Students who spent winter break in the Everglades.

Students Chronicle Canoe Trip Through the Everglades

“Some call it a swamp, others a wetland, but there is, perhaps, no more fragile, unique, or magnificent ecosystem in the United States than A Knox student on Highland BeachFlorida's Everglades,” wrote Nic Mink, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, about the area where he took nine students over winter break. The students spent 10 days canoeing and camping throughout the Everglades as an extension of a fall term class they took about U.S. National parks, taught by Mink. Read excerpts from students as they chronicle the trip.

Psychology Professor’s Work Featured in New Video

Opening view of the video featuring Pscyhology Professor Tim KasserWell-known for his research on materialism, Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, has collaborated on a new animated video that spotlights some of his work. The video, "The High Price of Materialism," is featured on the Web site of The Center for a New American Dream, whose goal is to bring academic research and key themes and ideas to a broader audience. Learn more about the video.

From the Editors

Help Knox Celebrate 175 Years -- Give by December 31

a view of Old MainFor 175 years, through wars, depressions, civil unrest, and social change, Knox has provided all talented and worthy students with access to a high-caliber liberal arts education -- an education that inspires its students to challenge themselves, empowers them to pursue intellectual and creative endeavors, and transforms them into active and engaged citizens. One of the easiest and most meaningful ways you can help celebrate and sustain Knox's 175-year heritage is to give in honor of this milestone anniversary. Please give by December 31.

Celebrate Founders Month

Knox College's 175th Anniversary LogoKnox College will officially celebrate its 175 birthday on February 15, 2012. Events honoring this milestone have been planned throughout the month of February on campus and around the world. Help us celebrate the founding of this storied college!

  • Knox Pride Day, February 15 -- whether your are on campus or in Galesburg, New York, or London, celebrate Knox's 175th anniversary by showing your Knox pride. Wear a Knox t-shirt, sweatshirt, or hat. Don purple and gold. Dig out your old athletic uniform (and see if it still fits). Do whatever you can to wish Knox a happy birthday. Then take a photo and share it with the Knox community on Facebook!
  • 175th Anniversary Pub Nights, February 15 -- Celebrate Knox past, present, and future at a Pub Night near you. Events are currently planned in more than a dozen locations around the globe, including Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, New York, Portland, London, and many more. Find a pub night in your neighborhood! 
  • Alumni Achievement Awards, February 17 -- Knox will honor 2012 Alumni Achievement Award winners Mary Lu Aft '60, Lynn Wright '63, James Solomon '74, and Norman Golar '02, at the annual Founders Day Convocation. In honor of the 175th anniversary, current winners will also be joined by past award winners. Mark your calendars -- Knox will Livestream the presentation, starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Inaugural Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs, February 28 -- Robin Wright, acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has witnessed the birth, rise, and globalization of Islamic militancy for almost four decades. Her lecture at 7:30 p.m. will look at the struggle within the Muslim world, where a growing movement defies and challenges extremism. The lecture will be broadcast live via Livestream. To engage the Knox community in a discussion of Ms. Wright's most recent book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, the College is exploring a KnoxReads blog, where alumni and friends can interact with Knox's faculty experts on topics related to Ms. Wright's scholarship. Stay tuned for more information, and, if interested, be sure to order a copy of the book now at the Knox Bookstore.

Enjoy the view of Knox College in winter.Enjoy Views of Knox in Winter in New Video

Miss the snow or just want to remember that first snowball fight of the season or what it was like to walk to classes on a crisp winter day? Enjoy views of Knox in winter in a new video, set to Sam Brownson 12's "On the Steps of Old Main." Watch the video.

Winter Open House for Prospective Students -- Recommend Someone for VIP Treatment

Do you know someone who would be perfect at Knox? Encourage the student to attend Knox's Winter Open House on Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). It’s the perfect opportunity to talk to faculty, admission counselors, and students; tour the campus; learn about academic programs; explore student life; and even taste the cuisine. Learn more about Winter Open House and recommend a student for VIP treatment.

Campus News

A national survey shows Knox graduates give their experience high marks.Survey Shows Graduates Prepared for Success

A national survey shows that graduates of Knox College and other residential liberal arts colleges give their college experience higher marks than do graduates of private or public universities. The study, commissioned by the Annapolis Group, a consortium that includes Knox and 130 of America's leading liberal arts colleges, found that residential liberal arts colleges got higher marks from graduates for, among other things, preparing them for life after college and success in their careers, and for providing classes with a high-quality teaching-oriented faculty and creating a sense of community on campus. Read more about the survey.

Knox Community Shares Special Thanksgiving Meal

Knox students enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.More than 800 students shared in one of Knox’s long-standing traditions: the annual Thanksgiving dinner, prepared by dining services and served by faculty and staff. By the end of the evening, students had consumed 240 pounds of turkey, 126 whole pies, and 16 gallons of eggnog in addition to ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry marshmallow salad, and other traditional holiday foods. Read more about the meal

Parent Shares Campus Experience

Linda Haase shared her experience visiting campus during Family and Friends Weekend in Jewish United Fund News. “I could not remember the last time I sat in a room with this many people who were so utterly engaged, or had had a conversation just for the exercise, for the stimulation of it, rather than to accomplish a task,” she said of sitting in on an English class. Read more about her experience.

Turkeys are Colleges’ Gift to Food Pantries

Knox President Teresa Amott and Monmouth President Mauri Ditzler.Celebrating the annual Bronze Turkey football game, the presidents of Knox and Monmouth Colleges donated 84 frozen turkeys and other food items to food pantries in their communities. Each president agreed to donate 42 frozen turkeys -- equal to half of the 83 total points scored by both teams in the game, this year won by Monmouth. Read more about the donation.

Student News

Students Participate in Holiday Mail for Heroes

Before they left on winter break, Knox students sorted and screened holiday cards to veterans and members of the armed forces in Henderson, Knox, and Warren counties. Linda Phan ’13 organized students from Knox, Monmouth, and Carl Sandburg Colleges to participate in the program. She also worked with local armed forces to identify veterans in the area. “We are living among so many veterans, and we don’t really thank them.” Read more at

Students Get Hands-on Lessons in Urban Agriculture

A Knox student learns about urban agriculture.Students in a newly developed course are learning about urban agriculture by growing their own fruits and vegetables on a plot of land on the edge of campus. Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Peter Schwartzman created and teaches the Urban Agriculture class, where students spend part of their time in classroom lecture and also get hands-on experience by planting and tending crops. Read more about the class.

Alumni News

Owen Muelder's book, Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery SocietyMuelder Book Sheds New Light on Anti-Slavery Activists

A new book by Owen Muelder ’63, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox, explores the founding of the American Anti-Slavery Society and the work of one of its most significant leaders in his new book, Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society. Read more about the book.

Business Executive Combines Traditional, Online Learning in Fall Course

Laura Rosene '90Business executive Laura Rosene '90 lives in Ontario, Canada, but has been able to teach the course "Human Resource Management and Society" this fall through traditional classroom sessions on the Knox campus and online interactive lectures and discussions. Read more about Rosene and the course.

Alumni Notes

Galesburg’s longest serving retail merchant, Dean Richard Lindstrom ’41, owner of Lindstrom’s TV & Appliances, passed away last month at the age of 92. Read about Lindstrom’s life and contributions to the Galesburg community at

Two articles by Millie Culp ’71 have been published in USA Today on healthcare and Latina entrepreneurs. Her syndicated column, WorkWise, appears in the Modesto Bee.

Cheryl Almgren ’78 has self-published her own 2012 calendar of spring flowers.

Therese Daker Schmidt ’81 was recently featured in a Chicago Sun-Times article about her jogging to deliver office supplies for the family business, Atlas Stationers. Read more about Schmidt.

City Dreams, Country Scheme, the new book edited by Kathleen Brosnan ’82, explores the ways that westerners conceptualized, built, and inhabited urban, suburban, and exurban spaces in the 20th century. Read more about the book.

Nina Moore ’87 has been appointed by the governor to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. She is an associate professor of political science at Colgate University.

Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg ’95 was featured in the Meet Your Neighbor section of Knox County Neighbors, where she answered questions about her position, goals, and involvement in the community. Read the article at

Ryan Holmes ’00 has joined the Chicago law firm Roetzel & Andress LPA as a partner. Read more about Holmes.

Chris Etheridge ’05 has been named marketing manager for the First Rockford Group, a real estate development company in Rockford, Illinois.

Origami Zoo, a small independent literary publisher founded in 2010 by Rebecca King ’09, is publishing In Defense of Monsters by B.J. Hollars ’07. Read more about the Chapbook. Sam Martone ’11 is associate editor at the press.

Faculty and Staff News

Israeli Scholar Finds Knox Warm, Intellectual, Challenging

Simon Lichman, Visiting Israeli ScholarSimon Lichman, the 2011-2012 Visiting Israeli Scholar, describes his role as "introducing the Knox community to aspects of Israeli culture." He has done this through his work as a folklorist, co-existence educator, and poet. While at Knox during fall term, Lichman delivered public lectures, taught a class, and read his poetry. Learn more about Lichman and his experience at Knox.

President Emeritus Roger Taylor '63Roger Taylor Named Knox President Emeritus

The Knox College Board of Trustees voted recently to award the title of President Emeritus to Roger Taylor '63, who retired in 2011 after ten years as president of the College. He had been a member of the College's Board of Trustees since 1988, and Chair of the Board in 2000-2001. He was named Interim President in 2001, and formally installed the next year. Read more about the award.

Harland Goudie, Chancie Ferris Booth Professor Emeritus of ArtIn Memorium: Harlan Goudie

Harland Goudie, Chancie Ferris Booth Professor Emeritus of Art, died December 7 in Chicago. He was 86. Goudie taught art at Knox from 1954 until his retirement in 1990. "We've had some pretty wild stuff produced in class, and we've had exhibits that have offended people, but I never felt that I had to soft-pedal anything that the students did," said Goudie in the Knox Magazine about the work of his students. Read more about Goudie's life.

John Dooley, William and Marilyn Ingersoll Chair in Computer ScienceProfessor Pens Book on Writing Computer Programs

John Dooley, William and Marilyn Ingersoll Chair in Computer Science, has authored a new, comprehensive book on writing computer programs. Software Development and Professional Practice is based on Dooley's years of experience in software development and design. Read more about Dooley's book.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Associate Professor of English Monica Berlin '95’s poem, “Dear So-and-So, [Down the hall, the accordion man turns into a door]” was recently published in The Southeast Review. In November, she read at The Book Cellar in Chicago in honor of the fall 2011 release of Fifth Wednesday Journal, where Berlin serves as creative nonfiction editor.

Professor Emeritus of Theatre Ivan H. Davidson was recently featured in an article in the Mobile Press Register for his work with third year medical students at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine. The hands-on program allows students to conduct a patient interview with local actors playing "patient" with a variety of ailments and problems. "It is challenging, rewarding, interesting, and a great way to practice my acting skills.” Davidson also recently directed August Wilson's Fences. It was the first time an all-black cast performed a work by a black playwright in the history of Mobile, Alabama.

L. Sue Hulett, Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science, had two opinion essays, “U.S. retreat an Iran opportunity” and “Obama calls for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians,” published in Galesburg’s The Register Mail. She also wrote a book review of The Disappearing God Gap? Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election in the November issue of Christians in Political Science Newsletter.

Liz Carlin Metz, professor of theatre, presented at the ACM FaCEGrant Presenters Conference at Colorado College. She was a co-author of the Performance Educator's Conference, with whom she gave an outline of the nature of the conference.   

Bruce Polay, professor of music, was guest conductor of the Lynn Philharmonia of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, in early December. The Lynn Philharmonia is considered one of the finest conservatory orchestras in the United States. This was Polay's second appearance at Lynn, where he previously served as composer-in-residence in 2008.

Brandon Polite '03, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, presented the paper "Tortured Calculations: Body Economies in Shakespeare's Cultures of Honor" at the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference at Michigan State University. He also commented on a paper on the philosophy of dance at the annual Illinois Philosophical Association conference at Northern Illinois University.

Antonio Prado assistant professor of modern languages, will present his recently published book La Revista Blanca (1898-1936): Matrimonio, familia, y estado  at the CNT in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The CNT, founded in 1910, is one of Spain's most important labor unions.

175th Anniversary

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Knox Events

January 18, 2012
Grayhawk Golf Club
January 22, 2012
The Huntington Library
January 28, 2012
Lucky Strike, Belmar
February 15, 2012
Celebrate Knox's Birthday!
February 23, 2012
The Club Pelican Bay
May 25, 2012
Green Oaks Biological Field Station

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Sam Brownson '12

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David Kurian '11

Knox gave me a solid foundation to build on. My name is David Kurian '11, medical school student, and I AM KNOX.

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Katherine Adelsberger, assistant professor of environmental studies

I think it’s important to get out of the classroom and experience the things we would otherwise only read about. My name is Katherine Adelsberger, assistant professor of environmental studies, and I AM KNOX.

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