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New Taylor Student Lounge Opens

New Taylor Student Lounge Opens [VIDEO]

On March 25, the newly renovated student lounge and game room officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house celebration. The Taylor Student Lounge and Game Room, named in honor of retiring President Roger Taylor, consists of general lounge spaces with tables, TVs, a stage and sound system, a dance floor; a game room with pool tables, ping pong, and foosball; and a kitchen/vending area. Plenty of chairs, windows, and seating areas are intended to make the lounge a pleasant space to relax or study in. Student input was sought to ensure that the furnishings, games, and equipment would be ones students would enjoy. Read more about the Taylor Student Lounge, and see pictures and video from the opening celebration.

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Majora Carter to Speak at Knox Commencement

Eco-entrepreneur to Speak at Knox Commencement

Majora Carter, a nationally known eco-entrepreneur and MacArthur "genius" Fellow, will deliver the Commencement address at Knox College on June 4. As is custom at Knox, Carter was nominated by the graduating class. "Majora Carter was a clear favorite," said Tomi Olotu, treasurer of the senior class. "She is a pioneer in helping us understand how environmentally sustainable activity, economic development, neighborhood development, and even our own health are all interconnected. I'm looking forward to hearing her speak." Read more about Majora Carter and past Knox commencement speakers.

Chelsea De Jong Works with Professor to Study Email Interpretation


Upcoming Student-Professor Publication Examines Interpretation of Email

Billions of e-mails are sent around the world every day. How people interpret those messages is the topic of a soon-to-be-published study in Social Psychology and Personality Science by Chelsea De Jonge and psychology professor Frank McAndrew. In the study, participants read e-mails that were nearly identical. They differed only in a few subtle ways. Participants were then asked questions about their perceptions of each e-mail's author. For example: Did the sender seem happy, angry, or apathetic? Was the sender a subordinate of the receiver or a supervisor? Chelsea hopes to take this research forward to study the implications their findings might have in the workplace and world beyond. "I would love to explore it more," she says. Learn more about the project and Knox’s psychology program.

Students Create "Media Before Print" Exhibit

Students Create Exhibit on "Media Before Print"

In a world accustomed to electronic communication, students and faculty in Knox’s art history program are exploring historical media innovations going back hundreds and even thousands of years. The new exhibit, “Media Revolutions in the Age Before Print,” features rare objects, books, and manuscripts, all selected from Knox’s Special Collections. Nine students and art professor Sherry Lindquist researched forms of written communication that preceded the invention of the printing press in Europe. “This is the most interesting research I’ve ever done," senior art history major Kelly Eigenberger said. “Other projects that I’ve done don’t begin to compare with this one.” Learn more about the student’s research and Knox’s art history program.

Jenny Haskell Leaves Her Mark

Jenny of All Trades Leaves Her Mark

At the Division III level of NCAA sports, four-year careers are the norm. Senior Jenny Haskell has not had a normal career. Unhappy with her playing time at her first educational institution, Jenny decided to transfer to Knox. “Knox was somewhere that I knew academically I wanted to go,” she said. “I was excited to be part of a program [in which] I could make a difference.” In her senior season, Jenny had to do more than just play. She was the lone senior on a team that had graduated four seniors the year before. She stepped up to the challenge, leading the team in scoring, steals, blocks, assists, and was second in rebounding. Read the full story in The Knox Student online.

Edel Vaca Wrestles His Way to History

Wrestler Edel Vaca Ends Historic Career

Edel Vaca came up short in his final match at the Great Lakes Regional Tournament. But he wrapped up his sensational wrestling career with the second most all-time wins in school history, three straight winning seasons, and two undefeated Chuck Porter Duals in 2010 and 2011. A senior from Chicago, Edel came to Knox for a number of reasons, including a chance to wrestle and a desire for a challenge -- to leave his comfort zone and try something new in a very diverse place. Though he ends his college wrestling career with a loss, it doesn't eclipse the outstanding success Edel had on the mat during his four years at Knox. Read more about Edel’s achievements and Prairie Fire wrestling.

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Making a Difference in the Sudan [VIDEO]

 “On August 17th, 2005, I left for Sudan with the intention of making a documentary about the construction of a children’s home. Things didn’t go as planned,” explains Ross Kelly, Knox class of '03. The summer before Ross was to enter graduate school, he decided to defer his acceptance one year and travel to Africa. His plan was to make a documentary on the construction of a children’s home in Sudan, but he ended up doing much more. Kelly ultimately became the co-director of the Cornerstone Children’s Home, a safe haven for 60 children who had been orphaned, abandoned, or neglected in Nimule, Sudan. Five years later, after watching the children move into their newly constructed shelter in October of 2010, Kelly finally returned to the United States, with plans to enter theology school. Read about how Kelly’s time at Knox influenced him -- and watch a video in which he reflects on his life-changing experience.

Athletes Make Impact with Reading Buddies

Alt TextEvery few weeks, student-athletes from the 21 Prairie Fire athletic teams go to Hedding Grade School in Abingdon, Illinois, to read books with the young students. Knox athletes spend about 90 minutes reading to the class during each visit. "The best was when I went into a classroom for the second time and as I walked in the room they all screamed, ‘You're back!' They really look up to us and it's a great feeling just to know that we are being good role models for these kids that some of them might not necessarily have," said junior softball player Bri Collishaw. Read more about how Prairie Fire athletes are influencing these young students.

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Unearthing Humanoid Origins

Gargoyle wings, elf ears, and a mermaid tail fin are just a few of the anatomical features studied by students in Associate Professor of Biology Judy Thorn’s developmental biology class. These so-called humanoids offer a creative way for students to apply their knowledge of basic developmental biology. Read more about the class in Society for Developmental Biology News.

Reflecting on Green Oaks [VIDEO]

Alt TextWilliam Reiner is one of the nation's more prominent ecologists, conducting research on the nature of ecosystems and their response to disturbance and change. He’s also a graduate of Knox College, where, as a student, he was one of the early researchers at the college’s Green Oaks Biological Field Station. “Knox faculty and days spent at Green Oaks influenced me to pursue the then small field of ecology,” says Reiner. “I view my Knox experience in terms of how three elements – friends, environment, and faculty – influenced an intellectually naïve, politically parochial, and experientially limited suburban bumpkin.” His advice: “Prepare yourself to adapt to wrenching change while maintaining fundamental values and faith in the dream of fulfilling lives for everyone on a beautiful, viable planet.” Read more about Reiner’s experiences--and view video about how Knox and Green Oaks changed his life.

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Meet Your Class: Attend Admitted Student Days

Now that you’ve been admitted to Knox, we invite you to experience life as a Knox student. Attend classes, meet with professors and coaches, eat with students in the cafeteria, and meet your class. You can enjoy a music, theatre, or dance performance, or cheer on the Prairie Fire at an athletic event. This is your opportunity to experience Knox! Click here to register for Admitted Student Days on April 8 or April 15.


It's Time to Decide


By now, you have received all of your offers of admission, scholarships, and financial aid. You have visited your top colleges, talked with students and professors, and have a lot of information to consider as you make your college decision. So, are you Knox? Now is the time to secure your place in the fall class. Submit your $300 enrollment deposit no later than May 1.


Join the Knox Class of 2015 Facebook Page


As you make your college decision, we invite you to interact with your classmates online. Introduce yourself, connect and share stories with your future classmates and friends, take part in discussions, and ask questions. Join the conversation on Facebook!

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Important Dates

April 8

Admitted Student Days

April 15

Admitted Student Days

May 1

Enrollment Deposit Deadline for First-Year Students

Fast Fact

9,240: The number of gallons of water saved since retiring plastic trays in the Hard Knox Cafe in 2008.
9,240 The number of gallons of water saved since retiring plastic trays in the Hard Knox Cafe in 2008. Learn more about sustainability at Knox.

Knox Links

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