A summer camp of sorts for those interested in ballet is coming to Galesburg soon, thanks to money recently donated to the cause.
Orpheum Theatre president Kate Francis says a $5,000 grant has been received from the Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest, that will help pay for a week of instruction by Moscow Ballet member Svetlana Todinova the first week of August.
Francis tells WGIL the instruction will be done on the Knox College campus.
“[It’s] truly a day-long, week-long, for lack of a better word, intensive — teaching dance and learning about dance and the opportunities and elongated dance career can present for you,” Francis said. “How do you go about auditioning, nutrition, physical therapy, dealing with injury — so it’s going to be more than just dance class. It’s going to be a whole new experience about dance, with a Moscow ballet principal dancer.”
Francis says some details have to be worked out, but the week-long workshop is expected to be FREE for the up to 40 area dance students attending.
Applications are expected to be available starting a week from Monday (June 20) at the Orpheum and online.
The Moscow Ballet will perform at the Orpheum in December.
From The New York Times:
The college search is more than just a choice. It questions identity, aspirations and ability. However, these combined facets do not painlessly produce an answer.
College options are often limited by financial status or slashed by rejections. Even familial and societal pressures shape the path towards the college decision. If the road is not rocky enough already, the most tormenting position in the decision arrives when everything amounts to two college options of equal appeal. As an added vexation, there is the nightmarish possibility of having to swallow a choking amount of regret if the incorrect choice is made.
If a student sands each colleges’ mysteries down to the truth and is still fidgeting in indecision, I have discovered that the final verdict can be uncovered not in quantitative college facts sifted from a catalog but in distinct experiences.
I found my answer in rekindled memories of a train, a small town, and the people I met there.
With a forceful, mechanical heave, the train accelerated from the station at a predawn hour. It was yet another stop in a string of midnight passenger boarding that interrupted my sleeping pattern with every abrasive halt and shriek of the engine.
Nonetheless I awoke undaunted and jubilant later that morning, as it was my first train ride and visit to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., a school I have had my eyes on since sophomore year…
Leslie Kang of Northbrook, who graduated from Knox College on June 4, has received a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for international research and teaching.
Kang, an educational studies major, will teach English in South Korea.
Two other Knox graduates, Joanna Stack of Chicago and Brent Newman of Dallas, Texas, also recently received Fulbright Fellowships. Stack, an anthropology and sociology major who graduated June 4, will go to India to teach English. Newman, a 2010 graduate who majored in environmental studies, will travel to Jamaica to study the Jamaican yellow boa, a snake that has been listed as a vulnerable species according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Knox College has a long history with Fulbright Fellowships. Three graduating Knox seniors received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010, and 21 Knox students have been selected for the honor since 1999.
Within days, Josh Kieser will learn which Asian country he will live in for the next two years, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.
The 22-year-old Michigan native is one of 10 recent University of Montana graduates who were among the first to receive a Peace Corps preparatory certificate from their alma mater.
UM is the third college in the country, and the first public university, to offer a Peace Corps prep certification program. The private schools are Knox College in Illinois and Wittenberg University in Ohio…
From The Register-Mail:
Preserving history recently earned several Galesburg residents recognition from the Galesburg Landmark Commission.
Robert I.I. Bondi, owner of the Bondi Building at 311 E. Main St., Autumn and Dustin Scott, owners of a home at 1429 Willard St., and Denise and Richard Dechow, owners of the Isaac Burton House at 774 N. Broad St., all recently were given the annual P.A.V.E.R. Awards for their efforts to maintain the historical correctness of their properties.
The GLC has been presenting the awards on an annual basis since 1979. Recipients are selected based upon the quality of degree of difficulty of the project, historical correctness and overall aesthetic contribution…The Isaac Burton House
Denise and Richard Dechow purchased their house at 774 N. Broad St. in January 2002.
“It was in pretty good condition,” Richard said. “The folks before us had done a fair amount of restoration work to the inside of the home.”
But the exterior paint was from the late 1980s or early 1990s, and was in pretty bad need of updating.
The couple selected colors appropriate for the Queen Anne-style home that was designated a local landmark in 1985 and is known as the Isaac Burton House.
“I’ve always had a fond spot for the old Queen Anne homes,” said Richard, a software engineer originally from Abingdon. “My grandma had one in Abingdon and my parents have moved into that now. I’ve just always enjoyed the big old homes.”
The couple met while attending Knox College and eventually left the area as Denise pursued her medical degree and career. They moved back in 2002 to be closer to family. She is a psychiatrist who oversees the inpatient behavioral health program at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
From The Register-Mail:
…I plan to write about President Obama’s foreign policy over the next months in the pages of the Register-Mail. The challenges for the United States in the age of global terrorism, escalating proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and in the growing pains of international political and economic development are many.
There is no greater challenge than refining a policy strategy that meets the objectives of practicing and defending the ideals of the United States, while sustaining U.S. security and commitment to global and regional stability. While the president must be a realist, assessing genuine needs in terms of U.S. national interest, he must also embrace the idealist core of American principles of democracy and freedom-promotion. He must prioritize as well…
L. Sue Hulett is the Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science and chair of the Political Science Department at Knox College.