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Annual Burn Revitalizes Prairie

One of Knox’s most valued traditions is the annual spring Prairie Burn, which brings together students in a prairie restoration project that inspired the name for Knox College's "Prairie Fire" athletic teams. Dressed in new flame retardant yellow and green clothing, students tackled the project of burning the dry old growth on the prairies, allowing for new grasses and other plants of the prairie to flourish, protecting it from intrusions of woodland scrub and other "exotic" species that have been introduced to Illinois from other regions or countries.



With near perfect weather conditions, the group worked through each prairie with relative ease.

Learn more about the prairie burn and see more images from the event.

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Knox Alumnus Wins Freedom for Wrongfully Imprisoned Man

Attorney Edward Novak, a Knox College graduate, led the Arizona legal team that recently won freedom for a man who, despite his steadfast claims of innocence, was convicted of arson and imprisoned more than 40 years ago. Taylor's case attracted the attention of the Arizona Justice Project, a nonprofit group that works to overturn and prevent wrongful convictions, which was co-founded by Novak. "I wanted to help set this record straight," said Novak. Read more about the case and how Novak’s experience at Knox played a role in his success.

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Alumnus Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Edward Dale, a 2010 Knox College graduate, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He will use the grant to help support the various molecular research projects he is pursuing in graduate school. Being a student at Knox "shaped me in so many ways," said Dale, who co-authored a Journal of Chemical Crystallography article. "Knox was an environment that opened new ideas and ways of thinking to me." Learn more about the grant and how Knox helped Dale achieve his goals.

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Three Years in a Row, Knox Student Wins Regional Writing Award

For the third time in three years, Knox College student Julia Ohman has been honored as a finalist in the Nick Adams Short Story Contest. Her short story, "The Mangroves," is one of six finalists for 2013, selected from nearly 40 entries submitted by students at 14 private liberal arts colleges in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.. A creative writing major from Portland, who was a co-editor of fiction for Catch, Knox's student literary journal, Julia is only the second college writer to receive three finalist awards in the 40-year history of the competition. Read more about Julia and the stories that won her the award.

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Art Students Present Culmination of Their Work at Knox

Knox’s studio art major culminates in Open Studio, in which senior students immerse themselves in their work for the entire winter term and take no other courses. The Open Studio experience offers a stimulating, creative community that rewards intellectual and creative risks, culminating in a series of individual and group exhibits of their work. Students spend six hours each week in intensive critical exchanges with a team of faculty members in addition to weekly meetings with their  faculty mentors. Learn more about the students who will be presenting this year and Open Studio term.

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Liberal Arts Colleges Better Prepare People for Service Around the World

Knox hosted a peacebuilding conference that featured an interactive workshop and panel discussions with volunteers from the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and KnoxCorps. Keynote speaker and former Peace Corps acting director Jody Olson focused on stories from Peace Corps volunteers in China, Thailand, and Togo. Sharing stories and experiences from abroad is part of the Peace Corps' goal of cultural exchange. "The country directors all talk about the quality of service given by liberal arts students," Olsen said. "In liberal arts colleges, students are really pushed to try out who they are, and that is the preparatory skill -- that skill of knowing how to take risks and pushing yourself out, respecting cultures, respecting languages. It's great preparation." Learn more about the conference, the wisdom former acting director Jody Olson shared, and Knox's Peace Corps Preparatory program.

Award Winning Jazz Music Featured at Knox

Alt TextEach year, Knox College and the Galesburg community host the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival. 'Baga, as it is affectionately known by band members, features performances by big name guest artists as well as Knox students, faculty, and staff. The Knox College Jazz Ensemble and the Knox Cherry Street Combo recently returned to campus with multiple awards from the annual Elmhurst Jazz Festival, which attracts some of the country's best college jazz bands. "We have some talented and inspired individuals here, and I'm pleased to be working with them," said Knox senior and jazz percussionist Josh Calef. Learn more about the 'Baga and the awards won by Knox musicians.

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Knox Runner Wins 10K at Calhoun Invitational

Senior Sean Choate topped all competitors in a10K long distance race at the Lee Calhoun Invitational, a meet dominated by NCAA Division I schools. Sean blew away his previous personal best time and set the second-fastest time for the event in Knox history. In addition to owning the #2 all-time fastest performance honor, Sean’s time also ranks as the third-best by a Midwest Conference runner to date. Read about Sean’s accomplishment and learn more about Prairie Fire track and field.

Students Promote Sustainability in Theatre

Alt TextFrom sets to costumes to paperwork, the Knox College production of Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle is shining a spotlight on reducing waste and promoting sustainability -- in theatrical production as well as the larger community. This year, students raised the emphasis on sustainability to a new level by methodically examining every aspect of the production, down to paperwork. Read more about the efforts students took to reduce waste and promote sustainability.

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KnoxCorps: Acting Locally, Making a Difference

Only a few steps away from the Galesburg train station, a group of homeschoolers are about to set out on a journey of their own via the Discovery Depot, a local children's museum. They won't go anywhere. No one will leave the building or watch trees slowly groove past the smooth plane of a plexiglass window. But in their hands are pieces of cardstock, decorated with pictures, and underneath the illustrations, words in a foreign language: estrella for star, la dama for lady, sol for sun. And in front of the students stands Juliette Campbell, KnoxCorps Fellow and bilingualism incarnate, who knows that learning's more fun when paired with a bingo-like game known south of here as loteria. Read more about what Juliette is doing with area youths and Knox’s innovative community service initiative, KnoxCorps.

Award-Winning Journalist Discusses the Power of Listening

Alt TextKnox alumna and broadcast journalist Lara Moritz returned to Knox College to share her experiences and talk with students about the importance of listening carefully in order to tell a story. She told students that giving her subjects a voice required her to let them speak for themselves. "Letting someone tell their stories is the best way to get to the truth," Moritz said, noting that silence either makes people uncomfortable enough that they start speaking or relaxed enough that they are willing to share information with her. Learn more about Moritz and what she presented to students.

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September 7

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September 12

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Fast Fact
126 The number of clubs and organizations providing students with opportunities for involvement and leadership.

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