Application Deadline for Honors Program Offices in Seymour Library, Sept. 28

Students who are applying for the Knox Honors Program may also apply for an office in Seymour Library.

The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday, September 28.

The application is submitted online at this link: http://knox.libguides.com/gethelp/office-app

All honors applicants are eligible to apply for an office. Offices are awarded solely on an applicant’s demonstrated need for library resources (print, digital, services, etc.). If you have questions about library resources, contact the librarian liaison for your subject area as indicated in this list: http://libweb08.knox.edu/liaisons.htm

Opportunities for String Players

There are two performance ensembles and private lessons waiting for you:

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony is open to all students/staff by audition only. The KGS is a three-time winner of the prestigious Illinois Orchestra of the Year award. Contact Mr. Polay (bpolay@knox.edu) for information.

The Knox College String Ensemble is open to all students/staff and is directed by Mrs. Carolyn Suda, principal cello of the KGS. The String Ensemble meets on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall. There is no audition required. Contact Mrs. Suda (csuda@knox.edu or carolyns@monm.edu) for details.

PRIVATE LESSONS: are available to all students/staff. Lessons can be taken for one .5 credit (section 1) or no credit (section 2). Ask your adviser to enroll you in MUS 100

B cello

D double bass

Q viola

R violin

CTL Academic Support Available

Academic support available to all students through the Center for Teaching & Learning.

All tutoring programs run weeks 2 – 9 of fall term (Sept 21 – Nov 13). Specific assistance includes:

Red Room tutoring is offered:
Tues Wed Thu, 7-9PM, 2nd floor Seymour Library
September 23 – November 13
Tutors are available on a walk-in basis for introductory courses in the following subjects:
Biology Chemistry Chinese Computer Science Economics Environmental Science
French Japanese Math Neuroscience Physics Psychology Spanish Statistics Writing

Writer’s Block tutoring offers both day & nighttime hours:
Monday – Friday, 10AM-4PM, CTL
September 22 – November 14

Sundays 9PM-12AM, Taylor Lounge
September 21 – November 9
Writing tutors are available on a walk-in basis to work with students on all aspects of the paper-writing process.

Help Welcome New Students!

Please join in welcoming new students and their families to campus and the larger Knox and Galesburg communities — their new extended home. Orientation, called One Community, is an important time for the College as it begins to shape our new students’ impressions of Knox. Whether offering a helping hand during move-in or engaging in conversation, we all are a part of making the class of 2018 feel at home.

You are invited to participate in a number of events designed to welcome new students into the Knox community.

Sunday, September 14

12:00 p.m.
Engage – Explore
Get Involved in Galesburg!
Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) Lobby
You can choose to either engage or explore the Galesburg community.
Engage Galesburg: Students, faculty, staff, and local community members are invited to join together and engage in volunteer service with community partners. Following a welcome from President Amott, all volunteers will be arranged into groups with their chosen community partner.
Explore Galesburg: Excursions include a bike tour, an arts & culture tour, and a local food sytems tour. A bus will also be going to Green Oaks, where you can tour the biological field station. All tours depart from CFA Lobby.
Sponsored by: Kleine Center for Community Service, The Office of Sustainability, Knox College Americorps VISTA, Student Senate

4:00 p.m.
Pumphandle and One Community Picnic
South Lawn of Old Main/Gizmo Patio (Rain: T. Fleming Fieldhouse/Oak Room)
Featuring the Knox Jazz Ensemble

8:30 p.m.
Bike-In Movie
South Lawn of Old Main (Rain: T. Fleming Fieldhouse)
Bring your blanket and enjoy the movie 22 Jumpstreet under the stars.

Monday, September 15

11:00 a.m.
Opening Convocation
Harbach Theatre, CFA

Some FAQs about the New Website

The start of an academic year brings with it many new things, from new students and professors, to new classes and labs. This year also brings us a new Knox website. As the Office of Communications has worked to develop the site over the last nine months, we’ve had a few questions pop up now and again. We thought we’d share those questions — and our answers — with you today in the hope that they will help you better navigate and engage with our new site.

Didn’t we just launch a new website?
We, in fact, did launch a new look and feel to our website last December. This new site was meant to be an interim solution to one of the main critiques of our previous site — that knox.edu did not portray our vibrant and engaging campus and educational program. Working with our technical partner, Brooklyn United, we developed a new “wrapper” for our website’s content. We jazzed up the site with more images and fast facts, changed the colors and fonts, and gave the site a more modern feel, but we did not change the site’s content, messaging, or organization. Again, this was an interim solution so that our web presence would better engage and attract prospective students and their families while we continued to rework the College’s overall messaging and the site’s content organization.

What has changed with this new site?
In a nutshell, lots! Brooklyn United used the design of the interim website as a starting point and continued to develop our site to better present Knox’s vibrant campus; highlight our distinguishing characteristics, such as experiential learning, student research and creative work, our diverse campus; and look and feel more exciting and modern. We also wanted the site to be truly responsive, i.e. it would look good and be readable to everyone no matter what device they used to view the site (desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet). One of the first things we did was a review of the site’s content and realized that we simply had too much (content was duplicated across sections of the site, out-of-date pages weren’t removed, and so on) We’ve worked to streamline the content, better utilizing the Offices & Services pages and the my.knox portal. We’ve also incorporated the College’s new messaging — a human-powered Knox education — into the written and visual content of the site. But the biggest change is to the navigation. Instead of a standard bar across the top that features all of the site’s primary sections, we now use an expanding menu bar at the top of the screen to access these sections. The bar then “follows” you down the page as you scroll through the content so that you maintain easy access to the primary sections of the site, as well as search.

How many people access the site using mobile devices?
The use of mobile devices is growing exponentially, and Knox is seeing a similar trend. In January 2013 — for the first time in history — more individuals accessed the internet from a mobile device than a desktop. And our most recent analytics show that 70% of new visitors to Knox’s site access the site on a mobile device. And the numbers keep growing!

Why do I have to scroll so much on the new site?
How many of us scroll through our Facebook or Twitter feeds on our smart phones for minutes at a time? Or read long newspaper articles or look through a photo gallery on our smart phones? Scrolling — either vertically or horizontally — is the primary user experience for the majority of web users today. Our new site takes advantage of this fact. We begin with a large image (our hero image) at the top of the page to draw you in and then add more content — fast facts, profiles, videos, copy, social media feeds, and so on — as you scroll down the page. The more you scroll, the more you’ll learn about Knox. And our footer has been optimized to contain important information, such as our About Knox section, employment information, and the A-Z index, among others.

How do I navigate the new website?
Again, the menu at the top of the website is your primary navigation tool. It contains search, a link to our home page, and the menu button. And it’s “sticky” — it follows you down the page and never disappears. If you can’t find what you need using the menu, try searching for it. Our new search accesses content on knox.edu and in the Offices & Services section on My.Knox. And there’s always the handy A-Z index in the footer that you can use to search for departments, offices, and services.

Where did the faculty/staff and current student gateways go?
One of the best things — AND the worst things — about Knox’s most recent website was that it contained a lot of information. Our challenge was to make our new site appeal more to external constituents, primarily prospective students and their families, with streamlined and accessible content, while still maintaining its status as an integral resource for our campus community. We took advantage of the new (or newish) my.knox portal — something that the College has never had before — and designed it to be a gateway to important campus information and resources for the Knox community. Instead of having separate faculty/staff and student gateways, we now have a single portal, my.knox.edu. All of the information that was found on the former gateways can be accessed at my.knox, along with Offices & Services, your e-mail and other Google apps, the Knoxletter blog, current events and campus news, weather information, photo-of-the-day, and more. Simply bookmark my.knox.edu or look for it in the menu on knox.edu.

How can I find the resources formerly found on the faculty/staff and current student gateways?
This information still exists on my.knox.edu–it can be found on the left-hand side of your screen and is organized as it was previously under the headings Academic Resources, Faculty Resources, Student Services, Forms & Requests, Policies & References, Activities & Life on Campus, and Transportation.

Does Offices & Services still exist? Where can I find it?
Yes, it is also found at my.knox.edu at the top of the left-hand navigation. It can also be accessed on the new site’s A-Z index.

If I can’t find something, what should I do?
We recommend that you try searching for it first. Our search engine searches both the knox.edu website and the Office and Services section of the my.knox.edu portal. And if that fails, you can always contact our web team at web@knox.edu.

Who is responsible for updating web pages?
Much like a Knox education, our website is human-powered! Thanks to our Content Management System (CMS), many members of the campus community share the responsibility of updating the Knox College website. The Office of Communications web team, in consultation and cooperation with various campus departments and offices, oversees the primary marketing content and pages found on knox.edu. Individuals within offices and departments oversee and publish the content found within my.knox.edu. So if you see out-of-date content on the site or see something that needs to be corrected, you can e-mail us at web@knox.edu, and we’ll make sure the message is passed along to the appropriate office or person.

Whom should I contact if something doesn’t work?
Our web team — Cheri Siebken, director of digital communications; Tyler Emken, web content specialist; and James Stevens, director of web initiatives — can help you out with your technical and content needs. Simply e-mail them at web@knox.edu, and someone will be in touch very soon.

Kick-Off Luncheon Remarks on the State of the College

From President Amott

Dear Knox Community,

It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the start of a new academic year! Yet when I look back at all the hard work that’s taken place on campus this summer, I am so very impressed at how much has been accomplished in the last three months. It has been a summer of transformation, with extraordinary renovations and facelifts to our learning spaces and the launch of the much-anticipated next generation of Knox print and web publications aimed at attracting students of talent and promise to our campus. It’s no wonder that I look forward to the coming year with confidence and much excitement, and I hope you do as well.

I write today to provide updates on a few matters of interest to us all. While this is a long message, I encourage you to keep reading!

Facilities. Nearly every day this summer, a campus visitor or a faculty or staff member has remarked that the campus has never looked better. For this we have many people to thank: our Facilities staff, outside architects, contractors, designers, carpet layers, painters and craft workers, and the student workers who painted and cleaned campus buildings. Most of all, we can thank the State of Illinois for the nearly $1 million in capital grants that we received last year. These funds are appropriated by the State for private colleges and universities to use in facilities renovations, and with those funds we have created a 21st-century learning space in Founders Lab, replaced aging carpet in Seymour Union with sustainably manufactured carpet tiles, repainted the first floor of Seymour and added an accessible ramp, and turned the Alumni Room into a functional space for meetings and lectures. The new bookstore management is well in place now, and I hope you all have had a chance to visit the space and see some of the changes under way. Stay tuned, though, as there will be further renovations over winter break to help showcase the bookstore offerings and serve the campus community. And most of all, I am delighted to report that we remain on time and on budget for a Homecoming opening of Alumni Hall, with LEED Silver certification! As with all major construction projects, work will continue up to the last minute, and I will keep you all posted on our progress.

Admissions. At present we have 407 deposits from new students and anticipate that we will have close to 400 new students arriving for orientation very shortly. While we — along with most of our sister liberal arts colleges — had hoped for larger enrollments, we anticipate that total on-campus enrollment will be slightly smaller but still comparable to last year; however, we do expect that net tuition revenue will fall short of our expectations, adding to the projected deficit for fiscal year 2015.

To put this news into context, we are not alone. The majority of our competitor institutions in the ACM and the Great Lakes have also experienced declines in deposits or tuition revenue. This fall, we will assess all the measures we introduced this past recruitment season, but it is our sense at this point that without our efforts in admission marketing and the interim web design, the shortfalls would have been significantly greater. We are very confident that our new admission publications and website will begin to have an impact with next year’s entering class.

Budget. We will not have final numbers for fiscal 2014 until the financial auditors have completed their work, but with the help of a portion of gift receipts from unrestricted bequests, we will balance the budget without any additional endowment draw.

Turning to fiscal 2015, you recall that the budget presented to the Board at its June meeting provided for modest increases in salaries and a full restoration of the six percent retirement contribution in January 2015. The Board gave preliminary approval for the budget but requested that the compensation increases be held until the fall when we would have firm data on the size of the class and the amount of net tuition revenue. I am grateful to all who sacrificed last year as we sought to eliminate the structural deficit that has persisted at Knox for decades. It is my view, and that of the President’s Council, that an additional year of freezes and reductions would significantly damage the College’s ability to attract, retain, and motivate the faculty and staff, who are our most important asset. As a result, despite the shortfall in net tuition revenue, we intend to proceed with both increases in compensation — salary and retirement contribution — for final approval at the October meeting. The shortfall will be addressed with our normal budget protocol, newly received unrestricted gifts and other measures that will ensure that we balance the budget by the end of fiscal 2015. We will need your help in identifying ways to do more with less, and I thank you in advance for those efforts.

New Campus Initiatives. As described in Dean Behling’s summary of last spring’s town hall meeting, and as we reported in the draft version of Knox 2018, many of you have asked that we provide more robust communications and opportunities for all members of the College community to participate in the decisions that affect us all. The President’s Council took these requests very seriously and spent a good deal of time this summer thinking of ways that the College can better address campus communications and participation. We are pleased to share with you the following four initiatives:

1. Staff Association. This coming fall will see the formation of the Knox Staff Association, an organization of all staff members at Knox (with the exception of those on the President’s Council). The Association will be led by an elected body, the Staff Council, charged with advising the President and administration of the College and working to build a sense of community among staff, faculty, and students. The mission of the council is to advocate for and promote the quality of working life of Knox College staff in a manner that advances the College’s mission and to act as a representative body that can be consulted on College initiatives and policy. To aid in organizing the new association, the President’s Council will appoint 8 representatives to an Interim Council that will design and hold elections for the new Staff Council. Stay tuned for more information about this opportunity for our staff members to have an association and leadership group that will parallel that of the faculty. One of the important roles for this group will be to represent the staff on two new campus-wide committees described below.

2. Institutional Planning and Priorities Committee. After consultations last year with FASCom and in response to comments we received at the Knox 2018 forums and the spring town hall meeting, I am establishing a new campus-wide committee to facilitate faculty and staff involvement in resource allocation decisions on the campus. Starting this year, an Institutional Planning and Priorities Committee will be comprised of members of the President’s Council, 4 faculty (appointed by FASCom), 3 staff members (chosen by and from the Staff Council), and 2 students (appointed by Student Senate). We would expect that the staff representatives would include one hourly staff member, one member of the bargaining unit, and one salaried staff member. Depending on the time of year, the group will:

1) Review the five-year budget planning model developed by the Vice President for Finance.

2) Review recommendations for compensation, staffing, tuition and fees.

3) Monitor progress on strategic planning goals and alignment between budget allocations and institutional priorities.

The group will receive confidential information and is responsible for safeguarding that information, but may issue communications to the campus.

3. President’s Council on Campus Sustainability. Over the past year, the President’s Task Force on Sustainability has suggested that a more formal and permanent group be convened to monitor and make recommendations on the College’s policies and practices. They have also recommended that the new body be more representative of various campus constituencies, including student groups like Eco-house, KARES, Resident Assistants, and Student Senate. The Task Force also recommended that various College offices be represented on the group. To that end, and in the hopes that the Staff Council and FASCom will also nominate members to the President’s Council on Campus Sustainability, I have asked Froggi VanRiper, director of campus sustainability initiatives, to work with me to restructure the Task Force into the new Council.

4. Communication Initiatives. Last year’s open forums on strategic planning and the spring town hall meeting were well-received by the Knox community, so we want to continue that momentum. To that effect, we have planned a number of formal and informal gatherings throughout the academic year that will not only address campus priorities and initiatives, but will also provide members of the Knox community with opportunities to learn more about different areas of the College. Here’s what we have planned to date:

President’s Council Open Forums–three times a year, members of the President’s Council provide status reports on their respective areas for the Board of Trustees meetings, and many campus-wide decisions and discussions take place at those meetings. To better inform the campus community about what takes place at the Board meetings, we are planning for open forums with President’s Council members following each Board meeting (fall, winter, and spring). Dates have already been set for these forums: October 14, 8:00 a.m. and October 16 at noon; February 24, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. and February 26 at noon; June 9,at 8:00 a.m. and June 11 at noon. More information about the forums will be released prior to the event, and we encourage everyone to attend.

Annual Town Hall Meeting–nearly 200 faculty, staff, and students gathered on the South Lawn of Old Main last May to participate in a Town Hall discussion. Much was discussed, but one request was mentioned by nearly everyone in attendance: let’s have more of these! And we agree. We plan to host another Town Hall gathering on Friday, May 1, to review how the academic year has gone. Again, we’ll share more information as the Town Hall approaches, but we encourage you to please add this date to your calendar.

Brown Bag Educational Series–even though we are a small campus, it’s often hard to know what’s happening in various offices across the campus. To help us learn more about what our co-workers and doing, we plan to host an informal brown bag lunch each month starting in October. Our first lunch will focus on Advancement and the College’s current fundraising initiatives, our second will be focused on the new website and Admission publications. Dates have not yet been set for these, but we’ll send out information as soon as we have it. We’ll plan more of these throughout the year, but we need your help, which takes me to . . .

Internal Communications Survey–Charles Clark in Institutional Research and Assessment is helping us conduct a survey of all faculty, staff, and students to help us better assess how, when, and what to communicate to the campus community. One question on the survey will ask you what topics you’d like to learn more about from your colleagues. More information will be forthcoming on the survey soon.

I know this is a lot of information to cover in a single e-mail, but all of it is important to share with you as we stand on the threshold to a new academic year. Always, if you have any questions or concerns, my door is open.

Here’s to a great new year of teaching and learning on our prairie campus!

Invitation to Orientation Events

Please join in welcoming new students and their families to campus and the larger Knox and Galesburg communities — their new extended home. Orientation, called One Community, is an important time for the College as it begins to shape our new students’ impressions of Knox. Whether offering a helping hand during move-in or engaging in conversation, we all are a part of making the class of 2018 feel at home.

You are invited to participate in a number of events designed to welcome new students into the Knox community.

Sunday, September 14

12:00 p.m.
Engage – Explore
Get Involved in Galesburg!
Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) Lobby
You can choose to either engage or explore the Galesburg community.
Engage Galesburg: Students, faculty, staff, and local community members are invited to join together and engage in volunteer service with community partners. Following a welcome from President Amott, all volunteers will be arranged into groups with their chosen community partner.
Explore Galesburg: Excursions include a bike tour, an arts & culture tour, and a local food sytems tour. A bus will also be going to Green Oaks, where you can tour the biological field station. All tours depart from CFA Lobby.
Sponsored by: Kleine Center for Community Service, The Office of Sustainability, Knox College Americorps VISTA, Student Senate

4:00 p.m.
Pumphandle and One Community Picnic
South Lawn of Old Main/Gizmo Patio (Rain: T. Fleming Fieldhouse/Oak Room)
Featuring the Knox Jazz Ensemble

8:30 p.m.
Bike-In Movie
South Lawn of Old Main (Rain: T. Fleming Fieldhouse)
Bring your blanket and enjoy the movie 22 Jumpstreet under the stars.

Monday, September 15

11:00 a.m.
Opening Convocation
Harbach Theatre, CFA