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Japan Term Creates 'Global Citizens'

Japan Term Creates 'Global Citizens'

After spending months studying Japanese history, philosophy, and language, 14 students are embarking on a two-week trip to Tokyo, Hiroshima, and other cities as part of Knox’s Japan Term. Japan Term is an interdisciplinary program that helps students develop skills they will need as global citizens in the twenty-first century. Students will work on small-group projects that match their areas of interest, as well as practice their language skills by interacting with people who live in Japan. "I've been learning about the [Japanese] language and the culture for a long time," said junior neuroscience major Melissa Sher. "It'll be really great to see it in practice."

Learn more about Japan Term and Knox's Asian studies program

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Medea Performance Addresses Issues of Violence

A blood-covered Medea, played by junior Nellie Ognacevic, having killed her own children, closes the door on her actions in the face of marital betrayal. Medea, a new translation by Robin Robertson, was directed by professor Jeff Grace, who brought Medea into a contemporary setting. The modern staging of the Greek classic was meant to contribute to the "ongoing conversation about the ramifications of violence toward women and its effects on the most vulnerable in society," according to theatre professor Liz Carlin Metz. Ultimately, according to professor Metz, theatre at Knox aims to "examine what it means to be human and how we negotiate that experience in nature and societies." Read more about the production, Knox’s theatre department, and watch video of the student actors describing their experience with the production.


Hemingway is Focus of Unique Course

A free, public exhibit of photographs, "Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time," is on display in the Ford Center for the Fine Arts at Knox College. The exhibit holds special significance to the college, as Knox is home to two collections that feature Hemingway, including first edition works. The more than 70 historic photographs of author Ernest Hemingway has toured nationally. It was organized by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with The Ernest Hemingway Foundation. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Fall 2010 Knox College course "Ernest Hemingway's Cuba and Key West," taught by English professor Robin Metz. Students in the course have already visited several important Hemingway sites, among them the Hemingway birthplace in Oak Park, Illinois, and his summer home in Michigan. During December students in the course will visit additional sites including Key West, Florida, and other locations in the Caribbean. Learn more about the exhibit and Knox’s English and creative writing programs.

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Zach Ricketts

Senior Gets His Shot at the Big Leagues

Senior Zach Ricketts, a football and baseball player majoring in environmental studies, will be going to Boston for a paid internship with the Red Sox after he earns his degree from Knox College in June. Zach has always enjoyed maintaining baseball diamonds and has taken care of Blodgett Field ,home of the Prairie Fire baseball team, year-round since he enrolled at Knox College.  He believes his experiences at Knox–in the classroom and outside working on the baseball diamond–will prepare him well for what’s ahead. "It'll be pretty much all everyday duties that you do during the season," said Zach. "It's a full-time groundskeeping internship." Learn more about Zach's internship and Knox's environmental studies program.

Internship Provides Inside Look at Running a Hospital

Alt TextJunior Abby Owens wants a career in hospital administration and says her internship OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg gave her a chance to learn "what it takes to run a hospital." She started off her internship by shadowing managers from different hospital departments, such as human resources, marketing, and emergency care. Later, she tackled projects dealing with patient safety and patient care. "It was a great experience. There's always something going on," said the economics major. "I knew I wanted to do something in health care, and the business side really intrigued me," she said. "It was interesting to see how everything comes together." Learn about the other opportunities Abby had during her internship as well as Knox’s economics and business administration programs.

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2010 Graduate Receives International Research Award

Ana Lucia Marquez ’10 was recently awarded one of two Undergraduate Research Awards from the Forum on Education Abroad for her research abroad in Denmark (Spring ’09) and Mexico City (Summer ’09) with female refugee populations. Her field research eventually became her honors project, “Integration, Gender and Complexity; A study of refugee women in Denmark and Mexico.” She will be presenting her research at the annual Forum conference in April 2011 in Boston, MA. Learn more about Ana's award and her research.

Watoto Childrens Choir Performs at Knox

Alt TextWith joyous singing, dancing and drumming, the Watoto Children's Choir from Uganda delivered a clear message to a packed house at Knox College: "Life Is Good." The young choir members, who range in age from 6 to 14, wore colorful African clothing as they poured their energy into the crowd-pleasing show. The event was organized by Knox’s Harambee club as a fund raiser for the Watoto care program. Harambee, which stands for “unity” or “working together”, exists to promote African identity and to educate people about the many countries of which Africa is composed. "I'm very impressed," said Harambee club president Celestina Agyekum, "The adults do a really good job of bringing them together and teaching them the songs." Read more about the performance and Knox’s Harambee club.

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Regular Decision candidates should submit all portions of their applications for admission by February 1. Candidates will receive admission and scholarship decisions by March 31. Visit the Knox Web site for complete instructions and to apply online at www.knox.edu/apply.

Apply for Financial Aid by February 15

If you've followed your passions and worked hard in high school, you should be rewarded in college. Knox offers a variety of scholarships that recognize your talents and achievements.

Academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of your application for admission, including the difficulty of your courses, grades, recommendations, personal qualities, special talents, and other achievements. Scholarships are also offered in recognition of your standing in the National Merit, National Hispanic, and National Achievement Scholar programs.

Scholarships in writing and the visual and performing arts are available to majors and non-majors alike and are based on an audition or review of your portfolio. Social Concerns Scholarships, which recognize participation and leadership in social action and service to your community, are also available. For a complete list of scholarships and guidelines for preparing auditions, portfolios, and other scholarship submissions, visit www.knox.edu/scholarships.

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Important Dates

January 17 (Martin Luther King Day)

Winter Open House

February 1

Regular Decision Application Deadline

February 15

Priority Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid

Fast Fact

Since its founding in 1837, Knox has had a 12 to 1 student to faculty ratio.
12 Since its founding in 1837, Knox has had a 12 to 1 student to faculty ratio.

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