Campus Events

April 1 - April 5

Daniel Leahy Group

Wednesday, April 1

Kresge Recital Hall, CFA

7:00 PM

To kick off the 35th annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, the Daniel Leahy Group will present a free concert open to the public in Kresge Recital Hall. Daniel Leahy is a celebrated jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, and producer. Joining Leahy are Manuel Lopez on drums, David Hoffman on trumpet, Andy Crawford on bass, and special guests. Over two days the ensemble is visiting Galesburg public schools during their "Jazz in the Schools" tour which was made possible though a Challenge American grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Building Knox: "Advancing your Organization- Fundraising & Transitions"

Wednesday, April 1

Ferris Lounge

7:00 PM

Building Knox is a collaborative program coming from the Office of Campus Life and Mortar Board, Inc. The aim is to provide relevant ongoing training and support opportunities for the numerous clubs and organizations at Knox College.

"Advancing your Organization: Fundraising & Transitions."

We will explore how the Alumni Office can serve as a resource for clubs and organizations; specifically, looking at fundraising and how to work with groups outside of Knox College.


Jennifer Gallas, Associate Director Alumni & Constituent Programs

Amy Roth, Alumni Relations Coordinator

UB Trivia Night

Thursday, April 2


8:00 PM

Have you been playing a lot of Trivia Crack lately? Come test your knowledge in real life with UB's Trivia. Categories will vary from sports and history, to organs and animals. Over $100 in give-a-ways to share.

UB Slam Poet: Carlos Andres Gomez

Friday, April 3

Kresge Recital Hall

8:00 PM

Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker, and writer from New York City. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he costarred in Spike Lee’s #1 movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen. He appeared in the sixth season of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and, most recently, in the third season of TV One’s Verses and Flow. He has headlined festivals all over the world, including Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Canada, the U.K., and as Guest of Honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany.

Carlos has been featured on NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Central Park SummerStage, Macy’s Passport Show, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the Omega Institute’s Women & Power Conference, and on Broadway with Savion Glover.

A former social worker and inner-city public school teacher, he grew up the child of a United Nations’ diplomat and indigenous rights’ activist – moving twelve times before graduating high school while living in four countries. He has lectured and performed at more than 300 colleges and universities, facilitated countless workshops, and delivered numerous keynotes and commencement addresses. He continues to tour the globe.

Spring 2015: Admitted Student Days Carnival of Clubs

The college is hosting two admitted student days and they would love to have representation from a wide variety of clubs and organizations in attendance. For the organizations that participate, the Office of Campus Life will award $100.00 at random to one club and $50.00 for the best table. Since there are two admitted student days carnivals, you have twice the chances of winning if you participate in both! Please sign up accordingly using the link below. Contact Travis Greenlee if you have any questions.

Due to the weather forecast the Carnival this Friday will be held in the CFA Lobby. The hope is that the second Carnival will be held outside on the South side of the Seymour Union.

International Tea Hour

Join the Office of International Student Services (OISS) for a weekly International Tea Hour, featuring international teas, snacks, and conversations. Fridays 4 - 5pm, Knight Student Lounge, Alumni Hall.

OISS is looking for other organizations or students to partner with to sponsor a future International Tea Hour. Please contact Rebecca Eckart ( with any questions or ideas for a future Tea Hour.

Prairie Fire Burn

Saturday, April 4

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Green Oaks

It is spring and Knox’s fancy turns to thoughts of … burning the prairies. We will continue with the safety protocol developed in 2013. I have been working with a group of students who have been instructed in safe burning practices. Only those trained students will be permitted to actually work on the fire. You will recognize the fire crew because they will be dressed in yellow fire-resistant shirts and green fire-resistant trousers (standard forest service gear). Other people are very welcome to come and watch the fire but spectators must stay well away from the fire at all times.

We will do the prairie fire on Saturday April 4 (weather permitting). We will get started burning about 12 noon at South Prairie – the prairie closes to Schurr Hall, the residence and teaching facility. We will also burn two smaller prairies – Woodcock Field and Lost Meadow. The fires should be done by 4 pm. The roads at Green Oaks will be closed to motor vehicles on Saturday. Remember, to be the Prairie Fire you have to do the Prairie Fire.

If you have questions, please contact Stuart Allison at x-7185 or via e-mail at For directions, please check the website:

RA Applications

RA Applications are available and can be picked up in the Office of Campus Life. If you are interested in being an RA for the 2015-2016 school year please attend one of the two informational sessions listed below (both sessions will be held in the Alumni Room in Old Main).

- Tuesday, March 31 at 8 PM

- Thursday, April 2 at 6 PM

LincolnFest: Shirt Contest and Notice for Musicians

LincolnFest is coming up, and we're looking for musicians to perform! You will need to be able to perform at least a 30-minute set on the day of LinconFest. All interested performers/groups should submit at least two recordings, videos, etc. of themselves to by Wednesday, April 8th.

In addition, submissions for the LincolnFest shirt contest are now being accepted! There is a two-color limit for the design. Students should avoid profanity and any other inappropriate images/ideas. The due date for the shirt contest is April 20th, and designs should be submitted to I can also be emailed for any questions/concerns.

Diversity Art Month

Diversity Art Month officially begins in April! Get your calendars ready for a whole month of artistic celebration including poetry, music, film, and of course, visual art! Diversity Art Month will also be serving as a fundraiser for local-based organization Asha for Life. Asha for Life works to combat sexual slavery and human trafficking!

Hosted by the Student Senate Diversity Committee, Diversity Art Month will be focused around the theme: Art of Intersectionality. Join the Knox/Galesburg community as we come together to celebrate identities!

To stay updated on all of the awesome events happening, like our Facebook page:

For questions about Diversity Art Month, please email Diversity Chair, ChanTareya “TT” Paredes at

Cellar Door Spring Submission Drive

Cellar Door's Spring Submission Drive has officially begun!

Submissions due April 17th to

We accept all types of poetry, art, film stills, fiction, journalism, nonfiction, music, story boards, essays, lists, drafts, and doodles. We accept all work for publishing, as long as you attend a workshop after submitting. If you would like to share what you make and love, Cellar Door is for you.
Please label your submission files "lastname_title"

Media Head Applications Available

Media Head Applications are available! Please turn in your Media Head applications to the Office of Campus Life no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, April 13th. In addition, sign-up for an interview time upon turning in your application.

The applications can be found online using the link below!

If you have any questions please contact Greg Gilbert, Associate Professor of Art, at

Global Learning Retreat

The Global Learning Retreat (GLR) offers an opportunity to engage International and American students beyond mere exposure toward deepened global awareness, perspective taking and cultural diversity. Through various experiential learning activities students will have the opportunity to share their cultural story, discuss the implications of varying global perspectives and process the meaning for oneself through reflection.

The retreat is a unique collaboration between Augustana College and Knox College. Faculty members and Student Life staff from both institutions will facilitate various education sessions and activities designed to offer a rich learning experience for all participants.

If you are interested in participating in the Global Learning Retreat please complete the following Google Form below. If you have any questions please contact Travis Greenlee at


The Diversity Committee of Student Senate is accepting art submissions for the art gallery opening on Sunday, April 26th. This event is part of Diversity Art Month with the theme: Art of Intersectionality. Please complete the google form so we can expect your piece later in April.

If you have any additional questions please e-mail ChanTareya "TT" Paredes at

Submissions are Due: Wednesday, April 15

The Knoxies '15

Saturday, May 23

6:00 PM

Lincoln Room, Seymour Union

As we gradually approach the end of another academic year, we bring to you the 2nd annual edition of "The Knoxies". As we all know, recognizing and appreciating the efforts of persons in the Knox Community is essential to our development as one. Therefore, we say welcome, as we usher in one of the biggest events on campus tagged; "The Knoxies'15: Friendship, Leadership & Excellence".

Below are the categories for The Knoxies'15:

1. Campus Event of the Year

2. Executive Council (Board) of the Year

3. Student Organization of the Year

4. Best Campus Collaboration/Partnership for an event.

5. Greek Leader for excellence

6. Campus Advisor of the Year (Including academic and club)

7. Emerging Leader/The Rising Star Award

8. Prairie Fire Award

9. Purple and Gold Leadership Award

10.Dean of College Award for Student Research

11.Presidential Leadership Award to Outstanding Seniors

Note: Please explain why your nomination should be considered for the award.

Link to Nomination form.

Prairie Fire Fest

Thursday, April 9

Old Main South Lawn

4:00-6:00 PM

A spring carnival for the Knox Community will include booths sponsored by each of our intercollegiate teams where participants can play games and win prizes. This event is sponsored by SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) and the Knox Athletics Department in celebration of NCAA Division III Student Athlete Week and Student Senate Diversity Art Month.

Participate in the social media campaign using the #PrairieFireFest hashtag.

The rain location for this event will be the T. Fleming Fieldhouse.