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Rosie Worthen '12 helps load food into a van for local schoolchildren

Students Help Feed Local Schoolchildren

The generosity of Knox College students helped feed Galesburg schoolchildren during this year's extended winter break . Knox students donated 1,576 "meal swipes" from their college meal plans, providing meals for schoolchildren through the Lunch Spot, a Galesburg community-wide initiative.

Knox students became involved with the Lunch Spot when they learned that many Galesburg District 205 students who rely on free and reduced lunches wouldn't have access to those meals during the long winter break. The Alliance for Peaceful Action, a student group at Knox, and other students decided to lend a hand. In addition to providing meals, students organized a food drive and helped assemble sack lunches for students. Read more about the effort.

From the Editors

Class years ending in "1" and "6" will celebrate Reunions at Homecoming 2011

Alumni enjoying Homecoming 2010Do 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

Student Lounge Gets Long-Awaited Facelift

Work continues on student loungeThe Seymour Union student lounge is getting a long-awaited facelift that will provide Knox students with a spruced-up space where they can grab a bite to eat, watch movies, listen to bands, play games, or just relax. The project, which started shortly after Thanksgiving, could be finished by the time Knox students return for the spring term. "The things it will add to student life on campus are enormous," said Craig Southern, associate dean of students for campus life. Learn more about the renovation and view photos of the project.

International Fair Celebrates 30 Years at Knox

Student dons dragon costume at International FairThe 30th annual International Fair highlights a week of internationally focused events from January 22-29. The week begins with a film on immigration and a lecture on Japan Term at Knox and culminates with the international buffet lunch, information booths by students, and parade of flags on Saturday. View the entire schedule of events.

Presidential Search Update

Presidential search updateThe Presidential Search Committee met on January 5 and 6 to interview semi-finalists. They were very impressed with the qualities and experience of everyone interviewed. At the end of the meeting, the committee decided to invite three of the candidates to campus for a second round of interviews, which will take place later in January. The committee’s next meeting will take place following the campus interviews. Follow the Presidential Search process.

Students Give College High Marks for Classes, Campus Experiences

Student in the chemistry labKnox College students give the college high marks for educational experiences -- both in class and outside of class -- according to the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Knox students rated the college higher than the national average in all five categories covered in the NSSE survey -- academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. "The NSSE survey is particularly valuable because it looks beyond numbers and scores, and focuses on students' educational and other enrichment experiences on campus," said Lawrence B. Breitborde, vice president for academic affairs and dean of Knox College. Read more about the survey.

Student News

Students Win Honors in Business Competition

Students who participated in business competitionStudents from Knox placed among the top finishers at this year's Early Leaders Case Competition, sponsored by the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. The annual competition challenges selected college undergraduates to solve business problems with the "case study" method used in many graduate-level business programs. "The competition is a great opportunity for students to put their skills to the test and demonstrate their potential in front of business leaders, faculty, and graduate students," said John Spittell, professor of business and management and executive in residence at Knox. Read more about the competition.

Five Students Earn Honors in National Photo Contest

Victgoria Ezell '12 submissionFive Knox students have been recognized for their photographic talents in the third annual Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Off-Campus Study Photo Contest. Victoria Ezell ’12 won second place in the Artistry category for her photo, "Stained Glass," taken inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, while she was participating in an off-campus program at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Jae Hyoung Lee ’11, took third place in the Artistry category for his photo, "Bracelets," taken in Tarangire, Tanzania, while participating in the ACM Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins program. Read more about the competition and all of the Knox winners.

Student Wins Chicago Young Playwrights Festival

Arthur Pascale '14Arthur Pascale  ’14 is one of three winners of the 25th annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival. The Chicago native wrote Karl and Joey, a comedy about two youths who counterfeit sports memorabilia. As part of the scam, Pascale explains, his characters "invent a fake baseball player," who winds up getting nominated to the Hall of Fame. While Karl and Joey is Pascale's first play, he also has written several short stories. "If you have a good story, you might as well tell it," he said. Read more about Pascale and the award.

Students and Staff Participate in Chemical Society Meeting

Knox students Tara Orech ’11, Shirley Dehn ’11, Effie Fayer ’11, and Chemistry Lab Coordinator Sara Patterson ’09 traveled to New Orleans in December to participate in the 66th Southwest and 62nd Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Student Wins Short Story Prize

Dave Brankin '12 won the Dan Hemingway Short Story Prize while studying English and Scottish literature at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, during fall term. Read his short story.

Alumni News

Tchen Receives White House Appointment

Honorary degree recipient Tina TchenThe White House announced that Tina Tchen, Knox College honorary degree recipient and 2010 Commencement speaker, will serve as chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama. Currently serving as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Tchen will take her new post at the end of January. Read more about Tchen.

Edel Vaca '11 and Chuck Porter '52Wrestler has Perfect Day at Chuck Porter Duals

Prairie Fire wrestler Edel Vaca '11 had a perfect day to help lead his team to a dual meet victory during the 6th Annual Chuck Porter Duals at T. Fleming Fieldhouse. The man for whom the event  is named was in attendance, vigorously rooting for the Prairie Fire. Chuck Porter '52 says he still tries to do all he can to keep wrestling alive, especially at the NCAA Division III level. Read more about the meet.

Alumni Notes

Korean War veteran V.R. "Swede" Roskam '51and his wife, Martha Jacobsen Roskam '52, recently visited the country for a celebration honoring United Nations soldiers who fought for South Korea.

Attorney Heidi Walliker Benson '94 was chosen to fill a Ninth Judicial Circuit vacancy for associate judge in a six-county area in Illinois. Read more about Benson.

Karl Rogers '98 majored in theatre at Knox and considered law school before pursuing a master of fine arts in dance at Ohio State University. Read about Rogers' journey and his recent performance.

Matt Lauterbach '01 is a film editor at a non-profit documentary production company, Kindling Group.  He recently created online media for the companion Web site to the PBS miniseries The Calling, which aired on Independent Lens.

Having torn up the stage with his comic missiles and currently trying to make it on the big screen, Vir Das '02 will never venture into one zone -- reality shows. Read an interview with Das in filmicafe.

Faculty & Staff News

Snakewoman of Little Egypt coverHellenga Book Recognized

A novel by George A. Lawrence Emeritus Professor of English Robert Hellenga, Snakewoman of Little Egypt, has been included on two important lists: The Washington Post's list of "Best Novels of 2010," and the Kirkus Review's list of "Top 25 Novels." Says one review: "Hellenga is fearlessly inventive. Could anybody else combine snake handling, the Ituri pygmies of the Congo, life in a women's prison, learning to play timpani, a murder trial, and a poignant love affair in three-hundred-odd fast-paced, highly readable pages?"

Faculty & Staff Notes

Ten entries were recently published in SAGE Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief by Knox faculty, students, and alumni: Diana Beck, professor of educational studies; Jason Helfer, associate professor of educational studies; Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies; Emily Berkson '12, Sarah Carlin '10, Alex Fox '10, Danny Gonshorek '11, Jordan Lanfair '11, Christian Mahone '11, and Evan Massey '10.

During fall term, Sarah Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music, was a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where she also presented a paper "Journeys and Destinations of Haydn's 'The Wanderer.'"

John Dooley, professor of computer science, was re-elected to the executive board of the Illinois-Iowa section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was also elected secretary of the executive board and is co-chair of the Illinois-Iowa chapter of the IEEE Computer Society for 2011. Dooley has also had a paper, "Was Herbert O. Yardley a Traitor?" published in the January 2011 issue of the scholarly journal Cryptologia.

A solo exhibit by Mike Godsil '76, instructor of photography, will be on display at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois, from February 4 through March 5.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently gave three talks in Europe. The first, "A revolution of values: psychological research on materialism and its alternatives," was a public talk at the University of Oslo in Norway. The second, also at the University of Oslo, was entitled "Human identity and environmental challenges," and was presented at the MILEN International Conference on visions and strategies to address sustainable energy and climate change. Kasser also gave a keynote address on "Values and Campaigning" at the Common Cause Workshop in London, a workshop sponsored by a group of environmental and development non-govermental organizations, including WWF-UK and Oxfam.

Sherry C.M. Lindquist, visiting assistant professor of art history, gave two lectures at the Dallas Museum of Art: "Sculptural Innovation at the Court of Burgundy: Artists, Patrons and Imagery" and "Monastic Orders and the Religious Context of the Chartreuse de Champmol." She chaired a session on "Representing the Sexuality of Women in Medieval Europe and Byzantium" at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, sponsored by the International Center for Medieval Art, and another session entitled "Unorthodox, Heretical and Obscene Imagery in Medieval Manuscripts," at Manuscripta, the 37th Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies.

Chuck Schulz '72, professor of physics, and collaborators from the Department of Chemistry at Notre Dame University, have had a new article appear in Inorganic Chemistry: "Electronic Configuration of Five-Coordinate High-Spin Pyrazole-Ligated Iron(II) Porphyrinates". Schulz and collaborators from Tunisia and France have also had the article "Synthesis, spectroscopic and structural characterization of the high-spin Fe(II) cyanato-N and thiocyanato-N ‘picket fence' porphyrin complexes" published in Acta.

In This Issue

Knox Events

January 25, 2011
Lunch at Grayhawk Golf Club
February 04, 2011
An Evening with Professor Robin Metz
February 11, 2011
Presentation of Alumni Achievement Awards
February 15, 2011
Founders Day Celebration
February 18, 2011
Lunch Reception at Naples Yacht Club
March 12, 2011
Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons
May 14, 2011

Billy Elliot, The Musical

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Matt Wheaton '10

It doesn't matter where you come from: It is about setting goals and accomplishing them. My name is Matthew Wheaton '10 and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Carol Crouch

Knox taught me about the person that I really am. My name is Carol Crouch '04, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Brandon Polite

I don't think a person can be a philosopher without being a teacher; it is part of what doing philosophy is. My name is Brandon Polite '03, visiting professor of philosophy, and I AM KNOX

Meet more Knox faculty.

Presidential Search Update

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