Knox 101: Series Special Session, April 12

Dear Knox Community,

This special session of the Knox 101 series will focus on a broader liberal arts college landscape and how the Knox educational experience fits within it. Why do students choose one college over another? What more can Knox do to attract and retain students? How are other schools innovating to integrate learning across experiences and disciplines? Brian Zucker from the Human Capital Research, the firm with whom Knox has consulted for financial aid modeling, market development, and data analysis for the last 15 years, will present conditions of the higher education landscape, followed by examples from other institutions that are implementing innovative curricular and co-curricular ideas. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room in Alumni Hall for this important discussion of the liberal arts landscape.
The Knox 101: Brown Bag series is sponsored by the President’s Council and Human Resources.

We look forward to seeing you on April 12.



Rep Term XVII Peformances

The Repertory Theatre Term XVII productions of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and The Secret in the Wings continue to perform through Saturday.

adapted by Robert Kauzlaric
directed by Liz Carlin-Metz
video trailer =
Under the streets of London there’s a city inhabited by the people who have fallen between the cracks. A single act of kindness catapults Richard Mayhew into this world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. A strange destiny awaits him beneath his native city in “Neverwhere.”


by Mary Zimmerman
directed by Jeff Grace
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Adapted from two European folk tales and four lesser-known fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, The Secret in the Wings encourages audiences to question and sometimes not trust their own eyes because some things are not always as they first appear.

When & Where:
Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere performs in HARBACH Theatre
Tuesday, March 1 — 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 3 — 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 5 — 7:30 pm

The Secret in the Wings performs in STUDIO Theatre
Wednesday, March 2 — 7:30 pm
Friday, March 4 — 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 5 — 2:00 pm (matinee)

$10 for Adults / $5 for Senior Citizens & Alumni
Free to all Students, Faculty and Staff

Tickets are available at the door an hour before each performance,
or advanced reservations can be made by calling (309) 341-7472 or e-mailing
**Seating is limited for The Secret in the Wings: reservations are strongly encouraged.

Reminder: Open Forums, Feb. 23, 25

Dear Knox Community,

Please join us for one of two opportunities this week at which we will share with you news and updates from the February Board of Trustees meeting.

Our February post-Board forum will be held on Tuesday, February 23, at noon and again on Thursday, February 25, at 8:00 a.m. Both forums will be held in the Trustees Room (Room 302) in Alumni Hall. The agenda will include a brief presentation on the Board meeting, followed by a question and answer session with members of the President’s Council.

We look forward to seeing you at either of the sessions.


Happy Birthday to Knox! Eat Cake!

To all members of the Knox community –

Please join us today, Friday, Feb. 19 in the Seymour Union Gallery (outside the Hard Knox and Oak Room) for Founders Day Cake, celebrating Knox’s 179th Birthday. Representatives of Knox Alumni Ambassadors and the Campus Life Office will be distributing FREE cake from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We would advise you to plan ahead and stop by early in the lunch period if you want cake. First come, first served!

We hope to see you at the celebration! Happy Birthday Knox!

Five Alumni to be Honored, Feb. 19

Knox will honor five alumni for their accomplishments with Alumni Achievement Awards at the Founders Day Convocation, 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 19, in the Muelder Reading
Room, Seymour Library. The convocation is free and open to the public.

The recipients are psychologist Thomas E. Brown, physician Ernest
Buck, attorney Marcea Bland Lloyd, artist Katie Bell and actor Rachel

The convocation celebrates the 179th anniversary of Knox’s founding in
1837. The College’s formal charter was approved by the Illinois
Legislature on February 15, 1837. The College and the City of
Galesburg were established by a group of anti-slavery pioneers from
upstate New York led by the Rev. George Washington Gale, after whom
the city was named.

Thomas Brown is a clinical psychologist, teacher, researcher, and
writer with a special interest in attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder. After earning his bachelor’s degree in history at Knox in
1964, he earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Yale University. He
then joined the psychiatry faculty at the Yale University School of
Medicine, where is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and
associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related
Disorders. Among his publications is the widely acclaimed book “Smart
but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD.”

Physician Ernest Buck has won wide recognition for his contributions
to the health and welfare of children in Texas. He earned his
bachelor’s degree in biology at Knox in 1974, then completed his M.D.
at Rush University. He practices pediatric medicine in Corpus Christi,
Texas and serves medical director of the Driscoll Children’s Health
Plan, helping expand healthcare options for low-income families in the
region. He received the 2014 Charles W. Daeschner, Jr., MD Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Texas Pediatric Society in recognition for
his work as a physician and as an educator.

Marcea Bland Lloyd is retired senior vice president of Amylin
Pharmaceuticals. A 1968 Knox graduate in sociology and psychology,
Lloyd received her law degree at Northwestern University, then
practiced law in Chicago, where she represented the African American
Patrolmen’s League and volunteered for the ACLU Ghetto Project. Her
career in corporate law includes work at retailer Montgomery Ward,
medical device manufacturer Medtronic and healthcare purchasing
company VHA. From 2007 until her retirement in 2013, she was senior
vice president and general counsel of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Lloyd also is known for her service in mentoring, education, and
leadership training for women.

Artist Katie Bell is the 2016 Young Alumni Achievement Award
recipient. Bell grew up in Rockford, Illinois, graduating from Knox in
2008 with a major in studio art and earning a master of fine arts
degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. She works in
Brooklyn, New York, where she was named one of “8 Great Brooklyn
Artists Under 30” by “The L Magazine.” Bell has exhibited her work
nationwide, including shows this year at Locust Projects in Miami, and
Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She was recently honored with a
fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in recognition of
her compelling artistic vision.

Rachel Abarbanell is receiving a 2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award
this year. She was unable to attend last year’s awards ceremony at
Knox because she had to attend the Academy Awards ceremony in
Hollywood, after “Interstellar,” one of the films she’d worked on at
Lynda Obst Productions, won the Oscar for best visual effects.
Abarbanell graduated from Knox in 2002 with a major in economics and a
minor in theatre directing. She joined Lynda Obst Productions in 2006
and was named president of production in 2015. Recently she worked on
the pilot program for the highly rated Amazon video series “Good Girls
Revolt,” about the struggle for gender equality at a news magazine in
the 1960s.

A New Fire is Burning!

Tomorrow, February 6, is a big day for Knox Athletics. We will be revealing our new Prairie Fire logo, and we want you to come and be part of the celebration.

The fun starts at 2:00 with our men’s basketball team playing Lake Forest. We are giving away t-shirts to the first 400 fans to arrive. We also have contests, food, face painting, and giveaways throughout the afternoon, with the big reveal happening at halftime of the women’s game.

Read more about the day’s festivities.

We hope to see you tomorrow as we get the new fire burning.

Go Fire!
Chad Eisele ’93
Athletic Director

Knox 101: Brown Bag Lunch Series, Jan. 27

From President Amott:

Dear Knox Community,

We’re pleased to announce the next Knox 101: Brown Bag Lunch series. Please join us on Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00 a.m. and at noon in the Handler Forum in Alumni Hall for the following:

Knox 101: A Basic Understanding of Finance in Higher Education and at Knox College

A discussion of the fundamental finance and accounting concepts relating to the higher education business model in general and Knox College specifically.
The Knox 101: Brown Bag Lunch series is sponsored by the President’s Council and Human Resources. Bring your breakfast or lunch and join in this discussion to learn more about these important campus matters.

We look forward to seeing you on January 27.

2016 Commencement Speaker

Dear Knox Community,

I am delighted to share the good news that we have a commencement speaker — United States Senator Dick Durbin.

Senator Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation. He also serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader, the second highest ranking position among the Senate Democrats. Also known as the Minority Whip, Senator Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2005. He sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, and Rules Committees, and is the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and the Appropriations Committee’s Defense subcommittee.

During his nearly 20 years in the U.S. Senate, Durbin has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation on many key state and national issues, including education, healthcare, immigration and the DREAM Act, veterans benefits,consumer protection, and gun safety. Most recently, he urged Senate leadership to take up and pass legislation to reauthorize the Perkins Loan Program, a critical lifeline for many low-income students.

Senator Durbin’s commitment to public service and issues like college access and human rights speaks to the College’s own long-standing commitments and priorities. The senior class officers are very excited that we were able to secure a Commencement speaker with a distinguished career in public service and dedication to many pivotal issues facing the nation today.

You can read more about Senator Durbin on the College’s website.



MLK Convocation Class Schedule

The annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Monday, January 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Harbach Theatre.

In order to allow faculty, staff and students to attend and show their commitment to King’s ideals and ideas, 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