Come Watch Soccer History!

On Friday, Nov. 7, the Knox Prairie Fire men’s soccer team will host the Midwest Conference (MWC) men’s soccer tournament for the first time in our history. Our team just finished a historic regular season, going 14-3 overall and 9-1 in the Midwest Conference and securing our first regular season conference championship since 1988. Congratulations to Head Coach Matt Edwards, Assistant Coach Clint Moore ’09, and the entire Knox Men’s Soccer Team for this great accomplishment.

The MWC Tournament will be this Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8. The Prairie Fire will play #4 seed Illinois College at 11 a.m. on Friday, with the second semi-final game, featuring #2 seed Lake Forest vs. #3 seed Carroll, starting at 1:30 pm. The winner of those two games will play on Saturday at noon. The MWC Tournament Champion will earn a bid for the NCAA Tournament, which will begin sometime the next week.

Being at home is a big advantage for our team, especially if we have a large crowd cheering them on! Come support this team that has worked so hard to bring us a championship season. If you do come, be loud, be positive, and be ready to watch history happen!


Knox Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

From John Schlaf, Director of Campus Safety:

Knox College remains committed to the personal safety and security concerns of all members of the Knox Community. A significant part of that commitment has included the creation of the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASR) for review by all members of the Knox Community. To assist with those reviews, the ASR has been placed on the Knox College Department of Campus Safety website at

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), Knox College must provide information to all community members on how to obtain a copy of the Knox College’s ASR. The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Knox College; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the Knox campus.

The report also includes fire safety policies and statistics, emergency notification procedures, and protocols for missing persons. A hard copy of the report may be obtained at the Campus Safety Office, 368 S. Prairie Street, during normal business hours by requesting a copy of the report in person. A copy of the report may also be downloaded at If you have any questions/concerns please contact John H. Schlaf, Director of Campus Safety, at 309-341-7255 or via e-mail at

KolorWorx Presents “Dystopia,” May 17

KolorWorx will present their annual spring show: Dystopia. The show will feature music by Imagine Dragons, Lorde, and Florence plus KoloWorx Dystopia the Machine. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., in Memorial Gym, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Featuring performances by:
Knox Improv Club
Steppin Up

In collaboration with The Burrow – Theme House, donations of clothes and other necessities for Safe Harbor will be collected. Book donations will be sent to Detroit as a part of Accio! Books. Donations are not required to attend, but they are all going to a great cause and are very appreciated!

Denial to Give Burkhardt Lecture in History, April 26

The Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Lecture in History
Friday, April 26
4:00 PM
Alumni Room, Old Main

The Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Lecture in History, by Catherine Denial, associate professor of history, is entitled, “More Questions Than Answers: The Strange Case of Margaret McCoy’s 1840 Divorce.” The Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Fund for History and the Burkhardt Lecture Series which it supports are the gifts of two dedicated and beloved Knox alumni, who have served their alma mater faithfully over a span of more than sixty years. Richard and Dorothy Burkhardt, both members of the Class of 1939, deserve a great debt of gratitude from the entire Knox community for their generosity in establishing the Fund in memory of Richard’s parents.

This event is sponsored by the Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Fund for History.

Kim Pokin Lee ’99, to give Recital, April 28

Kim Pokin Lee, one of the soloists for the Knox College Choir’s recent
concerts in Galesburg and in Carnegie Hall, will give a recital,
“Reflections on Womanhood,” at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28, in Kresge
Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

The program features “Frauenliebe und Leben,” a song cycle by Robert
Schuman with lyrics by poet Adelbert von Chamisso, as well as operatic
arias and selections from American musical theatre. The piano
accompanist is Tim Pahel, assistant professor of music and director of
choral and vocal activities at Monmouth College.

Pokin Lee is a 1999 Knox graduate who received her bachelor’s
degree in creative writing and performed with the Knox College Choir
as a student. She was soprano soloist for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass,
directed by Laura Lane, professor of music and director of choral
music, March 25 at Carnegie Hall and April 20 in Galesburg.

Now a full-time voice teacher in Lombard, Illinois, Pokin Lee
performed the role of Cunegonde in Florida State University’s
production of “Candide” and the soprano solo in Saint-Saëns’ Christmas
Oratorio with Grace Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida. She
studied voice with Lane at Knox and Karen Brunssen at Northwestern

Lecture: “Is Spanish a Foreign Language?” by Gwen Kirkpatrick, April 25

Thursday, April 25
6:00 PM
Alumni Room, Old Main

Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick, a renown Latin-Americanist and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, will be visiting our campus on Thursday, April 25. She will give a lecture addressing the Knox community entitled “Is Spanish a Foreign language? Negotiating Babel in our World” at 6:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Old Main.

Lecture Abstract:
“Demographic changes, international migrations, new trade agreements, and shifting political and economic alliances have changed our mental map of the world. While we are familiar with many of the political implications of these changes, e.g., the debates about immigration or free trade agreements, less attention has been given to the shifting cultural landscapes and multilingual soundscapes of our contemporary world. This talk will examine why approaches such as postcolonial studies, sound studies, transatlantic studies, bilingualism and world literatures have come to figure prominently in foreign language departments, and in Spanish in particular.”

Professor Kirkpatrick will also hold an informal meeting with Spanish majors and minors, along with professors at 4:00 p.m. in GDH 303. The goal of this informal discussion is to share ideas regarding the curriculum of liberal arts colleges and the challenges that instructors face when designing, developing and teaching Spanish and Spanish American literature courses, along with the challenges for students in successfully completing these courses.

Both events are co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies and the Peace Corps Prep Program, Spanish Club, and Cultural Events Committee.