Jessica Robinson

Internships Give Students Real World Experiences

Knox students are interning at locales around the world -- from Nepal to California. They're preparing for their future by collaborating with United Nations staff, exploring economic development opportunities, living in national parks, and much more.

  • Prajwal Man Tuladhar '14, economics major and business and management minor, is an intern at the United Nations Development Programme in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Jessica Robinson '16, biology and environmental studies double major, is interning with the Research Experience for Undergraduates at Yosemite National Park in Yosemite Village, California.
  • Dylan Gibson '15, political science major, is a production intern at a nationally syndicated progressive talk radio station in Washington D.C.
  • Sharon Chen '14, economics and international relations double major, is interning at international communications and public relations agency Fleishman-Hillard in Beijing, China.
  • Paige Anderson ’14, computer science and creative writing double major, is interning at Amazon in Healdsburg, California.

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

From the Editors

Watch Prairie Fire Competitions Live and On Demand -- Free!

Watch Prairie Fire FootballWant to watch the Prairie Fire football home opener September 14 against St. Norbert 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 how to watch Prairie Fire sports live and on demand.

Cover of Colleges That Change LivesColleges That Change Lives on Tour

Knox College, one of 40 Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), will be on tour in the Midwest starting August 24. 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.

Cheering on the Prairie Fire at HomecomingCome Back for Homecoming -- October 18-20

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 2013 Web page for more details.

Campus News

Knox Ranked Among Nation’s Top Colleges

Reviewing maps in the libraryKnox College has again been ranked among the nation's top colleges in The Princeton Review's 2014 edition of its annual guidebook The Best 378 Colleges. Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the 2014 edition of the book. "The Princeton Review provides a clear picture of the benefits that draw students to Knox -- outstanding classroom teaching, enhanced through internships, independent research, service projects, study abroad, and other hands-on learning experiences," said Paul Steenis '85, dean of admission and vice president for enrollment. Read more about Knox’s ranking in The Princeton Review.


Governor Pat QuinnKnox Awarded State Facilities Grant

Knox has received a $931,932 facilities grant from the State of Illinois as part of Illinois Jobs Now! "Thanks to the support of the State of Illinois, Knox will continue ongoing improvements to campus buildings,” said Knox College President Teresa Amott. “Especially Old Main, Seymour Union, and Ford Center for the Fine Arts." Read more about the grant.

Knox Radio Station to Broadcast NPR and New HD Channel

A student in the WVKC studioKnox College and Tri States Public Radio in Macomb have signed an agreement that brings 24-hours-a-day public radio programming to Galesburg, and modernizes and expands the reach of the College's radio station, WVKC. The agreement also creates internship opportunities for Knox students interested in broadcast journalism and production. Read more about the agreement.

Working on lights on the Knox campusCampus Abuzz with Summer Renovations, Improvements

There may be fewer students on campus during the summer, but it’s still a busy time as workers paint, plaster, renovate, reconstruct, and make other improvements to campus facilities. See the work that’s being done on the blog KnoxWorks.

Student News

Student Wins National Playwriting Awards

Nicole Acton and castNicole Acton ’15 is headed for a national playwriting conference In New York City after her one-act play, War, was judged one of the best in the nation in the 2013 National Playwriting Competition. Acton also was one of just 12 winners in the 21st Annual Young Playwrights Competition & Festival at The Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. The award included a fully staged production this summer of her play Survival Strategy. Read an interview with Acton.

Gabe MorenoStudent Studies Visual and Literary Art in Florence and London

Gabe Moreno ’14 immersed himself in visual and literary arts, including architecture, painting, sculpture, and theatre, while studying abroad in Italy and England. “There's been a huge wealth of knowledge attained via classes and ‘proper schooling,’” said Moreno. “But my real education has derived from studying something, and then living in it.” Learn more about Moreno’s experience abroad.

Soccer Athlete in Elite Summer League

Charles EdembaPrairie Fire men's soccer player Charles Edemba ’16 is competing this summer with the St. Louis Lions in the Premier Development League, which features elite college soccer players from throughout the nation. "It is great to have Charles competing at a high level throughout the summer," Prairie Fire men's soccer coach Matt Edwards said. "He will learn from the older and more experienced players around him, which will be great for his development." Read more about the league.

Alumni News

Stripe Pursues Research at Argonne Laboratory

Ben Stripe at Argonne LaboratoryBenjamin Stripe ’06 is a postdoctoral fellow at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source (APS), one of the world's most powerful X-ray sources for scattering, spectroscopy and imaging studies. In his research in Sector 26 of the APS beamline, Stripe focuses on creating a more effective lead-free solder.The amount of science that gets done here and the access to the tools we have is really amazing,” said Stripe about the lab. Read more about his research and the lab.

Teach for America Recruits Trio of 2013 Grads

Grant Deam, Emalie Jacobs, and Lily SaenzThree members of the Class of 2013 are joining Teach for America, the highly selective, national corps of teachers serving in low-income urban and rural areas and working to expand students' educational opportunities. Grant Deam will teach in Chicago, Emalie Jacobs will teach in St. Louis, and Lily Saenz will teach in Detroit. Read more about the students and program.

Luke ’08 and Samantha Claypool Temple ’11Alumni Meet President Obama in Tanzania

Luke ’08 and Samantha Claypool Temple ’11, who are serving in the Peace Corps as environmental extension workers and living in a small village in the Southern Highlands region of Tanzania, were among a group of 25 Peace Corps volunteers invited to meet with President Barack Obama when he stopped in Tanzania as part of his visit to Africa. Read more about the visit.

Alumni Notes

Bill Reiners ’59, professor in the department of botany at the University of Wyoming, received the Ecological Society of America’s Eminent Ecologist Award in recognition of his groundbreaking accomplishments in a career spanning five decades. Read more about the award and Reiners’ accomplishments in ecology.

Nancy Crooker ’66 and Ray Greenwald ’66 have been elected to give named lectures at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco this coming December. The union has more than 55,000 members.

Phil Singer ’76 hosted a program at the Gregg House Museum in Westmont, Illinois, about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He discussed President Kennedy's history, newspapers and headlines from the assassination, and different assassination theories.

Doug Hill ’77 competed in the Triathlon National Championships in Milwaukee this past weekend and heads to the World Championships in London in September.

Brian Williams ’86 was named the new vice president of advancement at Antioch College. Williams has been a fundraiser at the Childrens Museum of Indianapolis and was director of planned giving and vice president of advancement at Knox. Read more about Williams.

Three poems by Vida Cross ’88 were recently published: “Oh Lord, My Man is Gone” and “Love Me Tomorrow,” appeared in Tabula Poetica by Chapman University, June 2013, and  “Asunda’s Story,” was published in Transitions by WEB Institute of African American Research, Harvard University, Spring 2013.

Ted DeLong ’00 has been appointed general manager of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, one of the top theatre companies in the United States. DeLong received his MFA in theatre management from Yale.

Kelli Refer ’08 wrote and illustrated the book Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling. She will be traveling around the Pacific Northwest leading yoga workshops and bike rides and giving readings. One of her stops will be to meet with the Knox Club in Portland. Read more about where Refer will be this fall.

Faculty & Staff News

Kasser Book on Lennon Goes Beyond Speculative Explanations of Song

Book cover for Lucy in the Mind of LennonIn Psychology Professor Tim Kasser’s new book published by Oxford University Press, Lucy in the Mind of Lennon, he goes beyond speculative explanations to analyze the meaning behind the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. He applies innovative psychological methods to the song's lyrics and music and weaves his findings together with the facts of Lennon's life and established psychological theories to provide an integrative (and sometimes surprising) perspective on the psychological processes that led Lennon to write the iconic song. Read more about the book in the Chronicle of Higher Education and read an article by Kasser about writing the book in The Chicago Tribune.

Schwartzman Leads Field to Fork -- Teaches Kids about Local Food

Peter Schwartzman with local students in the Knox greenhouseLocal 10- to-15-year-olds learned about growing and preparing local food through a day camp called Field to Fork, coordinated by Peter Schwartzman, associate professor of environmental studies. The program, funded by a Specialty Crop Grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture to Knox County and the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Agency, included both classroom instruction and field trips to local farms. Read more about the camp at and listen to an interview with Schwartzman and campers at

In This Issue

Knox Events

August 21, 2013
At the home of Don '53 and Jan Hines
August 22, 2013
At the home of Rick '83 and Mary Filosa Brown '82
August 25, 2013
Meet the New Dean
August 26, 2013
Book Reading with Kelli Refer '08
September 28, 2013
Knox Campus
October 18-20, 2013
Re-connect with Friends at Knox!
November 06, 2013
The Book of Mormon

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Marta Schneider

The best part about studying abroad is being able to be a member of the society that you are studying. My name is Marta Schneider, senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Alex Robertson

I feel that ultimately these strategies of constantly challenging one's assumptions and methods will keep me on my toes and a perpetual student of the world around me. My name is Alex Robertson '11, web developer, and I AM KNOX.

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Carol Scotton

I'm interested in how we value things -- from reducing the risks from pollution or floods to maintaining our infrastructure and educating ourselves and our posterity. My name is Carol Scotton, associate professor of economics and business and management, and I AM KNOX.

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