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Knox is—and has been for nearly 200 years—a learning community deeply rooted in place with a scholarly faculty at its core. As technology continues to evolve and the world becomes ever more connected, our students need an education that exposes them to new sources of information and new ways of interacting with each other and the world. To do this, Knox faculty will continue to embrace this new world, teaching in a manner that is more interactive and participatory than ever before, and Knox will continue to attract faculty who will become leaders in new and emerging fields. We must provide our faculty and students with a campus and facilities that reflect both our historic past and our emerging future.

See the status of Phase II Above & Beyond projects:

Attracting and Retaining The Best Faculty

Close faculty-student interaction defines the way we teach. As we recruit the next generation of teacher-scholars, we want to continue to attract the best and brightest, who are fluent in contemporary educational technologies. These funds will support faculty chairs; research, innovation, and travel funds; and scholars-in-residence. During Phase II, five new endowed chairs to provide faculty compensation support were established in theatre, history, English, business and peace and justice studies. Gifts also grew the impact of existing chairs in math and religious studies.

Learn more about supporting Knox faculty.

A New Life for the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center (Phase 1)

Now, more than ever, students need to understand the science behind a whole host of issues and realities—climate change, infectious diseases, biodiversity, informatics, and human motivation. Working with and mentored by talented Knox faculty in the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science, students are ready to meet these challenges in creative and collaborative ways. We rank among the top 4% of colleges in the U.S. sending graduates to research Ph.D. programs; our graduates go on to careers with some of the leading technology, manufacturing, and healthcare organizations in the country. Despite these successes, Knox is growing in danger of losing the most promising students and faculty to other institutions. Knox's science building, the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center (SMC) is more than 40 years old, the oldest among our peer institutions in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and older than the facilities at many other national liberal arts colleges.

It is time to move forward with renovations that re-envision Knox's science facility to ensure that our faculty and students can continue to do transformative teaching and learning. We are taking a phased approach that will deliver immediate improvements to the student experience within the core of the building, while laying the groundwork for improvements to each of SMC's wings. Phase 1 of the renovation, costing around $13 million, is adding a vibrant entrance to the sciences by adding a two-story, glass-walled atrium to the east side of the building; create a central science commons that offers a full range of technology-rich study areas, individual study carrels, study rooms, and a seminar room; and dedicates the second floor of the building to teaching and learning by transforming the current science library into six modernized classrooms.

The outdoor observatory on the roof of the science center is also being renovated to include an outdoor classroom for 32, a viewing dome that accommodates 16 with high powered telescope, and three additional pier telescopes.

Learn more about Renovation of the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center.

Whitcomb Art Center

We believe every student should be exposed to making or experiencing art during their four years on campus. Today's students have grown up in a highly designed, technologically innovative environment, and contemporary art and art history must be taught in all dimensions—2D, 3D, and multi-media. To teach art to today's students, Knox recently opened a new facility for studio art and art history.

Thanks to a lead gift of $5 million from Dick '57 and Joan Whitcomb '56, combined with gifts from more than 170 other donors, Knox created the new Whitcomb Art Center, where Knox faculty and students can study, create, and share art. 

With art and art history moving into Whitcomb, space became available in the Ford Center for Fine Arts for dance which is now housed in the Breitborde Dance Studio. Borzello Gallery, also in CFA, across from Harbach Theatre, provides a secure exhibit space for art and teaching exhibits, and is also being used as an immersive classroom for the museum studies program.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Six million dollars is needed to revitalize Old Main, George Davis Hall, and Seymour Library to ensure that Knox's historic facilities will be outfitted to serve today's and tomorrow's students. During Phase II, major enhancements were made to the first and second floors of George Davis Hall with new classroom furniture and technology for the classrooms, gathering areas and faculty office suites.

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