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2013 Session Details

Fall Institute

Workshop Descriptions
2nd Period: 9:20 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
3rd Period: 10:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
4th Period: 12:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
5th Period: 1:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
6th Period: 2:40 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

2nd Period: 9:20 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

After Knox: Post-Graduation Options for International Students
Presenters: Rebecca Eckart, assistant director of International Student Services, and Josh Ferchau, director of International Student Services and Admissions.
Presenters will talk about options for F-1 visa holders after they graduate. Options include: pursuing a graduate degree; using Optional Practical Training (OPT) to remain in the U.S. to work in a field related to one's field of study; or returning home.

Location and Time: George Davis Hall (GDH) 105, 2nd Period

Preparing for Medical School (First-year and Sophomore students)
Presenters: Professor Judy Thorn and Associate Dean of the College, Lori Schroeder
Get started on the right track in your academic preparation for medical school. You will also learn about the early admission program at George Washington University.
Location and Time: Wilson House, 2nd Period

Field Studies in Tanzania
Presenters: Professors Jennifer Templeton and James Mountjoy
The ACM Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins program offers adaptable students the exciting opportunity to conduct field work in some of the world's greatest paleoanthropological and ecological sites, and to immerse themselves in Tanzanian language and culture. This program is best suited for students with an interest in Animal Behavior, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Medical Anthropology, and Archaeology.
Location and Time: Room A-107, Science-Mathematics Center (SMC), 2nd Period

Computer Science Opportunities
Presenters: Professors David Bunde, John Dooley, and Jaime Spacco
What does it take to be a Computer Science major? What sort of future can you expect with a CS degree? Learn more about the field from our experts.
Location and Time: Room A-219, SMC, 2nd Period

Learning About Engagement at Knox College
Presenter: Kathleen Ridlon, assistant professor of dance and the coordinator of the Center for Community Service
Participants will explore Community Service, Service Learning, and hear about examples of learning outside the classroom, such as experiences of KnoxCorps members.
Location and Time: Common Room, Old Main, 2nd Period

Social Events and Responsibilities: The "Ins and Outs"
Presenters: Laura Schnack, associate dean of students and Kathleen Drake, assistant director of Campus Life
Do you have questions on the Social Event Registration Process? Like When, How and Why? Does your
organization plan on hosing an event this year? If so - this session is for you!
Location and Time: Alumni Room, Old Main (OM), 2nd Period  

3rd Period: 10:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

Experiential Learning: What is it?
Student panel moderated by Professor Jonathan Powers
What is EL? What are you supposed to do? What have other students done? With the right planning, experiential learning can be a valuable part of your Knox education.
Location and Time: GDH 105, 3rd Period

The Medical School Application Process for Juniors & Seniors
Presenter: Professor Judy Thorn
Find out more about the MCAT, AMCAS, and the medical school application process.
Location and Time: Wilson House, 3rd Period

Research and Experiential Learning Opportunities through the Vovis Center
Presenter: Mariangela Maguire, Interim Director of the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center
This session offers an overview of programs and services provided by the Vovis Center for Advanced Study. The first half of the session will address applying for Richter funding to support independent research, scholarship, creative work, and experiential learning opportunities, the Ford Program application process, and presenting your work at Horizons. The second part of the session will focus on nationally competitive graduate fellowships and scholarships such as Fulbright, Rhodes, National Science Foundation, and Marshall.
Location and Time: Alumni Room, Old Main, 3rd Period

Off Campus Study: How? Where? Why?
Presenter: Professor Robin Ragan, Director of the Center for Global Studies
Are you hoping to study off-campus? Without the proper planning and timing, you could find yourself staying back in Galesburg. This workshop explores the many off-campus opportunities available to Knox students.
Location and Time: Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA), 3rd Period

MANDATORY Meeting for Ed Studies Majors and Winter '12, Fall '12 and Winter '13 Student Teachers
Presenters: Diana Beck, Joel Estes, and Stephen Schroth
REQUIRED SESSION for anyone majoring in Educational Studies or who plans to student teach in Fall Term 2014 or Winter Term 2015. Students who are currently student teaching this Fall Term 2013 need not attend.
Location and Time: GDH 203, 3rd Period

4th Period: 12:00 p.m.-1:10 p.m.

Biochemistry Pathways
Presented by Professor Janet Kirkley
A major or minor in biochemistry can open many doors. Learn more about the academic program and where your studies in biochemistry might lead you. Topics include graduate and professional school options as well as career paths.
Location and Time: SMC A-112, 4th Period

Writing Compelling Personal Statements
Presented by Paul Marasa, TRIO Achievement Program Writing Coordinator
Personal Statements can be the key to your admission to a graduate program and bear more weight on admission decisions than you might think. Learn what you need to know to make your statement compelling and effective.
Location and Time: SMC E-117, 4th Period

Making the Leap-The Journey of a Peace Corps Volunteer
Presenters: Rok Teasley, Peace Corps Volunteer & Recruiter, and Professor Robin Ragan, Director of the Center for Global Studies and Coordinator for the Peace Corps Prep Program
Join Peace Corps recruiter, Rok Teasley, as he shares his stories and experiences in the Peace Corps as well as the journey that led him to volunteer (AmeriCorps, international travel, adventure guide and living in the forest for a few years). This will be a full journey with Rok, and you will know how and why the Peace Corps challenged and changed his life. Also hear from the Knox College Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator, Professor Robin Ragan, to learn more about the program at Knox; one of the only colleges with a Peace Corps Prep Program. Learn about what the program is, benefits which come from international volunteer service, and advantages to this program. Bring your sense of adventure to this session to hear many stories which will conclude with a Q&A where you can find out how to make the leap yourself!
Location and Time: GDH 105, 4th Period

Study, Internship, and Research Opportunities in Germany
Presented by Professor Todd Heidt
This session will introduce students to opportunities at our exchange partner, the University of Flensburg. At the U of Flensberg, Knox students have taken coursework in areas as diverse as German culture, philosphy, Environmental Studies, and Textile and Fashion Design. We will also discuss study abroad opportunities in Berlin with IES. Feel free to come and request information on Fulbright awards to Germany and Austria, research and internships in Germany, and more.
Location and Time: GDH 104, 4th Period

5th Period: 1:20-2:30 p.m.

Off-Campus Application Workshop (MANDATORY for students planning to study off-campus next year)
Presented by Professor Mike Schneider, Director of the Center for Global Studies and Sunshine Regiacorte, Coordinator of the Center for Global Studies
All students planning to participate in a Knox approved or student initiated off-campus study program during the 2012-2013 academic year MUST ATTEND this workshop. We'll explain the application procedures and answer your questions. This workshop is NOT required for students participating in one of the Knox programs in Barcelona, Besançon, or Buenos Aires.
Location and Time: Kresge, CFA, 5th Period

The Kemper Scholars Program (First-year students)
Presented by Professors John A. Spittell and current Kemper Scholars
The Kemper Scholars Program prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business. The Foundation believes that undergraduate study of the liberal arts offers the best preparation for life and career; thus the program aims to promote education in the liberal arts while providing opportunities for career exploration, practical experience, and professional growth. Kemper Scholars receive significant financial assistance, summer project and internship assistance, and mentoring. Only 15 colleges and universities are invited participants in this program. Each year Kemper awards a Scholarship to one student from each participating institution. Applications are only available to first-year students.
Location and Time: Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union, 5th Period

Writing Compelling Personal Statements
Presenter: Paul Marasa, TRiO Achievement Program Writing Coordinator
Personal statements can be the key to your admission to a graduate program and bear more weight on admissiondecisions than you might think. Learn what you need to know to make your statement compelling and effective.
Location and Time: Room E-117, 5th Period

Intergroup Dialogue at Knox!
Presenter: Tianna Cervantez, director of Multicultural Advisement
A new program is being introduced at Knox for students, faculty and staff interested in increasing his/her awareness, knowledge, and skills around issues of social justice, power, privilege, social identity and oppression. Come learn what Intergroup Dialogue is and how you can be a part of the program as a participant or peer facilitator.
Location and Time: Common Room, Old Main, 5th Period

6th Period: 2:40-3:50 p.m.

Interested in Teaching?
Presented by Professors Kelton Williams and Jason Helfer
This meeting is for those interested in teaching, but not yet a declared major.
Location and Time: Room 203, George Davis Hall, 3rd Period

Undecided Majors Workshop - Mortar Board Info Session
Presenters: The Adelphi-Gnothautii Chapter of Mortar Board
Come learn more about the variety of majors and minors Knox has to offer. Upperclassmen from all departments will be there to answer any questions.
Location and Time: Wilson House, 6th Period

Barcelona and Buenos Aires Programs
Presenters: Professor Fernando Gomez and Antonio Prado
During this informational meeting, you will learn all about the Knox programs in Barcelona and Buenos Aires.
Location and Time: GDH 303, 6th Period

The Besançon Program
Presenters: Professors Jessie Dixon, Schahrazede Longou, and Bruce Davis
Want to use and improve your French skills? This informational session will give you all the details you need to know about the Besancon program.
Location and Time: GDH 304, 6th Period

A Career Path in Art and Art History: What To Do After Knox
Presented by Professors Greg Gilbert, Lynette Lombard, and Tim Stedman
Have an interest in studio art or art history? Wondering where it might lead you? Faculty from the Art and Art History Department will answer your questions at this workshop with an emphasis on applying to graduate schools, museum internship opportunities, and summer art programs.
Location and Time: Room 208, CFA, 6th Period

 4:00 p.m. Q&A: Post-Knox Options for English Majors
Hosted by the Knox College English Department
Have you been wanting to ask your English faculty about life after Knox for the English major? Grad school in literature, writing, publishing, and other topics are welcome at this open and very informal question-and-answer session. Both practical and philosophical advice available!
Location and Time: Common Room, Old Main, 4 p.m.  


Interested in Graduate School?
Lincoln Room, Seymour Union
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Career Center is hosting its annual Graduate & Professional School Fair on Wednesday, October 24. Representatives from over 55 graduate programs will be in the Lincoln Room in Seymour from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to talk with students interested in learning more about admissions into their programs their institutions offers, and information about the application process and the typical candidate that applies to their program. Feel free to come by the Lincoln Room to chat about your graduate school options.