Three Knox students have been awarded Fulbright fellowships for international study.

Three Students Receive Fulbright Fellowships

Three Knox students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright fellowships for international studies:

  • Kathryn Frank ’12, a history and Spanish major, will support her work next year in Argentina, where she will teach English, volunteer at a community service project, and conduct oral history research. Read more about Frank.
  • An environmental studies major with minors in German and studio art, Julia Sievert ’12 of Seattle, Washington, will teach English in Germany. Learn more about Sievert.
  • Erin McKinstry ’12 of DeSoto, Missouri, will teach English in Germany. She also plans to pursue an internship, perhaps with an organization specializing in international women's issues, and work on a research project about the impact of Turkish-German women writers on contemporary German literature. Learn more about McKinstry.

Knox College has been cited by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top schools in the nation for Fulbright scholarships and fellowships awarded to faculty and students. View a cumulative record of Fulbright awards presented to graduating seniors, faculty, and alumni.

From the Editors

Knox Student Looking for Assistance With History Research

Zoe Kudla ’13 and members of Assistant Professor of History Catherine Denial's class in Public History are constructing a museum exhibit that focuses on the history of four areas surrounding Knox. They include Cherry Street between Main and Simmons; the block of Main Street between Prairie and Cherry; the block of Broad Street between Simmons and Tompkins; and the block of Prairie Street between Losey and Grove. She would particularly like to talk with alumni who participated in the sit-ins on Cherry Street or had experiences with Beecher Chapel before it was torn down, though she would love to hear any story you would like to share. Want to participate? Contact Zoe.

Join the Dodransbicentennial Challenge for Young Alumni

Young alumni gather at a recent event.Knox was founded in 1837, and to celebrate our Dodransbicentennial (175th year), we have set the goal of 37% participation for young alumni. To do that, we need 1,048 donors from the Classes of 2002-2011. If we make it, Christina Ellis '05 and The Ellis Foundation will give Knox an additional $10,000! As of today, we need only 640 more young alumni donors to receive $10,000. All young alumni gifts from these classes will count for the Challenge -- any amount or for any purpose given by June 30 will get us closer to our goal of 37%. Learn more about the Dodransbicentennial Challenge.

Welcome, Class of 2012

Welcome to the Knox College alumni community. We hope that you enjoy your first issue of the Gizmogram and that you look forward to receiving future updates from Knox. And to make sure you keep receiving the Gizmogram, as well as other Knox communications -- like the annual Flunk Day e-mail -- and to stay in touch with your Knox classmates, be sure to join the Knox Online Community (all you need is your Knox ID number to register)! You can even connect the online community to Facebook -- simply click on the Facebook Connect logo when you register! Questions? Contact And be sure to participate in Senior Challenge 2012. To give or for more info, visit the Senior Challenge Web page.

Campus News

Knox Receives National Award for Community Service

A Knox student reads to a child through the Reading Buddies program.Knox College's outstanding record of engaging students in community service -- more than 16,000 hours last year -- is being recognized with a national award, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012. This is the third time in the past four years that Knox has won the award for volunteer efforts ranging from adult literacy tutoring to helping with in-school programs. Read more about the honor.

Environmentalist Discusses the Last Wild Food – Watch Live

Photo of Paul GreenbergOne of our country's most influential environmental thinkers, Paul Greenberg, will be visiting Knox to kick off Earth Week 2012 with the talk, "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food," on Monday, April 16. You can watch the event live tonight at 5 p.m. or a recording after the lecture on the Knox Livestream channel.

Following the lecture, there will be a sustainable seafood dinner open to the public that will feature a menu of sustainably caught salmon, cod, and albacore -- three of the four species of fish that Greenberg has studied. Learn more about the lecture, dinner, and other activities during Earth Week.

Lectures Bring Wealth of Experiences and Opinions to Campus

Indian television programming, the earthquake in Haiti, and industrial meat production were a few of the topics discussed on campus by visiting lecturers in recent weeks:

  • Photo of Indira SomaniIndira Somani ’92, a Nehru-Fulbright fellow, returned to campus last month to discuss her research into trends in the relationship between Indian-Americans and Indian television programming, along with the role technology has played. “Media is really having an influence on how the cultural values are changing in India," said Somani. Read more about her research.
  • Environmental and public health activists Karen Hudson and Terry Spence brought "food for thought" to Knox College in their March 27 presentation on industrial meat production. They examined common misconceptions about where our food comes from, the Photo of journalist Jonathan Katzeffects that factory farming have on rural communities, and the future of sustainable agriculture. Read more about their lecture.
  • Journalist Jonathan Katz, former chief correspondent in Haiti for The Associated Press, gave the lecture "The Big Truck That Went By: Reconstruction and Missed Opportunity in Post-Earthquake Haiti," where he discussed his experiences reporting on the earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath. Read more about Katz and his lecture.

Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival Features Live Performances Throughout Community

Photo of Knox Alumni Jazz BandClose to a thousand people enjoyed live performances during the 2012 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival on March 29-31. The annual festival concluded with a Saturday night double-bill as the award-winning Knox Jazz Ensemble opened for the headliner concert by the Noah Preminger Group. The three-day jazz festival, a tradition for more than 30 years, also featured performances by the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo, Knox Alumni Jazz Band, and Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls. See photos from the festival.

Student News

Student Podcast Investigates Crows in Galesburg

Christopher Poore '14 in the WVKC studioThis Is Where We Live is a podcast by Christopher Poore ’14. In the first installment, Poore investigates the crows that roost in Galesburg each winter. He spoke with a Galesburg police officer who is planning an all-out assault on the crows, two Knox professors who aren’t so sure that’s a good idea, and a Knox student whose relationship with one crow is anything but ordinary. Listen to the podcast.

Student Chef Focuses on Food, Sustainability, Community

Yeojin Yi ’13 at the cafe where she works.Yeojin Yi ’13 is cooking her way through school, channeling her passion for all things food into a job at a local restaurant that emphasizes locally produced food. She is also pursuing an independent study project where she will set up her own vendor's booth at the Galesburg farmers' market. Read the full story.

Student Pursues Multiple Passions On and Off Knox Campus

Max Poothoff '13 and students in ChinaMax Potthoff ’13 knows how to stay busy. He is a member of the Prairie Fire cross country team; he taught English in China, where he also completed an independent study project that explored how Chinese schoolchildren are being taught to approach environmental concerns; and he works on campus sustainability projects like starting a bike-sharing program. He soon will begin an internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. Learn more about Potthoff.

Voices of Spoon River Unveiled

The Knox Writers’ House project and the Rural School and Community Trust’s Center for Midwestern Initiatives have teamed up to produce “Voices of Spoon River: The Ellisville Opera House.” The collaborative work, put together by Knox post-bac student Emily Oliver ’11, combines audio recordings, essays, and photographs in a narrative about community pride and purpose. View the project.

Computer Science Students and Faculty Attend Symposium

Computer science faculty and students attended the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, the largest conference for CS educators. Students presented posters and faculty contributed to panel discussions. John Dooley, William and Marilyn Ingersoll Chair in Computer Science, was a member of the conference committee and chaired a session.

Alumni News

Millions of New York Travelers to View Poem by Dorothea Tanning '32

Millions of travelers using the New York subways this spring will have the chance to experience "Graduation," a poem by Dorothea Tanning '32, through Poetry in Motion, an initiative between the New York MTA and Poetry Society of America. Poetry and accompanying artwork will be displayed on subway cars, MetroCards, kiosks, and in other transit venues. "I am particularly tickled that we were able to bring Dorothea's work to the greater public," says Amy Hausmann ’90, assistant director of the Arts for Transit program. Read more about the program.

Heading to Hall of Fame

Mike Hennessey '73 in his officeMike Hennessey '73 has spent the last 25 years quietly leading the Notre Dame College Prep Football Team in Niles, Illinois, to success, often against teams five times larger. "He is a laid back, sincere, polite, respectful, aw-shucks guy in a culture that too often worships loud and look-at-me," says Dwight Esau, sports writer for Journal & Topics. Hennessey is being recognized with his induction into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Read more about Hennessey's career in

Reading Educator Teacher of the Year

Elementary reading recovery and Title I teacher Jenny Wunder Bredemeier ’00 was named Galesburg Teacher of the Year. She was nominated for the honor by Ashley Shane ’09, who completed her practicum work in Bredemeier’s classroom and is now a kindergarten teacher at the same school. Read more about the award.

Alumni Notes

An article in the Huffington Post tells of Franz Lee Rickaby ’16, who worked as a caddy master at the golf club in Charlevoix, Michigan, and hired girl caddies during World War I. Read the article.

Ken Furst ’68 recently returned from a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, on behalf of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts. Read the blog that chronicles his trip.

Jon Carbary ’72 is the third generation of his family to practice law in Elgin, Illinois. His son has decided to become the fourth generation to pursue the profession. Carbary reflects on his family’s 100 years in law in the Daily Herald.

The art of Megan Williamson ’82 and Lynette Lombard, associate professor of art, is being featured at Chicago’s Gallery 1837.

John Wirt ’85, CEO and general counsel of Square Ring, Inc., a Florida-based boxing promoter, has been named to the board of Private Media Group. Read more about the announcement.

Janet Mensen Reynolds ’89, 21-year veteran of the Chicago Lyric Opera, was featured in an article where she said of her transfer to Knox after attending two other schools, “It was very specialized individual training, and that’s exactly what I needed to thrive.” Read the article.

Susan Swartwout ’89, Southeast Missouri State University professor of English and director of the Southeast Missouri State University Press, received the Distinguished Alumnus award from Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg.

Gary Schmidt ’89, associate professor of German at the University of West Georgia, has been appointed chair of the Western Illinois University foreign languages and literatures department. Read more about the appointment.

Chef Stefano Viglietti ’91 and his three restaurants in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, were featured in a video by wisconsinfoodie. Watch the video.

Ander Monson ’97’s review of the book The Lifespan of a Fact was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read the review.

Faculty and Staff News

Frank McAndrew, professor of psychology, in his officeMcAndrew Discusses Workplace Gossip in Video

Frank McAndrew, professor of psychology, was interviewed by WBBM TV (the CBS Affiliate in Chicago) about the dynamics of gossip in the workplace. The story focuses on a local company that banned office gossip to foster a better work environment. Watch the video.

Berlin Shares Writing Process, Favorite Reads, Advice for Poets

Monica Berlin ’95, associate professor of EnglishA poem by Monica Berlin ’95, associate professor of English, “Dear So-and-So, [Today, three flights up, with my whole body ...]” has been published in Witness’s special issue on disaster. You can learn more about Berlin’s writing process, her favorite reads, and advice for poets in an interview by Ninth Letter for their series “5 (or so) Questions.” Read the interview.

Faculty and Staff Notes

A paper by David Bunde, assistant professor of computer science, Cassie Versaggi ’12, and colleagues at other institutions was published in the Proceedings of the 5th International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques. The paper describes the integration of a simulator developed at Knox with a larger project at Sandia National Labs.

An article by Heather Hoffmann, professor of psychology, with Katie Peterson ’08 and Hana Garner ’08, “Field Conditioning of Sexual Arousal in Humans,” was published in a special edition of Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology on the neuroscience and evolutionary origins of sexual learning, which Hoffmann co-edited.  Her article, “Considering the Role of Conditioning in Sexual Orientation,” was published in the February 2012 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, was featured in the U.S. News and World Report article “Why Seeking More Money Hurts Happiness.” Kasser says in the article, "We've found that people who are more focused on extrinsic values have more headaches and stomach aches, and that children [in extrinsic-focused societies] experience these things as well, and also have more sleep problems." Read the article.

Peter Schwartzman, associate professor of environmental studies, was the keynote speaker at Western Illinois University’s ninth annual Environmental Summit.

175th Anniversary

In This Issue

Knox Events

April 22, 2012
Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic
April 28, 2012
Harry Caray's
April 29, 2012
Home of David '65 and Claudia Cole Gross '66
May 24, 2012
Meet the President
May 25, 2012
Green Oaks Biological Field Station
June 15, 2012
Soangetaha Country Club
June 30, 2012
Kane County Cougars vs. Burlington Bees
June 30, 2012
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
July 28, 2012
St. Paul Saints vs. Quebec Les Capitales
August 25, 2012
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