Annual Prairie Burn is April 4 (Weather Permitting)

From Stuart Allison:

Prairie Fire: It is spring and Knox’s fancy turns to thoughts of … burning the prairies. We will continue with the safety protocol developed in 2013. I have been working with a group of students who have been instructed in safe burning practices. Only those trained students will be permitted to actually work on the fire. You will recognize the fire crew because they will be dressed in yellow fire-resistant shirts and green fire-resistant trousers (standard forest service gear). Other people are very welcome to come and watch the fire but spectators must stay well away from the fire at all times.

We will do the prairie fire on Saturday April 4 (weather permitting). We will get started burning about 10:30 a.m. at South Prairie – the prairie near Schurr Hall, the residence and teaching facility. We will also burn two smaller prairies – Woodcock Field and Lost Meadow. The fires should be done by 4 p.m. The roads at Green Oaks will be closed to motor vehicles on Saturday.

If you have questions, contact Stuart Allison at x-7185 or via e-mail at For directions, check the website.

And, remember, to be the Prairie Fire you have to do the Prairie Fire!

Wilson and Smith Prize Entries Now Being Accepted

DEADLINE: Friday, May 1

The Howard A. Wilson Prize is awarded annually to students writing the best essays in literary criticism during an academic year. There are cash prizes for first, second and third place. Entries for the Howard Wilson Prize in English should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to Rob Smith ( by Friday, May 1.

DEADLINE: Friday, May 1

The Lorraine Smith prize in English is awarded annually to the second year student writing the best essay in an English course. Prize given in books. Entries for the Lorraine Smith prize in English should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to Rob Smith ( by Friday, May 1.

Rootabaga Jazz Festival, April 9-11

Mark your calendars for April 9-11, and experience the excitement, artistry, and energy of the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival.

Thanks to the hard work of numerous students and music lovers, ‘Baga continues its commitment to bringing world-class jazz to the area, and represents a unique partnership between Knox College, the Galesburg community, and local music and arts supporters.

The festival kicks off on April 1 with a free concert by the Daniel Leahy Group. The weekend of events features performances by the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo, Knox Alumni Big Band, Knox Jazz Ensemble, and this year’s invited guests, The Lowdown Brass Band (LDB), a horn-driven tour de force hailing from Chicago, and the Anat Cohen Quartet.

Cohen is a renowned clarinetist, who has toured the world with her Quartet. They will perform Saturday, April 11, 2015, at historic Orpheum Theatre. Thanks to a Challenge America grant, the Anat Cohen concert is free for general admission floor and balcony seats.

To view the schedule of events and purchase tickets, visit the Rootabaga Jazz Festival online.

Kasser Update

Tim Kasser, Psychology, recently had an article published in Journal of Happiness Studies. The article was co-authored with Monica Guillen-Royo of the University of Oslo and is titled “Personal goals, socio-economic context and happiness: Studying a diverse sample in Peru.”

English Department Announces 2015 Davenport Poetry Contest

The English Department Announces The 2015 Davenport Poetry Contest

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Poetry sponsored by the English Department.


1) entrants must be in “good standing” but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course; students who completed coursework on campus during the 2014-15 school year, but have not yet commenced and are not currently enrolled are eligible to submit, provided they will be commencing from Knox in June;

2) manuscripts should include three poems; only one manuscript submission per student is allowed (our judge reserves the right to select prize winners based on a single poem or on the manuscript as a whole);

3) submitted poems need not be written especially for the contest, but poems cannot have been previously published off-campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no poem that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time;

4) your submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name, complete contact information, and the title of each poem; please leave name off subsequent pages;

5) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

6) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than Wednesday, April 22 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Monica Berlin (

[Note: Cash prizes are determined by the English Department, in consultation with the judge’s recommendations for awards. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the college and may be published on the English Department’s website.]

Davenport Poetry Prizewinners will be announced at a special Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 8th at 4 o’clock in the Alumni Room of Old Main.

This year’s judge is Carolina Ebeid.

Carolina Ebeid was the 2012-2014 Fellow at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, and presently serves as a poetry editor for the online journal Better: Culture & Lit. Her work appears widely in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Memorious, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry, among others. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers, and has won awards and fellowships from CantoMundo, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Academy of American Poets. She was recently granted an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry for 2015.
Carolina grew up in West New York, NJ, and will make Colorado her home for the next few years while she pursues a PhD in the University of Denver’s creative writing program. Her first book will be published by Noemi Press in 2016 as part of their Akrilica series.

Symphony Concert Features Principal Flute, March 28

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony will feature KGS principal flute Carol Neuleib at its Saturday, March 28 concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, in Galesburg.

Under the direction of KGS artistic director/conductor Bruce Polay, the KGS will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sinfonietta on Russian Themes,” Opus 31 and Telemann’s “Alster” Overture in F Major for Four Horns and Strings. Carol Neuleib will perform Telemann’s Flute Concerto in E minor.

Carol Neuleib received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Illinois State University where she studied with Max Schoenfeld. She continued her studies with Julius Baker, principal flautist of the New York Philharmonic and professor at The Juilliard School in New York. Neueib also studied with Walter Haedrich and Keith Underwood and most recently with William Bennet.

For nearly thirty years, Neuleib has served as principal flute of the KGS performing with the orchestra and in KGS “First Chairs Forward” recitals. She is the music director at the First Congregational UCC Church in Geneso, an active member of the Quad City Flute Association, Quad City Music Guild, the Geneso Community Choir, and maintains a flute studio in her home. Neuleib is also a Senior Registered Client Associate with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

On Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m., Neuleib will present “The Flute” for the “Music Mornings” program at the Galesburg Public Library. “Music Mornings”, co-sponsored by the Knox-Galesburg Symphony 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, featuring winners of the 22nd annual KGS Young Pianists Competition and KGS piano soloist Lisa Leonard is slated for Saturday, April 25 at the Orpheum Theatre.

KGS concert tickets with prices starting at $10 are available at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office (309-342-2299), 57 South Kellogg St., Galesburg, or at the door. Children and students are half-price. Knox College students free with I.D.; Knox Fac/Staff 20% discount.

Knox Choir Performs Home Tour Concert, March 27

Returning from a week-long concert tour of Italy, the
Knox Choir presents its Home Tour Concert at 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, March 27 in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Directed by Laura Lane, professor of music and director of choral
activities at Knox, the 48-member choir will perform the broad
repertoire of classical and contemporary choral works, including
several in Italian, that were featured at its six concerts between
March 18 and 23, in L’Aquila, Pescara, Teramo, Lucca and Pisa, Italy.

The program will showcase water-tuned glass chimes to accompany
“Stars” by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds; an inspirational work, “O
Magnum Mysterium,” by African-American composer Kevin Memley; the
American folk hymn “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal”; and the
traditional African-American spiritual “Wade in de Water.”

Kasser was Guest Speaker

Tim Kasser, psychology, was recently an invited presenter for the weekly guest-speaker program sponsored by the Division of Student Life at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI; he spoke on “Values and Caring for Others: A View from Psychological Science.”

Volunteers Needed for Midnight Breakfast

Dining Services is hosting another Midnight Breakfast on Friday, March 13. Volunteers are needed!

We will need egg scramblers and food servers, with on the job training and an apron provided. Jobs are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so hurry to sign up if you have a preference. The actual work hours are from 10:15 pm to about 1:30 am and since it is generally a good deal of fun and busy, time passes quickly. As an enticement, each volunteer who makes it through the night will get a generous Gizmo gift certificate to enjoy a meal or two on us.

Please give us a call at Ext. 7243 to reserve your spot. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for volunteering!

The Dining Services Staff

Library Hours for Finals/Spring Break

Library Hours – Finals
Seymour Library
Monday 3/9 – Saturday 3/14 (8am-2am)
Sunday 3/15 (8am-11pm)

Science & Math Library
Monday 3/9 – Saturday 3/14 (8am-midnight)
Sunday 3/15 (8am-10:30pm)

Library Hours – Spring Break
Seymour Library
Monday, 3/16-Friday, 3/20 (8:30am-5pm)
Saturday, 3/21-Sunday, 3/22 CLOSED
Monday, 3/23 (8:30am-5pm)
Tuesday, 3/24 (8:30am-8pm)

Science & Math Library
Monday, 3/16-Friday, 3/20 (9am-3pm)
Saturday, 3/21-Sunday, 3/22 CLOSED
Monday, 3/23-Tuesday, 3/24 (9am-3pm)