Symphony Gala Fundraiser, Jan. 26

It’s time once again for the Knox-Galesburg Symphony’s annual Casino Night Gala and Silent Auction!
This popular event – the only annual fundraiser to benefit the symphony – is now in its 12th year and will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1556 East Fremont Street in Galesburg.

Drawing on nearly 1000 volunteer hours from your friends and neighbors, the benefit will include a silent auction, official casino games, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a 50/50 drawing, and a cash bar, with the “The Bob Clark Combo” providing live entertainment. All the items in the silent auction have been donated by area businesses and organizations. This year’s collection will feature a wide spectrum of merchandise and services – everything from unique gifts and household items to memorabilia and gift certificates for local businesses – ranging in value from $25 to over $1,000. There are some truly amazing deals to be had at this auction! Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50, which includes admission, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment, and $10 in gambling chips.

Get a group of friends together and make it an evening, knowing that you are providing much needed support for our award-winning symphony. Tickets are available at Innkeeper’s, 80 N. Seminary Street in Galesburg, or by calling the Knox-Galesburg Symphony at 309-341-7268. While supply lasts, tickets will also be available at the door which opens at 6:30 p.m., but you are urged to make reservations in advance, as space is limited.

Westminster Choir Concert Jan. 17

The renowned Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, January 17, at Central Congregational Church, Public Square, in Galesburg. The concert is presented by the Knox College Music Department and the Galesburg Community Chorus.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free to students. Tickets may be ordered in advance at 309-342-8143 or purchased at the door.

The program, entitled “Appear and Inspire,” will feature classic and contemporary choral works, including three by Benjamin Britten in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

More information about the concert, including an interview with Miller speaking about the program and musical examples, is available at

The concert title is taken from Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” which he wrote to celebrate the patron saint of music. The text is drawn from the works of W.H. Auden, and each section includes the refrain “Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians; appear and inspire.”

Other selections on the program are “Kyrie” from Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Missa Alma Redemptoris, Gustav Holst’s “Nunc Dimittis” and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit.”

One set will feature French works, such as Claude Debussy’s “Dieu! Qu’il la fait bon regarder” and Morten Lauridsen’s “En Une Seule Fleur.”

Founded 92 years ago, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, in Princeton, N.J.

The Westminster Choir has been the chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus. The choir’s recording “Flower of Beauty” received four stars from Choir and Organ magazine and earned critical praise from American Record Guide, which described the Westminster Choir as “the gold standard for academic choirs in America.” Praised by The New York Times for its “full-bodied, incisive singing,” the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with many leading conductors and orchestras.

As director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, Miller oversees an extensive choral program that features two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Miller’s recent residencies have included the Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and Temple University. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Miller earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in choral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Community Chorus Rehearsals Begin Jan. 14

The Galesburg Community Chorus, directed by Tim Pahel, will begin rehearsals on Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m. in Jay Rehearsal Hall. Rehearsals are every Monday from 7-9 p.m., and all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join, with no audition necessary. Along with the Knox College Choir and the Monmouth College Chorale, the group will perform Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass on Saturday, April 20 at Central Congregational Church. Members of all three groups will travel to New York City to perform the Haydn in Carnegie Hall on March 25. With questions or for more information, contact Tim at 309-457-2171 or

Berlin Poem Published

Monica Berlin (English) was a featured contributor at Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her poem “[Just before the blood draw the other morning, I filled in small]” was published in their most recent volume, “In the Dark” (issue 51). Also, Berlin’s poem “[The problem is the revolving door of this city even you]” was published in The Cincinnati Review (9.2).

CNN Journalist to Speak at Carlin Career Forum, Jan. 14

CNN correspondent and anchor Christine Romans will present the annual John D. Carlin Career Development Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, January 14. The event is open to members of the Knox community.

Romans’ lecture is titled “Being Smart to Find the Job You Want.” She will speak in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts. A book-signing will follow.

A graduate of Iowa State University, Romans hosts CNN’s Your Bottom Line, a personal finance and lifestyle program. She also reports on the economy, politics, and international business. Her reporting is regularly featured on CNN International.

Romans previously served as a correspondent for the CNN programs Moneyline and Lou Dobbs Tonight.

An award-winning journalist, Romans has covered a wide range of topics in her work, including immigration reform, substance abuse, education, and U.S. foreign policy with China and Latin America.

She received an Emmy Award in 2004 for “Exporting America,” a Lou Dobbs Tonight examination of globalization and its impact on U.S. workers. She also contributed to CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

She has written two books, How to Speak Money and Smart is the New Rich.

Before joining CNN in 1999, Romans reported for Reuters and Knight-Ridder Financial News.

Romans’ appearance at Knox is organized by the Bastian Center for Career & Pre-Professional Development. It is sponsored by the John D. Carlin Career Development Support Fund and the Office of the President.

Screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jan. 4

Screening of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”
Friday, January 4 — 8:00 PM
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union

The Zombie Apocalypse is sooo 2012. In 2013, prepare for the Invasion:

Learn what pod people look like.
Find out how you can avoid being “turned.”
Make sure your suitemates are who you think they are!

Watch “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” at 8 p.m. in the Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union.

Popcorn and Pod-People Protection compliments of Government & Community Relations and Student Development.

Stomping Out Malaria: My Peace Corps Service in Zambia, Jan. 7

Elyse Callahan ’10, who is serving in the Peace Corps in Africa, will give a talk, “Stomping Out Malaria: My Peace Corps Service in Zambia,” at 4 p.m., Monday, January 7, in Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union.
After graduating from Knox in 2010 Callahan entered the Peace Corps and was assigned to Mali. She worked as a health educator, focusing on maternal and child health and nutrition.

After a coup forced the evacuation of Peace Corps members in April 2012, Callahan was then assigned to Zambia as a community malaria surveillance officer. She is currently working with the Peace Corps’ Stomp Out Malaria program and MACEPA, the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa. MACEPA is a cooperative venture of an international philanthropic organization, PATH, working with African governments and the United Nations.

Following her lecture at Knox, Callahan is returning to Zambia to complete her Peace Corps service. Callahan reports on her experiences in Mali and Zambia in her personal blog,

Originally from Janesville, Iowa, Callahan is a graduate of Cedar Falls High School. She graduated from Knox with a major in psychology and minors in French and social service.

Callahan’s lecture is sponsored by the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies and the Peace Corps Preparatory Program at Knox.