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Join the Improved Knox Online Community

The Knox Online Community might not be Facebook or LinkedIn, but it does offer something that other social networking sites don't -- access to a network of 15,000 Knox alumni, as well as faculty and staff. Search for classmates, make career connections, register for events -- do all of this and more in the newly improved Knox Online Community.

  • Want to make a career connection? Sign up to be a mentor or search for mentors in your career field. Post your resume.
  • Looking for a lost classmate? Search by name, class year, or other criteria to reconnect.
  • Want to join the fun? Knox Clubs host events all across the country. Check out the calendar, view photos from past events, and register online.
  • Want to make a donation to Knox? Giving online through the online community is secure and easy.
  • Want to let classmates know what you’re up to? Fill out your personal profile, add a class note, post photos, and more.

To get started, visit If you’ve never registered, click on First Time Login and follow the simple instructions. You will need your Knox ID, which is ####. To make using the Knox Online Community even easier, you can sign up for Facebook ConnectFacebook Connect, which links your alumni community account with your Facebook profile. Then, every time you visit the Community, you’ll be able to use your Facebook login and have one less password to remember.

If you have any problems logging in or any questions regarding the community, contact Join today!

Four Receive Alumni Achievement Awards

Alumni Achievement Award WinnersKnox celebrated the 173rd anniversary of its founding with the presentation of Alumni Achievement Awards at the 2010 Founders Day Convocation on Friday, February 19. The award winners are Alexander Kuo ’61, an author and photographer; James Hallock ’69, a pioneer in the development of sustainable housing construction; Keith Maskus ’76, an expert on international trade; and Matthew Berg ’00, information technology coordinator for a project to improve health care in Africa and recipient of this year's Young Alumni Achievement Award. Learn more about the recipients and listen to the awards presentations.

From the Editors

An Extraordinary Year: The 2009 President's Report

Roger Taylor '63Last year was an extraordinary year in our country because of the Great Recession. It was an extraordinary year at Knox College despite the Great Recession. Watch videos, read stories, and browse through photographs highlighting the accomplishments of the 2008/2009 academic year in An Extraordinary Year: The 2009 President's Report.

Share Your WWII Memories

During spring term 2010, the students in HIST 347: Museums, Monuments, and Memory will research, design, and create an exhibit about Knox, Galesburg, and the nation during World War II. We would love for your memories to be the foundation of this exhibit! Do you have memories you'd be willing to share? Please let us know by contacting Megan Clayton by e-mail at or by phone 309-341-7476.

Campus News

Knox Scholars Noted in "Presidents Day Reading List" in the Wall Street Journal

Douglas Wilson and Rodney DavisBooks about Abraham Lincoln by Knox scholars occupy two of the top five spots in a "Presidents Day Reading List" in the Wall Street Journal. The two books are Honor's Voice, by Douglas L. Wilson, about Lincoln's rise to prominence in Illinois; and the new edition of the famous Lincoln biography, Herndon's Lincoln, co-edited by Wilson and Rodney O. Davis. Wilson and Davis are co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center. The books were selected by noted historian and Lincoln biographer Michael Burlingame for a "Presidents Day Reading List -- Best Five Books on Abraham Lincoln," published on Saturday, February 13. Read more about the recognition.

U.S. Representative Peter Roskam in a Knox classroomU.S. Representative Speaks with Students

U.S. Representative Peter Roskam (R, IL) spoke to students in two courses, American National Government, team-taught by Andrew Civettini, Lane Sunderland, and Duane Oldfield; and Religion and Politics, taught by Sue Hulett, when he visited campus earlier this month. Read more about the topics he addressed with students.

Knox Named Best Value in Rankings

Old MainKnox College has been named as a top 50 "Best Value Private College for 2010," according to The Princeton Review and USA TODAY. The list, unveiled on January 12 in USA TODAY and on NBC's Today Show, features 50 private colleges and universities. Knox and the University of Chicago are the only schools in Illinois to make the top 50 Best Value private colleges. Read more about the list. Knox is also one of the top 50 "Best Values in Private Colleges," according to a recent report by Kiplinger, a multi-media financial advice company. Read more about their findings and vote for Knox College in the Best Liberal Arts Reader’s Choice Poll.

Food and Fun at International Fair 2010

Students wave flag at Knox International FairThe Parade of Flags at the 29th annual International Fair on January 30 featured flags from many of the nearly 50 countries represented on the Knox campus. The event also featured cultural booths, an international buffet lunch, and more.

Martin Luther King Day Convocation

"Non-violence does not seek to defeat the opponent, but to win his support," said Konrad Hamilton, professor of history and chair of the American Studies program, in his remarks during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation on January 18. Read more about Convocation.

Student News

Trunks Through Time

Erin Navolio '10Working with faculty members and Knox students in a project for the National Railroad Hall of Fame in Galesburg, Erin Navolio ’10 has helped design a series of multi-disciplinary, grade-school-level lesson plans based in railroad history. Titled "Trunks Through Time," the lesson plans use the stories of railroad workers to enhance teaching in several areas, from history to mathematics -- even music -- for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Read more about Navolio and the project.

Foot Music: Tap Dancing Enjoys Resurgence

“Tap dancing is not a dance, it’s an instrument,” said Oliver Horton ’12 in a recent interview in The Register-Mail about his love of tap dancing and the popularity of dance at Knox College. “It’s all about improvisation.” Read the article.

Prairie Fire Women Break Records

Knox Women's BasketballDuring the women’s basketball game against Lincoln Christian University last month, Knox broke team records in four different categories, including largest margin of victory. Read more about the game. At the Grinnell Invitational, Knox women swimmers set two individual records and three team records. Read about their achievement.

Knox Students' Workshop Draws Young Writers

Knox creative writing majors are hosting a workshop for young writers in the Galesburg community weekly through the end of the academic year. “I love kids and just really want to have an influence on them at an age when I was starting to write,” said Aaron Palmer ’11. Read more about the program in The Register-Mail.

Knox Students at Deere and Company Harvester  Works in East MolineBusiness Club Tours John Deere Harvester Works

The Knox College Business Club got a guided tour of one of the nation's most advanced manufacturing facilities -- Deere & Company Harvester Works in East Moline, Illinois -- in January. Read more about the tour.

Alumni News

Greaves Featured in Horror Interview

Allison Greaves '97 and Knox students at a makeup workshopJeff-Award-nominated costume and makeup designer Allison Greaves ’97 visited campus earlier this month to present workshops on character and fantasy makeup for Knox theatre students. An interview with Greaves about working in the male-dominated horror industry recently appeared in the blog Fatally Yours. Read the interview.

Petrovich Carries Olympic TorchDuke Petrovich '74 carries the Olympic Torch through Aurora, Canada

Duke Petrovich ’74, CEO of the William Wrigley Company and Knox trustee, carried theOlympic Torch through Aurora, Canada, on its way to Vancouver for the opening ceremonies.

Alumni Notes

Patrick Graham ’62, has been named senior advisor and a member of the board of advisors at Censeo Consulting Group, a leader in operations, supply chain, and acquisition. Graham has more than 30 years of experience developing corporate and competitive business unit strategies for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Read more about the appointment.

Jim Seago ’63 was named to the Wall of Fame at Alton High School for his notable career achievements. He received the Botanical Society of America's top award, The Merit Award, in 2004, and its Centennial Award in 2006, emphasizing dedication to students and research. Seago is a professor of biology at State University of New York at Oswego.

M. Stephen Doherty ’70, editor-in-chief and publisher of American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing, and Workshop magazines, has been named the entry jurist in Plein Air–Easton! Competition and Arts Festival in Easton, Maryland.

Scott Montgomery ‘73 has two new books coming out from University of Chicago Press: Powers that Be: Global Energy for the 21st Century and Beyond, takes a hard look at global energy realities and prospects for change, and Beyond Babel:  Does Science Need a Global Language? is a controversial look at the global role of the English language in science. Both books will be available online through University of Chicago Press and

David Dickson ’78 has been named the new chief operating officer at Coventry Health Care/Group Health Plan.

Steve Tourlentes ’82 is one of nine finalists for the Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston Foster Prize, which recognizes Boston-area artists of exceptional promise. He received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art, where he is currently visiting professor of photography in the media and performing arts department. For the past several years, Tourlentes has been photographing prisons across the U.S. His work will be on exhibition at the institute from September 2010 through January 2011. Read more about Tourlentes.

A poem by Vida Cross ’88, "A Story Told," will appear in Reverie Journal in March 2010.

Jeffery A. Baumgardner ’89, M.D., M.S. is the new allied health adjunct instructor at the Institute of Business and Medical Careers at their Fort Collins, Colorado, campus.

Stephanie Roosa Siuda ’01 is currently rehearsing for the part of Lenny in Crimes of the Heart in Rochester, Minnesota, which opens in March. That will be quickly followed by Cupid & Psyche, a show she is producing, costuming, and acting in with her theatre company, Out of Pocket Productions.

 The Porter, Vince Singleton ’03’s short film that spans three generations of a family growing from struggle to freedom, was shown on WLS-TV Chicago in January as part of the program “African American Short Films.”

Al Keefe ’06 will be the morning news producer on Chicago Public Radio starting on March 15.

Evan Sawdey ’07 has finished a tribute album in honor of his friend, Benjamin Durdle '07, “who introduced me to the joyous world of recording and songwriting.” Others contributing to the album include The Prairie Brothers, Christina Ellis '05 and the other Hoots, as well as Cami Woodruff '09, Dave Semonchik '07, and Andy Scott '07. Download the album.

Jessica Jones '08 has returned to her college town, devoting herself to teaching fourth graders at Nielsen School after a year teaching fourth grade in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Editor's Note: In the December Gizmogram, Knox alumna and renowned artist Dorothea Tanning '32 was referred to as "the late Dorothea Tanning '32." Ms. Tanning is alive and well and lives in New York City. You can view her artwork online at in Artodyssey blog. The editors of the Gizmogram regret this error.

Faculty News

Article by Professor and Student on Ethics for Historians Published

Catherine DenialAn article by Catherine Denial, assistant professor of history, "Ethics for Historians: The Perspective of One Undergraduate Class," appears in the January 2010 edition of Perspectives in History. The article summarizes the code of conduct for historians drawn up by the students of Knox's Historian's Workshop in Spring 2009. Devin Harvie '11 is credited as a contributor. Read the article.

Faculty Notes

Karen Kampwirth ’86, professor of political science, is the author of "Memoria y las consecuencias no esperadas de revolución: Feminismo y Antifeminismo en Nicaragua" in Nicaragua y el FSLN: Política y Sociedad desde 1979. She also recently gave the following talks: "Revolution, Feminism, and Antifeminism in Latin America" at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional; "Mujeres y Movimientos Guerrilleros: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas, Cuba" at the Universidad de las Madres de Plaza de Mayo; and "Revolución, Feminismo y Antifeminismo en América Latina (con un enfoque en Nicaragua)" at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently taught the first week of a three week class on Economics and Happiness at Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon, UK. While in the UK, he also gave a public presentation in Totnes on "A Revolution of Values: Psychological Research on Materialism and its Alternatives" for an event co-sponsored by Schumacher College and Transition Town Totnes.

The poem “Postcard: Block Island, Long Island,” by Robin Metz, director of Knox's Program in Creative Writing, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published, along with “Clear Channel,” in the 2009 edition of the anthology Long Island Sounds. Metz’s poems “Revelation” and “Beyond the Lighthouse: 28 March 1941” appear in the January issue of The Seventh Quarry (Wales). His poems “Once Upon A Time in New York,” “Birds of Prey,” “Deafening,” and “Nightlight” appear in the current issue of Poesis, the first new literary magazine to be published in Romania following the revolution of 1989. In late 2009, Metz visited Romania to perform nine poetry readings, deliver six literature and critical theory lectures, and conduct a variety of literature and writing classes at numerous university, college, and cultural venues.

Robin Ragan, associate professor of modern languages, had an article, titled “Desarreglos propios del sexo: Advertising Menstrual Disorders and Regulating Women in fin-de-siglo Spain,” published in Decimonónica. Read the article (PDF).

A personal essay by Natania Rosenfeld, associate professor of English, "Love and Gusto(n)," appears in the current issue of the journal Hotel Amerika.

Education studies professors Stephen Schroth and Jason Helfer and Danny Gonshorek ’11 presented four papers at the annual meeting of the Illinois Conference for Gifted Children in Chicago. Schroth,  Helfer, Gonshorek, Vicky Romano, coordinator of instruction technology services, and Chris Johnson ‘10 published the article, “If You Build it They Will Come: Advancing Gifted Education Through Advocacy,” in the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal.

Chuck Schulz ’72, professor of physics, and collaborators have an article in the journal Inorganic Chemistry: "Hydrosulfide (HS) Coordination in Iron Porphyrinates."

In This Issue

Knox Events

February 26, 2010
Pepsi Center, Denver
February 27, 2010
Knox College
March 07, 2010
University Club, Denver
March 11, 2010
The Montage Resort, Laguna Beach
March 19, 2010
Third Degree Glass Factory and Llywelyn's Pub
May 15, 2010

Honoring Pete Drummond '70
at Harry Caray's, Chicago

June 18, 2010
Soangetaha Country Club, Galesburg

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Fayne Lawson

It drove me crazy to see my bunk mates leave for a fire and tell me to hold down the fort and study for my test. My name is Fayne Lawson, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Caitlyn Muelder '96

Right there beside me my whole life was a gateway into this entirely new world. I am Caitlyn Muelder '96, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

John Spittell

I see my teaching as preparing and enabling students to be successful when they step off the Knox campus. My name is John Spittell, professor and chair of business and management, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.

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