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REACH Fellows Teach College for Kids at Knox

REACH Fellowships Encourage Future Teachers

Sixteen Knox College students were awarded REACH Fellowships this summer to teach and assist this summer in Knox's College for Kids. Knox created the REACH program -- "Recruiting and Enlightening through Access to and Communication with High-need schools" -- with the goal to encourage more first-generation students of color, especially men, to become elementary school teachers, as well as role models in the community.

"One of our goals is to help our education students work with diverse learners," said Stephen Schroth, professor of educational studies and co-director of Knox College for Kids. "It's imperative that we have teachers who are able to relate to all students."

Learn more about the REACH Fellows and how the program benefitted them and the students they worked with.

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Are You Knox?

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Knox Ranked by Fiske, Forbes, and The Princeton Review

Knox College has been selected as one of the best undergraduate institutions in the country in newly released editions of Forbes magazine, Fiske College Guide, and The Princeton Review. Forbes places Knox 79th on the overall list of best colleges and universities and 13th in "Best Midwest Colleges" in their magazine, America's Best Colleges. Praising the college as a school where "academics are the priority and students are encouraged to be individuals," the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Knox as one of the top 300 colleges, chosen from more than 2,200 four-year institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada. With a "warm and supportive academic community," the Fiske Guide says, Knox offers students a "close-knit atmosphere [that] helps them form strong connections." In Princeton Review's edition of The Best 376 Colleges, Knox is ranked as one of the country's best undergraduate institutions, with its theatre program ranked 12th in the nation, and its student-operated radio station ranked 6th. Learn more about what Forbes, The Princeton Review, Fiske, and other experts say about Knox.

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New Media Internship Goes to Streets of Kurdistan

From Chicago to Toronto to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, a journalism internship this summer engaged sophomore Stephen Danilovich in both real and virtual connections worldwide. Stephen worked as an intern at Rudaw, an English-language newspaper in the capital of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, Erbil. The highlight of the internship, Stephen said, was a series of on-the-street interviews. "I went to the marketplace in the center of Erbil with my translator and talked with about a dozen people to get their opinions on the withdrawal of U.S. troops [from Iraq]. I got a great taste of the local culture in Iraqi Kurdistan." Learn more about Stephen's experiences as a journalist in Iraq.

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Students Launch New Theology Journal

Knox College students have launched a new publication that encourages religious dialogue and represents what its editors describe as "a continuation of our desire to learn from, and grow with, one another." The inaugural issue of Fusion: Knox College Theology Journal focused on the theme of "demystification" with writers choosing articles that "attempted to deconstruct some of the more common misconceptions surrounding the faiths they adhered to or represented," said co-editor junior Kyle Cruz, from Phnom-Penh, Cambodia. The issue's articles include "Fear of the Veil: Suppression of Muslim Women in France," "Karma in Hinduism," and "Mary in Catholic Theology." Learn more about Knox's newest student publication, and read Fusion: Knox College Theology Journal online.

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Knox Professors Earn Research Recognition by MENSA

Educational studies professors Jason Helfer and Steven Schroth earned a 2010-2011 MENSA Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research for their work, "Practitioners' Conceptions of Academic Talent and Giftedness: Essential Factors in Deciding Classroom and School Composition." For their research, published in the Journal of Advanced Academics, Helfer and Schroth asked 900 public school educators to define "academic talent" and "giftedness." "Educators agree on all the popular conceptions of academic talent and giftedness, in areas such as intellectual and analytical abilities, but they were less likely to support definitions involving talents in the arts and other less-traditional areas," Helfer said. Read more about Professor Helfer and Schroth's MENSA recognition and educational studies at Knox.

Honors Project Researches Books by Presidential Hopefuls

Alt TextAfter working part-time at a bookstore in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Helen Schnoes '11 wondered why books by politicians regularly occupied a large amount of display space. "They've become a prominent aspect of American politics," she said about the books. "And because who is president and how someone becomes president have a fundamental effect on our politics and society, we need to understand how these books work to understand how our politics work," Helen, a creative writing and political science double major, says. Her examination of more than 30 books, written by Republican and Democratic candidates and published during the 2000, 2004 and 2008 presidential election seasons culminated in a 175-page long manuscript Honors project, completed during her senior year at Knox, "'To Never Allow Others to Define Me': Why Presidential Hopefuls Publish Books." Learn more about what Helen discovered during her Honors research.

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Knox Professor Receives Poetry Fellowship

Magali Roy-Fequiere, professor of Gender and Women's Studies, was awarded a 2011 Cave Canem poetry fellowship, which began with a weeklong writing retreat at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Pennsylvania. "What Cave Canem was for me was excitement -- a deep love of the craft. Everybody was there thinking about how to make their words more powerful," she says. Roy-Fequiere said that writing poetry has made her "more experimental" as a teacher at Knox. For example, for an assignment in her Gender and Literature course, she offered students a choice between writing an analytical paper or a short story. Many of them opted for the short story, and she was impressed with the results. "I was elated and humbled to see how hard they worked to create those ‘other worlds' in their short stories." Read more about Roy-Fequiere's experience and how it is helping to shape her teaching methods.

2001 Knox Alumna Directs Production of Othello

Alt TextStephanie Roosa '01 was chosen to direct Shakespeare's Othello for the 15th annual Shakespeare at the Bowl in Rochester, New York. Roosa loves Othello and saw the play years ago at England's historic Globe Theatre while on her honeymoon. While majoring in theatre, Roosa participated in production of War and Peace during 2001 Repertory Theatre Term, a unique program combining academic study in theatre with the business vital to operating a professional repertory theatre company. Read more about Roosa's production of Othello.

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Meet Knox "On the Road"

Admission counselors are traveling the country and the world this fall to talk with future students. We are meeting with students at high schools, college fairs, and workshops -- and counselors are offering admission interviews in more than 50 cities around the world. Meet with us when we are in your area. Event dates are available at www.knox.edu/knoxontheroad.

Visit Campus!

Visit campus this fall to experience Knox first-hand. Tour the campus, interview with an admission counselor, talk with professors and coaches, even observe a class. Attend a Fall Open House on October 10 or November 11 -- or schedule your visit on a date most convenient for you at www.knox.edu/visit.

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"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 travel the country to meet directly with students and families interested in their school. Attend an upcoming program in St. Paul, Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, or Albuquerque. For more details and locations, and to learn more about Colleges That Change Lives, visit www.ctcl.org.

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Important Dates

October 10

Fall Open House

November 1

Early Action I Application Deadline

November 11

Fall Open House

Fast Fact

16: The percentage of international students in the incoming class this fall
16 The percentage of international students in this fall's incoming class.

Knox Links

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