Shelly Bhanot is part of the medical team at a mission hospital in Kenya through Medics for Africa.

Internships Take Students Around the World

What have Knox students been doing this summer? Many have been applying what they’ve learned in the classroom through real-world experiences around the globe. Here’s where a few of them have been working as interns:
  • Shelly Bhanot is part of the medical team at a mission hospital in Kenya through Medics for Africa.
  • Jenneke Oostman is writing and researching far-off locales for Travel and Leisure, the world's leading travel magazine.
  • Elicia Bibbs is in Barcelona, Spain, learning about how the economic crisis has affected the European economy.
  • Philip Bennet is interning at the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, organizing focus groups and accompanying the mayor at business openings.
  • Bobby Stuebi is in Guatemala, marketing the products of local entrepreneurs and learning about sustainable agriculture.
  • Dzifa Penty is a financial management intern at the U.S. Mission in Kampala, Uganda.

Read more about other students and the internships they are participating in during summer break.


Knox Grad Edits 3D Film ParaNorman

Christopher Murrie ’95 edited the new 3D animated feature, ParaNormanAs more films are released in 3D, "audiences have become much more skeptical about the technology," according to Christopher Murrie ’95, who edited the new 3D animated feature, ParaNorman. The film, which opened August 17, was produced by Laika, an animation studio in Portland, Oregon, where Murrie is senior film editor. Learn more about Murrie and the film.

From the Editors

Knox on the Road

As the Class of 2016 arrives on campus next week, the admission staff will be packing their bags to begin fall travel. Check out Knox on the Road to see when they will 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 Competitions Live and On Demand -- Free!

Knox College FootballWant to watch the Prairie Fire football home opener September 1 against Eureka College but can't make it back to Galesburg? You can watch all home football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball games live or on demand at no charge in virtually every platform, including personal computers, tablets, iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices. Learn more about watching Prairie Fire sports live and on demand.

Cover of the Book "Colleges That Change Lives"Colleges That Change Lives on Tour

Knox College, one of 40 Colleges That Change 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 who 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.

Come Back for Homecoming -- October 19-21

Alumni enjoy the Alumni Tailgate at Homecoming 2011.

Homecoming is just a few months away. Have you registered for events, looked to see who's coming, or returned your Reunion Questionnaire? Visit the Homecoming & Reunion 2012 Web page for more details and watch a video to find out what Homecoming's all about.


Campus News

Shawn Tubb, sustainability coordinator, rides his bike across campus.Knox Selects First Sustainability Coordinator

Sustainability efforts at Knox are expected to expand with the addition of the College's first sustainability coordinator. Shawn Tubb, who started his new role on July 9, comes to the community ready to build on current sustainability projects and bring some of his own to campus. Learn more about Tubb and his role at Knox.

This Is Where We Live: Taking Care

Norm '74 and Chris Eik Winick '73It isn't always easy to see the similarities between today’s young alumni and those who danced the jitterbug, but in the podcast This Is Where We Live, junior Christopher Poore sets out to tell a multi-generational tale of people in the Galesburg community who've tried to make life a little easier for everyone. Ella Devenny '23 tackled the city's open sewers. Lauren Smith '12 sets out to understand the social lives of the terminally ill. And you'll hear the bittersweet story of Norm '74 and Chris Eik Winick '73, who fell in love because of ballots, newsprint, and a little optimistic insanity. Listen to the podcast.

Knox Joins Community Theatre Production

Knox students perform in "Pirates of Penzance"The excitement was contagious backstage at The Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, as Prairie Players Community Theatre geared up for their summer 2012 production of the comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. The show had a cast and crew numbering more than 65, including Knox students, faculty, and recent graduates. View photos from the production.

Renovations and Improvements Continue Across Campus

Sheds are torn down at the former Alexander Lumber Company.The Knox College Office of Communications will move into the former Alexander Lumber Co. building at the corner of South and Prairie streets in early September. The Ingersoll House, home to the Knox president at the corner of Prairie and Losey streets, has a new look, thanks to extensive landscaping and the installation of a new handicap-accessible ramp. Find out about all of the construction and renovation projects happening on campus this summer at the KnoxWorks Blog.

Student News

Students, faculty develop new study guide for Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Alejandro Varela and Jamal Nelson work in the library.The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 may be world-famous, but younger students often don't fully grasp the issues, language, or historical context, according to a student-faculty team at Knox College that is producing a study guide to the debates funded in part by a grant from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. Knox students Alejandro Varela and Jamal Nelson and educational studies faculty Jason Helfer and Stephen Schroth are creating the study guide for the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. Designed for grades 6 through 12, the guide is aimed at promoting better understanding of the 1858 debates and the debaters, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Read more about the study guide.

Ultimate Frisbee Club Member Plays Sport Professionally

Jason McGreeney readies a pass in T Fleming Fieldhouse.An aspiring software designer, senior Jason McGeeney is a member of the Bluegrass Revolution, a professional Ultimate team -- one of eight in the newly launched American Ultimate Disc League. At 21, he is the third-youngest player on the team, comprised mainly of recent college graduates from five states. Learn more about McGeeney.

Student Co-Authors Article in Huffington Post

Senior Anna Meier, who is working this summer at the Project on Government Oversight in Washington D.C., recently co-authored an article on military spending cuts in the Huffington Post. Read the article.

Alumni News

Class of 1961 Breaks Class Gift Record

The Class of 1961 achieved a record-breaking 50th Reunion class gift, raising $3,797,540, the largest 50th Reunion gift Knox has ever received by the College. The Class of 1961 raised more than $52,000 for the Class of 1961 Endowed Scholarship and several generous donors gave to various other projects of their own choosing. Congratulations to the Class of 1961, Reunion co-chairs Carol Semmerling Beeftink and Suzanne Summers Knauss, and the 20 members of the 50th Reunion Committee who worked hard to accomplish this milestone record during the College’s 175th Anniversary year.

Knox Fulbright Fellow Returns from Jamaica Snake Research

Brent Newman '10 studies the yellow boa in Jamaica this past year.When Brent Newman '10 started researching the Jamaican yellow boa for his Fulbright Fellowship last year, he was warned that he might manage to capture only one or two of the elusive snakes. But as things turned out, he caught more than two dozen yellow boas during his 10-month stay in Cockpit Country, Jamaica. Microchips were surgically implanted in several snakes and Newman used radio-tracking technology to monitor their movements -- learning more about their habitats, diets, and breeding seasons in the process. Read more about Newman and his Fulbright experience.

Christine Reuter Starr conducts research with six-year-olds.Study Shows 6-year-old Girls Already Want to Be Sexy

Research conducted at Knox College, which began as a senior psychology project by Christine Reuter Starr '10, is gaining national and international attention as the first study to show that girls as young as six identify themselves as sex objects. Starr, who now works as a medical research assistant, and her faculty advisor, Assistant Professor of Psychology Gail Ferguson, co-authored the report, published in the journal Sex Roles. Read more about the research.

Graduate Heads to Simon Business School to Study Finance

Sara Jane Ahmed '12 in Hamburg, Germany.Sara Jane Ahmed '12 wants to help make the world a better place, and she's set her sights on how to accomplish that. Part of her plan involves earning a master's degree in finance from the University of Rochester's Simon Graduate School of Business, consistently ranked among the top business schools. The Simon School has a partnership with Knox College that allows Knox students with strong academic potential, regardless of major, to gain early admission to the Simon School MBA program. Read more about the Ahmed and the program.

Local Restaurant Changing Hands, Staying in the Family

Elvith Santoyo ’12 is a young woman with big dreams. Just 25 years old, she is assuming ownership of Galesburg’s Acapulco Restaurant, which opened in 2006. The restaurant was formerly owned by her parents. Read more in Galesburg’s The Register-Mail.

Caitlin Muelder '96 and in costume as Amelia Earhart.Muelder Revising Play on Amelia Earhart

The continuing search for Amelia Earhart only adds to the legend of the aviator who disappeared 75 years ago, according to actor Caitlin Muelder ‘96, who has written and performed a one-woman show about Earhart. Learn more about Muelder and the play.

Calling All Alumni Playwrights!

Knox’s Department of Theatre announces the inaugural New Plays Festival, featuring original works by Knox students, faculty, and alumni. The plays will be performed throughout spring term at various locations around campus. Alumni are encouraged to submit one-act and full-length plays of any style or genre. Send scripts electronically to For more information, visit the Knox College Theatre Web site or theatre page on Facebook.

Alumni Notes

For Nevin Lescher ’53 and his wife, Sue, there’s no better way to go camping than in a Volkswagen Westfalia. And they’re not the only ones. The couple was joined by other Westphalia enthusiasts throughout the Northeast and Canada, where they gathered to share experiences and raised more than $5,000 for a local hospital. Read more about their experience in the Brattleboro Reformer.

Charlie Rose hosted a discussion about Afghanistan with John Podesta ’71, Knox trustee and former White House Chief of Staff, and Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor. Podesta and Hadley chaired a bipartisan committee that recently issued its report as an essay, “The Right Way Out of Afghanistan,” published in Foreign Affairs magazine. Listen to the interview.

Sue Schlaufman Deans ’70 has been named the Boulder, Colorado, Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the year. She will be on campus this fall, teaching In-Depth Reporting, with a focus on this fall's elections.

A participant in the Knox program in Barcelona in 1974, Georgetown University graduate Ken Shotwell (aka Juan Andres), converted and uploaded a video made in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Knox’s program in Spain in 1994. View the video.

Cindy Wilson ’82 was awarded the Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence at the Chicago Bar Association Pro Bono and Public Service awards luncheon. Wilson has been at Northwestern University since 2000, where she is a clinical associate professor, the director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic Center on Externships, and a public interest advisor. Read more about Wilson.

Carolyn Balster Evani ’84 was recently named the president of the Komen Phoenix board of directors.

Deepak Mathur ‘92, senior vice president of SES, the second-biggest satellite operator by revenue in the world, was interviewed in The Wall Street Journal about the company’s expansion into the Asia market. Read the article.

It was in the Peace Corps in Guatemala that Emily Richardson Fanjoy ’06 and husband Jim discovered the complexity of small-scale farming, lessons that led them to start Peace Crops, a small farm in Oregon that the couple has dedicated to growing healthy food, along with educating people about nutrition. Read an article about their efforts in the Tillamook Headlight-Herald.

Knox alumni and a current student participated in a performance of Hamlet at the Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia Missouri. Jason Cascio ’06 played Hamlet, Julia Allison Beale Cascio ’04 directed, Kate LaRose ’13 played Ophelia, and Nate Hults ’11 played Laertes

James Clark ’09 has stepped down as head baseball coach at Eureka College to pursue his sports management degree at Western Illinois University. Read more in Galesburg’s The Register-Mail.

Faculty & Staff News

David Bunde in the classroom.National Science Foundation Grant Supports Knox Research

With support from a National Science Foundation research grant, David Bunde, associate professor of computer science, and a group of Knox students are developing new strategies for teaching computer science at the undergraduate level. Learn more about the grant.

Book Examines Ecological Restoration

Stuart Allison at Green Oaks Biological Field Station.Environmental concepts that we thought we understood -- such as "natural," "degraded," and "restored" -- need to be re-examined, according to a new book by Stuart Allison, professor of biology. Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change traces the history of ecological restoration, current restoration techniques, and future challenges presented by climate change. Learn more.

Muelder Elected to Underground Railroad Judges Panel

Owen Muelder '63Owen Muelder ’63, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College, has been elected to serve on the Underground Railroad Free Press Panel of Judges. Muelder, the author of articles about 19th-century history that have appeared in scholarly journals and anthologies, has also written two books about abolitionism, The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois and Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society.  Learn more about his appointment.

Send Us Your Memories of Penny Gold

Penny Gold, professor of history, will be retiring at the end of December 2012. The history department is gathering recollections from former students to put into a book to give Gold on the occasion of her retirement. If you have any stories or remembrances that you would like to share, please send them to by October 15, 2012.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Mike Godsil '76, instructor in art, was judge for the Members & Friends Exhibition at the Galesburg Civic Art Center.

Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and author of six novels, was featured in an interview at Read the interview.

"If someone is higher than you on the food chain, you want dirt about them. You want negative information, because that's the stuff you can exploit to get ahead," said Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, in an interview about gossip at Read the article.

Magali Roy-Fequiere, associate professor and chair of women's studies, attended for the second time the Cave Canem summer retreat. This week-long retreat allows African American poets to study with world-class faculty and a community of peers. This year's faculty members included Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, and Terrance Hayes, among others. Read more about the retreat.

Marilyn Webb, professor of journalism, was recently featured in a Q&A in the Peoria Journal-Star. Read the interview.

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Josh Gunter, Senior

My research had a lot of relevance to my future career plans. My name is Josh Gunter, Senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Kelly Wiggen '11

I got literally hundreds of hours of animal experience by working with zebra finches. My name is Kelly Wiggen '11, and I AM KNOX.

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Mat Ryohei Matsuda, Associate Professor in Asian Studies

I study how Japan is adapting American ideas into their higher education and liberal arts curriculum. My name is Mat Ryohei Matsuda, Associate Professor in Asian Studies (Japanese Studies), and I AM KNOX.

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