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Knox Among Leaders for Student Fulbright Fellowships

The nation's foremost international educational exchange, The Fulbright Program, has again identified Knox College as among the leading institutions whose graduates earn Fulbright awards for international teaching and research.

"Knox has a consistent record as a top producer of Fulbright award winners, with eighteen students five faculty and nine alumni receiving Fulbright grants in the past decade," said Lawrence Breitborde, Dean of the College. Four Knox College students won prestigious Fulbright awards in 2012, which places Knox eleventh in the nation.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has selected more than 318,000 participants, including 44,000 students from the United States, on the basis of academic merit and leadership potential. Fulbright awards provide recipients with opportunities to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Learn more about the Knox students who have been awarded Fulbright scholarships and how they are making a difference in the world.

In This Issue

Freedom to Flourish

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Are You Knox?

Important Dates

Fast Fact

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The Knox Student Newspaper Wins National Award

The Knox Student, Knox College's weekly campus newspaper, earned national honors in the 2012 Associated Collegiate Press contest, which recognizes achievements in journalism. TKS ranked seventh nationally among tabloid-size weekly newspapers for general excellence in the Best of Show competition. "I'm not surprised. TKS is as good as many professional newspapers, and that's because of the dedication and leadership on the staff," said Knox journalism professor Tom Martin. Learn more about the award and read The Knox Student online.

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Knox Senior Chosen as Lincoln Academy Student Laureate

Knox senior John Cusimano, a double-major in biochemistry and music, has received the Lincoln Academy of Illinois' Student Laureate Award in recognition of excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. "These students have exhibited a personal commitment to excel, as seen by their remarkable academic accomplishments," said Thomas S. Johnson, chancellor of the Lincoln Academy. John said he seeks "to combine elements of my musical education with my volunteer work at Harbor Light Hospice. I want to develop some sort of program or outreach effort that provides a meaningful service or benefit to the community." Learn more about John’s award and how he earned it through academic research and extracurricular service.

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McNair Fellowship Helps Junior Create Art

For Gabe Moreno, the exploration and struggles of a 1,000-mile bike ride from Naperville, IL to Buffalo, NY inspired something he could transfer to his work with sculptures for his Ronald McNair project, a program that provides federal funding for students to conduct summer research. "Through my sculpture, I wanted to shape an experience just as immediate as the one I had during the bike trip,” said Gabe. The junior studio art major and art history minor hopes that onlookers will dwell upon his art long after they have viewed it. Learn more about Gabe’s journey, the McNair Program, and Knox’s art department.

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Knox Students Hit the Road to Explore U.S. National Parks

Inspired by their course on U.S. national parks, four Knox College students took an extensive road trip to explore several of the parks and learn more about the complicated relationship between tourism and environmental preservation. The quartet chronicled the trip on a blog, posting pictures and describing what it was like to interview rangers, go on hikes, and gain a better understanding of the national parks. "In understanding that the line between what was natural and what was constructed blurred, we came to realize that we were ultimately tourists in our National Parks as opposed to nature-lovers; and for all of our understanding, we were perpetuating the system." Learn more about their inspired journey and read their blog.

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Knox Rated Among Most Diverse, International US Colleges

With an enrollment that includes 9% students from outside the United States, Knox College is ranked in the top 25 most international colleges by U.S. News & World Report, and is also ranked in the top 50 for ethnic diversity among the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, according to 2013 rankings from U.S. News. "This year's data from U.S. News show that Knox offers a surprisingly diverse campus in the heart of the American Midwest," said Paul Steenis, Knox's dean of admission. "Diversity has been increasingly revealed as an important factor in enhancing students' educational experiences." Learn more about diversity at Knox and read more about the U.S. News & World Report ranking.

Knox Hosts EquiKnox, Is Named Sierra Club 'Cool School'

Alt TextThe Sierra Club recently identified Knox as one of "America's Coolest Schools" for 2012, ranking it as No. 71 among the greenest colleges and universities in the United States. The "Cool Schools" designation recognizes four-year colleges and universities for their commitment to environmental improvements. One of Knox’s sustainability initiatives includes a twice yearly EquiKnox lectures as a means to help students find more ways to be green. The most recent event featured accomplished author, professor, and geologist Scott Montgomery ‘73, who spoke about global energy myths and realities.  Learn more about Knox’s selection as one of “America’s Coolest Schools” and the EquiKnox sustainability event.

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Knox Scholars Praise Lincoln Film

Steven Spielberg's recently released film "Lincoln" succeeded at displaying the many dimensions of Abraham Lincoln, according to experts at the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. Co-directors Rodney Davis and Douglas Wilson acted as consultants on the film and agreed that it succeeds in portraying Lincoln both as a clever politician and as a thoughtful strategist who carefully planned his actions.  "You see Lincoln as a father and his relationships with his sons. The film does a good job of showing the tension with [his wife] Mary Lincoln, who's not in favor of emancipation. There are glimpses of her instability, and you see that Lincoln is understanding," said Wilson. Read more about the experts reaction to the film and Knox’s Lincoln Studies Center.

Are You Knox?

Visit Knox -- Attend Our Winter Open House

Monday January 21 is Martin Luther King Day -- how will you spend your day off of school?

Join us for our Winter Open House! Classes at Knox will be in session that day, and we’ll hold a special convocation to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King -- and you’re invited. Tour campus, talk with students and professors, observe a class, sample the food as our guest, and learn more about academic programs, internships, study abroad, and research opportunities. See the schedule of activities and register online at www.knox.edu/openhouse.


Apply for Regular Decision by February 1

Don’t miss out. Keep your options open! Apply now for admission.  First-year applicants, be sure to submit all portions of your application by February 1. Find complete instructions and apply online at www.knox.edu/apply.


If You Need Help Paying for College, Apply for Financial Aid, Too

At Knox, we’re committed to helping families of all financial means afford and manage the costs of college. That’s why Forbes, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, The Princeton Review, and Barron’s Best Buys consistently rank Knox as one of the nation’s best college values.

Merit scholarships, student loans, and payment plans are available to all families. Grants, subsidized loans, and campus jobs are also available for families who demonstrate financial need. Our financial aid staff is prepared to understand your financial circumstances and help you assemble the financial resources to make a Knox education a reality. If you think you need help to pay for college, apply for financial aid! Learn more at www.knox.edu/financialaid.

Sean Choate
"With the academic reputation, school history, the students, the campus, the city, and the chance to compete in NCAA athletics -- I just couldn't refuse when I was accepted."

My name is Sean Choate, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

January 21

Winter Open House

February 1

Regular Decision Application Deadline for First-Year Students

February 1

Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline

Fast Fact

11: Knox's shared rank for the number of students who were awarded Fulbright Fellowships across the nation in 2012
11 Knox's shared rank for the number of students who earned Fulbright Fellowships across all colleges and universities in the nation for 2012.

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