Allegheny Presents Its Annual International Film Festival

The Allegheny College Department of Modern and Classical Languages will present its free 2018 International Film Festival, a five-week series of foreign films to be shown at The Movies at Meadville at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays between Jan. 31 and Feb. 28.

The series begins on Jan. 31 with the 2017 French film “Faces Places” in which 89-year-old Agnes Varda and 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR team up to co-direct this documentary. They travel through the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing portraits of the villagers. The movie documents these encounters as well as the unlikely friendship the filmmakers formed along the way. (more…)

Allegheny Students Learn to Be ‘Shopping Buddies’ for Refugee Families

American grocery stores can be a mind-boggling labyrinth for refugees settling in this country: Aisles and aisles of marketing glitz, competing brands, confusing nutrition information, and puzzling pricing that isn’t easy to decipher for those new to the shopping game.

Recognizing that challenge, Allegheny College is training students to work with refugee families in Erie, Pennsylvania, to help them navigate unfamiliar grocery stores, as well as apply for the Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) Nutrition Program. (more…)

Community Ballroom Dance Classes to Begin Jan. 15

Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies Program will offer community ballroom lessons beginning Monday, Jan. 15. Classes will be taught by Dance and Movement Studies faculty Betsy Sumerfield and will be held in the Montgomery Performance Space on Mondays from 6:45 to 8 p.m. (more…)

Kim Vaz-Deville

College to Host MLK Events Open to the Public

Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, an author, educator and community activist in New Orleans, will present a keynote address as part of Allegheny College’s weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The free, public talk will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in Ford Chapel on the Allegheny campus.

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President Mullen Appointed to Project Pericles Governing Board

Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. has been named to the board of directors of Project Pericles, a national not-for-profit organization funded by the Eugene M. Lang Foundation that is committed to instilling in students a sense of social responsibility and civic concern.

Project Pericles is a consortium of more than 30 colleges and universities that promotes civic engagement within higher education and is based in New York City. Allegheny is one of the original 10 schools on which Project Pericles was founded in 2000.  (more…)

Valerie Lohr

Valerie Lohr To Lead Gator Field Hockey

Allegheny College Director of Athletics and Recreation Portia Hoeg has announced the hiring of Valerie Lohr as the first head field hockey coach in Allegheny history.

A field hockey and lacrosse standout at Lehigh University, Lohr boasts a resumé that includes over a decade of field hockey coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school levels.
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Commencement 2017

The Allegheny Year in Review, 2017 Edition

It was a year of accolades, academic accomplishments and astronomical wonder on the campus of Allegheny College. But where did the year go? Many of us pondered that question as winter settled in recently. With that in mind, the Office of College Relations assembled some highlights of what transpired at Allegheny during 2017:
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Creek Connections Uses Grant to Purchase New Stream-Testing Kits

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has awarded Allegheny College a grant of $1,500 in support of its Creek Connections program for pH test kits to continue measuring water quality in local watersheds.

K-12 students involved with Creek Connections use the pH kits to test how acidic or basic the water is as part of their overall study of the health of local western Pennsylvania streams. The health of western Pennsylvania creeks has been negatively affected by abandoned mine drainage waters that are sometimes acidic. Meters that students were using were at times difficult to use, read and maintain.

“With this grant, we were able to purchase pH test kits for our participating teachers and students to use this year and compare data collected with the pH meters we have been using in the past,” said Wendy Kedzierski, project director of Creek Connections. (more…)

Business Major

Allegheny College Introduces New Major in Business

Allegheny College will introduce a new major in business that integrates classroom learning with experiential opportunities available through the college’s Center for Business and Economics. The program will be offered beginning with the 2018–19 academic year by the Department of Economics, which has provided a business/managerial track within its economics major for 18 years.

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Allegheny’s Andrew Nunn Awarded Pennsylvania House Fellowship

Allegheny College senior Andrew Nunn has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Fellowship, which will take him to the state Capitol, allowing him to gain insight into the people, issues and politics of the legislative process.

Created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Bipartisan Management Committee, the program gives college students a close-up look at the daily workings of government in Harrisburg. Legislative fellows get to attend hearings, committee meetings and the legislative session, as well as conduct research and draft bill analyses.

As a final project, each fellow will research and then draft a piece of legislation to present to the House. Each fellow is placed either in a leadership office or in the office of a committee chairman. Nunn will likely be placed on either the Education or Urban Affairs Committee, based on his interests and experience.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Allegheny students have been selected for the fellowship. “It provides an unparalleled up-close experience with state-level politics,” said Patrick Jackson, director of Fellowship Advising at Allegheny. Jackson has helped students through the application process for the House Fellowship, as well as other competitive awards and fellowships. (more…)