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Location: Kresge Hall, CFA - 7:00 p.m.

Knox alumna and filmmaker, Christine Herbes-Sommers '70, will kickoff Fall Institute with a screening of her film, American Denial, which is about the underlying causes of racism in America. The film will be shown in Kresge Hall at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Herbes-Sommers is President and Executive Producer of Vital Pictures, Inc. and has produced over 100 hours of documentary, dramatic, and educational programming for PBS since 1976. Prior to Vital Pictures, she was a staff producer at WGBH/Boston. She has a BA in Political Science from Knox College and a MA from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Everyone is invited to join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20 in Kresge Hall, CFA.



9:00 a.m. SESSIONS

Preparing for Medical School for First-Year and Sophomore Students
Presenters: Associate Dean of the College - Lori Schroeder and Pre-Med Advisor - Mary Jane Shroyer
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.
Location: Wilson House - 9:00 a.m.

OPT and Post-Grad Options for International Students
Presenter: Assistant Director of International Student Services - Rebecca Eckart
Hear about options for F-1 visa holders after they graduate. Options include: pursuing a graduate degree; using Optional Practical Training (OPT) to remain in the U.S. to work in a field to one's field of study; or returning home. This session is MANDATORY for any F-1 senior who plans to apply for OPT. Any other F-1 students are also welcome to attend.
Location: GDH, Room 203 - 9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. SESSIONS

First-Year Exploration (For All Members of the First-Year Class)
Presenters: Members of the Student Senate Executive Board - Dakota Stipp and Sophia Tagkaloglou
Have questions about Knox, about classes, about the various clubs, or just how things work at Knox? First-year students are invited to join this discussion-based session and learn more about our community. It is intended to excite new students' intellectual curiosity and interest, develop their academic skills, and help integrate them into the Knox culture.
Location: GDH, Room 203 - 10:00 a.m.

Interested in a Career in Education?
Presenters: Professors of Educational Studies - Joel Estes, Diana Beck, and Bart Arthur
This session is intended for those interested in teaching and the education field, but not yet a declared major. Door prizes and refreshments provided.
Location: GDH, Room 303 - 10:00 a.m.

The Medical School Application Process for Juniors and Seniors
Presenter: Pre-Med Advisor, Mary Jane Shroyer
Junior and Senior Pre-Med students should attend to find out more about the MCAT, AMCAS, and the medical school application process.
Location: Wilson House - 10:00 a.m.

Experiential Learning: What Is It?
Presenters: Student Panel Moderated by Professor Jonathan Powers
What is EL? What are you supposed to do? What have other students done? With the right planning, experiential learning can be a valuable part of your Knox education.
Location: GDH, Room 105 - 10:00 a.m.

Study Abroad: How? Where? Why?
Presenters: Director of the Center for Global Studies - Robin Ragan and Study Abroad Coordinator of the Center for Global Studies - Le'Passion Darby
Hoping to study abroad? Without the proper planning and timing, you could find yourself staying back in Galesburg. This session explores the many study abroad opportunities available at Knox.
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 302 - 10:00 a.m.

Richter Grants, ASSET Program, and Fellowship Advising, Oh My: The Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study has Opportunities for You!
Presenter: Director of the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study - Mariangela Maguire
Come find out more about the Artists, Scientists, Scholars, and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (ASSET). Get information about the post-graduate fellowships the Vovis Center can help you pursue and learn how to apply for Richter Grants.
Location: Old Main, Room 100 (Alumni Room) - 10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. SESSIONS

Sophomore Success (For All Members of the Sophomore Class)
Presenters: Members of the Student Senate Executive Board - Charlie Harned and Shannon Caveny
This is a pivotal year when sophomores start to think about some important decisions, including what to major in, whether or not to study abroad, and how to spend the upcoming summer. This session is intended to increase awareness of resources and support that are available to help as you continue building a comprehensive and intentional approach to ensure the success of the sophomore student.
Location: GDH, Room 303 - 11:00 a.m.

Kemper Scholars for First-Year Students
Presenter: Professor John Spittell and Current Kemper Scholars
The Kemper Scholars Program prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business. The program promotes a liberal arts education while providing opportunities for career exploration, practical experience, and professional growth. Kemper Scholars receive significant financial assistance, summer project and internship assistance, and mentoring. Each year Kemper awards a scholarship to one student. Applications are available to first-year students only.
Location: Seymour Union, Taylor Student Lounge - 11:00 a.m.

The CPT and Work Opportunities for Undergraduate International Students
Presenter: Assistant Director of International Student Services - Rebecca Eckart
Learn about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and internships for international students on the F-1 visa. This session is intended for first-year, sophomore, and junior F-1 visa students.
Location: GDH, Room 103 - 11:00 a.m.

Your English Major and Beyond
Presenters: The English Department Faculty
This session is particularly for undeclared or recently declared majors and minors in English Literature or Creative Writing. Hear from department faculty about their backgrounds, specific curricular paths, outcomes, and opportunities. This is an open, informal discussion with both practical advice and ruminations on studying the Arts and the Humanities.
Location: Old Main, Room 100 (Alumni Room) - 11:00 a.m.

JET Program: Teaching English in Japan
Presenter: Professor of Asian Studies - Mat Matsuda
Are you interested in Japan? Are you interested in living in Japan and teaching English? If so, come to the JET informational meeting and workshop. Professor Matsuda, an interview judge for JET at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago for 10 years, will provide information and will be available to answer all the questions you might have about the program. Professor Matsuda will also have the new JET 2016-17 brochures on hand.
Location: GDH, Room 203 - 11:00 a.m.

12:00 Noon SESSIONS

MANDATORY: Study Abroad Application Session for Students Planning to Study Abroad Any Time Next Year
Presenters: Director of the Center for Global Studies - Robin Ragan and Study Abroad Coordinator of the Center for Global Studies - Le'Passion Darby
All students planning to participate in a Knox approved initiated study abroad program during the 2016-17 academic year MUST ATTEND this session. You will learn about the application procedures and answer your questions.
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 302 - 12:00 Noon

The Majors Fair
Presenters: Representatives from Various Academic Departments
All students are invited to stop by and learn about the various departments and majors that Knox has to offer! Representatives will be happy to answer questions about their department and chat with you about courses and prerequisites.
Seymour Hall, Gallery, 12:00 Noon

1:00 p.m. SESSIONS

Junior Jumpstart (For All Members of the Junior Class)
Presenters: Members of the Student Senate Executive Board - Charlie Harned and Jonathan Grant
Jumpstart your Junior year! During your junior year at Knox, you might ask yourself whether or not you are getting the most out of your education. You are thinking about ways to complement and enhance your academic experience. What about building those working relationships with faculty that may culminate in a research project next year? Where does one find interesting, engaging, knowledgeable faculty with whom to work? Attend this session and learn more!
Location: Wilson House - 1:00 p.m.

Interested in Music Education?
Presenter: Professor of Music - Laura Lane
Come find out more about Knox's outstanding music education program. For more information email Laura Lane at
Location: Center for Fine Arts (CFA), Room 150 in the Music Wing - 1:00 p.m.

MANDATORY for Senior Creative Writing Majors
Presenters: Professors of English - Cyn Kitchen, Robin Metz, and Nick Regiacorte
This session is designed for the Senior Creative Writing majors. Topics to be covered include: an overview of Senior Portfolio (English 399) and its expectations; scheduling for Milk Route (our student reading series); your questions.
Location: Old Main, Room 315 - 1:00 p.m.

MANDATORY for Senior English Literature Majors
Presenters: Professors of English - Gina Franco and Natania Rosenfeld
This session is designed for the Senior English Literature majors. Topics to be covered include: an overview of Senior Seminar (English 398) and its expectations; the culminating symposium; your questions.
Location: Old Main, Room 312 - 1:00 p.m.

Computer Science Opportunities
Presenters: Professors of Computer Science - David Bunde, John Dooley, and Jaime Spacco
The computer science department will provide examples of what you can do with a CS major or minor. We will also provide an overview of our classes and the requirements. This session is especially aimed at first-year and sophomore students interested in a major or minor in computer science.
Location: SMC, Room A-219 - 1:00 p.m.

Dhiban Excavation and Development Project
Presenters: Professor of Environmental Studies - Katie Adelsberger, and Professor of History - Danielle Fatkin
Have you ever dreamed about being like Indiana Jones? Are you curious about Archaeology, Environmental Studies, History, and the Middle East? Are you looking for a way to distinguish yourself from other applicants for Medical School or Law School? Do you want to learn more about the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this session is for you. Come hear from Professors Adelsberger and Fatkin about an interdisciplinary field project in Dhiban, Jordan. The Dhiban Excavation and Development Project (DEDP) offers students an opportunity to learn geological and archaeological field methods in a beautiful and historical setting. Learn more about this unique opportunity.
Location: Old Main, Room 100 (Alumni Room) - 1:00 p.m.

Biochemistry Pathways
Presenter: Professor of Biochemistry - Janet Kirkley, and Alumnus - Sam Jarvis ‘09
A major or minor in biochemistry can open many doors. Attend this session and learn more about the academic program and where your studies in biochemistry might lead you. Topics include graduate and professional options as well as other career paths. As a special guest, alumnus Sam Jarvis, Biochemistry major from the class of 2009 will be joining us to share his perspective about potential career pathways. Sam is currently the Director of Health Protection Division at the Knox County Health Department.
Location: SMC, Room A-112 - 1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. SESSIONS

Can Documentary Film Storytelling Shape Our World? And Yours? How?
Presenter: President and Executive Producer of Vital Pictures, Inc. - Alumna Christine Herbes-Sommers ‘70
Tell a story, change the world: Join Knox alum and Director Christine Herbes-Sommers to talk about the possibilities, challenges and rewards of life making documentary films - as both a documentary Producer and Director. Learn how your Knox education prepares you for the business and the art of storytelling on film. This session is ideal for students interested in film, film studies, film production, journalism, creative writing, documentary film, and all sorts of other interests as well.
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 115 - 2:00 p.m.

Direct Early Pathway in Nursing
Presenter: Admission Specialist at Rush College of Nursing - Molly Spurlock
A direct early Masters of Science provides a path into nursing for non-nurses who have completed a B.A. degree. Learn more about the direct early program at Rush College of Nursing and application requirements for the Knox-Rush Cooperative Program.
Location: Wilson House - 2:00 p.m.

MANDATORY for Ed Studies Majors Planning to Student Teach During the 2016-17 Academic Year
Presenters: Professors of Educational Studies - Joel Estes, Diana Beck, and Bart Arthur
This session is REQUIRED for anyone majoring in Educational Studies or who plans to student teach during the 2016-17 academic year. Those currently student teaching or student teaching in Winter '16 do not need to attend.
Location: GDH, Room 303 - 2:00 p.m.

Making the Leap - The Journey of a Peace Corps Volunteer
Presenters: Peace Corps Volunteer/Recruiter - Jessica Vig, and Director of the Center for Global Students/Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator - Robin Ragan
Join Peace Corps recruiter as she shares her stories, her journey, and experiences in the Peace Corps, as well as information about the application process. Also, hear from the Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator, Robin Ragan, and learn more about the program at Knox, one of the only colleges with a Peace Corps Prep Program.
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 302 - 2:00 p.m.

Germany's Study, Internships and Research Opportunities
Presenter: Professor of Modern Languages - Todd Heidt
This session will introduce students to opportunities in Germany - some of which require little to no language preparation. We will discuss our partner institution (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 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!
Location: GDH, Room 104 - 2:00 p.m.

Writing Compelling Personal Statements
Presenter: TRIO Achievement Program Writing Coordinator - Paul Marasa
Personal statements can be the key to admission to a graduate program and bear more weight on admission decisions than you might think. Learn what you need to know to make your statement compelling and effective.
SMC, Room E-117 - 2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. SESSIONS

The Senior Launch (For All Members of the Senior Class)
Presenters: Senior Class Officers - Hyunjin Jung and Zane Carlson
This year will be exhilarating and, at times, demanding. You will feel a mix of things - memories that stretch back to your first year, as well as the anticipation of the future. After this year of college, you'll take another step toward the unknown; remember the "start-up life" is yours for the taking. Finding your passion, embracing risk, and never stop learning are some of the discussion topics in this session. Join in conversations and hear about stories that may help you, or the person sitting next to you, with that next step after Knox.
Location: Old Main, Room 100 (Alumni Room) - 3:00 p.m.

A Career Path in Art and Art History: What to Do After Knox
Presenters: Professors of Art and Art History - Greg Gilbert, Mark Holmes, Tim Stedman, Andrea Ferrigno, and Jessica Tam
Have an interest in Studio Art or Art History? Wondering where it might lead you? Faculty from the Art and the Art History departments will answer your questions at this session with an emphasis on applying to graduate schools.
Location: CFA, Room 208 - 3:00 p.m.

Barcelona and Buenos Aires Programs
Presenters: Professors of Modern Languages - Antonio Prado del Santo and Timothy Foster
Attend this exciting informational session and learn first-hand about the Knox programs in Barcelona and in Buenos Aires.
Location: GDH, Room 203 - 3:00 p.m.

The Math Major: To Infinity .... And Beyond
Presenters: Professors of Mathematics - Kevin Hastings and Mary Armon
Intended for current and prospective Mathematics and Financial Mathematics majors. The presenters will describe the paths through these majors, their points of emphasis, and prospects for careers in mathematics beyond Knox.
Location: SMC, Room A-107 - 3:00 p.m.

Social Justice Dialogues at Knox
Presenter: Co-Director of the Center for Multicultural Life - Tianna Cervantez
Learn how students can impact social change by understanding the identities (race, gender, class, faith, sexual orientation, etc.) that we hold and how our socialization of those identities impact three areas: how we see ourselves, how others see us, and how we communicate those differences. Discussion will include information about the Social Justice Dialogue course sequence and application process.
Location: Wilson House - 3:00


Graduate and Professional School Fair
Hosted by the Bastian Family Career Center
Join us at the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair. Representatives from over 50 graduate programs will be on campus. All students and faculty are welcome to stop by and talk with school representatives. Students will learn about admissions into their programs, their institutions, and information about the application process for the typical candidate. This is a great opportunity for all students to chat with representatives about potential graduate programs.
Location: Seymour Union, Lincoln & Skylight Rooms and Ferris Lounge - 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


All Abroad! A Life-Changing Experience in Besancon, France
Presenter: Professor of Modern Languages - Schahrazede Longou and Anne Steinberg
Attend this exciting session and hear about the experience of being abroad, the unique characteristics of the city of Besancon (location, courses taught by CLA, host families for the first month) and the various excursions and activities that the program offers. This session is especially aimed at first-years, sophomores, and juniors.
Location: GDH, Room 304 - 4:00 p.m.

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