Commencement, June 2

Knox will award more than 300 bachelor’s degrees to the Class of 2012 at the College’s 167th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 2. 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. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on the South Lawn of Old Main. It is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony is held in T. Fleming Fieldhouse, and due to restricted seating, admission is limited to graduates, their families and invited guests.
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.

Symphony Concert on the Lawn is June 2

The annual Knox-Galesburg Symphony “Concert on the Lawn” will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, on the South Lawn of Old Main. This FREE concert, now in its 27th year, has become an annual tradition for many. As an outdoor, informal concert, it’s fun for the whole family and a great way for children to get a closer look at all the instruments and musicians of the orchestra. So bring your lawn chairs, get a cold drink at the concession stand, and prepare to relax while listening to some wonderful music.
This year’s program will highlight fourteen-year-old clarinetist Torin Bakke, the 2012 winner of the Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Junior Concerto Competition and a finalist in the 2012 International Clarinet Association’s High School Soloist Competition. Bakke recently appeared with his trio “The Triumvirate” on WFMT’s Introductions and soloed with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra as the clarinet category winner of the 2012 DePaul Concerto Festival. Additionally, he has been selected principal clarinet of the IMEA Junior Ensemble, and a participant in the JKO Junior Klezmer Band.
In addition to Bakke, this year’s “Concert on the Lawn” will feature popular selections requested by previous audiences, including “Over the Rainbow,” Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” “Streamliner” by local composer Dan Godsil, Bruce Polay’s arrangement of “The Knox Hymn,” and music from “Chicago” among other favorites.

KPCK Pancake Fundraiser is June 2

On Saturday June 2nd the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen (KPCK) is having a pancake fundraiser at Applebee’s on N. Henderson Street. It starts at 8am to 10 a.m., so there is plenty of time before commencement to get some breakfast and help out a great cause!
Tickets are $5 each and $4 goes directly to the KPCK. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please email or call 406-461-3928. Laurie Sauer (x7788) and Daniel Beers (x7157) also have tickets for sale. You can also purchase tickets at Q’s cafe (319 E. Main Street).
For those who would like to help but are unable to go, you can also purchase tickets that we could give to individuals who come to our free community meals.
The Knox Prairie Community Kitchen is a not-for-profit (status pending) volunteer organization in Galesburg, Illinois dedicated to alleviating hunger and, creating a deeper sense of community and educating the Galesburg community about hunger, food insecurity and food policy. Check out the KPCK website ( for more information.

Sencer Interviewed by Bulgarian Media

Emre Sencer (history) was recently interviewed by the Bulgarian Daily Capital about the current developments in civil-military relations in Turkey. It appeared as part of a piece on Turkey in the online edition of May18. The geography of parades actually tells a lot about the world today, from a demilitarized Europe that feels disgust of war, to North America, where [there are many] parades [in communities both large and small], to Asia, where… countries [are trying to become more prominent] on the world map and therefore draw more and more people and weapons [into their parades]….“In Turkey, military parades and nationwide celebrations have been part of the nation-building process after WW I, just like in many other European countries,” says Sencer. “But I think it’s no longer necessary to have tanks on the boulevards for the celebration of national holidays.”

Civic Art Center Invites Artists for Exhibition

The Galesburg Civic Art Center announces a call to artists for its annual Members and Friends Exhibition. Anyone living within a 50-mile radius of Galesburg may enter. There is no mileage limit for Galesburg Civic Art Center members. Entry fees are $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Artwork must be delivered to the Galesburg Civic Art Center on July 27, 28, 30 or 31. For complete details, call 309-342-7415 or email

Run Galesburg Run Half Marathon and 5k, June 3

On June 3, the day following Commencement, Dave’s Autobody and the Go Outside & Play Galesburg initiative present Run Galesburg Run! The event features the Galesburg Half Marathon Express, the Go Outside & Play 5k and the Dave’s Gator 1 Mile Fun Run. The races start at the corner of S. Kellogg St. and E. Simmons Street in downtown Galesburg. Lots of great stuff is included with your registration packet: a technical race t-shirt, special finisher’s medal and a bottle of Dave’s Gator Sauce! If you are interested in running or volunteering at this great event, more information is available on the Run Galesburg Run website:

Block by Block Exhibit, May 24

On Thursday, May 24, from 4-6pm, the students of Museums, Monuments, and Memory will be showing their exhibit, “Block by Block: 175 Years of Galesburg’s History” at the Box on the corner of Simmons and Kellogg. Sixteen students have been working hard to research and design an exhibition that tells Galesburg’s history through the stories of four city blocks – Cherry Street between Simmons and Main; Broad Street between Simmons and Main; Main Street between Cherry and Prairie; and Prairie Street between Losey and Grove.
Refreshments will be available, and the students will be on hand to talk more about their research and the exhibit process. Please join us!

Payroll Notice

If you will not be on campus June 1 (hours worked May 13 – 26) or June 15 (hours worked May 27 – June 9) and would like to have your pay statement mailed you will need to stop by the Business Office in Rm. 106 Old Main and fill out an envelope. If you have any questions, call ext. 7201 or ext. 7343.