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Knox Among Top Colleges for Fulbright Awards

Knox College is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation for Fulbright Scholar grants awarded to faculty during 2009-2010. The lists of national leaders in student and faculty Fulbright grants were published in the October 23 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

This year, two Knox faculty were awarded grants. Karen Kampwirth '86, professor of political science and chair of the Latin American Studies program, is teaching and conducting research on feminism and politics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jeremy Day-O'Connell (pictured above), assistant professor of music, is conducting musicology and linguistics research at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Since the Fulbright program was created in the 1950s, eight Knox College faculty, 27 students, and four alumni have received Fulbright grants for teaching and research outside the United States. In 2008 Knox was noted as a national leader in the number of students who received Fulbright fellowships that year to support international study and teaching. Read more about the award.

Make an Impact on the Life of a Knox Student

Make an impact in the life of a Knox student.Last year, we asked alumni why they give to Knox. Hundreds responded. Campus memories, favorite professors, and appreciation for a Knox education were just a few of the responses we received. See what alumni had to say in this special year-end video.

This year, the student need for financial aid at Knox has increased by more than $1 million. It is Knox's mission to help our students in every way possible. That is why this year gifts to the Knox Fund will support student financial aid unless you designate otherwise. Please make a tax-deductible gift by December 31. You can give online now or call 888-566-9265.

From the Editors

Join the Online Community

Want to pass along holiday greetings to long-lost friends and former classmates? Check out the Knox Online Community. You have access to 15,000 Knox alumni, plus Knox parents, faculty, and staff. Just go to, click on “First Time Login” and enter your last name and Knox ID. Once you’re logged into the community, you can search the alumni directory, view photos from recent alumni and campus events, make a secure online gift, and register for events. Join the community today!

Campus News

Knox Delivers Donations to Food Pantry

Truckload of food for FISH Food PantryKnox College employees collected and delivered more than two dozen boxes and bags of food to the FISH Food Pantry. "A volunteer at FISH told us they serve between 1,300 and 1,500 people a month and that need has doubled this year," said Rebecca Canfield, human resources assistant. "In just a week, the Knox community donated enough to the Feeding FISH Food Frenzy to load a pick-up truck with boxes and bags filled with a variety of food." Read more about the donation.

Student News

Students Participate in Simon Graduate School of Business Case Competition

Students participate in business competitionStudents from 19 colleges and universities competed in the Simon Graduate School of Business Case Competition. The annual competition brings together some of the brightest young business minds in the country to simulate decisions faced by business leaders around the globe. Four Knox students participated in the competition, and one, Beijing Zhu ’10, earned honors as a member of the second place team, taking home a cash prize. Read more about the competition.

Knox Students Attend Bioneers Conference

Student camped while at the Bioneers ConferenceSixty Knox College students attended this fall's regional conference of Bioneers, a non-profit environmental organization. Sessions were held at the University of Kentucky and attended by students and faculty from schools throughout the Midwest. "The Bioneers conference showed that dedication and creativity can produce some really incredible changes in the environment and in the communities where work is being done," said Annika Paulsen '12. Read more student reactions to the conference.

Knox Wrestler Ranked by NCAAEdel Vaca '11

Earlier this month, the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III came out with the Brute-Adidas Individual Ranking for NCAA Division III wrestlers. Edel Vaca ’11 was ranked ninth in his 133 pound weight class. This marks the first time in Knox College wrestling history that a Prairie Fire wrestler has been ranked as a junior and only the second time a Knox wrestler has been ranked. Read more about Vaca.

Dance Impacts Young Girls’ Lives

Six Knox students spent a good part of their fall term working with the Boys and Girls Club of Knox County, teaching 11- to 15-year-olds dance techniques that led to a performance on campus last month. The students taught the dance steps to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, stressing teamwork and building self-confidence. “Being that support (for the girls) is the best thing about the program,” Angelina Rosa ’11 said. “Dancing is just a plus.” Read more in the Register-Mail.

30 Prairie Fire Student-Athletes Earn Academic Honors

Earlier this month, 30 Knox athletes were recognized as 2009 Fall Academic All-Midwest Conference honorees. In order to be named to the academic team, the athlete must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 while lettering in any of the Midwest Conference fall sports.Meet the 30 Academic All-Midwest students.

Alumni News

Vir Das '02Funny Boy to Bollywood Hunk?

Vir Das ’02 likes to tell you he is a late bloomer. At 30 -- he passed that momentous chronological marker in May -- his career is just taking off. Not only is he an excellent stand-up comedian, as his two sold-out shows at The Esplanade's Indian arts festival Kalaa Utsavam prove, he is carving out a second career in Bollywood, too. Read more about Vir Das in Asiaone News.

Alumni Research Finds Fewer Fouls Called on Home Team

Research by Kyle Anderson '93, visiting assistant professor of business economics at Indiana University, suggests that sports fans do have a great impact on games and that officials often are not objective in their efforts to be fair to both teams. Anderson said he noticed such tendencies among officials when he played center at Knox. Read more about the study in The New York Times and ESPN.

Alumni Notes

Prize-winning dog of Marnie Milliken Harris '69Two dogs bred and owned by Marnie Milliken Harris ’69 competed in the Old English Sheepdog Club of America 2009 National Specialty Show held in Dixon, California. Ch. Masquerade MegaBucks was the Best In Specialty Show winner and Masquerade Mint Julep won three awards, including Best Bred By Exhibitor. 

Walter Stinson ’70, founder of ListenUp, was recently inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. He discussed the evolution and future of digital sound with the Denver Post. Read the interview.

W. Dudley McCarter ’72 was recently named in 2010’s The Best Lawyers in America in the category of commercial litigation. McCarter is a founder of Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C., a law firm in St. Louis, Missouri.

Vince Throop ’72, who received mechanical and manufacturing engineering degrees after Knox, was the project manager for the largest corporate solar array installation in Illinois history. Read more about the installation.

Linda Nelson Langston ’75 was presented with the Public Leader in the Arts award by the Americans for the Arts for her work as an elected official in supporting the arts community, particularly during and after the 2008 floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She was also appointed by Iowa Governor Chet Culver to the statewide Mental Health/Developmental Disability/Brain Injury Commission.

Melissa Pray Muldoon ’82, a freelance graphic designer living in the San Francisco Bay area, studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where she discovered a country full of history, culture, and tradition, yet overflowing with contemporary style and quirky idiosyncrasies. She talked about her “Inner Italian” in the blog Simple Italy.

Alex Thurber ’82 has been named senior vice president of worldwide channel operations for McAfee, Inc., the world's largest dedicated security technology company. Read more about Thurber and his new position.

Kendall R. Watkins ’82 has been recognized by one of the best lawyers in America in Health Care Law. He is a shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa. He practices primarily in the area of long-term care health law. Read more about Watkins.

A poem by Vida Cross ’88, "Spell for a Dramatic Person," will appear in the 2010 edition of Reed Magazine. Read more about the magazine.

Carol Bovard Craig ’89 addressed attendees at the B.I.G. (Business, Innovation, and Growth) Summit for entrepreneurs in Orlando, Florida, in November. Craig is founder, president, and CEO of Craig Technologies, a national engineering and technical services company. Her company was recently awarded work for the U.S. Navy, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Central Command under President Obama’s plan to defend the nation’s computer network infrastructure. Craig Technologies is also a rising star in the Space Industry, working with NASA on contracts at headquarters in Washington, D.C., Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Read more about Craig Technologies.

 Talal Jabari ’99 has directed a documentary Full Signal, which addresses the health effects and regulatory issues related to cellular technology. Learn more about the movie.

Since May Ben Kulp ’01 has been drawing an online comic called False Facts where he illustrates a humorous untruth every day. His work was recently featured in PC Magazine's 50 Favorite Blogs of 2009.

Mark Halx '01 had a paper, The Urban High School Principal as Pedagogical Partner: Conscientization and Critical Thinking Development in Texas, accepted at the American Educational Research Association. He presented a similar paper at the University Council of Educational Administrators in Anaheim, California.

Alicia Young ’03 works for the Point Reyes Bird Observatory in California, where she runs their bird monitoring program in Northeast California. She recently wrote an article about her work in the PBRO Observer. Read the article.

Farah Ahed ’07 is promoting art education for kids in Pakistan. The ad, Art from the Heart, is being aired throughout the country. Watch the ad.

Genevieve Nichols ’08, has been named executive director of tourism and commerce for the Council Grove (Kansas) Chamber of Commerce. Before moving to Kansas, she interned with the Lake Forest (Illinois) city manager.

Faculty & Staff News

John Dooley Named Senior Member of Engineering Society

John DooleyJohn Dooley, professor and chair of computer science, has been named a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, recognition of both professional accomplishments and length of service in the field. Read more about Dooley and the society.

Professors Collaborate with Lyric Opera of ChicagoJason Helfer and Stephen Schroth

Knox College educational studies faculty Jason Helfer and Stephen Schroth are collaborating with Lyric Opera of Chicago on publications that connect opera with the school curriculum for 24,000 elementary students in Chicago. Read more about the collaboration.

Knox Victorious Over Monmouth in Walking Challenge

Knox employees and staff celebrate their victory against Monmouth59 Knox faculty and staff Fire Walkers were victorious in a five-week walking challenge against Monmouth College this fall. Knox Fire Walkers accumulated 20,292,824 steps, or 10,146 miles, with 59 reporting. Monmouth Fighting Scots totaled 13,350,706 steps, or 6,675 miles, with 37 people reporting. For their efforts, the Knox team received a trophy and bragging rights for the year.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Emily Anderson, associate professor of English, published an article entitled "I Will Unfold a Tale!: Narrative, Epistemology, and Caleb Williams" in the Fall 2009 issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, participated in a panel on re-translation at the conference of the American Literary Translators Association in Pasadena, California, speaking about translations of Chekhov's Three Sisters

David Bunde, assistant professor of computer science, presented a paper "A short unit to introduce multi-threaded programming" at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges conference in Chicago.

Fred Hord, professor of Black studies, and Terry Duffy, secretary of the Association for Black Culture Center (ABCC), accompanied four students to Cleveland, Ohio, for the 19th annual conference of the ABCC. Knox joined more than 50 colleges and universities from throughout the country at the conference, which focused on “Negotiating the Politics of a Black Presidency.” Knox has been headquarters for the national ABCC since 1989. That same year Knox hosted the first of the now annual conferences.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, discussed how the reality of climate change impinges on core aspects of our identity in Lanka Business Online. He was also quoted in a piece in The Attleboro Sun Chronicle on how buying holiday gifts contributes little to holiday joy. And in Medill Reports Chicago, Kasser is quoted in an article about activists being happier than the average person.

Natania Rosenfeld, associate professor of English, read her translations, as well as the original versions, of three Yiddish poems at the American Literary Translators' Association conference in Pasadena last month.

In This Issue

Knox Events

January 23, 2010
Lunch and Tour of the Phoenix Art Museum
February 12, 2010
Lexington Country Club, Fort Myers
February 26, 2010
Pepsi Center, Denver

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Sarah West

I used a Wii Fit videogame machine to study the impact of force on the articular cartilage of the knee. My name is Sarah West and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.


When you see what the faculty and staff are doing, you're simply compelled to give. We are Robert '56 and Kathy Sparks, and WE ARE KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Stephen Fineberg

I am studying the Greek myth of Theseus and Ariadne, and the cultural and socio-political issues that the myth expresses. My name is Stephen Fineberg, Szold Distinguished Service Professor of Classics, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.


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