It’s Sumo++ Time!

It’s Sumo++ time!
It’s time for the 10th Annual Sumo Robot Competition! You thought you knew what the Sumo Robot Competition was all about? WRONG!! This year it’s Sumo++.  We’re taking Sumo Robot Wrestling to another new level! This year we have TWO Sumo competitions:
The TIMED Sumo Challenge:  In Sumo++ you’ll build and program a robot from a Lego Mindstorms kit and your robot will try to find, pick up a weighted target and drop it out of a circular contest ring (well, OK, it’s a beer can with sand in it). Your robot will have to find the target, pick it up and then take it out of the ring, recognize when it gets to the edge of the ring, and stop.  But that’s not all!! You have to do it in the shortest amount of time! So Fast is better….
Sumo++ Wrestling:  We’re going back to our traditional Sumo Robot Wrestling challenge as well. Two Robots, one ring, three minutes. Only one survivor!!
You may enter one or both competitions (but you can’t change your robot between competitions. Oops!)
The competition will be Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the Francois Classroom (E-117) in SMC.
The official rules of the contest are at
To see pictures from the last Sumo Contest go to
If you’re interested in competing, contact Professor John Dooley at Ext. 7748 or and drop by SMC E-205 to pick up a Lego kit. Teams of 2 or more are encouraged!

2012-2013 Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships

A limited number of Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships will be awarded by the Dean of the College for the 2012-13 academic year.  Anyone with a B.A. can apply to be a post-bac student and pay a special tuition rate; however, the Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program is open to newly graduated Knox students and supports up to 3 additional terms of participation in the academic life of the campus beyond the receipt of the B.A.  The Fellowship consists of a tuition waiver for 1 or 2 credits per term, at the discretion of the Dean of the College, for a maximum of 3 terms.
Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships support an active and intentional plan of study and service. The program does not support students who are uncertain about their futures and wish to remain in a “holding pattern.” Instead, Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships recognize special opportunities that would be provided by 1 to 3 terms of additional participation in the life of the College.  The program recognizes outstanding students who propose (a) a service project which contributes to the improvement of Knox’s educational programs, and (b) a plan for enrollment in a set of courses which will enrich the applicant’s undergraduate education.  A Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship does not provide support for room and board.

Applications for Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships for 2012-13 must include (1) a proposal for a project which contributes to the quality of an academic program or the larger educational mission of the College; (2) a letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member or administrator endorsing the project; (3) a description of an academic agenda to enroll in specific courses during the tenure of the fellowship; and (4) a transcript of academic work completed.
Forms and guidelines are available from the office of the Dean of the College, or you may request an application by contacting Nancy Fennig at 309/341-7217 or
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 28, 2012, to the Dean of the College. Students interested in a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship for any part of 2012-13  must apply by March 28, 2012.  [Applications will not be accepted during 2011-12 for a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship during that year.]

Celebrate Knox’s 175th Anniversary

February 15 Events:
Purple & Gold Day, All Day — Wear Purple & Gold and Show Your Knox Pride! Take a photo of yourself, your friends, or your entire office in Knox attire and share it on Facebook ( or e-mail it to
Happy Birthday Knox Toast, 12:30 p.m., Taylor Student Lounge — Join President Amott in a toast to Knox’s 175th birthday. When you hear the Old Main bell ring at 12:15, head over to the Taylor Student Lounge for cupcakes and song!
175th Pub Night, 6:00 p.m., Cherry Street — Celebrate Knox past and present by gathering with Knox friends — including George Washington Gale — for Galesburg’s version of 175th Pub Nights all across the country. RSVP here:
Screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 7:00 p.m., Taylor Student Lounge — Watch the campy original film adaptation of Knox alumnus Jack Finney’s ground-breaking sci-fi novel, The Body Snatchers. Finney, a member of the Class of 1934, is best known for his sci-fi novels, as well as his short story collection I Love Galesburg in the Springtime.