Relay for Life, July 13-14. Join the fight.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Knox County comes to the Knox campus July 13-14. The overnight event brings together the community in the battle to beat cancer, to celebrate the lives of those who have cancer, and to remember those who have lost the battle.
Teams of local businesses, schools, churches, community groups and families are invited to raise funds prior to and at the event. Funds will support cancer research and provide aid to local programs working to help people stay well, get well, and fight back. Live music and food will be available after 5 pm. Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30 pm. The Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. — just after dark — to honor and remember loved ones.
The Relay for Life of Knox County is currently seeking teams, donations, and volunteers for the event. For more information on how to get involved in Relay For Life of Knox County, contact the American Cancer Society at 800-322-4337 (option 3 to talk to the local office) or visit

Work by Journalism Students Awarded 2 Statewide Prizes from Professional Groups

Work by Journalism Students Awarded 2 Statewide Prizes from Professional Groups
An award-winning investigation by Knox journalism students, The Maytag Project, earned two additional top statewide prizes in June at the annual joint convention of the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association. The students’ work competed against work produced by professional journalists, and judges described The Maytag Project as taking a “truly unique approach to a huge regional story.”
One of the prizes is the highly coveted Sweepstakes Award, which the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association presents for best reporting/writing entry across all categories. The Maytag Project received the Sweepstakes Award in its division, newspapers with circulations of up to 15,000.
The Maytag Project, which was published in the Galesburg Register-Mail newspaper as “Maytag Employees in Transition,” also garnered a first place award from the Illinois Press Association in the Enterprise Series category. In the IPA contest, the Maytag investigation competed against entries from newspapers with circulations of 10,000 to 40,000.
The Illinois Press Association, referred to as the IPA, and the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association, referred to as the AP, are the major professional organizations for Illinois newspapers. They oversee separate yearly contests for news and photography, attracting entries from professional news outlets of all sizes in Illinois.
The Maytag series examined what happened to employees who were laid off after a local manufacturing plant closed.
“Maytag Employees in Transition” appeared in The Register-Mail in March 2011 as a 17-part, six-day series. Earlier this year, it won first place in the Enterprise Series category of the 2012 Illinois AP contest, competing against professional daily newspapers with circulations of 15,000 or less.
Knox students and faculty collaborated for more than a year on the necessary research, data analysis, interviews, photography, and writing that culminated in The Maytag Project.

Jazz Night to feature the Dan Cray Group, June 14

Knox’s weekly Jazz Night at McGillacuddy’s Restaurant, 58 S. Cherry Street in Galesburg, will feature a free, public concert by the Dan Cray Group on Thursday, June 14.
Cray and his combo will perform from 10 p.m. to midnight. Led by Cray on piano, the group includes Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone, who was the guest artist at this year’s Rootabaga Jazz Festival; Clark Sommers, bass; and Matt Carroll, drums.
A pianist and composer, Cray brings a lyrical, modern sensitivity to jazz standards and emotional resonance to his original compositions. Cray is currently an adjunct professor of music at New York University. Cray has released five recordings, with his newest, Meridies, issued in March.
Opening for the Dan Cray Group is the Knox Faculty Jazz Combo, performing from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The combo features Kevin Malley, saxophone; Dave Hoffman, trumpet; Daniel Leahy, piano; Hannah Malley, bass; Nikki Malley, vibraphone; and Manuel Lopez III, drums.
Jazz Night is presented by the Knox Jazz Studies Program every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to midnight, in cooperation with McGillacuddy’s in Galesburg.

Thursday at the Figge with Mike Godsil

On Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St., Davenport, Iowa, Michael Godsil will give a talk focusing on the challenges of successfully capturing the spirit of place in a still photograph, and how a photographer increases the likelihood of successfully doing that if he or she is making photographs in a place that they know well. Godsil teaches photography at Knox.