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Commitment to economic diversity

Knox College is ranked among the nation's top colleges that, according to The New York Times, are "Doing the Most for the American Dream." The newspaper ranks Knox #16 in its 2017 College Access Index, which evaluates schools that are doing the most for low-income students—providing both financial aid and the support that leads to graduation and academic success. Other schools in the top 20 include Harvard University, Yale University, Amherst College, and Vassar College.

New York Times Economic Diversity Rankings

Emily Trevor '17 has self-designed a major in arts administration.

New Arts Administration Minor Combines Arts, Business

Program gives students the skills they need for a more rapid career trajectory as practicing artists or arts managers.

Student holds up a drawing to be entered in the 2017 Al Young Art Show.

Al Young Art Show 2017: Two Locations, One Show

Students display more than 200 pieces of art in 12 categories during the professionally juried art show.

Keara Crook '19 is studying abroad in Thailand over the summer, with the help of the IIE Gilman Scholarship.

Knox Gilman Scholar to Study Elephants in Thailand

Sophomore Keara Crook's Gilman Scholarship makes it possible for her to learn about the care and conservation of Asian elephants in Thailand.

Students volunteer to restore Hope Cemetery for Knox College's Day of Service.

Knox Students Spring into Service

Knox students spring into service by participating in this year's Day of Service, hosted by the Kleine Center and service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

Farid Freyha '20 and Shahim Shaar '20, who left their war-torn country of Syria, begin new lives through Knox's participation in Syria Consortium.

Knox Welcomes Students from Syria

Farid Freyha '20 and Shahim Shaar '20, who left their war-torn country, begin new lives through Knox's participation in the Syria Consortium.

Current Gale Scholar Saige Hiller speaking at the Gale Scholars induction ceremony.

10 New Gale Scholars Inducted

The Gale Scholars program gives local students financial and educational support throughout the completion of their high school and college degrees.

The 2017 Flunk Day theme was Pirates of the Flunk

Flunk Day 2017: Pirates of the Flunk

Students enjoy a day filled with games and activities during the much-anticipated spring festival.


Commencement Lunch

June 4, 2017

Knox in Madison

June 13, 2017

K Club Golf Outing

June 16, 2017

FYC & Galesburg Knox Club

June 17, 2017

College 4 Kids 2017

June 19-30, 2017

FYC/Chicago Knox Club at Argonne Laboratory

June 29, 2017

Colorado Knox Club: Rockies vs. Reds

July 3, 2017

Creative Writing 50th Anniversary: St. Louis

July 13, 2017

Chicago Knox Club: Devil in the White City Tour

July 16, 2017

Milwaukee Knox Club: Brewers vs. Cubs

July 30, 2017

Alumni Travel: Finding the Civil War

September 11-17, 2017

Creative Writing 50th Anniversary: Oregon

September 16-17, 2017

Homecoming 2017

October 27-29, 2017

Ethicist in Residence Anita Tarzian presents in a health psychology course

First Ethicist in Residence Speaks at Knox

Anita Tarzian '84 and pre-health students explore ethical dilemmas that exist in the modern health care field.

George Leiner '75, associate professor of philosophy at the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts, has been awarded the Boniface Wimmer Award.

Mark Brodl '81 has been named the provost at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Abdellatif Lahlali '84 recently published the book War Stories from my Father.

Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg '86, professor of English and director of the master's of fine arts creative writing program at Mississippi University for Women, was named the recipient of this year's Kossen Faculty Excellence Award.

Tino Schuler '87 and wife Silke have launched a new company, Schuler Educational Consulting.

Vida Cross '88 read from her book of poetry Bronzeville at Night: 1949 at the Harold Washington Library's Poetry Fest.

Daniel Rosenberg '93 received the 2017 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author award for his book The Tower Still Stands.

Tim Lord '98, a New York-based playwright, has been named a Jerome Fellow. He will receive a monetary award, play development funds, and a year-long residency at the Playwrights' Center in Minnesota.

Fast Fact

Did You Know ...

This year, Knox celebrates the 180th anniversary of its founding. Our mission then was the same as it is today: to provide students with a transformative liberal arts education, no matter who they are or where they come from. It's important work—and it's only possible because of your support. Please give to Knox by June 30.

Computer Science Professor John Dooley retires

Computer Science Professor John Dooley Retires

Capping a 16-year career at Knox, Dooley is praised as a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher, mentor, and colleague.

Monica Corsaro has been named Knox's new director of spiritual life.

A poem by Monica Berlin '95, associate professor of English, "[Where, these days, after that turning back, a still]," appears in Newfound 8.

Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, spoke on the panel "The Art of Translating: Interpreting Cultures and Contexts" at Silk Road Rising theatre in Chicago. The event featured a staged reading of his translation from German of Maxi Obexer's play Illegal Helpers.

Mary Crawford '89, professor of chemistry, presented a talk at Stanford University as part of their Queer Perspective Seminar series entitled "Four Strikes or Four Medals: Queer Perspectives from a First Generation African American Lesbian Woman's Journey through Chemistry."

A blog post by Teresa Gonzales, assistant professor of anthropology-sociology on the importance of ethnic studies for all students appeared in the blog Everyday Sociology.

An essay by Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, about the psychology underlying the grief over losing a dog has gone viral, attracting more than 1.3 million readers in the past month, appearing in Business Insider, Psychology Today, and The Observer, among many others.

Fast Fact

Did You Know ...

If you can't make it back to campus, Knox will stream Commencement exercises live on the College's YouTube channel. Watch about 300 graduating seniors receive their diplomas and Commencement speaker Eva Longoria, who, along with Wes Jackson and Fay Hartog Levin, will receive an honorary degree.

Students and Staff participate in a Barn Dance outside Old Main.

The Knox community came together for the last barn dance of the year in May on the South Lawn of Old Main. Music was by the Prairie Fireflies, Knox's old-time string band made up of faculty and students.

Barn Dance

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