The new academic year begins on Monday, September 11th at Knox College while new students spent this last week attending orientation and moving in. Students participating in fall athletics have been back on campus for about a month now. International students and families had orientation earlier this week, while new students attended orientation on Thursday, September 7th. Knox College President Teresa Amott tells WGIL they’re expecting about 400 new students this year. “Among the first year students, we have two coming in from Galesburg High School,” Amott said. “We have 27 transfer students – three are from Carl Sandburg College. We’re expecting almost 20% international students again. We’re always excited to see them. This year’s class includes students from India, Pakistan, from Asia, from Europe and from all over the place.” Friday September 8th, new students are attending Once Community: Knox’s Orientation 2017. New students will learn more about the Knox Community, meet with advisors, and register for campus employment. Saturday, September 9th new students have a full day of activities scheduled from meetings with orientation leaders and presentations to tours of downtown Galesburg and Cultural Centers. Also, Amott, who is about to begin her seventh year with the college, tells WGIL that, new and returning students will be treated to a number of new updates to campus. “We completely gutted and remodeled our cafeteria: sleek and modern new serving area and new floors,” Amott reported. “So the Hard Knock Cafe is almost unrecognizable. We had a number of alums get together a build a new golf performance center, which has a simulation area – that will be open later in the fall in the field house.” Amott also says that some of the renovations were really needed – so preserving some of the college’s history can be done in different ways: “As a college that is seeking to attract students, you want to have a balance: honor your history but also have modern and up-to-date buildings. What we tried to do in our historic buildings is we put in historic exhibits. So we elude to the history – and we’ve done the same thing on the first floor of Old Main.” Amott encourages folks to come and see some of the exhibits featured in the newly-renovated, yet historic buildings. In addition to orientation activities all weekend long, the Knox College Men’s Football team will take on Beloit tomorrow at home for the first conference match-up of the year.