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Allegheny Sophomore Makes a Splash in the Pool and in the Classroom

There are three areas that Allegheny College sophomore Emily Spitz is passionate about: her academics, swimming and singing, and she says she is excited to be able to continue to pursue those interests on campus, even during the ongoing pandemic.

Spitz, a biochemistry major on the pre-med track — “I especially enjoy learning about genetics,” she says — with a double minor in psychology and Spanish, is from Jamestown, New York. She excelled as a high school student both academically and in co-curricular activities.

Allegheny College sophomore Emily Spitz.

She graduated as the salutatorian of Jamestown High School in 2019. She has been a competitive swimmer for 13 years, including 11 seasons with the Jamestown YMCA Jets and six varsity seasons with Jamestown [...]
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Allegheny Senior Makes the Most of Her Final Year on Campus

It wasn’t quite the senior year that Kyra Nielsen anticipated, but she is still happy to be among classmates, faculty and familiar surroundings at Allegheny College as she completes her undergraduate education.

Allegheny senior Kyra Nielsen. (Photo by Derek Li)

Nielsen, a psychology major and German minor from Pulaski, New York, will graduate in May 2021. She said she is enthusiastic about her time on campus this semester and glad she made the decision to return to campus for in-person instruction.

“My classes and working on my Senior Comp are keeping me busy,” Nielsen said as the fall 2020 semester was drawing to a close. “I am on the board of one of my favorite clubs and I work for the Admissions Office, [...]
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Allegheny Welcomes New Faculty for Fall 2020

It’s quite the fusion of talents joining the ranks of Allegheny College’s faculty in the fall of 2020. From scholars in modern Arabic literature and French and Francophone studies to a former economic analyst for a global banking firm, Allegheny’s new faculty members bring unique backgrounds and qualities to the campus classrooms this academic year. Let’s meet each of them briefly:

Sami Alkyam Assistant Professor of Arabic

With Sami Alkyam, Allegheny is not only welcoming an assistant professor in the Department of World Cultures and Languages, but also a new director of Muslim student life.

Sami Alkyam

Alkyam holds a Ph.D. in Arabic language and literature as well as a doctoral minor in second language acquisition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will teach Arabic [...]
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On the COVID-19 Front Lines With 3 Allegheny Alumni

As a front-line physician working in a hospital’s emergency room in Tennessee, Colleen Tran is focused on preserving the health and welfare of her patients, some of them very sick and facing a fight for their lives. The same is true for Lauren Moore, an emergency medicine resident in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital.

Jessica Schindelar is concerned with protecting and ensuring the safety of health-care workers like Moore and Tran. Schindelar is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Health Systems and Worker Safety Task Force.

All three health-care professionals are Allegheny College graduates. Their missions are similar during the current global health pandemic — to defeat the scourge of the novel coronavirus.

“I can truly say that [...]
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Thinking Differently Empowers Allegheny Student To Discover Strengths, Help Others

Since the first grade, Aliza Legg was told to expect to fail. From the moment she was diagnosed with dyslexia, she was told that her goal in life should not be college or a career, but to hope to be able to shop on her own one day.

When she reached middle school and her classmates started learning foreign languages, Legg was told she wasn’t allowed to — because learning a different language would make her English worse. After her mother disputed the matter for three years with the school, Legg was finally allowed to take a Spanish class.

“And they told [my mother] that this would be her fault when I failed, it’s going to be on you, it’s going to [...]
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Allegheny Welcomes New Faculty

From a native of Italy who speaks five languages to a motocross enthusiast, Allegheny’s new faculty members bring many unique backgrounds and qualities to the campus classrooms in the fall of 2019. Let’s meet each of them briefly:

Kathryn Bender Assistant Professor of Economics

Kathryn Bender joins the Economics Department this fall and is helping students discover the economics of natural resources. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Centre College and her master’s and doctorate from the Ohio State University.

“I’m excited to start at Allegheny this fall,” says Bender. “I’m involved in several projects on consumer food-waste behavior and hope to find new avenues to explore at Allegheny around this topic.”

Her dissertation, “Date Labels and Food Waste: A study of the effect of [...]
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Two Allegheny Students Receive Gilman Scholarships for Study Overseas

Two Allegheny College students have been awarded Gilman International Scholarships in order to help defray the costs of their participation in studying overseas during the 2019 fall semester.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed more than 3,000 applicants nationwide for 2019-20 academic programs, and just over 800 students were offered awards to participate in credit-bearing study abroad programs and career-oriented internships in countries around the world, according to the organization.

Yadira Sanchez-Esparza.

Yadira Sanchez-Esparza, an Allegheny sophomore from Salem, Oregon, says she will use her $5,000 grant to help pay the cost of the program in Argentina. “I will be studying abroad with the Council on International Educational Exchange Liberal Arts Program, which allows me to study at [...]
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Allegheny Alumna From Pittsburgh Area Receives Fulbright Award

Allegheny College’s faculty helped Lauren Ottaviani ’18 nurture her knack for learning languages, for Shakespearean studies and for singing. Now they are celebrating Ottaviani’s Fulbright award to teach English in Belgium starting in the spring of 2020.

“Lauren will make an ideal Fulbright Scholar. Prodigiously bright, mature and responsible, she graduated summa cum laude from Allegheny in only three years, earning the English Department prize for best senior project and chairing the student Honor Committee at a time it undertook a review of its policies and practices,” says Jim Bulman, Henry B. and Patricia Bush Tippie Professor of English at Allegheny.

Ottaviani will be placed at the University of Antwerp, where she will teach and assist with English literature courses. “In addition [...]
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Allegheny College Graduate Receives Fulbright Award

Allegheny College graduate Emily Smith will travel to Brazil in February 2020 after receiving a Fulbright award to serve as an English teaching assistant at a Brazilian university.

May 2019 graduate Emily Smith has been awarded a Fulbright to teach in Brazil. Photo Credit: Derek Li

“I will be teaching English classes in various subjects, and I will be spending another 20 hours per week developing and implementing a project of my choice either at my university or in my local community,” says Smith, who is from Williamsville, New York. “I should receive the information about the city where I will be living and working by the end of the summer.”

Smith is one of about 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct [...]
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Allegheny Professor’s Podcast Brings Victor Hugo’s Work Into the 21st Century

Allegheny College Associate Professor of French Briana Lewis has started a podcast that she hopes will open a dialogue about the relevance of Victor Hugo’s work in the 21st-century world. Lewis, who received degrees from Furman University, Boston University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has taught at Allegheny for the past nine years.

On most Tuesdays, Lewis releases a new episode of “The Les Misérables Reading Companion,” which she says “aims to break down the walls of academia, and make Victor Hugo’s legendary novel more accessible to the general public”.

Lewis says her inspiration for the podcast stems from her interest in the media form herself. As she listened to a variety of podcasts, she noticed the lack [...]
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