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Horizons Showcase Celebrates Student Research

Horizons: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity features the exemplary independent research, scholarship, and creative work of Knox students from across the disciplinary spectrum. Through media displays, presentations, and performances, students will share their work as imaginative and meaningful contributors to knowledge.

Events will include an extensive student art show; multi-media presentations on research, creative projects, and off-campus study; theatrical performances; and dance and choir concerts.

Knox is a recognized pioneer in the promotion of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work. 85% of Knox students complete independent study, research, or creative projects, supported by over $250,000 in grants to individual students to support those projects. Horizons is presented by the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.

Learn more about Horizons and meet the student presenters.

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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175th Anniversary
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Student Blog Highlights Life at Green Oaks

Knox's Green Oaks Term is officially under way, and members of the Knox community are writing about their experiences through a new blog. Students in Green Oaks Term live and learn together at the 700-acre Green Oaks Biological Field Station. They reside in Schurr Hall, sharing cooking and cleaning duties, and they share an academic curriculum with interdisciplinary classes in natural history, art, and anthropology-sociology. Keep up with the student blog and learn more about Green Oaks Term.

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Discovering Identity Through Theatre

The journey to become an adult and finding self-identity is one that is confusing, scary, and overwhelming at times, especially for people of color. Senior Monica Prince fleshes out this struggle in her self-created, self-directed choreopoem, “Confessions in Living Color(ed).” The whole choreopoem, a form of drama that combines poetry and dance, revolves around the question, “What is necessary to live the best life possible,” and answers it from the perspective of several college-age students of color. The show is the result of Monica's McNair research from last summer and her Honors project this year. Learn more about Monica’s project and her choreopoem.

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Knox Graduate Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Knox College graduate Nicole McCabe '11 has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship for international study in India. She also plans to volunteer with an organization that promotes women's literacy in India. McCabe majored in psychology and minored in creative writing at Knox. "I've always wanted to teach in another country," she said. "I chose India because I grew up near an Indian neighborhood in Chicago and I've always been a little bit in love with the culture." Learn more about McCabe and her plans for India.

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Kemper Scholar to Intern with Chicago Theatre Company

During the summer of 2012, sophomore Kemper Scholar Alyssa Gill will work as a marketing intern with the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. The highly regarded Kemper Scholars Program prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business. "I'm very excited for this opportunity and love that I was able to get a position at a company that puts a specific emphasis on new playwrights," said Alyssa. Read more about Alyssa’s experience and Knox’s Kemper Scholar program.

Make a Statement, Make a Difference
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President Teresa Amott's Installation

Knox College will celebrate the installation of Teresa Amott as 19th president of Knox College with a formal ceremony on the Knox campus, community service activities at non-profit agencies around Galesburg, and a series of events highlighting student achievement in scholarship and creative work. The installation of Amott, the first woman to lead the 175-year-old institution, will bring delegates to Knox from more than 50 colleges and universities throughout the United States. Learn more about President Amott's installation and see her talk about Knox and what sets the College apart.

Knox Announces Commencement Speaker

Alt TextBrigadier General Mark Martins, Chief Prosecutor in the Office of Military Commissions at the Department of Defense, will deliver the Commencement Address to the graduates. Martins has had a distinguished career as a soldier and lawyer and last year received Harvard Law School's Medal of Freedom for his efforts to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan and Iraq. Knox will also be granting honorary degrees to Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Dr. Joseph S. Francisco, William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry at Purdue University. Learn more about Martins and the other honorary degree recipients.

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College Partnership Grows into Business Partnership

2004 graduates Christopher Detchessahar and Matt Nagel first met when they arrived on the Knox campus for move-in day in 2000. Now the two run S&E Entertainment, with Nagel as president and Detchessahar as vice president. S&E provides representation to athletes and publishing administration services to musicians, with a client-base that has grown to include more than 30 players and coaches. "Our experiences are so diverse," says Nagel. "No matter what the situation is that comes up, we've either seen it or heard about it or read about or have some experience with it at this point. And I think that's attributable to our going to Knox, our education." Read more about their business venture and how their experience at Knox shaped their future.

Environmental Writer Kicks Off Earth Week Events

Alt TextPaul Greenberg, one of the nation's leading environmental thinkers, came to Knox College to talk about the future of fish and fish-farming in the EquiKnox Lecture on Environmental Sustainability. An environmentalist and fishing enthusiast, Greenberg gave a convincing account of the "race to domesticate" fish and the relationship humans have with the four fish types we commonly eat: salmon, cod, sea bass, and tuna. "Paul Greenberg is one of America's most influential sustainable resource thinkers," said sophomore Nora McGinn. "I think bringing Greenberg to Knox was a great opportunity and a great way to kick off Earth Week this year." Read more about what Greenberg had to say and watch a video of his presentation.

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Dancing in the Air

The audience was gasping as Aerial Dance Chicago concluded their residency at Knox with a high-flying aerial performance. Not limiting themselves to the stage, the dancers took to the air, twisting and flipping from large silk fabrics and creating movement high above the Harbach Theatre stage. The performance concluded the dance company's week-long residency that included numerous workshops in which Knox students learned the techniques of aerial dance. See pictures from the concert and learn more about Knox’s dance program.

Are You Knox?

It's Time to Decide
By now, you have received all of your offers of admission, visited your top colleges, talked with students and professors, and have a lot of information to consider as you make your college decision. So, are you Knox? Now is the time to secure your place in the fall class. Submit your $300 enrollment deposit no later than May 1 (June 1 for transfer students). Submit your deposit online.

Reserve Your Space in the Residence Halls

In addition to submitting your enrollment deposit, you will want to reserve your space in the residence halls. Your responses on the Residence Hall Application will help the Office of Campus Life make good matches with the students who will share your room and suite. Be sure to mail or email the form no later than May 1 (June 1 for transfer students). Residence Hall Application for Fall 2012

Join the Class of 2016 on Facebook
As you make your college decision -- and as you prepare to join your class next fall -- you can interact with your future classmates online. Introduce yourself, connect and share stories, take part in discussions, and ask questions. Join the conversation on Facebook!

Michael Gasparro
"Academic life is a challenge. As an athlete, I always look to challenge myself, and this has translated into academics."

My name is Michael Gasparro, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

May 1

Enrollment Deposit Deadline for First-Year Students

Residence Hall Application Deadline for First-Year Students

June 1

Enrollment Deposit Deadline for Transfer Students

Residence Hall Application Deadline for Transfer Students

Fast Fact

4: The number of Fulbright awards given to Knox students.
9 Number of U.S. presidents who have spoken at Knox, most recently presidents Obama and Clinton.

Knox Links

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