Polay Work Commissioned

Bruce Polay, music, has been commissioned to write an a cappella work for the Bradley University Chorale. The work will premiere in the spring, 2017.

McAndrew Essay Published

An essay entitled “The Truth About Happiness” written by Frank McAndrew (Psychology) has been published in a textbook for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Essays included in the book were selected on the basis of being “thought provoking models of good written English.” It appears in Avenues: English Skills 1 (2nd edition, Lynne Gaetz, Editor, pp. 31-33), Montreal, Canada: Pearson-ERPI. The essay was originally published under a different title by Psychology Today Magazine.

Sartre’s No Exit, May 5-7

In No Exit, Hell isn’t a place of brimstone and torture. For three damned souls, it’s a room where they will be trapped together for eternity, where the accumulated failures of a lifetime will be endlessly enacted. As author Jean-Paul Sartre sums it up, “Hell is other people.”

Prairie Players brings Satre’s classic existential tale to life Thursday through Saturday, May 5 through 7, at 7:30 p.m. at 160 South Seminary Street, Galesburg. General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased online at prairieplayers.com or can be reserved at 309-343-7728.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Dear Knox Community,

It is my privilege today to announce this year’s honorary degree recipients, who will receive their degrees at the College’s Commencement exercises on June 5. In addition to our Commencement speaker United States Senator Dick Durbin, Knox will confer honorary degrees on Brenda J. Child, a leading scholar of American Indian history, and Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Waters. You can read more about all three distinguished recipients on the Knox website.

Please join me in thanking the Honorary Degree Committee for their work selecting this year’s degree recipients.


Alumni Hall is LEED Gold

Dear Knox Community,

I’m delighted to share with you the wonderful news that Alumni Hall has been awarded LEED Gold certification. As some of you may know, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This green building rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, measures the extent to which a building is energy and resource efficient.

This is a wonderful and visible symbol of Knox College’s commitment to sustainability, and I’m grateful to all the people who worked so hard to make this happen, including the many students, faculty and staff advocates who have helped to promote our sustainability goals. For this project, the work of design and implementation was accomplished by the building architects at Holabird and Root and our landscape architects at Hoerr Schaudt, who worked in concert with Scott Maust and our Facilities staff.

We are working on a news story that will go up on our website soon and will provide specific details about the building’s Gold-level achievements.



Dixon-Montgomery Attends Philanthropic Tea with Miss Illinois

Jessie Dixon-Montgomery (Modern Languages) and Miss Illinois, Dominique Johnson, recently attended The Links, Incorporated Tea, a philanthropic organization that grants multiple scholarships to high school graduates heading to college. Johnson encouraged students, especially those like herself who are stigmatized by learning disabilities, to pursue education with motivation and perseverance. Johnson holds a BA from Eastern and an MA from Alabama A & M in Applied Engineering with focus in Technology.