Knox will host its first presidential installation in over a decade throughout the coming week, and President Teresa Amott’s ideas for the ceremony and related festivities are intended to create some new annual traditions.
Amott’s vision for the installation, according to Vice President for Advancement Beverly Holmes, included a show of community service and a “celebration” of student achievements and research, embodied in the Horizons Student Showcase. And Holmes said these aspects of the installation will become annual practice.
“She wanted to make sure that when delegates and alumni come to the installation, they learned about Knox,” Holmes said, particularly about student accomplishments and service.
The installation is not an inauguration; Amott has been president since July 2011. Rather, it constitutes a celebration of the new president, one well-attended by other institutions of higher education. Saturday’s ceremony is bringing 54 delegates from 52 institutions, including many Associated Colleges of the Midwest schools. Many are Knox faculty and staff who attended one of those 52 institutions.
Amott’s idea for a service day will be embodied Sunday with a campus and community day of service, put together by the Center for Community Service. Student accomplishments will be recognized throughout the week as part of “Horizons: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity.”
“[We wanted] to make sure that this was more than just a high event,” Holmes said, “that this was an event that helped those coming … to walk away having a really good picture of who Knox is….”
Holmes said Amott’s installation speech will serve to set her agenda for the remainder of her time at Knox. Amott’s speech during the the Opening Convocation in the fall listed her four main goals for the college, and this speech may see an expanded idea of what is to come.
Holmes said Amott also wanted to have the ceremony “represent the global aspect” of the college.
“It’s really a coming together of the entire community,” Holmes said.
Installation week schedule
Thursday, May 3
– Opening night: spring dance concert — 7:30 p.m., Harbach Theatre
– Jazz night — 8 p.m., McGillacuddy’s
Friday, May 4
– Al Young Art Awards and reception — 4-6 p.m., Round Room and lobby, Ford Center for the Fine Arts
Saturday, May 5
– Installation ceremony — 11 a.m., south lawn of Old Main
– Campus picnic — 12-2 p.m., behind Seymour
– Interdisciplinary showcase and reception — 2-5:30 p.m., Seymour Library
Sunday, May 6
– Campus and community day of service — various locations
Monday, May 7
– The Davenport Awards in Poetry and Playwriting — 6 p.m., Alumni Room, Old Main
Tuesday, May 8
– Music capstone presentations and off-campus poster session — Taylor Student Lounge
Wednesday, May 9
– Honors banquet — 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Room
Thursday, May 10
– Student playwright’s workshop — 4 p.m., Taylor Student Lounge
Friday, May 11
– Knox College Choir concert — 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church