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Allegheny College’s next Passport Fair is November 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby. Allegheny College is paying the expenses for students to apply for a new or renewed passport. Students must register here for the Passport Fair by Tuesday, November 12, at noon. Students applying must bring their original birth certificate, drivers license/state ID card, and Allegheny Student ID card. Please contact Lucinda Morgan in International Education with any questions (lmorgan@allegheny.edu).

Spanish & IS Major Elyse Cinquino Participates in NEW Leadership Pennsylvania Institute

Allegheny senior Elyse Cinquino and Allegheny graduate Dana Brown, Ph.D., executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics at Chatham University

Allegheny College senior Elyse Cinquino participated in the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Pennsylvania program, a weeklong “leadership and public policy institute designed to educate and empower young women for future political participation and leadership,” in summer 2019. Throughout the week, participants in this non-partisan program discuss the role of women in politics and policymaking in Pennsylvania with the goal of addressing the underrepresentation of women in politics.

The NEW Leadership Pennsylvania institute is hosted by the Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics at Chatham University. Allegheny graduate Dana Brown, Ph.D., serves as the center’s executive director and an assistant professor of political science at Chatham.

Cinquino is double majoring in International Studies and Spanish with a political science minor. She shares reflections on her NEW Leadership Pennsylvania experience here:

“My experience at the NEW Leadership Program was a memorable one. I was able to interact and get to know many other collegiate Pennsylvania women who were interested in the prospect of being involved in politics. When I originally applied for the program, I was unsure if it would be something I would enjoy or would be applicable to my future career interests. However, I would recommend this program to any woman remotely interested in getting involved in politics or becoming more civically involved. Although I did not see myself running for a major elected office in the future, after completing this program I surely want to become more civically involved in local politics today and in the future. This program emphasizes the importance of women becoming in politics not only in higher-up positions but also locally. It taught me that getting involved in politics does not mean you have to be a U.S president or even a senator.

“One memorable quote I remember from the NEW Leadership Program was a modification to the quote by Shirley Chisholm — “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” At NEW Leadership, we came up with a new quote, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring your own table.” This quote and ideal resonated with me and many of the other women at the conference. In politics, women and especially women of color are underrepresented. As a result, an important demographic, as well as different life experiences and skillsets are left underutilized and not included in important conversations and decisions that affect women and our nation as a whole. I learned that sometimes when there’s no seat at the table for you or no designated place for you to be included in a conversation, you have to make room for yourself because your ideas and opinions matter.

“I am currently involved in Allegheny Student Government as vice president, and I believe the skills I was able to develop at NEW Leadership will assist me in this position as well as my other position on an executive board in my sorority. This program was also advantageous for networking as we had networking opportunities, and I even was able to meet Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin, who did a Fulbright in Zimbabwe that relates to what I’m interested in doing after graduation. This networking practice was very helpful, and we also had a networking and public speaking training to prepare us for our networking sessions.

“During the NEW Leadership Program, we visited Harrisburg, and it was very cool to see where and how state-level politics take place. The panels and general conduct and setup of NEW Leadership was diverse and non-partisan with different women, representatives and political leaders from different parties and backgrounds. This was great so many of the collegiate women had people they could relate to and receive advice from. Overall, the NEW Leadership Program would be something I would recommend and am proud to call myself an alumna of!”

Info Sessions for EL SEMINAR in COLOMBIA – Spring Break 2020

Professors Shannan Mattiace and Wilfredo Hernández will lead an EL Seminar to Colombia over Spring Break 2020.

You will visit the cities of Medellín and Cartagena as you explore “Culture and Politics in Contemporary Colombia.”

Information sessions will held on the following dates in QUIGLEY 123:

Tues., Sept. 17 @ 5:00 pm

Tues., Sept. 24 @ 7:00 pm

Thurs., Sept. 26 @ 5:00 pm

Tues., Oct. 8 @ 6:00 pm

Apply for a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. State Dept.

  • An intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities.
  • Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
  • Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.
  • CLS seeks to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.
  • CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The CLS Program offers instruction in the following languages:

Arabic

Azerbaijani

Bangla

Chinese

Hindi

Indonesian

Japanese

Korean

Persian

Portuguese

Punjabi

Russian

Swahili

Turkish

Urdu

INFO + APPLICATION:  clscholarship.org   

DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 8:00pm EST.

Today @ 4:00! FRANCE/SPAIN/NORWAY SPRING BREAK EL INFO SESSION

Interested in a 2-credit EL (Experiential Learning) Seminar that occurs over Spring Break (March 13-22, 2020)?

An information session for “A Melting Pot or Unwelcoming Host: Europe in the Age of Globalization and Migration” will take place Tuesday, September 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Quigley Hall Room 201.

This EL will include participant-observation of the dynamics of migration in Europe and visits to inter-government institutions in Paris, Barcelona, and Oslo as it explores the political economy of globalization and migration in Europe.

If you are unable to make one of this session, there will be more sessions in the future. This EL is led by Professor Steve Onyeiwu (Economics Department) and Lucinda Morgan (International Education)–please contact them for more information.

Get a FREE PASSPORT at the Passport Fair, Sept. 18!

Allegheny students are invited to apply for or renew their U.S. Passports on Wednesday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby—and Allegheny will cover your fee. We’ll take your photo and provide help in completing the application. Sign up for an appointment by noon on Tuesday, September 10, here. Important: To apply, you will need to bring evidence of U.S. citizenship (such as an original U.S. birth certificate) and identification documents (such as a fully valid driver’s license). Please visit the Department of State U.S. Passports website for more information on the application process and required documents. Can’t make it to the Passport Fair on September 18? Good news, we’ll also be offering more opportunities for students to apply for passports on campus during the 2019–2020 academic year. Questions? Please contact Lucinda Morgan, director of International Education, at lmorgan@allegheny.edu.

Study Away for Spring 2020 – Application due SEPT. 20!

Students interested in studying away during the spring 2020 semester must apply to the International Education Office by September 20. This deadline is for all international and domestic sponsored and non-sponsored study away programs. Please use this link for more information or contact Lucinda Morgan or Lenee McCandless in the International Education Office. Applicants are highly encouraged to have their resumes reviewed in advance by Career Education. A walk-in opportunity to have your resume reviewed is at Resume Doctor on Thursday, September 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby.

GHS major/French minor Emily Forner named first-team Academic All-American

Allegheny senior Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Google Cloud Women’s Track/Cross Country Academic All-America First Team.

The Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma honor society member graduated with a 3.79 GPA while majoring in Global Health Studies and holding double minors in French and Biology. She was Allegheny’s representative as the 2018-19 NCAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and received the College’s Student-Athlete of the Year and Senior Achievement Awards.

Forner becomes the 38th Academic All-American in Allegheny history, and the second to represent the Gator women’s track & field and cross country programs, joining 1995 selection Jennifer Eddy. The recent graduate represents the 13th First Team honoree at Allegheny and the only selection on the women’s side from the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) this year.

Forner was the national champion in the indoor 3,000-meter run this winter and an All-American in cross country during the fall (finishing ninth). In the spring, she was named the Great Lakes Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The senior turned in the fastest outdoor 5,000-meter time in Division III this season as she became a national qualifier for the eighth time (four cross country, two indoor, two outdoor). Forner competed in five NCAC events this year and won all of them: cross country, indoor mile and distance-medley relay and outdoor 1,500-meters and 5,000-meters.

Kaylah Pinkney ’19 Receives Boren Scholarship to Study in China

Kaylah Pinkney ‘19 received a prestigious Boren Scholarship, and will move to Nanjing, China starting in September of this year, studying the Mandarin language and the practices of traditional Chinese medicine at Nanjing University.

Pinkney graduated with the Class of 2019, receiving a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with a Chinese Language minor. She says the Boren scholarship perfectly aligns with her post-graduation plan, allowing her to study in China for a year and afterward fulfilling the required year of federal service, before taking on medical school — and federal service was already something Pinkney hoped to do. As it encompasses many different departments of government, federal service sets her on a path with endless opportunities to continue an international career while also focusing on U.S. national security.

“Learning Mandarin has had an enormous impact on my growth as a student and person for the past 10 years,” Pinkney said. “Boren was the perfect opportunity to improve my language study while also pursuing my interests in the medical field.”

The Boren Scholarships and Fellowships were created by David L. Boren, and are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP). The scholarship is meant to encourage students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad programs. Administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of NSEP, only 244 scholarships were awarded across the nation.

Professor Patrick Jackson, who initially encouraged Pinkney to apply, saw the scholarship as an invaluable opportunity.

“Kaylah has a pretty unique opportunity here to study traditional Chinese medicine at its source with the people who best understand it,” Jackson said. “As our ideas of what constitutes the most effective medical practices expands and evolves, she’s going to find herself at the center of some very interesting conversations. This is what the liberal arts are all about: making connections and seeing what happens when you do it.”

Pinkney has been fortunate enough to travel previously with her family to Europe and Asia — and has already studied in China during the summer of 2017, on the Critical Languages Scholarship. She lived in Suzhou, China with a host family and went to Soochow University for two months.

“Language is a facet of Chinese culture — the main aspect that draws me to China. It is a vast, multifaceted culture that the people take much pride in. I love that each province and city has its own story, its own cuisine, its own dialect. Each is a microcosm within China with their own unique cultural and traditional values. I really enjoy interacting with the natives from different provinces, learning about their life story and view of the world.”

Living in China for an extended period of time will allow Pinkney to fully immerse herself in the language and culture, and get a deeper understanding for the differences between Chinese medical practices and Western medical practices.

“I really look forward to meeting international students from around the world in my program with similar interests as I do,” Pinkney said. “I love the food in China so I am definitely excited to enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine again. Each time I travel to China, I never want to leave because there is always more to learn, see, and eat. Also, I plan to travel around Asia while I am there for the year.”

While at Allegheny, Pinkney was on the Varsity Women’s Basketball team all four years, was a member of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, tutored in calculus and in the community for middle school and high school students, and was a chemistry Teaching Assistant for organic chemistry and biochemistry.

After Pinkney completes a year at Nanjing University, she will apply to medical schools for Fall 2021, and to the Air Force Health Profession Scholarship Program (HPSP). Once she finishes medical school, she plans to complete her service requirement through the HPSP and serve as a physician in the Air Force.

Forrey, Hartwiger arrive in Fismes for annual Allegheny internship

 

Allegheny College French majors Elizabeth (Liz) Forrey (l) and Erin Hartwiger (r) have arrived in Fismes, in the Marne départment of northeast France, for the annual Allegheny internship program in the town hall. The internship runs from June 3rd until June 21st, and will include translating materials from the recent memorial ceremony of September 2018 as well as learning more about French and American relations.