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Fall Institute is Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Classes are suspended on this day so you have time to focus on academic goals and career planning. These sessions have been developed to provide valuable insights and resources for all students. Some departments and programs have mandatory sessions on this day. We have provided guidance regarding the target audience for each session, but you should feel free to attend any session that interests you.

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Graduate School Crash Course - Hybrid - Room SMC E117 and Zoom

For all students. Are you thinking that graduate school might be the next step after Knox? Not sure what it's all about or where to get started? Then this session is for you! We will talk about where to start, looking at programs, the application process, preparing for the GRE (the standardized test for graduate school entry), funding your education, and more.

Presenters: Jonathan Anderson, Director of McNair Research and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies, and Samantha Leinbach, Associate Director of McNair Program

Preparing for Medical School - Zoom

For first-years and sophomores. Get started on the right track in your academic preparation for medical school. You will also learn about the early admission program at George Washington University.

Presenters: Judy Thorn, Professor of Biology, and Tim Foster, Associate Dean of the College

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Study Abroad: How? Where? Why? - Zoom

For first-years, sophomores, and juniors. Hoping to study abroad? So many opportunities! With good planning, thoughtful research, courage and creativity, you could find yourself immersed in a term, semester, or year of study off-campus - in the United States or abroad. This session explores the many study abroad opportunities available at Knox.

Presenter: Dr. Bren Tooley, Director of the Stellyes Center for Global Studies

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Mandatory Study Abroad 2021-2022 Application Session - Zoom

For sophomores, juniors, and seniors. All students planning to participate in a Knox approved or student-initiated study abroad program during the 2021-22 academic year MUST ATTEND this session. You will learn about the application procedures, the critically important deadlines in early December and on February 1, possible matches between study abroad programs and majors/minors, and the pros and cons of the many semester options and how to research and apply for supplemental funding for travel costs (through national scholarship programs and program provider financial assistance).

Presenter: Dr. Bren Tooley, Director of the Stellyes Center for Global Studies

Mandatory Educational Studies Majors Planning to Student Teach in 2021-2022  - Hybrid,  Room GDH 203 and Zoom

For juniors and seniors. This session is REQUIRED for any Junior majoring in Educational Studies with Licensure and who plans to student teach during the 2021-22 academic year. We will discuss the student teaching experience, answer questions, and provide the Student Teaching Application materials. 

Presenters: Scott DeWitt, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, and Kristen Strom, Coordinator of Teacher Education

The Medical School Application Process - Zoom

For juniors and seniors. Find out more about the MCAT, AMCAS and the medical school application process.

Presenter: Judy Thorn, Professor of Biology

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Senior Seminar for Literature Majors - Hybrid, Room OM 311 and Zoom

For seniors (and juniors with Fall 2021 graduation). Literature students planning to graduate this year or in the Fall of 2021 must attend this session on their Senior Seminar. We will discuss the topic, the format, and their projects.

Presenter: Emily Anderson, Associate Professor of English

Career Pathways: Anthropology & Sociology Majors and Minors - Zoom

For all students. Anthropology & Sociology teaches students in-demand skills, including ethnographic methods, multicultural communications, diversity training, and critical thinking. But because there are very few "Anthropology and Sociology firms," it can be confusing for students to learn how to translate their skills into careers. Come hear from Knox College Anthropology & Sociology alum about how their AnSo degrees prepared them for careers in business, nonprofits, government, and education.

Presenters: Jonah Rubin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology-Sociology, and Knox Alumni

Dance at Knox and Beyond - Zoom

For all students. Join the dance faculty for an information session on the Knox Dance Program. Our discussion will include a review of the course requirements for the dance minor, a preview of our special opportunities in dance, such as the short-term, off-campus program in Ghana, and finally, engage with Knox dance alum, Juan Irizarry, and learn about his experience in developing a professional career in dance.

Presenter: Jennifer Smith, Associate Professor of Dance, and Kathleen Ridlon, Assistant Professor of Dance

Life After Knox for Studio Art and Art History Majors - In-Person, Room WAC 213

For juniors and seniors. This workshop will provide advising on selecting and applying for graduate programs as well as strategies for finding internships, residences, and career opportunities in art and art history.

Presenters: Lynette Lombard and Gregory Gilbert, Professors of Art

Interested in a Career in Education? - Zoom

For first-years, sophomores, and juniors. This session is intended for those students who are interested in teaching or an education-related field but who have not yet a declared major. 

Presenters: The Educational Studies Department Faculty

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Mandatory Meeting for Senior Creative Writing Majors - Zoom

For seniors and juniors graduating before June 2022. This session will provide valuable information about Senior Portfolio and Milk Route, the capstone course, and final presentation for creative writing majors. Required for all seniors, as well as juniors who anticipate graduating before June 2022.

Presenters:  Nick Regiacorte, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Director, Monica Berlin, Professor of English, and Sherwood Kiraly, Visiting Instructor of English and Theatre

Serving Peace, Creating Friendships -- The Journey of a Peace Corps Volunteer - Zoom

For all students. Join Karen Mauldin-Curtis, the WIU Peace Corps program director, and Peace Corps Prep colleague, as they share stories about their experiences in the Peace Corps as well as information about the application process and Coverdell Fellowship Program for Returned Volunteers. Also, hear from Dr. Tooley about how to become involved in Peace Corps Prep at Knox and how best to prepare for successful applications into the Peace Corps program.

Presenters:  Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Program Director of the Peace Corps Program and Coverdell Fellowship Program (WIU, RPCV Dominican Republic), Cortnie Schierman, Peace Corps Fellow and PC Prep representative at WIU  (RPCV Uganda, 2017-19), and Bren Tooley, Director of the Stellyes Center for Global Studies and Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator 

Kleine Center Volunteer Orientation - Zoom

For all students. Learn about being a Knox College Volunteer. The Kleine Center will connect you with our community partners through a wide variety of service and engagement projects. This session will include the one-time volunteer orientation training that is required for Knox students to participate in off-campus service opportunities! 

Presenters: Kathleen Ridlon, Coordinator of the Center for Community Services and Assistant Professor of Dance, and Emma Clark, Campus Compact Americorps VISTA

The Data Sciences at Knox - Hybrid, Room SMC A206 and Zoom

For first-years, sophomores, and juniors. This session will explore opportunities to learn about gleaning understanding from the numbers. Both the Data Science major and the Statistics minor will also be covered.

Presenter: Ole Forsberg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Power of Experience Information Session - Zoom

For all students. An information session about the Power of Experience Grant, which provides up to $2000 to support experiential learning opportunities during junior or senior years at Knox.  

Presenter: Lindsey Rogers, Power of Experience Coordinator

Career Pathways: Peace & Justice Studies - Zoom

For all students. Come learn how the new Peace and Justice Studies Program can prepare you for careers in NGOs, community organizations, human rights work, governments, and more! Knox alum will share their secrets for translating their college experiences and building a resumé to land the kind of jobs that let you make a real impact for good on the world. 

Presenters: Various Knox Alum

Computer Science at Knox - Zoom

For first-years and sophomores. Come learn a bit about the CS department and have your questions answered.

Presenters: The Computer Science Department Faculty

Germany’s Study, Internships, and Research Opportunities - Hybrid, Room GDH 203 and Zoom  

For all students. This session will introduce students to opportunities in Germany – some of which require little to no language preparation. We will discuss our partner institution (European University of Flensburg) where Knox students have taken coursework in areas as diverse as German Culture, Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Textile and Fashion Design. We will also discuss study abroad opportunities in Berlin and Freiburg with IES as well as summer science internships and graduate opportunities abroad. Feel free to come and request information on Fulbright awards to Germany and Austria, research and internships in Germany, and more!

Presenter: Todd Heidt, Associate Professor of Modern Languages-German

So you think you want to major in English? - Zoom

For first-years and sophomores. A panel of majors in both Creative Writing and Literature will share their personal experiences in each major as well as discuss opportunities available to those who declare an English major. The student panel will also field questions from those considering a major in either Creative Writing or Literature. 

Presenter: Cyn Kitchen Fitch, Associate Professor of English

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