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International Fair Celebration

Hundreds of Knox College students and other Galesburg-area residents participated in the annual Knox College International Fair, a traditional event that highlights the diverse cultures of people from around the world. Knox is one of the most international colleges in the United States with students from more than 50 countries. The January event included a food fair featuring a wide range of international dishes prepared by Knox students, informational booths, and a student talent show.

Shelly Bhanot artfully drew henna tattoos on passers-by who wanted them. "The importance of doing this is to raise cultural awareness," said Shelly, whose family comes from India. "I-Fair is a time that really highlights the richness of cultures that are represented by Knox students.”

"I've been an international student all my life," explained Kyle Cruz, a senior who is from the Philippines but grew up in Cambodia. Cruz was staffing the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's booth about Christianity around the world. "We're showing how Christianity is practiced all around the world, and how it merges with different cultures," said Kyle.

Read about more students who participated in I-Fair and learn about how Knox celebrates diversity in all its forms.

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Students Prepare for Repertory Theatre Term

Knox's Repertory Theatre Term, also known as Rep Term, is the only undergraduate theatre program in the country that combines academic study in theatre with all of the business that is vital to operating a professional repertory theatre company. Its success depends on intensive collaboration between faculty and students, and it provides participants with an unforgettable ten-week immersion in theatre. The Green Bird, an 18th-century comedy by Carlo Gozzi; and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a 20th-century drama by Bertolt Brecht, will be presented in nightly rotation at the end of the Spring term. Learn more about the shows, read the student blog, and learn more about Rep Term.

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Students Returning from Study Abroad Programs Share Experiences

The emphasis was on sharing stories and experiences as students who have studied abroad gathered at the traditional "Welcome Back" dinner. Robin Ragan, director of the Stellyes Center for Global Studies, urged students to keep talking about their time abroad and incorporate what they learned as they resume life at Knox. Storytelling started at each table as students, some dressed in traditional clothing from the countries they visited, shared an internationally inspired meal of rice dishes and baklava. Learn more about the event and the many stories that were shared.

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CNN Journalist Provides Career Advice to Knox Students

CNN journalist Christine Romans offered job-seeking advice to Knox students, saying that long before you graduate from Knox, you need to collect experiences and develop skills that appeal to prospective employers. "There are four job-seekers for every available job," she said. "You have to start thinking (about) what is going to make you stand out. What about you and your experience at Knox College and your internships and your everything are going to make you stand out?" Learn more about Romans’ visit and the guidance she offered to prepare for your first job.

President’s Inaugural Address Inspired by His Speech at Knox

Alt TextPresident Obama's Commencement Address at Knox College in 2005 provided inspiration for the President's 2013 inaugural address. Preparing to write Obama's second presidential inaugural address, John Favreau, director of speechwriting at the White House, said that he “gathered a dozen or so of Obama's best addresses and mined them for inspiration, memorable turns of phrase and compelling themes. At the top of the list was the commencement speech Obama delivered at Knox College as a senator in 2005, when he spoke generally about the need for collective action in a global society. We always go back to that speech.” Read more about the inspiration drawn from the 2005 speech, and see Senator Obama deliver it in 2005.

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Knox Grad Discusses Peace Corps Work in Africa

Elyse Callahan has the spirit of a pioneer. Soon after graduating from Knox in 2010, she joined the Peace Corps and began working to improve the health of people in Mali and Zambia. Callahan, who completed the Knox Peace Corps Preparatory Program when she was a student majoring in psychology, has been working alongside the Peace Corps' Stomp Out Malaria program and the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa. Read more about what Callahan shared with students and Knox’s Peace Corps Preparatory program.

Striving for Sustainability

Alt TextSix months into his role as Knox’s first sustainability coordinator, Shawn Tubb has already created a bike shop, moved forward on a bike share program and incorporated sustainability education into new student orientation. Though Knox is regularly recognized for its sustainability initiatives, Tubb has big plans to continue the College’s efforts. “Human capital and sweat equity [are] definitely the most powerful thing to get … projects done,” Tubb said. Learn more about Tubb’s mission at Knox on The Knox Student Online and discuss why Knox is one of the Sierra Club’s “America’s Greenest Schools.”

Are You Knox?

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 as Soon as Possible
Scholarships, student loans, and payment plans are available to families of all financial backgrounds. 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.

Meet Your Class: Attend Admitted Student Days
All admitted students are invited to experience life as a Knox student. Attend classes, meet with professors and coaches, eat with students in the cafeteria, and meet your class. Enjoy a music, theatre, or dance performance, or cheer on the Prairie Fire at an athletic event. This is your opportunity to experience Knox! Click here to register for Admitted Student Days on April 5 or 19.

Join the Class of 2017 on Facebook
As you make your college decision, we invite you to interact with your classmates online. Introduce yourself, connect and share stories with your future classmates and friends, take part in discussions, and ask questions. Join the conversation on Facebook!

Madeline Mandel
"From the very beginning of college, I knew I wanted to study abroad."

My name is Madeline Mandel, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

February 1

Regular Decision Application Deadline for First-Year Students

February 1

Financial Aid Priority Date

April 5 and 19

Admitted Student Days

April 1

Transfer Student Application Deadline for Fall Term

Fast Fact

9000: The number of volunteer service hours donated last year alone.
9000 The number of hours of community service volunteered by Knox last year alone.

Knox Links

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2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
309-341-7100 Phone
800-678-KNOX Toll-free