Berlin/Marzoni Poems Published

Monica Berlin (English) and Beth Marzoni ’04 have published two new poems from their ongoing collaboration. “[Where we stand, here a line of doors]” and “[Took on nearly the length of the river & almost]” appear in the 25th anniversary issue of Free Verse (summer 2014).

Fall Institute; Create Your Own Future, Oct. 22

Schedule for Fall Institute Sessions:

2nd Period: 9:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
• First-Year “Class-Specific” Session – Explore, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 303
• Community Arts Education: Dance and Civic Engagement, Auxiliary Gym
• Experiential Learning: What Is It?–George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 105
• Study Abroad: How? Where? Why?–Center for Fine Arts (CFA), Kresge Hall
• Order of Omega: Things About Greek Life, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 103
• Post-Grad Options for International Students, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 203
• The Medical School Application Process for Juniors & Seniors, Wilson House

3rd Period: 10:40 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
• Sophomore “Class-Specific” Session – Focus, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 203
• Richter Grants, Asset Program, and Fellowship Advising, Oh My: The Vovis Center Has Opportunities For You, Old Main, Alumni Room, 1st Floor
• Start-Up Term – A New Immersive Term Developed by the Computer Science and Business Departments, Science-Math Center (SMC), Room A-219
• MANDATORY: Meeting for Ed Studies Majors Planning to Student Teach during Fall 2015 or Winter 2016, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 303
• Field Studies in Tanzania, Science-Math Center (SMC), Room A-107

4th Period: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
• The Majors Fair, Seymour Hall, Gallery
• One Community Lunch, Gizmo Patio

5th Period: 1:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
• Junior “Class-Specific” Session – Plan/Refine, Wilson House
• Social Justice Dialogues at Knox, Old Main, Common Room, 2nd Floor
• MANDATORY Study Abroad Application Workshop for those Planning to Study Off-Campus At Any Time Next Year, Center for Fine Arts (CFA), Kresge Hall
• Kemper Scholars Program for First-Year Students, Seymour Union, Taylor Student Lounge
• Study, Internship and Research Opportunities in Germany, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 104
• Writing Compelling Personal Statements, Science-Math Center (SMC), Room E-117
• Biochemistry Pathways, Science-Math Center (SMC), Room A-112
• Undecided Majors Workshop – Mortar Board Info Session, Old Main, Alumni Room, 1st Floor
• Computer Science Opportunities, Science-Math Center (SMC), Room A-219

6th Period: 2:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
• Senior “Class-Specific” Session – Launch, Old Main, Alumni Room, 1st Floor
• Interested in A Career in Teaching?–George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 303
• All Abroad! A Life-Changing Experience in Besancon France, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 304
• U.S. Health Care and Health Insurance for International Students, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 103
• A Career Path in Art and Art History: What to Do After Knox, Center for Fine Arts (CFA), Room 208
• Preparing for Medical School for First-Year and Sophomore Students, Wilson House
• Work That Matters – Journey of a Peace Corps Volunteer/Prep Program, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 105
• Barcelona and Buenos Aires Programs, George Davis Hall (GDH), Room 203

4:00 p.m.
• All You Need to Know About An English Major, Old Main, Room 315

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
• Graduate & Professional School Fair Seymour Union, Lincoln Room

MacArthur Fellows Official Will Launch 2014 Fall Institute

Cecilia Conrad of the MacArthur Foundation will present a lecture, “Inspiring Creativity,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, in Harbach Theatre in the Ford Center for the Fine Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Conrad is vice president of the MacArthur Fellows Program, often referred to informally as the “genius grant” program.

The MacArthur Fellowship is a five-year grant to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future, according to the MacArthur Foundation’s website. The fellowship is designed to provide recipients with the flexibility to pursue their own artistic, intellectual, and professional activities.

Conrad’s presentation will kick off Knox’s Fall Institute, a series of events to provide Knox students with opportunities to shape and define their goals and educational plans toward a purposeful academic career.

The Fall Institute schedule consists of sessions that cover a wide range of topics, including study abroad, funding opportunities for research and creative work, and preparing for medical school.

Fall Institute will conclude with the Graduate and Professional School Fair from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room of Seymour Union. Representatives from more than 50 graduate programs will be on campus to talk with students.

Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency Concert, Oct. 23

The second annual Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency brings world-renowned saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and music educator Donny McCaslin to Knox for a week of intensive workshops with Knox students, culminating in a final concert that is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 23
7 p.m.
Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Donny McCaslin represents the cutting edge of jazz composition and improvisation. As a sideman, McCaslin broke onto the scene with such revered ensembles as the Gary Burton Quintet, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the Dave Douglas Quintet.

Known for his startling virtuosity, the incisive twists and purposeful turns of his emotionally charged solos, and his distinctive voice as a composer, McCaslin is the 2008 and 2009 winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll for “Rising Star on the Tenor Saxophone.” McCaslin is joined by his Casting for Gravity Band which includes acclaimed band members Henry Hey on keyboards, Tim Lefebvre on bass, and Mark Giuliana on drums.

Opening for the quartet are the Knox Jazz Ensemble (performing compositions by, and featuring, Donny McCaslin), and the Cherry Street Combo, Knox College’s elite small jazz ensemble. The combo will be premiering original compositions and arrangements developed with the resident artists.

Make Reservations Now for “The Caffe Cino Project”

In just a few short weeks, the Knox College Department of Theatre will open the first production of the ’14-15 season: The Caffe Cino Project, Oct. 29-Nov. 8.

In 1958, a coffeehouse known as the Caffe Cino opened in NYC’s Greenwich Village and eventually began staging plays by up-and-coming playwrights. This cafe theatre initiated the rise of the Off-Off-Broadway movement during the early 1960s, and has become an American cultural landmark known for its free theatrical experiments.

Utilizing detailed forensic design techniques, the Department of Theatre has reconstructed the Cino coffeehouse inside Knox’s Studio Theatre in order to present a repertoire of four plays that were originally staged at the Caffe.

Each evening will consist of two one-act plays.

Performing on OCT. 29, 31 & NOV. 6, 8
A FUNNY WALK HOME, by Jeff Weiss
THE BED, by Robert Heide

Performing on OCT. 30 & NOV. 1, 5, 7
DADDY VIOLET, by George Birimisa

Because these performances will occur in a cafe setting, seating is VERY limited – some will sell out fast! You are strongly encouraged to make advanced RESERVATIONS.

You can reserve your seat(s) at the following web-link:

The Caffe will open each evening at 6:30 — for coffee, drinks, and pastries (cash only).

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Studio Theatre, CFA

“Latinos in the Media” by Journalist Maria Hinojosa, October 20

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa will present a lecture on “Latinos in the Media” at 7 p.m. Monday, October 20, in Kresge Recital Hall in the Ford Center for Fine Arts, and it is free and open to the public.

Hinojosa, who also will visit Monmouth College earlier that day, has spent more than 25 years reporting on critical issues and focusing on the changing cultural and political landscape in the United States and all over the world. She currently serves as anchor and executive producer of NPR’s weekly program “Latino USA.”

She also created and serves as president of the Futuro Media Group, a multimedia nonprofit production company whose mission is to give voice to the social and civic justice issues facing a more diverse America. Futuro Media is developing “America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa,” a documentary series airing this fall on PBS.

Hinojosa’s journalism work has received multiple honors, including four Emmys, the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

She has a weekly syndicated column for King Features/Hearst and is author of two books, “Crews: Gang Members Talk to Maria Hinojosa” and “Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son.” She was born in Mexico City, Mexico; grew up in Chicago, Illinois; and received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College.

Hinojosa’s presentation at Knox is part of the Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs series. The lecture series was established along with the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies by a gift from Eleanor Stellyes, who attended Knox from 1932 to 1934.

You are Invited to “Voices of the Prairie,” Oct. 20

On Monday, Oct. 20, the National Day on Writing, Mortar Board, in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning, will present “Voices of the Prairie,” an event for students, faculty, and staff to share their literacy narratives. The event will be held in the Gizmo from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

If you wish to speak at this event, contact a Mortar Board member at our table during the event. We will get you added to the list. You will be able to speak for about 7-10 minutes. We hope to see you there!

Want more information about literacy narratives? Continue reading.

(Information below is from The Literacy Narratives of Black Columbus, a project of the Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives)

What’s a literacy narrative?

A literacy narrative is a first-hand narrative about reading or composing (or teaching reading and composing) in any form or context.

Literacy narratives can be short or long.

Literacy narratives can be about your experiences as a small child, a teenager, an adult, a senior.

Literacy narratives can be about reading stories books, cereal boxes, music, or video game cheats—anything at all that you read or any story about teaching reading.

Literacy narratives can be about composing letters, Facebook pages, song lyrics,’ zines, blogs, maps, essays in school—anything at all that you compose, or any story about teaching writing.

Literacy narratives can be sad or happy, poignant or funny, informative or incidental. Literacy narrative often focus on powerful memories about events, people, situations, places—times when you tried and succeeded or tried and failed; someone who gave you a chance or took one away; situations when someone taught you how to do something or when you taught someone else; churches and schools, contests and performances, plays and public presentations.

A Few Ideas to Get You Started

Have you ever written a “goodbye” letter? A love letter? A Poem? A novel?

A history or a email message that made you blush? • Did you ever win (or lose) a crucial public debate? Did you ever forget your lines in a play? Learn American Sign Language? Did you bond with Dick and Jane or the Hardy Boys?

Did you learn to read by studying the back of a cereal box? Do you remember the first time you thought of yourself as a writer? When you got (or lost) your first library card? The bedtime stories your parents used to read to you? Your favorite book?

Have you ever felt illiterate? Can you tell us a story about a time you were punished for reading (or not reading)? A time when you were rewarded for writing insightfully?

Can you tell us a story about the first time you used a computer? The first e-mail message you composed? Your first Facebook page? The first video you made and uploaded to YouTube?

Do you have memories about playing “teacher” with your friends? Creating a family newspaper or a ‘zine? Reciting scripture to the congregation of your church or at your Bat Mitzvah? Reading the Koran? * Was you mom or dad or one of your grandparents a writer? A reader? Can you tell us a story about how they helped you write or read?

Open Forums, Oct. 14 & 16

From President Amott:

Dear Knox Community,

After a wonderful Homecoming weekend and rededication of the newly transformed Alumni Hall, I’d like to remind you to please join us for one of two open forums this week at which we will share with you news and updates from the Board of Trustees meeting. You recall that in response to requests at the Town Hall Meeting for more frequent campus updates, we are now planning to hold routine open forums after each Board meeting.

Our first post-Board open forum will be held on Tuesday, October 14, at 8:00 a.m. and again on Thursday, October 16, at noon. Both will be held in Kresge. The forum will include a brief presentation on the Board meeting, followed by a time for questions and answers with members of the President’s Council.

We look forward to seeing you at either of the sessions.



Symphony Season Opens with Violinist, Oct. 18

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) will feature Taiwanese violinist Huei Chiang at its opening 2014-2015 season concert on Saturday, October 18. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. Knox students are admitted FREE with ID and, for this first concert, the entire Knox Community (faculty/staff) can purchase tickets for 50% (buy-one-get-one-free) at the Orpheum Theater Box Office.

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony, under the direction of Professor of Music and Artistic Director/Conductor of the KGS, Bruce Polay, will perform Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus73 and von Weber’s “Silvana” Overture. Chiang will perform Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 77.

Chiang began studying piano at age four and violin at age five. She has won various Taipei piano and violin competitions and has performed as a member of the Leopold Mozart Orchestra in Austria and Germany. Chiang served as concertmaster in Spain’s Orquestra de Cambra de LΈmporda and, since 2002, she has been the assistant concertmaster of the Orquestra Filharmonic de Cataluña. She has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, the U.S.A., Argentina, Canada, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.

On Saturday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m., Chiang will present “The Violin” for this season’s first Knox-Galesburg Symphony Music Mornings Program at the Galesburg Public Library. Music Mornings, co-sponsored by the KGS’ and the Galesburg Public Library in cooperation with Galesburg School District 205, is a FREE concert preview for children ages preschool through 5th grade. Adults are welcome to attend. The next Music Mornings program “Mom and Daughter” is slated for November 15. It will present KGS soloists Masha, violin and Lyudmila Lakisova, piano.

KGS tickets, starting at $10, are available at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office (309-342-2299), 57 South Kellogg St., Galesburg. Children and students are half-price. For more program details, visit the KGS website at

Fall EquiKnox Interactive Lecture, Oct. 16

The Office of Sustainability warmly invites you to this year’s Fall EquiKnox event, an interactive lecture by student leadership expert Kristin Skarie.

On Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall, Skarie will present “Sustainable Leadership: Maximizing your Impact.” Skarie will discuss leadership that lasts… what if you could construct a program, process, relationship, facility, or even a culture that lived beyond your presence or involvement? Through inspirational examples and tangible techniques, Skarie will give you the tools to make positive change with lasting impact on your campus community, and world.

Skarie, who has worked in the field of student leadership for almost 30 years, helps students take action toward a more sustainable future, and she offers strategies for Greek organizations, student clubs, and student government. Her book, “A Year of Nothing New; Tools for Living Lean and Green,” will be available for sale at the EquiKnox event, and a book-signing will take place after the lecture. Skarie, president and founder of Teamworks, received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University. Her blog, Nothing New, can be found at