Skip to main content
A student rides her bike across the Knox College campus.

Progress Report


Office of the President

Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



Download the Knox 2018 Plan
Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Goal 2 Progress to Date

Updated February 2019

Ensure that all Knox students, regardless of their backgrounds or the pathways that brought them to Knox, are afforded the transformational experiences that promote success at Knox and after graduation.

  • Fall 2018 saw a number of “high touch and high tech” improvements to our retention initiatives, including: a more comprehensive protocol for responding to Early Alerts to help staff prioritize alerts and assure timely communication with students; updated information for faculty regarding how to optimize their use of the Early Alert system; significant improvements to the Early Alert software, which allows for better tracking of alerts and heightened collaboration with a student’s support network; review of the Student Support Committee structure and focus; and continued refinement of the process used to work with students who do not register for financial or other reasons.
  • The Center for Intercultural Life hosted a campus-wide Day of Dialogue on October 17. The purpose of the day was to provide students, faculty, and staff with the skills and opportunity to engage those with differing social and political viewpoints. 
  • Knox participated in the National Institute for Transformation and Equity's Culturally Engaging Campus Environments Undergraduate Survey in spring 2018. The purpose of the assessment was to understand students' perceptions of the extent to which Knox cultivates and inclusive, equitable, and supportive campus environment for our diverse students. The key findings will contribute to the development and refinement of programs and services across campus. 
  • The College has transitioned to in-house student health services in fall 2018, providing an opportunity for more student-centered health promotion education. 
  • The Center for Intercultural Life took 14 students on an alternative spring break trip, To Selma and Back, focused on significant landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement. Key locations include the National Civil Rights Museum, the Birminghan Civil Rights Institute, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. 
  • A new Success Advisor program is being implemented in conjunction with the new Knox educational program. Building on insights from the Retention Quality Initiative launched in 2016, Success Advisors will provide academic advising sessions for early-arriving fall athletes and serve as team advisors in the living-learning communities, among other duties.
  • Winter and spring 2018 brought new success to Prairie Fire athletics: softball had its best season since 2005, winning 10 games and beating Sr. Norbert; track and field broke 20 school records this season; every varsity tennis player increased their University Tennis Ratings since the start of the season; and baseball coach Jami Isaacson achieved his 300th career win. 
  • The Prairie Fire women's swimming and diving team had the highest GPA (3.80) in the nation for the fall 2017.
  • Both men's and women's soccer teams claimed Midwest Conference Championships in fall 2018, with the women's team advancing to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. 
  • The Center for Intercultural Life hosted two virtual institutes for faculty and staff, focused on creative an inclusive, socially just campus community, in spring 2018. 
  • Counseling services introduced several new therapeutic tools during 2018, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Em-wave self-regulation technology, light therapy, and a certified therapy dog (Olive!). These additions will make the counseling experience more effective and efficient and better equip students with the skills and resources needed to practice positive mental health.
  • Admission, Academic Affairs, and Student Development worked together to launch the Power of Experience Grants, a $2,000 grant to support an experiential learning opportunity during the junior or senior year.  Opportunities include research and creative work, internships, off-campus study, and community service. All incoming students in fall 2017 were awarded the grants, which are support by a $2.9 million bequest from Ann Asplund, friend of the College and honorary Fifty Year Club member. Approximately 20 transfer students are currently eligible to utilize their grants, and the majority of students will be eligible beginning in fall 2019.
  • Student Development has begun implementing data-driven retention initiatives following a recent analysis of attrition data from 2011-2016. The data provided valuable information on why students leave Knox, which is allowing for tailored retention initiatives. Initiatives include financial literacy education for students and parents, targeted outreach by Counseling Services, and discussion regarding the expansion of our summer bridge programs. 
  • The Business Office and Information Technology Services launched a new student accounts receivable and student billing website to provide improved functionality and service for students and families in summer 2017.
  • Admission, Financial Aid, Student Development, and the Business Office worked together to help current students better understand ways of meeting college costs, offering drop-in hours during the evening for students to discuss their bills, payment options, the availability of financial aid, and alternative loans, among other topics. The first drop-in hours were held in spring 2017.
  • The second year of the Mellon Experiential Learning Fellowships were awarded to 30 first-generation and income-eligible students. These students will spend the summer engaged in internships, community service, or research/scholarship/creative work, all funded by the new program. Stipends will facilitate participation in vital learning opportunities, such as internships, community engagement experiences, and undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work. Twenty-five students received the Mellon Experiential Learning Fellowships during summer 2016.
  • Knox welcomed a new director of spiritual life in May 2017. The director will work to engage students in programs and dialogues around issues that are core to being human: compassion, understanding, equality, justice. The director has been collaborating with campus faith-based organizations to promote inclusivity through dialogue, including the popular weekly gathering, Mocha with a Muslim.
  • Thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor, the College has begun programming and schematic development for the recently acquired Second Baptist Church, which will house both Spiritual Life and Intercultural Life.
  • The Center for Intercultural Life and Title IX program have developed new peer education programs to expand opportunities for dialogue and respect for difference on campus. The programs will begin in fall 2017.
  • Campus Life recently designated two additional cultural centers—Harambee House (which promotes African identity) and Q & A House (which serves as a resource for LGBTQ students and allies)—to complement the College's five existing cultural centers
  • Student Development and Academic Affairs continue their partnership to implement a comprehensive retention plan. Specific collaboration points include: strengthened student peer mentor programs; assistance to faculty in responding to student mental health concerns; financial literacy education; targeted transition programs for transfer students; and living learning communities aligned with First-Year Preceptorial.  A thorough analysis of attrition data from 2011-2016, which will provide valuable information to assist the College's retention efforts, was completed in spring 2017.
  • Following best practices for responding to students of concern, Student Development has restructured the College's process for identifying students who may be experiencing significant academic or personal distress and enacting appropriate strategies for assisting each student. The High­Risk Student (HRS) Committee now meets weekly and includes representatives from Academic Affairs, Athletics, Campus Life, the Center for Intercultural Life, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Counseling Services, and the Dean of Students' office. The HRS Committee utilizes a model grounded in case management theory to ensure timely and thorough intervention and accountability.
  • Knox recently acquired software from Maxient, a cloud based software system used by more than 600 colleges and universities to manage student conduct records and high-­risk student cases, track Title IX incidents, and record and report on Clery incidents. Information Technology Services, Student Development, and Campus Safety will work cooperatively over the summer to implement the system with a goal of having the software ready and end users trained by fall term 2016.
  • Counseling Services has seen an increase in student sessions during the 2015-16 academic year, with 1163 total sessions as of the date of this report compared to 1136 sessions in 2014-­15. Similarly, we have seen an increase in sessions with students in crisis (the student perceives that he or she may be a risk of harm to self or others, has been assaulted or is in an abusive situation, or has experienced a recent significant loss) with 63 crisis sessions to date compared to 33 in 2014-­15. We believe these increases are not due to an actual increase in mental health issues or crisis situations on our campus, but instead due to: recent strategic efforts to educate students about Counseling Services' "crisis hours; " increased outreach to faculty to discuss how to help students who present with possible mental health issues; elimination of a wait list for counseling through the addition of intake hours.
  • The Counseling Center added two group counseling opportunities for students in fall 2015—an eating disorders group and a support group for students who identify as African-American. The Stress and Anxiety reduction group and Survivor of Sexual assault groups continue to be offered.
  • The Admission, Retention, and Placement Committee developed a Summer Bridge Program, SPARK (Student Preparation and Readiness for Knox), which launched in August 2015. Thirty-two students participated in the two-week program designed to help first-year students make the transition from high school to college; 42 students participated in the program's second year, thanks to additional financial assistance from a Mellon Foundation grant. 
  • The Office of Admission is working with Human Capital Research on a multi-year initiative to to better understand the relationship between financial aid, net cost, retention, and graduation and to determine the most effective ways to allocate financial aid resources to returning Knox students to achieve optimal results. Given our longstanding relationship with Human Capital, we decided to have an independent third party conduct a review and make recommendations on our approach to awarding aid to incoming students. We contracted with the Art & Science Group to conduct this review during summer 2015. Art & Science Group delivered their report in late January, determining that any potential opportunities to reallocate aid were too modest to justify having them do simulations of the effects of any changes to our aid awards. They did, however, identify a very small number of cohorts that might be worth further review in our ongoing work with Human Capital Research. The report basically reaffirmed the approaches we've been undertaking with Human Capital Research in the awarding of need-based and merit aid. We are currently in the process of developing our financial aid packaging regimen for the fall 2016 entering class.
  • Mark Welker joined the Knox community in summer 2015 as the new director of campus safety, and he is working closely with staff and colleagues to make changes to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. He has implemented staffing and scheduling changes that resulted in more experienced and trained staff, as well as better coverage in the evening and overnight hours. In January 2016, he conducted a tabletop risk management training exercise with the President's Council. Additional exercises are being planned for departments across campus.
  • Regularly scheduled testing of the Knox Alert system was implemented and is ongoing, occurring at 10:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The testing is in conjunction with the Knox County Emergency Management Agency's monthly testing.
  • Changes in Campus Safety staffing and scheduling have resulted in more experienced and trained staff, as well as better coverage in the evening and overnight hours. Uniform changes and increased community involvement will help to make the Campus Safety team more accessible to students and the campus community.
  • Campus Safety continues to update the College's Guidelines for Campus Emergencies and is developing written protocols for addressing events on campus. Campus Safety officers also recently attended a FEMA program that addressed multi-hazard emergency planning on college campuses.
  • In light of the ongoing campus discussions and activism surrounding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity, Communications developed both internal and external communications regarding these issues at Knox, most notably a revision of the Diversity & Inclusivity section of the Knox website, which was vetted with campus constituencies before publication, including the Campus Diversity Committee, and will continue to be updated as needed. 
  • A new training program to assist the College's effort to create a safe and respectful campus environment was rolled out this spring. The program is called "Haven, Understanding Sexual Assault" and is an interactive, engaging, and evidence-based online learning program. The key content of the program includes the importance of values, aspects of (un)healthy relationships, gender socialization, sexual assault, consent, bystander intervention, and ongoing activism. 
  • The National Collegiate Health Assessment data collected in spring 2014 was compiled and used as a basis to inform the decision making process in the areas of health and counseling services, including the additional of staff in the Health and Counseling Center; the creation of a new biweekly program, Wellness Wednesdays; and the introduction and implementation of Kognito, a suicide prevention/psychological support resource tool obtained at no cost to Knox for usage through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health. 
  • Knox Guardian, a mobile safety application, rolled out to campus in early October 2014. It has been adopted by 300 students, faculty and staff. We expect adoption rates to increase significantly over the next few years.
  • Knox Alert, a mass notification tool that delivers messaging via multiple communication channels­, was successfully deployed in March 2015. It was accompanied by an application integrated into that allows end users to more easily update contact information. Knox Alert was transitioned from an opt­-in to an opt­-out service in fall 2015 and is currently under evaluation as a vehicle for community outreach messaging.
  • Admission has been working with the President's office and Government and Community Relations to advocate on behalf of our students to continue the soon-to-expire Perkins Loan program and to ensure the availability and adequacy of Pell and MAP Grants--all of which are vital in ensuring that needy students have access to a Knox education. In December, the U.S. Senate reached a compromise that extends the Perkins program for two more years. With regard to both 2015-16 and 2016-17, we are hopeful that Illinois will fulfill its obligations to students and that retention and enrollment of MAP-eligible students will remain possible. Without State funds, the implications for our students and the College could be significant.
  • The Office of International Student Services established a two-week summer program in 2014 for incoming international students who may need additional transition support for the English language. The program was expanded in 2015 to include more students.

Adopt the best practices in educational and human resources initiatives to leverage the potential of our diverse campus.

  • Information Technology Services and Academic Affairs have partnered to deploy Interfolio Faculty Search, a purpose-built tool designed to streamline the business processes involved in the search and hiring of new faculty.
  • The Interim Chief Financial Officer and Associate Vice President for Human Resources are developing a comprehensive compensation plan for staff, with a goal of completing an analysis of market salary levels and identifying target salaries by the end of the 2018-19 fiscal year. 
  • A new weapons policy, developed by Campus Safety and Human Resources, was incorporated into the Employee Handbook in September 2018.
  • A new cloud-based human resources information system, BambooHR, was implemented in spring 2018. The system will assist the department with organization of and access to employment information, streamline the record-keeping process, provide a platform for applicant tracking,  allow exempt employees to track vacation, and automate the flow of employment-related documents.
  • Audio Visual Services will be realigned under Information Technology Services over summer 2018. This will allow the College to consolidate and improve technical support in classrooms, conference rooms, and events. 
  • Human Resources introduced a new and more comprehensive employee handbook to the campus on January 1, 2018. The rollout included multiple open forums, which were used to explain changes and to answer questions about the handbook. 
  • In cooperation with  Human Resources, Information Technology Services launched a new Job Bank, software used to facilitate work student and campus student employment, in February 2018.
  • A new supervisor training program, HR 101, will be introduced by the end of 2017. The program will provide basic knowledge of a broad range of employee related topics for new and experienced supervisors.
  • A newly designed My.Knox.Edu portal for the internal Knox community launched in March 2017. The goal of the redesign was to provide more useful information to the Knox community and to make it more interactive, as well as mobile friendly. Coinciding with the launch of the portal, Communications introduced a a new weekly e-newsletter for faculty and staff, My.Knox This Week. In the three-month period following the launch of the newsletter, we saw a 55 percent increase in traffic to My.Knox.Edu; submissions to the College's event calendar also rose more than 130 percent since the launch.
  • All employees who regularly utilize a computer have completed at least one information security training campaign as of fall 2018. This mandatory training program focused on information security for all faculty and staff launched over summer 2017, along with the addition of new technical security measures (two-factor authentication and mobile device security agent). The programs are part of the College's new Information Security Program and Policy
  • A new associate vice president for human resources, Crystal Bohm, joined the Knox community in summer 2016. John Newton and Associates, our Human Resources consultants, facilitated the transition of the new position and assisted in developing and revising policies and procedures in order to ensure Human Resources is utilizing best practices to serve the employees of Knox. The associate vice president will also be responsible for leading strategic human resource planning to provide the College with the best people talent available and to position Knox as an employer of choice by bringing to Knox the best policies and practices in higher education. 
  • The College changed its health insurance administrator from BAS to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois in January 2017.
  • Human Resources enhanced the new hiring orientation process to ensure that each new employee receives the same comprehensive information regarding processes, internal resources, and the benefits of being a Knox employee. In addition, the associate vice president for human resources now conducts a thorough exit interview with outgoing employees. A new draft of the employee handbook is currently under review by the senior staff. 
  • Partnering with the Title IX coordinator, Human Resources assisted in the development of a training seminar, Creating a Culture of Respect: Education and Training on Discrimination and Harassment, during spring 2017. They also worked with representatives from SEIU Local 73 to coordinate interactive training for the College's bargaining unit employees, supervisors, and management.
  • Human Resources is in the initial stages of deploying the FormStack workflow management system, which will automate the submission and approval of form-based workflows.
  • Student Development has transitioned from holding a separate "Multicultural Student Orientation" to holding one inclusive, intercultural orientation with an increased focus on what it means to be part of a truly diverse, socially just community. This change takes effect this fall.
  • Student Development has also begun efforts to leverage the potential student leaders in more strategic way. The 2016­-17 academic year will see an increase in the Resident Assistants' (RA) responsibilities to include the following: participation in an "on duty" rotation in which assigned RAs walk through the residential areas each night to interact with residents, identify safety concerns, and enforce community standards; implementation of a residential curriculum that utilizes clear learning outcomes and multiple strategies to engage students in sequenced learning (one track for freshmen and one for continuing students) that is rooted in student development theory and incorporates stakeholders across campus.
  • The Department of Athletics is committed to providing leadership on campus diversity and inclusion efforts. Two two staff members each year have attended the NCAA Inclusion Seminar and will do so again this year (the only Midwest Conference School to do so every year). Athletics staff also took part in Intergroup Dialogue Training on campus March 6-7, 2015, helping coaches and staff be more effective in understanding, communicating, and implementing inclusive practices. And in spring 2016, Athletics updated its mission statement to include critical core concepts of equity and inclusion.
  • The first of a series of faculty-mandated diversity workshops were helped on August 11 and 12, 2015. This two-day workshop was led by Charles Behling and Roger Fisher of the University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Relations and attended by 30 faculty members. The workshop explored intergroup dialogue techniques and strategies to assist faculty in cultivating inclusive classroom and interpersonal relationships. These workshops have continued over the 2015-16 academic year. Since their introduction, more than 65 faculty members have participated.
  • New efforts to enhance internal communications were introduced during the 2014-15 academic year, including the Knox 101: Brown Bag Lunch series, which provides opportunities for the campus to learn about departmental initiatives and processes, and a college-wide debrief following each Board of Trustees meeting.

Significantly increase the number of alumni, parents, and community members engaging with Knox and volunteering on behalf of the College.

  • Four affinity based alumni events are planned this winter into spring - Ultimate Frisbee 25th Anniversary Natalie Veneziano Winter Whiteout Tournament and Dinner (which also includes a fundraising component), Rep Term Alumni Reception, Robin Metz Memorial Service, and a Knox Choir alumni reception in Chicago.
  • The third spring break immersive experience will take place this year in Indianapolis. The focus is non-profit careers. Twelve students will join with 25 alumni who have actively engaged in developing the experiences in their city with each alumnus/a owning a specific role for the three-day event. This is the first time this trip has been significantly planned by alumni versus Knox staff.
  • Athletics is working  to provide a more robust game day atmosphere for fans, alumni, the campus community, and student-athletes. We have ramped up our collective efforts by prioritizing and developing the SuperFan Club and providing incentives for people to attend by awarding prizes and providing half-time games at specified events. To complement our SuperFan Club efforts, we have increased and expanded on special game days designated for community youth groups and families to help drive interest and awareness of our events with the ultimate goal being increased attendance and support.
  • The Knox College Book Club launched in July 2018 and brought more than 270 alumni together virtually to introduce themselves and participate in book discussions.
  • New branding was introduced to Athletic facilities during summer 2018, including T. Fleming Fieldhouse and its accompanying foyer, the Athletics office, the basement hallways, and outdoor facilities, among other areas frequented by athletes and the larger community. Features of the branding include renderings of the new Prairie Fire logo and mascot, as well as our school colors, purple and gold.
  • Six A.B.L.E. alumni engaged with current students in celebration of the organization's 50th anniversary, including a panel featuring three founders in the fall and a second panel the spring featuring alumni from the 1980s and 1990s.
  • A business immersive experience took place over spring break 2018, during which 12 students will interact with 34 alumni representing a wide range of business industries, including insurance, banking, finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, and economic development.
  • An alumni survey was distributed in fall 2017 to all alumni from 1960 to 2017; the goal of the survey was to ascertain how alumni would like to engaged with Knox and each other. Overwhelmingly, alumni are most interested in engaging in activities that allow them to engage with each other and, especially, those they knew from clubs/organizations/Greek Life/athletics (also known as affinities). The second highest interested area was engaging with current and emeritus faculty. 
  • Engagement with athletics letterwinners continues to be a major push with the new K Club coordinator; most recently, a basketball homecoming was held in January 2018; track and field will host their first reunion in March, and baseball will host a homecoming at Knox in spring 2018.
  • A new Knox Magazine website,, launched in fall 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the magazine. The site allows for better visual representation of the digital magazine, features additional digital content, and better integrates magazine content with the Knox website.
  • The Chicago Connections program launched over spring break 2017 when 11 pre-med students spent three days in Chicago shadowing 12 medical professionals, including 10 Knox alumni, one parent, and one friend. 
  • The Knect Alumni Network, originally introduced to alumni in June 2017, can now be accessed on one's phone, as well as through a desktop computer or tablet, and now features searching by affinity. To date, 1,230 alumni and students (juniors and seniors only) have joined the network. The next major marketing push for the app will take place during Senior Week 2018. The program was tested by the Alumni Council, Advancement staff, and select Young Alumni volunteers and Student Ambassadors in spring 2017.  The network is a virtual alumni community connecting alumni geographically and by profession. The network will be rolled out to juniors and seniors during fall 2017.
  • K Club gifts made possible the addition to Advancement of a K Club coordinator this fall, who is working with Prairie Fire athletics to increase engagement of Knox letterwinners, students, faculty, and parents and to continue the K Club fundraising momentum of the past seven years. 
  • Knox launched a new "Recommend a Future Knoxie" campaign in fall 2016, encouraging Knox alumni and friends to recommend a student to Knox. The campaign produced 136 recommendations, 38 were admitted, and 13 students enrolled this fall. A second campaign launched in fall 2017, resulting in 153 recommendations, 75 applications, 66 admits, and 21 new students. 
  • Admission and Student Development are working together to utilize the newly formed Parents Council. Initiatives include applicant receptions and assistance in raising the visibility of the College. Most recently, the Parents Council actively supported student recruitment effort by participating in admitted student receptions in on-campus and in the Chicago area. Members are also contributing to the new Knox College Parents Facebook page. 
  • Knox's alumni travel program debuted March 2016, with 23 alumni and friends enjoying a week in Cuba with faculty member Robin Metz and alumnus Scott Schwar '70. A second trip to Cuba took place in December 2016, with Professor William Hope, who has an expertise in Cuban culture and music; 13 travelers participated in the trip. In June 2016, 10 alumni joined the first domestic life-long learning trip with Professors Michael Godsil '76, photography, and Gregory Gilbert, art history, in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. In May 2017, alumni traveled to Florence, Italy, with Professor Emeritus Robert Hellenga. To date, 73 alumni travelers have participated in the program. Future trips include a Civil War battlefield tour with George Eaton '80 in fall 2017; a Sitka, Alaska, trip with Professor Nic Mink in fall 2018; and a trip to Barcelona in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Barcelona program in 2018, which featured 31 travelers. 
  • ​The importance of social media has become more apparent to the College's Communications efforts, as traffic from Facebook and Twitter can account for up to 20 percent of our website visits. With this in mind, Communications recently created a series of metrics to guide our approach to the College's four most robust social media channels—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat—including information on each channel's primary audience, content criteria, and goals for success. This information helps Communications better plan posts and work with other offices and departments who are interested in pursuing a presence on social media. 
  • The work of our student Video Corps remains integral to the success of our efforts to engage the Knox community. Now in its third year, Video Corps continues to cover student life at Knox and produced 150+ videos during the 2016-17 academic year (the majority being 30-seconds or less), garnering more than 167,000 views across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Communications is beginning work to develop social media ambassadors, individuals who can help promote Knox's social media channels and posts, ultimately, expanding the College's reach and presence on these channels.
  • The newly redesigned Knox Online Community was launched in May 2015, improving the online user experience for alumni and friends. The new design brings the online community into alignment with the redesigned Knox website, both in look and feel and in its responsive design. A redesigned Gizmogram was also introduced in April 2015.
  • Alumni Relations, in tandem with Student Development and the Center for Intercultural Life, held a one-day leadership development workshop on May 3, 2015, for the officers of the cultural affinity groups that make up Knox's five cultural centers (Asian Cultural Center, International House, ABLE Center for Black Culture, Casa Latina, and Human Rights Center). Twelve alumni returned to campus to offer advice to 34 student attendees. We plan to repeat the workshop next year and aim to increase participation among alumni who are Latino or Asian. 
  • Communications has experimented with the blogging platform Tumblr, launching a KnoxWorks blog (, which focuses on facilities and maintenance work across campus, and a Whitcomb Art Building Construction blog (, which is following the construction of the new art building through photos and video. Both blogs have been integrated into the Knox website where appropriate, and we continue to promote them whenever possible.
  • Regular outreach has continued with Black alumni, establishing the Black Alumni Network (BAN). After meeting with trustees and President's Council members after the February board meeting, members of the organizing group have participated in the cultural workshop noted above and continued discussions with Alumni Relations and President Amott. They are working in tandem with the membership of the Black Alumni Association of Knox College (BAAKC) which was established in 1978, whose activities have been centered around Chicago. BAAKC sees themselves as representing the alumni of the '70s and earlier; BAN, which plans to be much more actively engaged with Black alumni, is focusing on younger generations.
  • The Office of Advancement worked with a consultant to help them navigate the many avenues of digital engagement tools and to best determine what platform(s) may be most engaging and useful for Knox's audiences. The report was delivered in July 2015 and is currently under review.

Build a Galesburg Partnership, a robust, mutually beneficial relationship between Knox and its home community. Work with Galesburg businesses, non-profits, and community initiatives to strengthen community ties, grow opportunities for student engagement, and inculcate a lasting commitment to service.

  • Knox partnered with the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce and local arts organizations to host One State Together in the Arts Conference, the bi-annual statewide conference for artists and arts executives and administrators. 
  • As part of the Orton Family Foundation Heart & Soul Initiative, several Knox faculty and staff are taking active roles in collecting the stories that illustrate our community values. The Heart & Soul process is expected to provide a much more thorough understanding of Galesburg's values, and begin developing a set of goals for our entire community to work toward. The process is being facilitated by Knox alum Deborah Moreno. ​Most recently, the group's leadership team presented to the Galesburg City Council the value statements developed by participants over the past year and a half. 
  • Knox has developed a four-year civic action plan to further our efforts to reach out to the Galesburg community and grow a mutually beneficial partnership. The plan calls for working towards Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2020. The three pillars of the plan include strengthening partnerships and programming; recognizing and honoring student, faculty, and staff engagement; and ensuring that policies and procedures support accountable engagement.
  • The sixth cohort of the KnoxCorps was deployed in fall 2017. KnoxCorps continues to receive support from PNC Bank for the KnoxCorps electric vehicle and recently received a $25,000 grant from the Jenzabar Foundation to support student Associates over the next three years. Three new organizations joined the ranks of KnoxCorps host sites in fall 2017: the Regional Office of Education, the Galesburg On Track initiative (Heart & Soul), and Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center. 
  • An excerpt from the spring issue of Knox Magazine, which celebrated the 180th anniversary of the founding of Knox and Galesburg, was reprinted and mailed to local businesses and leaders in fall 2017 as a reminder of the many threads that connect Knox and Galesburg. Mailing recipients also received a static cling decal to post on the windows of their businesses as a show of support for Knox.
  • In fall 2016, Knox worked the the Elections course to educate first-time voters about the candidates, issues, and political process. The College participated in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to increase student voter registration. Funding from a McCormick Founded/Campus Compact Election Engagement Project also allowed the college to support voter registration efforts and to host a returns watching party on campus.
  • Knox was named to the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction in economic opportunity, which recognizes institutions with service programs that build economic independence, increase family stability, and create more sustainable and resilient communities.
  • Campus Compact and the McCormick Foundation have created a grant program for engaging campuses in the election process, and Knox received a $1,400 grant to develop programming in anticipation of the November election, beginning this spring. A small working group of students and our Americorps VISTA established a set of goals for election engagement, including voter registration and education, ensuring students understand where candidates stand on the issues important to them. Their first event was "Voterpalooza" held during Lincolnfest, where they secured more volunteers for the KEEE Team (Knox Election Engagement Enterprise) and registered new voters. They have now turned their attention to New Student Orientation and plan to engage new students early after their arrival at Knox.
  • Disaster Corps, a new Knox student club, has successfully launched with assistance from the American Red Cross, which is providing training and preparation materials for club members. They have stepped forward to put their own spin on the activities of the club and will participate in CPR training at the end of February. Off campus, they plan to participate in the nationwide Day of Caring and help staff a community wide effort to install smoke detectors in homes. On campus, they are making preparations to bring resources(speakers, supplies, and print materials) to campus to assist in developing preparation skills for students. The club successfully offered to the campus two programs to help students, faculty, and staff become more educated and resilient during spring 2016. Their first CPR/First Aid training was attended by more than a dozen students, and a seminar on preparing for a potential shooter situation had 25 student, faculty, and staff attendees. Club members also participated in community outreach and helped install smoke­ detectors in homes.
  • For the past two years, Galesburg has been the subject of an intensive assessment of individual health in the community. This assessment deliberately sought out individuals from all segments of the social, cultural, and economic status spectrum. That assessment and subsequent healthy community project planning led to a commitment by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to adopt Knox County as its newest and sixth focus community. The Community Health Initiative is focused on developing a blueprint for making Knox County a healthier place to live. The initiative holds the potential for much more Knox involvement, including student research opportunities. An official announcement was made at the Clinton Foundation's Fifth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit in January.
  • In 2014, Knox moved up the President's Honor Roll to the level of With Distinction. In 2015, Knox moved up another notch, to just one step below the top spot. The Honor Roll awards the top prize to one school in each of four categories. It awards the Finalist designation to those colleges considered for the top prize. Knox was one of five colleges considered for the Award in the economic opportunity category. Knox's application for the Honor Roll included details centered on Knox's efforts to reduce food insecurity in Galesburg, including KnoxCorps and the Knox student group Blessings in a Backpack. The Honor Roll for 2015 has yet to be announced due to "technical difficulties," according to the notification. Knox will submit an application for the 2016 Honor Roll without any information on how well last year's submission will fare.
  • In December 2014, Knox began its first foray into the Justice Corps program. Under the guidance of Ben Mullison '10, three Knox students volunteered at the Knox County Courthouse last winter and spring, offering assistance to pro se litigants. The program offers an education award for students who complete 300 hours of volunteer service ­­and a powerful experiential learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in the law. As the Justice Corps closes out its second full year of work in the Knox County Courthouse. the program has expanded from half-­time in Galesburg and half­-time in Macomb, to a full­-time Galesburg presence. A new crew of student volunteers will begin in September. Five students served the Knox County Courthouse, including three who will continue their service over the summer, during the 2017-18 academic year. 
  • As part of Knox's effort to engage the community, Knox has encouraged the City of the Galesburg to sign on to the National Cities of Service commitment. In December 2015, Galesburg's Mayor signed the pledge. As a City of Service, Galesburg now has access to resources for planning, executing, and promoting service among its citizens
  • For the last three years, Knox has hosted an Americorp/VISTA volunteer to great success. Last year's volunteer helped streamline work in the Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service, provided additional in­-office staff time to the center, and helped launch two student organizations: a First­Generation student club and a Disaster Corps student group affiliated with the American Red Cross. This year's volunteer will continue to work in partnership with Government & Community Relations and the Kleine Center.
Knox College

Printed on Saturday, August 24, 2019