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Meet President Teresa Amott

Knox’s First Woman President Embraces Legacy of Diversity, Equality, Education

On July 1, Knox welcomed its 19th and first woman president, Teresa Amott. Following in the footsteps of Knox’s New York founders -- who advocated for educational access 175 years ago -- President Amott also comes from Upstate New York, carrying with her an intense passion for diversity, equality, and access to higher education for all.

“Knox was founded on the principles of inclusion and access, and my election as president is just another step in the direction established long ago," says President Amott.

President Amott, who earned her B.A. at Smith College and a Ph.D. in economics from Boston College, comes to Knox from Hobart and William Smith College where she served as Provost. Previously she has also worked at Wellesley College, Gettysburg College, and Bucknell University. “I know from my own experiences as a student, a faculty member, and an administrator, that there is no setting more powerfully suited for learning than a residential liberal arts college,” she says.

What would you like to ask a college president? Meet President Amott and learn more about what she brings to Knox.

In This Issue

Freedom to Flourish

Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

Fast Fact

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Fulbright Winners

Fulbright Awards Support Research: TV in India, Canadian Politics, and German Education

Indira Somani, Knox '92 (independent major in media, race, and gender), will travel to India to research Western influences on television programming. The award-winning filmmaker got her start by making a documentary about Knox’s international students. Jason Pierceson, Knox '94 (history major), political science chair at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is headed north to research Canadian legal and political systems. Todd Heidt, Knox College visiting assistant professor of German, will participate in the prestigious Baden-Württemberg Seminar for Teaching. Lots of Knox students, alumni, and professors win Fulbrights. See the list of recent awards -- and read more about what Indira, Jason, and professor Heidt will do with their awards.

Moscow Ballet

Moscow Ballet Teams Up with Knox, Orpheum Theatre

The prestigious Moscow Ballet is conducting an intensive summer dance program along with Knox College and Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre. Russian soloist Svetlana Todinova will teach the Vaganova method to intermediate to pre-professional students, culminating in an Orpheum performance. This December, the Moscow Ballet will return to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker. You could have the opportunity to work with the Moscow Ballet, too. Read more and sign-up.


Visual Arts Go Virtual in New Online Journal

Knox art students have reason to celebrate -- they’re taking their work into the virtual world with Knox’s first ever online visual art publication, Folio. Student designed and created, Folio features select art work from students, as well as faculty, staff and alumni. Works include graphic design, photography, drawings, paintings, sculpture, collages, prints, ceramics, and more. The inaugural issue is dedicated to world-renowned surrealist Dorothea Tanning, Knox ’32. Imagine your art going viral! Check out the inaugural Folio.

Al Young Art Show

Knox Artists Earn Distinction at Annual Al Young Art Show

“I'm glad I've got a photo to work from,” said Ryan Hansen, Knox ’14 (psychology major), as he reassembled his giant sculpture for the College’s 2011 Al Young Art Show – Ryan’s work placed 2nd in its category. More than 200 submissions from Knox students were vetted by distinguished guest judge Susanna Coffey, the Professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with the winners being awarded more than $2,000 in cash prizes. If you think your portfolio deserves recognition, apply for a Knox Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship. Plus, see who won at the art show and read more about the Al Young Art show.

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Knox Prof and Student in Alaska to Promote Benefits of Wild Salmon

Professor Nic Mink and Helen Schnoes, Knox ’11 (creative writing and political science double major), are luring tourists into the world of wild fish this summer in Alaska. They’re leading tours that tell the story of the endangered wild Sitka salmon. Helen, who is currently interning with the Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) in Alaska, helped start a community garden while a student at Knox. Professor Mink researches how food systems impact ecology and communities. At Knox, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in cool internships and do important research with professors. Read more about how professor Mink and Helen are saving the salmon..

Knox Grad Named Top Defender of Free Speech in U.S.

Alt TextDavid Schulz ’74 (economics and mathematics), shows just what you can achieve with a Knox education. In liberal arts, few things are more sacred than free speech. David, an appellate lawyer, has made free speech his mission by defending journalists and news organizations such as The New York Times and CBS Broadcasting. And now he has been named one of the nation’s top ten First Amendment litigators for his efforts. Imagine how far a Knox education can take you. Read more about Shulz's career and free speech advocacy.

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Knox Slam Poets Slam-dunk the Competition

Knox students won two of the top three spots in this year’s Rootabaga Poetry Slam using very different styles. Monica Prince, Knox ‘12 (educational studies and creative writing double major), performed a triptych of ecstasy, pain, and wonder. Amelia Garcia, Knox ‘11 (political science major), opined on the virtues of being oneself. Despite their different styles of delivery -- Prince serene and wise, Garcia bold and electric- they share a mutual passion for slam. How do you express yourself? Read more about Monica and Amelia’s slam-dunk.

Pursuing Lincoln’s Love of Shakespeare

Alt TextDouglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College and an acclaimed Abraham Lincoln scholar, has been awarded a 2011-12 Huntington Fellowship to research Lincoln's interest in Shakespeare. While it's well known that Lincoln was an avid reader of Shakespeare, Wilson said, "for most historians, it's incidental" to their interest in Lincoln's politics and the Civil War. For Wilson, however, it shows another side of Lincoln and offers a potential parallel to the explosive growth in printing and literacy in the United States in the 1800s. Many Knox students work directly with professors on high-profile research projects – what would you like to research? Read more about the Lincoln Studies Center and Wilson's quest to discover Lincoln’s love of Shakespeare.

Are You Knox?

Come see us at a Colleges That Change Lives fair!

"There is no better college in the country for developing a young mind and character."CTCL

That's what Loren Pope, former education editor of The New York Times, says about Knox in his book Colleges That Change Lives. The book profiles 40 nationally recognized colleges that enrich and empower students through cooperative, rather than competitive learning. "The colleges in this book develop the qualities needed to see opportunities in a changing world and be smart and resourceful enough to act on them," says Pope.

The colleges featured in the book travel the country to meet directly with students and families interested in their school. Attend a program in your area to talk with representatives of Knox and other distinctive colleges featured in the book Colleges That Changes Lives. This year, The Colleges That Change Lives Tour travels to 20 cities in August and September.

July 30 - August 4 August 13 - 18 August 27 - September 1
Seattle, WA Houston, TX St. Paul, MN
Portland, OR Austin, TX Chicago, IL
Santa Clara, CA Dallas, TX Columbus, OH
San Rafael, CA Atlanta, GA Indianapolis, IN
Los Angeles, CA Raleigh, NC Kansas City, MO
Denver, CO Nashville, TN Albuquerque, NM
  Memphis, TN  

For more information, visit the links below.

Colleges that Change Lives Programs and Information

Colleges that Change Lives Event Map

Joanna Stack
"I think the liberal arts experience in general, and especially at Knox, helped a lot because I've been able to try my hand at so many different things that otherwise I might not have been able to."

My name is Joanna Stack, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

July 29

Summer Open House

October 10 & November 11

Fall Open Houses

November 1

Early Action I Application Deadline

Fast Fact

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1.2 The millions of dollars Knox is spending this summer on campus renovations.

Knox Links

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