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Knox-Based Band Records First Album

The band that got its start at an Off Knox performance in 2010 and has played at a number of different Knox events during the past two years has recorded their first album. Poets and Peasants took their nine-piece band to Kresge Recital Hall and the WVKC radio station during the week of June 18 to record a culmination of a year of musical creation.

The band found its beginning through the efforts of senior Jake Hawrylak. Their 2010 Off Knox performance (a bi-weekly open mic night which takes place in the Galesburg community) featured numerous choir members and delighted the audience. The excitement of that night has helped the band thrive on the Knox campus and Knox is often a key part of their songs.

"I always envisioned this as a sandbox where there are a ton of music majors," Jake said. "It was kind of like, 'let's see what happens if we get all these instruments together and orchestrate a song.'"

Read more about Poets and Peasants and their first album, and learn more about Knox's radio station and music program.

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Students Produce Documentary on Pakistani School

Students Produce Documentary on Pakistani School

Two Knox students, Yumna and Minah Rathore, have produced a documentary about one woman's determination to educate underprivileged youth in Pakistan entitled, Roshni: A Light that Ignites Hope. With support from a Richter Grant, a Knox College grant for independent study, they traveled to Pakistan in December 2011 to collect film footage and conduct interviews with students, teachers, and others associated with the school, a non-governmental organization that serves children in impoverished neighborhoods. "We were fascinated with the aim of the school, which was to take street children in Qayyumabad and Buffer Zone, give them free uniforms and books, and turn them into school children," said Yumna. See the film created by Yumna and Minah and learn more about independent study opportunities at Knox.

REACH Fellows Teach at College for Kids

REACH Fellows Teach at College for Kids

Fourteen Knox students, recipients of REACH Fellowships, have spent part of their summer preparing for future teaching careers by lending a hand at Knox's College for Kids program. Knox College created the REACH program -- "Recruiting and Enlightening through Access to and Communication with High-need schools" -- with a grant from the Associated Colleges of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Education with the purpose of encouraging first-generation students of color to become teachers and role models in their community. "It's very scary, but very gratifying at the same time," said senior Shayna Hargraves. "To develop a lesson plan and see it come to life and be successful, that's one of the best feelings." Learn more about REACH and Knox’s education program.

First-Year Student Selected for Kemper Scholar Program

First-Year Student Selected for Kemper Scholar Program

Molly Loudon, a first-year Knox College student from Lincoln, Nebraska, has been chosen for the highly selective Kemper Scholars Program, which provides students with scholarships, practical experience, and opportunities to explore careers. The mission of the Kemper Scholars Program is to promote liberal arts education as the ideal preparation for life and work, especially in administration and business. Molly will receive scholarships of up to $10,000 for each of the next three years and complete two summer internships -- one with a non-profit organization and the other with a for-profit business. "This scholarship has made me think a lot more about my future plans because it's giving me so many choices of what I can do," said Molly. Learn more about Molly’s plans and the Kemper Scholar program at Knox.

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Expanded Recycling Cuts Year-End Waste in Half

Expanded Recycling Cuts Year-End Waste in Half

Instead of tossing stuff into big trash dumpsters when they move out of their residence halls, Knox College students are redirecting unneeded items to local charities. An expanded recycling initiative this spring boosted contributions to community agencies and slashed the amount sent to local landfills. When residence halls closed in early June, Knox College students, faculty, and staff volunteers collected literally tons of electronics, clothing, books and household items -- including furniture -- donated by departing students. The items were distributed to some half-dozen charitable organizations in the Galesburg area. "We want to divert usable things from the landfill and also help the community," said Paulsen, a 2012 graduate from Wisconsin. Learn more about the effort to reduce waste and help the community and Knox’s sustainability initiatives.

Knox Provided Historical Details for Lincoln Vampire Flick

Knox Provided Historical Details for Lincoln Vampire FlickSay what you want about the new film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Pre-release comments range from "great director, great writer, based on a great book" to "the film industry is really running out of ideas." But the producers deserve credit for seeking out two of the nation's leading Lincoln scholars for historical detail. "They were in touch with us,” said Rodney Davis, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center. “"The producers wanted to know about political rallies.” One such rally took place on the steps of Knox’s Old Main in 1858 during the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Read more about how Knox influenced the production of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and learn more about Knox’s history and its Lincoln Studies Center.

Recent Graduate Earns Midlothian Authors Award

Recent Graduate Earns Midland Authors Award

Just five years after graduating from Knox College, author BJ Hollars '07 has won a prestigious Society of Midland Authors Award. That award honors outstanding works of adult fiction and nonfiction, biography, poetry, and children's fiction and nonfiction. Hollars won the award for non-fiction for "Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America." In a touching coincidence not lost on Hollars, the award came 55 years after his friend and mentor -- the renowned author Ray Bradbury -- won the same award. The award ceremony in May came just weeks before Bradbury's death in June. "The professors in the writing program at Knox, especially Monica Berlin and Nick Regiacorte, have high expectations of students as writers -- they really pushed us to the next level," said Hollars. Read more about Hollars piece and learn more about Knox’s English and creative writing programs.

Small Business Award Presented to Professor, Alumnus

Small Business Award Presented to Professor, AlumnusKnox College faculty member Nic Mink and Knox alumnus Jay Matson '65 were among the honorees at the 2012 Small Business Day Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Support Network of West Central Illinois. Mink received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award on behalf of Sitka Salmon Shares, a new business that focuses on bringing sustainable seafood to the Midwest. Matson was chosen for the Entrepreneurial Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a career "of successful achievement in a business that embodies the spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation," according to the Entrepreneurial Support Network. Read more about the two honorees and why their efforts gained them recognition.

Venus Transit Viewing at Knox Draws a Crowd

Venus Transit Viewing at Knox Draws a Crowd

Several dozen visitors wandered to the middle of Knox College's softball field on June 5 to take advantage of a public viewing of a rare astronomical event: a transit of the planet Venus crossing the face of an early evening sun. Transits of Venus occur in pairs. The most recent was in 2004 and 2012, an earlier pair occurred in 1874 and 1882; the next pair will occur in 2117 and 2125. The viewing was organized by Knox physics professor Charles Schulz. "Study of the transit has provided insight into the atmosphere of Venus, and this year's transit will provide a test of techniques to be used in studying exoplanets,” said Schulz. Learn more about the view of the transit at Knox and see images from the event.

Knox Hosts NAACP Youth Experience

Knox Hosts NAACP Youth ExperienceIn the midst of summer vacation, Galesburg's chapter of the NAACP decided to focus its first youth-oriented event on education. Hosted by Knox College, the "Youth Educational Experience" is the first in a planned quarterly series of events, said Candy Webb, president of the local NAACP chapter. A panel of Knox students, moderated by Senior Assistant Director of Admission, DeVone Eurales, gave a detailed view of what Knox expects from applicants for admission. "Knox has a rigorous curriculum," Eurales said, “…you have to prepare." Read more about the NAACP youth meeting at Knox.

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Are you a high school student just beginning to look at colleges? Visit campus this summer and experience Knox first-hand. Take a student-guided tour, interview with an admission counselor, even talk with professors and coaches. Learn more, see open house dates, and register online.

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

That's what Loren Pope, former education editor of The New York Times, says about Knox in his book Colleges That Change Lives. The 40 colleges featured in the book are traveling to 20 cities coast-to-coast between May and September. Attend a program in your area to talk with representatives of Knox and other colleges that change lives.

July 28 - August 2 August 11 - 16 August 25 - 30
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Portland, OR Austin, TX Chicago, IL
Santa Clara, CA Dallas, TX St. Louis, MO
San Francisco, CA Atlanta, GA Indianapolis, IN
Los Angeles, CA Birmingham, AL Cincinnati, OH
Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ Nashville, TN Detroit/Dearborn, MI
  Denver, CO  

For more information and to find a Colleges That Change Lives program in your area, visit the following link.

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97 The percentage of Knox professors that hold the highest degree in their field.

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