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Family & Friends Weekend Schedule


Knox College

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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October 4 - October 6, 2013

All Weekend

Photo Contest. Enter our Family & Friends Weekend photo contest by sharing your pics on our Facebook page or mentioning@KnoxCollege1837 on Twitter! The most fun and unique photo will be highlighted on the Knox Family and Friends webpage!

A "Cyber Lounge" for parents will be available in Seymour Library on the first floor in the Cecil Room. This is the room on the west side of the building that is mostly glass and is sometimes referred to as the "Fishbowl". Computer and internet access will be provided, as well as a quiet place to  relax. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

8:00 a.m.-3:50 p.m. -- Attend Knox classes. Parents are invited to attend the open classes listed below. 

Note: Sometimes parents ask if they may attend their son or daughter's classes; this may not be possible due to the lack of room for visitors in the classroom, or the professor may be planning a quiz or test for that day. 

Period 1 (8:00-9:10 a.m.)
Prec 115-1 First Year Preceptorial, J. Spacco, Science and Math Center (SMC) A-210
MATH 152 Calculus II, K. Hastings, SMC A219

Period 2 (9:20-10:30 a.m.)
SPAN 230-B Mexican and Central American Culture, C. Fernandez, George Davis Hall (GDH), Rm. 203
ANSO 231 Native America: Identity and Adaptation, J. Wagner, GDH 303
CS 262 Information Management, J. Spacco, SMC A-210
BIO 110 Intro to Evolution, Ecology & Biodiversity, J. Mountjoy & J. Templeton, SMC A110
STAT 200, Principles of Statistics, R. Stout, GDH 103
Span 101A-1 Intro to Spanish, R. Ragan, CFA 211

Period 3 (10:40-11:50 a.m.)
THTR 121 Design & Technology for Stage & Screen, C. Choma, Center for Fine Arts (CFA), Rm. 205
RELS 113/HIST 113 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, J. Thrall, Old Main (OM)Rm. 301
PS 210 Intro to International Relations, S. Hulett, GDH 303
Econ 302, Intermediate Macroeconomics, R. Stout, GDH 103
Span 101A-2 Intro to Spanish, R. Ragan, CFA 211
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish, T. Foster, Memorial Gym 200

Period 4 (12:00 - 1:10 p.m.)

SPAN 304 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, C. Fernandez, GDH 306
NEUR 240 Neuroscience I, H. Hoffmann & E. Penick, SMC A112
PS 210 Intro to International Relations, S. Hulett, GDH 303
ANSO 103 Contemporary Social Issues, G. Raley, Memorial Gym 200

Period 5 (1:20-2:30 p.m.)
CS 306 Automata theory and programming languages, D. Bunde, SMC D205
PSYC 277 Clinical & Abnormal Psychology, T. Kasser, SMC A 107
CS 141 Intro to Computer Science, J. Dooley, SMC A-112

Period 6 (2:40-3:50 p.m.)
CS 226 Intro Operating systems & networking, D. Bunde, SMC A219
RELS 101 Intro to Religious Studies, J. Thrall, OM 301
PREC 131 Heroism, K. Hastings, SMC A207
FP 115 Science Fiction and Human Identity, T. Foster, Wilson House.
CS 141 Intro to Computer Science, J. Dooley, SMC A-112
CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I, W. Du, CFA 211

JUST ADDED! PHYS 313 Classical Electrodyamics, T. Moses, SMC D108

4:00-6:00 p.m. -- Welcome Center Check-in. Pick up your final schedule and packet, talk with representatives from our student publications, and visit with other families and friends in Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union. (If you did not register online, please stop in and register in person - we would like to welcome you to campus!)

7:00 p.m. "Pie on the Patio", Gizmo Patio. Hosted by Union Board, the fourth annual Fall Fest will feature free pie, apple cider, mini pumpkin painting, Knox trivia, and more!  Bring all friends and family to eat and hear music by talented Knox students. (Rain location: Taylor Student Lounge.)

7:00 p.m. GiN (Gaming Information Network) Charity Game-a-thon. Play games and enter tournaments to help to help support Child's Play Charity. All donations will go directly to Child's Play. Super Smash Brothers Tournament entry fee $3. Post Lobby.

7:30 p.m. -- Khasma Piano Duo. The Khasma Duo, featuring pianists Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo, will perform works by John Adams, Alan Hovhaness, Morton Feldman, David Maki, and other 20th/21st century masters. Kresge Hall, Center for Fine Arts.

7:00 p.m. Playwrights' Workshop. Playwrights' Workshop is a workshop for budding playwrights at Knox; their work will be read aloud by a group of volunteer actors. The audience is also given a chance to respond and give feedback to the playwrights. Family and Friends are welcome to attend! Studio Theatre, Ford Center for Fine Arts.

7:30 p.m. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Meeting. Room E117, Science and Mathematics Center. Friends and Families welcome!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

9 a.m.-11 a.m. -- Welcome Center Check-in. Pick up your final schedule and packet; talk with other parents and representatives from our student publications, grab a donut and some coffee. Lobby, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- Workshops for Parents. Kresge Hall and Round Room, CFA.

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Q and A about Life at Knox.  Meet Teresa Amott, President; Laura Behling, Dean of the College, Deb Southern, Dean of Students; and Lori Schroeder, Associate Dean of the College, Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Internships- Explore the Possibilities". Join a discussion with students and staff from the Bastian Family Career Center regarding internship opportunities. Learn about how students secured their internships and what the next steps might be for you or your student. Students and families welcome. Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Gaining Global Perspective: Study Away Opportunities with Knox.  Learn about Knox's study away opportunities, both domestic and international, with a question-and-answer session with the program staff. Students and families welcome. Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

10:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m. Tours of the Old Jail. Enjoy an informative tour of a piece of Knox County history right here on campus! Tours conducted by Delta Delta Delta; Donations are welcomed. Old Jail (located on Cherry Street by Visitor's Parking Lot).

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Information Fair for Parents and Students. Talk to various vendors, such as the College Commencement Vendor, PNC Bank, and others that serve the College and our students. Gallery, Seymour Union.

11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Union Board Peanut Butter & Jelly Cook-off. Outdoor Tennis Courts. Join us for the first ever Peanut Butter & Jelly Cook-off! All family and friends welcome. Come show off your culinary genius; all cooking materials will be provided for contestants. Assemble a team of family and friends. An assortment of prizes will be given to all winners. Rain Location: Lincoln Room, Seymour Union. 

11 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Knox College Bookstore. Open in the basement of Seymour Hall. 

11:00 a.m. -- Knox College Women's Soccer vs. Grinnell College. Jorge Prats Field. 

Lunch. Reasonably priced lunch options exist in the Gizmo and Hard Knox Café, Seymour Hall. Hard Knox Café is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gizmo is open all day.

1:00 p.m. -- Knox College Football vs. Ripon College. Harley Knosher Bowl. 

1:30 p.m. -- Knox College Men's Soccer vs. Grinnell College. Jorge Prats Field. 

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Kids' Carnival. Supervised fun for young children with the members of Women of Influence and Blessings in a Backpack! Arts and crafts, face-painting, bean bag toss and more. Kids must be accompanied by parent or guardian and not be left unattended at the carnival. Lobby, Post Hall.

4:00 p.m.GiN (Gaming Information Network) Charity Game-a-thon. Play games and enter tournaments to help to help support Child's Play Charity. All donations will go directly to Child's Play. Magic the Gathering Tournament entry fee $10. Post Lobby. 

Sunrise -- Sunset -- Green Oaks Field Station. No formal tours will be given, but you are welcome to drive out and have a look on your own. Maps will be available at the Welcome Center.

Morning and afternoon -- Scarecrow Festival (directly across the street from Knox College in Standish Park). Crafts, children's activities, and music. Part of the Knox County Scenic Drive Weekend.

7:00 p.m. -- Playwrights' Workshop, Studio Theatre, Ford Center for Fine Arts. (See description under Friday's activities.) Family and Friends are welcome!

8:30 p.m. "We're Back" Improv Show. Hosted by Improv Club. We're back in Kresge with some classic improvised comedy - don't miss our first performance of the year!  Kresge Hall, CFA. NOTE: Rated PG-13 (not for young children)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Enjoy the day and spend time with your Knox student!

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m -- Hard Knox Cafe. Open for brunch.

2:00 p.m. GiN (Gaming Information Network) Charity Game-a-thon. Play games and enter tournaments to help to help support Child's Play Charity. All donations will go directly to Child's Play. Settlers of Catan Tournament entry fee $3. Post Lobby.

Sunrise-Sunset -- Green Oaks Field Station. No formal tours will be given, but you are welcome to drive out and see the site on your own.

Other activities in the Galesburg area: 

Knox County Scenic Drive, October 5-6. Enjoy historic sites, displays, demonstrations, and country cooking as you take a self-conducted driving tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the historic Spoon River valley including Galesburg, Knoxville, Maquon, Woodland Grove Farms and Orange Chapel.

Scarecrow Festival, October 5-6. Enjoy the 11th Annual Scarecrow Festival held in Standish Park Arboretum, directly across South Street from Knox College. There will be live entertainment, handmade crafts, children's activities, food and much more. Visitors view and vote on their favorite scarecrows to win prizes in 5 different categories.

Spoon River Scenic Drive, October 5-6. Fulton County offers unusual beauty of the colors throughout the Spoon River Valley, which inspired founders to hold the first Fall Festival and to organize the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive. The first weekend of the Scenic Drive brought large crowds and a second consecutive weekend was held in October 1968. The Scenic Drive's Fall Festival has since been held each year during the first two full weekends of October.

Galesburg Civic Art Center, October 4-5. Paintings by John Malveto of Walker, Louisiana, and paintings, ceramics, and wood by Roland Folse of Springfield, Illinois, will be exhibited in the Joanne R. Goudie Gallery. Art Center hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Prairie Players present I Hate Hamlet, Fri, October 4 and Sat. Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., Best Western Prairie Inn, 300 S. Soangetaha Rd, Galesburg, IL. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for youth 21 and younger and are available at Innkeeper's Fresh Roasted Coffee, 80 S. Seminary St.

Galesburg Farmer's Market, Sat, October 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Simmons & Kellogg Streets, downtown Galesburg. Brought to you by the Galesburg Business Association. For more information contact: Market Manager: Kathy Bennett at 309-368-1750.

Bishop Hill Historic Site (a short drive from Galesburg, 20-30 min.) Bishop Hill was the site of a utopian religious community founded in 1846 by Swedish pietist Eric Janson (1808-1850) and his followers. Many consider the Jansonist emigration as the beginning of Swedish America. Today, Bishop Hill is a quiet country village where the charm and character of the original colony have survived the test of time. Bishop Hill is a National Landmark Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it is an Illinois State Historic Site.

Professor Claudia Fernandez observes two students in a conversation-based exam.
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