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Thank you, alumni, parents, and friends, for your continued support of Knox College. Your gifts help provide an internationally recognized liberal arts education to 1,400 students each year. But do you know that your gift also has an immediate and direct impact on individual Knox students?

Since its founding in 1837, Knox’s mission has been to educate students regardless of financial means. Knox remains true to that mission today, even in a tough economy. That’s why your gift is more important than ever -- your support helps Knox meet its mission. This year’s Knox Fund gifts will again support student financial aid unless you choose otherwise. Please give by December 31.

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Have an IRA? This is for you.
On December 17, 2010, the IRA Charitable Rollover for 2010 was restored, permitting its use in all of 2011. If you own an IRA and are over age 70½, you may transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to Knox College. Individuals who choose to make a qualified charitable rollover from their IRA trustee/custodian to Knox may make their 2010 charitable gift now through January 31, 2011. For more information, please contact Robert King, senior gift planner, at 309-341-7459 or

From the Editors

Help International Fair Celebrate 30th Anniversary

International FairJanuary 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of Knox's International Fair. Were you an international student at Knox? Help the College celebrate by sending memories of your Knox experience to We've set up a Flickr group where you can share your International Fair photos from years past. Join the Knox College I-Fair Flickr group. Upload your photos (follow the instructions on the page), browse through other photos, add comments, and help us identify people and places.

Campus News

Winter Open House for Prospective Students

Do you know someone who might be interested in attending Knox? Encourage them to attend the Winter Open House on Monday, January 17! It’s the perfect opportunity to talk to faculty and students, tour the campus, learn about academic programs, explore student life, and even taste the cuisine. Learn more about Winter Open House.

Committee Narrows Scope for Next Knox President

Presidential Search UpdateRichard Riddell '72, chair of the presidential search committee and trustee, reports that the Presidential Search Committee met on December 7 to evaluate the pool of candidates and to select semi-finalists to interview. Committee members were impressed with the quality and the range of experience and backgrounds of the candidates under consideration. After focused discussion of individual candidates, the committee enthusiastically selected eight semi-finalists to interview in person. The interviews will take place early in 2011 and the full committee will participate in each interview. Following the interviews, the committee plans to narrow the pool to a smaller number of finalists for a second round of interviews. Learn more about the presidential search at Knox.

Knox Ranked Among Top 100 Colleges in Kiplinger's

KiplingerKnox College is again ranked among the nation's top 100 liberal arts college values by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. "Kiplinger's rankings focus on the academic strength of Knox students and their access to a faculty of teacher-scholars," said Paul Steenis '85, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission. "Those educational advantages are paired with financial aid and scholarship awards that put Knox within reach of students and their families." Read more about Knox's ranking in Kiplinger's.

Bronze Turkey Football Game Yields Donation of Thanksgiving Turkeys

turkey donationThe annual Bronze Turkey Game has boosted the Jamieson Community Center's annual food drive, as Knox College President Roger Taylor '63 delivered 10 frozen turkeys to the community center in Monmouth as payoff from his annual wager with Monmouth College President Mauri Ditzler on the outcome of the Knox-Monmouth football game -- this year won by Monmouth. Read more about the donation.

Student News

Knox Students and Faculty Travel to Japan

Japan TermAfter spending months studying the history, philosophy, and language of Japan, 14 Knox College students and three members of the faculty spent two weeks in the Asian country as part of Japan Term, an interdisciplinary program at Knox that aims to help students develop skills they will need as global citizens in the twenty-first century. "I'm not going to go to Japan and just passively take it all in," said Shaun Kelly '13 of Columbia, Missouri. "I'm going to be thinking about how the things I've been studying are reflected in what I see around me." Read more about the trip. In addition to Japan, Key West and Greece were the destinations of other Knox students and faculty over the winter break.

Students Gain Real-World Business Experience

Business experience in ChicagoKnox students had the opportunity to live in Chicago, where they developed independent study projects, acquired practical experience through internships, and interacted with Chicago-based business innovators  through the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Society program. "This program offers students a valuable experiential opportunity to see how companies are built and compete," said Knox College Professor John Spittell, chair of the business and management program and executive-in-residence. Learn more about the program.

Anita Ahuja '11 and Roger Taylor '63Student Named Lincoln Laureate

Anita Ahuja '11 of Rock Island, Illinois, who co-founded the College's chapter of Best Buddies, a club that links students and local residents with developmental disabilities, was honored with an Illinois Student Laureate Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The award is presented annually to an outstanding senior from each of Illinois' four-year colleges and universities, in recognition of academic excellence and leadership in extracurricular activities. Read more about Ahuja.

Ricketts to Work at Fenway Park Next Summer

Zack Ricketts '11Zack Ricketts '12 will work for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park as a paid groundskeeping intern next summer. Ricketts' experience in turf management began as a student at Galesburg High School, where he maintained the baseball field, followed by four years maintaining Blodgett Field as a student worker. Last summer, he interned with the grounds crew for the Burlington Bees, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Read more about Ricketts in Galesburg's The Register-Mail.

Wrestling Team Hosts Youth Camp, Volunteers at Pre-School

Wrestling camp for preschoolersEarlier this fall, The Knox wrestling team reached out to the Galesburg community both to lend a hand in service and to teach the sport of wrestling to the city's youth. The project not only helped the preschool where they volunteered, but provided an opportunity for the wrestling team to learn more about working together and taking initiative. Read more about the wrestling team's volunteer efforts.

Alumni News

The Puck Flew at Knox

1974 Knox Hockey TeamOne of the best kept sports secrets from 1974 was that Knox College laid claim to a college hockey team. Early practices were held outdoors by freezing water on the cement patio outside the Gizmo. Other practices and games were at indoor ice rinks in Peoria and Pekin. The young team played and won its first game against the Pekin Duffers. They went on to outskate Bradley University and Illinois State University. Read more about the Knox hockey team in Galesburg's The Register-Mail.

Book Features Essay on Knox Celebration of Christmas

An essay by Owen Muelder '63, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Center at Knox, "Christmas the Same as Any Other Day," is featured in the book Christmas in Illinois. The essay reveals a time on campus when students were required to attend class on Christmas Day and student efforts to thwart the requirement in 1851. Read more about Muelder's essay in Galesburg's The Register-Mail.

Malissa Kent '07Alumna Talks About Careers in Publishing

Malissa Kent '07 recently traveled back to campus to talk about her experience with the Denver Publishing Institute, which has been welcoming Knox College students into its summer session for years. The four week intensive graduate level program focuses on all aspects of publishing. Kent now works for as a copyright evaluation specialist in Seattle. Read more about Kent's presentation at Knox.

Knox Faculty and Alumni Art Show at Figge Museum

Knox Alumni Display at Figge MuseumArt works by Knox College faculty and alumni who studied with an influential 20th century artist and educator are featured in an exhibit at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, through January 2, 2011. The exhibit, "The Artistic Legacy of Mercedes Matter: The Knox College Students of Mercedes Matter," showcases works by artists connected with Knox who studied with Matter -- Lynette Lombard, associate professor of art at Knox, along with Knox alumni Jason Eisner '95, Jenny Hager '93, Joren Lindholm '95, Christopher Reno '98, and Megan Williamson '82. Read more about the exhibit.

Alumni Notes

Richard '51 and Lorraine Johnson Fleming '54 were named Volunteers of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation. The Flemings have been active in the Delaware Nature Society for years; Lorraine helping to identify and preserve more than 124,000 acres of natural areas, and Dick helping craft the society's position on climate change, including alternative energy sources.

In his newly updated, award-winning book Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk, reporter and author Mike Weiss '64 provides a history and analysis of the controversial trial that changed the California legal system.

New York Times reporters Barry Bearak '71 and his wife, Celia Dugger, were finalists for the Michael Kelly Award. The award was given in recognition of their coverage of elections in Zimbabwe and Bearak's ultimate arrest for "committing journalism." Read more about Bearak.

William Hejna ’79 is a fellow with the Noblis Center for Health Innovation, Falls Church, Virginia. Hejna is a two-time recipient of Noblis’ Technology Leadership Award. He leads the firm’s performance innovation and facilities planning practices.

Casey Jacobs Jones '87, a 2007 graduate of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, presented the commencement address at the school earlier this month. Jacobs Jones currently works in the medical cardiac intensive care unit at Emanuel Health Center in North Portland. He has been accepted into the doctor of nursing practice/family nurse practitioner program at the University of Portland.

Don Harmon '88 was named Illinois' Best State Senator by Capital "He has become THE mover and shaker in the Senate. Incredibly smart, hardworking and prolific. Has his fingers in every important issue moving through the Senate."

Craig Technologies was named Business of the Year during Florida Today's annual Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony. Led by president Carol Bovard Craig '89, a 2009 Alumni Achievement Award winner, Craig Technologies is an engineering and technology company with 200 employees. Read more about the award.

Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP attorney Jennifer Quinn Broda '94 has been elevated to partner in the firm’s Chicago office.

Elizabeth Leahy Madsen '03, senior research associate at Population Action International, was on a panel discussing the challenges and strategies for expanding access to maternal health commodities at the ninth meeting of the 2009-2010 Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health series through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Garret Fleming '05 is the new executive chef at Eatonville Restaurant, known for southern cuisine, in Washington D.C.

Faculty & Staff News

Kasser Recommends Simplicity This Holiday Season

Tim Kasser

Most people likely aren’t living Christmas the way they truly want to live it, according to Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, author of the book The High Price of Materialism, and co-author of a 2002 study "What Makes For a Merry Christmas." Read more about Kasser's research and his holiday practices with his family in The Register-Mail article "What makes for a Merry Christmas." Kasser's research is also cited in the article "150 Tips: How to Repurpose Paper Towel Rolls, Where You can Get Free Land, Why Candy is Good for You, and More," and in the U.S. News and World Report online article "Gen Y's Frugal Holiday Shopping Plans."

Faculty & Staff Notes

A translation by Carol Chase, professor emerita of modern languages, of the 13th-century French prose romance The History of the Holy Grail, first published in 1993, has been reissued in paperback by Boydell and Brewer. It has also been reissued in hardback by Routledge. It is the first romance in a cycle of five Arthurian texts focused on Lancelot, Arthur, and the Grail. An article written by Chase, "La fabrication du Cycle du Lancelot-Graal," was published in the Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society.

Mark Holmes, associate professor of art and a 1983 Hope College graduate, was invited to his alma mater to judge the college's juried student art show.

Liz Carlin Metz, professor of theatre, presented "Assimilation and Synthesis: the Neuroscience of Acting," at the Performance Educator's Conference, sponsored by a FACEGrant from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. She was a co-author of the FACEGrant and co-coordinator of the conference at Coe College in October.

A personal essay by Natania Rosenfeld, associate professor of English, "Life and Death" appears in the current issue of Southwest Review.

An essay by Chad Simpson, visiting assistant professor English, "Obnubilate," appears in the November issue of The Collagist. Read the essay.

In This Issue

Knox Events

January 16, 2011
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
January 25, 2011
Lunch at Grayhawk Golf Club
February 04, 2011
An Evening with Professor Robin Metz
February 15, 2011
Founders Day Celebration
February 18, 2011
Lunch Reception at Naples Yacht Club
February 19, 2011
Presentation of Alumni Achievement Awards
March 12, 2011
Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons
May 14, 2011

Billy Elliot, The Musical

Gizmogram Archive

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Knox Profiles

Jessa Dahl '10

A lot of the skills that I'm going to need for my Fulbright, I had been introduced to in Knox classes. My name is Jessa Dahl '10 and

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Knox professors inspired me to work toward my dreams. My name is Dan Prieto '08, New Teacher of the Year award winner, and I AM KNOX.

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Students learn to find their own answers and develop a critical relationship with music history. My name is Sarah Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music, and I AM KNOX

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