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Senior Conducts Research in Honduras

Traveling to Honduras to Study the Coffee Industry

Andrea Houlihan has developed a fascination for coffee, even though it's a beverage she hardly ever drinks. A Knox senior with a self-designed major in international journalism, has been researching the coffee industry in Honduras for her senior research project. She traveled to the Central American country to find out first-hand what business of coffee was all about. "I've never gotten used to the flavors," she said. "Maybe that's why I took this perspective. I'm much less interested in the drink and more interested in the people that are involved in making it."

Read more about Andrea's research and her blog, and learn more about designing your own major at Knox.

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Freedom to Flourish

Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

Fast Fact

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Kwame Dawes Named as 2011 Honnold Lecturer

Emmy Award-winning author and artist Kwame Dawes has been named as the 2011 Honnold Lecturer at Knox College. A native of Ghana, Dawes spent most of his childhood in Jamaica, attending Jamaica College and the University of the West Indies at Mona. He studied and taught at the University of New Brunswick, where he earned his PhD. While at Knox, Dawes will meet with students, participate in classes and hold informal meetings. Learn more about Dawe's and his lectureship at Knox.

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[VIDEO] Battle of the Sumo Robots

Five robots entered, but only one emerged victorious. Knox students, professors, and members of the Galesburg community packed a classroom in the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center to watch teams battle it out in Knox's annual Sumo Robot Competition. John Dooley, professor of computer science, started the competition to help teach the integration of computer programming and mechanical control systems. Read more about the competition and see video highlights from some of the best battles.

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Prairie Fire Basketball Raises Cancer Awareness

The Knox College men's and women's basketball teams joined the "Play for the Cure" initiative to raise cancer awareness and donations for cancer research through February. Instead of wearing their usual warm-up suits before the games at Memorial Gymnasium, players for Knox College donned pink T-shirts with "Play for the Cure" emblazoned across the front. The women's and men's teams collected donations for the Mayo Clinic at the door and at the concessions stand. Learn more about the initiatives to raise money and why this year it's more personal than ever.

Knox Students and Faculty Conduct Maytag Study

Alt TextMore than 1,600 employees lost their jobs when Maytag announced it would be closing its refrigerator plant and moving it to Mexico. Nearly a decade later, Knox students and faculty are investigating what happened to former employees. Researchers have reached out to the displaced workers, asking questions about further education and current employment, and about life satisfaction of the former workers, both before and after the closure. Read more about the results of the students' research.

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Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival

For more than 30 years, the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival has been bringing leading jazz artists to Galesburg. The festival opens March 31 with the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo performing in McGillacuddy's, a local restaurant that hosts weekly jazz nights featuring Knox students. Learn more about Rootabaga and Knox's music program .

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Giving Voice to the Students: What Makes Knox's Radio Station One of the Nation's Top 10

Students in the Radio Booth

As Knox College’s WVKC 90.7 enters its 50th year, the staff of the student-run radio station is taking deliberate steps to “make it more, without trying to make it something it’s not.” Upon climbing the four flights of stairs to the top floor of Davis Hall — oft-mentioned in WVKC disc jockeys’ on-air conversations — it is obvious that one has entered a college radio station. Witty messages and names are scribbled on the walls, band stickers are stuck to every clean surface, and a street-scavenged couch sits low on the broadcasting room floor.

Read more about Knox's student-run radio station in Galesburg's home-town paper, The Register Mail.

Edel Vaca
"I realized that I came to Knox to take myself out of my comfort zone -- to take a risk, try something new, be somewhere very diverse."

My name is Edel Vaca, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

April 1

Transfer Application Deadline
for Fall Term

April 8 and April 15

Admitted Student Days

May 1

Deadline for First-Year Students to Submit Enrollment Deposit

Fast Fact

17: The average number of students per Knox classroom.
17 The average number of students per class at Knox.

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