Presidential Installation, May 5

Knox will celebrate the installation of Teresa Amott as 19th president of Knox College with a formal ceremony, community service activities at non-profit agencies around Galesburg, and a series of events highlighting student achievement in scholarship and creative work.
The formal installation ceremony is at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, on the south lawn of Knox’s historic Old Main. In case of inclement weather, it will be held in T. Fleming Fieldhouse.
The installation of Amott, the first woman to lead the 175-year-old institution, will bring delegates to Knox from more than 50 colleges and universities throughout the United States.
The installation will include remarks by Mark Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, former director of the Peace Corps and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff; and representatives of Knox College students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Galesburg community.
The representatives of Knox and the community will present Amott with a bound volume containing aspirations for the future of the College. Earlier this spring, Amott asked Knox students, employees and alumni for their thoughts on “how we can be an even more transformative place for students and an even more inclusive community for all who work and live here.”
Also speaking at the ceremony will be Janet M. Koran ’71, chair of the Knox College Board of Trustees; Lawrence Breitborde, dean of the College and vice president for academic affairs; James Thrall, Knight Distinguished Assistant Professor for the Study of Religion and Culture; and Lori Sundberg ’95, president of Carl Sandburg College.
The Knox Choir, directed by Laura Lane, will give the world premiere performance of “Youth & Pioneers: An Ode,” composed by Daniel Godsil of the Knox music faculty in celebration of Amott’s installation and the 175th anniversary of Knox College. The composition is based on Carl Sandburg’s remarks at the re-dedication of Old Main and celebration of Knox’s 100th anniversary in 1937.
In addition to the installation ceremony, Amott is spearheading a “Day of Service” community initiative involving Knox students, faculty and staff. On Sunday, May 6, volunteers from Knox will engage in clean-up projects at six locations in Galesburg — YMCA Kid Care Station, St. Mary’s Square Living Center, Discovery Depot, Galesburg Public Library, Knox College Community Garden and Orpheum Theatre. Also in honor of the installation, the College will sponsor the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen’s Community Dinner on Thursday, May 3, in Central Congregational Church.
In the week leading up to and following the installation, Knox also will highlight student work in a series of events, “Horizons: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity.” Presentations, performances, and exhibits will feature the exemplary independent research, scholarship, and creative work of Knox students from all academic fields.
Prior to assuming her post at Knox, President Amott spent six years as provost and dean of the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, New York. At HWS, she helped design and implement the strategic plan focused on expanding the academic program and faculty, increasing faculty diversity, and renovating the academic facilities. She also helped formulate and execute HWS’s $200 million campaign to construct a new performing arts center, renovate the student center and athletics facilities, and enhance information technology services.
President Amott helped build a unique collaboration between HWS and the Geneva community to develop community-based research projects to improve the area. Projects covered such diverse areas as energy efficiency, neighborhood revitalization, and childhood obesity. She has been active in the Boys & Girls Club and is an enthusiastic volunteer in the local community, supporting efforts to advocate for those in need.
Before joining HWS, she was vice provost at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, from 2000-2005. She has held academic appointments at Bucknell University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts – Boston and Amherst, and Wellesley College.
Educated in economics, President Amott holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Smith College. Her research has focused on the labor market experiences of women and people of color. She is co-author, with Julie Matthaei, of “Race, Gender, and Work: A Multicultural Economic History of Women in the United States.”
President Amott brings a unique global perspective to Knox. Born in Bolivia to a Brazilian mother and a United States Foreign Service father, she lived and studied abroad much of her childhood.

Showcase of Student Research, Creative Work, May 3-11

Knox will showcase the wide range of research and creative work undertaken by its students in a series of events, “Horizons: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity,” from May 3 through May 11.
The series will feature presentations, performances, and exhibits that illustrate the exemplary independent research, scholarship, and creative work of Knox students from all academic fields.
Events will include an extensive student art show; multi-media presentations on research, creative projects and off-campus study; theatrical performances; and dance and choir concerts.
In its inaugural year, Horizons is presented by The Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study, in conjunction with College’s 175th anniversary celebrations and the installation of Teresa L. Amott as the 19th president of Knox College.
Horizons 2012 Schedule of Events
Friday, May 4
Al Young Art Show and Awards Reception: Student submissions of two- and three- dimensional art utilizing a wide range of mediums will be on display. The judge is Mark Pascale, curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Lobby, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.
Saturday, May 5
Interdisciplinary Student Showcase and Reception: Student posters and media presentations will be displayed through Seymour Library. At 5:00 p.m. President Amott will be joined by Knox Trustee Gerald ’65 and Carol Klail Vovis ’65 to formally acknowledge the student presenters. 2:00-5:30 p.m. in Seymour Library.
Saturday, May 5
Spring Dance Concert and Post-Show Reception: The closing night concert featuring student choreographers and dancers will be immediately followed by a reception and displays showcasing the work of Knox student choreographers, dancers, and stage/light/costume designers. 7:30-9:00 p.m. in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.
Monday, May 7
The Davenport Awards in Poetry and Playwriting: Prizes for original student work will be judged and awarded by Knox alumni Joseph Lennon ’90, Yvonne Murphy ’89 and Tim Lord ’98. 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Old Main.
Tuesday, May 8
Music Capstone Presentations and Off-Campus Study Poster Session: Senior projects in music will be presented in the Taylor Lounge; in the adjacent Game Room, student posters and displays by Knox students based on their off-campus study or international travel experiences. 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Taylor Student Lounge & Game Room, Seymour Union.
Thursday, May 10
Student Playwright’s Workshop: Knox student playwrights will present readings from their original scripts of one-act and full-length plays. 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union.
Friday, May 11
Knox College Choir Concert: The Knox College Choir, directed by Laura Lane, will perform a repertoire of choral pieces, some of which were performed during their spring break tour through Spain. The concert will feature “Youth and Pioneers: An Ode” by Daniel Godsil, commissioned in honor of Knox’s 175th anniversary and premiered the week before at the May 5th installation of Teresa Amott as Knox’s 19th president. The text of the work is based Carl Sandburg’s speech at the rededication of Old Main in 1937. 7:30 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Prairie St., Galesburg.

2012 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

Brigadier General Mark Martins, Chief Prosecutor of the war crimes trial system reformed by the Military Commissions Act of 2009, will deliver the Commencement Address to the Class of 2012. Honorary degrees will be conferred on General Martins; Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director and Principal Conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Joseph S. Francisco, William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry at Purdue University.
Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on the South Lawn of Old Main.

Talk: Keep Your Friends Close and Your Frenemies Closer, May 4

“Keep Your Friends Close and Your Frenemies Closer: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Early Adolescents’ Friendships based on Prosocial Behavior and Physical Aggression” by Jonathan Bruce Santo, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Friday May 4, 7 p.m. in the Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. (7 p.m. refreshments, 7:15 p.m. lecture)
How do adolescents choose their friends and what happens when friends behave more like ‘frenemies’? In this talk, Professor Ferguson will present results from a cross-cultural study of over 1000 early adolescents in Montréal, Canada and Barranquilla, Colombia to explore how prosocial and/or aggressive behavior influences friendship rankings (being a best friend versus a third best friend for example). Results show some differences in friendship selection across cultures based on individualism, but across both cultures the rule of thumb is to keep your friends close and your frenemies closer.

Fundraiser for Rotary, May 11

On the evening of Friday, May 11, students of the Knox Rotaract Club, affiliated with Rotary International, are sponsoring a dinner/dance in the Lincoln Room to raise funds for Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign.
There will be a cash bar/social hour starting at 5:30, a buffet dinner at 6, and music for your listening or dancing pleasure at 7 provided by the Cherry Street Combo. Polio Plus is a Rotary project that has been in progress since 1985, and during that time Rotary has helped raised nearly a billion dollars in an effort to rid the world of polio. During that time the incidence of polio has dropped from as many as 50,000 cases a year to 650 cases in 2011. With the country of India recently certified as being polio-free (having had no new cases in over a year) there are only 3 remaining polio-endemic countries in the world: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Eliminating polio in these remaining countries presents some clear challenges, but Rotary and it’s partners in the campaign are committed to making it happen.
Please consider coming to the Rotaract dinner/dance, enjoy a great evening, and support the effort. Contact Chuck Schulz for your tickets, (Ext. 7397) which are available for $25 each. Checks can be made out to “Galesburg Sunrise Rotary”.

Berlin and Oliver Interviewed by NEA

Monica Berlin (English) and Emily Oliver ’11 (Post-baccalaurate Fellow) were recently interviewed by the NEA about their ongoing collaborative project (also with Sam Conrad ’11 and Bryce Parsons-Twesten ’10), The Knox Writers’ House, an audio map and digital archive of contemporary writers across the country reading their essays, poems and stories.

Blackadder Translation Featured in Conference

Neil Blackadder (theatre) participated in the conference ‘Theatrical Translation as Creative Process,’ which featured a staged reading of his translation from German of Rebekka Kricheldorf’s play The Ballad of the Pine Tree Killer. The conference took place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, April 12-15. (Blackadder has also translated Kricheldorf’s Rosa and Blanca, which he directed at Knox in 2008.)

Will Boast ’01 To Read, Announce Davenport Awards, April 19

Writer Will Boast ’01 will read Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room. Boast’s fiction and essays have recently appeared in New York Times, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Best New American Voices, Narrative, Salon, Five Points, Glimmer Train and the Southern Review, among many other notable publications. From 2008-2010, he was a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University and is currently a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia. Last year, his short story collection, Power Ballads, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, one of the most distinguished prizes for a short fiction collection in the U.S. Boast will also be announcing this year’s winners of the Davenport fiction awards.

Tickets Now Available For Polay Piano Commentary/Recital, April 27

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) and West Music (Moline, IL) present Dr. Bruce Polay and “Old Friends,” a piano recital with commentary on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Orpheum Theater. Polay will perform some of his favorite works for solo piano and will offer historical and entertaining comments about each work and composer.
The program will consist of works by “old friends” including Debussy’s “Lent” from “Images” (1894), deFalla’s “7 Popular Spanish Songs,” Rachmaninoff’s Etude-Tableau IV, Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy,” and Polay’s Etude No. 2 (world premiere) among others.
Patrons will be seated, on a first-reserve basis, on the Orpheum Theatre stage with Polay at the concert Steinway.
Advance tickets at $10.00 each are available only by calling the KGS Office at 309-341-7268 or by email to Tickets at $14.00 each will be available at the door. Children under 12 are Free. Admission reduced to $5 for Knox Students, Faculty & Staff.