Opportunity Knox

Freedom to Flourish

Happy 175th Birthday, Knox College

Happy 175th Birthday, Knox College

Students, faculty, and staff celebrated Knox's 175th anniversary on Founders Day with festive purple-and-gold cupcakes, balloons, and a toast by President Teresa Amott, honoring the College's past, present, and future. Knox observes Founders Day every February 15, the date on which the College was originally founded in 1837 as Knox Manual Labor College. The Rev. George Washington Gale and other social reformers moved from upstate New York to found the college and a town on the prairies of western Illinois.

The day was also designated as Purple and Gold Day. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni from around the world wore their Knox colors -- and many uploaded photographs of themselves on the Knox College Facebook page.

Read more about the event and learn more about Knox's founding at the official 175th celebration page.

In This Issue

Freedom to Flourish

Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

Fast Fact

Knox Links

Read Past Issues

175th Anniversary
Students Examine Regional Food System on Location

Students Examine Regional Food System on Location

Knox students toured the diverse agricultural landscape of southern Wisconsin to get a first-hand look at one of the country's most vibrant regional food systems. The trip, organized by professor of environmental studies Nic Mink for his "American Food Systems: Past to Present" course, offered students an opportunity to get close to many of the concepts they've learned during the term. Students visited a grower for a renowned restaurant, a pheasant farm, and a farm-to-table restaurant, and also learned about raw milk cheese production. Learn more about their experiences and Knox's environmental studies program.

Story Pic 1

Chicago Magazine Editor Teaching Journalism at Knox

Veteran journalist Richard Babcock, longtime editor of Chicago magazine, has been named Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Knox College. He will teach "Editorial Vision: Feature Writing" and "The Editorial Process," which focus on narrative nonfiction and identifying and shaping stories, respectively. Students in these classes also will produce professional-quality, magazine-style pieces. Learn more about these new classes and Knox's journalism program.

Story Pic 1

Bringing Global Business Leaders to the Classroom

Students from two marketing classes interacted face-to-computer screen with one of the world's top business leaders, the recently retired president of the Wrigley Jr. Company. Dushan "Duke" Petrovich, who graduated from Knox in 1974, spent more than an hour fielding questions from students in business and management professor John Spittell's marketing classes, "Strategic Brand Management" and "Marketing and Society." Engaging with guest speakers supplements the class with additional real-world insight, further preparing them for the future. Read more about how Knox is bringing business leaders to the classroom and learn about Knox's business and management program.

Story Pic 1

Join Us for the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival

The 2012 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival features performances March 29-31 with the Noah Preminger Group, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Knox College Jazz Ensemble, Knox Alumni Big Band, and Knox Faculty and Friends Combo. The Saturday headliner concert by the Noah Preminger Group will showcase the ensemble -- Preminger on saxophone, Frank Kimbrough on piano, John Hebert on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums -- from Preminger's most recent recording, Before the Rain. The album was named one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2011 by National Public Radio, Slate and Stereophile magazines, All About Jazz, and Jazz in Space. Learn more about the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival and join us for the event!

Story Pic 1

From College to Childhood: A Play Devised

For many students, college is where they toe the line between childhood and adulthood. This term, six students celebrated that ambiguity. Childhood: A Devised Show made its Knox debut this past weekend. The show is made up of a series of short scenes that explore different facets of childhood, from first dates to imaginary tea parties. Collaborations are especially important in a devised show. Unlike a normal show where the writer and director hold most of the power, in a devised play, the actors all work as writers, directors and performers. As the co-director, sophomore Alyssa Gill said it could be stressful to work on a show with no set pattern, but she feels the gains outweigh the losses. The cast agreed. Read more about and see images of the show in The Knox Student online.

Make a Statement, Make a Difference
Alt Text

Hear and Now: Writers Build 'House' for Recordings

Three Knox College students and creative writing professor Monica Berlin have teamed up to create The Knox Writers' House, an online archive that aspires to be an auditory map of American essays, poetry, and fiction. The innovative Web site, which launched in January 2012, currently holds more than 1,200 audio files of poetry, stories, and interviews. The material was collected by recent Knox graduates Emily Oliver,  Sam Conrad, and Bryce Parsons-Twesten as they drove from city to city all over the United States. Read more about their journey and The Knox Writers' House.

Illinois State Senator Talks Politics

Alt TextAs a 10-year-old boy, Illinois State Senator John Sullivan knocked on people's doors to help a family friend who was seeking election to public office. That experience, he told a group of Knox College students, probably planted the idea for his own run for the Illinois General Assembly a few decades later. The Knox Democrats, a student run organization, hosted the event with Sullivan, a Democrat from Rushville. He described what it's like to campaign for office, serve in the Illinois Senate, and hold a top position as assistant Senate majority leader. Learn more about what Senator Sullivan had to say and political science at Knox.

Alt Thumb

Clinical Psychology Term Bridges the Gap

This past term, psychology students had the opportunity to deeply delve into their field of study through Knox’s Clinical Psychology Term. The term places students (both psych and non-psych majors) in internships at social service agencies around Galesburg while they are enrolled in clinical psychology classes at the same time. This year, eight students were placed, according to their preference, at the Galesburg Rescue Mission, Safe Harbor Women’s Shelter, St. Mary’s Square, Heartland Health Care Center, Lutheran Social Services, and the Salvation Army.  The students’ internships are done in correlation with two classes, “Clinical and Abnormal Psychology” and “Theories and Methods of Psychotherapy” that focus on diagnosing and treating different mood disorders. Read more about clinical psychology term in The Knox Student online, and learn more about Knox's psychology program.

Senior Researches Iconic Campus Wildlife

Alt TextSenior Steve Galdek, a biology major from Chicago Ridge, Illinois, is researching an iconic figure on campus -- the fox squirrel.  To better understand the winter habits of Knox's squirrels, Steve spent the six weeks of winter break in Galesburg, mapping the locations of trees and squirrel nests. "They're wonderful, important organisms," he said. "This research is giving me a better understanding how to do field research and what to expect when studying a living organism." Read more about Steve’s goals and his approach.

Alt Text

Knox Twelfth Night Set During Carnival

Love, deception, loss, and gender bending made their way to Harbach Theatre for the winter term's main stage show, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Rather than stage the play in its historical context, the performance was set in the festive jazz-age and Carnival atmosphere of Italy in the 1920's. Although Shakespeare wrote the lyrics for the songs in the play, senior Sam Brownson composed the music itself, while junior Kyla Tully choreographed the dances. Read more about Twelfth Night in The Knox Student online and learn more about Knox's theatre program.

Knox Honors Alumni Who Change the World

Alt TextFor this year's special 175th anniversary Founders Day Convocation, the College honored five alumni for their achievements in space technology, community service, field biology, higher education, and health care. Receiving 2012 awards are Lynn Wright, who designed control systems for NASA lunar missions and the Space Shuttle; Mary Lu Hudson Aft, a successful volunteer event organizer and fund raiser; James Solomon, curator of the herbarium at the Missouri Botanical Garden; Norman Golar, assistant professor of English and chair of the English department at Stillman College; and Peter Leibig, president and CEO of a Clinica Family Health Services in Colorado. Learn more about how these alumni are changing the world.

Are You Knox?

Meet Your Class: Attend Admitted Student Days

All admitted students are invited to experience life as a Knox student. Attend classes, meet with professors and coaches, eat with students in the cafeteria, and meet your class. Enjoy a music, theatre, or dance performance, or cheer on the Prairie Fire at an athletic event. This is your opportunity to experience Knox! Click here to register for Admitted Student Days on April 13 or 20.

Join the Class of 2016 on Facebook

As you make your college decision, we invite you to interact with your classmates online. Introduce yourself, connect and share stories with your future classmates and friends, take part in discussions, and ask questions. Join the conversation on Facebook!

Just Starting Your College Search?

Are you a high school junior or sophomore just beginning to think about college? It's not too early to start looking! Visit campus this spring to experience Knox first-hand. Tour the campus, interview with an admission counselor, talk with professors and coaches, even observe a class. Click here to register online, or call us at 800-678-KNOX.

Greg Noth
"Every course I've taken challenged me in some way, but also gave me some new insight."

My name is Greg Noth, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox people...

Important Dates

April 1

Application Deadline for Transfer Students

April 13

Admitted Student Day

April 20

Admitted Student Day

Fast Fact

83: Number of restaurants Knox students enjoy in Galesburg
83 Number of restaurants Knox students enjoy in Galesburg.

Knox Links

Knox College Office of Admission
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
309-341-7100 Phone
800-678-KNOX Toll-free