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Allegheny College Senior Abby Lombard Chosen for House Legislative Program

Dec. 2, 2015 – Allegheny College senior Abby Lombard, of Syracuse, New York, has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship for 13 weeks beginning Jan. 12, 2016.

The highly competitive fellowship program places students in leadership offices, such as offices of committee chairmen, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. As one of the only legislative fellows this year to be placed on two committees, Lombard will be working with the Veterans Affairs/Emergency Preparedness and the Transportation committees.

The program provides fellows with access to weekly workshops with key thinkers, planners and decision makers. Fellows also attend committee hearings and meetings as well as House Sessions. The final project for each fellow is to research, draft and present a piece of legislation.

“My dream is to enter into the political world and eventually get into government service,” says Lombard, a history and political science double major and philosophy minor. “I’ve worked for a congressman and for local government, but I’ve never had state experience. I believe I can really benefit from this.” (more…)

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Exhibition of Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects Opens at Allegheny College

Dec. 1, 2015 – The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects Exhibition, “Being Made Whole,” with a public reception in the galleries on Tuesday, December 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. The show is an opportunity to showcase the work of graduating art majors and minors and upper-level art students.

Exhibiting in the gallery show are Allegheny students Rebecca Anderson, Allyson Bartlett, Elizabeth Blaschak, Andrea Brush, Emily Cancilla, Chelsea Fillippa, Kento Hashimoto, Doranny Jaime Abreu, Tianzhu Li, Jackson Magee, Brooke Osborne, Benjamin Tarcson and Paul Topor.

In addition to the public reception, the exhibit can be viewed through Sunday, December 13. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays. (more…)

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Kimberly Ferguson to Join Allegheny College as Vice President and Dean of Students

Nov. 30, 2015 – Kimberly M. Ferguson will join Allegheny College on February 1 as vice president and dean of students. Ferguson currently is dean of students at Spelman College.

Ferguson has a broad range of experience in key leadership roles, not only at Spelman College but at Capital University, Ohio State University, the University of Akron, the College of Wooster and Albion College. She also served as president of the Ohio College Personnel Association.

“Our entire campus community – students, faculty and staff – was involved in the search process, and Dr. Ferguson made an immediate connection with the people she met,” said James H. Mullen, president of Allegheny College. “An award-winning administrator who has also taught in the classroom, she understands the importance of keeping higher education centered on an outstanding student experience – and she believes passionately in the power of the liberal arts. She brings tremendous talent, energy and expertise to our senior leadership team.”

The dean of students is the college’s chief student affairs officer and works collaboratively with the senior administration, faculty, staff and students to provide a comprehensive living and learning environment that challenges students to be leaders and engaged citizens, creates a campus environment respectful of differences and prepares students for a lifetime of contribution to society. (more…)

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Dance Program’s Cookies and Milk Holiday Concert Designed with Families and Children in Mind

Nov. 23, 2015 — Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies Program presents its annual holiday concert, Cookies and Milk, for families and children on Sunday, December 6 with performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Montgomery Performance Space. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Campus Center.

The concert this year fits with the college’s annual theme, “The Year of Meadville.” Local bakers who are members of Creating Landscapes for Families will provide the cookies served.

In addition, two groups of dancers who are students at Movement Unlimited in Meadville will perform. Demonstrating the unique collaborative relationships between the college and the Meadville community, the instructors for those dancers are Allegheny students Casey Freed and Lauren Winterberg. (more…)

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Allegheny College to Present Fall Concert by Student Chamber Ensembles

Nov. 16, 2015 – Allegheny College student chamber ensembles will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 20 in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Performing will be the Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet. The program will include music by Gustav Holst, Eric Ewazen, Gioachino Rossini, Henry Mancini, Andrejs Jansons, Samuel Adler and Savario Mercadente, as well as several traditional tunes.

Faculty coaches are Jennifer Dearden for the Trumpet Ensemble, Bronwell Bond for the Flute Ensemble and Julie Hepler for the Saxophone Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet.

The 32 students who will perform are all members of the college’s Wind Symphony and/or the Civic Symphony.

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Wind Symphony to Present Annual Fall Concert

Nov. 16, 2015 — The Allegheny College Wind Symphony will present its 2015 Fall Concert on Sunday, November 22 at 3:15 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium. Admission is free of charge. The Saxophone and Flute Ensembles will provide pre-concert music in the Campus Center lobby.

The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Lowell Hepler, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music. The featured trumpet soloists for the concert are Allegheny College juniors William Hawkins, Jacob Patterson and Kevin Simpson.

The Wind Symphony is an 80-member symphonic band, with membership open by audition to all Allegheny College students. Wind Symphony students have been honored at the state level through acceptance to the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band and at the national level through acceptance to the National Small College Intercollegiate Band and the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

Sunday’s program includes the premiere performance of “Crimson, Blue and White,” a march written by Ronald Stitt, assistant director of bands at Allegheny. The march is based on the fight song for Ft. LeBoeuf High School, where Stitt taught for many years before his retirement. (more…)

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Playshop Theatre to Present Bertolt Brecht’s “A Life of Galileo”

Nov. 16, 2015 – The Playshop Theatre at Allegheny College continues its 2015-16 season with Bertolt Brecht’s iconic “A Life of Galileo,” in a translation by Mark Ravenhill. Four performances will be given in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts: at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, November 19-21, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.

Professor of Theatre Dan Crozier directs, and Jim Hollerman, who teaches mathematics at Allegheny College, portrays Galileo.

“‘A Life of Galileo’ is a play about revolutions,” Crozier notes, “revolutions in the heavens and on earth. It’s about the orbits of the planets, the paradigm shift in cosmology proved by Galileo and the social revolution that springs from Brecht’s long study of and adherence to Marxist principles. The word revolution is also defined as consideration or reflection. ‘A Life of Galileo’ invites us to reflect on the spirit of critical inquiry as we celebrate Allegheny’s bicentennial.” (more…)

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Allegheny Students Stephen Anderson and Kyle Murphy to Present Senior Percussion Recital

Nov. 13, 2015 — Stephen Anderson and Kyle Murphy, students in the Department of Music at Allegheny College, will present their senior percussion recital on Monday, November 23, at 7 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited to this free performance, with seating on stage with the performers.

The program includes works by John Beck, Jessica Muniz, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Morris Goldenberg, Richard Peterson and James L. Moore.

Wendy Plyler is the piano accompanist for the recital. Anderson and Murphy are percussion students of Stephen F. Corsi.

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Campbell and Dias Take Leadership Roles on Allegheny College Board of Trustees

Nov. 12, 2015 – Mark Campbell and Antonio “Tony” Dias have been elected to leadership positions on the Board of Trustees of Allegheny College.

Campbell, who was elected vice chair of the board, graduated from Allegheny College in 1982 and has served as a trustee since 2007. A Partner with the Ridge Policy Group, a federal and state bipartisan government affairs practice with offices in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Campbell is the former chief of staff to two Pennsylvania governors, Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. He also serves on the board of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle.

“Mark Campbell brings a deep love for Allegheny and the liberal arts, as well as a life-long passion for public service, to the vice chairmanship of his alma mater,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. “His achievements as a civil voice in doing the people’s business should inspire us all—particularly our students, whom we hope will embrace government service as a worthy calling.”

Campbell resides in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Nancy Middleton Campbell, a 1983 graduate of Allegheny College. They have a son, Tyler.

Dias, who graduated from Allegheny College in 1986, was elected secretary of the board. He is a Partner in the Jones Day law firm in Washington, D.C. and co-leads the firm’s global Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulation practice. Jones Day has over 2,400 attorneys on five continents. Dias holds leadership positions in national and local organizations promoting better public policy and improving children’s health and education. A member of Allegheny’s board of trustees since 2013, he also serves on the board of directors of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing and as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council.

“Tony Dias represents the highest in integrity and professional excellence,” said Mullen. “As an alumnus, parent of two Allegheny students and a nationally regarded attorney, Tony will be a tremendous Secretary of the Board.”

Dias and his wife, Amy, live in Potomac, Maryland. Their son Nicholas is a junior at Allegheny College, and their son Taylor is a freshman.

The Allegheny College Board of Trustees is the governing body elected to oversee the college. The board’s primary responsibilities relate to policymaking and sound management of the college’s resources.

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IRS Seeks Volunteers to Provide Free Tax Help

Nov. 12, 2015 — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking local volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals as well as seniors to file their 2016 tax returns and claim qualifying, valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free preparation of federal income tax returns to taxpayers with annual incomes up to $53,000.

Meadville’s volunteer tax preparation sites will operate from mid-January through mid-April 2016. Volunteers join a program that has helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years.

No experience is required. Volunteers receive training on income tax preparation from IRS-certified instructors or via online courses. Volunteers are certified upon successful completion of the required training.

VITA volunteers are friends and neighbors helping friends and neighbors in Crawford County and across the state and nation. To find out more, visit IRS.gov and type “tax volunteer” in the search box. Volunteers can connect with the VITA coordinator for Meadville, Stephanie Martin, at vita@allegheny.edu or by calling the VITA phone: 814-332-6015.