Alumni and friends of Knox College meet for a Founders Day Pub Night in Galesburg to celebrate the College's 175th Birthday.

Happy 175th Birthday, Knox College!

Knox College celebrated its 175th anniversary on February 15 with festive purple-and-gold cupcakes, balloons, and a toast by President Teresa Amott that honored the college's past, present, and future. Off campus, more than 400 alumni attended pub nights at 19 locations around the world. View photos from the pub nights. Alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the College also donned their purple and gold for the day, sharing their photos on the Knox College Facebook page. See more photos from the festivities held on campus and around the world.

College Honors Five with Alumni Achievement Awards

2012 Recipients of the Alumni Achievement AwardsKnox celebrated the 175th anniversary of its founding with the presentation of Alumni Achievement Awards at Founders Day Convocation on February 17. Receiving 2012 awards were Mary Lu Hudson Aft '60, a successful volunteer event organizer and fund raiser; Lynn Wright '63, who designed control systems for NASA lunar missions and the Space Shuttle; and James Solomon '74, curator of the herbarium at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Also receiving an award this year was Peter Leibig '73, president and CEO of Clinica Family Health Services. Leibig was selected for the award in 2011 but was unable to attend last year's ceremony. Receiving the 2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award was Norman Golar '02, assistant professor of English and chair of the English department at Stillman College. In celebration of Knox's 175th anniversary this year, the 2012 Founders Day Convocation also recognized prior recipients of Alumni Achievement Awards. Twenty-one prior winners returned for the ceremony and met with students and faculty. Read more about the recipients and watch a video of the presentation.

Knox Receives $5 Million in Donations Toward Alumni Hall Renovation

Alumni HallKnox President Teresa Amott announced gifts and pledges from donors of $5 million toward renovation of the College's historic Alumni Hall. The fundraising drive is now halfway toward the estimated $10 million total to re-open the 123-year-old building. "In October, when alumni Gerald '65 and Carol Vovis, and Richard '57 and Joan Whitney Whitcomb '56, donated a total of $2 million, I was confident that their lead gifts would pave the way toward more good news," Amott said." Exterior work began in December, with restoration of the massive exterior stairways. Knox also has engaged two architectural firms -- Holabird & Root of Chicago and Metzger-Johnson of Galesburg -- and met with students, faculty, and staff, to plan the space allocation. Read more about the campaign.

From the Editors

Award-winning Writer, Scholar to Speak on Islamic World

Robin Wright, acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentatorRobin Wright, acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has witnessed the birth, rise, and globalization of Islamic militancy for almost four decades. She will look at the struggle within the Muslim world, where a growing movement defies and challenges extremism, at the inaugural Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs. Learn more about Wright and the lecture. The event will be on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall. Can't make it to the lecture? Watch it live on the Knox Livestream Channel.

Cover of Rob Wright's book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World.In anticipation of Robin Wright's campus lecture, Knox professors specializing in the Middle East are hosting a KnoxReads blog to discuss Wright’s most recent book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World. Through the blog, you can join the discussion with Knox faculty experts on the Middle East as they share their views on Wright's book and discuss recent events in the Middle East. Join the discussion.

Campus News

2012 International Fair Focuses on Growing Up International

Parade of Flags at International Fair 2012.From a world-spanning buffet lunch to cultural displays and a festive Parade of Flags, Knox College celebrated its 31st Annual International Fair.

Winter Term Convocation: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monica Prince ’12 reading one of her original poems, 21st Century Revolution.Knox College hosted its annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16 with a convocation that included musical performances, poetry readings, and an address that focused on King's belief in economic justice. Read more about convocation and watch a video on of Monica Prince ’12 reading one of her original poems, "21st Century Revolution," at the ceremony.

A Knox women's basketball player on the court in Memorial Gym.Women’s Basketball Records Set vs. Beloit

The Knox College women’s basketball team set three school records in their 114-100 Midwest Conference victory over Beloit in January. The Prairie Fire broke the school record for points scored in a game, free throws attempted, and free throws made in their come-from-behind win over the Buccaneers. Read more about the win.

Lincoln-Douglas debate sketchKnox Image Featured in Debate Video

In a video by Jeff Greenfield for CBS Sunday Morning about the Republican debates, the piece opened with a sketch of the fifth Lincoln-Douglas Debate with an image of Knox College prominently displayed. Watch the video.

Student News

Student Researches How Campus Squirrels Survive Winter

Steve Galdek ’12 looks for squirrels.Like many Knox students, Steve Galdek ’12 is fond of the squirrels wandering around campus. His senior research project on the winter survival strategies of squirrels on campus is giving him a better understanding on how to do field research and what to expect when studying a living organism. Read more about his research.

Knox in New York: Art Class Expands Possibilities

Knox students experiencing Knox in New York.Eleven Knox students traveled to the Big Apple over winter break for a face-to-face experience with the art that has shaped our nation. Knox in New York, a Department of Art and Art History course taught by Associate Professors of Art Tony Gant and Lynette Lombard, combines an art history course and studio work with a two-week travel component to New York City. "When thinking about art and cities, New York is where art and culture are part of daily life," Lombard explained. "This experience is transformative; it expands the possibilities of how students see themselves as practicing artists in the future." Learn more about the program.

Weizhi Feng '14 and Max Potthoff '13 hold signs.Chinese Student Gets Closer to Chinese Vice President, Thanks to Roommate

Thanks to his Knox roommate, Weizhi Feng '14 got closer to China's Vice President while a student at Knox than he ever would have in China, even though they're from the same hometown. Max Potthoff '13, a Muscatine, Iowa, native, took Feng to his hometown while the vice president was visiting last week. Read more about their experience.

Knox Students Galesburg Economic Development Interns

Two Knox students are interning with the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association. Emily Whelchel ’12 is a marketing intern and Tao Zhang ’12 is the time bank coordinator. Read more about their positions at

Alumni News

Galesburg College Presidents Lead Search for Women of Distinction

Knox College President Teresa Amott, left, and Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg '95.The first two women to lead Galesburg colleges, Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg ’95 and Knox College President Teresa Amott, have been chosen to co-chair a committee tasked with developing a list of women with ties to the Galesburg community who may ultimately have their names enshrined forever on future city projects. There are currently no public places in Galesburg named after local women. Read more at

Dorothea Tanning '32Alumna, Artist, Honorary Degree Recipient Dies at 101

World-renowned artist, Galesburg native, and Knox College alumna Dorothea Tanning '32 died January 31 at her home in New York City. She was 101. "Dorothea Tanning serves as a model for all who seek to pursue a life of passion, creativity, and intellectual challenge," said Knox President Teresa Amott. Read more about Tanning’s life.

Hundreds of WWII Pilot Trainees Descended on Galesburg

Nearly 70 years ago, more than 300 young men descended on the Knox College campus, where they received an academic and military education prior to entering battle during World War II. Read more about the community resources needed to accommodate the soldiers at

Alumni Notes

Jack Reiners ’56 has been named the 2011 Wisconsin State Star for his exemplary performance and commitment to small business in the state. Read more about Reiners and his work with small businesses.

David Lunde ’63 co-authored a new translation of a classic Chinese anthology, 300 Tang Poems, originally published in 1763.

Mary Ann Welch Bendezú ’65 has translated into English Edmondu Bendezú’s recently published book, The Erotic Metempsychosis of Melibea. Bendezú was her husband and a former Knox faculty member. Included in the story are descriptions and references of people and life at Knox in the early 1960s.

Tom Perille ’76 received Denver’s St. Joseph Hospital “Physician of the Year” award.

Award-winning soprano Christine Steyer ’92 presented a recital of American music at Monmouth College earlier this month. Read more about the concert.

"Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom!" is the name of the comic-book-inspired superhero operetta created by writer composer Jason Powell ’00 for the Milwaukee Opera. Read more about his work.

Dan King ’01, outdoor recreation/tourism business specialist at Southeastern Illinois College, is developing an outdoor recreation education program at the community college. Read more about the program.

In a recent interview for Indian newspaper The Pioneer, Vir Das ’02 talked about his latest stand-up comedy act, “History of India,” and his forthcoming zombie movie. Read the interview.

Sarah Koenig ’07 has been named marketing coordinator at AAP Design. Read more about her new position.

Meghan Reardon ’08 is acting in Chicago’s Red Tape Theatre production of The Gingerbread House. Watch a video preview.

Aaron Barnett ’09 has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His first paper, "Autophagy in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease: Pathologic or Protective?" was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Zach Ricketts ’11 is interning as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers ground crew. Before the move to Wisconsin, the environmental studies major spent this last summer maintaining Fenway Park. Read more about his experience at

Faculty and Staff News

Simpson Wins Prestigious Short Fiction Award

Chad SimpsonA short story collection by Chad Simpson, visiting assistant professor of English, is the winner of the prestigious 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press. Simpson's collection, Tell Everyone I Said Hi, was selected by author Jim Shepard. The University of Iowa Press' annual awards for short fiction are among the most competitive in the nation. Read more about the award.

Memorial Services for Harland Goudie, Sam Moon

Harland Goudie, Chancie Ferris Booth Professor Emeritus of Art, and Sam Moon, William G. Simonds Professor Emeritus of English. March memorial services have been set for Harland Goudie, Chancie Ferris Booth Professor Emeritus of Art, and Sam Moon, William G. Simonds Professor Emeritus of English. Goudie's service will be held Saturday, March 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the Round Room, Knox College Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Moon's service will be at 2:00 p.m. on March 24 in Seymour Library.

In Memoriam, Professor Emeritus Harry Neumiller '51

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Harry NeumillerProfessor Emeritus of Chemistry Harry Neumiller died Saturday, February 18, in Galesburg. He was 82. "Both his professional and personal life were dedicated to Knox and to Galesburg in multiple and deep ways," said President Teresa Amott, in a message to the campus. Neumiller taught organic chemistry from 1959 until his retirement in 1997. He also served as registrar from 1976 until 1997, where he was instrumental in beginning the transition to computer-based registrar procedure. Read more about Professor Neumiller.

Panda-monium II: Knox's Godsil Photographs Pandas in France

Michael Godsil ’76, instructor of art, preparing to photograph pandas in France.For the second time in a matter of weeks, Michael Godsil ’76, instructor of art, has applied his photographic talents while participating in a worldwide media event revolving around two giant pandas. He photographed the January arrival of the pandas in Paris, France, for FedEx. Godsil also photographed the arrival of two other giant pandas in Edinburgh, Scotland, in December. Read more about his experience.

Faculty and Staff Notes

An essay by Monica Berlin, associate professor of English, “On Beds, or Where We Sleep,” has been published in Ninth Letter (8.2). Her poem, “Dear So-and-So, [Down the hall, the accordion man turns into a door],” published in The Southeast Review, was selected as a featured poem on Verse Daily. Her poem, “This Slow Rise” was published in Diagram

Assistant Professor Theatre Craig Choma’s scenic design for the Vitalist Theatre production of The Ghost is Here has been positively reviewed by the Chicago press. From Chicago Theatre Beat: "A play about economics might not sound interesting, but the brilliant performance by (Jamie) Vann combined with the beautiful set design (care of Craig Choma) are enough to keep the audience’s attention.” 

Karen Kampwirth, professor of political science, presented the paper "Feminismo, Derechos LGBT, y la Segunda Revolución Sandinista en Nicaragua" at the 10th annual Argentine Congress of Social Anthropology in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, discussed American values in LiveScience. He also discussed the dangers of advertising in schools in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lynette Lombard, associate professor of art, had works featured in Bowery Gallery’s Artists Group Show of 2012 in January. She is currently exhibiting new paintings in a solo show at Rider University Art Gallery and in the Sideshow Gallery through February 26.

Research by Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology and Carin Perilloux ’03, who is on the faculty of Williams College, found that when helping is competitive, men become more helpful. Read more about their research in Psychology Today.

Nic Mink, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, appeared on Public Broadcasting Stations across the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest in January, talking about sustainability and aquaculture in Alaska's fisheries for Angler West. Watch the program.

"Squirrel," a short story written by Katya Reno, visiting assistant professor of English, has been published in the current issue of the New England Review.

Anna Roser, Center for Teaching and Learning writing tutor, attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication, where she presented a poster board on writing prompts.

Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, is featured in a profile by the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia for his achievements since receiving his Ph.D. at the college in 2006. Read the feature.

Peter Schwartzman, associate professor of environmental studies, Galesburg 5th Ward Alderman, and nationally ranked Scrabble player, has been sharing his love of the game with the Galesburg community at weekly games at a local bookstore. Read more about Schwartzman and the Wednesday evening games at

175th Anniversary

In This Issue

Knox Events

February 22, 2012
Home of Gary Moses '65 and Mary Peters
February 23, 2012
The Club Pelican Bay
March 18, 2012
Insider's Tour of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
March 24, 2012
Seymour Library
April 28, 2012
Harry Caray's
May 25, 2012
Green Oaks Reunion
August 25, 2012
See The Book of Mormon

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Anna Meier, junior

Learning the materal from a new [German] perspective allowed me to develop a more holistic approach. My name is Anna Meier, junior, and I AM KNOX.

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Geoff Ziegler '03, client technology services and support for ESPN

I believe I’m the perfect example of someone who benefited from a liberal arts educational approach. My name is Geoff Ziegler '03, client technology services and support for ESPN, and I AM KNOX.

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Claire Falck, visiting assistant professor of English

I love being able to teach what I get to teach. My name is Claire Falck, visiting assistant professor of English, and I AM KNOX.

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