Student Government

Miller, Thomas B [Tom]

My most lasting memories center around singing, which I had never done before I got to Allegheny…being told as a pledge that I had to sing in the Phi Delt Ensemble, and to try out for the Singers (thank you Phil Jones), Luvy graciously letting me in, singing in small groups on the way to dinner after rehearsal, winding up directing the Ensemble and winning Greek Sing. Also bit of baseball and being fired by Garby because I wanted to go on the Choir spring trip rather than the baseball trip; intramurals and quiet evening walks in the Spring and in the winter snow; trying to decide what to major more »

Scott, Steve

As the first in my family to attend college my most vivid memory is of the fear of not knowing what to expect.  Another memory comes from the great times (believe it or not) that I had working in the cafeteria.  Then, there was the Student Chaperon Committee. What a great job. I don’t think any fraternity was ever cited for a violation during my tenure. These two situations gave me a chance to get to know many wonderful people, who to this day I still vividly recall and smile happily when I do so. One final memory—Nels Juleus.  I kept in touch with Professor Juleus until he lost his more »

Clendenin, Peter [Pete]

Our years at Allegheny were always exciting–sometimes too much so.  Some of my fondest memories are singing with Woo and the Wonderfuls, SAE parties, keg parties at Woodcock, all-night bull-sessions and the Fantasticks.  Social and Academic probation after one year had a terrific effect on my attitude.  I started to pay more attention to what Allegheny really offered. Little did I know that Poli-Sci professors George Cole, John Kessel and Eli Silverman would lead me to a career in government. Education after Allegheny After four years in the Air Force, I attended graduate school at SUNY Albany and graduated with an MPA.  Eli Silverman continued to be a great mentor more »

McQuade [Hedden], Peggy

Education after Allegheny I was one of several students who went on the Washington Semester Program in January of our junior year.  The main focus was studying and interviewing people working in the federal government–legislative, executive, and judicial, plus the media covering Washington.  We met people with a lot of educational backgrounds, but the background that seemed most versatile was a legal one.  Since my hope  was to work in government, I decided to go to law school after Allegheny, to the University of Chicago.  As an undergraduate in political science and history, I  learned to put things together; at law school  we were taught how to take things apart. more »

Ackerly, James [Jim]

During graduation week, a bunch of us were out “playing” soccer on the main street that runs through the campus around 1 am..Paul Thomson and some Phi Gams were a part of the group…When I went back to the Phi Psi fraternity house, John (Bang Bang) Robinson for whatever insane reason threw a beer bottle at a wall as I was coming up the back stairs. The bottle shattered glass fragments that hit my head causing a lot of bleeding. Skip Haller, Larry Hobbs and Jay Sampson rushed me to the Meadville Hospital ER, but no one was around. One of them hit the fire alarm, and all kinds of more »

Swanson, Jon

As I tried to think back and identify my earliest memory of Allegheny, I discovered a coincidence that had not occurred to me before.  My first visit to campus was just after my sophomore year in high school and it was to celebrate my grandfather whose class was having it’s 50th reunion at Allegheny.  My family traveled all the way from Illinois to watch the Class of 1911 receive their new diplomas.  So I already have great memories of one Allegheny 50th Reunion and can’t wait to collect more this June. Education after Allegheny After two years in Allegheny’s Admissions Office, I headed to Indiana University to work on a more »

Kidder, Larry

I have many great Allegheny memories, but the most important was freshman orientation week when I met Jane. We will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary shortly after the reunion weekend. Other memories are hearing of the assassination of President Kennedy and being involved in civil rights activities, such as successfully working to break the color barrier at Delta Tau Delta. I took many great courses, but perhaps the most significant were those with Jay Luvaas that taught me so much about historical research and writing, as well as making history interesting by getting back to original sources to answer questions and visiting the physical locations where events took place. The more »

McFadzean, John

  Most vivid memory was Friday, November 22nd, 1963.  As an eighteen year old kid away from home for the first time I ran into Bill Alvin in our Caflisch Hall dorm around 3:00pm.  All he said was “they shot Kennedy in Dallas Texas”.  Needless to say that was the seminal event of my young life.  Adulthood had started. Being from the Chicago suburbs I was used to snow and wind, BUT nothing compared to the winters in Meadville with the lake effect snow off Lake Erie! Watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show Saturday, February 9th, 1964 on the color TV at the SAE house. Doing laundry downtown more »

Williams, S Jeffress [Jeff]

My most vivid memories are classes in the Geology Dept. with Profs Cotera and Parsons,  summer of ‘66 doing field geologic mapping in the Little Rocky Mtns. of Montana with Gus Cotera for my senior thesis, poring over rocks and minerals and fossils in the dingy basement, 8 am Saturday morning Physics class with Prof Ernie Pile, tray-snow sledding freshman year down the hill to meals, piles of snow on the ground on campus from November to late spring,  below  zero temps in the Phi Delt house group sleeping room, cloudy grey skies over Meadville most days in winter, and long hitch-hikes home for holiday break to Valley Forge, down more »