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”.