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Planet Green Recognizes Eco-Conscious Knox

The Planet Green cable television network recognized Knox for its sustainability practices, posting a new video feature on its Web site. The video, "Eco-Tours: Planet Green Tours Eco-Conscious Knox College," was shot by Knox student Tyler O'Neill, and included a series of interviews conducted by "Wa$ted" co-host Holter Graham. He praised Knox for using "clamshells," recyclable food containers, and for its other sustainability initiatives. "Knox College has dedicated itself to teaching and training the next generation of leaders to be stewards of our planet," said Graham.

Learn more about Knox's sustainability initiatives, and view the Planet Green video about Knox.

In This Issue

Freedom to Flourish

Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

Fast Fact

Knox Links

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Knox Welcomes New Students

The second-largest class in nearly 40 years moved into residence halls and began orientation at Knox College on Saturday. Each year since 1885, new and returning students kick off the school year with the tradition knoxn as Pumphandle, that introduces new faces and reunites old. On the afternoon before the first day of classes, students, faculty, and staff -- some of them in wacky costumes -- gather on the south lawn of Old Main, shaking each person's hand in turn. Former Wisconsin governor and Health and Human Services secretary Tommy Thompson gave the opening convocation address. Read more about the entering class and Pumphandle.

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Senior Studies Mass Transportation in France

Trains have fascinated Abe Zumwalt for most of his life. A French and economics double major, Abe is returning to campus this fall for his senior year after spending five months studying abroad in Knox's Besançon program. Besançon, like France in general, is known for its safe and well-developed public transit system. "I'm a chronic public transportation nerd, and I've read so much about the European rail system that I had to get my hands on it and experience it," said Abe. "There's just a plethora of history and unbelievable amounts of culture." Read more about Abe's trip to France and what he took away from the experience. Read more about Abe's trip to France and what he took away from the experience.

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Knox Ranked by US News & World Report

Knox College is once again ranked among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 2011. The ranking is based on strengths in several areas, including a 90% retention rate for first year students, 92% of faculty who are full time, and a 39% alumni giving rate. Knox was also rated 47th in academic reputation by high school counselors. "Applicants to Knox continue to be unusually motivated, intellectually curious and high achieving, and they want the kind of quality education Knox offers," said Paul Steenis, dean of admission. Read more about Knox's recognition in U.S. News & World Report, and learn what other experts are saying about Knox.

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Journalism Students Survey Workers After Factory Closing

Knox students and faculty have joined with a group of former employees of Maytag's Galesburg Refrigeration Plant to survey hundreds of workers who lost their jobs when the plant closed in 2004. The union used to keep records of former employees, but since the closure, there has not been a comprehensive study to find out what happened to the workers. "We believe this is the first study of what happens to a particular group of people when a workplace such as Maytag closes," said Professor Marilyn Webb. Read more about what the students hope to learn from their study. Learn more about what the students hope to learn from their study.

Knox Receives Federal Grant for Student Service Program

Alt TextKnox College’s highly successful TRIO Achievement program, which aims at increasing the graduation rate of low income and first-generation college students, is receiving renewed funding from the United States Department of Education. A total of $1.5 million is available over the next five years. “Knox provides the opportunities and services that help students succeed. Four-year academic planning, information on financial literacy, careers and graduate schools, connecting with professors outside the classroom, we never want to leave a student without other options,” said program director Risa Lopez. Learn more about how the TRIO Achievement program helps students excel at Knox.

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Knox Students Help with River Cleanup

Senior Ben Boor has spent much of his summer trudging through the muck of Maryland's Back River, a once-thriving waterway that has become seriously polluted over the course of several decades. The goal is to make the river hospitable again for plants and wildlife. "Honestly, it was kind of scary at first to realize how bad it was," said Ben. "Even three or four years ago, nothing was able to live in the mudflats because there was too much trash." In addition, Ben is conducting an ecological census that he hopes will shed some light on why certain parts of the river don't have much biological diversity. Learn more about Ben's efforts to revive life in the Back River.

Students Receive Grants to Teach

Alt Text Fifteen Knox students received grants from Knox's own REACH Fellows Program to work as teaching assistants for the College4Kids program. Subjects the students taught ranged from Spanish, French, and Mathematics, to Renewable Energy and Green Alternatives, and even Hip Hop and Modern Dance. Project REACH was developed by the Knox Educational Studies Department, and receives its funding through the United States Department of Education's Teacher Quality Enhancement Program. Learn more about the students who taught at College4Kids.

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Four Students Inducted into Scientific Honors Society

Four Knox students have been inducted into Sigma Xi, the international scientific society that exists to honor scientists as well as provide a forum for discussing topics over multiple scientific disciplines. In order to be inducted, students had to be nominated by two full members of the society after presenting research results at an off-campus forum. Sigma Xi was founded in 1886, and has more than 60,000 members internationally. Read more about this honor and the research the students presented to receive it.

Are You Knox?

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 at a Colleges that Changes Lives Fair

"There is no better college in the country for developing a young mind and character."

That's what Loren Pope, former education editor of The New York Times, says about Knox in his book Colleges That Change Lives. The book profiles 40 nationally recognized colleges that enrich and empower students through cooperative, rather than competitive learning. "The colleges in this book develop the qualities needed to see opportunities in a changing world and be smart and resourceful enough to act on them," says Pope. The colleges featured in the book travel the country to meet directly with students and families interested in their school. Attend a program this September in St. Paul, Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, or Cleveland. For more details and locations, and to learn more about Colleges That Change Lives, visit www.ctcl.org.

Visit Campus!

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 a Fall Open House on October 11 or November 12 -- or schedule your visit on a date most convenient for you at www.knox.edu/visit.

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"I like to tell people that for my Honors [research] I cloned a frog gene, and I sequenced it, and I contributed this piece of information"

My name is Andrew, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

October 11

Fall Open House

November 1

Early Action I Application Deadline

November 12

Fall Open House

Fast Fact

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54 The number of athletic team captains in the Fall 2010 first year class.

Knox Links

Knox College Office of Admission
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
309-341-7100 Phone
800-678-KNOX Toll-free