The South Lawn What’s Next For The Class of 2019? Now that they’ve earned their undergraduate degrees, members of the Knox College Class of 2019 are moving forward with the next part of their lives. Some will be attending graduate or law school, while others have been hired for jobs or are pursuing community service. Here is a look at what some of Knox’s most recent graduates are planning: – Jack Dechow, who majored in physics and minored in earth science, is attending The Ohio State University to pursue a Ph.D. in earth science, studying snow hydrology. – Natalie Haddad is starting a job as a veterinary technician in Indiana. She majored in biology and minored in chemistry. – Talya Frost, who majored in anthropology and sociology and minored in psychology, will be working with City Year, part of the AmeriCorps public service program. She also will be attending a dual-degree master’s program at the University of Central Florida to obtain master’s degrees in nonproﬁt management and public administration. – Emily Hagerott is working this summer at Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau, Wisconsin, where she is caring for garden plants, engaging visitors by leading tours and environmental education programs, and helping to develop the botanical garden. – Jonathan Schrag will be the legislative associate for a nonproﬁt organization in Washington, D.C., starting in August. His job will involve working on various policy issues, such as increasing access to affordable health-care coverage, advocating for refugees and immigrants, and providing proper access to mental health and substance abuse services. – Melissa London, a political science major and psychology minor, will be attending the University of Washington School of Law. – Domanique Rahman is heading to Botswana to serve in the Peace Corps as a life skills educator. An anthropology and sociology major, he had a self-designed minor in international development and a minor in Africana Studies. – Jordan Anderson will be pursuing a master’s degree in sports media at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. At Knox, he had a self-designed major in sports management and communication, and he minored in business and management.
Fired Up/ Burned Out Fired Up Knox held its first-ever #KnoxProud Day on Thursday, June 13, featuring social media shenanigans and alumni events in 14 U.S. cities. It was a day to celebrate—and a day to give. More than 1,650 donors made a gift to the Knox Fund during the 24-hour period, earning $174,000 in challenge gifts and raising nearly half a million dollars to support current students. You make us #KnoxProud.
Smoldering Two steps forward, one step back: Following recent changes to Knox’s academic program—including the introduction of a bachelor of science degree and the addition of a major in business and management—the number of applications for the 2019–2020 academic year rose 22 percent. The largest areas of growth were among students with an interest in art (up 85 percent), STEM (up 31 percent), and business (up 27 percent). With a highly competitive environment for a decreasing number of college-bound students, however, the increase unfortunately didn’t translate into a larger incoming class. Enrollment for fall 2019 will be smaller than last year’s.
Perhaps you remember Knox’s steam tunnels from the spring 2017 issue, when a broken pipe inadvertently cooked the ground (and utility lines) outside Old Main? Here’s an update from the rest of the tunnel network: Those aging pipes are now losing 15,000 gallons of water a day (up to 40,000 gallons in extreme cold), adding about $200,000 to Knox’s utility bills each year. This winter, the Board of Trustees approved funding to begin replacing the entire system, which provides heat to about 85 percent of campus. The price tag: up to $2.5 million. The first phase of construction is taking place during summer 2019, with a second phase next summer.
KNOX MAGAZINE Summer 2019