Voices of Spoon River Unveiled

The Knox Writers’ House project and the Rural School and Community Trust’s Center for Midwestern Initiatives have teamed up to produce “Voices of Spoon River: The Ellisville Opera House.”
The collaborative work, put together by Knox College post-baccalaureate fellow Emily Oliver ’11, combines audio recordings, essays, and photographs in a narrative about community pride and purpose.
To read and listen to the piece, go here: http://www.cmi.ruraledu.org/place-based-forum/69-voices-of-spoon-river-the-ellisville-opera-house

CS Faculty, Students Attend Symposium

Computer Science faculty and two computer science majors recently returned from the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, the largest conference for CS educators. Hanna Fidoten ’12 presented her poster “Do Faculty Recognize the Difference Between Computer Science and Information Technology? A Survey of Liberal Arts Faculty,” created with Jaime Spacco. Casey Samoore ’12 presented his poster “Teaching parallel computing with higher-level languages and compelling examples,” created with Sung Joo Lee ’12, Johnathan Ebbers ’13, David Bunde, and collaborators at Lewis and Clark College. Bunde also contributed to a panel “A Stratified View of Programming Language Parallelism for Undergraduate CS Education.” John Dooley was a member of the conference committee and chaired a session.

Move Your Vehicle

Students with vehicles on Campus are encouraged to remove them from City Streets and into College parking lots PRIOR to departing the Campus for Spring Break. During the break, the City of Galesburg will begin the Spring Street Sweeping program around the Knox Campus and has indicated that they will focus on the Campus on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Your cooperation is appreciated. Contact Campus Safety (309-341-7979) with any questions/concerns.

New Exhibition at Galesburg Civic Art Center

Works by Bloomington artists Herb Eaton and Brian Simpson are now on display in the Blick Gallery through Saturday, March 31. The exhibition is in cooperation with the Eaton Gallery in Bloomington and features sculpture by Eaton and drawings by Simpson. The Blick Gallery is located behind the One12 Gift Shop at 112 East Main Street and is also connected to the Galesburg Civic Art Center’s main gallery. The Blick Gallery is open during regular Art Center hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Galesburg Civic Art Center at 114 E. Main St., Galesburg, (309) 342-7415 or e-mail at info@galesburgarts.org.

Knox-Rush Medical Program Information

First year students who wish to apply for the Knox-Rush Early Identification Program, must complete two two-term sequences in science and mathematics their first year.  The sequences that can be counted are MATH 151 (or 140 and 141) and MATH 152, and any two sequential 100-level BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY or PHYSICS courses and receive grades of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0 = A) or higher in each course.  Additionally, applicants should receive grades of 3.0 or higher in each course and carry three credits per term.  Program deadline:  March 26, 2012.
The application form and all supporting documents must be sent to Lori Haslem, Associate Dean of the College, office 105 Old Main.

Students Plunge for Special Olympics

Several teams of Knox College students were among more than 200 participants in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, March 4, 2012, at Lake Storey in Galesburg. The event raised more than $35,000 to benefit Special Olympics of Western Illinois.
The air temperature at the lake was listed at 33 degrees F, with the water temperature at 27.
Knox was represented by members of fraternities Sigma Chi and Beta Theta Pi; and sororities Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Social Security Auditions Announced

Auditions for Prairie Players Civic Theatre’s production of Andrew Bergman’s “Social Security” have been announced by director, Mel Agar ’93. Auditions will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20 at the Prairie Players theatre, 160 South Seminary Street. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
“Social Security” is a fun-filled show about a married couple who are art dealers and whose domestic tranquility is shattered upon the arrival of the wife’s goody goody nerd of a sister and her uptight CPA husband. They drop off her archetypal Jewish mother for an undetermined stay, and the comic sparks really begin to fly when the mother hits it off with the elderly minimalist artist who is also the art dealers’ best client.
Production dates are: May 17-20, 2012, at the Sandburg Mall Theatre.
The cast requires 3 men and 3 women. If you have questions or audition conflicts, contact director Mel Agar via email at mellablue@hotmail.com or by calling the PPCT theatre at 309-343-7728.

Sandburg Days Poetry Contest 2012

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Knox College Sandburg Days Poetry competition. The contest is open to all Knox County students in grades five through eight. The deadline for entries is April 7.
Winners will receive cash prizes from Knox College and gifts from the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site and will read their works at a free, public award ceremony during the Sandburg Days Festival. The award ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday April 21, in Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union, on the Knox campus.
Contest Details
Division 1
for students in 5th and 6th grades
Division 2 for students in 7th and 8th grades
Prizes: $50 for first place and $25 for second place in each division; cash prizes are provided by Knox College
Entries judged by Knox College students and faculty
Winning entries published on Knox College web site
Deadline for entries: April 7, 2012
Mail entries to: Barbara Tannert-Smith, Campus Box K-17, Knox College, Galesburg, IL 61401
For more information: Barbara Tannert-Smith, associate professor of English, at (309) 341-7428

GALEX 46 Opens March 10 at Galesburg Art Center

The Galesburg Civic Art Center announces the opening of the national juried GALEX 46 Exhibition and Competition. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 10, and runs through Saturday, April 7. There will be an Opening Reception in the Art Center Gallery on Saturday, March 10, from 6-8 p.m. which is free and open to the public. Many of the artists will be in attendance. GALEX is one of the longest running juried exhibitions in the country. It began in 1966 and has been an annual event at the Art Center ever since. Sixty-two artists from Illinois and other states have been selected to participate in this show. A variety of media will be represented including oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, photography, fiber and sculpture.
The juror for this year’s exhibition is Rod Buffington, a Past Executive Director of the Springfield Art Association, Assistant Professor of Art Education and Gallery Director at Eastern Illinois University and a public school secondary art teacher.
The Galesburg Civic Art Center is located at 114 E. Main Street. For more information, contact the Art Center at (309) 342-7415.

Galva Coffeehouse to feature Celtic sounds of Exorna, March 10

The Galva Arts Council coffeehouse will present a special St. Patrick’s Day Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 10 featuring Exorna, a well-known Irish pub band.  For the past ten years, Exorna has been entertaining audiences with music transported directly from the pubs and parlors of frontman Victor McMullan’s native Northern Ireland, with a music style that is delivered in an underpolished and authentic way that’s both lighthearted and heartfelt. Doors open at 7 p.m., with performance at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments are provided, with donations requested for this special event. No open mic session is planned for this special performance.

The Galva Arts Council coffeehouse is located in the arts council Galva. (note to out-of-town visitors: the building is just north of the tracks on U.S. Route 34/Illinois Route 17.)