First! Fine Start to Spring

Burners hit prairie, sticks hit drums, students hit their favorite books in first week of term

April 01, 2014

One day mild, next day cold. The first rule for the start of spring term at Knox College: You have to stop worrying about the weather. Except for the students and faculty running the prairie burn at Green Oaks, who checked temperature, humidity, and especially wind.

Prairie Burn at Green Oaks

Too early for trees and flowers, it's the perfect time for the annual prairie burn at Green Oaks, a pioneering ecological restoration project to suppress invasive plants and promote growth of native species. For video  and photo coverage of this year's burn on March 29, and see the full set at the Knox College Flickr channel.


Educational Studies Class
In one of the first meetings of the educational studies course Elementary Reading Methods, students brought to class, talked about, and read to each other from their favorite childhood books. Eighteen more photos from the class are in a set at the Knox Flickr channel.


Student on skateboard
Student skateboards toward Seymour Union. Lunch-hour weather: air temp 40 F (5C), wind speed 20 mph. If spring isn't here, it's near.


Dance Class
Students engaged in movement exercises, discussion, and improvisation work -- all on day one of the spring term course Dance Composition. Twenty more photos from the first day of this class are in a set at the Knox College Flickr channel.


Music Class
Sarah Day-O'Connell, associate professor of music, leads students in a taiko drum session in her Intro to Music course. Five-gallon plastic buckets are more than an inexpensive replacement; they're often used in informal performances. See more from this class in a set at the Knox College Flickr channel and watch the class in action on YouTube - Introduction to Music.


Track Team Volunteers Track Team Volunteers Track Team Volunteers 

Prairie Fire track and field athletes and coaches spent one of their first days of spring season volunteering at a Galesburg High School track meet, held in Knox's T. Fleming Fieldhouse because of construction at GHS.