It’s Sumo++ Time!

It’s Sumo++ time!
It’s time for the 10th Annual Sumo Robot Competition! You thought you knew what the Sumo Robot Competition was all about? WRONG!! This year it’s Sumo++.  We’re taking Sumo Robot Wrestling to another new level! This year we have TWO Sumo competitions:
The TIMED Sumo Challenge:  In Sumo++ you’ll build and program a robot from a Lego Mindstorms kit and your robot will try to find, pick up a weighted target and drop it out of a circular contest ring (well, OK, it’s a beer can with sand in it). Your robot will have to find the target, pick it up and then take it out of the ring, recognize when it gets to the edge of the ring, and stop.  But that’s not all!! You have to do it in the shortest amount of time! So Fast is better….
Sumo++ Wrestling:  We’re going back to our traditional Sumo Robot Wrestling challenge as well. Two Robots, one ring, three minutes. Only one survivor!!
You may enter one or both competitions (but you can’t change your robot between competitions. Oops!)
The competition will be Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the Francois Classroom (E-117) in SMC.
The official rules of the contest are at
To see pictures from the last Sumo Contest go to
If you’re interested in competing, contact Professor John Dooley at Ext. 7748 or and drop by SMC E-205 to pick up a Lego kit. Teams of 2 or more are encouraged!

2012-2013 Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships

A limited number of Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships will be awarded by the Dean of the College for the 2012-13 academic year.  Anyone with a B.A. can apply to be a post-bac student and pay a special tuition rate; however, the Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program is open to newly graduated Knox students and supports up to 3 additional terms of participation in the academic life of the campus beyond the receipt of the B.A.  The Fellowship consists of a tuition waiver for 1 or 2 credits per term, at the discretion of the Dean of the College, for a maximum of 3 terms.
Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships support an active and intentional plan of study and service. The program does not support students who are uncertain about their futures and wish to remain in a “holding pattern.” Instead, Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships recognize special opportunities that would be provided by 1 to 3 terms of additional participation in the life of the College.  The program recognizes outstanding students who propose (a) a service project which contributes to the improvement of Knox’s educational programs, and (b) a plan for enrollment in a set of courses which will enrich the applicant’s undergraduate education.  A Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship does not provide support for room and board.

Applications for Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships for 2012-13 must include (1) a proposal for a project which contributes to the quality of an academic program or the larger educational mission of the College; (2) a letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member or administrator endorsing the project; (3) a description of an academic agenda to enroll in specific courses during the tenure of the fellowship; and (4) a transcript of academic work completed.
Forms and guidelines are available from the office of the Dean of the College, or you may request an application by contacting Nancy Fennig at 309/341-7217 or
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 28, 2012, to the Dean of the College. Students interested in a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship for any part of 2012-13  must apply by March 28, 2012.  [Applications will not be accepted during 2011-12 for a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship during that year.]

Student Worker Positions in the Athletic Training Room

Paid positions are available for next year working in the athletic training room assisting in the care, prevention, and treatment of athletic injuries. The position entails practice and game coverage and limited travel. You will be trained in athletic first aid, taping techniques, wound care, and limited treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.  You will also become American Red Cross Adult CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) certified and trained in Preventing Disease Transmission/Blood Bourne Pathogens. These positions are open to anyone interested, but are great experience for anyone interested in a health related occupation such as becoming a doctor, athletic trainer, physical, or occupational therapist. Furthermore the position can be continued each term until graduation and gives you the rare opportunity to work as part of a team.  Requirement for the job is successful completion of SPTS 260 Care and Prevention of Athletic injuries offered this Spring Term second hour Mon., Wed., and Fri. If you are interested please contact Scott Sunderland or Ext. 7378.

Pre-Law Club Speakers, Feb. 10

On Friday, Feb. 10 in GDH 103 at 4 p.m. the Pre-Law Club will host special guests Ben and Christina Mullison. The Mullisons are current University of Illinois law students, and they will be on campus to talk about what law school is like and to answer any questions that students may have. If you have ever thought of law school, come join us.

Final Exams and Travel Plans

TO: All Students
FROM: Lori Haslem, Associate Dean of the College
I write to remind you that the final exam schedule for winter term ends only at the end of the day Saturday, March 10. Please do not, if you have final examinations on Saturday, schedule your departure from campus before your last examination is over. Thank you.

Seeking Knox Ambassadors

Knox Alumni Ambassadors are recruiting! The main purpose of this group is to assist Knox College and the Office of Advancement in interaction with students, parents, alumni and friends. Events and commitments include serving as student representatives at Advancement events, including Homecoming, reunions, student send-off picnics, Founders Day, Commencement, and other events and receptions on and off campus. If you are interested in applying, please complete an ONLINE application at The application is due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2012. Contact Jennifer Gallas, Associate Director of Alumni Programs, at if you have questions.

Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.The deadline to apply is March 1 at 11:59pm CST.

Passport Picture Appointments

The Stellyes Center for Global Studies will be taking passport photos for students who are applying to study abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year. There is a charge of $5 per sheet (there are 2 photos to a sheet). Contact Sunshine Regiacorte in order to set up an appointment to have your photo taken.
Appointments will be made during the following times:
Thursday, January 26, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, January 30, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Tuesday January 31, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.