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During Fall Institute, classes are suspended and faculty, students, and staff participate in a series of events that will provide practical, hands-on time to shape and define individual goals, milestones, and educational plans toward a purposeful and goal-driven academic career.

October 18

Informed, Engaged, Involved: A Discussion with Alumni Brad Middleton ‘08 & Elaine (Wilson) Stern '09

7:30 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts

As Knox students, Brad Middleton ‘08 and Elaine Stern ‘09 took their call to learn, lead, and serve seriously. They each served as Student Senate Presidents, took advantage of internships, and forged a collaborative bond. All this, while advocating from opposite sides of the political aisle. Today, they each have risen to positions of leadership advocating for the issues that matter to them.

Hear what they learned as Knox students and how staying informed, engaged, and involved has allowed them to serve their communities and country.

Brad Middleton ‘08 currently serves as Education Policy Advisor to United States Senator and Assistant Democratic Leader Richard J. Durbin (D-IL). During his more than eight years in Senator Durbin's office, Brad has worked on a wide range of issues including foreign policy, water infrastructure, postal, and immigration. In 2011, Brad opened and managed Durbin's new Senate office in the Quad Cities. He has also worked on several political campaigns. A political science major at Knox, Brad was Student Senate President and a member of the golf team. He is from Rock Falls, Illinois.

Elaine (Wilson) Stern '09 currently serves as a Director of Government Relations for the Foreign Policy Initiative. Prior to joining FPI, Elaine served as Senator Tom Cotton's Legislative Advisor-where she advised him on a broad range of issues, including foreign policy, national security, veterans, judiciary, and trade. Elaine also worked for Senator Cotton during his time in the House of Representatives where she handled his work on the Foreign Affairs Committee. A native of the Chicago area, Elaine received a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College and a Master of Arts in national defense and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Moderated by Jim Nowlan, President of Stark County Communications. Stark County Communications publishes newspapers in Jim's rural home county in western Illinois. He has been an author, Illinois legislator, state agency director, senior aide to three unindicted governors, campaign manager for U.S. Senate and presidential candidates, professor, newspaper publisher and columnist.

October 19

9:00 a.m. Sessions

Preparing for Medical School for First-Year and Sophomore Students

Presenters: Associate Dean of the College - Lori Schroeder, Pre-Health Advisor - Mary Jane Shroyer, and Professor of Biology - Judy Thorn

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

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

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. Sessions

Interested in a Career in Education?

Presenters: The Educational Studies Department

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

The Medical School Application Process for Juniors and Seniors

Presenters: Pre-Health Advisor - Mary Jane Shroyer and Professor of Biology - Judy Thorn

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.

Study Abroad: How? Where? Why?

Presenter: Director of the Center for Global Studies - Bren Tooley

Hoping to study abroad? Without the proper planning and timing, you could find yourself staying in Galesburg. With good planning, thoughtful research, courage and creativity, you could find yourself immersed in a term, semester or year in Spain, France, Argentina, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, China, Ireland, Denmark,....? This session explores the many study abroad opportunities available at Knox.

Location: Alumni Hall, Room 302

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 your 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 Humanities and Humanistic Social Science majors who are from historically underrepresented groups in higher education and those who have 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

11:00 a.m. Sessions

Kemper Scholars for First-Year Students

Presenter: Professor of Business and Management - 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.

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, and what kind of careers an English major prepares you for. 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).

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

Barcelona and Buenos Aires Programs

Presenters: Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures-Spanish - Julio Noriega and Professor of Modern Languages - Jessie Dixon

Attend this exciting informational session and learn first-hand about the Knox programs in Barcelona and in Buenos Aires.

Location: GDH, Room 303

Direct Early Pathway in Nursing

Presenter: Pre-Health Advisor - Mary Jane Shroyer

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

Transforming the American Educational Experience

Presenter: Assistant Professor of Sociology - Teresa Gonzales

Come learn about IRT and how they empower talented, underserved and underrepresented students to teach and serve as leaders in American education. IRT believes that teacher diversity is essential to educational excellence.

This session will address the graduate school application process and sufficient funding for advanced study. Juniors and Seniors interested in pursuing a Master's degree or PhD in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Computer Science, and are considering a career as a teacher, counselor, administrator, or professor are encouraged to attend.

Location: GDH, Room 304

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 Hall, Gallery

MANDATORY: Study Abroad Application Session for Students Planning to Study Abroad Any Time Next Year

Presenters: 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 2017-18 academic year MUST ATTEND this session. You will learn about the application procedures important deadlines, possible matches between study abroad programs and majors/minors, and the pros and cons of the many semester options.

Location: Alumni Hall, Room 302

1:00 p.m. Sessions

MANDATORY for Senior Creative Writing Majors

Presenters: The English Department 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

MANDATORY for Senior English Literature Majors

Presenters: The English Department 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

Startup Term - A New Immersive Term Developed By the Computer Science and Business Departments

Presenters: Professors of Computer Science - Jaime Spacco and John Dooley, and
Professor of Business and Management - John Spittell

Join us to learn more about this exciting course designed by the computer science and the business departments.

Location: SMC, Room A-219 

MANDATORY for Ed Studies Majors Planning to Student Teach During Fall 2017 or Winter 2018

Presenters: The Educational Studies Department

This session is REQUIRED for anyone majoring in Educational Studies or who plans to student teach during the 2017-2018 academic year. Those currently student teaching or student teachings in Winter 2017 do not need to attend.

Location: GDH, Room 303

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

Knox Mellon Fellowship-Grants for Summer Projects

Presenters: 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 transformative learning experiences. These experiences should take place during the summer of 2017 while students work at an internship, engage in a community service project, attend a workshop, conduct research, or pursue scholarship or creative work.

Location: Alumni Hall-Evelyn Handler, Room 300

2:00 p.m. Sessions

Making the Leap - 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 (Guatemala 2004-06)/Knox Music Instructor - Andy Crawford '00 and Peace Corps Representatives - Jessica Vig and Nikita Jones

Join the regional 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, Bren Tooley, about the program at Knox, one of the few colleges with a Peace Corps Prep Program and the first college in the country to create such a program.

Location: Alumni Hall, Room 302

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 (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

2017 Field School at Dhiban, Jordan

Presenter: Professor of Environmental Studies - Katie Adelsberger

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

Field Studies in Tanzania

Presenters: Professors of Biology - Jennifer Templeton and James Mountjoy

The ACM Tanzania: Ecology and Human Origins program offers adaptable students the exciting opportunity to conduct fieldwork in some of the world's greatest paleoanthropological and ecological sites, and to immerse themselves in Tanzanian language and culture. This program is best sui8ted for students with an interest in Animal Behavior, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Medical Anthropology, and Archaeology.

Location: SMC, Room A-107

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

Careers in Music

Presenter: The Music Department

All Music majors! Attend this Music Department meeting for all Music majors to find out more about Careers in Music!

Location: Center for Fine Arts (CFA), Room 156 Jay Rehearsal Hall

3:00 p.m. Sessions

Social Justice Dialogues : You Need These Tools

Presenters: Students from the Class of 2017- Jordan Hurst, Liliana Coelho, and Donna Boguslavsky

Unsure how to navigate conversations about race, class, sexuality, gender, and religion on campus and in the classroom? We have tools to help you! Come get a taste of what Social Justice Dialogues are all about in this student-led session.

Location: Wilson House

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 300

Statistics at Knox...and Beyond!

Presenters: Professors of Mathematics - Kevin Hastings and 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

Get Involved with C.A.S.A.!

Presenter: Executive Director of C.A.S.A. - Sara Robison

C.A.S.A. of Knox County (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a non-profit program with a mission to speak up for and support the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system. Learn about the benefits for the children served and for their families. Also, learn how to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for community service that provides valuable experience, attend this session!

Location: GDH, Room 303

OPT and Post-Grad Options for International Students

Presenter: Assistant Director of International Student Services - Rebecca Eckart

Learn more about opportunities for F-1 visa holders after graduation, including: pursuing a graduate degree; working in the U.S. through Optional Practical Training (OPT); or returning home.

Location: GDH, Room 203

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: CFA, Room 208

4:00 p.m. Session

All Abroad! A Life-Changing Experience in Besancon, France

Presenters: Professors of French - Jessie Dixon-Montgomery 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

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