Mike Dooley in the Peace Corps

Knox A National Peace Corps Volunteer Leader

Knox College has earned a spot on Peace Corps' annual list of the top volunteer-producing colleges in the United States. With 13 alumni currently serving all over the world as Peace Corps volunteers, Knox ranks No. 10 among small colleges and universities. Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said Knox College's "fine liberal arts education really helps prepare applicants for their Peace Corps service. Knox is a school that is committed to creating global leaders." Read more about the ranking.

Celebrate Knox College Founders Day

Knox bowtieCelebrate Founders Day by showing your Knox pride! Wear a Knox t-shirt, sweatshirt, or hat, or don your favorite purple and gold. Then take a photo and share it with the Knox community on Facebook. Post your image on our wall before 5 p.m. CST February 18. Watch for the official vote on February 19 to cast a vote for your favorite pic. The winner will receive a lovely Knox sweatshirt blanket.

The celebration continues on Friday, February 21, with the presentation of Alumni Achievement Awards at the 2014 Founders Day Convocation. Knox will present awards to Lee '62 and Alexandra Houston Benham '61, economists and founding members of the Ronald Coase Institute; Lara Moritz ’90, award-winning broadcast journalist; Owen Muelder ’63, author and noted researcher of Underground Railroad history; and B.J. Hollars '07, non-fiction writer and professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Learn more about the recipients.

Lee '62 and Alexandra Houston Benham '61, Lara Moritz ’90, Owen Muelder ’63, and B.J. Hollars

From the Editors

Scroll of Honor recipientNominate an FYC Member for the Scroll of Honor

The Knox-Lombard Scroll of Honor award is presented to FYC members (and honorary members) to recognize lifetime achievements in the service of community, society, or humanity. The deadline for submissions is March 15. Nominate a member of the FYC for the Scroll of Honor.

Campus News

View Photos, Videos of Transformation of Alumni Hall

Work continues in Alumni HallThanks to more than 600 alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff, and Galesburg community donors, gifts and pledges have reached $11.7 million, the amount needed to not only pay for construction, but also the soft costs -- technology, furniture, and building finishes -- to complete the building. The transformation is moving forward, with floors and ceilings removed and steelwork installed to support the building. Visit the to see photos of the project, watch videos about the renovation process, see renderings of the finished project, and view photos from Alumni Hall’s past.

Students, Faculty, and Alumni Travel World to Learn During Winter Break

A student participating in Knox in New YorkOver winter break, Knox students, faculty, and alumni traveled across the world. As extensions of on-campus classes, students continued their studies in New York City, Berlin and Istanbul, Greece, and Ghana. Members of the Knox community learned traditional Ghanaian dance from local artists; visited the former headquarters of the East German Stasi; sketched in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and sang “Hail to Alma Mater” in an ancient Greek theatre. Learn more about these exciting trips:

Students in traditional clothing at International FairInternational Fair Showcases World

Students, faculty, staff, and residents of the Galesburg-area community celebrated cultures from around the world at Knox's 2014 International Fair, which featured a Cultural Showcase talent show and international buffet. Read more about International Fair.

Knox One of 10 Illinois Schools to Raise Most Money in Fiscal 2013

Crain’s Chicago Business recognized Knox as one of 10 Illinois schools that raised the most money in fiscal 2013. Other schools on the list included Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more about the recognition.

Knox Celebrates the Return of Off-Campus Students

A student studying abroadStudents back on campus after studying abroad or participating in other off-campus programs gathered at a special dinner to share their stories with fellow students and Knox faculty members. Read more about the dinner. Attending the event was international consultant Stacie Berdan, who advised students on how they can tailor their experiences abroad to help them succeed in the global market. Learn more about Berdan’s visit to Knox.

Folk singer Pete Seeger at Knox in 1978Pete Seeger, Helga Sandburg at Knox College

Folk singer Pete Seeger and Helga Sandburg Crile, Carl Sandburg's daughter, both passed away last month. Back in 1978, the pair helped Knox celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sandburg's birth. Read more about the celebration.

Student News

Carolyn Stephen ’14 and Knox President Teresa AmottSenior Selected Student Laureate of Lincoln Academy

Carolyn Stephen ’14 has been selected a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. An environmental studies major, Stephen lettered in swimming and studied in Costa Rica. Last fall she was selected a co-winner of the 2013 Faculty Scholarship Prize, the highest student honor accorded by the Knox College faculty. Read more about Stephen.

Knox Sophomore Rachel Janis with the t-shirt she designedT-shirt Unites Knox Icons -- Lincoln, Squirrel, Prairie Fire

As the nation celebrates Abraham Lincoln's birthday this month, Knox College sophomore Rachel Janis is celebrating that people are buying the Knox-inspired t-shirt she created that features a squirrel wearing Lincoln's iconic stovepipe hat. The shirt is available through the Knox College Bookstore. Read more about Janis.

Students gather in ABLE HouseKnox Students Celebrate Black History Month

Knox student organizations are presenting a series of activities for the campus community to celebrate Black History Month. Events include a screening of the Academy Award winning film Glory, a home cooked meal, and a performance by spoken word artist Frankie Soto. Read more.

Alumni News

Megan Butler '08 in the Peace CorpsAlumni Inspire Students, Change Lives Through Peace Corps

After initiating life-changing projects in Latin America through the Peace Corps, Kimberly Anderson '09 and Megan Butler '08 returned to campus to share their stories with current students. Read about their experiences.

Dorothy Johnson Burkhardt Supported Language Teaching and Technology

Dorothy Johnson Burkhardt ’39Dorothy Johnson Burkhardt ’39, multi-lingual scholar, Life Trustee of Knox, and long-time philanthropist, died at the age of 96 at her home in Muncie, Indiana. Together with her husband, Richard W. Burkhardt ’39, Dorothy has been a consistent supporter of Knox College. Read more about Burkhardt.

Alumni Notes

Kate Maehr, who received an honorary doctorate from Knox at Commencement 2011, was highlighted in an article in the Chicago Tribune for leading the fight against hunger. Read the article.

A poem by Vida Cross '88, “Photographs,” has been published by the About Place Journal from the Black Earth Institute. The theme of the journal is "A Civil Rights Retrospective: 1963-2013."

The Hoot Hoots -- Adam Prairie '05, Chris Prairie, Christina Ellis '05, and Geoff Brown '08 -- a Seattle-based band that began at Knox College, was recently featured in a Small Business Newswire article highlighting the group’s early popularity and fame. Read the article.

Faculty & Staff News

Faculty and Staff Notes

Monica Berlin '95, associate professor of English, and Beth Marzoni '04 have been awarded the 2013 New Measure Poetry Prize for their collection of poems, No Shape Bends the River So Long. Their book, selected by Carolyn Forché, will be published in late 2014 by Free Verse Editions, an imprint of Parlor Press. 

Professor of Theatre Neil Blackadder with students“Hamlet is Dead. No Gravity,” a German play by Ewald Palmetshofer and  translated by Professor of Theatre Neil Blackadder, is receiving its English-language World Premiere at the Red Tape Theatre in Chicago through February 22. Read more about the play.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology and one of the reviewers of a recent cross-generational study of young people’s attitudes about money, found that today’s teens expressed a stronger desire for the finer things in life and less interest in working for them. Read more about the results in Forbes.

Magali Roy-Fequiere, associate professor of gender and women’s studies, delivered the keynote address at the Gendered Spaces, Queer Alternatives conference sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program at Truman State University in Missouri, where she spoke about how feminism can address this new millennium's persistent sexism and other social problems. Read more about her address.

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Knox Events

March 23, 2014
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March 9, 2014
University Club of Denver
March 28, 2014
Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs
May 18, 2014
once: at Denver Performing Arts Complex

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Nicole Holtzman, senior

The Ford Fellowship has assured me that I am capable of conducting research, but it has also assured me that I very much enjoy doing so. My name is Nicole Holtzman, senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Arianna Timko '11

The friends and mentors I made at Knox are life-long, and I feel incredibly grateful for the relationships I have with such socially aware, engaged, creative, ambitious individuals. My name is Arianna Timko '11, clinical psychology graduate student, and I AM KNOX.

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Mat Ryohei Matsuda, associate professor of Asian studies (Japanese studies)

I study how Japan is adapting American ideas into their higher education and liberal arts curriculum. My name is Mat Ryohei Matsuda, associate professor of Asian studies (Japanese studies), and I AM KNOX.

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