Martin Luther King Day Convocation – Shortened Class Schedule

The annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Monday, January 15, at 11:00 a.m. in Harbach Theatre, CFA. On that day, the College will follow the Convocation class schedule below.

Class periods are shortened as follows.

1st period……..8:00 – 8:45 am

2nd period…….8:55 – 9:40 am

3rd period…….9:50 – 10:35 am

Convocation – 11:00 am

4th period…….1:20 – 2:05 pm

5th period…….2:15 – 3:00 pm

6th period…….3:10 – 3:55 pm

Innovate Knox Initiative

Dear Knox Community,

Great ideas come from anywhere. In that spirit, the Board of Trustees has authorized a one-time $100,000 endowment draw to fund the Innovate Knox Initiative. The purpose of this fund is to elicit ideas and provide funding for initiatives that bring innovation to our work at Knox.

We are particularly interested in ideas that will lead to new sources of revenue, enhance existing ones, improve operational efficiency and productivity, and/or lead to significant cost savings. In this way, we seek to leverage the imagination, creativity, and ingenuity of the entire Knox community of staff, faculty, and students.

The allocation of funds and the number of awards is entirely dependent upon the merits of the proposals. Preference will given to proposals and initiatives that have the potential to become self-sustaining within three years. Collaborative proposals that involve multiple perspectives are likely to be most successful, but individual proposals are certainly welcome. Students submitting proposals should obtain a tenured or tenure-track member of the faculty or a staff member to co-sponsor the proposal to insure continuity if the proposal is selected.

Applications to the Innovate Knox Initiative should be submitted by February 2, 2018.

For more information, to see sample proposals, or to submit your proposal, visit

Senior Staff

Eberhardt Article Published

Nancy Eberhardt (Anthropology and Sociology) has published a paper in Contemporary Buddhism, Volume 18, 2017 – Issue 2. The title and abstract are below.

Caught in the Middle:
The Changing Role of Buddhist Meditation for Older Shan Adults

In this paper, I examine the role of Buddhist meditation and other ascetic practices in the lives of village elders in a rural Shan community in Mae Hong Son province, Thailand. My focus is not on the techniques used but rather on the larger social and cultural context in which the practice occurs. Traditionally, the taking on of ascetic practices by village elders has been associated with moral development and enhanced psychological and emotional well-being. I describe recent changes in these practices, including their differential significance for middle-aged women, and consider the implications of these changes for local understandings of the ‘normal’ course of human development.