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Valerie Lohr To Lead Gator Field Hockey

Valerie Lohr

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.

Allegheny College to Add Field Hockey, Men’s Lacrosse

The Allegheny College Board of Trustees has authorized the addition of field hockey and men’s lacrosse to the school’s varsity athletic offerings.

“We are very excited to add field hockey and men’s lacrosse to Allegheny’s athletic program,” stated Allegheny College President Dr. James H. Mullen, Jr. “These two sports will afford opportunities for excellent student-athletes from across the country to be part of a nationally-recognized academic community, and contribute to a proud athletic tradition that extends back to the founding of the NCAA.”

Field hockey will begin play in the fall of 2019, while the inaugural season of Gator men’s lacrosse will be spring of 2020.  The search for a head coach for each program will begin immediately.


Allegheny to Join Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society

Allegheny College will join nearly 300 colleges and universities from across the country when it becomes a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society.

Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition.  It recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher throughout their junior and/or senior years. Allegheny’s membership in the society was made possible by a grant from the North Coast Athletic Conference that enabled membership of each of the league’s member schools.

“We are extremely grateful for the NCAC’s generosity,” said Portia Hoeg, Director of Athletics at Allegheny.  “Gator student-athletes have always performed well in the classroom, and now we can proudly induct them into an honor society that specifically recognizes their athletic participation and academic excellence. We are beyond thrilled to be a campus chapter!” (more…)

Six Alumni Join Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Allegheny College inducted six alumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 1, during the College’s Homecoming Weekend.

In a ceremony at Schultz Hall, Rebecca Smullin Dawson ’00 (swimming), Nick Catanzarite ’03 (basketball), Jane Och Sharpless ’03 (soccer), Liz Orr Sowa ’03 (soccer), Ben Rathfon ’05 (golf), and Giannina Coccaro Sardis ’06 (softball) joined the Athletic Hall of Fame as its 37th class. Following the induction ceremony, the six inductees were recognized at halftime of Allegheny’s football game against Oberlin, while Sharpless and Sowa were also honored during the Gator women’s soccer team’s match against Wittenberg. (more…)

Connell Published in the Scholarly Journal Perception

An article co-authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Allison Connell,“Effects of Using Multiple Hands and Fingers on Haptic Performance,” was published in Perception, 2013, volume 42. The article’s co-authors are Valerie S. Morash, Allison E. Connell Pensky, and Joshua A. Miele.

Pinnow Presents Research on Early Soviet Criminology

Associate Professor of History Ken Pinnow was invited to present his draft article on early Soviet criminology and interdisciplinary knowledge at the October 11th Colloquium of New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Additionally, he was appointed a Center Associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies.

Jumadinova Proposes Novel Technique in IEEE Journal

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Janyl Jumadinova’s article “Strategic Capability-Learning for Improved Multi-Agent Collaboration in Ad-hoc Environments” has been accepted for publication in the journal IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Her co-authors are Raj Dasgupta (University of Nebraska – Omaha) and Leen-Kiat Soh (University of Nebraska – Lincoln).

The article studies the problem of distributed collaboration among multiple software agents in an ad-hoc setting and proposes a novel technique that employs principles from human learning theory to allow an agent to strategically learn from other agents.

Hart Presents Talk on “Connecting Female Military Personnel Online”

Associate Professor of English D. Alexis Hart presented a talk at the Feminisms and Rhetorics 2013 Conference in Stanford, California. The title of her presentation was “Connecting Female Military Personnel Online.”

Professor Hart’s recent whitepaper “An Ethical Obligation: Promising Practices for Student Veterans in College Writing Classrooms” was referenced in the New York Times “At War” blog.

She also has been invited to become a policy analyst in the Policy Analysis Initiative of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This initiative will elevate the knowledge of CCCC, TYCA, and NCTE members about state-level policy. The Policy Analysis Initiative will have a representative from each state working to support the interests of English college and university faculty in that state.

Rutledge Presents Seminar on the Conduct of Alcohol Research

Associate Professor of Psychology Patricia Rutledge presented a seminar, “The Conduct of Alcohol Research within the Teacher-Scholar Model,” to the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Rutledge is a visiting Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, where she has been on sabbatical since August 2012.

Support for her sabbatical project has been provided by the Great Lakes Colleges Association as part of its New Directions Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hernández Presents Paper on Transsexuality in Venezuelan Film

Associate Professor of Spanish Wilfredo Hernández attended the Fifth Annual Crossing Over Symposium at Cleveland State University on October 11 and 12, 2013. He presented “Las tribulaciones del sujeto trans en Venezuela,” a paper dealing with transsexuality in the Venezuelan film A House for My Mother (2010) by Eduardo Barberena.