizes each year, including a $200,000 Jurors’ Grand Prize and a $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize.

Adrienne Vittorio ’04 is displaying her work “Horses Being Horses: Western Wild Herd” in the three-dimensional category.

Now in its ninth year, ArtPrize is art on a grand scale, attracting 500,000 visitors to downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. For 19 days — this year, Sept. 20 through Oct. 8 — theaters, restaurants, museums, parks, hotels and other spaces are transformed into galleries showcasing all manner of art. The 2016 competition featured 1,453 works created by artists from 40 states and 44 countries, exhibited in 170 venues. This year’s competition showcases 1,346 entries in 175 venues. (more…)

DeHart Market and Dinner Features Nature’s Bounty

More than 250 diners who were lucky enough to get tickets to the 15th Annual DeHart Dinner and Market at Allegheny College on Wednesday, October 4, feasted on dishes like sweet potato and carrot puree, kofta with yogurt sauce, and maple ice cream, all grown naturally and healthfully.

Tickets for the dinner were sold out in a record 90 minutes this year, according to organizers. The culinary event honors Jennifer DeHart, an Environmental Science professor who died in 2010 after a five-year battle with cancer.

The dinner was preceded by a market on campus. The band Salmon Frank provided an enthusiastic soundtrack while vendors set up at tables, selling their produce straight to shoppers. Other activities included a game of cornhole, a stationary bike that generates electricity, and table where Nancy Schultz sells flowers.

To get the dinner started in Schultz Banquet Hall, diners were greeted by three coffee dispensers that read “Decaf,” “Outdoorsy Sumatra,” and “Royal Ethiopian.” Happy Mug Coffee, based in Edinboro, roasts 1,000 pounds of coffee a week and sells it just hours after it’s roasted.

Emmett Barr ’17, an Allegheny alumnus, was one of the employees representing the business at the market. “We roast the coffee the same day it’s bought. We get orders in the morning, and roast to fill those orders so people are getting the freshest possible coffee,” he says. (more…)

Allegheny Art Galleries Feature ‘Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys’

The art galleries of Allegheny College will exhibit ‘Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys,’ works by Helen Zughaib, from Tuesday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 12. An opening reception and artist’s lecture, free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the galleries.

Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art Helen currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. Of her work she writes, in part, “I feel that my background in the Middle East allows me to approach the experiences I have in America in a unique way, remaining an observer of both the Arab and American cultures. I believe that the arts are one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue and positive ideas between the Middle East and the United States.” (more…)

Allegheny to Join Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society

Allegheny College will join nearly 300 colleges and universities from across the country when it becomes a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society.

Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition.  It recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher throughout their junior and/or senior years. Allegheny’s membership in the society was made possible by a grant from the North Coast Athletic Conference that enabled membership of each of the league’s member schools.

“We are extremely grateful for the NCAC’s generosity,” said Portia Hoeg, Director of Athletics at Allegheny.  “Gator student-athletes have always performed well in the classroom, and now we can proudly induct them into an honor society that specifically recognizes their athletic participation and academic excellence. We are beyond thrilled to be a campus chapter!” (more…)