Knox students witness Iowa caucuses

Politics 2012: Knox Students Witness Iowa Caucuses

A group of Knox College students and faculty members found themselves in the thick of the national political scene when they attended the Iowa Republican caucuses on January 3. They traveled to Coralville, Iowa, as part of a political science course, Voting and Elections, and observed the first step in the process of choosing the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. "Part of the point of the trip was to get students to see something that I would teach them about ‘in action,'" said Andrew Civettini, assistant professor of political science.

"You can read descriptions of the caucus as much as you want,” said Anna Novikova ’13, who is majoring in political science. “But it's different to be there and feel the excitement." Read more about their experience in Iowa.

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Celebrate Founders Month

Knox College's 175th Anniversary LogoKnox College will officially celebrate its 175th birthday on February 15, 2012. Events honoring this milestone have been planned throughout the month of February on campus and around the world. Help us celebrate the founding of this storied college!

  • Purple & Gold Day, February 15 -- whether your are on campus or in Galesburg, New York, or London, celebrate Knox's 175th anniversary by showing your Knox pride. Wear a Knox t-shirt, sweatshirt, or hat. Don purple and gold. Dig out your old athletic uniform (and see if it still fits). Do whatever you can to wish Knox a happy birthday. Then take a photo and share it with the Knox community on Facebook!
  • 175th Anniversary Pub Nights, February 15 -- Celebrate Knox past, present, and future at a Pub Night near you. Events are currently planned in more than a dozen locations around the globe, including Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, New York, Portland, London, and many more. Find a pub night in your neighborhood! 
  • Alumni Achievement Awards, February 17 -- Knox will honor 2012 Alumni Achievement Award winners Mary Lu Aft '60, Lynn Wright '63, James Solomon '74, and Norman Golar '02, and 2011 award winner Peter Leibig '73 at the annual Founders Day Convocation. In honor of the 175th anniversary, current winners will also be joined by past award winners. Mark your calendars -- Knox will Livestream the presentation, starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17. Stay tuned for more information.

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.

Rock the Casbah book coverKnoxReads: Rock the Casbah

In anticipation of Robin Wright's campus lecture, Knox professors specializing in the Middle East will host a KnoxReads blog to discuss Wright’s most recent book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, beginning February 1. We invite you to join the discussion. Order your book now from the Knox Bookstore so you can start reading. Then, go to the blog any time to ask questions and add to the conversation beginning February 1.

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for the Knox Service Award by January 31

The Knox Service Award is given to any member of the Knox community in recognition of outstanding volunteer service benefiting Knox College. The deadline is January 31. Nominate someone for this honor today!

Campus News

On the Steps of Old Main Ranked A Top Holiday Video of 2011

Play the video“A tribute to Knox College that is sure to bring tears to the eyes of Knox grads or anyone who has truly loved their college experience,” is the quote in The’s recent listing of the top college holiday videos of 2011. Read the full list. “On the Steps of Old Main” features Knox students performing Sam Brownson ’12’s ode to the architectural heart of the College, while images of a winter-swept campus roll across the screen. Watch the video.

International Fair January 28

Students perform at International Fair.Knox College -- one of the "most international" liberal arts colleges in the nation -- will host its 31st annual  International Fair on Saturday, January 28. Along with international dining and entertainment, the College's International Club will host free, public events on this year's theme, "Growing Up International," providing insights from students and faculty who grew up outside the United States. The fair caps a week of internationally focused events on the Knox campus. Read more about International Fair and view the schedule.

Student News

Student Laureate Combines Interests in Research, Social Work, Extracurriculars

Photo of Lauren Smith ’12Lauren Smith ’12 is the recipient of a 2011 Student Laureate Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, an honor given for curricular and extracurricular excellence. Smith is currently working on an honors project studying the social changes that occur when people learn that they have a terminal disease. Read more about Smith and her research.

Students work on program Teams Show Strength in Programming Contest

Knox College scored among the top five liberal arts colleges in its region in the 2011 Association for Computing Machinery Intercollegiate Programming Contest. Knox sent three teams to the expanding regional competition. Read more about the contest.

Knox Student Sees Growing Demand for Local Charities

Post-baccalaureate student Rosie Worthen ’11 was recently interviewed by The Register-Mail for a story discussing the increased use of food pantries in the Galesburg area. “I don’t think hunger is an issue that is fully understood by a lot of people and is easy to overlook even in a community our size,” said Worthen. “It is a huge issue that has only increased lately.” Read more about food pantries in Galesburg.

Alumni News

Poster image from The Ghost is HereAlumna Makes Directing Debut with Vitalist Theatre

More than 25 Knox alumni are involved in the Vitalist Theatre production of the Kōbō Abe play The Ghost is Here, directed by Jaclynn Jutting ’00 and produced by Robin Metz, director of Knox’s creative writing program, and Liz Carlin-Metz, professor of theatre. Read more about the play, which uses original music, dance, and a multicultural cast to examine the impact of war upon culture and a nation. Performances run through February 19, with a special Knox Day on January 29. Learn more about the event.

Earley Named to Endowed Chair at Purdue

Photo of P. Christopher Earley '80P. Christopher Earley '80 has been appointed the James Brooke Henderson Professor of Management by the Purdue University Board of Trustees. Earley is dean of the Krannert School of Management and has been author or co-author of 10 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters exploring issues ranging from motivation and leadership to global teams. Earley received a Knox College Alumni Achievement Award in 2009. Read a profile of Earley.

Monken Leads Oklahoma Offense to Fiesta Bowl Win

Photo of Todd Monken ’ interviewed Todd Monken ’89 about his current work as the offensive coordinator for the Oklahoma State University football team. Monken has held coaching positions at many colleges and with the Jacksonville Jaguars. On January 2, the OSU Cowboys won the Tostito Fiesta Bowl against Stanford. Read the full interview with Monken.

Alumni Notes

Harvey Sadow ’68 resigned as founding director of Paducah School of Art. Since opening in 2008, the school's enrollment grew to nearly 400 students in three years. Sadow, whose ceramic work is represented in more than 30 museums around the world and numerous corporate collections, is returning to his home and studio in Jupiter, Florida, to prepare for several upcoming exhibitions.

Barry Bearak ’71’s article for The New York Times Magazine, titled “Watching an Innocent Man Die,” earned the number three spot on Slate’s list of top 10 longform stories of 2011. Read Slate’s list and read Bearak’s article.

Dorothy Kozlowski ’90 was named Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Educator of the Year at DePaul University, where she was also recently named chair of the new health sciences department. Read more about her work.

Erik Nussbaum ’93, director of music and the arts at the First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple, conducted two performances of the Czech Christmas Mass, which blended musicians and the church choir with those of Czech, Slovak, and Moravian heritage.

A half-hour documentary style sitcom starring Caitlin Muelder ’96 and Fabio, L2 Living, has started filming. The show revolves around the lives of the inhabitants living in a residential and work loft space. Watch some of Muelder’s most recent work on Funny or Die. Muelder won the 2006 Young Alumni Achievement Award. Read her profile.

Kate Berry ’99 will play the role of Viola in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival production of Twelfth Night. Read more about the show.

Michael Kraycinovich ’03 received the Commander's Civilian Service Award following the successful defense and withdrawal of a protest by Fluor Intercontinental against the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Neil Schmitzer-Torbert ’00 received tenure from Wabash College. After graduating summa cum laude from Knox, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. He now teaches a wide range of psychology classes at Wabash and has studied the effects of cocaine on the behavior of rats. Read more about Schmitzer-Torbert.

Young Alumni Trustee Erica Jaffe ’08 was awarded the annual Corporate Citizen Award from Navigant Consulting, where she is a senior consultant for disputes and investigations.

Faculty and Staff News

Godsil Chosen for High-Profile Assignment Photographing Arrival of Pandas

Mike Godsil ’76 on the tarmac in Scotland.Mike Godsil ’76, instructor of art, played a key role in a worldwide news event in Scotland, where he photographed the arrival of two giant pandas from China. He took photos of the pandas for FedEx, which transported the pair in a chartered Boeing 777F dubbed the "FedEx Panda Express." Godsil, another still photographer, and a small documentary video crew were the only photographers permitted on the tarmac to chronicle the pandas' arrival at Edinburgh Airport. Godsil is currently in Paris, photographing the arrival to two more pandas destined for their new home in a French zoo. Read more about Godsil’s experience.

Faculty and Staff Notes

An article by Sue Hulett, Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor
of Political Science, entitled “Obama Must Press on with Tougher Iran Sanctions” was published in The Register-Mail. Read the article.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, participated in a variety of activities in Europe over winter break. Kasser helped run several workshops on values and campaigning in Vienna, Austria; Brussels, Belgium; and Edinburgh, Scotland. He also gave public talks on values, quality of life, and capitalism at BOKU University, Austria; University of Gent, Belgium; and University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Three additional talks on values, sustainability, and well-being were given at government-sponsored events, including two conferences sponsored by the Scottish government at which Kasser was the keynote speaker and another presentation given in Brussels to the Directorate General of the European Commission – Health & Consumers. Kasser also recently had a chapter entitled "Materialistic Value Orientation" published in The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, explains why we’re willing to pay millions of dollars (in this case, $88 million) for a spectacular view in Read the article.

Owen Muelder ’63, director of the Knox College Underground Railroad Freedom Center, will be making two presentations in Washington D.C. next month. He has been invited by the U. S. Capitol Historical Society to be one of its featured speakers on February 3, where he will talk about “Owen Lovejoy, Congressman, Abolitionist and Underground Railroad Operator” at the Rayburn House Office Building. On February 4, Muelder will present a talk on Knox College Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad at noon at the restaurant Pier 7, sponsored by the D.C. Knox Club. Learn more about the two events. A review by President Emeritus Roger Taylor ’63 of Muelder’s new book, Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society, was published in The Register-Mail. Read the review.

175th Anniversary

In This Issue

Knox Events

January 18, 2012
Lunch with President Amott
January 22, 2012
With President Amott & Doug Wilson
January 28, 2012
Knox Bowl
January 29, 2012
Vitalist Theatre Production The Ghost is Here
February 04, 2012
Celebrate Black History Month with Owen Muelder
February 15, 2012
Celebrate Knox's Birthday!
February 23, 2012
Lunch with President Amott
February 26, 2012
Celebrate Lincoln with Professor Davis
March 18, 2012
Insider's Tour of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
May 25, 2012
Green Oaks Reunion
August 25, 2012
See The Book of Mormon

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