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COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

Posted on March 17, 2020 | Filed under Alerts

Visit the Allegheny COVID-19 website for the latest updates regarding Allegheny’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Short Course: Innovations in Community Health in India

Posted on July 7, 2020 | Filed under General News

Allegheny’s Global Health Studies program and the International Education office in the Allegheny Gateway invite students to participate in the Innovations in Community Health in India, a new remote short course being offered in partnership with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) in Mysuru, India. Live discussions with experts at SVYM will be held on July 13-23, and the course then continues into the fall semester (students can earn 2 credits for the fall semester). Faculty and staff are also invited to join for the live discussions with SVYM.
For more information, click here or email Lucinda Morgan (lmorgan@allegheny.edu)
Registration form for Allegheny students, faculty, and staff here.
Non-Allegheny registration form here.

Canvas Course Design Workshop Series: 7/15–17

Posted on July 6, 2020 | Filed under General News

A Canvas Course Design Workshop Series for faculty who have created their learning objectives, assessments, and assignments will be offered on July 15–17 from 1-2:30 pm each day. These workshops will assume that you are familiar with functions covered in the Introductory Workshop on Using Canvas, linked under Step 3 of the Faculty Development Overview, or the self-guided “Growing with Canvas” course (accessible from your home screen in Canvas). Please consult the Canvas Course Design Workshop Agenda for specifics and sign up if interested. Note that the sign-up form also gives you the option to indicate if you are unable to participate on July 15-17 but can participate in a repeat of this series later in the month.

Time Changed for Career Education Pop In: 7/8

Posted on July 6, 2020 | Filed under General News

RESCHEDULED — Gateway/Career Education invites you to connect with our Career Coaches at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, July 8 following our Instagram Live Navigating the Turbulent Job Market interview. Join us via Google Meet:
meet.google.com/ogi-cnoz-kfd
Or Join by phone
‪(US) +1 401-321-2902‬ PIN: ‪956 412 823‬#

Catch Kristin Black’s interview with alumna Klancey Burford, Class of 2016, at noon (ET) on AC’s Instagram, Kristin and Klancey will discuss Preserving Your Mental Health and Staying Relevant during the job search

Celebrations & Concerns Deadline: 7/8

Posted on July 5, 2020 | Filed under General News

The deadline for a special midsummer edition of Celebrations and Concerns is Wednesday, July 8. This email newsletter includes employee personal news, such as births, marriages, personal achievement, and serious illness or death within the immediate family. We are still looking for even small good news stories, so please share any successes or fun things you have done during this difficult time. News items may be submitted by contacting Jane Ellen Nickell (jnickell@allegheny.edu) or by using this form. To receive the monthly email, use this form.

Gain Experience as a Virtual Intern With the Federal Government

Posted on July 2, 2020 | Filed under General News

The Gateway/Career Education wants you to know about the Virtual Student Federal Service internship program. These unpaid internships give you 10 hours of experience weekly with federal agencies, including NASA, the Smithsonian, the National Park Service, and dozens of other agencies. Over 1,000 students will receive opportunities to serve in completing over 660 projects. Visit the Virtual Student Federal Service website: https://vsfs.state.gov/

Return to Work Supply Distribution: 7/2

Posted on June 30, 2020 | Filed under General News

To support a safe return to on-campus work, we will distribute cloth face-coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and thermometers from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 2, at the Loomis Street loading dock of the Maintenance Building (295 Loomis Street). Supplies will be packaged to provide for the employee count of an entire department/office so supervisors are encouraged to designate an individual or team to pick up the supplies and share amongst their colleagues as they return to work. Please park along Loomis Street and walk to the Maintenance Building loading dock to minimize traffic within the building and small lot. Please wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distance to protect the health of all. Staff will be available to prepare your supplies and answer any questions. Please note: This supply distribution will replace the items previously offered through Public Safety and employees should no longer contact or visit Public Safety to request supplies.

2020-21 Religious Calendar Now Available

Posted on June 30, 2020 | Filed under General News

The list of Religious Holy Days on the Spiritual and Religious Life website has been updated for 2020-21. As you plan for the coming year, please note that there are specific sets of guidelines for faculty and academic departments, for programming offices, and for athletics to assist in honoring the religions represented within our community.

Volunteers Needed for Title IX

Posted on June 29, 2020 | Filed under General News

Interested in Title IX? There are many opportunities to become a part of Allegheny College’s Title IX team. In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, roles include: Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Investigator, Title IX Community Standards Board Member and Community Support Person. Read more…

Up Til Dawn Grill Guide Sale

Posted on June 25, 2020 | Filed under General News

Up Til Dawn is still selling grill guides for $5. They are perfect for the Fourth of July weekend or any summer festivities. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Contact Alexandra Downer at downera@allegheny.edu with any questions or concerns.

End of Fiscal Year Credit Card Statement Deadline: 7/10

Posted on June 24, 2020 | Filed under General News

June Credit Card statements should be in faculty and staff mailboxes soon. Due to the fiscal year end, they need to be returned with all appropriate signatures and receipts to the Finance Office at Box W or in Schultz Hall by July 10. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Cunningham at scunningham@allegheny.edu or 814-332-4788.

For Non-Exempt Employees and Their Supervisors

Posted on June 24, 2020 | Filed under General News

As a reminder, non-exempt employees will have access to begin entering work time into Employee Self Service, Friday, June 26. The first date of the pay period for time entry will be June 28 for the pay date of July 17. In addition, as a reminder to supervisors – time approval will now be done through Employee Self Service. Please reference the email sent to all employees on June 17 for additional information. If employees have any questions, they can contact HR at hr@allegheny.edu. HR will also have a helpline available on July 7, 8 and 9 to answer questions. You can reach the helpline at Ext. 3314 or 4792.

For Employees: ESS Reminder

Posted on June 22, 2020 | Filed under General News

As a reminder, Employee Self Service will be live to employees, Wednesday, June 24. Employees will have access ESS by going to https://selfservice.allegheny.edu/ and entering their existing Google account user ID and password. Please reference the email sent to all employees on June 17 for additional information. If employees have any questions, they can contact HR at hr@allegheny.edu. HR will also have a helpline available on July 7, 8 and 9 to answer questions. You can reach the helpline at Ext. 3314 or 4792.

For Employees: FSA Accounts

Posted on June 22, 2020 | Filed under General News

With regard to employees who have had FSA accounts with WageWorks — under new guidance released by the DOL and the IRS, the time periods in which FSA participants can submit claims and file appeals for adverse determinations are extended. The extension relief provides additional time for impacted participants to file claims and appeals under the plan in accordance with ERISA section 503. Our runout date has been extended to 12/31/20 and our annual grace period has been extended to 12/15/20. As further updates are available, we will continue to keep you informed. As a reminder, we have changed providers for our FSA administration. P&A will begin administering our FSA beginning with new enrollments for the 2020/21 year (July 1, 2020).

Syllabus/Assignment Design and Audit

Posted on June 21, 2020 | Filed under General News

Faculty and teaching colleagues: would you like to participate in an informal “buddy system” to think out loud with one another about syllabus design and assignments? Faculty pairs will set their own guidelines for what they wish to accomplish, how they wish to work, and to do so at their own pace. Teaching pairs can decide to stay focused on fall syllabi or think through fall and Module 1/Module 2 syllabi. Interested faculty are invited to sign up here between now and August 15, 2020. Janyl Jumadinova and Barbara Shaw, members of the Academic Planning and Innovation summer group, will manage the responses. Please reach out if you have questions.

Reflections on Social (In)Justice: A Digital Collection

Posted on June 17, 2020 | Filed under General News

The Allegheny College Archives invites the Allegheny community (students, faculty, staff, alumni) to share their personal reflections about social (in)justice in light of the inequities revealed by the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, recent acts of racial violence, and the related protests by submitting creative works for the College’s digital collections. Individuals telling their stories is part of our entire community being seen, heard, and valued and is part of our joint commitment to creating an inclusive, respectful, and safe residential learning community that actively confronts and challenges injustice. This project intends to help us share our stories as a way to build understanding, strengthen our community, foster human connection, and preserve personal accounts of these troubling events for future generations and scholarly research. Visit our website to learn more about submitting your work or submit directly here. We will accept your essays, poems, photographs, videos etc., that share your reactions and feelings about the life-changing events of recent weeks. Tell us how these historic events in this turbulent time have impacted your life. We will accept your creative reflections at least through 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Andel, Archivist (merrick@allegheny.edu) or Beau Smith, Digital Resources Librarian (bmith3@allegheny.edu).

Opportunity for FS 102 Instructors

Posted on June 15, 2020 | Filed under General News

We are pleased to offer a faculty development opportunity for colleagues teaching FS 102 sections in the spring of 2021. This is for faculty who are interested in incorporating a community engagement component in their FS 102 section. We will support individual faculty. We are also interested in working with pairs or clusters of faculty with FS subjects that align around a community question or particular population. There will be two half-day course development trainings for these faculty. Interested faculty can contact either Alexis Hart or Dave Roncolato for more details.

Allegheny as an Anchor

Posted on June 15, 2020 | Filed under General News

Over the next two months there will be a small study group exploring resources and best practices by institutions of higher education in their roles as anchor institutions. Those interested can email Bethany Ozorak or Mike Williams.

The Gateway Network

Posted on June 15, 2020 | Filed under General News

The Gateway is hosting a small study group focusing on the onboarding process for Gateway Network projects. Those interested in participating should email Emily Yochim or Mike Williams.

Community Engagement Course Development

Posted on June 15, 2020 | Filed under General News

Allegheny faculty and educators are invited to join a book study over the next two months on Service-Learning or Community-Engaged learning course development. Those interested can email either Lauren Paulson or Dave Roncolato.

Small Teaching Online Reading Group Sign Up

Posted on June 11, 2020 | Filed under General News

Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby “explores the unique challenges of online instruction and shares the small teaching strategies that have proven to have a powerful effect on online classroom engagement and learning.” Through the support of the Director of Faculty Development Catharina Coenen, Aimee Knupsky will facilitate a series of weekly meetings for faculty and staff interested in discussing the ideas of the book with a specific focus on translating them to our Allegheny context. The preliminary plan is to hold discussions via Zoom on Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon starting on Monday, June 22, and running through Monday, July 13. The reading schedule would be as follows: Chapters 1-3; Chapters 4-5; Chapters 6-7; and Chapters 8-the conclusion. Once convened, the group can discuss whether changes to this plan should be made to allow for flexibility and accessibility. Please sign up by Wednesday, June 17, using this Google Form to express interest in joining the reading group.

Library Book Drop Available

Posted on June 8, 2020 | Filed under General News

Although the Pelletier Library building is currently closed, we are still checking the drop box regularly. Members of the Allegheny College community can return library items to the book drop outside Pelletier Library at any time that it is both safe and convenient to do so. While Pelletier’s due dates have been extended, it will be a courtesy to the lending libraries if we can return Interlibrary Loan items to them as we are able. If you are not on campus, please do not compromise your safety or the safety of others to return items to the library. LITS will not charge fines for any items returned late as a consequence of the campus shutdown.

Amended Academic Calendar for 2020-2021

Posted on June 3, 2020 | Filed under General News

The academic calendars for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 have been amended, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here for more information.

Trumpet Trio Shares a New Work

Posted on June 3, 2020 | Filed under General News

The COVID-19 outbreak has prevented the Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio, which features Dr. Jennifer Dearden, associate professor of music and chair of the Allegheny College Music Department, from having a more traditional recital to celebrate the release of their new album “Expeditions.” Instead they produced a brief virtual ensemble video, showcasing one of the tracks on the album, which you can access by clicking here. Enjoy the listen!

Attention New Canvas Users: Learn Canvas From a Student Perspective

Posted on May 31, 2020 | Filed under General News

The next time you log into Canvas you may want to take the opportunity to explore a new course that will be added to your dashboard Monday morning. The course, Growing with Canvas, is a great way to see how Canvas works from a student perspective. Your role will be student as you progress through this self-paced course as it walks you through setting up your Canvas course, creating content, managing student submissions, and grading. Feel free to use your Canvas sandbox course to practice the skills you learn as you work through the five Growing with Canvas modules. The Canvas implementation team knows there are a number of questions about our adoption of Canvas. We will continue communicating with you about decisions made, resources available, and training opportunities. For questions about Canvas tools, please contact Canvas directly through the Help button in the Canvas global navigation menu, found on the left side of each page in Canvas. For questions about faculty development, please contact Catharina Coenen. For questions about technology or instructional design, please contact infodesk@allegheny.edu

Allegheny Strong: A Digital Collection of Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on May 27, 2020 | Filed under General News

If you are a member of the Allegheny community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni), the Allegheny College Archives invites you to share your personal reflections on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your life and those around you by submitting your creative works to our new digital collection. Visit our website to learn more about submitting your work or submit directly here. We will accept journal entries, essays, photographs, and videos as well as other digital output documenting your experience during this difficult time. We envision the project as a way of strengthening our sense of community and human connection while preserving personal accounts of this global event for future generations and scholarly research. If you have any questions, please contact us at merrick@allegheny.edu.

For Employees: New FSA Provider

Posted on May 18, 2020 | Filed under General News

After much consideration, the College has decided to change third party administrators for our FSA accounts. We will no longer be using WageWorks. Beginning July 1, our FSA will be administered by P&A Group. For those employees participating in FSA in the past year, you can continue to submit reimbursements to WageWorks through the runout date (9/30/2020) and grace period date (9/15/2020) if you need to. Please note that any debit cards you may have with WageWorks will be deactivated as of June 30. Any new FSA elections will be handled by P&A Group effective July 1, 2020. We hope this change will be beneficial to employees and give them better service when managing their elections. Additional information on P&A Group can be found here.

Online Tutoring and Homework Help for Allegheny Families

Posted on May 13, 2020 | Filed under General News

The Education Studies program is offering “virtual” Allegheny tutors to work with children of Allegheny faculty and staff over Google Meet as children complete homework assignments from their regular school teachers. Tutors will also offer enrichment and creative activities. This program is being offered free of charge. Although we expect that most children participating will be elementary and middle-school age, Pre-K sessions are available (please follow the link for more information). To learn more or to enroll your child(ren), click here. Questions can be directed to Leah Sulecki, Head Tutor (suleckil@allegheny.edu).

Ace Your Interview

Posted on April 9, 2020 | Filed under General News

Whether you’re preparing to interview for a job or internship or preparing for an admissions interview for graduate or professional school, the Allegheny Gateway/Career Education is excited to launch Big Interview. Big Interview offers you a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for interviews. It’s an online system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. If you’re preparing for an interview, check out Big Interview.

Looking to Boost Your Score on a Graduate School Exam?

Posted on April 1, 2020 | Filed under General News

Here’s a Free Test Preparation service that’s all yours courtesy of Allegheny College. Grad School Test Prep was created to help our students score higher on graduate school entrance admission tests including GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, and PCAT. Test Preparation is yours now! Enjoy full test preparation services through June 30, 2020

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 rstanley@allegheny.edu.