Articles: Tag: Alumni

Alumnus Looks Back on a Successful 50-Year Career in Academia

After a 50-year career in academia, Richard Alfred ’66 distinctly remembers when a peer challenged how he thought about sociological theory during an advanced seminar at Allegheny College.  “I began to look at things not with acceptance of what is, but with questions about why and what could be. I wanted to understand root causes,

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Alumna Features Pittsburghers During Quarantine Through Photography

As a visual communicator, photographer Anita Buzzy Prentiss ’93 takes pride in capturing beauty in all her subjects. Nevertheless, she finds that her bachelor’s degree in communication arts helps to set her apart from other photographers.  “My diverse and well-rounded education from Allegheny contributed to my successful business,” says Prentiss. “I can have conversations with all

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Allegheny Graduate’s Custom Costumes Featured In Stage, Film, And Television

Amid the whirr of the sewing machines in Allegheny College’s Costume Shop, Zoe (Aaron) Regan `13 discovered a calling — one that would lead to her work being featured in major productions like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Lion King on Broadway.  “I didn’t know that I wanted to work in a costume shop

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Allegheny College Graduate Serves on the University of Pittsburgh Law Review Staff

Dean Phillips ’19 came to Allegheny College with the goal of becoming a school teacher. But, as he began to explore different opportunities, Phillips found that he could pursue his passion for helping others through a career as an attorney. “I love that Allegheny provided me the space and flexibility to make that change,” says

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First-Generation Allegheny Graduate Encourages Others To Give Back Through Philanthropy

The experience that first-generation student Ryan Cole ’10 had at Allegheny College sparked his journey toward a career that has incorporated higher education, public health, and community service. As director of student philanthropy at Valparaiso University, he helps students think about what it means to be philanthropic — a lesson that Cole himself learned at

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Alumnus Soars in Career as Senior SpaceX Manager

SpaceX senior manager Vincent Werner ’06 understands that physics is the basis of everything — foundational knowledge he cultivated at Allegheny College. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Werner earned a master’s degree from Purdue University in aerospace engineering. Since 2008, Werner’s career has advanced alongside the rocket startup SpaceX. “Allegheny provided me with strong technical

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Allegheny Graduate Demonstrates Outstanding, Award-Winning Work as a Patent Litigator

As an accomplished trial attorney, Elaine Herrmann Blais ’91 still frequently uses something she learned during her Allegheny College junior seminar: Albert Ellis’ rational emotive therapy, a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy.  “It really changed the way I thought about public speaking,” Blais says. “Step away from the emotions of the speech and focus on the

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Allegheny Graduate, Honored as 2021 Bostonian of the Year, Empowers AAPI Community

Recognized as a 2021 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe, Sam Hyun `14 has worked throughout his career to empower the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community — and ensure their voices are heard. Hyun says his Allegheny College education provided an important framework for those efforts.  “Being a history major was

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Alumna Addresses Public Health Through Outstanding Service and Academics

Brittany Imel ’19 found her calling for public health at Allegheny College. Today, Imel is taking the next step toward a fulfilling career in the field, pursuing a dual Master of Medical Science—Physician Assistant and Master of Public Health program at Arcadia University.  Initially, Imel had planned to attend medical school after finishing her undergraduate

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Alumna Conducts Vital Research To Protect Essential Potato Crops

The potato plays a key role in supplying food to more than 1 billion people worldwide. And Allegheny College alumna Paige Hickman ’17 is conducting research vital to eliminating a threat to the crop’s health.  Hickman is a third-year Ph.D. student and senior research associate at the University of Idaho in the Department of Entomology,

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