President Amott Invites you to Homecoming!

Dear Knox Community,

In just a few shorts days, nearly 1,000 alumni will return to campus to celebrate Knox College past and present during our annual Homecoming festivities. This year’s Homecoming is distinguished by a most remarkable event in the history of the College — after one year of construction, three years of targeted fundraising, and 30 years of planning and aspirations, the doors of Alumni Hall will be open once again! The official rededication of Alumni Hall will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Please join us on the north steps of Alumni Hall as we cut the ribbon and unveil the remarkable transformation of the building.This event was made possible by the extraordinary work of our architects, contractors, subcontractors, College staff and Trustees. I hope you can join us to thank and celebrate all those who have made this moment possible, especially our tireless fundraisers who raised an unprecedented sum and the donors who responded to their calls. (While we are opening Alumni Hall for the Homecoming celebration, we will not officially open the building for campus use until the start of winter term, to minimize disruption for the offices that are moving.)

I also encourage each of you to take time out of your busy weekend to reconnect with our alumni. In addition to the Alumni Hall rededication event, you are welcome to attend many of the traditional Homecoming weekend’s festivities, including the Taste of Galesburg All Class Reception on Friday evening, Convocation on Saturday morning, and the football game versus Lake Forest that afternoon. To see a full schedule of the weekend’s events, visit

As we celebrate one building’s transformation, we also look ahead to the future: Professor Tony Gant and his students have developed an art installation on the site of the future Whitcomb Art Building, across Prairie Street from the heating plant and next to the Communications building. I hope you’ll visit the site during your movement around campus.

Homecoming is preceded by this fall’s Board of Trustees meeting at which the Board will take up a range of matters. As announced earlier this year, in order to enhance campus communication, the President’s Council is hosting two open forums the week after the Board meeting to share with you news and updates on the Board’s actions. Please join us on Tuesday, October 14, at 8:00 a.m. or Thursday, October 16 at noon in Kresge Recital Hall. After a brief presentation on the Board meeting, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

I very much look forward to seeing you this weekend at Homecoming and the celebration of a renewed Alumni Hall.



Memorial Celebration for Professor Emeritus Ivan Davidson, Oct. 12

There will be a Life Celebration in Word and Song for Professor Emeritus Ivan Davidson (theatre) in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, with reception to follow in CFA lobby.

Davidson was a member of the faculty for 40 years and directed more than 75 plays for the department of theatre. He was a co-founder with his colleague Emeritus Professor Bob Whitlatch of the department’s Repertory Term. During his retirement, he was active as a director in the theatre scene of Mobile, Alabama and was almost constantly in rehearsal with award-winning productions.

Knox Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

From John Schlaf, Director of Campus Safety:

Knox College remains committed to the personal safety and security concerns of all members of the Knox Community. A significant part of that commitment has included the creation of the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASR) for review by all members of the Knox Community. To assist with those reviews, the ASR has been placed on the Knox College Department of Campus Safety website at

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), Knox College must provide information to all community members on how to obtain a copy of the Knox College’s ASR. The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Knox College; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the Knox campus.

The report also includes fire safety policies and statistics, emergency notification procedures, and protocols for missing persons. A hard copy of the report may be obtained at the Campus Safety Office, 368 S. Prairie Street, during normal business hours by requesting a copy of the report in person. A copy of the report may also be downloaded at If you have any questions/concerns please contact John H. Schlaf, Director of Campus Safety, at 309-341-7255 or via e-mail at

Poet Richard Siken reads at Caxton Club, Oct. 2

The first Caxton Club of the new academic year will feature the poet Richard Siken reading from his work Thursday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Old Main.

Richard Siken’s poetry collection Crush won the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, a Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, Indiana Review and Forklift, Ohio, as well as in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2000 and Legitimate Dangers. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan Foundation residencies, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His second book, War of the Foxes, is forthcoming in 2015.

All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.