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National Science Foundation Grant Supports New Initiatives at Knox

The National Science Foundation has awarded Knox College a $613,846 grant for a new COAST (Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology) initiative. Knox's grant is part of the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, designed to help students enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies in STEM-related fields.

Students in COAST will have access to academic support services that include tutoring, seminars with visiting scientists, academic counseling, and career-exploration activities. The students will be encouraged to take supplemental instruction courses that complement the general chemistry courses at Knox. In addition, a COAST study table will offer personalized attention to students and help them recognize that struggling with course material is a natural and important aspect of the learning process.

Learn more about the grant and how it supports students interested in science.

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Knox Grads Have the Skills Employers Seek

According to two national surveys of business leaders, today's employers are looking for candidates who know how to think critically, communicate clearly, and navigate today's global marketplace -- all skills that Knox College excels at providing its students. What sets a Knox education apart is the fact that the College outscores its peers at providing students with the opportunities to become more reflective, creative, and integrative thinkers with strong analytical skills. Knox seniors scored 10 percent higher than seniors at peer institutions and 17 percent higher than seniors at all other institutions surveyed. Learn more about the ways in which Knox prepares students for success.

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Two Knox Students Chosen as Kemper Scholars

First-year students Alec Freytag and Lindsey Morgan recently were selected for the Kemper Scholars Program, which provides scholarships and practical experience while preparing students for leadership and service, especially in administration and business. Alec and Lindsey will receive scholarships that support two summer internships, one with a non-profit organization and the other with a for-profit business, allowing opportunities for career exploration. Learn more about Alec and Lindsey and Knox's Kemper Scholars program.

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Knox Celebrates Flunk Day

On a sunny, picture-perfect May day, Knox College students celebrated Flunk Day, the annual surprise party that features music, games, and, new this year, a zip line. Elsewhere on campus, students leaped onto a Velcro wall, played other inflatable games, threw footballs and Frisbees, kicked soccer balls, and tried their best to hang on to a bucking, mechanical bull. Learn more about Flunk Day and see images from Knox's annual holiday.

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Prairie Fire Baseball Captures Division Title

Winning the Midwest Conference South Division baseball title is the culmination of work that began some two years ago, said head coach Jami Isaacson '92, after the Prairie Fire took both games of a doubleheader against Illinois College. "Several players have had a great year, but every player has to be mentally tough, pitch by pitch, mentally ready to react to what the game brings to you," Isaacson said. "That's where this team has grown." Learn more about the division title win and Prairie Fire athletics.

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Seniors Present Research at Anthropology Conference

Seniors Megan Beney and Eva Marley recently presented their research at the Central States Anthropology Society, the first time either student has made a presentation to an external audience. Both students worked closely with professors in the anthropology and sociology department to prepare their presentations. "[They] were extremely helpful in getting me acquainted with the conference atmosphere and procedure," Marley said. Learn more about Megan and Eva and how Knox prepared them for their presentations.

Ultimate Frisbee Team Captures Sectional Title

Alt TextThe Knox College ultimate frisbee team overcame frigid conditions to win the USA Ultimate Illinois Sectional Championship and will advance to the Great Lakes Regional Championship. Senior Jason McGeeney believes that Knox uses a style of play that can keep the success coming. "We play a very up-tempo and emotional type of game. We like to make deep throws and are unafraid to take risks. If we get a few quick points, we put the pressure on the other team," McGeeney said. Learn more about their triumph and ultimate frisbee at Knox.

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Earth Month 2013: Talking About Green Jobs and Sustainable Businesses

Green jobs and sustainable businesses were the topic of conversation at a panel hosted by the Knox College Bastian Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development as part of Earth Month 2013. The four panelists included Galesburg entrepreneur Joyce Harris, environmental studies professor Peter Schwartzman, Galesburg economic development team member Eric Dilts, and Knox sustainability coordinator Shawn Tubbs. "Green jobs are not just a fad, they're the future," Schwartzman said. Learn more about the panelists and the knowledge they shared with Knox students.

Grad Represents Associated Press in Phone Records Controversy

Alt TextKnox College graduate and trustee David Schulz '74 is at the center of the controversy, representing the Associated Press in its battle with the U.S. Department of Justice over the seizure of extensive phone records from several AP bureaus. Schulz, who has represented numerous media outlets in cases involving freedom of speech, has been interviewed extensively on the AP phone records case, including appearances on PBS, NPR and NBC. Read more about the impact Schulz' actions have had on freedom of speech in the media.

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Senior's Honors Project Combines Art, Poetry, War

Senior Rana Tahir is exploring many passions that have contributed to her understanding of cultural identity in her Honors project, which uses original poetry and paintings to represent life under occupied Kuwait. Her project tells the story of the Iraqi occupation that began in August 1990 in her native country and how it affected the people living there. She has produced dozens of poems and 29 paintings for the project, which was funded by a Richter Grant. Learn more about Rana's project and how the Richter Grant provided her with the resources to explore her passions.

Faculty Member's Play Selected for Special Collection

Alt TextLeading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays." Co-edited by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and Zac Kline and published by NoPassport Press, the collection of short plays features Blackadder's play, "Dad's Guns." Blackadder, who has won international awards for theatre translations, said that in addition to guns as mechanical devices, his play also examines how people think about guns in popular culture, including popular music. "I'd love it if the play made the audience think more than they routinely do about both those things." Learn more about Blackadder's play and the theatre program at Knox.

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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 Changes Lives.

May Tour Dates Time Venue City
Saturday, July 27 11:00 a.m. The Westin Seattle Seattle, WA
Sunday, July 28 1:00 p.m. Oregon Convention Center Portland, OR
Monday, July 29 7:00 p.m. Marriott Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
Tuesday, July 30 7:00 p.m. Marin Center San Rafael, CA
Wednesday, July 31 7:00 p.m. Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, August 1 7:00 p.m. Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Los Angeles, CA

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

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613,846: The grant dollars awarded to Knox by the National Science Foundation for new initiatives in the fields of biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.
613,846 The grant dollars awarded to Knox by the National Science Foundation for new initiatives in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.

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