Sue E. Steven Elected to Allegheny College Board of Trustees

Photo: Trustee Sue Steven on Allegheny College’s Rustic Bridge during the College’s bicentennial celebration.

Oct. 12, 2015 – Sue E. Steven of Coronado, California has been elected to the Allegheny College Board of Trustees. Steven, who was sworn in on Oct. 10, will serve a four-year term.

A 1975 graduate of Allegheny College, Steven majored in biology. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Colorado State University, a doctorate from the University of Maryland and an executive MBA from Temple University.

Steven began her career as a research associate at Oregon State University, which took her on board research vessels operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard.

In 1979 she left academia and signed on with the U.S. Navy, earning a spot as one of the first women to serve aboard Navy ships. She later became the first female navigator and operations officer on the U.S.S. Hunley. Steven then joined the Medical Service Corps as a microbiologist. She later did work as a medical intelligence analyst and served at the Navy Medical Research Institute.

In 1990 Steven left the Navy to manage medical technologists for what is now GlaxoSmithKline, where she was instrumental in arranging internships for Allegheny College students. Six years later, she transitioned to project and portfolio management in the pharmaceuticals industry.

She now owns Mergellina Designs, a San Diego based company that provides entrepreneurial and technology coaching. (more…)

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Allegheny Faculty Carol Niblock and Vicki Jamison to Give Voice Recital

Photo: Vicki Jamison, left, and Carol Niblock

Oct. 8, 2015 — Carol Niblock and Vicki Jamison, adjunct instructors in music at Allegheny College, will present a recital of soprano duets and solos on Sunday, October 18 at 3:15 p.m. in Ford Chapel on the Allegheny College campus. They will be accompanied on the piano by Ward Jamison, professor of music emeritus.

Niblock, who joined the faculty in 2012, teaches voice and is the vocal coordinator for the college’s Department of Music. Jamison has taught voice at Allegheny since 1981 and served as vocal coordinator prior to 2012. In addition to giving voice lessons, they jointly lead the Allegheny Chamber Singers.

The program will include seven duets and four arias drawn from both sacred and secular works. The sacred duets include “Gloria et divitiae” from Vivaldi’s “Beatus vir,” “Domine Deus” from the Mozart C Minor Mass and “Victoria! Christo resurgenti” by Francois Couperin.

The second half of the recital will be drawn from opera and will feature duets from Purcell’s “King Arthur” and Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena,” as well as the sisters’ duet from “Arabella” by Richard Strauss and the letter duet from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.”

In addition each artist will perform two solos. Niblock will sing “Ave Maria” by Alain and “Hello” from Menotti’s “The Telephone.” Jamison will sing “Et incarnatus est” from the C Minor Mass of Mozart and Doretta’s song from “La Rondine” by Puccini. (more…)


Allegheny College Among 85 Colleges Showcased in National Wildlife Federation Guide to Green Landscapes

Oct. 8, 2015 — Allegheny College is among 85 colleges showcased in the National Wildlife Federation’s new guide “The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and ‘Lands-on’ Experiences for Students.”

The guide highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic role in protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces. It also explores how campus green spaces can benefit students, faculty and staff with leadership opportunities, hands-on learning, energy savings, water conservation and much more.

The guide showcases Allegheny College’s Bousson Environmental Research Reserve, 283 acres of woodlands, ponds, streams and wetlands – home to many wildlife species – that Allegheny students and faculty use as an outdoor research lab. Professors have engaged students at Bousson in investigations on the carbon sequestration of trees, soil types and organic matter, aquatic habitats and local hydrology. (more…)

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Allegheny College Student Jared Balik Receives National Award from Ecological Society of America

Sept. 29, 2015 – Jared Balik, a senior at Allegheny College, received the Student Award from the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America at the society’s centennial meeting. Balik received the award for the best student paper dealing in natural history.

The son of Matthew and Karen Balik of South Beaver Township, Pa., Balik is majoring in both biology and environmental science, with a minor in environmental writing.

The work that Balik presented at the ESA’s centennial meeting was preliminary data from his Senior Project, titled “Effects of climate-induced distributional shifts in caddisfly larvae on detritus processing and ecosystem function in high-elevation ponds and wetlands.”

He presented his paper to an audience mainly of Ph.Ds and graduate students, since few undergraduates attend the ESA’s national meetings. “A lot of people assumed this was my master’s thesis,” Balik notes.

Balik researched his project at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he spent two summers working with Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Scott Wissinger. (more…)


Fall Residency at Allegheny College to Feature Performance and Master Class with Antaeus Dance

Sept. 25, 2015 — Antaeus Dance, a Cleveland-based company founded by Allegheny College alumna Joan Meggitt, presents its annual fall concert in the college’s Montgomery Performance Space at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. (Please note: This concert was originally scheduled for October 3.)

The company will also offer a free master class at 3 p.m. on October 24. Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling the college’s Dance and Movement Studies program at 814-332-2813.

The concert – which moves through themes of cooperative movement, friendly competition, individual struggle and doubt, and the joys and solace of community –opens with a celebration of dance and community. Director Joan Meggitt’s “Promenade” features four dancers romping through the space, alternating between leisurely duets and buoyant ensemble interludes. Drawing from both modern dance and contra dance, the Pennsylvania premiere of “Promenade” will be performed by Desmond L. Davis, Jessica Hodges, Rhian Virostko and Halle Spero. (more…)

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Allegheny College Students to Conduct Local Food Survey in October as Part of Community Wellness Initiative

Sept. 24, 2015 — Two classes at Allegheny College will pilot a food survey of local residents between 1 and 6 p.m. during the month of October. The survey is part of the Community Wellness Initiative, a collaborative effort to improve wellness in the Meadville community.

Students working in teams of two or three will knock on residents’ doors with a list of questions about where and how community members get their food. Questions will ask about residents’ interest in community gardening and the creation of local food industry jobs. Input from members of the local community helped in the development of the interview questions.

Student interviewers will have their Allegheny College identification. The interview will take approximately 20 minutes, and all answers will remain anonymous. The data gathered from the survey will be made available to the community.

For more information, contact Kerstin Martin at kmartin@allegheny.edu, Professor Eleanor Weisman at eweisman@allegheny.edu or Professor Zac Callen at zcallen@allegheny.edu.


Exhibit at Allegheny College Art Galleries To Showcase Faculty and Alumni Work

Sept. 21, 2015 – The art galleries of Allegheny College will present the college’s annual faculty and alumni exhibit from Tuesday, Sept. 29 through Tuesday, Oct. 27. The artists will talk about their work at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29, with a reception following in the galleries. The exhibit, artists’ talks and reception are free and open to the public.

Allegheny graduates Jess Marie Longobardo and Nicholena Moon will exhibit. Longobardo completed the post-baccalaureate program in sculpture and ceramics at UMass Dartmouth and completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the State University of New York, New Paltz. Moon studied photography and electronic media at the Maryland Institute College of Art and completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2015.

The show will also feature selected works by the Department of Art’s 2015-2016 faculty and staff — Heather Brand, Amara Geffen, Darren Lee Miller, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Richard Schindler and Ian Thomas — as well as by Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Public Interest Cheryl Hatch and Professor Emeritus of Art George Roland. (more…)


Towns Lecture at Allegheny College: John Esposito Will Speak on “Building Bridges: Protecting Pluralism, Ending Islamophobia”

Sept. 18, 2015 — John Esposito, University Professor and Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, will deliver the annual Towns Family Lecture at Allegheny College. Esposito will speak on “Building Bridges: Protecting Pluralism, Ending Islamophobia” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center.

In addition, he will offer a workshop, “The Future of Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring,” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 in Room 303 of the Campus Center. Both the lecture and the workshop are free and open to the public.

Esposito is founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) and the project director of the Bridge Initiative, a multi-year research project that connects the academic study of Islamophobia with the public square. Their goal is to highlight the problem of Islamophobia, challenge the discourses that contribute to it and offer an alternative narrative based on research accessible to the public in order to build strong pluralistic societies that ensure human dignity and civil liberties. (more…)


Award-Winning Organist and Composer Charles Callahan to Perform at Allegheny College

Sept. 18, 2015 – Organist and composer Charles Callahan will give a recital devoted to the work of American composers at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. Admission is free.

The program will include music by Clarence Eddy, Dudley Buck, Arthur Foote, Humphrey J. Stewart, James H. Rogers, Horatio Parker, Wallace A. Sabin, Gordon Balch Nevin, Florence Price, Gottfried Federlein, Richard Purvis and Charles Callahan.

In addition to the recital, Callahan will give a free workshop for organists from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 26 in Ford Chapel. Topics include music for organists who don’t have time to practice, organ registration and hymn introduction. To reserve a space at the workshop, call Becky Borthwick-Aiken at 814-587-3998.

An award-winning composer, organist, choral conductor, pianist and teacher, Callahan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Catholic University of America. He studied with legendary organ instructor Alexander McCurdy and renowned Belgian organist-composer Flor Peeters. (more…)


Rare Audubon Books Find New Home at Allegheny College

Sept. 17, 2015 – Pelletier Library at Allegheny College has acquired a rare octavo 1871 edition of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America” and “Quadrupeds of North America,” considered two of the finest examples of the printer’s art of the 19th century.

The 10-volume set was donated to the Meadville Public Library earlier this year. John Brice, the public library’s director, noted that the books, which have sold at auctions for more than $17,000, are the most valuable donations of rare books in the library’s 136-year history.

Public libraries do not often have the resources to properly display and care for rare books, however. “Our primary goal was to find a good home for these books,” Brice said. “We received a number of offers and in the end the Board of Directors decided to sell the Audubons to Pelletier Library. We’re very happy that the books will be available for use in Meadville.”

A reception to mark the transfer of the Audubon books, which include more than 500 full-color prints, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Meadville Public Library. The public is invited.

“We are particularly glad to add these wonderful books to our collection at the beginning of the Year of Meadville, a yearlong celebration of the vital partnership between Allegheny College and the community that helped found it,” said Linda Bills, the college’s library director. “That our two libraries were able to work together to keep these volumes in Meadville is a testament to the strength of an ongoing partnership that spans 200 years.” (more…)