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DeHart Market and Dinner Features Nature’s Bounty

More than 250 diners who were lucky enough to get tickets to the 15th Annual DeHart Dinner and Market at Allegheny College on Wednesday, October 4, feasted on dishes like sweet potato and carrot puree, kofta with yogurt sauce, and maple ice cream, all grown naturally and healthfully.

Tickets for the dinner were sold out in a record 90 minutes this year, according to organizers. The culinary event honors Jennifer DeHart, an Environmental Science professor who died in 2010 after a five-year battle with cancer.

The dinner was preceded by a market on campus. The band Salmon Frank provided an enthusiastic soundtrack while vendors set up at tables, selling their produce straight to shoppers. Other activities included a game of cornhole, a stationary bike that generates electricity, and table where Nancy Schultz sells flowers.

To get the dinner started in Schultz Banquet Hall, diners were greeted by three coffee dispensers that read “Decaf,” “Outdoorsy Sumatra,” and “Royal Ethiopian.” Happy Mug Coffee, based in Edinboro, roasts 1,000 pounds of coffee a week and sells it just hours after it’s roasted.

Emmett Barr ’17, an Allegheny alumnus, was one of the employees representing the business at the market. “We roast the coffee the same day it’s bought. We get orders in the morning, and roast to fill those orders so people are getting the freshest possible coffee,” he says. (more…)

Allegheny Listed in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017

July 13, 2016 – Allegheny College is featured in the 33rd edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017, a reference book for prospective students and their families that describes life on campus at the country’s best colleges and universities.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges publishes detailed profiles, including interviews with students, for more than 300 four-year schools. The guide is fully updated and expanded every year, and, according to USA Today, is the most authoritative source of information for college-bound students and their parents.

“Allegheny is honored to be included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, recognizing our national reputation for excellence,” said Dr. Ron Cole, provost and dean of the college. “As part of the college search process, we welcome students and families to visit campus where they can discover firsthand how an Allegheny education empowers students for successful outcomes and to make a difference in the world.” (more…)

Allegheny College Receives Gift to Endow Political Science Chair

June 23, 2016 – As part of its ongoing comprehensive fundraising campaign, Allegheny College has received a $1.5 million gift that will endow a professorship in its political science department.

The Robert G. Seddig Chair in Law and Policy has been established by the estate of Robert Bruce Dotson in honor of his daughter Betsy Dotson, Class of 1974. Ms. Dotson, a lawyer, worked for many years in the public sector after graduating from Allegheny. She was dedicated to the College’s undergraduate mission and believed in broad educational experiences. Ms. Dotson passed away at the age of 47.

“My parents saw the impact of Betsy’s Allegheny experience and wanted to make sure that others could benefit from such an experience,” said Barbara D. Davis of Arlington, Va. “My sister Betsy majored in political science. My parents understood how important the professors in the department were in motivating Betsy to choose a career in public service.”

Mr. Dotson died in 2014, and his wife, Paula Haas Dotson, died in 2015. They had previously endowed the Betsy Dotson ’74 Experiential Learning Fund that continues to help students studying and serving internships in government agencies and businesses in Washington, D.C.

“Allegheny is able to remain among the top liberal arts colleges in the country because it has such strong support from alumni and their families, faculty and friends,” President James H. Mullen, Jr. said. “We are deeply grateful to the Dotson family members for recognizing and honoring the quality of the Allegheny experience.” (more…)

Pittsburgh’s Urban League President Esther L. Bush Honored at Allegheny College Commencement

MEADVILLE, Pa. – May 10, 2009 – The 2009 Commencement ceremony at Allegheny College today honored the graduates of the Class of 2009 and featured an address by Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

“I charge you to love this place that has been your home for the last four years and, as it approaches its third century, help it as it sets the standard of excellence for liberal arts learning in America,” Mullen said.

In her Commencement address, Bush—whose own career has been marked by numerous firsts—drew on the charge of President Obama’s inauguration address and encouraged Allegheny’s graduates to take hold of the responsibilities required of this era and give their all to the work ahead.

“My challenge, your challenge, our challenge is to seize gladly our personal power, to own it, to embrace it, and to hold it up to the light; to know our ability to direct the course of our own lives and to help improve the lives of others; and to appreciate and be ever mindful of the responsibilities that each of us has to one another and to ourselves,” Bush said.

Bush became involved in the Urban League movement in 1980 when she accepted the position of assistant director of the Labor Education Advancement Program for the National Urban League in New York City. From there she served first as director of the New York Urban League Staten Island Branch, then as director of its Manhattan Branch. Before returning to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 1994, Bush was president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Hartford. She is the first female to serve in each of her last four positions in the Urban League movement.

During the ceremonies, honorary doctorates of humane letters were conferred upon Bush, Anthony D. Cortese, co-founder and president of Second Nature in Boston, Mass., and Myra Janco Daniels, founder, chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Fla.

The 32nd oldest college in the nation, Allegheny will celebrate its bicentennial in 2015. Counted among the nation’s top-performing colleges, Allegheny is a national liberal arts college where 2,100 students with unusual combinations of interests, skills and talents excel.

Allegheny is one of 40 colleges recognized in Loren Pope’s book Colleges That Change Lives, where he writes that the college “has a long and distinguished record of producing … future scientists and scholars.”

Allegheny ranks in the top 5 percent of schools whose graduates go on to earn Ph.D.s in all fields, in the top 4 percent in the science disciplines, and in the top 2 percent for producing chemistry Ph.D.s., according to recent data from the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium Study of the Doctorate Records File.

Pittsburgh’s Urban League President Esther L. Bush To Speak at Commencement

MEADVILLE, Pa. – May 10, 2009 – The Commencement ceremony at Allegheny College, scheduled for today at 9:30 a.m., will honor 480 graduates and feature an address by Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

During the ceremonies, which will be held on Bentley Lawn, honorary degrees will be conferred upon Bush, Anthony D. Cortese, co-founder and president of Second Nature in Boston, Mass., and Myra Janco Daniels, founder, chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Fla.

Esther L. Bush

Bush became involved in the Urban League movement in 1980 when she accepted the position of assistant director of the Labor Education Advancement Program for the National Urban League in New York City. From there she served first as director of the New York Urban League Staten Island Branch, then as director of its Manhattan Branch. Before returning to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 1994, Bush was president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Hartford. She is the first female to serve in each of her last four positions in the Urban League movement.

Bush was appointed to serve on the: Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Law Enforcement and Community Relations Task Force, the Governor’s Commission on Academic Standards and the Voting Modernization Task Force. She served on the executive committee of the National Urban League Association of Executives and is chairman of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School Board of Trustees. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter and serves on the International Women’s Forum Board of Directors. In addition, Bush is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee and is on, among others, the boards of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Systems, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Carnegie Science Center.

Bush received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Hartford in 1997 and an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Carlow College in 2004. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a graduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

Anthony D. Cortese

Anthony D. Cortese is co-founder and president of Second Nature, co-organizer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also co-founder and co-coordinator of the Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium.

Cortese was formerly the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He was the first dean of environmental programs at Tufts University and founded the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute in 1989 that helped integrate environmental and sustainability perspectives in more than 175 courses.

Cortese was a founding member of the board of directors of The Natural Step U.S. and of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a consultant to United Nations Environmental Program and a member of the EPA Science Advisory Board and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development’s Education Task Force

Cortese has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering and a doctor of science in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Myra Janco Daniels

Myra Janco Daniels, a former Chicago-based advertising executive, is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and the Naples Museum of Art.

She was president of Draper Daniels and, before that, was executive vice president of the firm Roche, Rickerd, Henri, Hurst. She also ran her own agency, Wabash Advertising, in Terre Haute, Ind. Daniels was the first woman in the nation to head a major national advertising firm and became the youngest person to be honored as National Advertising Woman of the Year by the Advertising Federation of America.

Daniels earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and communications from Indiana State University. She held a six-year associate professorship in marketing and advertising at Indiana University, where she pursued doctoral studies in marketing management.

Daniels is a former member of Florida Arts Council and has won numerous honors, including a Jefferson Award for community service and an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Allegheny College to Present Wind Symphony Concert

MEADVILLE, Pa. – April 21, 2009 – The Allegheny College Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Professor of Music Lowell Hepler, will present a free concert on Sunday, April 26 at 3:15 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny College campus.

The Wind Symphony is a 93-member symphonic band with membership open, by audition, to all Allegheny College students. The Wind Ensemble is a select 43-member ensemble chosen by audition from the Wind Symphony. In addition to performing on campus, the Allegheny ensembles in past years have toured the eastern, southern and midwestern United States.

Sunday’s program will feature music for a broad range of tastes. The Wind Symphony will open the concert with “Procession of Nobles” by Rimsky-Korsakov, “Overture to The Royal Fireworks Music” by Handel, “Country Band March” by Ives and “The Hounds of Spring” by Alfred Reed. The Wind Ensemble will then take the stage to perform Rossini’s “Fantasia” “Una Voce poco fa” and “Blue Shades” by Ticheli. Soloist for the Rossini “Fantasia” will be bassoonist Julie Hepler of the Allegheny music faculty. Hepler teaches applied clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon, as well as introductory and advanced music history courses. She performs frequently with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

The Wind Symphony will also perform “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Wagner, “Puszta” by Van der Roost and “Rolling Thunder March” by Fillmore.

Professor of music and director of bands at Allegheny College, Hepler is a frequent guest conductor for music festivals ranging from county through All-State levels. He is principal tuba with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lake Erie Ballet Company. He is also a frequent adjudicator for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association solo and ensemble festivals.

He is also a member of Undercurrents, a tuba/euphonium quartet comprised of college and university faculty in western Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny Brass Quintet. Hepler is the president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association and past-president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity. He has also served as the Pennsylvania chair for the College Band Directors National Association.

For more information, contact the music department at (814) 332-4338.

Allegheny College to Host Model Campaign USA Competition

MEADVILLE, Pa. – April 21, 2009 – More than 140 participants—a record number of high school students and their teachers, Allegheny students, staff and faculty—will gather on Allegheny’s campus on Wednesday, April 29 to be part of the fifth annual Model Campaign USA.

Model Campaign USA is a regional competition sponsored by the Center for Political Participation that examines lessons learned in the semester-long program on the art and ethics of political campaigns.

“Involvement in electoral politics is arguably the foundation for many other types of civic engagement,” said Professor Daniel Shea, who directs the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College. “We have seen that students who participate in education outreach activities such as Model Campaign USA develop skills and interests that can lead to a lifetime of civic responsibility and, in turn, create a stronger democracy.

“In fact, the program’s success is now prompting us to consider expanding it internationally,” Shea added. “I’m convinced that the expertise we’ve developed in teaching and engaging young Americans about political participation through Model Campaign USA can readily be transferred to politically inexperienced populations in expanding democracies.”

How Model Campaign USA Works

Model Campaign USA is designed with two specific goals in mind. First, it is meant to serve as a standard for teaching students how to run ethical campaigns, as opposed to the “win-at-all-costs” attitude. Second, by utilizing a hands-on learning and teaching approach, the Center for Political Participation hopes to inform students about the campaign process as a way to spur life-long involvement in politics.

Aided by top Allegheny College political science student-coordinators, area high school students meet regularly throughout the spring term to learn to design their own campaigns.

The weekly sessions cover “how-to” topics ranging from managing and reacting to crisis situations and writing press releases, to specialized responsibilities such as managing campaign budgets.

The culminating experience of the semester takes the shape of a fast-paced, mock campaign event, in which teams compete in a series of face-to-face challenges as they race to “win their districts.”

Among other activities, students will prepare a television ad and a campaign speech and attend a roundtable discussion with campaign consultants. The teams will be judged and given awards in categories such as effort, growth as a team and overall performance.

For more information, contact Center for Political Participation Coordinator Mary Solberg at (814) 332-6201.

Global Water Benefit Concert at Diamond Park

MEADVILLE, Pa. – April 20, 2009 – Allegheny College students taking an environmental science course in global health transitions will host a concert in Diamond Park on Wednesday, April 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. to raise money for Global Water, an international non-profit humanitarian organization.

As part of the course’s requirements, the students evaluated more than 50 non-profit organizations. They selected Global Water as the organization most likely to make a worldwide impact with their money.

Global Water was founded in 1982 by former U.S. Ambassador John McDonald and Dr. Peter Bourne, a former White House special assistant to President Carter, to help save the lives of people in developing countries that are lost due to unclean water.

The organization holds that inadequate access to safe drinking water is the primary cause of hunger, disease and poverty throughout the world. For this reason, its efforts are focused on creating safe water supplies, sanitation facilities and related health programs for rural villagers in developing countries. Global Water offers permanent solutions to a region’s water needs by providing equipment to secure, purify, store and distribute new sources of water and by drilling new water wells to allow access to groundwater.

The concert is free, but donations are welcome. Checks can be made to Global Water. For more information, contact Julia Muntean at or visit