Allegheny College Staff
Rev. Dr. Jane Ellen Nickell is College Chaplain. An ordained United Methodist minister, she holds an M.Div. degree from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from Drew University. As Chaplain, Jane Ellen oversees the Spiritual and Religious Life program, provides support and care for all students, coordinates rituals and services on campus, and teaches in the Department of Religious Studies. She advises Sojourners Christian Fellowship, MOSAIC, and Meditation Club, and is available to assist all students in fostering spiritual wellness. Students can see her during office hours, by appointment, or when she hosts students at her home, where they can also visit with Lacy and Fergus, her feline companions.
Dr. Adrienne Krone, is Director Jewish Life and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. She advises Hillel, leads Shabbat and holiday services, and provides support for the Allegheny and Meadville Jewish community. She holds a Ph.D. in American Religion from Duke University and she researches religious food justice movements. Her current research project is an ongoing study of the Jewish community farming movement. Adrienne has an office in the Oddfellows building and she also holds weekly office hours in the SRL office.
Dr. Sami Alkyam is Director of Muslim Life and an Assistant Professor in Modern and Classical Languages and International Studies. Sami holds a Ph.D. in Arabic Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his research interests include modern Arabic literature and cultural studies. Sami’s experience in Muslim communal service include his voluntary work as a board member of the Islamic Cultural Association in Madison while he was a doctoral student, he also was the academic advisor of Arabic Cultural Association at Harvard University from 2015-2018. Since spring 2019, Sami has been directing the Muslim student life at Allegheny College. In this role, he advises Islamic Cultural Association (ICA); he has also organized and led the Jumm’ah communal service and prayer since then. Sami has taught at UW-Madison, Beloit College, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Harvard University. In addition to his office in Ruter Hall, Sami holds office hours in the SRL Office.
Affiliated Staff: Catholic Diocese of Erie
Rev. Fr. Jeff Lucas, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, is Catholic Campus Minister and pastor of the three parishes in Meadville. He celebrates Masses during the academic year on Sunday evenings and is available to meet with students by appointment.
Deacon Edward Horneman is a permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie and serves as Newman Advisor. He assists in the celebration of Mass on Sunday evenings, meets with Newman on Monday evenings, and is available during office hours or by appointment. Deacon Ed is also Catholic Chaplain at the state prison in Mercer, PA, and serves the three parishes in Meadville.
Affiliated Staff: Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)
The Coalition for Christian Outreach is a campus ministry organization that calls college students to serve Jesus Christ. The CCO works with local congregations to develop students to be passionate leaders who serve Jesus Christ in their studies, jobs, communities, and families.
Mollie Little is on staff with the CCO and advises Allegheny Christian Outreach (ACO), a student-led, evangelical, interdenominational fellowship. She also advises the Lighthouse, a Christian women’s discipleship house. Mollie mentors student leaders, and loves to connect with students one-on-one. Her full-time job is mother to three teenagers, and she and her husband Jeff love to open their home to students.
Brendon Hall is also on staff with the CCO and leads the Athletic Ministry on campus. Though with a focus on athletes, he equips and encourages any student to strive for whole-life development and transformation. Along with meeting with students individually or in small groups, he advises the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Dudes Bible Study. He serves as a volunteer assistant coach of the men’s soccer team and a resource for all of the sports teams. Brendon loves connecting with students and helping them unpack their God-given potential.