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Presidential Election Brings Knox Community Together, Sparks Student Discourse

Amid balloons, streamers, and a cake bearing the likenesses of both major presidential candidates, Knox students, faculty, and staff gathered on election night to talk politics while monitoring results of the 2012 presidential election. Knox was recently noted by Unigo as one of the top ten most politically active colleges in the United States, featuring a diverse and politically aware student body.

The large election night turnout is "emblematic of a student body that is interested in public discourse and wants to be involved," said Knox political science professor, Andrew Civettini. "That's part of the liberal arts mission," he added. "The skills we want our students to learn match well with the idea of being informed, active citizens in the world."

In the spirit of the election season, students on campus organized an event they called, "Debates on the Steps of Old Main," literally following in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas who debated there 154 years ago in the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. "These debates were an idea we came up with as an opportunity to talk about political issues on campus," said senior Gretta Reed, president of Knox Democrats. Students covered three major topics, including the economy, foreign policy, and health care.

Learn more about the election night event and the student-run "Debates on the Steps of Old Main." And see the list of "The 10 Most Politically Active Schools."

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Connecting Creative Writing with Anime -- And Voice Acting

When Samantha Butler attended an anime conference in Chicago, she never dreamed it would open the door to becoming a voice actor. The creative writing major was serving as a panelist speaking about fan culture and fan fiction when she met representatives of FUNimation Entertainment. The company brings Japanese anime productions to audiences in the United States, and was looking for English-language voice actors. "So I flew down to Dallas and I auditioned," said Samantha. The audition was a success. Learn more about Samantha’s voice acting -- and how anime has influenced her as a creative writer.

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Terpsichore Dance Collective Features Student Choreography

This term, the Terpsichore Dance Collective, a club that gives everyone on campus the opportunity to participate in dance, offered their latest show, “Flex,” which featured choreographed pieces by a number of different students. Sophomore Dushawn Darling’s piece, “Be Encouraged,” is a gospel piece, different from many of the pieces Terpsichore has presented for the last few years. “Growing up, I was always into praise dancing,” Darling said, “I was going to give God what I can do." Learn more about Terp and their latest show in The Knox Student online.

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Conservation Biology Class Studies Grassland Site

Taking their Knox education beyond the classroom, students in Professor Stuart Allison's Conservation Biology class had the opportunity to visit the Nachusa Grasslands, a 3,000-acre prairie restoration project in northern Illinois. Concentrating on factors that influence both the diversity and scarcity of species, students enrolled in the class have been learning about the growing field of conservation biology, which is the applied science of maintaining the earth's diversity. "A lot of it is the science of how you would conserve a species, environment, and population size. So we really try to look at it from an ecological science perspective,” said Professor Allison. Learn more about conservation biology class, Knox’s sustainability initiatives, and the environmental studies program.

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Football Rewriting the History Books

The Knox football team made eight trips into the redzone on offense against Lawrence in the early November game, and all eight times, the Prairie Fire found the endzone to ensure a 63-42 throttling of the Vikings at Stisser Field. Six of the trips ended in rushing touchdowns by senior Derek Mortensen which earned him multiple spots in the Knox record book. The performance not only gave him the most rushing touchdowns in a game by a Knox player, but also gave him enough to eclipse the records for touchdowns in a season and in a career. Learn more about Prairie Fire football in The Knox Student online.

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Full-Tuition Presidential Scholarships Announced

Knox is proud to announce five full-tuition Presidential Scholarships will be awarded to this year's strongest candidates for admission. Students who complete their application for admission are automatically considered for academic scholarships ranging from $10,000-$20,000 annually -- and now full-tuition. Knox also offers a variety of other talent-based scholarships of up to $8,000 per year in art, music, dance, theatre and theatre design and writing as well as up to $5,000 a year for exemplary service and leadership based on an audition, portfolio, or additional essay. Learn more at www.knox.edu/scholarships.

Community Gathers at Traditional Thanksgiving Meal

Alt TextHundreds of Knox students gathered for the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to share turkey and stuffing, along with other dishes with more of an international flair. Knox faculty, staff, and administrators volunteered to serve students in the Oak Room of Seymour Union and clean up afterward. "It's my first time eating Thanksgiving dinner, and it's my first year in America, so I'm excited about it," said Gao Huaqing, a first-year student from China. Learn more about the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

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Knox Alum Wins Earhart Award

Award-winning broadcast journalist Lara Moritz '90 credits Knox for her professional success, explaining that "Knox prepared me to set goals, work hard and never take no for an answer." Moritz recently received the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award, recognizing her as an individual who reinforces self-worth and self-confidence in women and who demonstrates that "anything is possible." After graduating from Knox with a major in English writing, Moritz earned her Master's of Science in journalism and quickly dove into the world of investigative reporting. Currently at KMBC 9 News in Kansas City, Moritz anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts and has won two Edward R. Murrow awards and two Emmys. Learn how Knox has influenced Moritz' career and see a recent interview with President Barack Obama.

Faculty Member Earns Computer Science Education Grant

Alt TextKnox College professor of computer science Jaime Spacco has received a grant from the Association of Computing Machinery for his work on an educational tool to more effectively teach introductory computer science. "We are building a Web service where you can do short programming exercises and it will give you immediate feedback," said Spacco. While the program allows students to practice their programming skills, it also provides the professor with an understanding of what questions work well, and which ones seem harder. This is data needed in the computer science education field. Learn more about Spacco’s work and Knox’s computer science department.

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Students Practice Interviewing, Networking with Alumni

Knox students sharpened their job-interviewing and networking skills when a dozen Knox alumni returned to campus to conduct mock interviews and offer career advice. "This is a good way for students to get an insight into different professions," said Tarere Eyimina, a senior from Lagos, Nigeria, who is majoring in economics and international relations. She interviewed with Dave Lambert '70 of V3 Realty Company in Woodridge, Illinois, and with Letitia Schactner '58, a former legislative aide. Learn more about what the students learned through this unique opportunity.

Attorney Bates '78 Discusses Energy, Liberal Arts Education

Alt TextAttorney David Bates '78, a longtime energy lawyer and a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston, Texas, returned to campus to give a talk on "Perspectives on Energy and a Liberal Arts Education," an event hosted by Knox's Pre-Law Club. After graduation, Bates found himself immersed in the world of energy law at Exxon, where he worked for 17 years. "The skills you're going to need are what you're learning here at Knox: writing, learning problem-solving," Bates said. Recounting his days as a student, he relived his Knox spirit saying, "Your Knox days will really help you, it's an amazing life out there...we just have to light some Prairie Fire first." Learn more about Bates’ visit and what advice he shared with students.

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Apply Early

Are you a high school senior? Apply by the December 1 Early Action deadline, and receive an admission -- and scholarship -- decision within the month. 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. For complete instructions on how to apply online, go to www.knox.edu/apply.

Come See Us!

Visit campus this winter to experience Knox first-hand. Tour the campus, interview with an admission counselor, talk with professors and coaches, even observe a class. Attend the Winter Open House on January 21 -- or schedule your visit on a date most convenient for you at www.knox.edu/visit.

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Important Dates

December 1

Early Action II Application Deadline

January 21

Winter Open House

February 1

Regular Decision Application Deadline

Fast Fact

10: Knox is recognized as one of the top 10 most politically active colleges according to Unigo.
10 Knox is one of the top 10 most politically active schools in the United States according to Unigo.

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