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Fulbright Scholarship Winners

South Korea, India, and Snakes in Jamaica -- Three New Fulbrights Take Their Knox Education Abroad

Imagine yourself in Korea or India teaching English -- or traveling to Jamaica to study the dangerous and endangered yellow boa constrictor. That’s what three recent Knox grads will be doing with their newly awarded Fulbright Fellowships for international research and teaching.

“Asian-American students are overlooked because they get good grades, but … there is a lot of stress on them …” says Leslie Kang, Knox ’11 (educational studies major, dance minor). “Not everyone is a read-and-learn person.” As an English teacher in Korea, Leslie will use her Knox experience to develop classroom activities that support students’ varied learning styles.

A “passion for teaching” determined a path to India for Joanna Stack, Knox ’11 (anthropology and sociology major, Chinese studies minor). During her time at Knox Joanna studied for nine months in Beijing and taught English for another six in Taiwan. “I think it's important to stay in one place for a significant amount of time to really understand it,” Joanna says.

Two terms in Knox’s Barcelona, Spain program “completely changed my life” says scholar-athlete Brent Newman, Knox ’10 (environmental studies major, biology and Spanish minors). “I realized how much you can learn from other cultures,” explains the former Prairie Fire football running back. Brent’s headed to Jamaica’s Windsor Research Center to study the endangered yellow boa constrictor.

What would you do as a Fulbright Scholar? Find out more about Leslie, Joanna, and Brent.

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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Eco-entrepreneur Rocks Knox at Commencement 2011

“You guys will rock!” With that line, eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter added her voice to a historied list of Knox commencement speakers that has included Stephen Colbert, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. This was also the last graduation ceremony for popular president Roger Taylor, who’s passing the reigns to Knox’s 19th and first woman president, Teresa Amott on July 1st. Check out more of Knox Commencement 2011 in photos and video.

Strictly Business for Lucas Motta

Japan, China, and the Cincinnati Bengals -- it’s Strictly Business for this Knox ‘11 Grad

What business does a Knox student have in urban Japan, rural China, and in Cincinnati with the NFL Bengals franchise? Turns out it’s the business of communications and marketing for scholar-athlete Lucas Motta, Knox ’11 (integrated international studies major, Prairie Fire football team starter).  While at Knox, Lucas traveled to Japan to study international corporate marketing initiatives and then to China where he learned how rural towns survive. His hands-on work at Knox with professors Mat Matsuda (Japanese language) and John Spittell (business and management) most recently led him to Cincinnati where he was chosen for a marketing communications internship with the Bengals. Chart your own course with study abroad and other off-campus programs. Learn how Lucas used Knox real-world experience to prepare for his future.

Kemper Scholars

Most Colleges are Lucky to Have One Kemper Scholar

Knox is two for two. For the second year in a row, the national Kemper Scholars Program has awarded the prestigious scholarship, worth up to $10,000, to two Knox first-year students, Alyssa Gill and Max Potthoff. “I'm incredibly excited to be able to be exposed to both non-profit and for-profit management because both are fields of interest to me,” says Max about the Kemper program, that prepares liberal arts students for careers in administration or business through high-level internships and training. Do you see yourself as a leader in the non-profit or for-profit world? Find out what the newest Knox Kempers are doing.

Make a Statement, Make a Difference
Wormhold Technology

Knox Sustainability: “Wormhole” Technology Leads the Way

Red wiggler worms will help to compost more than 60,000 pounds of dining services waste, as part of Knox’s latest effort to increase sustainability. A special machine will convert food waste into worm food. You’ll have many opportunities to support sustainability at Knox. Read more about the cool technology behind this latest student-driven effort.

New Student Group Makes Teen Bonding the Fashion

Fashion ShowA little S.P.I.C.E. goes a long way when Knox students put on an international fashion show and fundraiser at the local Boys & Girls Club, featuring hot dancers and haute couture from Chicago. "The boys and the girls who participated were so happy, they felt so good,” says S.P.I.C.E. co-founder Alyssa Gill, Knox ’14. “That's the most important thing to me, because the fashion show is for them.” S.P.I.C.E. is one of more than 100 clubs and organizations that you can join at Knox. Find out what S.P.I.C.E. stands for and read more.

Green Oaks Invasion

Knox Community Battles Invasion at Green Oaks

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an aromatic herb that leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of ecologists, as it has taken over the habitats of native plant species. When it invaded Knox’s beloved Green Oaks 700-acre nature reserve, home to the wildly popular Green Oaks Term program, it became personal for Knox students, professors, and staff. As a Knox student, you can do research or just hang out at Green Oaks. Read about how the Knox community rallied to remove Garlic Mustard from the biological field station.

“Calmness of Spirit” Provides Cool Win at Indy Music Awards

David HoffmanKnox professor and former Ray Charles Orchestra member David Hoffman has won Best New Age Album at the 2010 Independent Music Awards. "The tree frogs were singing one night, and I sat outside with a digital recorder," says the popular professor about the unique album’s opening track, “The Singing Frogs of Guadeloupe.” Hoffman has also directed the Knox Jazz Ensemble. Music at Knox offers you many opportunities to create and perform. Find out more about the creativity and unique sounds behind Calmness of Spirit.

Are You Knox?

Sophia Gimenez, New York Times Student Blogger, says Yes, I Am Knox!

Sophia Gomez“After spending just one day in the Knox community, I had already begun to examine and test my own views and the views of the surrounding world.  It was this engaging,scholarly rigor,set in a responsive environment, that drew my interest back again and again,” writes incoming Knox student Sophia Gimenez, in a yearlong blog for The New York Times, about her college search process. In her final blog entry Sophia, who visited Knox this spring during an open house, writes, “It seems, at least now, that I’ve known all along that Knox would be my college choice. Making the decision and sending the first enrollment check is both a relief and a celebration.” Are you Knox, too? Read what else Sophia says about Knox.

Mark Your Calendar for Fall Orientation

Saturday, September 3 New Students Arrive. Check-in Begins at 9.am.
Saturday-Wednesday, September 3-7 New Student Orientation
Wednesday,, September 7 Pumphandle
Thursday, September 8 Classes Begin. Openning Convocation at 11a.m.

Arrival Dates for Special Orientations

Monday, August 15 Football Players Arrive
Monday, August 22 Other Fall Athletes Arrive
Thursday-Friday, September 1-2 International Student Orientation
  Multicultural Student Orientation

More on Preparing for Your Arrival

In the coming weeks, you will receive important information to orient you—and to ease your transition—to your new campus community. Please watch for these communications and review them carefully. Detailed information preparing for your arrival can be found on the Knox Web site at www.knox.edu/newstudent.

Leslie Kang
"I feel like over the last four years at Knox, I've probably grown more as a person than I have, ever."

My name is Leslie Kang, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

September 3

New Students Arrive on Campus

September 3 - 7

New Student Orientation

September 8

First Day of Class

Fast Fact

47: The number of students persuing graduate degrees next fall from the Knox Class of 2011
47 The number of students pursuing graduate degrees this fall from the Knox Class of 2011.

Knox Links

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