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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Classes are suspended for the day and more than 30 sessions are conducted to provide a valuable set of resources for students to assist and encourage them to be more thoughtful and timely in their academic and career planning. Sessions, spanning a wide range of topics, address concerns of students of all levels - first-years to seniors.


Alumni Hall - Trustees Room, Room 302
Tuesday, October 17th
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Everyone is invited to join us!

Fall Institute Keynote
Screening by Journalist and Documentary Producer:
Insiyah Saeed `03

You are invited to attend a special screening of She Started It, a documentary film that follows five passionate, trailblazing young women who strive to compete and thrive in the ruthlessly competitive boys' club of high tech startups. View the official trailer.

Follow these five women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail, and start again. She Started It takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France, and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big-picture perspectives from women like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling; and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook.

Meet filmmaker Insiyah Saeed '03 and hear about the film's journey. Insiyah is a journalist and documentary producer with a background in storytelling and a passion for women empowerment. As an award-winning writer in print, Insiyah has been published in Huffington Post, The New York Sun, The Wall Street Journal, Women 2.0, and other tech blogs. She is a graduate of the Columbia J-School and has worked extensively in film.

RSVP by Friday, October 13, 2017. Register online now at or email

10/18 • 9:00 a.m. SESSIONS

Preparing for Medical School for First-Year and Sophomore Students
Presenters: Pre-Health Advisor - Mary Jane Shroyer and Associate Dean of the College - Tim Foster
Get your questions answered about short- and long-term academic planning for medical school admissions. We will also explain the application process for the George Washington University Early Selection Program.
Location: Wilson House - 9:00 a.m.

Preparing Effective Personal Statements for Graduate and Professional Schools
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. The strategies that will be discussed will also be helpful in preparing application essays for scholarships and internships. Learn what you need to know to make your statement compelling and effective.
Location: SMC, Room E-117 - 9:00 a.m.

10/18 • 10:00 a.m. SESSIONS

Study Abroad: How? Where? Why?
Presenter: Director of the Center for Global Studies - Bren Tooley
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.
Location: Alumni Hall, Trustees Room 302 - 10:00 a.m.

Activism for Social Change Series: To Selma and Back
Presenter: Director of the Center for Intercultural Life - Tianna Cervantez
The Center for Intercultural Life is hosting an alternative spring break this year. The staff and 14 students will travel to Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma and Nashville to visit places that commemorate instrumental moments in the Civil Rights Movement. This session will provide students with information about the trip and how to apply for a spot on the trip.
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 300 - 10:00 a.m.

Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF)
Presenter: Lilly Lavner, Associated Colleges of the Midwest
The Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF) provides an inside look at what it takes to pursue a career in teaching and research at a college like Knox. During the summer between you junior and senior year, you'll explore the world of academia and work with faculty and graduate student mentors at a top-ranked research university.
Eligibility is limited to students pursuing Arts, Humanities, and/or Humanistic Social Science majors who are from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in higher education or those who have followed faced adversity such as societal, economic, or academic disadvantages. Application takes place during the sophomore year but eligible first year students are also encouraged to attend this session.
Location: GDH, Room 203 - 10:00 a.m.

Interested in a Career in Education?
Presenters: Educational Studies Faculty
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. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided!
Location: GDH, Room 303 - 10:00 a.m.

Computer Science at Knox College
Presenter: Professor of Computer Science - Jaime Spacco
If you want to major or minor in Computer Science, or are interested in careers in computing, then this session is for you!
Location: SMC, Room A-219 - 10:00 a.m.

The Medical School Application Process for Juniors and Seniors
Presenter: Pre-Health Advisor - Mary Jane Shroyer
You will hear a brief overview of the application timeline, the AMCAS and AACOMAS applications, securing letters of recommendation, the MCAT exam and general guidelines for submitting a competitive application.
Location: Wilson House - 10:00 a.m.

10/18 • 11:00 a.m. SESSIONS

Graduate and Professional School Workshop
Presenter: Associate Librarian - Sharon Clayton
Planning on attending the I-74 Graduate and Professional School Fair on Fall Institute in the T. Fleming Fieldhouse on the same day at 3:30 PM? Attend this workshop to learn tips for researching graduate school options, find out what questions to ask the school's representative and discuss the application process. Can't attend this session? A second session will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Gym - Room 200.
Location: Alumni Hall, Evelyn Handler - Room 300 - 11:00 a.m.

Barcelona and Buenos Aires Study Abroad Programs: Informational Meeting
Presenter: Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature (Spanish) - Toni Prado
Attend this exciting informational session and learn first-hand about the Knox Buenos Aires and Barcelona Study Abroad Programs.
Location: GDH, Room 104 - 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 2017-18 brochures on hand.
Location: GDH, Room 203 - 11:00 a.m.

Your English Major and Beyond
Presenters: English Department Faculty
This session is particularly for undeclared or recently declared majors and minors in English Literature or Creative Writing. Hear from faculty about their backgrounds, specific curricular paths and co-curricular opportunities at Knox, as well as what students can expect in the department. 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.

ACM Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins
Presenters: Professors of Biology - Jennifer Templeton and James Mountjoy
The Tanzania study abroad program gives BIOL, ENVS, and ANSO majors the opportunity to conduct research in various fields, including wildlife ecology, paleoanthropology, and cultural or medical anthropology in northern Tanzania.
Location: SMC, Room A-107 - 11:00 a.m.

What's My Passion: Majors and Career Direction
Presenters: Current Students - Shasta Boerman `18 & Monica Weller `18
Don't miss this opportunity to hear from your very own Knox peers. Join us for an interactive session to empower you to begin thinking about your interests, values, and passion toward a potential career path. Bring your questions!
Location: Seymour Union, Taylor Lounge - 11:00 a.m.

Pathways in Nursing at Knox
Presenter: Pre-Health Advisor - Mary Jane Shroyer
We will discuss the options for pursuing a career in nursing after graduating from Knox, including the Knox-Rush Direct Entry Master's cooperative program. Come learn about the various nursing degree tracks and the courses each require before application.
Location: Wilson House - 11:00 a.m.

10/18 • 12:00 Noon SESSIONS

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.
Location: Seymour Union, Gallery - 12:00 Noon

MANDATORY: Study Abroad Application Session for Students Planning to Study Abroad Any Time Next Year
Presenter: Director of the Center for Global Studies - Bren Tooley
All students planning to participate in a Knox approved or student initiated study abroad program during the 2018-19 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).
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 302 - 12:00 Noon

10/18 • 1:00 p.m. SESSIONS

Mental Notes
Presenter: Licensed Professional Counselor - Megan Downs
Counselors from Counseling Services will be hosting a mental health trivia game! Show us what you know about mental health and learn some interesting information about disorders, treatment, and helpful resources. Questions are encouraged!
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 117 - 1:00 p.m.

Career Pathways in Disability Services
Presenter: Director of Disability Support Services - Stephanie Grimes
This session will explore the variety of career pathways an individual may take in the field of disability services.
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 300 - 1:00 p.m.

Germany's Study, Internship 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 (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 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 - 1:00 p.m.

Experiential Learning...Priceless!
Presenters: Professor of Economics - Jonathan Powers and Current Students
What is experiential learning? Learn from current students what they have done for this Knox requirement and options for your own Experiential Learning! With the right planning, Experiential Learning can be a valuable part of your Knox education.
Location: GDH, Room 105 - 1:00 p.m.

MANDATORY for Ed Studies Majors Planning to Student Teach during the 2018-19 Academic Year
Presenters: The Educational Studies Faculty
This session is REQUIRED for anyone majoring in Educational Studies with Certification or who plans to student teach during the 2018-19 academic year. Those students who are scheduled to student teach in Winter 2018 do not need to attend.
Location: GDH, Room 303 - 1:00 p.m.

MANDATORY for Senior Creative Writing Majors
Presenters: Creative Writing Faculty
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: Literature Faculty
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.

Knox Mellon Fellowship-Grants for Summer Projects
Presenters: Members of the Knox Mellon Fellowship Committee
Come learn about the Knox Mellon Fellowship which is funded by a grant to increase the number of first-generation and income-eligible students at Knox College who are participating in transformational learning experiences. These experiences should take place during the summer of 2018 while students work at an internship, engage in a community service project, attend a workshop, conduct research, or pursue scholarship or creative work.
Location: Old Main, Room 100 (Alumni Room)- 1:00 p.m.

10/18 • 2:00 p.m. SESSIONS

Engaging Galesburg: What is KnoxCorps?
Presenter: Director of Government and Community Relations - Karrie Heartlein & Current KnoxCorps Members
KnoxCorps places current students and recent graduates with Galesburg and Knox County non-profits and community initiatives. As a part of the KnoxCorps team, you enjoy opportunities to participate in community building, professional and leadership development, and civic engagement initiatives. Learn about KnoxCorps from members of this year's team.
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 300 - 2:00 p.m.

Serving Peace, Creating Friendships - The Journey of a Peace Corps Volunteer
Presenters: Director of the Global Studies Center/Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator - Bren Tooley; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer - Andy Crawford '00, (Guatemala 2004-06) Current Peace Corp Volunteer - Kati Stemple '16 (Morocco; via Skype) and Peace Corps Campus Recruiter at Western Illinois University - Rosey Brown
Join Andy, Rosey and Kati as they share their stories, journeys, and experiences in the Peace Corps and afterward, and gather information about the application process. Learn how to become involved in the Knox Peace Corps Prep program and how best to prepare for the Peace Corps application process.
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 302 - 2:00 p.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 - Sara Kitsch
Come learn more about the funding opportunities available to you, including Richter Grants, the Artists, Scientists, Scholars, and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (ASSET), and more! Also, gather information about the post-graduate fellowships and graduate school advising.
Location: Old Main, Room 100 (Alumni Room) - 2:00 p.m.

2018 Field School at Dhiban, Jordan
Presenters: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies - Katie Adelsberger and Assistant 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 Professor Adelsberger about an interdisciplinary field project in Dhiban, Jordan. The Dhiban Excavation and Development Project (DEDP) offer students an opportunity to learn geological and archaeological field methods in a beautiful and historical setting. Learn more about this unique opportunity.
Location: SMC, Room E-117 - 2:00 p.m.

Cuba Term - Pre-Travel Planning Session
Presenters: Associate Professor Theatre/Dance - Jennifer Smith & Director of ThisWorldMusic - Jeremy Cohen
This session is for students enrolled in IDIS this fall and are planning to travel to Cuba this December. Please note that this session is from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Seymour Union, Ferris - 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

KNect with Knox Alumni
Presenters: Eric Johnson, Student Alumni Ambassadors - Mohammad Kamran `19 and Reshma Rajan `19
The KNect program connects alumni to students in the professional world across a variety of sectors to facilitate a deeper, cutting-edge understanding of career opportunities and trends. You will learn more about the new KNect mobile networking app and better ways to strengthen relationships with Knox alumni through networking and this mobile platform.
Location: Alumni Hall - Room 115 - 2:00 p.m.

10/18 • 3:00 p.m. SESSIONS

Studying in Besancon - FRANCE
Presenter: Professor of Modern Languages - Caesar Akuetey
Come to this session to see why we encourage students to add study abroad experience to their Knox education.
Location: GDH, Room 201A - 3:00 p.m.

Information Session on Law School
Presenter: Professor of Political Science - Lane Sunderland
Come to this session for a discussion on preparation for law school, the law school admission test, and the application process.
Location: GDH, Room 105 - 3:00 p.m.

Statistics at Knox...and Beyond!
Presenter: Assistant Professor of Mathematics - Ole Forsberg
Knox now offers a minor in Statistics. We describe the minor and other related coursework, and we discuss possible post-graduation options for students who master the art of thinking statistically as well as the tools to extract meaning from data.
Location: SMC, Room A-207 - 3:00 p.m.

An Academic and Career Path in Art and Art History: What to Do After Graduation
Presenters: Professors of Art and Art History - Greg Gilbert and Lynette Lombard
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: WAC, Room 212 -3:00 p.m.

School for Field Studies (SFS) Study Abroad Opportunities
Presenter: Professor of Environmental Studies - Katie Adelsberger
The School for Field Studies, or SFS, provides study abroad opportunities for students interested in pursuing real field research in environmental and ecological sciences. Come learn about pre-approved programs that explore biodiversity in Panama, Australia, Turks & Caicos and Cambodia.
Location: SMC, Room E-117 - 3:00 p.m.

10/18 • 3:30 p.m. SESSION

Graduate and Professional School Workshop
Presenter: Associate Librarian - Sharon Clayton
Planning on attending the I-74 Graduate and Professional School Fair on Fall Institute in the T. Fleming Fieldhouse on the same day at 3:30 PM? Attend this workshop to learn tips for researching graduate school options, find out what questions to ask the school's representative and discuss the application process.
Location: Memorial Gym, Room 300 - 3:30 p.m.


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 65 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: T. Fleming Fieldhouse - 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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