EEOC Commissioner and Allegheny Alumna Victoria Lipnic To Speak at Allegheny College

Oct. 28, 2014 — Victoria Lipnic, a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will speak at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The presentation, titled “The Enduring Power of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Contemporary America,” is free and open to the public.

Her talk is part of the college’s Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation, which celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the Voting Rights Act and explores the state of civil rights, broadly defined, in the world today. The Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation is the academic centerpiece of the college’s bicentennial celebration.

A graduate of Allegheny College, Lipnic was nominated to serve as an EEOC commissioner by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate, for a term ending on July 1, 2015. (more…)


Dance Concert at Allegheny College To Showcase Student Choreography

Oct. 27, 2014 – Orchesis, the student dance company at Allegheny College, will showcase the talents of its dancers in its annual recital on November 5-8 at 8 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. Admission is free, and the program is family friendly.

Although all performances are open to the public, the show on November 5 has been designated the Community Premiere Show. Orchesis extends a special invitation to members of the Meadville community to join Allegheny faculty and staff and their families at the Wednesday performance.

Choreographed in its entirety by students, the show will feature a variety of dance forms, including ballet, musical theater, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and ballroom pieces. The finale will be a dance performed by the entire troupe of about 100 dancers.

All aspects of the Orchesis show are designed or chosen by students, including choreography, lighting, costumes and make-up.

Photo: “Sail,” one of the dances performed by Orchesis last year, was choreographed by Allegheny student Austin Cosgrove.

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

“Morning on Cherry Lane,” by Jeff Gola

Oct. 23, 2014 – The art galleries of Allegheny College will present the college’s annual faculty and alumni exhibit from Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Tuesday, Nov. 25. The artists will talk about their work at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4, with a reception following in the galleries from 8 to 9 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

Allegheny alumnus Jeff Gola, who specializes in egg tempera painting and also works in oil and watercolor, will exhibit. As a student, Gola spent his junior year in Temple University’s program in Rome, Italy. He has continued his art education with courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been included in juried competitions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The show will also feature selected works by the Department of Art’s 2014-2015 faculty and staff — Sue Buck, 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 of Communication Arts Mike Keeley. (more…)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Is Recruiting Volunteers

Oct. 22, 2014 — The Meadville Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is recruiting volunteers. Volunteers will be trained in January and will assist Meadville/Crawford County residents with income tax preparation from February through April 12, 2015.

A free tax preparation service, VITA is available for Crawford County residents who made $50,000 or less in 2014. Meadville VITA is a collaborative program sponsored by the United Way of Western Crawford County, the Meadville Public Library, Allegheny College and the IRS.

The Meadville VITA program assisted 760 local taxpayers in 2014, and the coordinators hope to increase tax provision services again in 2015. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to email with their contact information.

Allegheny College To Present Faculty Music Recital

Oct. 21, 2014 — The Department of Music at Allegheny College will present a faculty recital at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 featuring Susanna Reilly, cello instructor; Diane Kalinowski, vocal instructor; and Wendy Plyler, piano instructor. The concert in Ford Chapel is free and open to the public.

The program includes Cesar Franck’s violin sonata as well as selections of vocal pieces by Kurt Weill, arranged for voice, cello and piano. (more…)

Allegheny College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

Oct. 20, 2014 – Three individuals have been sworn in as new members of the Allegheny College Board of Trustees: James R. DeFrancesco of Ellicott City, Md.; Terrence L. Hartford of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Robert E. McGarity of New York, N.Y. They will each serve a six-year term.

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DeFrancesco is the chief executive officer of ACell Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of next-generation regenerative medicine products. He previously served as CEO, board chairman, president and co-founder of Credit Management Solutions, Inc. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, working with cryptographic communications systems.

DeFrancesco has made several visits to Allegheny’s campus to speak to students. He and his wife, Pamela Malamphy, live in Maryland.

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Hartford (Allegheny Class of 1981) is vice president and general manager – sheet division at ATI Allegheny Ludlum, a world leader in the technology, production and marketing of specialty materials – stainless steels, grain-oriented electrical steels, titanium and nickel alloys, as well as other advanced alloys. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Hartford is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Allegheny College Managerial Economics program. He and his wife, Laura Laderer Hartford (Class of 1982), have four children: Leslie, Terry Jr. (Class of 2011), Michael and Colin (Class of 2013).

REM_PhotoRobert E. McGarity
McGarity (Allegheny Class of 1980) is senior director – compensation at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a leading Canadian-based global financial institution. He graduated from Allegheny with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

McGarity has taken part in numerous Allegheny functions, including hosting an alumni event in New York City and serving on the class gift committee for his 25th Reunion. In September 2012, he married Henry Robin, who is the co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board of Directors.



$2 Million Grant from the Commonwealth Will Benefit North Main Street Revitalization and Civic Engagement Project

Oct. 16, 2014 — Allegheny College has received a $2 million grant from the state to assist with the redevelopment of properties along North Main Street that will benefit the college and provide additional space for community events.

“This project will improve the educational experience for every student at Allegheny College,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in announcing the grant. “By upgrading and refurbishing the area around campus, we are helping create a better student life for the next generation of leaders in Pennsylvania.”

The state Economic Growth Initiative Grant augments more than $5 million the college already has committed to the effort, which is known as the North Main Street Revitalization and Civic Engagement project. The project is intended to improve the safety, appearance and accessibility of facilities, roadways and land along North Main Street. That area stretches from Loomis Street on the south side of campus to Limber Road at the north end of campus.

“The project also will centralize the location of our community engagement and outreach programs in collaboration with our community partners,” Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. said. “Most notably we will be opening the Bicentennial Plaza and a refurbished Pelletier Library that will create space for our community partners to work with the college.

“The North Main Street corridor is used not only by members of the college community, but also by the residents of Meadville and the surrounding area, as well as thousands of campus visitors annually,” Mullen said. “It includes campus facilities that serve as venues for public performances and lectures, meetings and conferences.” (more…)

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Single Voice Reading Series Continues with Poet Eduardo Corral

Oct. 16, 2014 – The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College continues its 2014-15 season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, with poet Eduardo C. Corral reading from his work. The presentation in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

Corral is the author of “Slow Lightning,” which was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and his work has been honored with a “Discover”/The Nation Award and residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.

He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Professor of English Christopher Bakken at


John Kaltner To Give Talk on “Muslim-Christian Relations: Moving Beyond ‘Us’ and ‘Them’”

Oct. 14, 2014 – John Kaltner, the Virginia Ballou McGehee Professor of Muslim-Christian Relations at Rhodes College, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. His presentation, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Muslim-Christian Relations: Moving Beyond ‘Us’ and ‘Them’.”

Kaltner, who teaches courses in the Bible, Islam and the Arabic language at Rhodes College, is the author of numerous books on Islam and other faiths, including “Introducing the Qur′an for Today′s Reader,” “What Do Our Neighbors Believe? Questions and Answers on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” “Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know,” “Inquiring of Joseph: Getting to Know a Biblical Character through the Qur’an” and “Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur’an for Bible Readers.”

His lecture at Allegheny is supported by the Harry C. Winslow and Madeleine King Winslow Ecumenical Fund.


Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for New Bicentennial Plaza Will Be Highlight of Allegheny College Homecoming

Oct. 14, 2014 — Allegheny College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Bicentennial Plaza at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, during the college’s Homecoming Weekend.

“Just as Allegheny was founded by Timothy Alden and Meadville citizens, we’ll continue our Bicentennial celebration on October 17 with an emphasis on community,” said Allegheny president James H. Mullen Jr. “We’re delighted that local leaders and other community friends can join us for this special celebration of 200 years of academic excellence.”

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will feature music by the college’s Choir and Jazz Band.

The Bicentennial Plaza provides a space in front of Schultz Banquet Hall that can be used for any number of activities, including talks, plays, concerts and other special events, including Commencement.

When the Class of 2015 becomes the first class to graduate from the Bicentennial Plaza, they will process through Bentley Hall and then along the college’s new Historic Walkway, which is lined with 43 cast-bronze plaques that celebrate milestones in Allegheny’s history. (more…)