Davenport Poetry Prize Deadline April 2

The Davenport Poetry Prize Deadline is 4 p.m. on April 2.

Submission Criteria:

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 2019-20 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) submitted manuscripts should include three poems; only one manuscript submission per student is allowed (our judge reserves the right to select prize winners based on a single poem or on the manuscript as a whole); 

3) submitted poems need not be written especially for the contest, but poems cannot have been previously published off-campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no poem 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; 

4) your submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name, complete contact information, and the title of each poem; please leave your name off subsequent pages;

5) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

6) all entries must be submitted via email to emarzoni@knox.edu no later than Thursday, April 2, by 4:00 p.m. Please attach your manuscript as a pdf (and please do not share on the drive).

If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact emarzoni@knox.edu. (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 is John McCarthy. For more details, click here. Prizewinners will be announced at McCarthy’s Caxton reading on April 24 at 4 p.m. at 306 E. Simmons.

Davenport Creative Nonfiction Prize Deadline March 4

SUBMISSION CRITERIA: 
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 2019-20 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 essay per author is allowed;

3) submitted essays need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude an essay from entry); no piece 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;

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 essay; please leave your 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 to mberlin@knox.edu via attached pdfs in email (please do not share on the drive) no later than Wednesday, March 4, by 4:00 p.m. 

If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact mberlin@knox.edu. (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 is Sheryl St. Germain. For more details, click here. Prizewinner will be announced at St. Germain’s Caxton reading on April 3 at 4 p.m.

Students: Submit to the Nick Adams Short Story Contest

The English Department invites entries for the The NICK ADAMS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2020 (an annual contest sponsored by the ACM and dating back to 1973).

Submission Criteria:

1. Entrants must be enrolled students in good standing at Knox but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course.

2. Submissions are limited to one story per author.

3. Submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but stories cannot have been previously published off campus. (Note: publication in an on-campus journal or winning an on-campus prize does not exclude a story from entry.)

4. Entries must be double-spaced and paginated. Each submission must also include, as part of the same document, a title page with the author’s name, complete contact information, and the title of the story. Do not include your name in headers/footers on the story proper. 

5. Please save file as YourName.doc or YourName.docx, and submit as an attachment to clfitch@knox.edu. Do not share the file on Google Drive. 

6. Each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words.  

Deadline:

Entries must be received electronically (.doc or .docx only to clfitch@knox.edu) by Friday, January 17th by 4 o’clock.

For more information on the history of the contest, and to read about this year’s judge, Scott Turow, see the ACM’s website.

Please direct questions to Professor Cyn Kitchen Fitch (clfitch@knox.edu).

2019 Physics Prize Problem

The 2019 Physics Prize Problem is out!  The Physics Prize Problem is funded by Carroll Porter, ’32 and in memory of Edgar L Andreas ’69, and is awarded annually for the best solution to a complex physical problem.  This year’s mind-boggling physics problem concerns the oscillations of a teeter-totter. 

Check out a detailed statement of the problem, posted around SMC or available at http://course.knox.edu/physics130.  Any Knox student may submit a solution.  Turn in your solution to Prof. Tom Moses, D116 SMC, by 4 p.m. on April 29 and win a place in Knox history (and a cash prize).

Conner, Sarkisian Paper Accepted

Christopher T. Conner, visiting assistant professor of anthropology-sociology, and Eden Sarkisian ’19 have had their paper titled,  “Comparisons in Rural and Urban Gay Identity,” accepted to the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, to be held this March in Chicago. This project was funded, in part, by a Knox COFER grant. The two have helped organize three sessions titled: “The Struggle is Real:  Neo-Bohemias, Gayborhoods, and Beyond”; “We Own The Night”; and “Forgotten Founders and Other Social Theorists.” Papers presented in this session will be accepted for publication in a forthcoming guest edited journal by Conner. Additionally, Conner is also an active member who serves on  two MSS committees. View preliminary program information.

Nick Adams Short Story Contest Deadline January 25

The English Department invites student entries for the 2019 Nick Adams Short Story Contest, an annual contest sponsored by the ACM and dating back to 1973.

Submission Criteria:

1. Entrants must be enrolled students in good standing at Knox but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course.

2. Submissions are limited to one story per author.

3. Submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but stories cannot have been previously published off campus. (Note: publication in an on-campus journal or winning an on-campus prize does not exclude a story from entry.)  

4. Entries must be double-spaced and paginated. Each submission must also include, as part of the same document, a title page with the author’s name, complete contact information, and the title of the story. Do not include your name in headers/footers on the story proper.

5. Please save file as YourName.doc or YourName.docx, and submit as an attachment to csimpson@knox.edu. Do not share the file on Google Drive.

6. Each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words.  

Deadline:

Entries must be received electronically (.doc or .docx only to csimpson@knox.edu) by Friday, January 25, by 4:00. For more information on the history of the contest, and to read about this year’s judge, see the ACM’s website. Please direct questions to Professor Chad Simpson (csimpson@knox.edu) or Professor Cyn Fitch (clfitch@knox.edu).

Title IX Update

Dear Knox Community,

I am writing to share some important news. Knox and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education recently entered into a resolution agreement resolving six Title IX complaints that included allegations regarding the College’s response to reports of sexual misconduct.

As part of its extensive investigation that began in early 2014, the OCR carefully reviewed a substantial amount of information, including the College’s policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct and other forms of sex discrimination; information provided by students and College representatives; and information regarding the Title IX training provided to the College community. As a result of its investigation, the OCR identified concerns regarding delays in processing some of the complaints included in the resolution agreement and some concerns with the College’s Title IX policies and grievance procedures in effect at that time. The OCR specifically noted, however, that the “College recognized and took affirmative steps to address and resolve” these concerns. In light of the commitments the College has made in the resolution agreement, OCR has determined that it is appropriate to close the investigative phase and resolve these complaints with an agreement.

The affirmative steps that the College had taken before entering into this agreement with the OCR include:

Revising the campus grievance procedures to replace the grievance panel with a model that utilizes a trained, trauma-informed investigator;

Increased support and expanded programming for parties involved in the investigation and resolution of reports of sexual misconduct, including the addition of personnel who are confidential resources on campus and clarification of available interim and protective measures;

Significantly expanding primary prevention and risk reduction awareness education for students, faculty, and staff, including annual and ongoing training opportunities for all members of the Knox community, as well as bystander intervention training and specialized training for those addressing reports of sexual misconduct;

In the resolution agreement with OCR, the College affirms our commitment to maintaining and disseminating our Title IX policies and procedures and operating our programs and activities in compliance with Title IX. The College also affirms our commitment to a comprehensive education and prevention program that informs the College community with ongoing efforts to strengthen individual knowledge and skills, specifically agreeing to:

Deliver annual and ongoing education and training programs to employees and students and report on these programs to the OCR by June 30, 2019;

Send individual letters to the students involved in the complaints covered by the resolution agreement “explaining the ways in which [the College’s] grievance process has been revised to meet the Title IX requirements for complainants and respondents, and . . . offer each student an opportunity to meet to share concerns regarding their respective experiences” by September 15, 2018.

In addition to the complaints covered by the resolution agreement, the OCR has notified the College of the outcome in three other matters: one matter was administratively closed by the OCR, one was dismissed by the OCR because comparable allegations had been raised in a lawsuit that was resolved in the College’s favor, and in one the OCR determined that the evidence collected during OCR’s investigation did not establish a violation of Title IX. We are awaiting the outcome of three additional Title IX complaints filed with OCR and will update the community when more information is available.

The improvements we have made over the past few years at Knox are powered in large measure by student-driven initiatives. I want to thank the students who participated in the OCR’s investigation for their determination to change our College for good. Without their bravery, we could not have reached this point in our community’s continuing journey toward eliminating discrimination and harassment. We are also deeply indebted to the OCR and Knox staff whose dedication and expertise make it possible for the College to provide fair, prompt and equitable responses to these difficult matters.

The resolution of these complaints does not end the work of ensuring that our actions match our values. I know I speak for all of us at Knox in recognizing that a respectful and safe learning community is a shared responsibility and in committing ourselves to that essential work.

Teresa L. Amott
President

New General Manager for Knox Dining Services

Dear Knox Community,

Knox College and Bon Appetit Management Company are pleased to announce that we have selected Douglas Stenfeldt as General Manager for Dining Services at Knox College. Doug comes to us with more than 20 years experience in higher education food service. He grew up locally in Aledo, IL, and graduated from Monmouth College. He is enjoying the opportunity to come back to his roots and be with his family who live in and around the area. Doug ​impressed us with his passion for great food ​ and commitment to college students, and he ​looks forward to building deeper relationships with the campus community​ and enhancing the quality of food service at Knox​. Join us in welcoming Doug to the Knox ​ community and stop by the Gizmo in the coming weeks to meet him in person. As we transition to new management, I want to extend my thanks to Mark Daniels for serving us so ably in the interim period.

Best,

Teresa

Campus Update

Dear Knox Community,

Over the last month, the College has been working to address reports of hate speech and issues of inclusivity and academic freedom that have arisen in the context of two bias investigations. I write today to provide an update on the status of the investigations and to offer some additional thoughts to help us move forward. Over the coming academic year, we will revisit many of these issues as we examine how to address them in the context of College policies and practices.

I have heard from dozens of alumni, parents, and others who have urged that the College respond more quickly and publicly to these events. Their concern arises from their deep attachment to the College’s core values and their fears that we may fail to uphold those values in this charged environment. I came to Knox because of those values and, as president, I feel the weight of responsibility for protecting them. I am also charged with upholding the integrity of our institutional processes.

In accordance with these commitments, the College undertook investigations under our established protocols into postings on a visiting instructor’s Twitter account and an anonymous flyer slipped under a different faculty member’s office door. We can all agree that Twitter is not a medium for nuanced scholarly discourse, and many of us, myself included, believe that the tweets reference anti-Semitic themes and stereotypes. Some view the investigation into the tweets as unnecessary, frustrating, or an abdication of our responsibility to call out unacceptable and offensive statements, but we are committed to adhering to procedural standards. If there is a finding that a faculty member has violated College standards, only then can there be corrective action from a range of measures.

I can report now that the investigation into the tweets is complete and that actions have been taken that are consistent with our expectation that all Knox faculty adhere to the College’s standards of faculty responsibility as articulated in the Faculty Handbook. The College does not comment publicly on specific personnel actions, but I can assure you that we have worked carefully to strike the right balance between our unwavering expectation that the learning environment be free of bias and harassment and our long-standing respect for academic freedom.

In addition, the investigation into the responsibility for the anonymous flyer continues. We will quickly pursue any new leads as they become available.

We continue to develop community-wide initiatives to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff feel safe and engaged at Knox. Our director of spiritual life has organized interfaith gatherings as part of new programming made possible by that position. A recent campus dialogue hosted by a Jewish student organization is another example of our community’s work toward strengthening the response to incidents of concern. And since spring 2017, many members of our community have been working closely with the Galesburg United Against Hate group to foster a community that is free from bias and hatred.

There is no doubt that Knox College is a diverse community, but all of us—faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents alike—must work hard to build an inclusive and equitable community. The work to combat hatred and to educate ourselves to see beyond stereotypes will not be easy or quick. I am committed to that work and will continue to encourage vigorous debate and dialogue on the contentious issues of the day, whether they be the boundaries of private speech, the campus as a safe space, the necessity for academic freedom, or the role of social media in our personal and professional lives. It is through this work that we become a better institution tomorrow than we are today.

Sincerely,

Teresa L. Amott
President