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Studying Abroad Will Change Your Life

Studying Abroad Will Change Your Life

About 50% of Knox students study abroad in over 30 programs in more than 19 countries. Inevitably, students return to Knox changed.

Take, for example, junior Sterling Kowalski who spent the fall term studying public health care in Copenhagen Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. “I wanted to study abroad so that I could have the chance to actually live in another culture for an extended period of time, and not just visit and observe for a week or two. I chose DIS due to my interest in health care administration as a career,” said the psychology major. “I learned that I am capable of a lot more than I ever thought I was.” Read more about Sterling’s experience and how Knox helped prepare him for success.

Junior Hannah Black left the comfortable setting of Galesburg for the much wilder Tanzania where she spent four months studying the behavioral patterns of the local elephants. The anthropology and sociology major spent her first few weeks in intensive language classes, and became acquainted with her surroundings. “I learned a lot about myself there. I learned what I wanted to do with my life and where I want my path to take me. I became incredibly strong and resilient, and I have so many new perspectives on life that I almost don't know what to do with them all.” Read more about her journey and how it changed her life.

In This Issue

Freedom to Flourish

Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

Fast Fact

Knox Links

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Continue the Conversation about Knox on Facebook

The recent launch of the Knox College Office of Admission Facebook page and Class of 2017 Facebook group for admitted students offer great opportunities to keep up with admission deadlines, news, and helpful tips. Plus, admitted students can join the closed Class of 2017 group and meet their future classmates! Ask questions you want answers to on the Admission Facebook page or join the Class of 2017 group and talk with other admitted students now.

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Knox Linebacker Named to Football Coaches All American Team

Prairie Fire football team's defensive stopper, senior linebacker Mike Hendrick, has been named to the 25-player 2012 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches' All-America. Because honorees are chosen exclusively by football coaching staff, the AFCA squad is considered the "premier" All-America team, according to Knox athletic director Chad Eisele, the Prairie Fire's head football coach for the past three seasons. Even more impressive is the fact that Mike is the only player from the Midwest Conference to be awarded this prestigious honor. Learn more about Mike’s rank among the best Division III football players in the country and Prairie Fire athletics.

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International Students Tour America During Break

By the time they resume classes in January, Anjuli Walter and Riho Orito will have journeyed almost 5,000 miles together by plane, train, bus, and car, touring two countries and 14 states. Anjuli, who is from Germany, and Riho, who is from Japan, became friends at Knox during the fall term. "We want to know more about the U.S.," said Anjuli. "We're just curious because this country is so diverse and it's so big.” Learn more about their journey across America and see the trip through their eyes in their blog, American Odyssey.

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Japanese Class Uses Calligraphy to Celebrate New Year

Knox students in Japanese 202 got off to an "auspicious" start on the first day of class with an exercise in kakizome, a Japanese term for the first calligraphy written at the beginning of a year. "It's neat to have a hands-on experience that also gives you the cultural dimension," said sophomore Bethany Larson. She wrote "nonbiri," which translates roughly to "be optimistic." Asian studies professor Onra Shaugnessy explained, "Many Japanese students gather in early January to write auspicious kanji characters to set the tone for the New Year." Learn more about the class and the calligraphy the students created.

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Knox Hires New Head Football Coach

Damon Tomeo has been named to lead the Knox Prairie Fire football program. As the 30th head football coach in the College's 117-year football history, he brings more than a decade of experience and a record of success. Tomeo said the people attracted him to Knox. "There is inspiring leadership in Athletic Director Chad Eisele and President Teresa Amott. It's a great campus in a supportive community." Tomeo said he is looking forward to bringing his family to join the Knox and Galesburg communities. Learn more about Tomeo and what he brings to Prairie Fire football.

Chemistry Professor Wins National Science Foundation Grant

Alt TextChemistry Professor Mary Crawford has received a National Science Foundation research grant to collaborate on a project to help physical chemistry students better understand the connections between their studies and "real-world applications." The three year grant totals nearly $200,000 and will allow students to design laboratory exercises that introduce undergraduates to techniques and computational methods used in modern research. "I am looking to attend graduate school, potentially to pursue a Ph.D in chemistry, and the research that I am performing under Professor Crawford will prove an invaluable addition to my credentials on my applications," said senior chemistry major Nick Behymer. Learn more about the grant and how it will benefit Knox students.

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Knox Featured on PBS’ Abolitionists Map of America

People and places from the history of Knox College and Illinois that figured prominently in the 19th-century anti-slavery movement are featured on an interactive Web site developed in conjunction with the television broadcast of "The Abolitionists," on PBS this January. In the Galesburg area, the map highlights historical figures George Washington Gale, founder of Knox College and Galesburg, and Jonathan Blanchard, the second president of Knox. Both were anti-slavery activists -- Gale was indicted for harboring escaped slaves, while Blanchard worked for the abolitionist Liberty Party. Read more about how central Knox was during this pivotal time in America’s history.

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 Admission 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 the regular decision deadline of February 1. Find complete instructions and apply online at www.knox.edu/apply.

Writing, Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships
If you have a special talent in writing, music, theatre, theatre design, dance, or visual art, you could receive scholarships up to $8,000 per year (even if you don't intend to major). Learn more about these scholarships and others at www.knox.edu/scholarships and schedule your audition or portfolio review now by calling 800-678-KNOX or registering online at www.knox.edu/visit.

If You Need Help Paying for College, Apply for Financial Aid by February 1
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.

Tarere Eyimina
"Meeting people from the Galesburg community has been really fun and beneficial to my Knox experience."

My name is Tarere Eyimina, 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

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The Sierra Club recognized Knox as one of "America's Coolest Schools" for 2012, ranking among the greenest colleges and universities in the United States.

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