From Dean Haslem

I will be available during Reading Days and Finals for academic emergencies.

Please note: Incompletes are generally not approved after the end of classes, though you should nevertheless contact me in the case of a last-minute emergency that you believe calls for an incomplete.

Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1 (Reading Days)
Friday, May 31, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, June 1, 10:00 AM to noon

Sunday, June 2, from 10:00 AM to noon and from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4, from 8:00 AM – noon & from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

My office is located at OM 105, and the phone number is 309-341-7214.

After hours (for emergencies), I can be reached by email or by calling 309-351-4107

Final Biology Senior Research Presentations, May 31

Final Biology Senior Research Presentations
Friday, May 31
3:00 PM
Room E-117, Science-Mathematics Center

On Friday, May 31 eight to 10 seniors majoring in Biology will give presentations on their senior research projects. The presentations will be followed by the Biology Department cook-out.

All are welcome to attend the presentations, but reservations are required for the cook-out. Please submit your name and student ID number (or faculty name) to Sandra Shumaker to make a reservation.

This event is being sponsored in part through HORIZONS funding and support from the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.

Book Giveaway, May 31

Book Giveaway
Friday, May 31, 2013
All Day

Lobby, Seymour Library

Visit the lobby of Seymour Library for a FREE book giveaway all day Friday, May 31!

Extended Library Hours

Extended Library Hours

Monday, May 27, 2013 – Tuesday, June 04, 2013


All Day

Seymour Library and Science & Mathematics Library
Extended Library hours begin Monday, May 27th. Get your STUDY on!
Seymour Library Extended Hours:

Mon. May 27 through Mon. June 3: 8:00 am – 2:00 am
Tues. June 4: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed. June 5 through Fri. June 7: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat. June 6 (commencement): 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sun. June 9 through Mon. June 10: closed

The Science Library Extended Hours:

Mon. May 27 through Mon. June 3: 8:00 a.m. – midnight
Tues. June 4: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Wed. June 5 through Fri. June 7: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sat. June 8 through Mon. June 10: closed

Blessings In A Backpack Presents, “Prairie Fire Follies” May 30

Thursday, May 30
8:00 PM
Memorial Gymnasium

Blessings in A Backpack and Prairie Fire Athletics are teaming up for an hour of entertainment to celebrate the last day of classes! Members of Blessings in a Backpack has been tabling for the event, which will include a Leg Shaving (as voted on by students), a Thrift Shop Style Show (open to any participant who is registered), and a Hot Dog Eating Contest (open to the first 20 registrants). There will be prizes for all contests, music, and free ice cream with your ($1) purchase of a ticket to the event.

All proceeds will benefit Blessings in a Backpack.

Simpson News

Chad Simpson’s story collection, Tell Everyone I Said Hi was recently long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Simpson also recently had three works reprinted: His short story “American Bulldog” is included in New Stories from the Midwest 2012 (Indiana University Press); his essay “Home of the Poor and Unknown” appears in Bring the Noise: The Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazine (Barrelhouse Books); and his short story “Tell Everyone I Said Hi” is included in 24 Bar Blues: Two Dozen Tales of Bars, Booze, and the Blues (Press 53).

Over the course of the past several months, Simpson has given readings and/or visited classrooms at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, the Arts Illiana WordFest, William Woods University, Sunday Salon NYC, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Buchanan Center for the Arts, University of Southern Indiana, AWP Boston, Columbia College, Prairie Lights, and the Mission Creek Festival.

Caxton Club presents: Audrey Petty ’90, Howard Wilson Judge, May 24

Friday, May 24
4:00 PM
Alumni Room, Old Main

Audrey Petty’s fiction and poetry have appeared in such literary magazines as Story Quarterly, The Massachussetts Review, Comarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, and African American Review. Her nonfiction has been featured in The Oxford American, Saveur, ColorLines, Cornbread Nation 4, The Southen Review, Gravy, and Best Food Writing 2006 anthology. High Rise Stories (edited by Petty & forthcoming this spring) is part of McSweeney’s Voice of Witness book series, and is both a crucial addition to Chicago’s social history and a portal to meaningful conversation about poverty, housing reform, and urban renewal in the United States. Petty is an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a Knox graduate, Class of 1990.

Following her reading, Petty will announce the winner of the Howard Wilson prize.

Knox Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, May 19

Sunday, May 19
4:00 PM
Gizmo Patio (rain location: Kresge Recital Hall)

See the Knox Jazz Ensemble perform at their spring concert on the Gizmo Patio. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts.

The spring concert is a great family event. Bring a blanket and some snacks and enjoy the informal atmosphere of this special annual outdoor concert.