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Sicily Bua '07

Knox Alumna Inspires First Grade Students

Knox graduate Sicily Bua '07 is doing more for her students than just teaching them first grade, she is helping them see what lies ahead of them in college. Bua teaches in Houston, Texas, at KIPP Preparatory school, part of a greater network of 99 public charter schools spread across 20 states. KIPP, which stands for Knowledge is Power Program, aims to prepare every student to attend and graduate from colleges. "By having a class university theme," says Bua, "we build the familiarity the kids have with the different universities that they may choose to attend."

Read more about Bua and her work in the KIPP Preparatory school.

In This Issue

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Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

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Political Science Class Holds Trial for Historical Figures

Political Science Class Puts Historical Figures on Trial

Who is responsible for the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union? A political science class at Knox investigated that very question using mock trials to explore historical transformations. Students in the course Russian and East European Politics portrayed five "great men" of modern history -- Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev, and Reagan. Other students took on roles as prosecutors, who sought to pin responsibility on the historical figures as witnesses, such as peasant farmers, factory workers or political dissidents, and as judges, who weighed the arguments on each side. Learn more about what the students concluded, and about Knox's international relations and political science programs.


DAH Teatar Residency

What is the role and meaning of theatre in times of darkness, violence, and suffering? This is the central question artists Jadranka Andelic and Dijana Milosevic of DAH Teatar confronted during their fall residency at Knox. The residency included two performances of "Crossing the Line," several dance and theatre workshops, and a lecture by DAH Artistic Director, Dijana Milosivic: "The Role of the Artist in Dark Times." Learn more about the DAH Teatar residency, Knox's theatre and dance programs, and see video from the workshop.

Jewish Life in America's Heartland

Jewish Life in America's Heartland

First-year Jenna Cohen wasn't sure she could re-establish her Jewish identity in Galesburg, but she and other Knox students have found a community at Temple Sholom. She writes, "When I first began my college search, or perhaps it's better to say when my mother started suggestively leaving college pamphlets on my desk, I refused to acknowledge a life after high school. The prospect of recreating myself and re-establishing my Jewish identity in a foreign environment frightened me enormously, but I needn't have worried. Little did I know that the school I chose–Knox College–which lay nestled in the heart of a sleepy railroad town called Galesburg, Illinois, would turn out to have a steady Jewish pulse." Read more from Jenna's blog.

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Students Work with Teachers on Navajo Reservation

Knox Students Work with Teachers on Navajo Reservation

A group of Knox educational studies students have been traveling to Arizona to work with teachers at the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission School. The Knox Navajo Teaching and Development Program offers a close-up look at culturally appropriate teaching and daily life on a Navajo reservation. "I feel like it was a very beneficial experience for me in that it exposed me to a new cultural perspective and people with very different realities from my own," said senior Daniel Gonshorek, "Such an experience would always be beneficial as a teacher." Learn more about the student's experiences, and the opportunities available in Knox's educational studies department.

Senior's Research Project Explores Local Knox Connections

Senior's Research Project Explores Local Knox ConnectionsIn a research project examining the connections between Knox College and the community of Galesburg, Senior Matthew Wheaten wrote, "The Knox community reaches beyond the borders of the 80-acre campus and includes the Galesburg community. The interconnectedness between Knox and Galesburg helps each other thrive. Members of the Galesburg community attend functions at Knox and vice versa. Knox purchases everything they can in Galesburg. Knox grads own businesses in the 'Burg and help stimulate Galesburg's economy." According to his research, alumni businesses purchase products in Galesburg, employ Galesburg residents, and support local organizations through their philanthropy. "Both communities flourish because of the other," says Matthew. Read more from Matthew's research project and learn about Knox's involvement in the local community.

The Artistic Legacy of Mercedes Matter

The Artistic Legacy of Mercedes Matter

Knox alumni are the featured artists in a new exhibit of work at the Figge Museum. What do these alumni have in common? They all studied under Mercedes Matter as a part of the Knox in New York program. In 1997, Knox established the innovative off-campus program in which students attend intensive art classes at the New York Studio School. Each of the alumni featured in the exhibit studied under the abstract experimental painter. Gregory Gilbert, professor of art history at Knox College and curator at the Figge Art Museum, organized the exhibit. The works by the Knox alumni are a testament to Matter's demanding, incisive mode of instruction and her self-professed goal to help students "make their own way into the future." Learn more about the exhibit and Knox's art program.

Knox Sophomore's Morocco Trip Leads to Family Reunion

Sophomore's Morocco Trip Leads to Family ReunionSophomore Rozina Kidari grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Knowing that she wanted to travel, she applied to the YES (Youth Exchange and Study) Abroad program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. "I really wanted a chance to see Morocco," said Rozina, whose father was born in that country. "I thought that would help me understand a little bit about my own heritage." Those hopes came true when YES Abroad sent her to study in Rabat, Morocco. There, she was able to connect with her heritage as well as distant members of her family. "I feel like I've grown so much," she said, "It allowed me to completely break free of my comfort zone." Learn more about Rozina's family reunion and read her essay about the experience in The Huffington Post.

Are You Knox?

Apply by December 1 for Early Action

More than 50% of our class will be chosen from our early applicants. There's still time to apply, but the deadline is fast approaching. The Early Action option is non-binding, meaning you may apply to other colleges and still have until May 1 to make your final college selection. Apply online – and get complete instructions – at www.knox.edu/apply.

Scholarship Opportunities

If you've followed your passions and worked hard in high school, you should be rewarded in college. Knox offers a variety of scholarships that recognize your talents and achievements.

Academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of your application for admission, including the difficulty of your courses, grades, recommendations, personal qualities, special talents, and other achievements. Scholarships are also offered in recognition of your standing in the National Merit, National Hispanic, and National Achievement Scholar programs.

Scholarships in writing and the visual and performing arts are available to majors and non-majors alike and are based on an audition or review of your portfolio. Social Concerns Scholarships, which recognize participation and leadership in social action and service to your community, are also available. For detailed scholarship information, please visit www.knox.edu/scholarships.

John Eismann
"I almost thought of playing rock music instead of going to college."

My name is John Eismann, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

December 1

Early Action II Application Deadline

January 17

Winter Open House

February 1

Regular Decision Application Deadline

Fast Fact

The Sierra Club recognized Knox as one of
100 The Sierra Club recognizes Knox as one of "America's 100 Greenest Schools."

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