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With Knowledge Comes Responsibility

Academic Knox

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Maybe you didn't know it, but a liberal arts education was historically associated in Europe with society's elites -- those wealthy folks who didn't worry about work and money and had the time to contemplate the nature of humankind! But from early on in the United States, much of liberal arts education has combined a respect for knowledge for-its-own sake with a concern for the betterment of society by preparing graduates for useful responsibilities in building a democracy. Certainly this is true in Knox's heritage, having been founded in the 19th century by a group of religiously-inspired idealists who wanted to educate young men and women to become the ministers, missionaries, doctors, lawyers, business leaders and educators needed in the expanding U.S. society.

Today, you'll discover many opportunities to become engaged not only as part of the Knox community but also as part of the Galesburg local community.

You'll encounter the tradition of "engagement" in many ways at Knox both inside and outside the classroom. You'll hear faculty members discuss the implications of their subject matter for questions of social justice. You also hear faculty members "profess" -- that is, argue in favor of particular policies and practices that they believe are best for our society and for the world. (And of course, you should argue "back"!) And if you ask, you'll find that many faculty and staff are involved in a wide range of community activities.

What do Knox students do:
  • They join campus clubs and organizations that focus on service, such as Habitat for Humanity, APO, the groups that comprise the Human Rights Center, and Odyssey.
  • They volunteer in local political campaigns.
  • They volunteer in Galesburg with organizations such as United Way, Teen Court, Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
  • They get involved with a religious community.
  • They volunteer at St. Mary's or Bridgeway (psychological services).
  • They volunteer at the Humane Society, or the Initiative for Girls, or Safe Harbor.

Most of you did some sort of community service work in high school, and we hope you will continue that practice here. Many student organizations do public service work and provide support for local agencies and social service organizations. The College's Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service provides a central location for information and placements for community volunteer work. In the meantime, watch the bulletin boards or inquire at the Student Activities Office to find out about opportunities.

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