Welcome to Galesburg
When you arrive on campus, you won’t just be joining the Knox community. You’ll also become a part of the greater Galesburg community. In fact, because Knox and Galesburg were established at the same time by the same people, it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.
In the coming months, you'll undoubtedly visit some of the community’s many restaurants, shops, and coffeehouses close to campus. We encourage you to enjoy the thriving arts scene within easy walking distance of campus, including the Orpheum Theatre, where the Knox-Galesburg Symphony performs, and the Galesburg Civic Art Center. We also encourage you to support any need you have for a spiritual component in your life through one of the many local centers of worship. You will have multiple opportunities to explore Galesburg during Orientation week. Learn more about Galesburg.
There are many opportunities to work at jobs or internships in town and many students are active in community life as volunteers, pitching in at local organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, Prairieland Animal Welfare Shelter, and at several assisted living centers, churches, and schools. Learn more about volunteer opportunities in the community.
Sustainability at Knox
At Knox, we recognize that our actions have the potential for positive change, both at the local and global level, and we promote the integration of sustainability into all aspects of our curriculum, operations, planning, and community outreach. Learn more about sustainability at Knox. Here are just a few sustainability initiatives you may want to know about before you arrive on campus:
Knox has a RideShare discussion forum to encourage rides and carpooling both around town and for longer trips. Ride sharing can save you money while reducing carbon emissions. To encourage students to leave their cars at home, Knox will offer a U-Haul Car Share beginning this fall, which will provide car sharing on campus for the Knox community. Watch for more details about this new program soon.
Recycling and Reuse
Knox has had a recycling program since 1993 and we encourage everyone on campus to recycle. Learn more about recycling at Knox. You can help reduce waste during move-in by recycling your cardboard boxes and other items. Our goal is to recycle 100% of the cardboard boxes brought to campus during move-in.
Have items you no longer need? Looking for something for your room? Consider donating or "shopping" at the Free Store, an on-campus reuse shop. Located in the basement of Conger-Neal Residence Hall, the Free Store will be open expanded hours during New Student Orientation.
Bikes on Campus
Bicycles are welcome at Knox. Register your bike with Campus Safety at the Bike-In Movie on Wednesday, September 11, at 8:00 p.m. on the South Lawn of Old Main, where we will watch The Hunger Games under the stars. Free organic popcorn and refreshments will be served and if you register your bike, you get a prize!
Is your bike making strange noises? Need some air in your tire? Student mechanics in the on-campus Bike Shop provide free guidance on bike repair and safety to all students. The Bike Shop is located in the lower level of Old Jail and is open several days a week.
Don't have a bike? Knox has a Bike Share program that allows students to check out a bicycle, at no cost, for a day or for an entire term. Long-term bicycles can be checked out by visiting the Bike Shop, while short-term loans are made from the Taylor Student Lounge equipment desk. Learn more about the Bike Shop and Bike Share.
Have questions about sustainability at Knox or want to help with move-in recycling or other initiatives? Contact Shawn Tubb, director of sustainability initiatives at Knox. To stay updated on events and other news, like Sustainability at Knox on Facebook.
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