2011 Alumni Achievement Award Winners

College Honors Alumni with Achievement Awards

Knox celebrated the 174th anniversary of its founding with the presentation of the Alumni Achievement Awards at the 2011 Founders Day Convocation on Friday, February 11. At the celebration, two alumni were awarded Alumni Achievement Awards -- William Reiners '59, professor of botany at the University of Wyoming and noted researcher on ecological change, and Valerie Cwik '77, physician and executive vice president of research and medical director at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Ross Kelly '03, who most recently served as co-director of Cornerstone Children's Home for orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children in Sudan, received the 2011 Young Alumni Achievement Award. Learn more about the recipients.

Teresa Amott Named 19th Knox President

Teresa AmottOn February 12, the Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Teresa L. Amott to serve as the 19th president of Knox College.

Dr. Amott was recommended for the post by the Presidential Search Committee after a nationwide search for the successor to Roger L. Taylor ’63, who will retire on June 30, 2011. Dr. Amott currently serves as provost and dean of the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, a position she has held since 2005. She will be the first woman to lead our 174-year-old institution.

Amott credited a letter from more than 500 students that she saw in The Knox Student, thanking the Knox College staff for their care during February's record-breaking blizzard, that led to her decision to become Knox's 19th president. Read more about the letter.

From the Editors

Original Circular and Plan2010 President's Report Available Online

The 2009/2010 academic and fiscal year challenged Knox in many ways, but it also reaffirmed Knox's mission. Visit the 2010 President's Report, where you can learn more about last academic and fiscal year from President Roger Taylor '63, as well other members of the Knox community.

Student Lounge Renovation Update

Renovation of the new student lounge and recreation areas in Seymour Union continues. View photos of the progress being made.

Campus News

Knox Hosts Reading of Lincoln's Farewell Address

A Lincoln cutout joins the reading of his Farewell Address on the Knox campusKnox participated in what aimed to be a world-record event at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 11, with simultaneous readings, at Knox and numerous other sites, of Abraham Lincoln's 1861 Farewell Address. The readings coincided with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's remarks on February 11, 1861, at the train station in Springfield, as the president-elect departed for his inauguration on March 4 in Washington, D.C. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the State-Journal Register in Springfield coordinated the events, hoping to set a record for the greatest number of simultaneous readings from a single text. Read about the event.

College Opens Historical Exhibit Depicting Founding of College and Community

Historical Exhibit in Old MainThere is a new historical exhibit in Old Main, depicting the founding and early development of the College and the City of Galesburg. "A New College, A New Town" features eight panels that show early leaders of Galesburg and Knox College and what the town and campus looked like in the mid-19th century. Read about the exhibit.

Knox Hosts Exhibit on Phi Beta Kappa

Knox is hosting a traveling exhibit on the history of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and best known national academic honor society. The exhibit can be viewed on the second floor of the College's Seymour Library through March 31. Knox's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1916, the first at a liberal arts college in Illinois and the fourth-oldest among all colleges and universities in the state. Read about the exhibit.

Student News

Snapshots of International Fair 2011

A Knox student applies henna to a child's hand at International FairKnox celebrated 30 years of world food, music, and fun at International Fair, January 29. Knox draws students from 48 countries around the world, and the fair's annual festivities are coordinated by the International Club, one of the largest student organizations on campus. The fair included a parade of flags, international buffet lunch, booths and international displays, and an international student talent show. View photos of the 30th I-Fair.

Radio Station Judged Among Top 10 in U.S.

A student works at WVKCKnox College was included in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review's "Best 368 Colleges" under the Best College Radio Stations category. The ranking gives WVKC 90.7 an air of prestige, which has become the motivation behind the work of current students as they strive to improve the station, which is entering its 50th year. "One of the goals we set for ourselves is to live up to that ranking," says General Manager Tim Lovett '11. "Also, in my mind, having some semblance of responsibility." Read more about the work being done to improve the station in Galesburg's The Register-Mail.

Earlier in this year, a Register-Mail blogger interviewed Aaron Palmer ’11 about his experiences DJing with WVKC. Read the interview.

Students Return from Learning Experience in Japan

Student wear kimonos during Japan TermFourteen Knox College students recently found a foolproof way to attract attention in Japan: Walk through city streets and ride a public bus while dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos. It was one of many memorable experiences for the students, who spent two weeks in the Asian country as part of Japan Term, an interdisciplinary program that involves studying Japanese history, philosophy, and language. Read the full story and watch a video about their experience.

Knox Students Draw Inspiration from Bioneers

About two dozen Knox students traveled by bus to Louisville, Kentucky, one of 20 sites where people gathered to watch speakers, via satellite connection, who are working to create a healthier world. The conference included Jane Goodall, the renowned researcher of chimpanzees, and Gary Hirshberg, head of the world's largest organic yogurt company. Read the full story.

Knox College Students Donate and Take Items Free of Charge

While Galesburg residents have long enjoyed the benefits of area thrift shops, Knox College students are increasingly frequenting their own secondhand resource, The Free Store. Created a few years ago through Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Sustainability, the all-volunteer, student-run Free Store serves as a place where students can leave items for other students to take for free. Read the full story in Galesburg’s The Register-Mail.

Monmouth Out-Dodges Knox

A sizable juggernaut of Monmouth College students faced off against slightly underrepresented Knox College during the Jive Turkey Throwdown dodgeball tournament in Monmouth. Proceeds from the event were used to translate into Spanish the "Serving Warren County" Web site. Read the full story in Galesburg's The Register-Mail.

Alumni News

General's Story a Warning About Use of Painkillers

David Fridovich '74General David Fridovich ’74, the deputy commander of the nation's elite special operations forces, recently warned a gathering of 700 military doctors and medics about an epidemic addiction to painkillers for chronic pain in the U.S. military after a decade of continuous war. During his talk, Fridovich admitted to his own struggle with narcotics dependency in an effort to underline the importance of honesty and openness within the military’s ranks. Read the full story in USA Today.

Alumni Compete in 17th Annual Natalie Veneziano Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Alumni participate in the 17th annual Natalie Venenziano Winter Whiteout Ultimate Frisbee TournamentA team of 25 alumni, along with teams from throughout the Midwest, competed in the 17th annual Natalie Veneziano Winter Whiteout Ultimate Frisbee Tournament at Fleming Fieldhouse last weekend. "This is our homecoming," said Rob Clark '95, who founded Knox's first Ultimate Frisbee team in 1992. "We bring an alumni team back every year."

The tournament honors Natalie Veneziano, a 1998 Knox alumna and avid Ultimate Frisbee player who died of leukemia in 2004. Veneziano's parents drove to the tournament from Missouri this year for the first time since it was renamed in honor of their daughter. "Obviously we're honored," said Carl Veneziano, Natalie's father. "This was a big part of Natalie's life when she was at Knox." Read more about the tournament in Galesburg's The Register-Mail and view photos from the event.

Anderson Joins Board of Trustees

Jean Anderson '87Jean Anderson ’87, a senior consultant for Clerestory Consulting, LLC, in Evanston, Illinois, has joined the Knox College Board of Trustees, having served as chair of Knox's Alumni Council for the past two years. She replaces Eric Wilson '84 as board member ex officio. Read the full announcement.

Knox Grad Receives Research Award

Ana Marquez '10Ana Marquez ’10 received one of two 2010 Undergraduate Research Awards from the Forum on Education Abroad, which will feature her work at its upcoming conference. Marquez won the award for her study of the problems faced by women who leave their home countries in search of economic opportunity or political asylum. Her study found that less-industrialized nations, like Mexico, may be more welcoming to refugees than a late-stage industrialized nation, such as Denmark. Read more about Marquez’s research.

Alumni Notes

A monument is to be erected in Galesburg at the former home of Dorothea Tanning '32, an internationally renowned artist and writer. A special Dorothea Tanning symposium is being organized at Knox for May 14 in honor of her life and work. Tanning turned 100 last year. Read more about the monument.

After joining the Peace Corps in 2010, Janet Drew Larsen '60 has been stationed in Burkin Faso, a sub-Saharan country in Africa. Her mission there is to educate and empower young women as they reach adulthood. Larsen, since being accepted by the Peace Corps, has kept a blog, Jan Larsen's Peace Corps Adventure, which details her daily struggles and journeys in a very different culture.

Linda Nelson Langston '75 is a chapter author in A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008. The book, edited by Cornelia F. Mutel and published by University of Iowa Press, looks at the causes of flooding, what happened during the floods, and the potential for mitigation in Iowa and other communities.

Morton Grove Park District Executive Director Brian J. Sullivan '79 received the Illinois Park and Recreation Association's Honored Professional Award at the annual State Conference in Chicago. The award recognizes one Illinois professional each year for their distinguished career.

Megan Williamson '82's painting is featured in American Artist Magazine alongside an article entitled "Zeuxis and the Art of the Everyday." She also has work in three traveling exhibitions: "East Meets Midwest—New Visions of Figurative Painting" at The College of William and Mary; "The Common Object" at the Maryland Institute College of Art; and "The Figure: Midwest Paint Group" opening March 3 at the University of Tulsa, then moving to Ithaca College in September.

Historian Mary Jo Festle '83 gave Knox's annual Burkhardt Lecture in History on January 13. The title of her lecture was "Lung Transplantation in the US: The Historical, Personal, and Political." Festle discussed how guidelines for transplants have changed and used excerpts from oral history interviews to highlight the experiences of people waiting for lung transplants. Read more about the lecture.

Jill Johnson '90, instructor of psychology at Carl Sandburg College, is featured in a video about her experience teaching at the community college. Watch the video.

Christine Steyer '92, of Oak Park, won the Third Place Bronze Medal Prize as well as the Johnny Mercer Prize at The American Traditions Competition, held last month in Savannah Georgia. Singers from all around the country competed for prize money, recording opportunities, and concert tours. Learn more about Steyer.

Todd Monken '89, who was inducted into the Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 after a stellar career in both football and baseball at Knox College, recently decided to leave his position with the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars and accept the job of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State University. Read more about Monken.

Harmony Neal '01 had 13 essays and short stories accepted for publication during the past year in journals like New Letters, Ninth Letter, and Cold Mountain Review. You can read some of her work online at Gulf Coast Magazine, Hobart Literary Journal, and Prick of the Spindle. Read an interview with Neal in Curly Red Stories.

James Baldwin '08, an artist in Bloomington, Indiana, is featured in an article about a new arts alliance in his community. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Tom Fucoloro '08, founder of the Seattle Bike Blog, is the new editor of Central District News, a Seattle-based neighborhood news Web site. Read Fucoloro's story.

Briana Goodwin '08, member of the Redfish Rocks Community Team in Port Orford, Oregon, is helping to launch an Adopt-A-Fish program to support education and research. Learn more about the program.

Faculty & Staff News

Professor Publishes Book on Gender and Populism

Karen Kampwirth '86Karen Kampwirth ’86, professor of political science and chair of the Latin American studies program, is the editor of the first book-length study of gender and populism in Latin America. Gender and Populism in Latin America features 11 essays by leading experts in the field, analyzing the role of masculinity and femininity in the careers of Latin American political leaders from Evita Peron in Argentina in the 1940’s to the current president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Read more about Kampwirth’s book.

Art Instructor Exhibits Photographs in Two Shows

Mike Godsil '04The photographs of Michael Godsil '04, instructor in art, are being exhibited in two shows, one featuring some of the largest photographs ever displayed in the area. Carl Sandburg College is featuring Godsil's photographs as part of a group show, "Take 10: Ten Regional Photographers," through March 1. Godsil's work is also on display at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois, in an exhibit, "Ancient Echoes in Stone," through March 5. Read more about Godsil's photography and the shows.

Henry Joe, professor emeritus of art, will give the lecture "Democracy and the Hidden Beauty of Early American Pottery," set against the backdrop of Godsil's "Ancient Echoes in Stone" photographs on March 4 at the Buchanan Center for the Arts. Read about the lecture.

Knox Students and Faculty Research Ancient Roman Village

Katherine Adelsberger and Danielle Steen FatkinKatherine Adelsberger, assistant professor of environmental studies, and Danielle Steen Fatkin, visiting professor of history, along with their students, are exploring the everyday life of the ancient Roman world. This past summer, Fatkin and Adelsberger took three current Knox students and two recent graduates to Jordan. In 2009 they took four students to the project. At the excavation, Knox students were placed on three-person teams with experienced researchers from the collaborating universities, including Liverpool, California-Berkeley, Stanford and Mu'tah University in Karak, Jordan. Read more about their research.

Professor Emeritus of Religion William F. Matthews Dies February 12

Professor Emeritus of Religion Willam F. MatthewsProfessor Emeritus of Religion William F. Matthews died February 12. Matthews taught at Knox from 1953 until 1983, and will be remembered by many alumni and faculty colleagues for his provoking and rigorous courses. "He taught religion in the broadest sense, not wedded to a religious doctrine," said Knox President Roger Taylor '63. "In that sense, he was ahead of his time." Professor Matthews is survived by his wife, Robin Birch Matthews '71. A memorial service is planned for April 3 in Berkley, California.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, was the featured speaker at the 100 Day Colloquium for the International Masters Program at the Institute for Botany and Landscape Ecology at the University of Greifswald, Germany. He gave a presentation in which he discussed ecological restoration at Green Oaks and his current research into the goals for, and attitudes toward, ecological restoration exhibited by ecological restorationists around the world.

Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, published his translations of Thomas Martin's German play Black Box and essay "Three Paragraphs on Black Box" in the latest issue of The Brecht Yearbook. Additionally, the online short-fiction journal Joyland published Blackadder's translation of the German story "A Better Life" by Martin Brinkmann.

Jason Helfer and Stephen Schroth, members of the Educational etudies department, published a series of entries in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Drug Policy with students Danny Gonshorek '11, Courtney Jude '11, Danny Kizior '11, Jordan Lanfair '11, Christian Mahone '11, Evan Massey '10, and Marcos Moreno '12.  Eighteen different entries were written by Helfer, Schroth, and the students.

Claire Sherman, assistant professor of art, showed her work at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago on February 19. The show was titled "Palms Wild."

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Knox Events

Date: February 26, 2011
Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth
March 12, 2011
Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons
March 31, 2011
The Montage Resort
May 07, 2011
Harray Caray's, Chicago
May 14, 2011
Billy Elliot, The Musical

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