August 2019

A message from
Dr. Hilary L. Link

August 21, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

My first eight weeks as Allegheny’s president have been nothing short of exhilarating. Whether you’re new to the College community like me or continuing your Allegheny career, I offer you a warm welcome as we prepare to begin a new academic year.

My family and I have already received such kind greetings from so many in the community, and we are looking forward to getting to know many more of you in the coming weeks. (My youngest son, Zachary, is especially eager to meet Chompers — and has even asked about getting a smaller replica of the costume to wear to athletic events!) We are very excited to explore the region, particularly all of the outdoor opportunities that we can now easily access. As special as Rome and its bustle became to us, we are looking forward to the different pace of life and the close-knit environment of our new home.

I have greatly enjoyed experiencing all of the “firsts” of starting this new role, from visiting the Meadville Market House to attending an ACRoSS summer research presentation last month. I also am very pleased to share another “first” with you — this edition of my presidential newsletter. I will be sending the newsletter to the campus community twice per semester as one of the ways I will provide important updates and feature College achievements.

Capital Improvement Projects Update

This summer has been a very busy one on campus, as several important capital improvement projects in the Allegheny Strategic Action Plan have taken shape in just a few short months. The classroom enhancement project, development of the innovation center in Doane Hall of Art, residence hall renovations, substantial upgrades and additions to athletic facilities, and other projects will enhance the academic and co-curricular experience that we provide for our students. The Bentley Hall project also continues to be on schedule for completion by the end of July 2020. Significant progress has been made on interior removals and design, and work is underway on the exterior of the historic building.

Telling the Allegheny Story

These projects play a supporting role to the extraordinary work of our students, faculty, staff, and every member of this community. As I meet more of you and hear about your experiences, I become even more inspired by the distinctive education that Allegheny provides. We have an outstanding opportunity before us to tell Allegheny’s authentic and powerful story more broadly. We will make it a priority to advance the College’s visibility in the U.S. and the world, conveying the outcomes of our rigorous, research-based and interdisciplinary curriculum as well as the remarkable contributions of Allegheny alumni.

As the world grows in complexity, it needs the creative problem-solvers that Allegheny prepares: multidimensional thinkers who consider different viewpoints, integrate knowledge across disciplines, and collaborate even across vastly different backgrounds and perspectives. The remarkable work that informed the Allegheny Strategic Action Plan has positioned the College to sustain its important mission in a changing world. I am energized by the spirit of innovation and dedication that continues to fuel our positive momentum as a leading liberal arts institution, and I am enthusiastic about our future.

Events to Begin the Fall Semester

The first week of the semester brings a flurry of activities, and I wanted to highlight just a few of them here.

  • Welcome Weekend (August 24–26) includes move-in, the traditional Academic Convocation and Matriculation Ceremony, and many more activities designed to welcome our new first-year and transfer students. I send my thanks to all who are working to make this weekend a successful one.
  • I am thrilled that students have invited me to join them on Thursday, August 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Gator Quad for “Imagine the Possibilities.” This student-planned celebration will feature entertainers from Imagine Circus, and the Student Involvement Fair will take place alongside it. All students are invited to attend, and I hope to see you there for the fun!

My family and I are delighted to be part of this vibrant, diverse, and inclusive community, and we thank you again for the continued warm welcome. Here is to a wonderful new academic year for us all!

All the best,

Hilary L. Link