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Taking the Classroom to the Everglades

Nine Knox students spent Winter break journaling their experiences as they canoed and camped through the Florida Everglades, an extension of this fall’s class about U.S. national parks. These records contain their thoughts and activities during the two-week off-campus study experience, chronicling the opportunities the students had to gather first-hand knowledge of the Everglades and the connection between people and national parks. Junior Aliya Haykus describes her experience.

Our group canoed to Highland Beach, the most secluded beach in Florida and a haven for saltwater crocodiles, deer, and sharks.

The immensity of life present at this remote beach is a testament to the depth of wilderness we were traveling through. As we approached the beach, we instantly became acquainted with a saltwater crocodile bathing in the shallows offshore and many black tipped reef sharks surrounding our canoes.

We were even more enamored that we had the entire beach to ourselves. The silence was incredible, and the private sunsets were breathtaking."

Read more about the Everglades experience from the students’ own writings

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Freedom to Flourish

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Are You Knox?

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Archeological Dig

Self-Designed Studies: Archaeology

For senior Emily Berarducci, hands-on learning means digging in the dirt for Iron Age artifacts at England's Eddisbury Hillfort as part of her archaeology minor. Emily, a French major, decided to design her own minor in archaeology after taking her first class in the field with history professor Danielle Fatkin. "I have always been interested in a more get-in-the-dirt aspect of history, and so when a class on archaeological field methods was offered, I immediately decided to take it and my interest turned into a career goal," said Emily. Read more about her experiences.


Student Explores Passion for Dance in Germany

Though she had made it a goal to travel abroad during her college years, Erin McKinstry never imagined herself spending time in Germany. Her passion for modern languages and dance, however, brought her to the city of Berlin, where she was given the opportunity to intern at TanzScout, an organization that offers workshops for people interested in dance.  “I came to Knox never thinking I would take German. Now I find myself able to speak this concisely beautiful tongue with fluency.” Using her understanding of the language, Erin helped translate TanzScout’s publicity material from German to English. She reflected on her experiences, “Traveling really teaches you something about working with people who are different." Read more about Erin’s trip to Germany and her experiences with TanzScout, as well as Knox’s study abroad programs.

Young Alumni

Young Alumni Stand Out at Chicago Law Firm

Matta Setty, project assistant manager for Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the largest law firm in Chicago, sees a lot of resumes every day. Hundreds of applications -- from graduates of some of the best schools across the country -- land on her desk. When an application comes from a graduate of Knox College, she gets very excited. “Knox students are different. They’re not only smart, but they work hard and they’re confident,” said Setty. Knox’s close relationship with the law firm has given Setty the confidence to know that if she’s looking for a new employee and a resume from Knox crosses her desk, it deserves a second look. And she’s never been disappointed. Read more about Knox’s relationship with Kirkland & Ellis, the young alumni currently employed there, and Knox’s pre-law program.

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Student Directs Main-Stage Theatre Production

Junior Avery Wigglesworth is no rookie director. She had already assisted with two theatre productions, The Serpent and A Lie of the Mind, and had already directed her own show, Phaedra’s Love. It was these past experiences, and the accompanying success, that led professor of theatre Neil Blackadder to approach Avery to assist with Mary Stuart, offering her an opportunity to be involved in directing a major production -- the College’s main stage fall play. Read more about Avery’s role as assistant director and her reflections on the experience -- and why she was reluctant to say yes.


Women's Soccer Player Named All-Conference

The Prairie Fire women's soccer team's top offensive threat is being recognized by the Midwest Conference. Junior forward Arielle Dorman has been named an All-MWC Second Team selection after leading Knox in five offensive categories and tying for the lead in another. A threat to score at any time, Dorman finished the season in the Midwest Conference’s top 10 offensive categories eight times, including four times in the top five. 2011 marks the third straight year the Prairie Fire women’s soccer team has had an All-Midwest Conference selection. Read more about Arielle’s accomplishments and learn about Prairie Fire Athletics.

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Beyond Consumerism: The New American Dream [VIDEO]

Well-known for his research on materialism, Knox psychology professor Tim Kasser has collaborated with the Center for a New American Dream on a video that highlights his work. “I hope viewers gain an understanding that despite the messages of consumer society, the research shows that overly focusing one’s life around the pursuit of money, image, and status is associated with being less happy, treating others less well, and hurting the environment more,” says Kasser. See the animated video.

Senior Focuses Research on Middle East Uprisings

Alt TextGreg Noth, Knox senior, was recently interviewed by The Knox Student newspaper about his Honors project. “I’m looking at the differences in the way that governments responded to the uprisings in Oman, Bahrain, and Yemen earlier this year, so essentially the Arab Spring in the Arabian Gulf.” The College Honors program gives students the chance to engage in a year-long independent research project, resulting in a thesis or major creative work. Greg had the opportunity to study abroad in Oman and was witness to the uprising as it was happening. Read more about Greg’s experiences in Oman and see examples of other College Honors projects.

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Exploring the Founding of the Anti-Slavery Society

A new book by Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College, explores the founding of the American Anti-Slavery Society and the work of one of its most significant leaders. Muelder hopes that his book Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society will lead to more research and investigation into the mysterious anti-slavery group known as the “Seventy.” The identity of the people in the Seventy had largely been a mystery, but Muelder’s book provides the most complete list to date. Learn more about Muelder’s book and what the Underground Railroad Freedom Station means for Knox students.

Business Executive Teaches Innovative Class

Laura RoseneProfessor Laura Rosene, who credits much of her success as a business executive to the education she received as a student at Knox, has returned to her alma mater to teach a unique business class, blending 21st century technology with the liberal arts. Rosene worked as a human resources executive for more than 10 years, most recently serving as Chief People Officer for Kentucky Fried Chicken, a division of Yum Brands. Because she and her family live in Ontario, her course adopted a blended learning approach. Part of the time, her and her students would meet in the classroom, and part of the time they would meet online for live, interactive presentations and discussions. “We took a look at business as a human endeavor,” Rosene said, “a particularly valuable perspective for students to understand business." Read more about the unique class Rosene is teaching and learn more about Knox’s business and management program.

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Knox Professor Pens Book on Computer Programming

Knox College Professor John Dooley has authored a new, comprehensive book on writing computer programs. Titled Software Development and Professional Practice, the publication reveals how to design and code great software. What factors do you take into account? What makes a good design? How can you tell a good design from a bad one? The book isn’t only for novice programmers, it challenges coding veterans to think critically about what it is they’re already doing and how their methods could improve. Read more about Dooley’s newly published work and Knox’s computer science program.

Are You Knox?

Visit Knox -- Attend Our Winter Open House

Monday January 16 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.

Josh Gunter
"My research had a lot of relevance to my future career plans."

My name is Josh Gunter, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

January 16

Winter Open House

February 1

Regular Decision Application Deadline

February 15

Priority Date to Apply for Financial Aid

Fast Fact

100: The percentage of Knox seniors in 2011 who applied and were admitted to medical school.
100 The percentage of Knox seniors who applied and were admitted to medical school in 2011.

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