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Fall 2005

Volume 89, Issue 2

Since its founding in 1837 by religious missionaries and social reformers, Knox College has been dedicated to educating individuals who work to better themselves and their society. This issue of Knox Magazine highlights this commitment to service, focusing on the stories of individuals within the Knox Community who have dedicated their time and energy to community service.

Read the President's Message, Editor's Note and Letters to the Editor.

Fitness & Athletics Initiative: The Knox College Board of Trustees established a campus-wide task force in fall 2004 to evaluate the campus need for, and interest in, a fitness center and to propose other enhancements that could improve or add to existing campus athletic facilities. Read more

A Commitment to Community: The eight people profiled -- all members of the Knox community -- embody the spirit of the Knox mission to improve ourselves, our society and our world. Regardless of age or background, whether they helped create a literacy program or volunteered for their church, these individuals have two things in common: Knox College and community service. Read more

A Life in Service: Knox Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at Commencement and discuss the importance of community service on college campuses, as well as his own journey from community organizer to United States Senator. Read more …

Bargain Values: Our education here at Knox is a better bargain than the Fire Starter breakfast in the Gizmo. Maybe we don't get the eggs, links of sausage and the heart attack that soon follows, but according to the Princeton Review's 2006 edition of America's Best Value Colleges, Knox is one of the top 81 'best value' schools. Read more

Thomas Wolf '69 Takes a Riveting Look at a Turn-of-the-Century Murder: In 1900, Margaret Hossack, the wife of a prominent Iowa farmer, was arrested for bludgeoning her husband to death with an ax while her children slept upstairs. In Midnight Assassin: A Murder in Americas Heartland, Thomas Wolf '69, a writing consultant for the Association of American Medical Colleges and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Patricia L. Bryan, a professor of law at the University of North Carolina, give readers a chilling step-by-step account of the murder and its aftermath. Read an interview with Thomas Wolf.

Class Notes: Catch-up with your classmates and friends!

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