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Armenta Hinton Joins Allegheny College as Associate Dean, Director of Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success

Sept. 17, 2014 – Armenta Hinton joined Allegheny College in September as associate dean and director of the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success (CIASS).

CIASS works collaboratively with the campus community and external constituencies to develop strategic initiatives that enrich the academic, social, cultural and personal development of Allegheny students while creating opportunities to promote intercultural competence through discussion, dialogue and self-reflection.

Before coming to Allegheny, Hinton was associate director of the Center for Diversity and Social Justice and International Student Services at Susquehanna University, as well as a lecturer and field instructor in the Marywood University MSW Program at Susquehanna University.

Hinton has a broad range of experience that includes 15 years working overseas. While abroad, Hinton was an active administrator, teacher and performer. In addition she served on numerous arts boards including five years with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and six years with the Birmingham Opera Company. (more…)

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Jeff Smith – Subject of the Documentary “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” – To Speak at Allegheny College

Sept. 15, 2014 — Former Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Assistant professor of politics and advocacy at the New School for Public Engagement, Smith teaches and researches political campaigns, urban political economy, policy advocacy and the legislative process.

His presentation 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 voting 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.

Smith served in the Missouri Senate from 2006 to 2009, representing inner-city St. Louis, where he co-founded a group of charter schools, the Confluence Academies, that focus on math and science education. His youth-powered grass-roots congressional campaign was chronicled in a documentary — “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” – that was short-listed for an Academy Award. A free screening of the documentary will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 in Quigley Hall auditorium. (more…)

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Expert on Election Reform Tova Wang To Give Constitution Day Lecture at Allegheny College

Sept. 10, 2014 — Allegheny College will observe Constitution Day with a lecture by Tova Wang, an expert on election reform and political participation in the United States and internationally. Wang will speak on the topic “The Right To Vote and the Politics of Voter Suppression” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the college’s Ford Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Constitution Day is held on Sept. 17 each year to celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Wang’s presentation is also 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 voting 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.

Wang’s work focuses primarily on voting rights and increasing political engagement, especially among immigrants, communities of color, ethnic minorities and the poor.

She is Senior Democracy Fellow at Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where everyone has an equal say in American democracy and an equal chance in the American economy, and a Fellow at the Century Foundation, a progressive nonpartisan think tank. She also serves as a consultant to organizations working to improve democracy around the world, such as the National Democratic Institute and the Carter Center. (more…)

U.S. News Identifies Allegheny as One of Eight National Liberal Arts Colleges on the Move

Sept. 9, 2014 – Allegheny College is one of only eight schools in its category recognized by U.S. News and World Report as an “Up-and-Comer” in its rankings, released today. Allegheny tied with Colorado College for the No. 2 slot. Allegheny made the “Up-and-Comer” list for the third consecutive year.

“Up-and-Comers” are identified by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans at their peer schools as having recently made, according to U.S. News, “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.”

U.S. News and World Report also once again names Allegheny College among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation and lists it as an “A+ School for B Students,” a school where good students can expect to succeed even if they enter college without stellar test scores.

The U.S. News rankings are the latest in a number of accolades for the college. (more…)

Playshop Theatre Opens Its 85th Season with “Market Growth” at the Meadville Market House

Market Growth logoSept. 5, 2014 — The Allegheny Playshop Theatre opens its 85th season with “Market Growth,” a community celebration at the historic Meadville Market House during the Second Saturday Community Market Harvest Festival, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 13. The day’s events include two comedy improv groups and musical performances on a garden-themed stage. Admission is free.

“The event is one way in which I’m trying to help create theatre that is more environmentally friendly,” said Allegheny College faculty member Michael Mehler, who is producing “Market Growth.” “The stage is built mostly from stock items that have been used before and can be reused in later Playshop productions. The items that are consumed come from easily renewable sources, such as bamboo and wheat stalks.”

Mehler notes that “Market Growth” is the first production of its kind in the United States and is based on Tanja Beer’s “Living Stage,” which premiered at an arts festival outside Melbourne, Australia. (more…)

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Prize-Winning Organist Christian Lane To Perform at Allegheny College

Sept. 5, 2014 – Christian Lane, winner of the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition, will perform at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. Admission is free.

The program ranges from J.S. Bach’s “Jig” Fugue and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor to Calvin Hampton’s “Lullaby” and John Knowles Paine’s “Variations on the Star Spangled Banner.” Works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Franck, Sowerby and Cooman will also be included in the 65-minute program.

One of America’s most accomplished, respected and versatile young organists, Lane is also vice-president of the American Guild of Organists. (more…)

Community Members Invited To Join Allegheny College Chorus

Sept. 3, 2014 – Community members interested in joining the Allegheny College Chorus are invited to contact Director of Choral Activities James Niblock at jniblock@allegheny.edu or 814-332-3305 prior to the first rehearsal.

The Allegheny College Chorus will begin rehearsing for its fall concert season on Monday, Sept. 8. Rehearsals take place in the Allegheny Choir Room in the Campus Center’s Arnold Hall on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The mixed choir of male and female voices sings accompanied and a cappella works spanning five centuries of classical choral literature and folk music from around the world. Singers interested in joining the Chorus should contact Niblock prior to the first rehearsal.

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50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Inspires Allegheny College’s Programming for 2014-15

Sept. 2, 2014 — Many of the events planned at Allegheny College in 2014-15 — in the academic year of the college’s bicentennial in 2015 — celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the Voting Rights Act.

Keynote speakers for the Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation at the college include Lani Guinier, the first woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School, at 7 p.m. on November 14 and civil rights activist and Algebra Project founder Robert Moses at 7 p.m. on March 30. Both presentations will be in the college’s Ford Chapel.

Another centerpiece of the year’s programming will be an undergraduate conference on the theme on April 10-11. Keynote conference presentations by five renowned scholars and activists — John Aldrich, Anne Boxberger-Flaherty, Joy James, Gabriel Sanchez and Carol Geary Schneider — will be open to the public.

In addition, students enrolled in the one-credit course “Voting Rights and Democratic Participation” will explore issues surrounding the theme by attending lectures and events together to stimulate discussion of the issues. (more…)

Ande Diaz Joins Allegheny College as Associate Provost for Diversity and Organizational Development

Ande DiazAug. 29, 2014 — Ande Diaz joined Allegheny College in August as the associate provost for diversity and organizational development. In her new position, Diaz provides direct leadership for the implementation of programs to create a welcoming and inclusive campus and support efforts to diversify the campus community.

Diaz has served in a variety of roles in higher education, including senior research consultant at the Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University; media, arts and public service career advisor at Harvard College; and assistant dean for multicultural affairs and interim director of the Pace Center for Community Service at Princeton University. Most recently she directed the Intercultural Center at Roger Williams University, where she also taught American Studies and first-year seminars.

Her research areas include civic engagement, inter-ethnic alliances and intergroup dialogue. Her work has been published in the Journal of American Ethnic History, the AAC&U publication “Diversity and Democracy” and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. She serves on the board of The Democracy Imperative, a national network of higher education professionals and community practitioners dedicated to infusing deliberative democracy policies and practices into campus and community decision-making. (more…)

Community Ballroom Lessons To Begin at Allegheny College

Aug. 28, 2014 — The Dance and Movement Studies program at Allegheny College will be offering community ballroom lessons on Monday evenings from September 8 through November 17.

Classes will be taught by Dance and Movement Studies faculty member Betsy Sumerfield in the Montgomery Performance Space on the Allegheny campus.

A class for beginners will be held from 6:45 to 8 p.m., and a class for more experienced dancers will be held from 7:45 to 9 p.m. The cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple.

Participants should plan either to wear ballroom shoes or to dance in their socks.

To register or for more information, call 814-332-2813.