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Knox in New Edition of Colleges That Change Lives

Knox is a place that will take you seriously, no matter where you grew up or what kind of high school you attended. Nobody cares if you want to dye your hair green, wear a cape to class, or dress in a suit every day. Instead, the focus is on cultivating your potential, stretching your limits, and sharpening your values so that when you leave, you are captain of your fate and master of your soul. -- Colleges That Change Lives, 2012 Edition

Knox College has again been selected for the best-selling guide to colleges that is noted for its in-depth approach -- Colleges That Change Lives. The new edition features new information about the colleges and interviews with students, faculty and staff.

"Of all the guidebooks that are available, Colleges That Change Lives is the one that we hear about most often from prospective students and their families," said Dean of Admission Paul Steenis. "That is a testimony to the book's enduring value as a source of credible information and reliable advice."

Read excerpts about Knox in the new edition of Colleges That Change Lives.

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 the Class of 2016

Knox College welcomed the second-largest entering class in 40 years on September 5th, with the opening of residence halls, orientation, and greetings from President Teresa Amott and Dean Lawrence Breitborde to nearly 430 new students and their families. The incoming class hails from 34 states and territories and 25 countries, and is comprised of athletic team captains, music section leaders, class presidents, Eagle Scout and Gold Award winners, school newspaper and literary magazine editors, community service volunteers, and more. See pictures from move-in day and video interviews with members of the incoming class.

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Students and Staff Conducted Research in Jordan

Katherine Adelsberger, professor of environmental studies, and Knox students are conducting excavation and analysis at Tall Dhiban, a 5,000-year-old site located near the modern town of Dhiban, south of Amman, Jordan.  "I'm investigating architectural finds that we made in 2010, in order to determine whether they indicate water storage activities," Adelsberger says.  When not busy with the research this summer, the group traveled around Jordan. "We visited Jerash -- one of the best-preserved Roman cities -- Petra, and the Dana Nature Reserve in the south. These are famous sites, but they also help students to understand the regional context of the material we find at Dhiban. When students pick up some pottery and wash it in the lab, they know something about the people who made it." Learn more about the research students and faculty are conducting in Jordan.

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Students Explore Belize's Marine Biology, Culture

Ten Knox College students recently snorkeled in the ocean off Belize to examine aquatic life during their travels throughout the Caribbean country, interacting with its residents and visiting ancient Mayan sites. The two-week trip was an extension of a spring term 2012 course, "Marine Biology: Field Research on the Belizean Barrier Reef." Knox faculty member Linda Dybas co-led the Belize trip with technical assistant Miava Reem, "The coolest thing on Tobacco Caye was snorkeling and being able to see the coral reef and the animals in person," said senior  Zoe Kudla, "I knew it was going to be a great experience, and it exceeded my expectations." Read more about their unique off-campus study experience.

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Senior Returns After Year Long Study Abroad

Senior Hannah Basil always figured she'd study abroad some day, and she was thrilled to learn of her acceptance to a special program at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, a program that only accepts about 300 students from around the world every year. "I just gasped," Basil recalled. "That's the leading economics research institution in the world." Once in London, Basil took four LSE courses that stretched over the entire academic year. They were Self, Others and Society: Perspectives on Social and Applied Psychology; Principles of Finance; Applied Environmental Economics; and International Marketing: A Strategic Approach. Learn more about Hannah’s experiences and how different her educational experiences in London were.

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Knox Ranked 11 by Washington Monthly

Released in the September-October issue of Washington Monthly magazine and the magazine's Web site, the rankings place Knox 11th among liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to scores in three areas: service, social mobility, and research. The service score is designed to measure the extent that colleges are "encouraging students to give something back to their country." It includes graduates who enter the Peace Corps and the college's support for community service.The social mobility score looks at Knox's commitment to recruiting and graduating low-income students. The research ranking includes both funds for academic research on campus and the success of Knox graduates in earning PhDs. Read more about Knox's ranking in Washington Monthly.

Knox Graduate Edits Feature Film ParaNorman

Alt TextKnox graduate and Coraline editor Chris Murrie ’95 has another major motion picture on his resume following last month’s release of ParaNorman. Murrie’s work as a senior editor helped animation studio Laika earn an Academy Award nomination for best animated feature film. Murrie majored in studio art at Knox. As production manager at the campus radio station, WVKC, he created sound effects and mixed live music shows. He found both academics and extracurriculars to be valuable preparation for work as a film editor. "Editing certainly pulls from many different disciplines," Murrie says. "You need a good eye for framing and composition, which I developed at Knox in the art department. I tend to think of editing as being very musical as well. Creating a pace is about establishing rhythm and knowing how to play accents against that rhythm, as well as how to develop it. Learn more about Murrie’s work and his beliefs about the motion picture industry.

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Fulbright Fellow Returns from Jamaica Snake Research

When Brent Newman started researching the Jamaican yellow boa for his Fulbright Fellowship last year, he was warned that he might manage to capture only one or two of the elusive snakes. But as things turned out, the 2010 Knox College graduate caught more than two dozen yellow boas during his 10-month stay in Cockpit Country, Jamaica. Microchips were surgically implanted in several snakes, and Newman used radio-tracking technology to monitor their movements -- learning more about their habitats, diets, and breeding seasons in the process. In an unexpected twist, he also wound up teaching Spanish twice a week to first- through sixth-graders at a nearby primary school. Learn more about what Newman uncovered during his research and how Knox helped prepare him for his future.

Knox Alumna Designs Educational Program with Smithsonian

Alt TextKnox College graduate Layne Zimmers '06 partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to teach students about the global water crisis. Inspired by a trip to Tanzania, she has developed a yearlong project for her sixth-grade classrooms that incorporates online seminars, field trips, and fundraising. Zimmers is utilizing what she learned as an educational studies major as a middle-school teacher in Springfield, Illinois, at Lincoln Magnet School, a 2011 High Performing National Blue Ribbon School. She teaches sixth-grade world history and language arts and eighth-grade research writing. In her travel blog, Zimmers explained why she chose to volunteer in Tanzania. “It was because of teachers who fostered my curious nature. I was introduced to the country a few years back when I took my first class at Knox College.” Learn more about Zimmers’ work with the Smithsonian and how her experience at Knox inspired her to do it.

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Knox Alumnus Wins Short Story Award

Knox College alumnus Lucas Southworth '01 recently won an Association of Writers & Writing Programs award for his short story collection, Everyone Here Has a Gun. AWP awarded Southworth the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, which is named for one of America's most celebrated short story writers and includes a publishing deal with the University of Massachusetts Press. When asked if his time at Knox had anything to do with his writing successes, Southworth said, "Knox was particularly instrumental in my decision to continue writing. It was such a nurturing, supportive environment." Since leaving Knox, Southworth has earned an MFA from the University of Alabama, where he now teaches literature and creative writing. Learn more about how Southworth earned the Association of Writers & Writing Programs award and how Knox’s professors influenced him during his college career.

NPR Focuses on Knox Prairie Community Kitchen

Alt TextNational Public Radio recently featured the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen, an organization that brings together volunteers from Knox College and the larger Galesburg-area community. Twice a month, the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen organizes free dinners for anyone who wants to attend. The story is part of NPR's "Participation Nation" initiative, which is collecting written submissions from people all over the United States about "the good things Americans are doing," according to the NPR Web site. Read the NPR release on the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen.

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!

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 8 or November 12 -- or schedule your visit on a date most convenient for you at www.knox.edu/visit.

Apply Early

Are you a high school senior? Apply by the November 1 Early Action deadline and get a quick decision on admission. 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.

Ashley Wolfgang
"Last year, I had an independent study on dystopian fiction... probably been one of the most entertaining and rewarding experiences I've had at Knox thus far."

My name is Ashley Wolfgang, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

October 8

Fall Open House

November 1

Early Action I Application Deadline

November 12

Fall Open House

Fast Fact

23: Knox is ranked in the Top 23 most diverse liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report
23 U.S. News and World Report ranks Knox among the 23 most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.

Knox Links

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