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March 1, 2009
Colorado Alumni Scholarship
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March 12, 2009
FYC in California
Newport Beach
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March 22, 2009
Chicago Knox Club
Blackhawks vs. Kings
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March 22, 2009
Dallas/Fort Worth
Knox Club

Afternoon at the Winery

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April 4, 2009
Colorado Knox Club
Tour of Denver Art Museum

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April 5, 2009
Twin Cities Knox Club
Lunch & Lecture

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June 5-6, 2009
Fly Lab Reunion
Honoring Professor
Billy Geer
Knox College Campus
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June 19, 2009
Harley Knosher
Golf Outing

Soangetaha Country Club & Knox College

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Knox College Events Calendar

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     Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin share more than a birthday -- February 12, 1809?

Lincoln, Darwin, and Knox all shared an opposition to slavery. Read more about their connections to each other and to Knox.

January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
June 2008
May 2008
March 2008
January 2008

Knox in the News

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Four Receive Alumni Achievement Awards at Founders Day

Charles Kartman '70, Carol Craig '89, Christopher Earley '80 and Bree Elrod-Novak '00Knox College honored three of its alumni -- diplomat Charles Kartman '70, business school dean P. Christopher Earley '80, and computer engineer Carol Bovard Craig '89 -- with 2009 Alumni Achievement Awards. Bree Elrod Novak '00 received the Young Alumni Achievement Award. The awards were presented during the College's Founders Day Convocation, marking the 172nd anniversary of Knox's founding.

Kartman is a retired foreign service officer whose career has included multi-national negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program. Earley is dean of the University of Connecticut School of Business and an expert in group dynamics. Craig is founder and CEO of a national engineering and technology services company. Novak is an award-winning actor. Read more about the Alumni Achievement Award Recipients.

Lincoln Academy Honors Davis and Wilson

Rodney Davis and Douglas WilsonRodney O. Davis and Douglas L. Wilson, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center were awarded The Order of Lincoln, the highest honor conferred by the State of Illinois, on Saturday, February 7. The award was presented by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois in a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Award recipients were 30 leading authors, artists, historians, and scholars from around the world. The recipients were honored "for the lasting and significant ways they have preserved the memory of Abraham Lincoln and have contributed to Lincoln's defining influence on the American spirit." Read more about the work done by Davis and Wilson and the Lincoln Studies Center.

A Note from the Editors

Connect to Knox on Facebook
If you are a Facebook member, we invite you to become a fan of our new Facebook pages for Knox College and Prairie Fire Athletics. On the Knox page, you'llFind us on Facebook read the latest news around campus, watch videos, and upload photos.  On the Prairie Fire Athletics page, you can read the latest news about all Knox sports and see photos from recent competitions.

And don't forget, Knox also has a YouTube page, where you can watch Commencement speeches by Barack Obama, Stephen Colbert, Bill Clinton, and Madeleine Albright. There's also a video from last year's Flunk Day, last month's International Fair, and other campus events.

Flunk Day T-shirts Available  A student celebrates Flunk Day.
Celebrate the most popular of all Knox traditions with your 2009 Flunk Day t-shirt! T-shirts are $10.00 per shirt (limit 2 per person). The price includes shipping and handling. Knox College Alumni Relations will mail your t-shirt in advance of Flunk Day. Or as close to Flunk Day as possible. You never know when it might be!

You can order your shirt online or you can call Alumni Relations at 309-341-7238. Questions, please e-mail Alumni Relations. We only have a limited quantity, so order yours today!  

Alumni News

Tyler Hill '08 and his fianceAlumni Share Knox Love Stories
In last month's Gizmogram, we asked you to share your Knox love story. We heard from alumni whose love blossomed in a dorm stairwell, during Flunk Day, and in the Gizmo. We heard from an alumnus who wasn't so lucky at love, and someone who didn't go to Knox, but met her mate thanks to the Knox Besançon program and the  friends she made while there. And yes, we even heard from someone who will marry his high school sweetheart --  a Monmouth grad -- this summer. Read more alumni love stories.

The (not-so) Secret Life of Roger Taylor
The students at Knox College think they know Knox President Roger Taylor '63. He eats meals with them and is around to chat and tell stories. In a recent issue of The Knox Student, Jennifer Lloyd '12 talked to President Taylor about what he does when not on campus. Lloyd writes that, "Based on student hearsay, it seems everyone expects Taylor to be doing something wacky when he is not at Knox. The truth may not be so crazy, but it does involve a tractor, jogging, and singing." Read more about Roger Taylor in The Knox Student.

Alumni Notes

Bob Willett '50 recently published his fourth book, An Airline at War: The Story of Pan Am's China National Aviation Corporation, which sheds light on the adventures and exploits of pilots who flew the skies above China during WWII. Read more.

Knox connections took center stage during the January 29, 2009, episode of The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert interviewed John Podesta '71 about his work as head of President Obama's transition team. Colbert even credited Podesta for his honorary doctorate in fine arts from Knox in 2006, when he delivered the Commencement address. Watch the interview on Comedy Central.

William Colby '77 recently presented "Taking Control of Your Own Death" on the Knox campus. Colby is the senior fellow, law and patient rights, with the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, and is the lawyer who represented the family of Nancy Cruzan in their family's right-to-die case, the first such case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more about the presentation in The Knox Student.

Amy Yeazel Grahn '80 was named vice president, clinical operations, of Horizon Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company. Grahn has more than 20 years pharmaceutical industry experience spanning pre-clinical research to sales.

Kendell Watkins'82 was recognized for 35 years of service to The Davis Brown Law Firm, where he practices primarily in the area of long-term health care law. He is also an adjunct instructor at the Des Moines Area Community College in nursing facility administration, vice-president of the Des Moines Metro Arts Alliance Board of Directors, and board member of Soccer West in West Des Moines, Iowa. Read more.

Brad Faubel '82, senior credit officer, was named manager of the senior credit officer team at Citizens Republic Bancorp in Southeast Michigan.

Lori Meyer Nugent '84 joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker as a partner in the Chicago office, where she will focus on the areas of cyber risk insurance coverage and matters involving punitive damages and bad faith. She has been involved in drafting some of the first policies covering these risks and is a frequent lecturer on the subject.  

The Chicago Wolves professional hockey team has named Mike Gordon '91 as the team's vice president of partnerships. Gordon most recently served as the vice president of sales for the Arena Football League's Chicago Rush. He also spent seven years in the athletic department at DePaul University and has been a consultant for the Chicago Blackhawks, the 1994 World Cup, and minor league baseball teams. 

Lindsay Herd '04, case manager for The Guardianship Project in New York City, was recently featured in a video about the program. Herd received her master's degree in social work from Columbia University. Watch the YouTube Video.

Morgan Cohen-Ross  '06 and Meghan Reardon '08 recently performed in The Moving Dock Theatre Company performance of Frugal Love in Chicago.

Sarah Dooley '07 was selected for appointment in the U.S. Navy's Health Professions Scholarship Program. She will be commissioned in the U.S. Navy, and upon graduation, will serve on active duty as a Navy physician. Read more.

An election-night photo taken in Grant Park, Chicago, by FOX News of Emily Berkson '12, Krista Ann Nordgren '12, and Justin Wiggins '12 has been featured since the election on MSNBC. See the photo.

Stephanie Roosa Siuda '01 recently directed a production of Rashomon in Rochester, New York.

Read and post Class Notes in the Knox Online Community.

Campus News 

Brad Middleton '08 at the inauguration of President Barack Obama

Brad Middleton '08 at President Obama's inauguration on January 20.

44th President joins Lincoln Among Honorary Knox Alumni
on January 20, Barack Obama took the oath of office, stepping into history as the nation's first black President and the third U.S. President to hold an honorary degree from Knox College. The event was witnessed by well over one million attendees -- including Knox alumni. View photos and read about the experiences of alumni at the inauguration.

Watch student responses to the inauguration on YouTube.

Knox Ranked as Best Value in Kiplinger's
Knox College's ability to provide a high caliber college education at an affordable price has been recognized by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, which has ranked Knox among the top 50 Best Values in private liberal arts colleges in America.  Data compiled by Kiplinger's show that more than 80% of Knox students receive financial aid, including both need-based aid assistance and merit scholarships. Read more about the Kiplinger's ranking.

Students display flags at the Knox College International FairInternational Fair 2009
Knox students from around the world showcased arts, entertainment, and cuisine for the campus and hundreds of visitors to the 28th Annual International Fair. Events included an international buffet lunch, with food from around the world prepared by students; cultural booths; a parade of flags; and a student talent show. This year's guest entertainment was Funkadesi, whose music combines Asian, African, Latin, and contemporary funk. View photos from the event.

Watch a video from the 2009 Knox International Fair on YouTube.

More campus news and features.

Student News
Tight Burke '09
Burke named NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for Pass Sacks
The post-season awards keep coming for Tighe Burke '08: a week after being named to the third team of the AP Little All America team, Burke was officially named the Division III statistical champion for Pass Sacks for the 2008 season. Read more about Tighe's football career achievements.

Students Part of Sustainability Discussion with Senator Via Webcam

Knox students and members of the community recently participated in the National Teach-in on Global Warming, joining with 750 college campuses across the country to discuss climate change via Webcam with members of Congress. The Knox group spoke with Congressman Phil Hare, D-IL. Read more in The Register-Mail.

An award-winning photo by a Knox studentStudent Photography Contest Winners
Four Knox College students have won five awards in a regional collegiate photography competition -- more awards than any other college in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest 50th Anniversary Photo Contest. Students and the countries where the photos were taken include: Jen Milius '09, New Zealand; Po Ling Pauline Chan '09, Costa Rica; Heather Kopec '10, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Ellen Kokontis '09, Florence, Italy. See their award-winning photos.

Knox Students Teach in China
Knox College students proved to be effective teachers during a recent visit to a Chinese university. On completion of a term-length course, "Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages" last fall, the Knox students traveled to Anhui, China, in December. Under an agreement between Knox and Anhui University, the Knox students taught English to undergraduates at the university. Read more about their experience.

Nine suitemates at Knox College have created a Lincoln shrine.Students Build Lincoln Shrine
The 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12 is more than a passing fancy for a group of Knox College students, who have created a "Lincoln Shrine" in their residence hall this year. On one of their living room walls, the nine seniors in the Peterson House have assembled Lincoln items, from the profound to the lighthearted. A sign on the wall proclaims "The P-House Lincoln Shrine" -- the word "Lincoln" appropriately spelled out with 64 pennies. Read more.

Gale Scholars Program Motivates Student
Stephanie Frambes '09 realizes she may have never visited the Great Wall of China if it weren't for her participation in the Gale Scholars program. Established in 1996, the program is a collaborative agreement among Galesburg District 205, Carl Sandburg College, and Knox to help first-generation college attendees and low-income students achieve a college degree they otherwise may not be able to afford. Read more in The Register-Mail.

Student Notes

Daniel Hoffman '09, a political science and economics major, had his story "Hard Questions for the New President" published in the Middle East Times. Read the article.

Knox students attended the Women in Physics conference at the University of IllinoisKnox students Ruby Goh '11, Amy Miller '12, Akina Nagata '10, and Tomomi Sunayama '09, and Professor Chuck Schulz '72 attended the second annual Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

More student news and features.

Faculty & Staff News

Tim Heimann on the newly dedicated basketball courtHeimann Court Dedicated
Alumni had much to celebrate during 2009 Basketball Homecoming, held February 5-6 on the Knox campus. The Knox men's basketball team defeated Beloit on Friday; the women's team won on Saturday; and the 2008 Conference Championship men's golf and baseball teams were honored. The highlight of the weekend was the dedication of Heimann Court, named for Coach Tim Heimann '70, who retired at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season. Read more about the dedication in The Register-Mail.

Fineberg Awarded Research Grant
Stephen Fineberg, Szold Distinguished Service Professor of Classics, was awarded a grant to study valuable Greek art at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library. The grant is the first awarded under a new faculty development program established by the University of Chicago and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Fineberg will conduct research on ancient Greek vases at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library. Read more about Fineberg.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Carol Chase, professor emerita of modern languages, recently authored "La mort de la soeur de Perceval" ("The Death of Perceval's Sister") in Mourir pour des idées, published by the University Press of Franche-Comté. She also recently presented a paper at the Congress of the International Arthurian Society in Rennes and at a colloquium in Besançon.

Sarah Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music, recently presented her research at the American Musicological Society in Nashville, the Institute of Musical Research at the University of London School of Advanced Study, and at the conference Zyklus und Prozess: Haydn und die Zeit at the Institut für Analyse, Theorie und Geschichte der Musik, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Her review of Joseph Haydn, Schottische Lieder für William Whyte in Joseph Haydn Werke appears in the current issue of Eighteenth-Century Music.

Kevin Hastings '76, professor of mathematics, spoke as a member of a panel at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The group reported on the results of a Teagle Foundation-supported collaborative project among Knox, Monmouth, Beloit, and Ripon Colleges to study how student work in their major areas supports more general goals of liberal education. 

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, co-authored the article "Time Affluence as a Path Towards Personal Happiness and Ethical Business Practices: Empirical Evidence from Four Studies," which was published in the Journal of Business Ethics.  

Robin Metz, chair of Knox's Program in Creative Writing; Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, professor of theatre; Craig Choma '93, associate professor of theatre; and Kelly Lynn Hogan '92, visiting instructor of theatre, presented at the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii. The joint presentation discussed their collaborative work on the Vitalist Theatre productions of Anung's First American Christmas and Mother Courage and Her Children, among others.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, was interviewed by the Lewiston, Maine, Sun Journal about his Scientific American Mind cover-story, "The Science of Gossip: Why We Can't Stop Ourselves." Read the Sun Journal story.

Stephen Schroth and Jason Helfer, assistant professors of educational studies, recently published "Identifying Gifted Students: Educator Beliefs Regarding Various Policies, Processes, and Procedures" in the Journal For The Education of The Gifted. The article is the second of three articles they have written on the same theme. The first, published in the Journal of Urban Education in the fall, received the MENSA Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research. The third will soon appear in the Journal of Advanced Academics. Schroth and Helfer also presented two papers at the annual conference of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and had an article published in the IAGC Journal.

Chuck Schulz '72, professor of physics, and collaborators recently had an article published in in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Shulz also discussed the properties of molecules during the presention "The Magic of Mossbauer" on the Knox campus. Read more about his lecture in The Knox Student.

Douglas L. Wilson, co-chair of the Lincoln Studies Center, is a contributor to the In Lincoln's Hand: His Original Manuscripts, edited by Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk. Wilson was also recently featured in the article "What Would Lincoln Think About the Economic Stimulus?" Read the article.

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