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Actress Comes Home While Traveling Abroad

When Saras Gil '08 went to study abroad in Barcelona during her junior year at Knox, she fell in love with the city. "I felt as if I was coming home rather than studying abroad," said Gil. A few years later, she found herself back in Spain as an actress in her newest movie Puzzled Love, a film being led by 13 student directors. In part because of this innovative process, and because of the relative youth of the directors, the movie has received a unique amount of attention. The film was chosen for the San Sebastian International Film Festival, which is on par with the Cannes, Venice, and Berlin Film Festivals.

Gil credits many of the acting techniques she learned to her experiences at Knox in theatre classes taught by passionate professors such as Elizabeth Carlin-Metz. "If you've ever taken a Liz Carlin-Metz acting class, you know that your body is a very important tool in discovering character," said Gil. "I think without the prior training that I had in Knox, I would have gotten choked up on trying to ‘act’ instead of just being in each moment."

Learn more about Gil’s acting career and how the Knox theatre program helped her prepare for it.

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175th Anniversary
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Knox Prepares Students for Success

A recently released national survey by the Annapolis Group shows that graduates of Knox College and other residential liberal arts colleges give their college experience higher marks than do graduates of private or public universities. The survey found that graduates of residential liberal arts colleges also were more likely to rate their college experience as “excellent,” and more likely to graduate in four years, giving them a head start on their careers. “On virtually all measures known to contribute to positive outcomes, graduates of liberal arts colleges rate their experience more highly than do graduates of private or public universities,” said James H. Day, who directed the study. Learn more about the study and how Knox helps prepare students for success.

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Singing On the Steps of Old Main [VIDEO]

At first glance, musician Sam Brownson may seem to be a shy personality. Standing at a modest height, his eyes often look downwards when he speaks, his quiet voice answering questions elaborately, letting his speech loop in on itself until it achieves a kind of implicit, associative logic. It can be a surprise, then, to see the Knox senior perform. His voice shoots straight through a crowd -- calm, potent, and sure of itself, maintaining a crystalline soar that has learned something from the Galesburg winter. So it was when he performed an original song “On the Steps of Old Main” at Knox’s Homecoming Convocation. Read more about the inspiration for Sam’s song and watch a video of the live performance.

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Junior Polishes Spanish Skills in Costa Rica

Junior Matt McKinny is spending his fall term away from campus -- more than 3,000 miles away. Matt, a creative writing major, was at one time a reluctant traveler who never imagined himself studying abroad during his college years. Now he and 14 other students are taking advantage of the opportunities offered to them at Knox by spending ten weeks in Costa Rica. Read more about Matt's journey abroad in his own words.

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Prairie Fire Football Hosts Junior League Games

At 5' 10", Daniel Johnson is a lot bigger than the football players on the field when Knox hosts local Junior Football League contests in Knox’s Knosher Bowl each Sunday. Daniel, Knox senior, is one of many Prairie Fire football players who are volunteer officials for JFL games. "The kids get to pretend like they're in college," Johnson says. "They're getting exposed to something they might do in the future." Learn more about the event and what Knox is doing to help strengthen the community.

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Students Get Hands-On Lessons in Urban Agriculture

Knox students are learning about urban agriculture by growing their own plants on a plot of land on the edge of campus. The new course, developed by environmental studies professor Peter Schwartzman, allows students to spend part of the time in the classroom, and part of the time outside cultivating and tending to crops. Thus far, students have planted and raise kale, radishes, garlic, spinach, and other vegetables. "Professor Schwartzman is trying to bring credibility to the movement of sustainable and urban agriculture, teach the methods and techniques that are empowering this movement, and supply the cafeteria with locally grown -- right in your backyard -- food," said junior Evan Lewitus. Learn more about what Schwartzman and the students are doing and how it could change farming in the future.

Jerusalem Post Journalist Talks Israeli Foreign Policy

Alt TextFrom an Israeli perspective, the country of Israel is surrounded by an ever-changing and increasingly dangerous dilemma according to Yaakov Katz. Katz, a military correspondent and defense analyst for the Jerusalem Post, gave two presentations on Israeli foreign policy. He outlined the two main objectives for preparing for possible hostilities, citing the need to keep a competitive military edge and the need to continue investing in conventional war training. Learn more about what Katz had to say and how it affects not only Israel, but the world.

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English Professor Recognized for His Fiction

Selected as a 2011 finalist for the Mary McCarthy and Prairie Schooner Book prizes, English and creative writing professor Chad Simpson’s collection of stories entitled “Tell Everyone I Said Hi” is one of many publications for which he has been recognized. The title story of his chapbook Phantoms, which tells nine stories in 20 pages, was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in 2011. Simpson specializes in contemporary American literature, as well as creative fiction and non-fiction writing. Read more about Simpson’s recognitions and Knox’s English and creative writing programs.

Knox Community Shares Special Thanksgiving Dinner

Alt TextMore than 800 Knox College students shared in one of Knox’s long-standing traditions: the annual Thanksgiving dinner. Knox faculty and staff helped serve food and drinks to the students -- carving turkey and ham, handing out pieces of pie, and pouring punch and eggnog. According to Helmut Mayer, director of dining services, the menu has evolved over the years to include, "a few more exotic and ethnic dishes," such as Mung bean and rice casserole, and cabbage-carrot-onion curry, along with traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Read more about this special Knox tradition.

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Prairie Fire Athletics Gets a New Look on the Web

Knox College Prairie Fire athletics has a new site, developed to provide the College with a more dynamic and graphically attractive presence on the Web. The new Web site brings additional content, as fans continue to enjoy detailed game stories, statistics, season previews and recaps, player biographies, and features. “The new site offers a cutting edge Web presence for Knox athletics,” said Prairie Fire athletic director Chad Eisele. Click here to check out prairiefire.knox.edu and explore the new site.

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Apply for Early Action Admission Today!

More than 50% of our class will be chosen from our early applicants. There's still time to apply, but the deadline is tonight! The Early Action option is non-binding, meaning you may apply to other colleges and still have until May 1 to make your final college selection. Apply online at www.knox.edu/apply.

Apply for Admission by February 1

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 Scholarships

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.

Maurice McDavid
"Being here has challenged everything I believe in -- in every facet of my life."

My name is Maurice McDavid, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

December 1

Early Action II Application Deadline

January 16

Winter Open House

February 1

Regular Decision Application Deadline

Fast Fact

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10 The number of literary and artistic student publications at Knox.

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