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Work That Matters: Engaging the World After Knox

Preparing students for success in international service is the goal of the Peace Corps Preparatory Program, the first program of its kind in the country. Since it was established five years ago, 56 Knox students have been accepted into the program that includes coursework in international studies, education, and foreign language study, as well as a community service project or opportunity or study abroad. Jeff Wozencraft ’10 spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, an island country off the coast of West Africa, after completing the Peace Corps Preparatory Program. Read about his experience.

To mark the five-year anniversary of the program and the return of the first group of prep students from Peace Corps service, Knox will host a peacebuilding conference. Jody Olsen, the former Peace Corps acting director who was involved in the creation of Knox's Peace Corps Prep Program, will deliver the keynote address. Wozencraft and other Knox alumni who have participated in the Peace Corps, as well as students currently in the Peace Corps Preparatory Program, will also participate. Learn more about the conference and the Peace Corps Preparatory Program.

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Knox College Among Leaders in Graduates with Ph.D. Degrees

Knox College is a national leader in preparing students for graduate school and advanced degrees, according to a recent national survey based on data gathered by the National Science Foundation. The rankings place Knox in the top four percent of liberal arts colleges in the proportion of graduates who have earned doctorates in business, and in the top ten percent for graduates who have earned doctorates in mathematics, computer science and the physical sciences. "The rankings show that Knox graduates have played a major role in U.S. higher education," said Knox College President Teresa Amott. Read more about Knox’s position as a leader in U.S. higher education.

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"London Arts Alive" Blends Travel and Study

Twenty Knox students spent more than three weeks in London, England, immersed in the city's contemporary arts scene while also examining its historical, social, and political contexts.The students participated in Knox's London Arts Alive program, which combines classroom learning with international travel. They prepared for the December trip by taking a fall term course taught by creative writing professor Robin Metz. The coursework consisted of readings, films, and discussion -- all designed to allow students to start becoming acquainted with London culture while still on campus. Learn more about how the students are connecting classroom studies with experience abroad.

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Knox Choir's Next Stop: Carnegie Hall

The Knox College Choir performed at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of its 2013 tour. The Choir performed the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and other collegiate ensembles. "The concert had great energy and our audience was fantastic! The acoustics were so great, especially for the Renaissance pieces and the pieces that ring a lot," said choir member Laurel Tippe. Learn more about their performance and read the student blog about the 2013 tour.

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Knox Senior Chosen for Language Scholarship Program

Senior Shaun Kelly has been selected for the highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship Program, part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Shaun participated in Japan Term, an interdisciplinary program that integrates coursework at Knox with a two-week trip to Japan, and she studied abroad in Japan during her entire junior year. "Being able to go on Japan Term was just a really awesome experience," she said. "(It allowed me) to see a lot of different places in Japan and interact with the history and the culture and the language all at once." Learn more about Shaun’s selection for the Critical Language Scholarship Program and opportunities to study abroad at Knox.

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Colors Fly as Knox Welcomes Spring

A frenzied group of Knox College students, covered head to toe in a multitude of colors, gathered Saturday afternoon to throw powdered paint at each other in celebration of the traditional Indian festival Holi. Knox College’s Pre-Health Club organized the event not only to pay homage to the Indian tradition, but also as a charitable fundraiser for an orphanage in Migori, Kenya. Each person in attendance paid a $3 entry fee, with a turnout that exceeded expectations. “This event gives people perspective about just how diverse Knox College is,” said junior Shelly Bhanot. Learn more about the celebration and fundraiser on The Register Mail online.

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Knox Named to 2013 President's Community Service Honor Roll

For the fourth time in five years, Knox College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, in recognition of community service, service learning and civic engagement. The award highlights a number of achievements and service initiatives that involve Knox College students, who donated more than 29,000 hours of service within the community last year alone. "I am delighted to see Knox on the Honor Roll once again," said Knox College President Teresa Amott. "This year's additional honor of 'with Distinction' recognizes that Knox and Galesburg are working together even more closely to make our community stronger." Learn more about the award and how Knox students, faculty, and staff make a difference in the community.

Steel Drum Concert Features Student Compositions

Alt Text"Although I've been reading music for ten years now, I never attempted true composition until music theory," said first-year student Hannah Cloh after hearing one of her compositions featured in the annual "Calypso Chaos" steel drum concert by Knox College music students and faculty. The informal performance is held on the final day of Winter Term classes to showcase compositions by the students in Professor Jeremy Day-O'Connell's Introduction to Music Theory course. “After a challenging term, it was a reassuring achievement in the sense that I, as a student, used the tools provided to me well enough to create something,” said first-year student and Oklahoma native Linda Sanabria. Learn more about the concert and the music program at Knox.

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Recent Alumnus Listed Among Minnesota's Attorneys of the Year

Zachary Stephenson '06 recently found his name on the Minnesota Lawyer's Attorneys of the Year list after representing LGBT students in a suit against their school district. Stephenson and his colleagues helped to ensure a settlement that, according to the Minnesota Lawyer, saved everyone "the expense and headaches of a trial" while also protecting students from bullying and harassment. Stephenson is no stranger to the world of public policy. In fact, he self-designed a major in it that included creating his own off-campus experience. Learn more about Stephenson and the case that put him on the Attorneys of the Year list.

Extremely Silent and Incredibly Close

Alt TextIf you think silent films are silent, think again. They might not use dialogue, but they do have their own language, and Matt Pace '99 and Matt Frederick '05 are fluent. That's because both Pace and Frederick have been major players in The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra, an ensemble based out of St. Louis, Missouri, that composes and performs original scores to films from both the Silent Era and the more contemporary scene. "We work with Silent Era films that we find to be current, vital, and relevant to our times," said Frederick. "The pickings are in no way slim." Read more about their work and watch films complete with new The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra musical score.

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ABLE 'Fireside Chats' Bring Together Students and Faculty

In connection with Black History Month, a Knox College student club hosted "fireside chats" that brought together Knox students, faculty, and staff in an informal setting for in-depth discussions. Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality (ABLE) organized the series of talks, which featured one speaker on each Sunday in February. ABLE President Devin Compton, a junior majoring in anthropology and sociology, said the idea was to encourage students to get to know the speakers and have them available as another resource. "All in all, it's been very successful," said Devin. Read more about the speakers and what they had to share with the community.

Knox Celebrates Earth Month

Alt TextKnox College will celebrate Earth Month 2013 with a series of events in April. Activities will include workshops, lectures, community service and entertainment, culminating in the first-ever community-wide event, Galesburg Earth Day Festival. "Knox defines 'earth' to include more than environmental concerns," said Shawn Tubb, Knox College sustainability coordinator, explaining why the College has broadened the focus from "Earth Day" to a broad range of events in "Earth Month." "We understand sustainability to encompass social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic vitality," Tubb said. "There are also now more opportunities for students and the community than can fit into one day or even one week." Learn more about Earth Month and see the schedule of events.

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Just Starting Your College Search?
Are you a high school junior or sophomore just beginning to look at colleges? Visit campus this spring and experience Knox first-hand. Take a student-guided tour, interview with an admission counselor, talk with professors and coaches, even experience a class. Learn more, see open house dates, and register online.

Come See Us at a Colleges That Change Lives Fair
"There is no better college in the country for developing a young mind and character."

That's what Loren Pope, former education editor of The New York Times, says about Knox in his book Colleges That Change Lives. The 40 colleges featured in the book are traveling to 20 cities coast-to-coast between May and September. Attend a program in your area to talk with representatives of Knox and other Colleges That Changes Lives.

May Tour Dates Time Venue City
Sunday, May 19 1 - 3 p.m. Marriott Bethesda North Bethesda, MD
Monday, May 20 7 - 9 p.m. Ocean Place Resort and Spa Long Branch, NJ
Tuesday, May 21 7 - 9 p.m. New York's Hotel Pennsylvania New York, NY
Wednesday, May 22 7 - 9 p.m. The Westin Copley Place Boston, MA

For more information and to find a Colleges That Change Lives program in your area, visit the following link.

Colleges That Change Lives Event Map

Michael Belitz
"During my study abroad experience, I learned about myself, the environment, and how to become a better scientist."

My name is Michael Belitz, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

April - May

Visit Knox This Spring

July 26

Summer Open House

August 9

Summer Open House

Fast Fact

29,000 - The number of hours donated by students for community service efforts during the last academic year.
29,000 The number of hours donated by students for community service efforts during the last academic year.

Knox Links

Knox College Office of Admission
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
309-341-7100 Phone
800-678-KNOX Toll-free
www.knox.edu