Stephen Danilovich ’14

Student Receives News Media Internship in Kurdistan

From Chicago to Toronto to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, a journalism internship this summer engaged a Knox College student in both real and virtual connections worldwide. Stephen Danilovich ’14 worked as an intern at Rudaw, an English-language newspaper in Erbil, the capital of the semiautonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq. "My editor-in-chief, Ayub Nuri, lives in Toronto, and he assigned stories and guided me by e-mail," said Danilovich. While in the region, Danilovich interviewed a department chief at the Ministry of Foreign Relations for a story on the impending withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq, while a story on the Iraqi stock market featured an interview with Kurdistan's first licensed broker. Read more about Danilovich's experience.

Here’s how some other Knox students spent their summer:

  • Maksymilian Czuperski ’12 interned with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung political foundation in Germany.
  • Emily Berarducci ’12 participated in the Liverpoool Archaeology Field School at the Eddisbury Iron Age hillfort.
  • Max Potthoff ’14 interned at the Foreign Language Education Center in Xi’an China.
  • Alyssa Kennamar ’13 and Evelyn Langley ’14 participated in an aerial dance festival in Boulder, Colorado.

Knox Places High in College Rankings

The rankings are in, with Knox named one o f "America's Best Colleges," ranking in the top 100 among all colleges and universities, according to Forbes Forbesmagazine's most recent annual listing of the 650 best undergraduate institutions. Forbes compiles its college rankings by considering five general categories: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate, and nationally competitive student awards (such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program). Read more about the Forbes ranking.

Fiske Guide To College 2011Praising Knox College as a school where "academics are the priority and students are encouraged to be individuals," the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has selected Knox as one of the top 300 colleges, chosen from more than 2,200 four-year institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada. Learn more about the Fiske rThe Best 376 Collegesanking.

Individual programs were highlighted in The Princeton Review's 2012 edition of The Best 376 Colleges, with top 20 national rankings for its theatre program and campus radio station. Learn more about the Princeton Review ranking.

From the Editors

Knox on the Road

As the Class of 2015 arrives on campus and moves in on September 3, the admission staff packs up its bags to begin Fall travel. Check out Knox on the Road to see when they'll be in your area visiting high schools, conducting off-campus interviews, and representing Knox at college fairs. Tell someone you think would be a great fit for Knox how to connect with an admission representative as they travel the globe. And don’t hesitate to recommend them for “V.I.P.” treatment.

Watch Prairie Fire Football, Volleyball, Basketball Live

Knox College FootballWant to watch the Prairie Fire football home opener September 3 against Washington University but can't make it back to Galesburg? Watch all home football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball games live on your computer, free of charge, on Midwest Conference TV (MWCTV). Visit the Prairie Fire athletic Web site and watch games live!

Log in, Link up!

By logging into the Knox Online Community, you’ll be able to find classmates and friends, share personal updates and career information, and more. Find out how to log into Knox's Online Community.

Colleges That Change Lives book coverColleges That Change Lives on Tour

Knox College, one of 40 Colleges That Changes Lives, will be on tour in the Midwest starting August 27. Do you have a son or daughter looking at colleges? Know a relative or friend that would benefit from hearing more about Knox and other colleges that change lives? Find out more about CTCL Program Fairs and when the tour will be in your area. Take the time to find out why Knox is a college that changes lives by reading the chapter about Knox College in Loren Pope’s book.

Campus News

Water Line Repair Saves Thousands of Gallons Daily

Repairs to underground water pipes at Knox College Repairs to underground water pipes at Knox are saving thousands of gallons of water daily. During June and July, College workers replaced some 600 feet of underground water pipe across the center of campus, resulting in a drop in boiler-water consumption from between 4,000 and 11,000 gallons to roughly 400 gallons a day. Read more about the repair and savings.

Moscow Ballet Summer Intensive at Knox

Moscow Ballet Dance IntensiveStudents and teacher alike said they were inspired by their experiences at the Moscow Ballet Dance Intensive, a program that brought together grade school and high school dancers, local dance instructors, and Knox College dance students and faculty with ballerina Nataliya Miroshnyk of the Moscow Ballet. The week-long series of classes and workshops, held on the Knox campus, culminated in a Dancers' Showcase at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg. Read more about the experience.

Student News

Students Conceive, Plan, Publish Theology Journal

Knox College Theology Journal FusionKnox College students have launched a new publication that encourages religious dialogue. In an editors' note in the inaugural issue of Fusion, co-editors-in-chief Yumna Rathore ’12 and Kyle Cruz ’12 wrote that they hope "this journal will go a long way toward bridging some of the gaps of understanding that still separate us from one another. We believe it is always necessary to think and speak intelligently about issues concerning faith." Read more about the journal.

Student Researches Books by Presidential Hopefuls

Helen Schnoes ’11If you've stepped inside a bookstore lately, you've probably noticed the telltale signs of an emerging trend that Knox College student Helen Schnoes ’11 researched for her College Honors project: the explosion of books written by potential presidential candidates. Schnoes spent months examining more than 30 books written by Republican and Democratic candidates and published during the 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential election seasons. Her work culminated in a 175-page manuscript, 'To Never Allow Others to Define Me': Why Presidential Hopefuls Publish Books. Read more about her project.

Swim Teams Recognized for Academic Performance

Knox swimmerThe men's and women's swimming teams are dedicated to their studies, which is reflected in awards both squads received from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The organization named both teams recipients of its Team Scholar All America Award, presented to college and university swimming and diving teams that achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Prairie Fire men's team's grade point average of 3.49 during the 2010-2011 academic year is the fifth highest among the 57 teams recognized by the CSCAA.  The Prairie Fire women's squad cumulative grade point average of 3.43 is the 17th highest among 93 teams honored.

Christian Mahone ’11Recent Grad Selected for ‘Teacher Tuesdays’

Christian Mahone ’11, who will begin his teaching career in the fall, is profiled in "Teacher Tuesdays," a new United States Department of Education-sponsored blog series that spotlights young teachers. Read his blog post.

Kemper Scholars Attend National Conference

Kemper scholars and professorsFive Knox students, all of them chosen for the selective Kemper Scholars Program, participated in the 2011 national Kemper Scholars Conference held in Chicago in early August. The Kemper Scholars Program prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business, by providing them with scholarships, opportunities for career exploration, and practical experience. Read more about the scholars.

Alumni News

Vir Das ’02Knox Alumnus, Stand-up Comedian, and Gross-Out Film Star Takes Act to Edinburgh

Vir Das ’02 will take his comedy act “Walking On Broken Das” to the Edinburgh Festival this month. Das has been performing his comedy on stage, screen, and film in India since 2003. Read an interview with Das prior to the festival.

B.J. Hollars ’07New Book Recounts Story of Three Innocent Victims

A new book by B.J. Hollars ’07, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America, draws upon rarely examined primary sources, court documents, newspaper reports, and first-hand accounts in an effort to unravel the twisted tale of a pair of interconnected murders that forever altered United States' race relations. Learn more about the book.

Alumni Notes

Deborah Howard ’72, executive director of the Pratt Area Community Council, was honored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce at the 2011 Building Brooklyn Awards for her achievements in affordable housing development in Brooklyn.

Linda Nelson Langston ’75 was elected second vice president to the National Association of Counties and will take over as president in 2013. Langston is one of five county supervisors serving in Linn County, Iowa.

A new book by Jennifer Trout Quattrochi ’89, Barges on the River, Roaches in the Sauce, is a coming-of-age novel loosely based on her own experience growing up in a rural southern Indiana college town in the early 1980s. Learn more about the book.

Eric Newnham '90, a member of the City Council in Beloit, Wisconsin, appears as an extra in the Hollywood film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and describes it as having been "a great experience." Read more about his experience.

Dorothy Dara Kozlowski ’90 has been named chairman of the new Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University.

Ushma Shah ’92 has been named chief of staff of equity and social justice for Elgin School District U46, the second largest district in Illinois. Read more about Shah.

Somnath Basu ’98 has joined the staff of Loma Linda University Medical Center in the fields of diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology. Read more about Dr. Basu.

Stephanie Roosa Siuda '01 recently directed Shakespeare's Othello in Rochester, New York. Learn more about the production.

Saras Gil ’08 is making a name for herself in international film. She co-stars in a film shot in Barcelona that has just been nominated for inclusion in the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Watch a trailer for the movie.

In a workplace environment perhaps second to none, Zack Ricketts ’11 is obtaining hands-on experience to enhance his degree in environmental studies working 60-70 hours a week as an intern for the Boston Red Sox grounds crew at Fenway Park. Read more at

Faculty & Staff News

Professor Helps Improve Teaching of History

Catherine Denial, assistant professor of historyEveryone -- even kindergartners -- can do history, according to Catherine Denial, the lead historian for a program that is revolutionizing the way history is taught in schools nationwide. Denial, assistant professor of history, has worked with the program "Bringing History Home" since its inception in 2001, serving as lead historian since 2006. "Bringing History Home has impacted thousands of teachers and students by allowing them to work directly with primary sources, teaching them to analyze and create history, not simply memorize dates," Denial says. Learn more about the program.

Theatre professor Awarded Translation Grant

Neil Blackadder, professor of theatreNeil Blackadder, professor of theatre, has received a grant from PEN, a leading international writers' and human rights organization, to support his English translation of a German-language play about a paternity test that disrupts one family's tranquility. Blackadder's translation of The Test, by Swiss playwright Lukas Barfuss, is one of just 11 projects selected by PEN from more than 130 applicants in 2011. Read more about Blackadder and the play.

Knox Faculty Win Research Award Exploring Definitions of “Talented” and “Gifted”

Jason Helfer, associate professor and chair of educational studies, and Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studiesJason Helfer, associate professor and chair of educational studies, and Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, recently won a 2010-2011 MENSA Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research for their article, "Practitioners' Conceptions of Academic Talent and Giftedness: Essential Factors in Deciding Classroom and School Composition." The article was published in the Journal of Advanced Academics. "Educators agree on all the popular conceptions of academic talent and giftedness, in areas such as intellectual and analytical abilities, but they were less likely to support definitions involving talents in the arts and other less-traditional areas," Helfer said. Read more about their research.

Writing Retreat ‘Life-Changing Experience’ for Knox Professor

Magali Roy-Fequiere, associate professor, gender and women's studiesMagali Roy-Fequiere, associate professor, gender and women's studies, has been awarded a 2011 Cave Canem poetry fellowship. She participated in her first of three writing workshops through the fellowship this summer. "It's made me go deeper into my poetry in a way that I didn't know could be possible," she added. "Words have more heft, they have more presence, and I think that's beautiful." Read more about how Roy-Fequiere plans to use what she’s learned in the classroom.

In This Issue

Knox Events

August 24, 2011
Meet the President
August 25, 2011
Pub Night at Ladder 15
September 16, 2011
Washington Nationals vs. Florida Marlins
September 17, 2011
Distillery Tour and Pub Night
October 14, 2011 to October 16, 2011
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Mary Jo Festle '83

The great thing about going to a liberal arts school is you learn how to learn. My name is Mary Jo Festle '83, and I AM KNOX.

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James Thrall, Knight Distinguished Assistant Professor for the Study of Religion & Culture

I study religion primarily as a social phenomenon, especially as communicated through cultural products of literature, film, and other media. My name is James Thrall, Knight Distinguished Assistant Professor for the Study of Religion and Culture, and I AM KNOX.

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