Green Oaks Stewardship Program Applications Due April 20

We are accepting applications from students interested in working in the Green Oaks Stewardship Program for the summer of 2012. At least two stewardship positions are currently available (number of stewardship positions will depend upon funding). Green Oaks Stewards will work at Green Oaks removing invasive species, doing trail maintenance, brush clearing and other useful work to help maintain the facility. Stewards should work a minimum of 20-30 hours per week. The Stewardship program has an educational aspect, so stewards will be asked to write a brief essay at the end of the summer explaining what they learned as part of the stewardship program. The performance of the stewards will be evaluated during the summer to ensure that work goals are being met. Stewards will receive a stipend of $3000, payable in three monthly installments. Stewards may live at Green Oaks in Schurr Hall if they want to. The stewardship program will run from June 4 until August 24, 2012. Those applying for a stewardship position should submit a one page essay describing the applicant’s relevant experience and the educational benefits to be derived from the experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience at Green Oaks or with similar field stewardship experience. If you have any questions, please contact Stuart Allison ( Applications must be submitted to Stuart Allison by 5 p.m. Friday April 20.

Dunn Scholarship Applications Due April 20

Interested in field biology research? Need money to support the research? Want to work at Green Oaks this summer? The biology department invites students to apply for the David “Burney” Dunn Student Field Research Scholarship. The Burney Dunn Scholarship will provide a stipend of $2500 to support a student engaged in field biological or ecological research during the summer of 2012. Preference will be given to students conducting their research at Green Oaks. Interested students should discuss possible research plans with a mentor and then submit an application to Linda Dybas, Biology Department Chair, Campus Box 20, by Friday April 20 at the latest. The proposal should be no more than two pages long. The proposal should describe the project, provide a basic outline of methods, and a timeline for the project.

175th Anniversary Candle-Lighting Ball, April 14

Galesburg Heritage Days, together with The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, respectfully request your attendance at Galesburg’s “Candle-Lighting Ball” commemorating the 175th Anniversary of Galesburg on Saturday April 14, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1556 E. Fremont St., Galesburg.
With 18th thru 19th Century Colonial Rendezvous to Civil War Period Music by the “Bogoakharmonians”, this Dinner and Dance is a Recreation of Galesburg Area Early American Festivities. Doors will be open with Mix & Mingles beginning at 5 o’clock. Cash bar open at 5 o’clock. Dinner choices of Prime Rib or Rosemary & Lemon Chicken will be served at 6 o’clock. Salads shall include iceberg or strawberry spinach salad. Sides of mashed red potatoes or green beans and bacon. Coffee, iced tea, & water are included.
Dancing will Begin Smartly at 7 o’clock.
Everyone is Invited to Attend! Reenactors are requested to come in period dress, Fancy Attire is not required. Photographer Rick Cross will be taking pictures at the Ball and the public is encouraged to participate in period attire as well or long skirts or dresses for the ladies and dress pants and shirts for the gentlemen will be appreciated.
Item Donations are being accepted at this time for a Silent Auction with all proceeds going toward local Educational Programs of the Galesburg Heritage Days Living History Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Tickets on sale now, $25 per Adult, 14 and under $7.50. Dance only tickets, $10 per Adult, 14 and under free. Available at the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 185 S. Kellogg, Galesburg IL 61401. Tickets also available by mail from: Galesburg Heritage Days, P.O. Box 748, Galesburg. Make checks Payable to Galesburg Heritage Days. Enquiries/donations may be made to Mary Plue, Chamber of Commerce at 309-343-1194, or Lisa Bernhart, Heritage Days at 309-342-6159.

Ariel Dance Chicago Workshop Series, April 9-12

Aerial Dance Chicago will conduct a series of workshops at Knox during their residency April 9-12. Space is limited to 18 participants per session and individuals must pre-register for each workshop series. If interested, contact Jennifer Smith.
Workshops will begin with a slow and gentle introduction to aerial arts and then progressively introduce new movements and short combinations with focus on developing body awareness and coordination while airborne. Specifically, students will learn basic climbs, locks and mid-air movements using suspended fabrics and fabric slings.
Workshop Schedule:
Monday & Wednesday, April 9 & 11:The Aerial Sling 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, April 10 & 12: Aerial Fabrics, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Berlin Interviewed

Monica Berlin (English) was recently interviewed by Ninth Letter for their series “5 (or so) Questions.”

The English Department Announces the 2012 Davenport Poetry Contest

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Poetry sponsored by the English Department.
1) entrants must be enrolled students in good standing at Knox but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course;
2) manuscripts should include three poems and only one manuscript submission per student is allowed (our judges reserve the right to select prize winners based on a single poem or on the manuscript as a whole);
3) submitted poems need not be written especially for the contest, but poems cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no poem that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time;
4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the titles of the poems; please leave name off subsequent pages;
5) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);
6)all entries must be submitted as one document (your last name should be the name of the document) electronically to no later than WEDNESDAY APRIL 18 by 4 p.m.) If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Monica Berlin
Note: Cash prizes are as follows, although we reserve the right to adjust these amounts in consultations with the judge: 1st Prize $200, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $50. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the college and may be published on the English Department’s website.
This year’s judges, a duo of poets, are Joseph Lennon ’90 and Yvonne Murphy ’89.
Joseph Lennon is the Director of Irish Studies at Villanova University, where he is associate professor in the English Department. He also lectures at the Notre Dame Irish Seminar in Dublin in June and previously taught at Manhattan College in New York for a decade. His book of poems Fell Hunger (Salmon Poetry/Dufour Editions 2011) was published last summer. He has also published poetry, essays, and articles in periodicals such as Poetry Ireland, New Hibernia Review, TLS, Denver Quarterly, and The Recorder. His book Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History (2004, 2008) won the Donald J. Murphy First Book Prize, awarded by the American Conference for Irish Studies.
Yvonne Murphy is an Associate Professor of The Arts at SUNY Empire State College in Syracuse, New York. She received an M.A. from New York University, a Ph.D. from The University of Houston and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University. Her collection of poems,Aviaries, won the 2010 Carolina Wren Press Poetry award, and was published in 2011. Her poems have been published widely in U.S. and Canadian anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Black Warrior Review, The Portland Review, EPOCH, Stone Canoe, Redivider, Painted Bride Quarterly, Many Mountains Moving, Literal Latte and Gulf Coast, among many others. She lives in Cazenovia, New York, with her husband and daughter.
Davenport Poetry Prizewinners will be announced at a special Caxton Club reading on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Old Main.