Knox Alert Monthly Testing

Dear Knox Community,

In an effort to enhance emergency preparedness on the Knox College campus, monthly tests of our Knox Alert system will be initiated, starting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Our testing will be in conjunction with the Knox County Emergency Management Agency’s monthly testing, which takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. In addition to the city/county-wide sirens that are activated across the city at 10:00 a.m., you will also receive notifications from the Knox Alert system at the same time. Notifications may include the following:

A voice message on phones.

A text message.

An e-mail.

Pop-up messages on classroom computers.

Banners on televisions connected to the Knox cable network.

Each notification will clearly indicate that this is a test message and will cause minimal disruption to normally scheduled activities, including classes, labs, or meetings.

Only members of the Knox community who have signed up for the Knox Alert system will receive notifications via phone, text, and e-mail (please note that students are automatically signed up for Knox Alert, but may choose to opt-out). Computer notifications will only appear on computers being used in classrooms.

We encourage all members of the Knox community to take advantage of the Knox Alert notification system. You can sign up or update your information here. Please send any questions or feedback regarding the monthly testing to Campus Safety at
campus-safety@knox.edu.

We appreciate everyone’s participation in this very important monthly testing exercise.

Thank you,

Mark Welker
Director of Campus Safety

Knox Library is NEH Grant Recipient

The Library is the recipient of a grant ($10,700) from the National Endowment for the Humanities under their Common Heritage program. The grant project seeks to digitize privately held materials that document the experience of African Americans in Galesburg. Themes about African Americans to be explored include civic, social, religious and business life; participation in wars; prejudice and discrimination; segregation; public education; and voting rights. Materials discovered during community “digitization days” will enrich the existing digital repository “Struggle and Progress: African Americans in Knox County, Illinois.” Associated humanities events will be offered over the 18 month grant period: screening of a video produced from the community digitization days, a lecture on the history of African Americans in Galesburg, and an Oral History Story Day and more. Laurie Sauer, Information Technologies Librarian, is the principal investigator; Jeff Douglas, Director of the Library, Carley Robison, Curator of Manuscripts and Archives, and Mary McAndrew, Senior Archives Assistant, will also participate. Also assisting on the project are Stephanie K. Grimes of the Support Group for African-American Affairs and Fred L. Hord, Professor of Africana Studies.

Links:
Struggle and Progress digital collection: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/knx_strug
NEH Common Heritage announcement: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2015-12-16

Dining Services Update

From Keith Archer:

Dear Knox Community,

In recent days, there have been various reports on social media and at a student forum that addressed dining services at Knox. I’d like to take this opportunity to address those specific issues and to ensure the Knox community that we are committed to providing the best possible dining experience for our students and community.

Before we go into details regarding the issues that have been raised, I’d like to review the origin of our partnership with Bon Appétit. In July 2015, Knox engaged Bon Appétit Management Company in a one-year contract to manage the College’s dining services operation. In consultation with the Knox community, including students, faculty, and staff, the College chose Bon Appétit because of its excellent reputation in higher education, particularly among many of our peer institutions, and because of the company’s commitment to environmentally sound policies and strong practices in using local food. Bon Appétit is also known for its use of fresh ingredients and for cooking from scratch in its kitchens, which was also an important consideration for the College and the health of our community.

As in any transition, there have been many improvements and some missteps along the way. Many members of our community have commented on the improved quality of the food. As Bon Appétit has introduced a new approach to preparing meals, issues have arisen regarding the labeling of food in Knox’s cafeterias. As more freshly made and fewer processed meals have been introduced, Bon Appétit has worked to create signage that is both visible and easily understood, but there is still room for improvement. We are partnering with Bon Appétit to improve their labeling system so that students can make informed decisions about their meals, and Bon Appétit is working closely with individual students to meet their nutritional needs. We also encourage any student with special dietary needs to contact Bon Appétit Executive Chef Jason Crouch directly at jrcrouch@knox.edu to create the best meal plan for them. Bon Appétit is known for its ability to serve large communities with a variety of nutritional needs, and we are confident that together we will resolve the issues that have been raised.

Health and safety concerns regarding kitchen operations and food storage have also been brought forward, including photos of the kitchen and storage areas. These photos were taken early in the transition process to Bon Appétit or at times immediately following a large product delivery. Upon delivery, products are stacked and staged in temporary locations until they can be placed in their proper areas. As recent as yesterday, January 21, dining services underwent an unannounced inspection by the Knox County Health Department. The result of that inspection was a score of 99 out of 100. The single point lost was due to a missing light cover in the basement storage area. Knox and Bon Appétit are committed to providing a safe and healthy dining environment above all else.

Issues have also been raised regarding the status and treatment of our employees. Knox’s employees are one of the College’s most valued assets, and we take seriously treatment and working conditions. Dining service staff remain Knox employees. Along with their colleagues in facilities services, they are members of SEIU Local 73. In November 2015, the College renewed their union contract, which was signed in good faith and extended for two years. The contract covers wages, benefits, and working conditions and provides mechanisms for grievances to be addressed within a collective bargaining framework.

We recognize that this transition is particularly challenging for our employees, who are working with new management and learning new ways to ensure best practices for kitchen and catering management. We continue to evaluate our staffing levels and make adjustments as needed and within budgetary constraints. I’d like to extend my appreciation and support to our loyal dining services staff, who are working every day to make this transition a successful one.

As I said above, our goal is to provide the best possible dining experience for our students and the Knox community, and we will continue to work closely with Bon Appétit, dining services staff, and students to ensure that we meet that goal. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments regarding dining services, I encourage to reach out to me at kaarcher@knox.edu. Your feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated as we plan for next year.

OSF PromptCare will be Closed on 1/24

NOTICE
OSF PromptCare, 1707 N. Henderson Street will be closed for relocation on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Please go to your nearest emergency room if you need immediate care.

Emergency room locations:

Cottage Hospital
695 N. Kellogg Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone 309 343-8131

OSF St Mary Medical Center
3333 N. Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone 309 344-3161

McAndrew Article Published

Frank McAndrew, Psychology, published an article in The Conversation on January 20. The title of the article is “Gossip is a Social Skill – NOT a Character Flaw.” Previous articles by McAndrew in The Conversation have been picked up by more than two dozen other news outlets including Time, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Here is the link to the most recent article: https://theconversation.com/gossip-is-a-social-skill-not-a-character-flaw-51629

Kasser Article Published

Tim Kasser (Psychology) recently had an article published in Social Issues and Policy Review. It is titled “Growing up under corporate capitalism: The problem of marketing to children, with suggestions for policy solutions” and was co-authored with Susan Linn of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.