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Students in Rome

When in Rome, It Doesn't Matter What Your Major Is

Psychology, biology, history -- Knox students of all majors recently discovered first hand what it meant to be in ancient Rome. Led by Classics professor Brenda Fineberg, the students of “Visual and Literary Rome” visited Italy as a follow-up to their fall studies. "…it didn't matter what my major was,” said junior Rachel Lyman, a biology major, " I just became fascinated with every part of the course."

While there, students soaked up the sites they’d been studying, including Rome, Pompei, Castellammare Di Stabia, and the ever-popular Villa Jovis on the island of Capri. “We had spent all of fall term building a connection to these ancient sites,” said senior Priya Sharma, a psychology major. “The sites … had meaning instead of just being another set of crumbling buildings."

Students also did as the Romans -- and bonded with each other. "The natives … were always willing to help you out if you asked how to say something in Italian," said another psych major, senior Jackie Stillmaker. Classics professor Ryan Fowler added, "We were all in Italy together."

Learn more about the unique opportunity the students shared and Knox's Classics program.

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First-Year Preceptorial Course Topics Announced

First-Year Preceptorial Course Topics Announced

Knox's First-Year Preceptorial Program is an intellectual discovery process. By exploring the language, culture, and meaning of liberal arts -- including ideas such as independent thinking, diverse perspectives, and academic honesty -- Preceptorial enables students to get the most out of their Knox education. In keeping with the College's spirit of intellectual curiosity, First-Year Preceptorial introduces students to liberal learning through a refreshing choice of ever-evolving topics, such as "Learning to See Water," "Voyage to Rapa Nui (Easter Island)," "Creating Monsters," "The Social Life of Food," "Happiness," "Love," "War," and "The Challenge of Sustainability." Learn more about First-Year Preceptorial and see the full list of classes offered this fall.

Becoming a French Teacher

Becoming a French Teacher [VIDEO]

Senior Zoe Witzeling’s favorite part of being a Knox student is the sense of community. As a transfer student it can seem daunting to find your place on a new campus, but at Knox, “Everybody is open to what people have to say and who they are,” Zoe says. A French and educational studies major, Zoe has also made great contributions to the Knox community. Through her work with Breakthrough Collaborative, her study abroad experience in Besancon, France, and in-class experience at Galesburg High School, she has strengthened her talents as a French teacher and contributed to building stronger communities outside Knox. Most important, she is ready for the classroom! Watch video as Zoe talks about her experiences abroad and Knox's educational studies program.

Studying Alone Makes All the Difference

Studying Alone Makes All the Difference

At Knox, students engaging in independent study have lots of company: 300 students complete 400 independent projects yearly under the guidance of more than 100 Knox faculty members. For students like senior Courtney Tichler, it's the chance to delve deeper into her interests. As part of her religious studies minor, she conducted two independent study courses, one on Hamas and the other on the Muslim Brotherhood. "These studies greatly enriched my understanding of political Islam," she said. "The opportunity to conduct an independent study is invaluable." Read more about what independent study means for Knox students in The Knox Student newspaper online.

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Students Contribute to Relief Efforts in Japan

Students Contribute to Relief Efforts in Japan

Japanese Club and Rotaract teamed up to aid Japanese disaster-relief efforts by collecting 1,350 origami cranes. For every folded paper crane submitted, the Bezos Family Foundation is donating $2 to aid Japanese reconstruction efforts. The clubs joined with two national organizations, Students Rebuild and DoSomething.org, in the Paper Cranes for Japan project. “We were trying to figure out a way to help Japan without collecting money directly from students because we know it’s difficult for a lot of people to just give money,” said co-president of Rotaract, Ellen Ramsey, “This activity was perfect." Learn more about the students' efforts to help the re-building in Japan.

Making a Difference in the Lives of Students with Disabilities

Making a Difference in the Lives of Students with Disabilities Senior Keely Campbell knows what it’s like to face adversity. Growing up with ADD, she, as do many people with learning disabilities, had to deal with a lack of understanding. Campbell, like many others, felt isolated for much of her schooling. Then a friend told her about Project Eye-to-Eye (PETE), a national non-profit organization dedicated to giving learning disabled students in middle and high school individual support and attention by pairing them with learning disabled college students. Campbell saw an opportunity, and took action, bringing PETE to Knox. Read more about how Keely is making a difference for students on the Knox campus in The Knox Student newspaper online.

Knox Dining Services Supports Local Growers

Knox Dining Services Supports Local Growers

Helmut Mayer, director of dining services, has been recognized with a 2011 Golden Beet Award for his efforts to incorporate locally produced food into the meals served at Knox. The Illinois Stewardship Alliance recognized him for his contribution toward “...the creative, innovative and pioneering local food activities in Illinois.” Mayer buys 80 pounds of bread and all the college's coffee from local establishments each week. He also buys potatoes, onions, zucchini, melons, and other produce from the Local Growers' Network, a group of growers in Knox and Peoria counties. Learn more about Mayer, his award, and dining at Knox.

Theatre Professor Receives Honor, Translates Plays

Theatre Professor Receives Honor, Translates PlaysProfessor Neil Blackadder has been awarded a fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation to translate three contemporary German-language plays into English. The foundation selects a limited number of scholars each year, and about 10 fellowships are awarded annually. Blackadder will be translating three works by Swiss playwright Lukas Barfuss, and hopes his translations will result in theatrical productions in the United States and Great Britain. “I suppose I see myself partly as serving to broaden the horizons of American and British theatre by introducing them to work that they’re not familiar with,” said Blackadder. Learn more about the plays Blackadder will be translating and Knox’s theatre program.

Theatre Professor Receives Honor, Translates Plays

Knox Students Dominate Nick Adams Writing Competition

Knox College students swept this year’s Nick Adams Short Story Contest furthering a legacy of winners and finalists. Political science major from Stockton, Illinois, Adam Sirgany, who also plays saxophone in the Knox Jazz Ensemble, was announced the winner for his story “Andrew at Eid. Currently working on an advanced research project that profiles several homeless and formerly homeless individuals and their relationships to art and creativity, he is interested in bringing his political science major and love of writing together. Read more about the Nick Adams writing competition and Knox's creative writing program.

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Make Knox a Part of Your Summer Plans

Summer Open House

Summer break is a great time to start looking at college. Why not spend that time wisely and start your summer off right by visiting Knox. Tour the campus; explore labs, residence halls, and recreational facilities; investigate internship and study-abroad opportunities; and learn about admission, financial aid, and scholarships. Attend the Summer Open House on July 29 -- or schedule your visit on a date most convenient for you at www.knox.edu/visit.


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International Fair

Watch students take advantage of all the opportunities provided to them by Knox. See the diversity on campus come alive during International Fair. Discover experiential learning opportunities as students reflect on Japan Term and their experiences in the Greek tragedy, Medea. Learn about the children's home Ross Kelly '03 helped establish in Sudan, and how other Knox alumni are changing the world. This is Knox on YouTube at www.youtube.com/knoxcollege.

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June 1

Enrollment Deposit Deadline for Transfer Students

June 29

Summer Open House

October 10 & November 11

Fall Open Houses

Fast Fact

83: The percentage of students who complete independent study, research, or creative projects.
83 The percentage of students who complete an independent study, research, or creative project.

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