New Knox Students Will Explore Galesburg Community

Orientation activities include community service, bike tour, Pumphandle

September 03, 2013

One Community new student orientation

Knox College's newest students will start getting acquainted with Galesburg as part of the 2013 new student orientation, known as One Community. Activities will include a bicycle tour of Galesburg, a visit to historical landmarks, and community service.

The One Community orientation, designed for all Knox College first-year and transfer students, begins Saturday, September 7, and serves as a welcome to campus and an introduction to the larger Knox community. (Photo above: Knox students volunteer at the Orpheum Theatre as part of the 2012 orientation.)

Through the five-day orientation, new Knox students will get to know classmates, faculty, and staff; learn how to navigate the campus; understand how learning happens at Knox; and explore Galesburg.

One Community brings together Knox students from around the nation and the world -- students who come from varying cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds and who will unite as one community living and learning in the heart of the Illinois prairie.

One Community activities will include:

  • Engage Galesburg, a community service opportunity for Knox students to volunteer with one of several community partners.
  • Various tours of Galesburg, such as a bicycle tour, a local food tour, an arts and culture tour, and a historical landmarks tour.
  • The traditional Pumphandle event, in which all members of the Knox community greet and shake hands with one another while forming a giant, twisting line of people across campus. Pumphandle will be followed by the One Community Picnic.
  • Opening Convocation, a ceremony that marks the official start of the 2013-14 academic year.