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Book Uncovers Secret Masonic Heritage of Old Main

Lance Factor in front of a window in Old Main.A new book by Lance Factor, George A Lawrence Professor of Philosophy, explores the secret history and hidden symbols of Knox College’s Old Main. Chapel in the Sky: Knox College's Old Main and Its Masonic Architect reveals how in 1856 architect Charles Ulricson secretly incorporated symbols from Freemasonry into the main campus building of a fervently anti-Masonic institution. "Knox College was established by Christian missionaries who were vehemently opposed to all 'secret societies,' including Freemasonry -- they viewed it as a cult, a false religion," Factor says. "My book describes how the College's most famous building was designed and built by an architect, Charles Ulricson, who had been trained by Freemasons, and who incorporated Masonic ideas into both the design and the details, without telling his clients what he was doing." Read more about the Chapel in the Sky.

Repertory Theatre Term to Feature Angels in America

Students sew costumes during rep termWinter term marks the 40th anniversary of Knox's Repertory Theatre Term, created in 1970 by emeritus professors Robert Whitlatch, Ivan Davidson, and former professor Peter B. Young. Held every three years, Rep Term is the only program in the United States that gives undergraduate students the opportunity  to spend an entire 10-week term combining academic study in theatre with all of the business that is vital to operating a professional repertory theatre company.

This year’s Rep Term shows are the two plays of Angels in America, with Kelly Lynn Hogan ’92 directing Millennium Approaches, and Elizabeth Carlin Metz directing Perestroika. View the schedule. To follow the action and emotion that is Rep Term, students have been sharing their experiences through words, photos, and videos in a blog where readers can comment and share their own Rep Term experiences. Read the blog.

From the Editors

Class years ending in "0" and "5" will celebrate Reunions at Homecoming 2010

Homecoming celebration in the fieldhouse.Do you like to plan parties? Do you enjoy reminiscing with college friends about days at Knox? Are you curious about how classmates and former faculty are doing today? Are you a good communicator? If the answer to one or more of these questions is "yes," then Knox needs you! To become a Reunion volunteer, contact Carol Brown '99, director of alumni programs, now!

Nominate a Classmate!

Nominate a classmate for this year's Knox Service Award, given to any member of the Knox community to recognize outstanding volunteer service benefiting Knox College. The deadline is January 31. Nominate a Classmate today!

Campus News

International Fair Coming This Month

Parade of flagsFood and entertainment from around the world will take center stage at Knox College's annual International Fair, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 30, on the Knox campus. The theme of this year's fair is "Knocking Down Stereotypes" and will feature the ever-popular international buffet lunch, culture and education booths, and parade of flags." View a schedule of events.

Gospel Roots Branch Out from Knox

Tyson Haywood is approaching the 30th anniversary of his program “Gospel Roots,” airing on WVKC-FM 90.7. Haywood plays gospel music at the Knox College radio station from 6 to 11 a.m. every Sunday. “Knox College made it possible and the people of Galesburg have been good to me,” Haywood said. He is preparing to take his program to a wider audience, gearing up to start his own Internet radio station. Read more about Haywood in The Register-Mail.

Student News

Students Win Awards for Photos at Study Abroad Programs

Photo of child taken in ChinaPhotographs taken by Knox College students at study-abroad programs in China and Argentina have won a first place award and two honorable mentions in a regional competition sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The three photos are featured in a traveling exhibit hosted by Knox and other ACM member schools. In all, 95 photos were submitted for the contest through the ACM colleges' off-campus study offices. View the photos.

Student Wins Theatre Award

Nathaniel Hults '11A play written by a Knox College student has been selected as one of the best in a four-state region by the American College Theatre Festival. No Time Like the Present, written by Nathaniel Hults '11 from Columbia, Missouri, was performed at the Ten Minute Play Festival, part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre's Region 3 Festival in Saginaw, Michigan. Hults's play is one of six short plays selected from more than 40 entries submitted by students at colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Read more about Hults.

Education Worth the Discomfort for Gale Scholar

Chanda Wade ’10 looked past prejudice throughout her academic career to achieve her goal -- an education. The Black Studies major is the first person in her family to receive a college degree and plans to continue her education in graduate school. Read more about Wade in The Register-Mail.

Computer Science Student Presents at Conference

Ellie Poley '10, presented a poster on her honors project "Rethinking Web authoring for non-programmers: Developing non-WYSIWYG software through a human/computer interaction oriented process" at the Midwest Women in Computing Conference.

Alumni News

Work at Knox!

Have you always wanted to work for your alma mater? Knox is seeking an assistant or associate director of the College’s $2.8 million annual fund team. Responsibilities include the student phonathon, class agent solicitation, faculty/staff campaign, developing a parent solicitation program, soliciting and acknowledging donors, and visiting local alumni. Learn more about the position.

1856 Knox Graduate Barnes a Pioneer in Publishing

Charles BarnesThe recent closing of a suburban Chicago Barnes & Noble bookstore has highlighted the contributions to the publishing industry of a 19th-century Knox College graduate. Specifically, the "Barnes" of Barnes & Noble was William Barnes, one of seven children of Charles M. Barnes -- an 1856 Knox College graduate who opened his first bookstore in Wheaton, and whose influence in publishing encompasses both Barnes & Noble and another leading firm in the field, Follett Corporation. Read more.

Alumni Notes

Paintings by Dorothea Tanning ’32 are currently featured in Artodyssey blog.

The Nielsen Supervisory Board of Directors has appointed James Kilts ’71 as its chairman. The Nielsen Company is a global information and media company. Read more about Kilt's appointment.

A new book written by Don Corrigan ’73, Show Me…Nature’s Wrath, describes stand-out storms to hit Missouri -- tornadoes, hail, thunder, snow, ice and more. His book is available online through Reedy Press.

AdCare Health Systems, Inc. announced the appointment of Boyd P. Gentry ’81 to its board of directors for the coming year. AdCare Health Systems manages assisted living facilities, nursing homes and retirement communities, and provides home health care services. Read more about Gentry's appointment.

Louis C. Davis Jr. ’86 has been named AARP DC Senior State Director. In that position, he will lead a state team in establishing AARP as the champion for people 50+ in the District of Columbia. Davis formerly served as the AARP District of Columbia’s Legislative Affairs and Advocacy Director. Read more about Davis in The Washington Informer.

Elizabeth Connor ’90 is featured in The Block Island Times in an article featuring the impact of young residents who have adopted the island as home. Read more about Connor.

John O’Malley ’01, a cross country coach at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois, recently coached one of his runners to first in the nation. Read an interview with O’Malley.

Paul Rodeen ’01 recently established Rodeen Literary Management, which represents a variety of talented writers and illustrators throughout North America. Read more about his agency.

Artist Lauren Rice ’02 was featured in the blog Perfect Laughter, where she talked about her work and living as an artist in Detroit, Michigan. Read the post.

Faculty News

Knox Promotes Five to Full Professor

Knox faculty receive tenureKnox College has promoted five faculty members to the rank of full professor: Caesar Akuetey, modern languages; Neil Blackadder, theatre; John Dooley, computer science; Lori Haslem, English; and Michael Schneider, history. The five faculty members have combined experience of more than a half-century of teaching and conducting research at Knox. Read more about the professors.

Faculty Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, published a book review of Nature's Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm by Steven I. Apfelbaum in the December issue of the journal Restoration Ecology.

Sarah Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music, presented a paper entitled "Four Fidelities" in the Translations, Adaptations and Modalities series at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her chapter "Watches Without Pockets: Singing about Minutes in a London Drawing Room, circa 1800" is included in Coll'astuzia, col giudizio: Essays in Honor of Neal Zaslaw.

Jeremy Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music, recently published an article in Music Theory Spectrum, the journal of the Society for Music Theory, entitled "Debussy, Pentatonicism, and the Tonal Tradition." He also gave a talk at the Institute for Music in Human Culture and Development at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, entitled, "The Minor Third in Human Culture and Human Development."

Gail Ferguson, assistant professor of psychology, was interviewed by the Jamaica Observer, a leading newspaper in Jamaica, regarding her research on the acculturation and adjustment of Jamaican immigrant families in the U.S. compared to Jamaicans in Kingston and American families. Ferguson collected information from nearly 600 families in Kingston, Illinois, and New York for her research. Read the article.

Fred Hord, professor of Black Studies, discussed the sharp decline in graduation rates for low-income and black students in Galesburg in a recent article in The Register-Mail. Read the article.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently gave a talk, "A Revolution of Values: Materialism & Its Alternatives," as part of the fall Psychology Colloquium Series at Western Illinois University, Macomb. A paper he co-authored, "When What One has is Enough: Mindfulness, Financial Desire, Discrepancy, and Subjective Well-Being," was published in Journal of Research in Personality. Kasser also had a chapter entitled "Values and Ecological Sustainability: Recent Research and Policy Possibilities" recently appear in the book The Coming Transformation: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities. Kasser was also quoted in an article about technology giving rise to a generation of depressed people in Daily News & Analysis. Read the article.

Lynette Lombard, associate professor of art, has work in the “It's a Wonderful 10th” exhibition at the Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The show marks the 10th anniversary of the Sideshow Gallery. Read more about the exhibition.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, has had one of his articles, "Can Gossip Be Good," selected for inclusion in a book of contemporary readings in psychology, iRead, The Reader's Edge: Book Two, a reader designed to accompany textbooks in introductory psychology. McAndrew's article originally appeared as the cover story in Scientific American.

Bruce Polay, professor of music, recently judged the 2010 Walgreens Midwest Young Artists (MYA) competition at Ravinia, in Chicago. The MYA Competition, one of the largest of its kind in the country, draws artists from coast to coast. This year's panel also included a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the concertmaster of Chicago's Lyric Opera orchestra.

Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center, gave the keynote address at the opening of the Library of Congress's traveling Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibit at the Newberry Library in Chicago and presented a paper on Lincoln and nature at the annual Lincoln Colloquium in Springfield.

In This Issue

Knox Events

January 23, 2010
Lunch and Tour of the Phoenix Art Museum
February 12, 2010
Lexington Country Club, Fort Myers
February 19, 2010
Seymour Library
February 26, 2010
Pepsi Center, Denver

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Knox Profiles

Margaret Spiegel

I have always been curious about how people lived before all of the modern conveniences we are fortunate enough to have.. My name is Margaret Spiegel and I AM KNOX.

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Galesburg will continue to be recreated and sustained by innovation. It's the future. I am Jay Matson '65 and I AM KNOX.

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Jennifer Templeton

I knew I wanted to work at a small, private college that had bright students. My name is Jennifer Templeton, associate professor of biology, and I AM KNOX.

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