Students play with the WII gaming system in the Taylor Student Lounge and Game Room

Rog Mahal “Chock-Full of Awesomeness”

While students can’t decided what to call it -- The Rog Lodge, Rog Mahal, and Jolly Roger are a few of the names being mentioned around campus -- there’s no doubt the new Taylor Student Lounge & Game Room is a big hit. According to Ben Reeves ’11 in The Knox Student, “The Rog Mahal is chock-full of awesomeness.”

The new lounge, in the basement of Seymour Union, consists of two areas: a general lounge space with tables, TVs, a stage and sound system; and a game room with pool tables, ping pong, and foosball, plus a kitchen/vending area with snack machines.

At the dedication on March 25, President Roger Taylor ’63 was caught off guard when it was announced that the lounge would be named in his honor. “For the first time in 10 years, I’m speechless.”

From the Editors

Celebrate Flunk Day -- Order Your Flunk Day T-Shirt Today!

Student celebrate Flunk DayYou may not be able to wrestle in the mud pit or enjoy waking to whistles and sirens on Flunk Day, but you can still celebrate the most popular of all Knox traditions with a 2011 Flunk Day t-shirt! We can't tell you what the shirt will look like or when you'll get it ... and it's that element of surprise that makes Flunk Day so great! Shirts are only $10 each (limit two per order), so get yours today and enjoy the Flunk! Order now.

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And if you haven't yet participated in Senior Challenge 2011, do so today. To give or for more info, visit the Senior Challenge Web page.

Campus News

Dining Services Goes Local

Knox’s dining services was recognized by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for its use of local foods with a Golden Beet Award. Dining services currently gets food from various local suppliers, including 80 pounds of bread from Q’s Café each week, all the Gizmo’s coffee from Innkeeper’s, all-beef hamburgers from a farm 30 miles away and 20 to 30 kinds of produce from local farmers. “I hope to ramp this up significantly,” said Helmut Mayer, dining services director. “If it’s out there, I would love to [use local food].” Read more in The Knox Student and see the announcement in the Chicago Tribune.

Rootabaga Jazzes Up the ‘Burg

Knox students perform at the Orpheum TheatreIt was standing room only at many of the events that made up this year’s Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, which featured The Julian Lage Group, Funky Butt Brass Band, Knox College Jazz Ensemble, Knox Faculty and Friends Combo, and the Knox Alumni Big Band. Said Amanda Axley ‘14 in The Knox Student, “It was just an overall, great experience. It’s a wonderful thing to see great music combined with assisting small businesses and popping the notorious ‘Knox bubble.’” Read more about the festival in The Knox Student.

Knox Receives Grant to Support College Readiness Programs

Knox students tutor elementary studentsKnox has been awarded a grant of $75,000 from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to support Knox's extensive array of community-focused college readiness and college success initiatives. Dubbed "Destination College," the grant will provide partial support for a number of Knox's on-campus academic and community-outreach projects that assist Galesburg-area young people from elementary grades through college. Read more about the grant and how it will benefit the Galesburg community.

Writer Kwame Dawes Visits Knox, Presents Honnold Lecture

The Knox College community gave a rousing welcome to writer, artist, and Emmy Award-winner Kwame Dawes when he spent time on campus for the 2011 Honnold Lecture. Students packed Seymour Library on March 25 to hear Dawes read poetry, and Kresge Recital Hall was at near-capacity for his lecture a day earlier. Dakota Scott ’12 first became interested in Dawes' poetry when she heard his work read aloud. "I heard Kwame's poems recorded, and his voice was absolutely captivating." Scott was overjoyed when she found out that Dawes would be coming to Knox. "You couldn't have kept me away."

Unity at Knox For Japan

A Knox student makes paper cranesStudent response to the earthquake in Japan came quickly when students returned from spring break. The student club Asian Student Alliance tabled in Seymour Gallery the first two days after break, giving Asian-style desserts to donors and collecting more than $700 for the Red Cross. Japanese Club was also in the gallery, encouraging passers-by to make origami cranes. For every crane created, a national charity was donating $2. Students made enough cranes to generate $2,700 for disaster relief. Read more about their efforts. Naomi Akagi ’11 was studying abroad in Japan when the earthquake struck. Read more about her experience in The Knox Student. Jessa Dahl ’10 was also in Japan doing research from her Fulbright Fellowship during the earthquake. Read her blog to learn more about her experience.

Knox Makes the Sale at Admitted Students Day

A Knox admission counselor talks with a student during admitted students dayJessica Oakley of Houston, Texas, and her mother Jayna were a long way from home Friday, but according to Oakley’s gut, she was at the right place: Knox College. On the campus for Admitted Students Day, high school senior Oakley said she “just knew” it was the place for her, and she decided to enroll. Read more about Admitted Students Day in Galesburg’s The Register-Mail.

This Week, Every Day is Earth Day

Knox College biology students plant a gardenThree Knox environmental groups have planned a series of events this week in celebration of Earth Day. “We do something for Earth Day every year, but this year we’ve gone all out and planned something for every day,” said Michelle Gerber '11, president of Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Support in Galesburg's The Register-Mail. “We hope that it really can transcend this week and the Knox bubble.”Read more about what the groups have planned.

Student News

Students Develop Sound Map of Knox

Knox students in "Anthropology of Senses" classStudents in the winter term class “Anthropology of the Senses” conducted a soundscape study to explore the interrelationships of sounds and senses of place on the Knox College campus. The rumble and roar of trains, the raucous cawing of crows, the clang of the bell of Old Main -- all contribute to collective senses of being-in-place at Knox. Listen to the sounds of Knox College.

Students Create Exhibit on Media Before Print

Knox students assemble a media exhibit in Seymour LibraryNine art history students spent winter term researching forms of written communication that preceded the invention of the printing press in Europe in the 1400s. An exhibit of their work, "Media Revolutions in the Age before Print," can be viewed on the second floor of Seymour Library through June 3. The exhibit features rare objects, books, and manuscripts, all selected from Knox's Special Collections. Read more about the exhibit and the work of the students.

Knox student-athletes make pizza at the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's ShelterFootball Program Bakes for Local Shelter

Making pizza is more than a team bonding experience. For the Knox football program, it's also a way to give back to the less fortunate. Assistant football coaches Andy Gibbons and Cory Bonstead '04 took 12 players to the Galesburg Rescue Mission, where they made 33 pizzas and 25 loaves of bread for the mission residents. Read more about their experience.

Alumni News

Dorothea Tanning Symposium in May

Dorothea TanningThe City of Galesburg will declare May 14 “Dorothea Tanning Day,” in honor of the internationally acclaimed surrealist artist, ballet/theatre designer, and poet/writer. Tanning was born in Galesburg and attended Knox College. Her Surrealist paintings and sculptures are held in collections worldwide and, according to publisher W.W. Norton, “rank among the most inventive of any living American artist.” She received an honorary degree from Knox in 1988 and celebrated her 100th birthday in 2010. View the schedule of events for Dorothea Tanning Day. (Photograph by Peter Ross, courtesy of The Dorothea Tanning Collection and Archive)

Alumnae Participate in Knox Women’s Career Conference

Jean Anderson '87, Susan Vitous Johnson '04, Sarah Lindstrom '96, Jamie Mitchell '04, Jennifer Wunder Bredemeier '00Five Knox alumnae spent a weekend earlier this month at a women’s career conference at Knox, where they met with 70 current students to talk about their careers. Participating in the conference were Jean Anderson '87, senior consultant, Clerestory Consulting ; Susan Vitous Johnson '04, senior accountant, Meaden & Moore, LLP ; Sara Lindstrom '96, staff therapist, Community Counseling Centers; Jamie Mitchell '04, attorney, Robertson, Wilcox & Statham P.C.; and Jennifer Wunder Bredemeier '00, teacher, Nielson School. Learn more about career services at Knox.

Galesburg Briefly Known as Whiskerville

In the spring of 1940 Galesburg was the site of the Paramount Pictures movie premiere about life at Knox College entitled Those Were The Days. Major parts of the movie were shot in Galesburg. A multitude of gala events revolved around the showing of the movie locally, including a street fair, parade, queen contest, hog calling contest, liars contest, and a whisker growing contest. Read more about the establishment of Whiskerville in Galesburg’s The Register-Mail.

Alumni Notes

Jonathan Gradess ’69, program committee chair for New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, was part of a panel discussion at Lake Forest College, “Life After Death: Criminal Justice Reform and the Repeal of Illinois’ Death Penalty” earlier this month.

Robert Rothstein ’71 has been named vice president of medical affairs at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He has served as chairman of emergency medicine at the hospital since 1986. Read more about Rothstein.

Sallee Wade ’72 has published her first book, The Twelve Disciples of a Wild Woman -- A Journal Adventure. The spiritual autobiography is an interactive book that offers journaling opportunities at the end of each chapter.

Lara Moritz ’90, who won two Emmys for her reporting and an Edward R. Murrow Award for a three-year project with the Kansas City Murder Squad, is the 10 p.m. anchor at KMBC in Kansas City. Read more about Moritz.

John Wozniak '99, an all-conference quarterback and wide receiver at Knox, recently accepted a coaching position at NCAA Division I University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read more about Wozniak.

Sylvie Davidson ’06 is in the world premiere of Lonesome Traveler at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California, through May 8. In this theatrical concert that takes the audience through the American Folk Music movements from the 1920s to 60s, Davidson portrays Maybelle Carter, Bess Lomax, Ronnie Gilbert, and Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul, and Mary). Learn more about the production.

Faculty & Staff News

Schwartzman Steps Up Community Involvement

Peter Schartzman, Knox College associate professor of environmental studiesPeter Schwartzman, associate professor of environmental studies, whose community involvement has included the establishment of The Center, a place where the Knox community and Galesburg community can join efforts to contribute to a better quality of life for all, and The Lunch Spot, which gave local school children meals during an extended winter break, has been elected to the Galesburg City Council. “I’m thrilled to get this confirmation and I’m terribly excited to see what’s going to happen in this community,” said Schwartzman in Galesburg’s The Register-Mail. Read more about his involvement on campus and in the Galesburg community.

Poster image from Life is a Dream posterKnox Faculty and Alumni Join in Production

More than 20 alumni, faculty, and students are involved in the U.S. premiere of acclaimed British playwright Helen Edmundson's new version of Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream at Chicago’s Vitalist Theatre. Directed by Liz Carlin Metz, the show runs Thursdays through Sundays from May 10 to June 11 at Stage773 (formerly Theatre Building Chicago). Learn more about the production.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Andrew Civettini, assistant professor of political science, presented two papers at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting: "Genetic and Environmental Influences on In-Group and Out-Group Attitudes" and "Hope and Voting: Exploring the Usefulness of Hope Scales in Examining Political Participation." Civettini also served as discussant for a panel on "Causes and Political Consequences of Emotional Reactions."

Sarah Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music, participated in the panel "A Short Residence: Wanderer, Traveler, Migrant, Exile" at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies conference in Vancouver. Her paper was entitled "Daughter of Sorrow: Joseph Haydn's ‘The Wanderer' and Feminine Exile."

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, has given several talks this spring , including three at conferences in the United Kingdom and one as as part of a conference on ethics and sustainability at Pennsylvania State University. Kasser also gave the invited keynote addresses "Human Identity and Environmental Challenges" at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference in Orlando, Florida, and "Values and Sustainability Education" to the Sustainable Development Education Conference in Edinburgh, UK, via virtual technology.

Robin Metz has published three poems, “The Pummeling,” “The Storyteller’s Women,” and “Saturday Morning” in the December 2010 issue of Convorbiri Literare, Romania’s oldest literary magazine. An interview with Metz appeared in the January issue of The Seventh Quarry, an award-winning literary magazine in Wales. In February, Metz traveled to Washington, D.C., where he participated in the National Program Directors’ meeting at the Associated Writers Programs’ Annual Convention and presented his own prose and poetry at Busboys and Poets, a gathering place for DC literati. Metz’s poem “Environmentally” appears in the current issue of The Paterson Review.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, gave a talk on the evolutionary psychology of gossip at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, in March. 

Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, Andrew Civettini, assistant professor of political science, Jordan Lanfair ’11, Kate Robbins ’11, and Sandra Mehl '95, director of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies, attended the ACM Workshop on models for undergraduate research. The workshop was run by Civettini and sponsored by the ACM through a Mellon FaCE grant. Twelve ACM schools participated.

Chad Simpson, visiting assistant professor of English, was one of five featured readers in the Stories & Beer reading series. He read from his fiction at the Indi Go Gallery in Champaign, Illinois, which helped to kick off the University of Illinois' Early Spring Literary Festival. Simpson's story "Potential" was published last week in BULL: Men's Fiction. Read the story.

Marilyn Webb, distinguished professor and chair of journalism, was featured on public radio station WVIK’s “All Things Considered,” where she discussed The Maytag Project.

In This Issue

Knox Events

May 07, 2011
Harray Caray's, Chicago
May 14, 2011
Billy Elliot, The Musical
May 15, 2011
Missouri Botanical Garden
May 17, 2011
Prairie Fire Chicago
June 09, 2011
Law Offices of Holland & Knight
June 11, 2011
O'Brien Field
June 17, 2011
Soangetaha Country Club
July 02, 2011

Colorado Rockies vs.
Kansas City Royals

July 27, 2011

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Knox Profiles

Rozina Kidari '13

My trip to Morocco has really pushed me onto the international relations path. My name is Rozina Kidari '13 and

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David Fridovich '74

A liberal arts education works when you have to deal with the broadest base of individuals the world has to offer. My name is David Fridovich '74, and I AM KNOX.

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Linda Dybas '64

I find it incredibly exciting to work with students at this stage of their education. Their fresh approach is contagious. My name is Linda Dybas '64, professor of biology, and I AM KNOX

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