APO Blood Drive, July 18

The summer months are an exceptionally difficult time to ensure the blood supply for patients in need is sufficiently stocked. The low number of students on campus during the summer adds to this issue locally. APO hopes that the Knox faculty and staff will be willing to step in and fill the void our student body has left. Next Wednesday, July 18, the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive from 11:00 am-2:00 pm in Ferris Lounge. We ask that you consider donating, even if you normally do not, or have not in the past.
To schedule an appointment contact Linda Phan at 773-715-9441 or at lphan@knox.edu. Please bring a photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card with you to be eligible to donate.

KPCK Pancake Fundraiser is June 2

On Saturday June 2nd the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen (KPCK) is having a pancake fundraiser at Applebee’s on N. Henderson Street. It starts at 8am to 10 a.m., so there is plenty of time before commencement to get some breakfast and help out a great cause!
Tickets are $5 each and $4 goes directly to the KPCK. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please email cworthen@knox.edu or call 406-461-3928. Laurie Sauer (x7788) and Daniel Beers (x7157) also have tickets for sale. You can also purchase tickets at Q’s cafe (319 E. Main Street).
For those who would like to help but are unable to go, you can also purchase tickets that we could give to individuals who come to our free community meals.
The Knox Prairie Community Kitchen is a not-for-profit (status pending) volunteer organization in Galesburg, Illinois dedicated to alleviating hunger and, creating a deeper sense of community and educating the Galesburg community about hunger, food insecurity and food policy. Check out the KPCK website (www.knoxprairiekitchen.org) for more information.

APO Run-A-Thon, May 18-19

This year Alpha Phi Omega brings to you its annual fundraiser the Run-A-Thon. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Knox County Child Advocacy Center in hopes of bettering the lives of the children there and presenting them with new opportunities. The Knox County Child Advocacy Center is an agency that provides services to abused and neglected children who lack most of the opportunities we take for granted in our day to day lives.
The event will be held on May 18-19, beginning on the outdoor track and moving into the T. Fleming Fieldhouse. APO would appreciate it if Faculty and Staff could attend this event and it would be even more exciting if you could organize yourselves into various teams and sign up for the run (for instance Team Old Main, Team SMC or Team GDH to say a few). The theme of the event this year is “A Blast From the Past.” Run dressed in some retro gear or whatever you feel comfortable running in. It costs $8 per person registered within a team. If, however, you are not able to make a team we would still greatly appreciate your turnout and whatever form of donations you see fit to give us for the event. Invite your family and friends from the community to participate as well. There will be lots and lots of fun activities going on for children and adults alike.
Sign-ups will be held in the Seymour Gallery during lunch and dinner hours until Friday, May 18.

2012 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

Brigadier General Mark Martins, Chief Prosecutor of the war crimes trial system reformed by the Military Commissions Act of 2009, will deliver the Commencement Address to the Class of 2012. Honorary degrees will be conferred on General Martins; Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director and Principal Conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Joseph S. Francisco, William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry at Purdue University.
Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on the South Lawn of Old Main.

Fundraiser for Rotary, May 11

On the evening of Friday, May 11, students of the Knox Rotaract Club, affiliated with Rotary International, are sponsoring a dinner/dance in the Lincoln Room to raise funds for Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign.
There will be a cash bar/social hour starting at 5:30, a buffet dinner at 6, and music for your listening or dancing pleasure at 7 provided by the Cherry Street Combo. Polio Plus is a Rotary project that has been in progress since 1985, and during that time Rotary has helped raised nearly a billion dollars in an effort to rid the world of polio. During that time the incidence of polio has dropped from as many as 50,000 cases a year to 650 cases in 2011. With the country of India recently certified as being polio-free (having had no new cases in over a year) there are only 3 remaining polio-endemic countries in the world: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Eliminating polio in these remaining countries presents some clear challenges, but Rotary and it’s partners in the campaign are committed to making it happen.
Please consider coming to the Rotaract dinner/dance, enjoy a great evening, and support the effort. Contact Chuck Schulz for your tickets, (Ext. 7397) which are available for $25 each. Checks can be made out to “Galesburg Sunrise Rotary”.

Tickets Available for 13th Annual SGAAA Scholarship Dinner

The 13th Annual Scholarship Dinner will be held again at Knox College Saturday, May 26. The (SGAAA) Support Group for African American Affairs Scholarship Dinner tickets can be purchased from any member. Please e-mail Terry L. Duffy, Karen Ford- Kelley, Stephanie Grimes, or Fred Hord if you plan to attend, or want to support this scholarship effort as you’ve done so graciously over the years. We will deliver your tickets in your campus mailboxes. Please contact us if you have further questions. Konrad Hamilton, History Department, is our guest speaker for the scholarship dinner.

12th Annual Scholarship Dinner
Knox College, Seymour Union-Lincoln Room
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Doors Open @5:30 pm Dinner @ 6:00 pm
$20.00 per ticket
(Federal Tax ID #20-0663596)

Panhellenic Badge Day, March 30

The Panhellenic Council invites all Greek affiliated (Social, Service and Academic included) faculty and staff to wear their badge in support of Knox College Badge Day. Nationally, chapters around the world celebrate National Badge Day, but this year’s National Badge Day fell on our finals week so the Knox Panhellenic Council decided it would be great to celebrate our own badge day. The Council encourages everyone affiliated on campus to wear your badge proudly. The Panhellenic Council will also hand out free popsicles in Seymour Gallery on Friday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Geer Memorial Service, March 31

A memorial service for Bill Geer, Clara A. Abbott Professor Emeritus of Biology, who died February 24, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, in the First United Methodist Church, Mary Runge officiating. A time for fellowship will be offered following the service at the church. Internationally renowned for his research on the genetics of the fruit fly, Geer taught biology at Knox from 1963 until his retirement in 2000. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, the Bill Geer Research Fund at Knox College, or Guardian Angels Humane Society.

Memorial Service for Samuel Moon, March 24

There will be a memorial program for Samuel Moon, formerly William Edward Simonds Professor of English, on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the Muelder Room of Seymour Library. The speakers will include Vicky Moon Delaney, Sam’s daughter, as well as former students and colleagues: Laurie Muelder, Jay Matson, Sherwood Kiraly, and Robin Metz.