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Saturday Homecoming Events


Office of Alumni Relations

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


888-566-9265 (Toll Free)

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Purple and yellow umbrellas on the Gizmo Patio.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Homecoming Registration

Ferris Lounge, Carithers Hall in Seymour Union

8:15 a.m.
Mary Filosa Brown '82 Memorial 5K Walk/Run

Lobby, E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center
at 8:15 a.m. Race begins at 8:30 a.m.
Mary was a passionate and dedicated athlete, running cross country and track at Knox, completing numerous marathons, and fulfilling her dream to qualify and run the Boston Marathon. Her husband, Rick Brown ’83, and friends established the Mary Filosa Brown Memorial Fund for Community Service providing support for the Kleine Center for Community Service and its 4 Days of Service.
Reservations required.

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Koran-Handler Fitness Studio, E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center
Led by Laura Bush, Certified Yoga Teacher. Laura practices and teaches yoga at Knit 102 Yarn & Yoga, Knox College, and Yoga in the Park.

8:30 a.m.
Alumni Choir Continental Breakfast
Jay Rehearsal Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts
All Knox College Choir alumni are welcome.

9:00 a.m.
Alumni Choir Rehearsal
Jay Rehearsal Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts
All Knox College Choir alumni are invited to sing.

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Alumni Dance Class
Dance Studio, Rooms 102 and 103, Ford Center for the Fine Arts
The movement material will be based in traditional and contemporary modern dance techniques and include learning selected movement phrases from recent faculty choreographed work. Please join us and experience the new dance home at Knox!
Registration required.

9:00 a.m.-Noon
Tours and an Information Session for Alumni Children.
Office of Admission, Alumni Hall
Alumni returning to campus with high school students interested in attending Knox College are welcome to join a tour at 9:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. and attend an information session at 10:30 a.m. Call 800-678-KNOX or go to to make a visit registration.

10:00 a.m.
Homecoming Convocation
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Class of 1967 Processional
Welcome by President Teresa Amott
Alumni Choir with Laura Lane, Director of Choral Activities
Alumni Association Annual Meeting
Presentation of Reunion Prizes

2017 Knox Service Award Recipients
Maurice Harris '08
Nalini Prakash Hart '03
Joyce Hertko '82
Gary Moses '65

Class Speakers
Atithya Ghai '18
Tom Collins '67

10:00 a.m.
BAN Meeting
Lincoln Douglas Seminar Room, Room 115, Alumni Hall

10:00 a.m.
Jr. Programming Lab
Stellyes Lab, Room E016, Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center
Have your kids come learn basic computer programming to create short stories and games. Current Knox CS majors will introduce a blocks-based programming language and help your children make something cool! Aimed at children 7 and older.

11:00 a.m.–Noon
Alumni & Faculty Book Signing
Kresge Lobby, Ford Center for the Fine Arts

  • Professor Monica Berlin '95, No Shape Bends the River So Long
  • Professor Catherine Denial, Making Marriage: Husband, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country
  • Professor John Dooley, Codes, Ciphers, and Spies: Tales of Military Intelligence in WWI
  • Professor Emeritus Robert Hellenga, The Confessions of Frances Godwin, among others
  • Christopher Hill ‘75, Into the Mystic: The Visionary and Ecstatic Roots of 1960s Rock and Roll
  • Professor Karen Kampwirth '86, Gender and Populism in Latin America: Passionate Politics
  • Anna Leahy '88 and Doug Dechow '91, Generation Space
  • Owen Muelder '63, Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Emeritus Professor Doug Wilson, Herndon's Lincoln

Plus many more!

Authors interested in participating should contact Kath Sturgeon, 888-KNOXCOL or no later than September 1, 2017.

11:00 a.m.
Campbell Collection Area, Seymour Library
Storytime for children who are ready for a group experience on their own will take place in Seymour Library and last approximately 30-40 minutes. Parents are welcome to also join in the fun of reading! Coordinated by Elizabeth Presley Bazan ’05, public programs coordinator at the Illinois State Museum, and a member of the Knox College Alumni Council.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Meet the Trustees
Learning Commons (former Admission Office), Ford Center for the Fine Arts
Drop by and join Knox Trustees for coffee and conversation.

11:10 a.m.–1:10 p.m.
Reunion Class Photos
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts Payment required at time of order. Make checks payable to DIckerson's Photography ($20 for one 8 x 10 photo).
1957 - 11:10 a.m.
1962 - 11:20 a.m.
1967 - 11:30 a.m.
1972 - 11:40 a.m.
1977 - 11:50 a.m.
1982 - 12:00 p.m.
1987 - 12:10 p.m.
1992 - 12:20 p.m.
1997 - 12:30 p.m.
2002 - 12:40 p.m.
2007 - 12:50 p.m.
2012 - 1:00 p.m.
BAN - 1:10 p.m.

11:15 a.m.
The Ultimate Goal: Bringing Prats Field in to the 21st Century — NEW EVENT!
Koran-Handler Fitness Studio, E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center
K Club invites alumni to join a conversation about enhancements planned for Prats field. Beverages provided.

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Food Trucks Lunch Option — NEW EVENT!
Cherry Street (between George Davis Hall and Auxiliary Gym)
Need another lunch option? Local food truck vendors The Boss and Smokin' Willie's BBQ will be on campus during Homecoming!

Class of 1967 Induction Ceremony & FYC Luncheon
Presentation of 2017 Scroll of Honor Awards
Lincoln Room, Carithers Hall in Seymour Union
Reservations required. Lunch reservations cannot be accepted after October 20.
Questions? Contact Megan Clayton, associate director of FYC programs, 888-KNOXCOL, 309-341-7476, or

12:00 p.m.
Class of 2012 Gathering
Gizmo Patio
Bring your lunch or get some at the Gizmo! Catch up with classmates before we head over to CFA for our Reunion picture.

12:00 p.m.
Resident Advisor Reunion Reception
Post Lobby, Post Hall
Current and former RAs are invited to meet and share memories at a light hors d'oeuvres reception.
Reservations requested.

12:30 p.m.
Reunion Tailgates
Classes of 1982, 1987, 1997, 2002, and 2007.
Parking area behind Herr Petroleum, located east of Knosher Bowl on Knox Street. Food catered by Cherry Street Restaurant & Bar.
Reservations required.

1:00 p.m.
Knox Football vs. Cornell College
Knosher Bowl
Recognition of 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees at half-time.

1:00 p.m.
Bus Tour of Historic Homes
Depart from north side of Alumni Hall
The 90-minute tour will focus on the north side of Galesburg between Academy and Kellogg Streets and point out the Victorian homes of Knox College alumni, faculty, trustees, and presidents. A few of those to be included are Congressmen Prince and King, Judges Craig and Post, diplomat and trustee Clark E. Carr, philanthropist and trustee Mary Davis McKnight and J. T. McKnight, founder Reverend George W. Gale, President John H. Finley, and the home of Cyrus M. Avery, trustee, now the current home of the Knox College president. Limited number of seats available.
Reservations required.

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Fall Carnival
South of Knosher Bowl (rain location: north side of T. Fleming Fieldhouse)
Fun times for kids! Facepainting, arts and crafts, treats, and games. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Student Senate Open House — NEW EVENT!
Student Senate Office, Lower Level, Seymour Union (across from Taylor Lounge)
Senate members invite alumni to stop by and learn about campus governance today. Share your experiences and learn about current student matters and meaningful ways to support Knox and the student body. Refreshments provided.

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Guided Tour & Nature Walk
Green Oaks Biological Field Station
Tour guided by Stuart Allison, professor of biology and director of Green Oaks. Check for directions.

2:00-5:00 p.m.
Faculty Reading and Reception
Lobby, Ford Center for the Fine Arts
Mark the formal end of a year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Program in Creative Writing by reconnecting with faculty and friends at a wine and cheese reception. Members of the English Department will honor the occasion, and invite you to join them for this lively reading.
Reservations requested.

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Peace Corps Program Open House — NEW EVENT!
Stellyes Center for Global Studies, Alumni Hall, Room 229
Peace Corps prep alumni Emily Quade '07 and Casey Jones '87 will be in the Stellyes Center to share their stories of their Peace Corps experiences.

Emily served in Honduras, Mexico, and with the Fulbright TESOL Trainer Award in Taiwan and received a Peace Corps Masters International degree in TESOL and Language Program Administration. She is now a teacher in DeKalb, Illinois.

Casey served in Guatemala and is currently a Peace Corps Response Volunteer, working with Peace Corps and SEED Global Health in Uganda. He is an assistant lecturer of nursing at Muni University in Arua, West Nile, Uganda, and is also a nurse at Arua Regional Referral Hospital

Light refreshments will be served. Find full details on the Stellyes Center Facebook Page.

3:00 p.m.
On Taste and Nation
Room 213, Whitcomb Art Center
The Department of Art and Art History invites you to a lecture by Anna Kryczka '07. Anna received a Ph.D. in Art History from University of California, Irvine, and is teaching at Pasadena City College.

3:00 p.m.
BAN Networking Reception
A.B.L.E. House Lawn, 168 West Tompkins Street

3:00 p.m.
Lo Nuestro Alumni Reception
Casa Latina, 643 South West Street

3:00 p.m.
LGBTQ Alumni Club Reception
Evelyn Handler Forum, Room 300, Alumni Hall
Connect with members of the LGBTQ alumni club.

3:00 p.m.
Tour of Alumni Hall
Meet at Plomin Plaza (south side of Alumni Hall)
The bell is back! See the newly installed Lombard Bell on the northwest corner of Alumni Hall.

3:00-4:30 p.m.
McNair 25th Anniversary Reception
Trustees Room, Room 302, Alumni Hall
Current and former McNair students are invited to celebrate this special occasion. Featured speakers are Lily Ibarra '01, Brooks Goedeker '02, Maricruz Osorio '14, and Monica Prince '12.
Reservations requested.

3:00–5:00 p.m.
Jazz Session
Gizmo, Seymour Union
Meet friends in this familiar gathering place and enjoy the sounds of Knox’s award winning Jazz Ensemble. Alumni musicians are invited to sit in.

4:00 p.m.
Dedication of Tree for Tom Coolsen '75 — NEW EVENT!
CFA Lawn (just outside west doors of CFA that lead to the CFA lawn and Quad)
All classmates, friends, and family are invited to attend.

4:00-6:00 p.m.
New Golf Performance Center Ribbon Cutting—NEW EVENT!
Multi-Purpose Room, T. Fleming Fieldhouse
Light refreshments will be provided.

4:00 p.m.
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Reception
Room 103, George Davis Hall

4:00 p.m.
Old Phis-Revisit: The Bowery Party
Wilson House, 182 West South Street
Join your Brothers, their families, et al. for a Phi­-Philled gathering.
Contacts: Mike Boyd '86,; or Mike Lenz '89,
Reservations requested.

4:00 p.m.
Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae Tea
Alumni Room, Old Main

4:00 p.m. Open Houses
Alpha Delta Epsilon, Standish Room, Seymour Library
Beta Theta Pi, 112 West South Street
Phi Gamma Delta, 218 South Cedar Street
Sigma Chi, 616 South West Street
Sigma Nu, 556 South West Street
Tau Kappa Epsilon, 160 West South Street

Alpha Sigma Alpha, 362 South Academy Street
Delta Delta Delta, 386 South Academy Street
Kappa Kappa Gamma, 320 West Brooks Street
Pi Beta Phi, 396 South Academy Street

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, and Phi Mu Reception
Bookfellow Room, Seymour Library

4:30 p.m.
A.B.L.E. Alumni Reception
A.B.L.E House, 168 West Tompkins Street

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Alpha Phi Omega Reception—NEW EVENT!
Taylor Lounge, Lower Level Seymour Union
Alumni are invited to spend time with current APO members. Actives and pledges have a chance to ask questions, do some networking, and bond with alumni over their experiences in APO. Refreshments will be provided; some games and other activities are also planned for participants. This event is open to all of campus.

5:00 p.m.
Meet & Greet with Professor Schwartzman—NEW EVENT!
Alumni Hall, Room 219
Professor Peter Schwartzman collaborated with a student to create Brain Snort, an online trivia game, said to be "the most challenging trivia game online." Peter (a.k.a. Dr. Earth) is also the creator of Word Nerd, books designed to manipulate one's mind with letters & words. Peter has played 21 years of competitive Scrabble and participated four times in the National Scrabble Championships. Stop by for an introduction to the games. Something for all ages!

6:00 p.m.
Class of 1957 Reception and Reunion Dinner
Terrace Room, Soangetaha Country Club
Reservations required. Dinner reservations cannot be accepted after October 20.

6:00 p.m.
Class of 1962 Reception and Reunion Dinner
Terrace Room, Soangetaha Country Club
Reservations required. Dinner reservations cannot be accepted after October 20.

6:30 p.m.
Class of 1967 Reception and Reunion Dinner
Ballroom, Soangetaha Country Club
Reservations required. Dinner reservations cannot be accepted after October 20.

6:30–8:30 p.m.
Homecoming Dinner
Seymour Union—New Location!
Cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
All alumni, faculty, and staff are invited. Areas will be designated for Reunion classes. Cash bar available. Download a PDF of the menu.
Reservations required. Dinner reservations cannot be accepted after October 20.

7:30 p.m.
The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Studio Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts
Doctor John Faustus has always been a proud and intelligent scholar, but his thirst for knowledge can no longer be sated by his usual topics of study. An interest in the occult leads him to summon an archdevil companion of his own, Mephistopheles, and to trade his soul for 24 years of absolute power. Directed by Sarah Lowe '18.

8:00 p.m.
Class of 1982 Pub Crawl
8:00 p.m. Fat Fish Pub, 158 North Broad Street
10:00 p.m. Iron Spike Brewing Company, 150 East Simmons Street

8:00 p.m.
Class of 2012 Tour of Galesburg
Re-create our Senior Week Pub Crawl!
8:00 p.m. SideTrax
9:00 p.m. Duffy's
10:00 p.m. Cherry Street
11:00 p.m. Fat Fish

8:30 p.m.
Class of 1987 Reception
Bier Garten, Cherry Street Bar & Restaurant, 57 South Cherry Street

8:30 p.m.
Class of 2007 Reunion Reception
Duffy's, 76 South Cherry Street

8:30 p.m.
Stylin' for Success — CANCELED
Alumni Hall
A showcase of professional attire modeled by alumni. Featuring Nyerere Billups '99 and Dave Dooman '99, among others. Vote for the Top Model. Bring donations of gently used professional clothing for the Bastian Family Career Center Career Closet. The Closet was made possible by a generous donation from Ellie Hartog, Class of 1966, and provides Knox students with professional-style attire, free of charge.

9:00 p.m.
BAN Social
Side Trax, 441 East Main Street

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