May 3, 2012

Amott’s installation to create tradition

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

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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