Jazz at McGillacudy's

Knox-Rootabaga Brings Jazz to Galesburg

A large community of musicians and lovers of jazz from Knox, the Galesburg area, and elsewhere were on hand for the three day Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival. New to the event this year was Rootabaga Kids, giving children from around the area an opportunity to listen to The Deep Blue Organ Trio and learn more about the jazz they play. The festival also featured performances by the Knox Jazz Ensemble, Knox Faculty and Friends Combo, Knox Alumni Big Band, and Grammy award-winner Ben Williams and Sound Effect. Watch a slideshow with music from the festival.

From the Editors

Look for the Spring Knox Magazine

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General David Fridovich '74 shares his personal story of dependence on painkillers, the importance of football, and his philosophy on leadership in the Spring 2013 issue of the Knox Magazine. You can also follow the cross-country adventure of two Knox international students as they explore their host country and view the Knox campus community after sunset. View some of the magazine content online.

In the magazine, the phone number to order Reunion photos is incorrect. Call 309-342-9411 to order photos. We apologize for the error. View 2012 Reunion photos.

Visit the KnoxShop for Commencement Gifts

Celebrate Commencement by giving your favorite grad something special from the KnoxShop. For a limited time, get 10% off gifts and accessories inscribed with the Knox logo. Visit the KnoxShop today!

Welcome to the Class of 2013!

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. To make sure you keep receiving Knox communications -- like the Gizmogram and 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 2013. To give online or for more info, visit the Senior Challenge webpage.

Campus News

Peacebuilding Conference Focuses on Serving Others

Knox sponsored a two-day peacebuilding conference that spotlighted service in Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and KnoxCorps, providing students with "a much more nuanced understanding of the kinds of meaningful work they can perform after graduation," said Robin Ragan, director of Knox's Peace Corps Preparatory Program. Read more about the conference and the keynote address by former Peace Corps acting director Jody Olsen.

One of the presenters at the conference was Jeff Wozencraft '10, who served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde after completing the prep program. Read more about his experience.

Knox Celebrates Earth Month

Knox is celebrating Earth Month 2013 with a series of events in April. Activities include workshops, lectures, community service, and entertainment, culminating in the first-ever community-wide Galesburg Earth Day Festival on April 27. Read more about the month’s activities.

Prairie Burn Returns to Green Oaks

A Knox College tradition has been relit after being put on hiatus last year due to an early spring. With a new system and some new equipment, Stuart Allison, professor of biology, and seven students were able to complete all three planned prairie burns at Green Oaks Biological Field Station earlier this month. Read more about the prairie burn.

Colors Fly During Holi Celebration

Clouds of colorful dust and smiles were swirling around Post Hall patio on April 6 during Pre-Health Club's Holi celebration to help an orphanage in Migori, Kenya. Holi, a Hindu festival of colors, is a celebration that marks the arrival of spring. View photos from the celebration.

New Plays Festival Opens With Productions by Alumni Playwrights

Knox’s New Plays Festival opened last weekend with staged readings of Jenny Seidelman ’99’s Henry Moore is Melting and Joel Pierson ’89’s Mitch in the Morning. Read a review in The Knox Student and see a schedule of upcoming productions in the festival.

Student News

London Arts Alive Blends Travel, Study for Knox Students

Twenty Knox students spent more than three weeks in London, immersing themselves in the city's contemporary arts scene, while examining its historical, social, and political contexts through Knox's London Arts Alive program. Students prepared for the December trip by taking a fall term course designed to allow students to start becoming acquainted with London culture while still on campus. Read more about the program and trip.

Senior Chosen for Language Scholarship Program

Shaun Kelly ’13, who participated in Japan Term and studied in Japan for a year, has been selected for the highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship Program, part of a United States government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Read more about Kelly and the program.

Student Notes

Remember the Broadview? For 24 hours, The Knox Student stationed reporters in the restaurant, interviewing as many patrons as they could to get a better idea of what makes this Galesburg landmark tick. Read more in The Knox Student.

Kasandara Sullivan ’13 won second place prize in the Student Research Symposium for her talk at the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting at Western Illinois University. Sullivan presented her research project with professor Tom Moses, professor of physics.

Center for Teaching and Learning writing tutor Yun Lin ’15 gave a presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the preeminent national conference for professional teachers of writing.

Displays of works by senior studio art majors can be viewed in a series of individual and group exhibits beginning April 15 and culminating in a group show on June 7. Read more about the exhibits.

Computer science students and faculty spoke and presented research at a national conference on computer science in education in Denver, Colorado, last month. Read more about the conference and presenters.
Alumni News

KnoxCorps Member’s Service Project to Boost Local Economy

Post-baccalaureate fellow and KnoxCorps member Elizabeth Cockrell ’12 has spearheaded a unique community initiative that gives new meaning to the word “sustainability” by building local sustainable business through alternatively funded projects. Read more about the initiative.

Extremely Silent and Incredibly Close

If you think silent films are silent, think again. They might not use dialogue, but they do have their own language, and Matt Pace '99 and Matt Frederick '99 of the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra are fluent. Read more about their involvement with the orchestra.

Alumni Notes

Mick Fiocchi ’69 is retiring after three decades behind the mike at Minnesota Northwoods public radio station WXPR. Read more about his career at the station.

Larry Baldacci ’71 is performing in the Eclipse Theatre company production of Woman In Mind at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago through May 19. Watch a video about the production that features Baldacci.

Paul Teodo ’73 was recently featured in a chilling story on The Moth. Listen to his story.

Karl Benson ’82’s Cooks of Crocus Hill, a cooking school and gourmet retailer with three locations in Minnesota, received the Global Innovator Award, one of the highest recognition awards in the housewares retailing industry. Read more about the business and award.

Photographer Stephen Tourlentes ’82, whose photographs of prisons across the United States have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Princeton University Arts Museum, and Art Institute of Chicago, gave an artist talk at Knox last week.

Tracey Mendrek ’83 has been promoted to executive vice president at Culloton Strategies, LLC, a Chicago-based communications strategy, public affairs, and crisis management firm. Read more about Mendrek.

A new book by Jannifer Stevens Powelson ’90, Rachel and Sammy Learn to Conserve, is now available. It is the fourth book in the educational series about nature. Powelson is a resource conservationist at the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District. Read more about the book.

College Abroad, a book for American students studying outside the United States by Holly Oberle ’04, Ph.D. candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, is now available. Read more about the book.

Matthew Nagel ’04 of the BiState Injury Law Center has been named a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer in Missouri by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Read more about the honor.

Megan Gamble ’06 recently joined Calvary Women’s Services’ staff as a development associate, focusing on communications and events. Read an interview with Gamble.

Tom Fucoloro ’08, editor of the Central District News, is building a neighborhood full of journalists, one latte at a time, in Seattle. Read more about Fucoloro and citizen journalism.

A book by Alejandro Rivera ’09, The Mindful Adventures of Captain Cadillac, was recently published. Read more about the book.

Anjali Pattanayak ’09 and Rosie Worthen ’11 work for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, where they help high school students with career exploration and preparation for college. Read more about the program.

An article co-authored by Jaclyn Stillmaker ’11 and Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, “Instruction in Problem-Solving Skills Increases the Hedonic Balance of Highly Neurotic Individuals,” was published in the April issue of Cognitive Therapy and Research.
Faculty & Staff News

Carlin Metz Named to Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair

Elizabeth Carlin Metz has been appointed to an endowed professorship, the Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair in Theatre Arts, in recognition of her distinguished teaching, professional creativity, and service to the College. Read more about the appointment.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Two fine-art photographs by Michael Godsil ’04, instructor of art, were accepted for inclusion in the 37th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition. His submission, "Blue Ceiling at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland," was selected for the People's Choice Award.

In March, Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English, gave the Bruce F. and Ildiko B. Meyer Honors Memorial Lecture at Ball State University. Hellenga’s new novel, The Confessions of Frances Godwin, will be published in spring 2014. Hellenga’s long short story, “A Christmas Letter,” will be published by Ploughshares.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently gave two invited talks. In February, he gave a keynote presentation on “Children, Values, and Consumer Culture” at the Association Montessori International -- USA 2013 Refresher Course in Tampa, Florida. In March, he ran a workshop on “Using the Science of Values to Improve Children’s Lives” at the Eighth International Consuming Kids Summit in Boston, Massachusetts.

In This Issue

Knox Events

April 28, 2013
Home of David '65 and Claudia Cole Gross '66
May 18, 2013
Knox College Campus
May 26, 2013
Les Miserables
June 2, 2013
Chicago Fire vs. DC United
June 15, 2013
Historical Tour and Reception
June 20-21, 2013
Soangetaha Country Club, Knox Campus
November 06, 2013
The Book of Mormon

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