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KnoxCorps Members Take Their Place in the Community

Thirteen recent Knox graduates and current students, six community sponsors, and 11 community organizations have officially joined forces to launch KnoxCorps, a civic engagement partnership between Knox College and the Galesburg Community Foundation.

Officially announced last May, KnoxCorps recently deployed Knox College graduates and undergraduates into the Galesburg area to work with local non-profit organizations. Graduates, known as KnoxCorps Fellows, are serving organizations for approximately 10 months, supporting and staffing important initiatives and bringing additional energy and commitment to these organizations. Undergraduate participants made a two-year commitment to serve organizations for at least eight hours per week.

"I'm very excited to see KnoxCorps get off the ground," said Knox College President Teresa Amott. "I also greatly appreciate that the Galesburg Community Foundation has taken this on. It's a perfect example of what a community foundation does -- it seeks to catalyze, strengthen, and build capacity within the community."

Read more about KnoxCorps and where in Galesburg Knox students and alums are making a difference.

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Graduate Works as Editorial Intern at The Onion

In her role as editorial intern at The Onion, a well-known satirical newspaper and Web site, 2011 Knox College graduate Marnie Shure helps research stories -- and occasionally appears in them. "It's fun to see your face pop up on the Web site for the purposes of a great story!" Her work duties vary from day to day, but basically Shure and a second editorial intern spend their days organizing files, taking notes at meetings, helping with video shoots, compiling research for story writers, and fact-checking story drafts. "A lot of the work day here involves group meetings and projects, and Knox's small classroom settings and workshop classes made that a familiar experience by the time I came to The Onion." Learn more about her internship and how Knox prepared her for success.

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Students Create Sustainable Food Initiatives

Growing Galesburg, a community-based sustainable food organization created by Knox College students, has played a key role at the Galesburg Farmers' Market, stimulating business and nurturing interactions among Knox students and local food growers. Nestled among the booths of local farmers and vendors at the Galesburg Farmers' Market, two Knox College students have been operating their own stand, cooking up sustainably produced food. "I want to support sustainable businesses and hopefully pursue a career in my own sustainable food business," said senior YJ Yi. "Currently, I am doing my senior research on starting a catering system in Wisconsin." Learn more about Growing Galesburg and the stand two of Knox’s own students operate at Galesburg’s farmers market.

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Election 2012: Knox Students Blog Multi-Faceted Approach

Knox College students and faculty are taking a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary approach as they examine U.S. presidential elections during the fall term course, Election 2012. Several students in the course will write for a new blog -- also called Election 2012 -- describing their experiences and what they learn in class. A broad range of issues will be discussed, including same-sex marriage, health care, and the media. During the term, students will discuss and learn about various processes, issues, and dynamics in the elections. Learn more about the Election 2012 class and read the blog.

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Student Senate Approves New Bike Shop

Knox’s bike advocates have cause to celebrate: there will be a short-term bike share program by winter term at the latest, according to Sustainability Coordinator Shawn Tubb. The new program will be run through the Roger Taylor Lounge, and students can borrow bikes by handing over their IDs for the length of their ride. In order to make this long-awaited plan a reality, Student Senate authorized funds last spring term to buy six bikes. They have also authorized the Office of Sustainability to hire three student mechanics to work in the bike shop. Learn more about the new Knox Bike Shop and the Knox College Student Senate.

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Beauty is in the Right Eye of the Beholder

It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that’s only half-true for the Gouldian finch. Biology professor Jennifer Templeton from Knox College has found that these beautiful birds only display their famous fussiness over mates if they’re looking with their right eye. If the right is shut, and the left eye is open, the birds have more catholic tastes. As Templeton writes, “Beauty, therefore, is in the right eye of the beholder for these songbirds.” Read more about Templeton’s research in Discover Magazine.

Professor Researches Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

Alt TextKnox College political science professor Daniel Beers volunteered in Haiti shortly after that country's devastating 2010 earthquake, which displaced more than 1 million people from their homes. Nearly three years later, hundreds of thousands of Haitians still lack long-term shelter. Beers wants to know why. "What I'm specifically interested in is the response of the international community -- non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foreign governments, the United Nations -- and how they've been working to address this problem and why the problem has proven to be so intractable.” Read about Beers’ experiences and how it will benefit his students at Knox.

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PBS Documentary Spotlights Knox’s Carl Sandburg Connections

The Day Carl Sandburg Died, a film by Paul Bonesteel as part of the American Masters collection, contains interviews with Robin Metz, professor and director of the creative writing program at Knox, and Rodney Davis, professor emeritus of history and co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox. The film also features shots of Knox and Galesburg found by Keegan Siebken '11, who worked with the film production company as a location scout, and a portrayal of a young Sandburg in reenactment scenes by Matt Allis '08. "There were all these Knox and Galesburg ties that turned out to be a very important part of the film," said Metz. Read more about the PBS documentary and how Metz will be utilizing the information in his classroom and in the community.

Knox Noted for Academics, Personal Attention, Community by Fiske

Alt TextCiting Knox's strong academic programs and personalized campus experience, the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has selected Knox as one of 300 "best and most interesting colleges and universities" among more than 2,200 higher education institutions in the United States. Knox’s strengths included the College’s strong academic programs including exceptional sciences and creative writing, undergraduate research, community involvement, and strong campus life. Read more about what the Fiske Guide has to say about Knox.

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Knox CommUNITY Week: Diversity to Inclusivity

Author and educator Laura Rendón, a scholar on diversity issues, told Knox College students, faculty, and staff about the importance of holistic education, and she explained her vision for education as part of the College's CommUNITY Week. "I am very impressed that Knox College has taken the time to think about inclusivity, taken the time to think about how a diverse range of students and a diverse range of faculty can actually work together with a common purpose and with a vision of making Knox the ultimate institution for education focused on excellence," said Rendón. Read more about CommUNITY week and the importance of diversity at Knox.

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Apply Early

Are you a high school senior? Apply by the November 1 Early Action deadline, and we will make a 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. 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. We are meeting with students at their high schools, college fairs, and workshops. And we are offering admission interviews in more than 40 cities. Meet with us when we are in your area. Event dates are available at www.knox.edu/knoxontheroad.

Come See Us!

Visit campus this fall to experience Knox first-hand. Tour the campus, interview with an admission counselor, talk with professors and coaches, even observe a class. Attend the Fall Open House on November 12 -- or schedule your visit on a date most convenient for you at www.knox.edu/visit.

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Follow @KnoxCollege1837 to find out what is happening around campus and in the Knox community. No matter what part of the Knox community you are, following us will keep you informed and up to date on everything Knox. While you are there, be sure to send us a message and let us know what you think makes Knox great!

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Important Dates

November 1

Early Action I Application Deadline

November 12

Fall Open House II

December 1

Early Action II Application Deadline

Fast Fact

50: Knox is in the top 50 colleges and universities in the nation for ethnic diversity.
50 Knox is in the top 50 colleges and universities in the nation for ethnic diversity.

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Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
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