Campus / News / September 12, 2013

Convocation kicks off 176th academic year

convocationPresident Teresa Amott called on the student body to resist the idea of the “Knox Bubble” and newly appointed Dean of the College Laura Behling spoke for the first time to the assembled student body at this year’s Fall Term Convocation.

In Thursday’s welcoming remarks, Amott rejected the idea that there is a division between what occurs on a college campus and what occurs off of one, asserting “the classroom prepares you for the real world.”

She cited challenges such as the war in Syria and economic inequality as issues that a liberal arts education can help to combat.

Following a short performance by the Knox College Choir, Dean Behling gave a speech on the concept of tomorrow, mixing references to American literary icons such as Twain and Hurston with memories of her early school days.

She urged students to “find yourself where you did not expect to be” over the course of the new year.

There were also numerous prizes awarded to students, faculty and staff, some of which include:

The Phillip Green Wright/Lombard Colleges Prize (for distinguished teaching)

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Daniel Beers
  • Professor of Political Science Karen Kampwirth

The Faculty Scholarship Prize (for the senior who has exhibited exceptional academic ability while participating significantly in extracurricular activities)

  • Senior Christopher Poore
  • Senior Carolyn Stephen

The Elbridge Pierce Prize (for the senior who made the greatest academic improvement between sophomore and junior years)

  • Senior Yini Liu
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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