Alumni Hall / Campus / News / May 6, 2013

Knox moves within $200,000 of Alumni Hall fundraising target

Alumni Hall waits on funds to start the interior renovations. (TKS Archives)

Alumni Hall waits on funds to start the interior renovations. (TKS Archives)

President Teresa Amott announced at Monday’s faculty meeting that just $200,000 remains to meet the stated target of $11 million in cash and confirmed pledges, capping off a year of strong fundraising numbers.

This announcement came just weeks after The Knox Student reported that there was $1.5 million left to be raised for Alumni Hall, a figure that had been reported since January.

For the year to date, $12,141,165 has been raised in total gift support, of which $2,301,291 was from Knox Fund gifts, $7,800,070 was from capital gifts and $590,869 was in unrestricted bequests.

Admissions numbers also remain ahead of last year. With the May 1 deadline passed, 366 students have sent in their admissions deposits, up six percent from last year at this time. In addition, a small number of students have either announced their intention to submit deposits or were granted extensions. Roughly 20 to 30 more students from that group need to commit to Knox in order for the school to meet its admissions target for the year.

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Other occurrences of note at the faculty meeting:

  • The rules governing when faculty meetings can be held were changed to allow the president, dean of the college and chair pro tem to jointly decide to reschedule meetings if they conflict with religious holidays or other events.
  • The transition from paper to online course catalogs was discussed. Now, roughly 400 total catalogues are printed, down from an estimated 5,000 prior. This switchover has saved an estimated 96 trees.
  • A number of votes were taken for new representatives on faculty committees. Professor of History Catherine Denial was named to the Executive Committee, Professor of Art History Greg Gilbert was named the new faculty secretary and Professor of Music Jeremy Day O’Connell was named the new faculty observer to the Board of Trustees.
  • Professor of Modern Languages Jessie Dixon was named the new faculty marshall and Professor of Chemistry Diana Cermak was named to succeed Professor of Psychology Heather Hoffman as the new grand marshall at commencement, effective this September.
Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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