KGS Pops Concert, June 28; Special Price for Fac/Staff

In appreciation for the College’s generous support of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Knox faculty and staff are invited to attend the Saturday, June 28 Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre with tickets available to you at


Just show your I.D. at the Orpheum Box Office and select your seating preference.

Saturday’s Pops with Music of the Big Band Era features The KGS Combo with David Hoffman, trumpet; Bob Clark, woodwinds; Steve Jackson, bass: Dave Sherrard, drums & Bruce Polay, piano.

Hellenga Interview to be Broadcast on WNIJ June 27

An interview with professor emeritus Robert Hellenga about his latest novel, The Confessions of Frances Godwin–part of WNIJ’s Summer Book Series–will be broadcast on June 27 at 6:34 a.m. and at 8:34 a.m. You can hear it live on Morning Edition at The web posting will go live at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Art on Third Thursdays, June 19

Art on Third Thursdays in Downtown Galesburg
June 19 6-8pm
On the corner of Cherry and Simmons you’ll find: Foley Photo Studio – photographs by Tom Foley and Steve Streeter; Carla Markwart Studio – paintings by Carla on the third floor; go down the exterior stairs on the Simmons Street side of the building and find Cherry Street Gallery – collages by Lori Reed and Basia Krol Studio – paintings by Basia Krol.
(In honor of Third Thursdays, Lori Reed will have her art available at thirty percent off!)

History Dept. Summer Lectures begin June 19

All are invited to join the History department at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, in Old Main room 315 for the first of the series of summer lectures. The guest speaker is Professor Jason Daniels, who will deliver what promises to be a very entertaining and informative talk: “Atlantic Contingency: Wayward Colonists, Enslaved Africans, and Native Americans, 1655-1725.”

High Five Recipients

In her “This Week In Wellness” Newsletter, Wellness Coordinator, Marcy Simkins, extended the invitation to nominate someone on campus who goes beyond the call of duty, exudes positivity, and is a team player.

Here are the 4 people awarded this week and the kind words describing each deserving recipient of a High Five!

1. Angie Morss-Miles, Office/Card Services Coordinator
“Always has a smile for everyone, full of laughter, ready to help anyone even when she is very busy. She does little things for people that mean so much.”
~ Anonymous
2. Travis Greenleaf, Assistant Director of Student Activities
“Thanks for being a great friend, a helpful sounding board, and for planning engaging activities for my current team and prospective players.”
~ Miriam Skrade
3. Roxanne Ronk, Benefits Coordinator
“Roxanne is all the 3 things you mentioned – always. I was reminded of this just a few weeks ago, when I called Roxanne AT HOME, twice on a Saturday evening as I weighed a trip to the ER (for my wrist). She cheerfully answered the phone and offered much help on process and support. Kudos Roxanne who Rocks!”
~Sue Hulett
4. Cate Denial, Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in History
“Cate is always willing to help the Alumni Relations effort, but most recently, she agreed to a last minute request to speak at an alumni meeting during Commencement week. During such an intensely busy time, I was especially grateful for her understanding and support.”
~Carol Brown

Hellenga Short Story Online

Robert Hellenga’s short story, “A Christmas Letter” (Ploughshares, Spring 2014) will be published online by Electric Literature. It will appear online on Wednesday, June 11 and will stay online for a week. To read it Google: Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading or click here

29th Annual Concert on the Lawn, June 7

Saturday, June 7
5:00 PM
South Lawn, Old Main
(Inclement weather location: T. Fleming Fieldhouse)

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony has been featured at the annual Concert on the Lawn since 1986. This free family concert on the South Lawn of Old Main, is held annually the evening of Knox’s Commencement.

Free and open to the public, Concert on the Lawn provides Knox’s newest alums, their families, Galesburg and surrounding communities an evening of entertaining music selected primarily from audience requests. This year’s concert will include Music from “Frozen”, A Beatles Suite, “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Stormy Weather,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever among other favorites.

Nina Laube, a Midwest Young Artists Walgreens’ National Concerto Competition Senior Division Winner, will join the KGS as soloist performing Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F Major, Opus 75.

KGS souvenirs, hot dogs, popcorn, and other snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at the concert and prize drawings will be held. The public is invited to bring their family, lawn chairs and relax and enjoy great music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

In case of inclement weather, the concert is moved to the Knox College T. Fleming Fieldhouse.

The public is asked to refrain from bringing pets on the Knox College campus.

Commencement, June 7

Join us for Commencement at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7, to celebrate the Class of 2014 graduates! The Commencement ceremony is held outside on the South Lawn of Old Main. Seating is open, so arrive early to grab your seats! Tickets are only required if the ceremony is moved indoors (T. Fleming Fieldhouse) due to severe weather.

This year’s speaker will be Natasha Trethewey, the nation’s 19th poet laureate and the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native Guard (2006) — for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize — and, most recently, Thrall (2012).

Honorary Degrees will be awarded to Trethewey, Alan Harn, assistant curator of anthropology at Dickson Mounds Museum; and Ramsey Lewis, Grammy-award winning and renowned jazz musician.

Visit for the schedule, student information, parent and family information, lunch details, and area accommodations.

If weather appears threatening on Commencement Day, call the Commencement Hotline at 309-341-8008 after 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, to find out if the ceremony will be moved indoors.