Davenport Poetry Prize Submissions Due April 24

DAVENPORT POETRY PRIZE
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

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 2017-18 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) 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 name off subsequent pages;

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

6) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than Tuesday, April 24 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact mberlin@knox.edu.

Select submissions will also be considered for the Audrey Collet-Conard Prize in Poetry.

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.

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This year’s judges are JoAnna Novak and Thomas Cook—and yes, they are both poets, fiction writers, essayists, critics and publishers. For more details, click here. Prizewinner will be announced at Novak’s and Cook’s Caxton reading (with Eileen G’Sell) on Friday, May 11 at 4 p.m.

Please direct questions to Monica Berlin (mberlin@knox.edu).

Announcing the Davenport Prize in Fiction

DAVENPORT FICTION PRIZE
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

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 2017-18 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 story per author is allowed;

3) submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a story from entry); no story 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; any story currently under review for another prize may be submitted;

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 story; please leave 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 in hardcopy to Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than Tuesday, April 24 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact mberlin@knox.edu.

Submissions by graduating seniors will also be considered for the Proctor Fenn Sherwin Prize.

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.

English Department accepting submissions for Howard A. Wilson Prize and Lorraine Smith Prize

HOWARD A. WILSON PRIZE ENTRIES
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

The Howard A. Wilson Prize is awarded annually to students writing the best essays in literary criticism during an academic year. There are cash prizes for first, second and third place. This year’s finalists will be judged by Eileen G’Sell, critic and writer. Entries for the Wilson prize in English should be submitted in hard copy to Professor Monica Berlin, Old Main 302, by Tuesday, April 24, 2018 AT 4 p.m. Please specify “Howard A. Wilson Submission” or “Eligible for Both Prizes” on your title page, wherein you include your name and contact information.

[Note: 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 2017-18 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.]

LORRAINE SMITH PRIZE ENTRIES
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

The Lorraine Smith prize in English is awarded annually to the second year student writing the best essay in an English course. Prize given in books. Entries for the Lorraine Smith prize in English should be submitted in hard copy to Professor Monica Berlin, Old Main 302, by Tuesday, April 24, 2018 AT 4 p.m. Please specify “Lorraine Smith Submission” or “Eligible for Both Prizes” on your title page, wherein you include your name and contact information. Judging is by the English Department faculty.

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Prizewinners will be announced at G’Sell’s Caxton reading (with JoAnna Novak and Thomas Cook) on May 11 at 4 p.m. For more details, click here.

Please direct questions to Monica Berlin (mberlin@knox.edu).

Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

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 3. In addition to our Commencement speaker Knox alumnus and India’s premier comedian Vir Das, Knox will confer honorary degrees on Mary Meg McCarthy, the executive director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, and Michael W. Young, American geneticist and 2017 Nobel Prize Winner. You can read more about all three distinguished recipients on the Knox website.

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

Best,

Teresa

Dining Services Announcement

Dear Knox Community,

We’d like to share some news about staffing changes that Dining Services will experience as classes resume for spring term.

After recent consultation with the College regarding dining at Knox, Bon Appétit will be realigning the management team and will bring in additional oversight from within the region to assist the account in this transition and to help conduct a nationwide search for a new general manager. In addition, Bon Appétit’s senior leadership intends to invite Knox students, faculty, and staff to a series of listening sessions and focus groups this spring in order to better understand the needs of the campus community. Bon Appétit very much values the open dialogue with the Knox community and the opportunity to address the feedback the team has received.

More information will be shared in the coming weeks as plans are solidified, and we encourage your participation in the upcoming focus groups.

Sincerely,

Teresa and Keith

Free Day & Night at Peoria Riverfront Museum, March 28

On Wednesday, March 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Peoria Riverfront Museum will host, with WGIL radio station, a free day at Riverfront Museum (222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL) for all Galesburg/Knox County residents and all Knox College students, faculty and staff.

Mayor John Pritchard will be on hand to celebrate the Illinois bicentennial – especially items from Knox College, Seymour Library, Knox archives, the Freedom Center and the Galesburg area (Carl Sandburg home). These objects were all key to telling the important stories of the writers, artists, achievers and activists from our area.

The “Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln” exhibition remains the most comprehensive exhibit on the Illinois bicentennial, and was curated in-house by the museum curatorial staff – with excellent and much appreciated support from Owen Muelder, Knox and Seymour Library/archives staff.

Schedule of events: https://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/1152

Keith Archer — Announcement

Dear Knox Community,

I write today to share the news that Keith Archer, vice president for finance and administrative services, has accepted the position of vice president for finance and treasurer of the college at our sister ACM institution, Grinnell College. Keith’s last day at Knox will be June 30, and I am confident that during the coming months we will lay a strong foundation for his successor.

During Keith’s time at Knox, he has provided leadership and vision for a number of the College’s core services, including the business office, facilities, human resources, dining services, campus safety, and the bookstore. Under his guidance, human resources, dining services, campus safety and the bookstore were reorganized and modernized, and the College successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements. He chaired the College’s Institutional Planning and Priorities Committee (IPPC), introduced a more transparent budgeting process for budget managers, and created a new financial reporting package for the Board’s Committee on Finance. Keith also focused much of his attention on stewardship of our campus, introducing a capital budget line in our annual operating budget to support regular capital improvements to the campus, overseeing the building of the Whitcomb Art Center, and working to ensure the future of the first phase of the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center renovation, along with multiple smaller projects that added up to significant improvements in Knox facilities. We are a more sustainable and financially stronger institution today for his work.

We will undertake a national search for Keith’s replacement, and, in the weeks to come, I will consult with the Board, faculty, and staff on the composition of the search committee and the timetable of the search. I will be back in touch with more information after those consultations are complete, but it is my goal to have a new chief financial officer in place for the next fiscal year.

Personally, I have much appreciated Keith’s financial acumen, sound advice, and tireless work on our behalf, and am very sorry to see him go. Please join me in congratulating Keith on this very significant appointment, in thanking him for his service to Knox, and in wishing both Keith and his wife, Melissa, the best at Grinnell.

Teresa

Last night’s incident in Dining Services

From Keith Archer:
We want to take a moment to respond to a recent incident in the Hard Knox Cafe. Last night, the Knox College dining services staff was approached by a student who indicated she had found what appeared to be a worm on a piece of steak. Dining services immediately took action. All food items on the line were inspected; no worms or insects of any sort were found. To err on the side of caution, and recognizing that worms of this sort can be found in lettuce, all lettuce was pulled from the cafe, including pizza that had lettuce as a topping. Staff confirmed that all produce had been double washed per protocol. All additional food storage areas, including the container in which the meat was stored, were inspected; there was no sign of insects of any kind. All inspections were repeated this morning, and, again, no insects of any kind were found. As a food service establishment, the Hard Knox Cafe is inspected regularly by the Knox County Health Department. Scores for all recent evaluations were in the 90s out of a total of 100 possible points. We care deeply about the well-being of our students, and recognize that food is an integral part of the college experience. We will continue to work closely with students to meet their needs.

Welcome Daniella Irle to Knox

Dear Knox Community,

Please join us in welcoming Daniella Irle, our new director of athletics, to campus tomorrow as she takes up the leadership of Prairie Fire athletics.

Daniella brings more than 20 years of experience as a coach and administrator to her role here at Knox, most recently as assistant athletics director and deputy director of athletics and senior woman administrator at the University of North Dakota (UND). She is also an award-winning swimming and diving coach, working with students at Tulane University, Fresno State University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her commitment to the holistic development of student-athletes can be seen in the success of UND athletes under her tenure, including more than 20 regular season or conference play championships and the receipt of NCAA Elite Awards and Postgraduate Scholarships and Academic All-Americans.

Since we first announced Daniella’s new role at Knox, she has been hard at work getting to know Prairie Fire athletics and the Knox community as a whole. She has already set up Twitter (@KnoxCollegeAD) and Instagram (Knox_College_AD) accounts and even traveled to Galesburg from North Dakota to attend the basketball reunion in January. That’s commitment!

Thanks to the AD search committee for their work bringing Daniella to Knox, particularly co-chairs Kim Schrader, Title IX coordinator, and Larry Welch, professor of chemistry and faculty athletic representative, along with Andrew Civettini, associate professor of political science; Danielle Fatkin, associate professor of history; Jordan Anderson ’19; Laurel J. Andrew ’86, trustee; and Naja Woods ’18.

We’d like to take this opportunity to also thank Scott Sunderland and Lexie Vernon, who have expertly and tirelessly served as co-interim athletic directors for the last seven months. Their leadership and guidance through this fall and winter—and three Midwest Conference Tournament appearances—has been greatly appreciated by all of us who cheer for the Prairie Fire.

If you see Daniella on or around campus this week, be sure to give her a warm Knox greeting.

Go Fire!

Teresa & Mike


Michael A. Schneider
Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs /
Dean of the College

T​eresa L. Amott
President

Dean of the College Announcement

From Teresa Amott:

Dear Knox Community,

On behalf of the Search Committee, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Garikai Campbell has accepted our offer to join the Knox community as provost and dean of the College. He joins Knox after serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morehouse College for the last four years. From the Search Committee’s first consideration of the candidate pool, Kai Campbell stood out as one of the top candidates, with more than 20 years of experience at residential liberal arts colleges as a student, faculty member, and academic administrator. The Committee was particularly drawn to his experiences leading strategic planning and his dedication to strengthening diversity among academic communities. He will take up his new duties in June.

You will note that this appointment also brings with it the new title of provost, replacing the “vice president for academic affairs” title used at Knox in the past. The new title does not carry with it any change in duties, reporting lines, or the structure of the Division of Academic Affairs, but it better aligns the description of his role at Knox with his previous administrative experience.

Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Swarthmore, where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and an Academic All-American wrestler, and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Rutgers University. He returned to Swarthmore as a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, followed by an appointment to the faculty. While at Swarthmore, Campbell held several leadership positions, including associate dean for academic affairs, acting dean of students, and associate vice president for strategic planning and special assistant to the president.

In 2013, Campbell was appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morehouse, where he facilitated the first change to the general education program in nearly three decades, enhanced the culture of shared governance, and reshaped the academic leadership. He played an instrumental role in securing resources for academic programs and broader institutional needs, including a $2.5 million gift to support STEM programs; a $1.2M grant from the Gates Foundation to develop and evaluate innovative student success initiatives; and a $1.25M Lilly Endowment grant to strengthen career pathways for students through improved curricular and co-curricular programming, structured internship opportunities, and enhanced advising.

Campbell’s work in his field of mathematics has focused predominantly on exploring particular properties of elliptic curves and exploiting those properties to solve select problems in number theory. He is the recipient of many awards for his teaching and research, including the Minority Graduate Fellowship from the National Science Foundation; the Lindback Minority Junior Faculty Grant; the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship; and the Henry Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America.

He is also recognized for his innovative work to shape programs designed to engage and retain students underrepresented in STEM disciplines. In particular, he has worked with the Professional Development Program at the University of California, Berkeley to boost enrollment of African American, Latinx, and Native American students in graduate mathematics programs; helped design and administer alternative assessments for the Vanguard Scholarship Program of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME); and taught and consulted for the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program to strengthen women’s success in graduate mathematics programs. In addition, he has served on the advisory boards for the Math is Power and Figure This! Campaigns, promoting math and science literacy to elementary and middle school-aged children and their parents. He is currently a Scholar in Residence at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in the Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he is investigating, writing, and serving as a thought partner on topics at the intersection of technology, identity, art, and higher education.

I want to take this final opportunity to highlight the thoughtful work over the past five months by the Search Committee and the search consultants from Storbeck, Pimentel, all of whom worked tirelessly and diligently on our behalf. Thanks, again, to Anne Ehrlich, vice president for student development, and Chuck Schulz, professor of physics, who co-chaired the Committee, and to committee members Sam Arrez ’18, student representative; Nancy Eberhardt, professor of anthropology and chair of anthropology and sociology; Gina Franco, associate professor of English; Andy Hertel, assistant professor of psychology; Brandon Polite, associate professor of philosophy; Laura Rosene ’90, trustee and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee; and Nate Williams, assistant professor of educational studies.

From its first meeting in late August through two full days at O’Hare Airport interviewing semi-finalists and its final meetings with me to present its recommendations, the Committee has shown remarkable dedication and collegiality in representing Knox’s special qualities and core values to the candidates. We would not have been able to attract Kai to the campus without the embodiment of humor, wisdom, and critical thinking in this committee, and I am very grateful to them all.

I look forward to welcoming Kai to the Knox community later this spring and to his leadership as we continue to navigate the opportunities and challenges facing higher education today.