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Teaching Tidbits on “Escaping Grading Jail”: 10/29

Posted on October 23, 2018 | Filed under General News

All educators are invited to a discussion of managing grading. We will meet on Monday, October 29, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in McKinley’s Private Dining Room. The conversation is inspired by this article. Interested educators are encouraged to bring personal examples of assignments and approaches to grading that have helped them manage their grading load. Teaching Tidbits are biweekly informal lunchtime conversations on pedagogy innovations, challenges, and ideas. To submit Teaching Tidbit questions or ideas, or to gain access to the Teaching Tidbits blog, please contact Lydia Eckstein, Tricia Humphreys, or Rachel Weir.

Join the Admissions Overnight Team

Posted on October 23, 2018 | Filed under General News

Do you like free Allegheny gear? Are you looking for leadership experiences for your resume? Do you want to host a prospective student overnight? The Allegheny Ambassador program is a student volunteer organization dedicated to giving prospective students an inside look at the Allegheny experience. Each semester the Admissions team welcomes hundreds of students to campus looking for an overnight experience, and we can’t do it without your help. You play a critical role in building future classes at Allegheny. You can use this link to complete your registration as an overnight host. Please note that if you have hosted in the past, you still need to complete a new registration since it is a new school year, as well as a new training. If you have any questions about this organization, please contact us at

Phones Installed Next Week for New Phone System: 10/29-11/2

Posted on October 23, 2018 | Filed under General News

Mitel technicians will install new phones Monday, October 29, through Friday, November 2. The installers will begin their work in buildings scheduled to migrate to the new phone system on October 30 first and then will move to buildings scheduled for November 1, November 6, and November 8. You can review dates for the start of the new phone service on the LITS website. Phone installation will take a few minutes as the technician places the phone on your desk and connects it to the network. They will need easy access to your computer and a clear space on your desk. Additional information will be provided throughout out the migration process on MyAllegheny and the LITS website. Please take a moment or two to review. Should you have specific questions, please contact James Fadden by email at

Participate in Evening Zen Sitting Meditation

Posted on October 23, 2018 | Filed under General News

Scholars-in-residence and Zen Buddhist monk and nun, Claude AnShin Thomas and Wiebke KenShin Andersen, are offering sitting meditation from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at their residence, 370 Jefferson St. (just one street north of Highland Street).

Executive Vice President Eileen Petula and Provost Ron Cole Hold Weekly Student Office Hours: 10/24

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

EVP Eileen Petula and Provost Ron Cole hold office hours at which students can drop in to speak with them. No appointment is necessary. EVP Petula and Provost Cole’s hours: Wednesday, October 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby.

Welcome, New Employees

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

Allegheny would like to welcome these new employees who joined the College recently: April Thompson, vice president of student life and dean of students; Paula Schaefer, enrollment and admissions; Camille McPherson, Maxwell Niggel and Dustin Steider, athletics and recreation; Angelica Perez-Johnston, IDEAS Center; Stacey Teuta, development office; Shana Burchard, financial aid; Courtney Hild, president’s office; Nicholas Pearson, public safety, and part-time instructors Chih-Jung Chen, Jacqueline Hunt, Ronald Mattocks Jr., Pamela Misener and Kelly Jo Pearce.

Cornerstone Webinar: 10/25

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under Events

Cornerstone Research is a leading economic and financial consulting firm specializing in the analysis of complex economic, financial, accounting and marketing issues. They will be holding a webinar on Thursday, October 25, in Quigley 220 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The internships are open to juniors of any major, and there is no GPA cutoff. Log on to Gator Connect or stop by Career Education for application instructions. A previous post listed the incorrect day of the event.

Senator Bob Casey to Visit: 10/24

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa) will visit Allegheny College on Wednesday, October 24, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., sponsored by the College Democrats. Senator Casey will be in the Campus Center Room 301/302 for a meet-and-greet event. Please email Jason Ferrante at with any questions.

No More Cancer Rally: 11/2

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

Is money stopping you from coming to our event on November 2? Come join Up ‘Til Dawn in Quigley Auditorium at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, and we will teach you our tricks and give you treats to raise your $100 for the kids of St. Jude!

Join Morning Zen Sitting Meditation on Tuesdays

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

Our scholars-in-residence and Zen Buddhist monk and nun, Claude AnShin Thomas and Wiebke KenShin Andersen, are offering sitting meditation from 8 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Prayer and Meditation Retreat.

Celebrations and Concerns Deadline: 10/26

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

The deadline for the next issue of Celebrations and Concerns is Friday, October 26. Employee personal news such as births, marriages, personal achievement, and serious illness or death within the immediate family may be submitted by contacting Jane Ellen Nickell (332-2800 or or by using this form. To receive the monthly email, use this form.

The 1st Annual Coat Swap: 10/29-11/2

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

The 1st Annual Coat Swap will be October 29 to November 2 at the IDEAS Center – Campus Center 309. Do you need a winter coat? Do you have a rad coat that you no longer use? How about some legit sweet winter boots? Either donate a coat or boots to the swap or come to get one at the IDEAS Center. Coats and boots to be donated to the swap can be dropped off anytime before October 29. Any coats left after November 2 will be donated to refugees in Erie.

Energy Usage Competition and Games: 10/24

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

Join some Environmental Science folks on Wednesday, October 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Campus Center and reduce your energy consumption. Once you’ve turned out the lights in your dorm, come to the lobby and join the new “Shine” app (by Joulebug) team and compete for impact-reducing excellence. Earn points by filling a reusable water bottle or turning off the lights. Other attractions include glow-in-the-dark crafts, a game of bingo and candy.

Jubilee–Transform Everything: 10/23

Posted on October 22, 2018 | Filed under General News

Are you curious about Jubilee? Not sure what it is or why you should go? Allegheny Christian Outreach will be hosting a launch party and information session at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, in Ford Chapel to share about the CCO’s largest Christian conference in Pittsburgh, where students from all over gather to transform and be transformed by the Gospel. Join us for student testimonies, snacks, and worship.

Philosophy/Religious Studies Gator Day Event: 10/23

Posted on October 21, 2018 | Filed under Events

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will hold a “Gator Day Thinkery Improv Jam” and host a reception for all those ready for spontaneous play, wit and dialogue on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4:15 to 5:15 pm in Odd Fellows 105C. Grand Prize: adulation, one compact model (10.5 inch) lava lamp, and a selection of tootsie pops. Come for the improv and stay for good food and better company.

Absentee Ballot Drive

Posted on October 21, 2018 | Filed under General News

Time is almost up to submit an absentee ballot, but the College Democrats are here to help. Click here to fill out a ballot application. Bring your completed ballot to Sarah Holt in Quigley Hall or a College Democrats meeting. We will pay for a stamp and mail it in for you! Contact Jason Ferrante <> with any questions.

Wellness Calendar: 10/22–10/28

Posted on October 21, 2018 | Filed under General News

This Week in Wellness includes a brass concert and athletic and social events that are part of Blue and Gold Weekend. Check out all the events on the Wellness Education and Learning (WEL) Committee’s calendar of programs and resources across campus that support various dimensions of wellness. You can view the full calendar on the Wellness Education and Learning (WEL) kiosk in the stairwell by GFC or at this link. For information or to submit items, contact Jane Ellen Nickell at

Parkhurst Cooking Classes

Posted on October 21, 2018 | Filed under General News

Whether you’re just learning to cook or have experience, we all could use some help cooking in our residence halls. Parkhurst would like to invite you to learned some tips and tricks for cooking in your home away from home. We have three more lessons we’d love to teach you. To learn more or sign up, please click here.

World Renowned Brass Quintet to Give Free Concert: 10/24

Posted on October 18, 2018 | Filed under Events

The Boston Brass will be on campus on Wednesday, October 24, and will play a free concert in Ford Memorial Chapel at 7 pm. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere. During their visit, the Boston Brass will also do workshops for both public school bands as well as the Allegheny College Wind Symphony. The concert is open to the public.

Take a Survey about Beverage Choice on Campus

Posted on October 18, 2018 | Filed under General News

If you are a current Allegheny student, and are at least 18 years of age, our Research Methods class would like to ask for your help. Please take a short survey that will ask you about some of the things you do on campus that are related to your use of disposable plastic bottles and reusable bottles. After taking the survey, you can enter to win a $25 Visa gift card. Participation is entirely voluntary, and responses will be anonymous. We appreciate your helping us learn about what this issue looks like for students at Allegheny College. Take the survey by clicking the link, or copying/pasting into your browser:

Craft Corner — Friendship Bracelets: 10/19 to 10/24

Posted on October 18, 2018 | Filed under General News

Visit the Game Room to create a fun friendship bracelet in a variety of styles: chevron, fishtail, hearts, braids, knots, beaded, and more! Multiple colors of string and beads will be available when the Game Room opens at noon Friday, October 19, through Wednesday, October 24, as supplies last. Check out the glass case outside the Game Room for some intricate inspiration.

Cornerstone Research Internship Applications Due 10/29

Posted on October 17, 2018 | Filed under Events

Are you interested in Economics, Finance, or Statistics? Consider an internship in Economic Consulting! Cornerstone Research is looking for summer analysts, which are unique internship positions where you can apply your research skills, perform rigorous analyses, and collaborate with leading professors and industry experts on complex, high-stakes litigation. The internships are open to juniors in every major, and there is no GPA cutoff. Log on to Gator Connect or stop by Career Education for application instructions. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 29 at 4 pm.

Volunteers Needed — Gift Of Life Drive: 10/27

Posted on October 17, 2018 | Filed under General News

Allegheny Hillel is looking for volunteers to help run our annual Gift Of Life Drive! Volunteers will be stationed inside the football stadium and will help recruit fans to swab their cheeks and to learn more about Gift Of Life. Please put your name and e-mail down for the times that you are available to help out using this link. Thanks!

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School Information Session: 10/29

Posted on October 17, 2018 | Filed under Events

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) will be having an information session on Monday, October 29 from noon to 1 pm in the Pelletier Collaboratory. GSPIA aims to prepare students to make significant contributions to society through leadership in public service, whether it’s in government, non-profit organizations, or the private sector. Allegheny happens to be the #2 undergraduate feeder school in the entire program, so if you have even the slightest interest in their program, go check it out!

Apply to the Bonner Program

Posted on October 17, 2018 | Filed under General News

The Bonner Leader Program is looking for current students interested or experienced in community-based work. Bonner Leaders are placed with a local nonprofit organization for a two-year commitment. Bonner Leaders work to recruit volunteers, develop programs for their site, and provide much-needed support for the agency. It’s a great opportunity to have a service-oriented internship that provides students with practical, real-life experience. Bonner Leaders receive financial compensation through work-study funds for a commitment of 8–10 hours a week. Read more…

Gator Day Is Tuesday, 10/23

Posted on October 16, 2018 | Filed under Events

Gator Day will be held next Tuesday, October 23. Programs, events, and workshops related to academic success, careers, and other postgraduate opportunities will take place throughout the day. A full schedule and description of Gator Day program offerings can be found here.

Athletic Department Seeks Basketball Game Workers

Posted on October 16, 2018 | Filed under General News

The athletic department is seeking qualified Allegheny staff/faculty members to serve as shot clock operators and official scorebook keepers for the upcoming 2018–19 men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Prior experience is strongly recommended. The positions will be paid. Contact Nikki Newman ( or Jim Berger ( for more information.

Walking for Wellness

Posted on October 16, 2018 | Filed under General News

The Wellness Committee would like to help people connect for wellness walks. Anyone can be a walk leader (initiator) and any staff or faculty can attend. Our hope is that those that are already walking on a regular basis will share the day, time, and location they intend to walk so that others can join them. There is also an option to enter notes such as how long you anticipate the walk to be and how fast/slow you typically walk. If you’d like access to the Google Sheet we’ve created, please email the Director of Peak Performance & Fitness at

Deadline to Apply to ELs: 10/23

Posted on October 15, 2018 | Filed under Events

October 23 is the deadline to apply to 2019 ELs going to Germany/Poland, the U.S. South, Belize, Cuba, the Rocky Mountains, Italy, China, India, and Ethiopia. Find applications and more info here. Please contact Lucinda Morgan in the International Education Office with any questions (

Thomas DeFrantz in Residency: 10/25

Posted on October 14, 2018 | Filed under General News

Dr. Thomas DeFrantz, chair of African and African American Studies and professor of Dance and Theater Studies at Duke University, will be in residence at Allegheny on Thursday, October 25. Hosted by Black Studies, Dance & Movement Studies, and the IDEAS Center, he will visit classes and be available for conversation during lunch and dinner. His work on Black Performance Theory and African Diaspora Dance has been widely published, including the edited volume “Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance” (2002). To reserve a place at the lunch with faculty or dinner with students, please contact the DMS office at or (814) 332-2813. Both meals will occur in the Gillespie Study so space is limited.

Wanted: Your Ideas About Interdisciplinary Work at Allegheny

Posted on October 14, 2018 | Filed under General News

This year, Allegheny College has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Connections planning grant. This grant is focused on assessing and proposing ideas for strengthening interdisciplinary work at Allegheny, especially as it involves the arts and humanities. As part of this work, the steering committee would like to gauge community interest in the proposed initiatives of the grant and to gather community perceptions about interdisciplinary experiences on campus. To read a brief summary of the grant, please see the NEH Connections page. To participate in our brief survey about interdisciplinary work at Allegheny, please complete this form. Members of the NEH Connections planning grant steering committee include: M. Soledad Caballero, Terri Carr, Becky Dawson, Alexis Hart, Brad Hersh, Briana Lewis, Aimee Knupsky, Adrienne Krone, Alyssa Ribiero, Byron Rich, Barbara Shaw, and Lisa Whitenack. Please feel free to contact any member of the steering committee with ideas and to express interest in participating in this work.

SciMathTech Event Applications Due: 11/1

Posted on October 14, 2018 | Filed under General News

SciMath Tech is a one-day science, math, and technology recruiting event that gives companies an opportunity to interview Western Pennsylvania college students. Applications will open on October 15 and will be due on November 1 at noon. The interview day will be on November 16. Over 20 positions available with nine local companies such as Bayer, Creehan & Company, Duquesne Light, UPMC and the U.S. Steel Corporation. More information at Email with any questions.

Graduates of January and May 2019: Check the Tentative Graduation List

Posted on October 11, 2018 | Filed under General News

The Registrar’s Office in Murray Hall has published and posted a tentative January and May graduation list. It will be available through Friday, November 30. All seniors are responsible for making sure their names are on the tentative list. You may stop in to Murray Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays to confirm that your name is listed. Please be aware that if your privacy category is set to “Release No Information,” we are not able to post your name in public. Please stop by Murray 128 to discuss what that means for Commencement. You may view your Privacy category under “My Profile” in WebAdvisor. Please contact the Registrar’s Office (, 814-332-2357) if you have questions about any of these items. You may see additional information at the Registrar’s website.

Parking Lot 26 Closed 10/15 to 10/29

Posted on October 11, 2018 | Filed under General News

Parking Lot 26 (the visitor lot adjacent to Hulings Hall) will be closed October 15–29 for activities associated with a geothermal test. The test will provide data to engineers for the design of a geothermal heating and cooling system in Bentley Hall. Vehicles must be moved from Lot 26 by 7 a.m. on Monday, October 15.

Visiting Diplomat Joins the Gateway

Posted on October 10, 2018 | Filed under General News

The U.S. Department of State assigned Allegheny College as the post for Mr. Dale Giovengo to serve part of his stateside rotation as a Foreign Service Officer. While stateside, he will serve as a member of the Gateway in the role of Visiting Diplomat. Faculty are invited to host Dale to speak in their classes; students who would like to pursue diplomatic careers are encouraged to meet with him by appointment on Mondays between 10 a.m. and noon or to drop in during his office hours on Mondays between 1 and 4 p.m. His office is located in Pelletier 254.

As an FSO, Dale Giovengo has held or managed numerous positions responsible for Embassy operations in France, Albania, Kuwait, Pakistan, Switzerland and Iraq. He most recently managed the Medical Services Support Iraq Program before returning stateside in 2017.

Academic Honors Announced

Posted on October 9, 2018 | Filed under General News

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the College is pleased to announce academic honors for the 2017-2018 academic year, including Doane Scholars, Distinguished Alden Scholars, Alden Scholars, and the winners of the James Bennett Porter Prize and the William Edgar Porter Prize. Please join us in congratulating these students on their outstanding academic achievement.

Gateway Courses Help You Link Interests, Goals

Posted on October 9, 2018 | Filed under General News

Allegheny students are encouraged to sign up for a Gateway 100 or 300 course that explores how to link personal interests and educational experiences to future and professional goals. Students investigate curricular and co-curricular opportunities related to their passions and are provided help in identifying appropriate paths forward that will both enrich and build upon one another. This one-credit, Credit/No Credit, Module B course meets once a week starting the week of Oct. 15. For more information, please contact Professor Patrick Jackson ( in the Gateway.

Mindful Walking Wednesdays

Posted on October 8, 2018 | Filed under General News

Does Mindful Walking appeal to you? Then come to Mindful Walking Wednesdays with Counseling & Personal Development Center staff starting at the Bicentennial Plaza promptly at 8:15 a.m. Mindful walking will allow you to unplug for 45 minutes, to use your senses, find intention in your day, and to find personal growth and strength in your surroundings.

International Bazaar

Posted on October 7, 2018 | Filed under General News

The International Club and International Education Office will be hosting their annual International Bazaar on November 18 at 6 p.m. The Bazaar is a culinary event that gives campus and community cultural groups the opportunity to share their history and heritage while allowing others to learn about cultures and traditions from around the world. We are currently looking for recipe submissions for the event. To submit a recipe please use this link. Recipe submissions are due by Friday, October 12.

Help and Harvest at the MARC Community Garden

Posted on October 3, 2018 | Filed under General News

Have you heard of the community garden at the MARC but been unsure of how to get involved? All are welcome to come help during our October workdays on Thursdays and Sundays between 4 and 6 p.m. We’ll work together to maintain the garden and then harvest produce for everyone to take home. The garden is located at the Meadville Area Recreation Complex, 800 Thurston Road. If you would like to come but need transportation assistance, or for more information about the garden, contact or visit us on Facebook.

It’s FAFSA Time Again

Posted on September 27, 2018 | Filed under General News

The FAFSA will be live Monday, October 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you would like to be considered for federal and need-based aid, please click here to file your FAFSA. Important points to know:
1) Students and parents (as appropriate) will use their 2017 income information to file the 2019-2020 FAFSA. Remember, the Department of Education is asking families to use Prior-Prior Year (PPY) income information. PPY income information makes the FAFSA easier to use since your 2017 taxes have already been completed and the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) will be immediately available to use. PPY income also ensures accurate information is being added to the FAFSA since families no longer have to estimate income due to incomplete tax information.
2) To receive your maximum financial aid eligibility, please file your 2019-2020 FAFSA by Allegheny College’s priority deadline of February 15, 2019.
3) Be sure you and your parents (as appropriate) have your FSA identifications ready when filing the FAFSA. If you are not sure if you have a FSA ID or if it has expired, please click here to confirm your FSA ID.
4) The 2019-2020 FAFSA is now mobile friendly. The website has been redesigned so that the site pages will fit the screen size and shape of any device. You can now complete the FAFSA form on a mobile device with the same ease as on a desktop or laptop computer.
For more information regarding the 2019-2020 FAFSA, please visit our website or contact the Financial Aid Office at (800) 835-7780.

Apply to Serve with AmeriCorps VISTA

Posted on September 27, 2018 | Filed under General News

Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA Project is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 service term. Interested individuals can apply here. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions. Projects are focused in the areas of education, health, the opioid crisis, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, and refugees/New Americans. Each of the 20+ VISTA members that serves with Lake Effect Leaders serves at an individual site located in either Erie County or Crawford County. Program benefits include: relocation allowance, post service cash award or education award, professional development/trainings, bi-weekly stipend, health coverage, and more. For more information, visit, or email Project Director, Gabrielle Bradshaw, at

Call for Proposals for Events and Themes for 2019-20

Posted on September 17, 2018 | Filed under General News

The Public Events Committee invites proposals from faculty, staff, and students for cultural events for the 2019-20 academic year. Submissions can be made here ; submission review will begin November 15. Programs should be designed to assist in connecting events to classes and to encourage student attendance. When submitting an event, please consider including other helpful information such as: performers/kind of performance, preferred dates or time of year, approximate cost, and/or expected audience. You are also welcome to suggest a “theme” for the academic year; themes suggestions that are accompanied by one or more related event suggestions are more likely to be given full consideration. Theme suggestions may be original or revisit a theme from a previous year (2015-16 or earlier). Proposals including more than three events should be emailed to the Office of Conference & Event Services at

Deadlines for My Allegheny

Posted on August 25, 2013 | Filed under General News

Here are a few things to remember about My Allegheny: Items for My Allegheny must be submitted by 4 p.m. in order to be posted to My Allegheny the following day. Items are not posted on Saturday or Sunday except for Safety Alerts. Items to be posted on Monday must be received by 4 p.m. the previous Friday. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity; please note that submitting an item does not guarantee that it will be published. Submissions are automatically removed after an event has passed. Please note that due to the volume of postings we receive we cannot re-post items. Also, My Allegheny only accepts items for college-sponsored events. Academic events are also listed in the calendar box to the right of the postings to give them greater visibility and so that you can quickly see lectures, concerts, gallery shows and other events related to our lives as scholars. Questions about My Allegheny? Contact Rick Stanley at 332-4395 or