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Teaching on a Navajo Reservation

Students Teach at Navajo School

Knox students and faculty members experienced "a magical time" together when they spent two weeks teaching math, social studies, and other subjects to elementary schoolchildren from the Navajo nation. Teaching at Navajo Concordia Preparatory Academy in Rock Point, Arizona, educational studies major Maeghan Galloway said she drew upon what she'd learned at Knox about handling a class, making classroom rules, and adapting lessons for individual students. "I think this experience really gave me an insight into teaching," she said. "I realized every day is a new day, and I can do this. By the end of the two weeks, I did not want to leave."

The Knox group at the school bonded tightly, taking hikes together, cooking and sharing meals, and gathering at the end of every day to talk about their classroom experiences."We went in as six students who were unfamiliar with each other, and we left as a family," Maeghan said. "We all just tried to help each other."

Learn more about the student's experience and Knox's educational studies program.

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175th Anniversary
Opening Convocation

President Amott Points to Knox's Future at 2011 Opening Convocation

"We must commit ourselves to the work ahead," Knox College President Teresa Amott said Thursday during Opening Convocation, the ceremony that marks the official start of the academic year. Noting that the coming school year will be the 175th anniversary of Knox College and the city of Galesburg, she said this is a time to "celebrate the past and stand on the threshold of our future." Joined on stage by Galesburg Mayor Salvador Garza, Amott named a number of new initiatives for the coming year, including continuing to encourage the strong bond between the college and the community as well as strengthening the already substantial environmental sustainability efforts. Learn more about the future of Knox and the start of the new academic year.

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Knox Business Club Tours Ethonol Plant

Knox College students got an up-close look at the ethanol-production process when they visited the Big River Resources plant in Galva, Illinois. Business and management professor John Spittel accompanied the students, "Big River could not have been more cooperative and genuinely interested in educating our students." An executive at the plant led the tour, describing how the plant processes corn into renewable fuel and food products. "The trip offered the opportunity to connect environmental themes to real-world business practices," said senior Hannah Basil. Learn more about the trip, the business club, and opportunities to study business and management at Knox.

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Student Studies Disappearing Nicaraguan Art Form

Rose Worthen's senior research project was already waiting for her when she arrived at Knox as a first-year student in 2007. The raw materials for the project had arrived at Knox years ago, thanks to the work of past Knox sociology professor, Henry Houser. "I knew the project would take a special person, someone with language skills, [and] knowledge of Latin American history," said Knox archivist Carly Robinson. This special skill set is exactly what Rose had to offer, and her work would take her all the way to Nicaruagua. Read more about project Rose undertook, and the special collections and archives in Knox's library.

Righting Wrongful Convictions in Illinois: 21 and Counting

Alt TextAttorney John J. Hanlon focused on the lack of constitutional protections for people who are wrongfully convicted when he delivered the 2011 Knox College Constitution Day Lecture. Serving as legal director of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, Hanlon helps wrongfully convicted inmates prove their innocence, often relying on DNA evidence. During the presentation titled, "Righting Wrongful Convictions: the Fundamental, but Oft-Ignored, Role of the Constitution," Hanlon pointed out Illinois' poor track record on wrongful convictions, saying that since the 1990s, 21 people have been released from the state's death row because they were convicted of crimes they did not commit. He represented the defendants in four of these cases. Learn more about Hanlon's efforts to aid the wrongfully convicted at this year's Constitution Day Lecture.

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Knox Grad Shows Photography at Metropolitan Museum in New York

With an eye for night stills, photographer and Knox graduate Stephen Tourlentes '82 is one of a select group of artists whose work is included in a show, "Night Vision," at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Featured alongside works by legendary photographers, Tourlentes said his photograph of the California State Prison at Avenal "has the feeling of a neighborhood past its prime, with the other-worldly glow of the new prison built outside of town in the background." The photograph is one of several of his works in the Metropolitan Museum's permanent collection. Learn more about the exhibit and Knox's art program.

Historian Explores Haiti, Liberia During Lincoln Presidency

Alt TextAbraham Lincoln, one of the most-examined figures in American history, still remains "fun to study," historian Edna Greene Medford said at Knox College, where Lincoln once debated Stephen Douglas. "You're never going to be bored," Medford said about the 16th U.S. president. "You'll always find something new." Medford's lecture, titled "Haiti and Liberia During the Lincoln Presidency," was sponsored by the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox. She explored Lincoln's relationship with those two countries, including mentioning Haiti and Liberia in his first annual message to Congress and urging recognition of these black-controlled governments. Learn more about Greene's presentation and the Lincoln Studies Center.

Are You Knox?

Apply Now: Get Priority Treatment

Make Knox a priority as you submit your college applications -- and we will make you a priority. Complete your application by November 1 and get three benefits! We will 1) waive the application fee, 2) give you a decision in 14 days, and 3) automatically consider you for academic scholarships. As an Early Action candidate, you can still apply to other colleges and have until May 1 to make your final college decision. Visit the admission website for complete instructions on how to apply online at www.knox.edu/apply.

Meet Knox "On the Road"

Admission counselors are traveling the country and the world this fall to talk with future students. Meet with us at high schools, college fairs, and workshops -- or meet individually with your counselor for an admission interview, offered in more than 50 cities around the world. See when we'll be in your area at www.knox.edu/knoxontheroad.

Visit Campus

Experience Knox first-hand. Tour the campus, interview with an admission counselor, talk with professors and coaches, even observe a class. Attend a Fall Open House on October 10 or November 11 -- or schedule your visit on a date most convenient for you at www.knox.edu/visit.

Dave Brankin
"Knox is a college willing to say ‘yes' to its students."

My name is Dave Brankin, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

October 10

Fall Open House

November 1

Early Action I Application Deadline

November 11

Fall Open House

Fast Fact

60: The percentage of professors who have had their research published in the past two years alone
60 The percentags of professors who have had their research published in the past two years alone.

Knox Links

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