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Your Gift Helps Provide an Education Without Limits

Tiesa McElroy ’13, an economics major and business and management minor, spent the summer before her senior year providing estimates for retrofit change requests for Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners. During her time at Knox, she has also interned at Boeing, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Seattle-Northwest Securities, and Starbucks.

Gifts from alumni, parents, and friends help provide rich and varied opportunities to Knox students like Tiesa that are not confined to the traditional classroom, but take place throughout the entire campus, in the community that surrounds it, and in the world beyond.

It is this combination of academic preparation and engagement of knowledge in real-world settings -- an education without limits -- that creates truly transformational experiences. That is why your gift is so important -- your support helps Knox make these experiences possible. Please give by December 31.

You can have an immediate impact on the life of a Knox student. Give online or by call 888-566-9265.*

*If you make your year-end gift by phone, please note that the College will be closed for the holidays from December 22 to January 1. An Advancement staff member will check the toll-free number throughout the week, and the office will be staffed on December 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. if you have any questions about your gift. Thank you and happy holidays.

Knox Among Leaders for Fulbright Fellowships for Students

Fulbright sealThe nation's foremost international educational exchange, The Fulbright Program, has again identified Knox College as among the leading institutions whose graduates earn Fulbright awards for international teaching and research. Four Knox College students won prestigious Fulbright awards in 2012, which places Knox 11th in the nation, along with eight other schools that also each had four recipients.

Read more about Knox’s ranking in the program.

From the Editors

Knox to Award Full-Tuition Presidential Scholarships

Student and administrator at an Open HouseKnox is proud to announce that five full-tuition Presidential Scholarships will be awarded to this year’s strongest candidates for admission. Knox also offers a variety of other academic and talent-based merit scholarships in art, music, dance, theatre and theatre design, writing, and service and leadership. Learn more about scholarships at Knox.

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for Knox? Recommend a prospective student for “V.I.P.” treatment. A good way to get to know Knox is during Winter Open House on Monday, January 21. It’s the perfect opportunity to talk to faculty and students, tour the campus, learn about academic programs, and explore student life. Learn more about the Open House.

Support Knox by Shopping Online at

Before you make your online purchases this holiday season, go to You will still be able to shop at all your favorite stores --,, Barnes&, and -- but each time you make a purchase, a percentage will go to the Knox Fund. Through the holiday season, Knox College will get an extra $5 for every new member who uses iGive to shop at more than 1,000 participating stores. Shop at

Campus News

Tomeo Named Prairie Fire Head Football Coach

Damon TomeoDamon Tomeo has been named to lead the Knox Prairie Fire football program. He spent the past two seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, California, where he improved the team’s defensive unit in total defense, scoring defense, and passing defense in 2012. He also played an integral part in increasing the team’s roster size last season to the largest in Pomona-Pitzer’s recorded history. Read more about Tomeo. Special thanks to the four Knox alumni who served on the selection committee: Mike Sabados '89, Steve Walton '74, Ryan Cannady '99, and Anthony Balthazor '03.

Students Get Up-Close Look at Environmental Geology

environmental geology studentsKnox students in Douglas and Maria Bayer Endowed Chair in Earth Science Katherine Adelsberger’s Environmental Geology course recently took a camping trip to the Saint Francois Mountains south of St. Louis, Missouri, to examine rock formations and experience geology first-hand. Read more about the trip.

Knox Ranked Among Most Diverse, Most International U.S. Colleges

With an enrollment that includes 9% students from outside the United States, Knox College is ranked in the top 25 most international colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Knox is also ranked in the top 50 for ethnic diversity among the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Read more about the rankings.

Conservation Biology Class Visits, Studies Grassland Site

biology students at Nachusa GrasslandsTaking their Knox College education beyond the classroom, students in biology Professor Stuart Allison's conservation biology class had the opportunity to visit the Nachusa Grasslands, a 3,000-acre prairie restoration project in Northern Illinois. “It’s really important to go out and see conservation in action,” said Allison. Read more about the trip.

Student News

Knox Students Hit the Road to Explore U.S. National Parks

Four students tour national parksInspired by their course on U.S. national parks, four Knox College students took an extensive road trip to explore several of the parks and learn more about the complicated relationship between tourism and environmental preservation. The quartet chronicled the trip on a blog, posting pictures and describing what it was like to interview rangers, go on hikes, and gain a better understanding of the national parks. Read more about their trip.

copies of The Knox StudentThe Knox Student Wins National Award

The Knox Student (TKS) earned national honors in the 2012 Associated Collegiate Press contest, which recognizes achievements in journalism. Among the awards received, TKS ranked seventh nationally among tabloid-size weekly newspapers for general excellence in the Best of Show competition. Read more about the award.

Cusimano Chosen Lincoln Academy Student Laureate

John Cusimano '13Senior John Cusimano, a double major in biochemistry and music, received the Lincoln Academy of Illinois' Student Laureate Award in recognition of excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. He is presently pursuing two research projects: his Honors project focuses on developing uses of lesquerella oil, an alternative to castor oil; and his capstone project deals with music therapy. Read more about Cusimano.

McNair Program Helps Student in Artistic Exploration

Gabe Moreno '14For Gabe Moreno ’14, the exploration and struggles of a 1,000-mile bike ride this summer inspired something he looked to transfer to his work with sculptures during his Ronald McNair project. Moreno's project focused on a series of sculptures rooted in the ideas of compromise and negotiation -- two ideas he became very familiar with during his summer bike trip from Naperville, Illinois, to Buffalo, New York, with recent Knox grads Kevin Box '12 and Dave Brankin '12. Read more about Moreno’s experience.

Knox Students from Germany and Japan Tour the U.S. Over Winter Break

Anjuli Walter and Riho OritoBy the time they resume classes in January, Knox College students Anjuli Walter '16 and Riho Orito '15 will have journeyed almost 5,000 miles together by plane, train, bus, and car, touring two countries and 14 states. They are chronicling their travels on a blog, An American Odyssey. Walter, who is from Germany, and Orito, who is from Japan, became friends at Knox during the 2012 fall term. They are using Knox's traditional winter break -- a six-week period between the fall and winter terms -- to see historic sites, visit museums, and meet people. Read more about their journey.

Samantha ButlerCreative Writing Major Does Voice Acting Work in Anime

Samantha Butler ’13, an anime enthusiast, provides the English-language voice for some Japanese-made anime productions while continuing to pursue her creative writing projects and her minors in business and management and philosophy. Read more about Butler.

Business Club Visits Sustainable Business Incubator

Knox College Business ClubMembers of the Knox College Business Club recently toured Galesburg's Sustainable Business Center (SBC), meeting with key officials there and getting an eye-opening look into business innovation in west-central Illinois. Read more about the tour.

Hendrick Claims Football Honors

Mike Hendrick '13Knox linebacker Mike Hendrick ’13  has earned postseason honors following an outstanding year on the gridiron. Hendrick has been named a member of the 25-player 2012 AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America team on defense as a linebacker. He has also been named to the 2012 All-West Region third team defense and Beyond Sports Network’s 2012 Honorable Mention All-American Team at linebacker. Hendrick was selected last month as a member of the 2012 All-Midwest Conference first team as a linebacker after leading the league in tackles with 133, the third-most in the country, and 13.3 tackles per game. He was also selected to play in the fourth annual D-3 Senior Classic in Salem, Virginia. Read more about Hendrick.

Alumni News

Knox Alumnus Shares Views on Sustainability at EquiKnox Lecture

Author, professor, and geologist Scott Montgomery ’73Author, professor, and geologist Scott Montgomery ’73 shared his views about sustainability with Knox College students during an EquiKnox lecture on campus called "Global Energy and Sustainability: Myths, Realities, Ideas." EquKnox is held twice a year to help students explore new ways to be green. Bringing alumni and other guests to campus to discuss the environment led The Sierra Club to recently identify Knox as one of the greenest colleges and universities in the United States, naming it one of “America's Coolest Schools" for 2012. Read more about the lecture and designation.

Sitka Salmon Shares Featured as Perfect Sustainable Holiday Gift

salmonSitka Salmon Shares, a business that focuses on bringing sustainable seafood to the Midwest co-owned by Knox alumni Helen Schnoes ’11, Eric Ballard ’11, and Genevieve Crow ’12, and former faculty member Nic Mink, was featured as one of seven perfect sustainable foodie holiday gifts in Forbes. Read the article.

Alumni Notes

A short story by Tom Wolf ’69, “Boundaries,” which appeared in the summer 2012 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Linda Nelson Langston ’75 was invited by Project Interchange to visit Israel with other state and local elected officials. She visited Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Golan Heights, and Jerusalem. During their visit, rockets were fired over Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and the immediacy of the challenges facing this region became critically transparent.

Sara Marchello ’84, registrar at The College of William and Mary, participated in the taping of an episode of Higher Education Today that is being aired on Voice of America television. Watch the episode. In February, Marchello will be recognized by the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers with the Distinguished Service Award. Read more about Marchello and the award.

Todd Monken '89, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, has been named the new Head Football Coach by the University of Southern Mississippi. Read more about the new position at

Brian White ’92 has been appointed vice president and Illinois community investment manager for Charter One and RBS Citizens, where he will focus on leveraging the bank's relationships with community organizations and leaders. Prior to joining Charter One and RBS Citizens, White was the founding executive director of Lakeside Community Development Corporation, a Chicago-based nonprofit. Read more about White. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

A play by Jenny Seidelman ’99, Henry Moore is Melting, will receive its world premiere at Cold Basement Dramatics in Chicago in January 2013. Henry Moore is Melting imagines the story behind a true-life heist, examining the consequences for an Irish gypsy who values art more highly than the bonds of his community. Read more about the production.

Faculty & Staff News

Knox Scholars Praise Lincoln Film

Lincoln movie posterSteven Spielberg's recently released film Lincoln did a good job at showing more than one dimension to Abraham Lincoln, according to experts at the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. Douglas Wilson co-director of the Center, met with filmmakers prior to production; he and the Center are acknowledged in the credits. "In 2006, I was invited along with other Lincoln scholars, to meet with the writers in New York prior to production. We talked with them about Lincoln, but it's not as though we helped them write the film," said Wilson. Read more about Wilson’s thought on the film.

Wilson also contributed to Lincoln: A President for the Ages, a book published by PublicAffairs Press to mark the opening of the film. The contributions are all aimed at putting Lincoln’s ideas and actions as President in a contemporary perspective. Wilson’s essay is entitled “‘Public Opinion is Everything: Lincoln the Communicator.” Read more about the book.

Professor Wins Award for Scholarship on Women in Music

Sarah Day-O'ConnellWinning the 2011 Pauline Alderman Award was "a shot in the arm" for Knox College Associate Professor of Music Sarah Day-O'Connell. The award, given by the International Alliance for Women in Music, recognized Day-O’Connell for her article, "The Composer, the Surgeon, His Wife, and Her Poems: Haydn and the Anatomy of the English Canzonetta," which appeared in the journal Eighteenth Century Music published by Cambridge University press. Read more about the recognition.

Muelder Consulted for Interactive Web Site on Local Anti-Slavery Movement

Owen Muelder '63Owen Muelder '63, director of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center and author of two books on the abolitionist movement, was consulted in the development of “The Abolitionist Map of America.” The map is part of an interactive Web site developed in conjunction with the program "The Abolitionists," which is part of the PBS series The American Experience. "The Abolitionists" will air in January 2013. Learn more about the map and anti-slavery movement.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Monica Berlin '95 has contributed an essay to the Writers on Writing series at Passages North called “On the Topical, or What’s Coming in off the Wires.” A collaborative essay by Berlin and Beth Marzoni ’04 called “[That the river seemed the only way now]” was published in Vela, an online journal of travel writing by women.

In his keynote lecture at the annual meeting of the Iowa-Illinois chapter of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers held at Knox, John Dooley, William and Marilyn Ingersoll Chair in Computer Science, explained how the fiendishly complex Enigma machine, used by the German military to encode secret messages before and during World War II, was solved by a team of British code-breakers that included a quirky genius, Alan Turing. Read more about the lecture.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, was featured in an article in The Globe and Mail on how to have Christmas without the clutter. Read the article.

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