Campus water testing update

On April 13, I wrote to the campus with information on the Knox College water supply, noting that the College had made arrangements to test the water in all College buildings serviced by older water lines. This morning, I received the results of those tests from an independent laboratory and am writing to share the reassuring results that all of the locations tested had lead readings below the action levels prescribed by the EPA. You may recall that those locations made up fewer than 5 percent of College buildings. While these results are encouraging, we will replace all lead service lines on campus this summer and will continue to monitor the quality of the College water supply.

The health and safety of the Knox College community remains our primary priority, and we will take all actions necessary to ensure the safety of the College’s water supply into the future.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me or Scott Maust, director of facilities services.


Keith Archer
Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Carl Sandburg Days Festival continues through April 30

Events honoring Galesburg-born Pulitzer Prize Poet and Lincoln Biographer Carl Sandburg continue through April 30. For details go to:

3 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016
Galesburg’s Central Park

The Galesburg Public Art Commission invites you to join in celebrating and formally dedicating the Poet in the Park statue project in Galesburg’s Central Park as it is dedicated to the Citizens of Galesburg in honor of Galesburg’s most famous son, Carl Sandburg.

Rain Location—Central Congregational Church.

Refreshments served immediately following the ceremony in Kleine Companies Conference Room in the basement of Wells Fargo Bank Building.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month

Dear Knox Community,

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Since 2001, SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) has been organized and promoted nationally by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), with a teal ribbon and a themed campaign designed to be positive and action-oriented, with concrete tools to help end violence. Each year the campaign themes have connected awareness with prevention and promoted collaboration, and, most recently, have taken on primary prevention topics like bystander intervention and healthy sexuality.

The 2016 campaign, Prevention Is Possible!, promotes actions individuals and communities can take to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens. From April 25 – 29, Knox will host a variety of opportunities to help members of our community show support for survivors and learn more about ways each of us can get involved to end sexual violence.

Students will be tabling each day in Seymour Gallery from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Go teal for SAAM and join others wearing and displaying a teal ribbon button to show your support for sexual assault survivors while sharing the message that prevention is possible when everyone is involved. You can also pick up one of the new pocket Title IX Resource Cards for you–and one for a friend–designed to provide easily accessible information about Title IX at Knox. There will be free pens displaying, as well as coloring books for survivors and coloring sheets celebrating SAAM, as well as a variety of other informational materials and resources.

Wednesday, April 27: Denim Day

Make a social statement with your fashion statement and wear jeans on April 27 as a visible means of protest against the harmful misconceptions that surround sexual assault. You can also take the Denim Day Promise to recognize sexual violence is everyone’s issue, participate in the national conversation about rape and sexual violence with the hashtag #DenimDay, support survivors and not blame the victim, and engage in healthy and violence free relationships.

April 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Clothesline Project

The Western Illinois Regional Council (Victims Services), in conjunction with the Knox Health & Counseling Center, will be displaying the Clothesline Project in the area North of Seymour Union. The Clothesline Project is a program geared towards increasing the awareness of violence against women. If you or someone you know have been affected by violence and you would like to decorate a shirt regarding your/their experience, there will be an opportunity to make a shirt in the Knox/Lombard rooms in Seymour Union during the same time. Rain location: Ferris Lounge for clothesline display. Special thanks to AFC, ASAP, and SASS for supporting the Clothesline Project.

By promoting safe behaviors, healthy relationships, and responsive policies and procedures, we can create an equitable community where every person is treated with respect and care. Because we all share in this responsibility, if you haven’t done so already, I hope you will complete the Haven for Faculty & Staff interactive online training or take advantage of several other educational opportunities available here. We have also added racks of resource materials for easy access in both the Carl Sandburg Lounge and Taylor Lounge and Games Room, as well as a more comprehensive alphabetical list of local and national resources here. Folders of resource information are available for all faculty and staff, and if you would like these materials, or want buttons, ribbons, pens, pocket cards, or coloring books/sheets delivered to your office or campus mailbox, please let me know.

I will be wearing denim on Wednesday and hope many of you will do the same. We can all make a difference and when everyone is involved, prevention is possible!


P.S. Look for a ‘Take Back The Night’ march, organized and led by students, coming in May!

Carlin Metz Directed and Performed in Chicago

Liz Carlin Metz (Theatre) directed and performed in Vitalist Theatre’s contribution to The International Voices Project at Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago). Vitalist Theatre, founded by Robin Metz (executive producer) and Liz Carlin Metz (artistic director), inaugurated the annual International Voices Project new plays festival of Stage Readings. Liz directed and performed the role of Lyn in the USA premiere of Multitudes by John Hollingworth, which examines the devastating impact of Islamophobia on a family in Northern England.

Gilbert Awarded Site Visit to ACM Florence Program

Gregory Gilbert (Art and Art History) was one of six faculty awarded a site visit to the ACM Florence Program from April 12-16. While in Florence, Gilbert gave a gallery talk on the exhibition “From Kandinsky to Pollock: The Art of the Guggenheim Collections” at the Strozzi Palace. The visit included faculty presentations at such notable sites as the Duomo, Pitti Palace and a wine tasting at the Capezzana Winery in Tuscany.

English Dept. Announces 2016 Davenport Fiction Contest

2016 Davenport Fiction Contest Deadline: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 4 p.m.

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Fiction 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 2015-16 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) only one story per author is allowed;
3) submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a story from entry); no story 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; any story currently under review for another prize may be submitted;
4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the title of the story; please leave name off subsequent pages;
5) each submission should be double-spaced and paginated;
6) each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words;
7) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);
8) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Chad Simpson’s office (Old Main 217) no later than Wednesday, April 27 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Chad Simpson (
[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.]
This year’s judge will be J. Ryan Stradal. Born and raised in Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown, advisory board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. His first book is the New York Times-bestselling novel KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST (Viking / Pamela Dorman Books, 2015). Voted the 2016 Adult Debut Book of the Year in the Indies Choice Book Awards, KITCHENS has been acquired for publication in eleven other countries and optioned by Warner Bros. for film & TV. His shorter work appears in Hobart, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Midnight Breakfast, among other places. He likes books, wine, sports, root beer, and peas.

Prizewinners will be announced at Stradal’s Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 13 at 4 P.M. in the Alumni Room, Old Main.

McAndrew Creepiness Study has Gone Viral

Psychology professor Frank McAndrew’s recently published study on creepiness has gone viral. It has been featured in hundreds of media outlets worldwide, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Slate, the Huffington Post, and two different segments of NBC’s TODAY Show. It has also been a topic of conversation on numerous talk shows ranging from ESPN to Conan O’Brien. In the past two weeks, McAndrew has done almost two dozen television and radio appearances across the United States as well as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa.

Civettini Gave Lecture at Peoria Museum

Andrew Civettini (Political Science) gave a lecture on April 17 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
His talk, entitled Voting and Vodka: The Relationship Between Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage, explores the relationship between the quests for Prohibition and women’s suffrage and how the two movements redefined voting and American politics more broadly on their way to amending the Constitution.