2013 Alumni Achievement Award Winners

Four Alumni Recognized for Meritorious Achievement

Knox College recognized four graduates with Alumni Achievement Awards at the College's 2013 Founders Day Convocation on February 15. Receiving awards were Ann McConachie '71, an educator who has taught in the United States and Africa; W. Dudley McCarter '72, whose law firm in Missouri has been rated as one of the best in the country for 2013; and Lori Sundberg '95, president of Carl Sandburg College. Receiving the Young Alumni Achievement Award was Geoff Ziegler '03, media specialist for ESPN. Read about the award recipients.

Laura BehlingCollege Appoints New Dean
Following a nationwide search, Knox College has appointed Dr. Laura Behling as dean of the College and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Behling will succeed Lawrence B. Breitborde, who will retire from his role as dean and return to teaching and research. Read a Q&A with the new dean.

From the Editors

Nominate an Outstanding Fifty Year Club (FYC) Member for the Scroll of Honor

FYC Scroll of Honor presentationNominate an FYC member for the Scroll of Honor, an award that recognizes lifetime achievements in the service of community, society, or humanity. FYC members and friends are invited to submit names and biographical information for consideration. The deadline for the award, which is presented at Homecoming 2013, is March 15. Nominate an FYC member now.

Campus News

Actor, Comedian Ed Helms to Give Commencement Address

Ed HelmsEd Helms, best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, his character Andy Bernard in the U.S. version of the hit television sitcom The Office, and his role as Dr. Stu Price in The Hangover films, will be this year’s Commencement speaker. The ceremony will be held on June 8 on the Knox College campus. Read more about Helms.

President's Inaugural Address Found Inspiration in Speech at Knox

Barack Obama at KnoxBarack Obama's head speechwriter cites President Obama's Commencement address at Knox College as one of the sources of inspiration for the President's 2013 inaugural address, as well as other speeches he has made throughout his presidency. Read more about the speech.

King Day Convocation: Knox Honors Civil Rights Leader

Ajoura Renee Gwinn reads her poetryMembers of the Knox College community gathered to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event featured speeches by Knox faculty, performances by the Knox College Choir, and a poetry reading by junior Ajoura Renee Gwinn. Learn more about Convocation.

ABLE student helps Galesburg grade schoolerLecture, Entertainment, Community Service Focus of Black History Month 2013

Throughout the month of February, Knox College is presenting speakers, entertainment, and community service events across campus to celebrate Black History Month. Learn more about the events.

Student News

Student Research Focus of Horizons

A student describes his honors project at HorizonsIn its second year, Horizons: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity highlighted exemplary achievements by Knox students pursuing independent research projects and creative endeavors. The event, organized by the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study, featured more than two dozen exhibits. "Horizons is an opportunity to celebrate just what exceptional and talented students can do with a Knox College liberal arts education," said Sandra K. Shumaker '95, director of the Vovis Center. Read more about the event and presenters.

Students build costumes for Rep Term productionsRepertory Theatre Term Presents The Green Bird and The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Knox College's unique "total immersion" theatre program -- Repertory Theatre Term -- presents The Green Bird, an 18th-century comedy by Carlo Gozzi, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a 20th-century drama by Bertolt Brecht, in nightly rotation from February 28 through March 9. Read more about the productions and Rep Term and read a student Rep Term blog.

Hopkins Heads to Grad Prep Academy

Out of more than 400 applicants, Sean Hopkins ’14 was chosen as one of eight students to attend the Grad Prep Academy, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. The Academy, designed to create fraternity among black male intellectuals, organizes meetings with the university’s Dean, faculty, doctoral students, and alumni and plans workshops on applying to Ph.D. programs in the field of education.

Eva Marley '13Student Researches Social Media, Social Movements

Eva Marley, a senior majoring in anthropology and sociology, is exploring how Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have been used to encourage young people to play a role in social movements all over the world. Read more about her research.

Renaissance Art and Medieval Literature Focus of International Study

Renaissance art and medieval literature are just two of the many subjects that Knox junior Emily Park is immersing herself in while studying abroad. Enrolled in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest program London and Florence: Arts in Context, Park is currently spending winter term in Florence, Italy, and will be in London, England, during Knox's 2013 spring term. Learn more about her experience abroad.

Alex Uzarowicz ’13Student Comment Featured on Radio Show

Alex Uzarowicz ’13 discussed a commentary published on January 27 in The College Conservative in an interview on The David Madiera Show on WTRW Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Listen to the interview.

Student Sees 50 Plays During Term in London

While studying abroad in England through a program with Roger Williams University, junior Allison Diamond expanded her knowledge of theatre and theatre's role in culture and society by watching stage performances of plays almost every other night. She also studied Shakespeare, English history, and musical theatre. Learn more about Diamond and her experience.

Alumni News

Alumni Return for Basketball Homecoming to Play, Reminisce

Tim Heimann Court was the home for Knox's Basketball Homecoming in January, where alumni came together to play, reminisce, and cheer on the Prairie Fire basketball teams. Learn more about the event and read responses from alumni about the event.

Alumni basektball players return to Knox

Alumni Compete in Annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

The label on their red t-shirts -- "Geritol" -- notwithstanding, there was nothing old or tired about the team of Knox alumni who kept up with, and sometimes defeated, their younger opponents in the 2013 Natalie Veneziano '98 Ultimate Tournament, held in February in Knox's T. Fleming Fieldhouse. View a slideshow from the event.

Alumni Ultimate Frisbee players return to Knox

Alumni Notes

February marks the one year anniversary for Waterline Writers, a reading series begun and organized by Anne Veague ’80. Since they began, Waterline has featured 62 different writers, including Mike O'Mary ’80 and Philip Sidney Post Professor of English Robin Metz. Read more about Waterline Writers.

Vida Cross ’88 recently published the poem “Asunda’s Story” in Transitions and “The Wichdoctor” in REverie Journal: Midwest African American Literature.

Joseph Schweickert ’88, director of the human resource office with Joint Forces Headquarters Illinois National Guard, was promoted to the rank of colonel. Schweickert entered the Illinois Army National Guard in 1988 after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Knox. Read more about Schweickert’s promotion.

Joseph Salvi ’88 was sworn into office as an associate judge on January 2. Learn more about Salvi.

Carol Craig ’89, Craig Technologies CEO, has been recognized by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, University of Phoenix, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award for her excellence and leadership in manufacturing. Learn more about Craig and the award.

Kevin Hogendorp ‘00, a social studies teacher at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, earned the highest teaching credential, National Board Certification, from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Yuna Ferguson ’04, Carin Perilloux ’03, Nicole Henniger ’10, Paul Harris ’84, Zach Rothschild ’05, and Mike Pretince ’08 all presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans. Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology Frank McAndrew also attended the conference and presented a poster entitled “Creepiness.”

Katy Renfro ’11 and Professor of Psychology Heather Hoffmann have authored a paper that is being published in Hormones and Behavior entitled “The relationship between oral contraceptive use and sensitivity to olfactory stimuli.”

The Rockford Register Star recently called Amelia Garcia ’11 the “rising star of slam poetry” who “makes espresso drinks during the day and pours her soul out at night.” Read the story.

The sports photography of John Williams ’12 will be a part of a new exhibit at the Chicago Photography Center called SCORE! An Exhibit of Sports Photography. The exhibit will on view from March 1-31.

Faculty & Staff News

Walter M. North Remembered

Walter NorthWalter M. North, professor emeritus of sociology at Knox and a pioneer in the college financial aid profession, died Thursday, January 31, in Galesburg. He was 91. North taught sociology at Knox from 1950 until his retirement in 1988, and served as director of financial aid from the creation of the office in 1959 until he returned to full-time teaching in 1979. Learn more about Professor North and his work.

Allison Attends Conference, Book Receives Positive Review

Stuart AllisonProfessor of Biology Stuart Allison attended the meeting of the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium held in Dubuque, Iowa. He gave a presentation on the use of prescribed fire at the Green Oaks Biological Field Station and participated in a panel discussion on the use of prescribed fire at undergraduate institutions. He also served as the moderator for two sessions of talks.

Allison's book, Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change, received a very positive review in the December 2012 Bulletin of the British Ecological Society. The reviewer recommended the book for anyone interested in the field of ecological restoration and noted that the book “is a well considered and balanced perspective of the field.”

Faculty & Staff Notes

Associate Professor of English Monica Berlin ’95 is a featured contributor at Rhino. Her poem, “[To scale, yes, days to scale, even when they grow so cluttered],” published in their 2012 issue, is now available as audio content. Listen to the poem. Additionally, Berlin and Beth Marzoni ’04 have published another poem from their ongoing collaboration. “[Light we've known: a sky & such & never]” appears in the winter 2013 issue of Quarterly West. Read their poem. Berlin’s award-winning essay “The Eighteenth Week,” which can be read on Passages North, will be featured in a new anthology edited by BJ Hollars ’07 titled Blurring the Boundaries: Explorations to the Fringes of Nonfiction. Learn more about the anthology.

An essay by John Dooley, William and Marilyn Ingersoll Chair in Computer Science, “A Transition Period in U.S. Cryptologic History,” was published in Cryptologia.

John Huston Finley, who served as president of Knox College from 1892 until 1899 and whose son taught classics at Harvard, is featured in a new self-published ebook titled Classical Considerations: Musings Prompted by the Late Harvard Master John H. Finley, Jr., written by Steven McFadden. Read more about the book.

Jack Fitzgerald, professor emeritus of sociology and former dean of students, co-authored a new textbook with his brother, Jerry Fitzgerald, titled Statistics for Criminal Justice and Criminology in Practice and Research, available from Sage Press. The book includes an essay published by Director of Campus Safety John H. Schlaf on law enforcement practitioners’ use of statistics. Learn more about the book.

For its next exhibition, the Fire Barn Gallery in Grand Haven, Michigan, will showcase the works of international artists Tony Gant and Lynette Lombard, associate professors of art. Read more about the exhibition.

Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology Frank McAndrew recently talked with Experience Life about gossip’s causes and cures. Read the article.

In honor of Lincoln’s birthday, the Knox County Historical Society opened the doors of the old Knoxville courthouse for an informal discussion about the beloved president with Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center and nationally renowned Lincoln historians. Read about the event. A few days later on Presidents’ Day, the two were featured in an interview on WQAD television in the Quad Cities discussing the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Watch the interview.

In This Issue

Knox Events

February 26, 2013
Home of Gary Moses '65 and Marilyn Peters
February 27, 2013
Naples, Florida
February 28, 2013
Pub Night
March 10, 2013
Bowers Museum
March 21, 2013
Knox College Choir Spring Tour
March 23, 2013
Softball and Baseball Games
March 23, 2013
Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings
April 07, 2013
Pabst Mansion
April 21, 2013
Luncheon with President Amott
April 21, 2013
Museum Tour and Reception
May 26, 2013
Les Miserables
June 20, 2013
Soangetaha Country Club, Knox Campus

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