Hannah Black in Tanzania

Students Study at Locales around the World

From Scotland to India, Austria to Thailand, more than 50 students traveled abroad this fall to expand their academic experiences and immerse themselves in different cultures. Benjamin Yoder-Henley in IndiaRead more about what they experienced:

After traveling the world, students gathered on the Knox campus to trade tales of their adventures. Read more about their experiences.

From the Editors

Tom Crabtree received the 2012 Knox Service Award.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

Diversity To Be Highlighted at International Fair

Parade of Flags at International FairWith 9% of the student body from outside the U.S., Knox has been ranked 23rd in the country for international diversity by US News & World Report. Knox will celebrate this diversity at the 32nd annual International Fair, where students from more than 50 countries will showcase food, culture, and entertainment from around the world. Highlights of the January 26 fair include an international buffet lunch, cultural and educational booths, and an international student talent show. Learn more about the event.

CNN Journalist Provides Career Advice to Knox Students

CNN Journalist Christine RomansCNN journalist Christine Romans visited Knox to offer job-seeking advice to students, saying they need to collect experiences and develop skills that appeal to prospective employers long before they graduate. "There are four job-seekers for every available job," she said to the audience of roughly 300 students. "You have to start thinking (about) what is going to make you stand out." Read more about the lecture and her advice to students.

McNair Program Grant Awarded

Knox has been awarded a federal grant of more than $1.25 million to continue its highly successful McNair TRIO Program that helps students prepare for academic and research-oriented careers. The program supports students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from ethnic and income groups that are underrepresented in higher education and other careers that require advanced degrees. Read more about the program and the award.

Students who have participated in the McNair TRIO program.

Emerald Ash Borer Strikes Knox

Emerald Ash BorerThe emerald ash borer, an insect whose larva bores into trees, cutting off water circulation, has been discovered inside a tree on the Knox campus. There are 40 ash trees on campus, all of which are at risk to the festering insect. “The expectation is a lot of them will die,” said Stuart Allison, professor of biology. “You can really expect that in areas that are affected, (the insects) will continue to spread and increase, and you’ll probably lose most of the ashes.” Read more at

Student News

Calligraphy Helps Students in Japanese Course Celebrate New Year

Students practice kakizome in class.Knox students in Japanese 202 started the first day of class, first week of the term, and the new year 2013 with an exercise in kakizome -- literally "first writing" -- a Japanese term for the first calligraphy written at the beginning of a year. Read more about the project and view a slide show of the calligraphy.

Basketball Teams Travel to Tennessee and Florida for Winter Break Tournaments

The Knox College women's basketball team enjoys a trip to Disney WorldThe Knox Prairie Fire basketball teams enjoyed new experiences together, on and off the court, during team trips over winter break in December. The women's team traveled to Florida to play in the Daytona Beach Shootout while the men's squad took part in the Rhodes College Christmas Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee. Read more about the trips.

Alumni News

Alumna Discusses Peace Corps Work in Africa

Elyse Callahan '10 presents a lecture on the Knox campus.Elyse Callahan '10 took a short break from her current Peace Corps assignment in Zambia to return to the Knox campus to share her experiences and present the lecture "Stomping Out Malaria: My Peace Corps Service in Zambia." The presentation covered her time so far in Mali and Zambia and provided insight into the Peace Corps. Read more about Callahan's experience.

Oldest Lombard Alumna Dies

Fairy Snapp Norcross ’33, the oldest alumna of Lombard College, passed away on January 3. Lombard College, founded in 1853, is believed to be only the second college in the U.S. to grant equality both for men and women from its start. Not able to withstand the financial pressures of the Depression, the college closed in 1930, with the remaining students finishing their degrees at Knox. Read more about Norcross. There are now two surviving Lombard College alumni, Ray Truedson’32 and Ila Devlin Berry ’33.

Wozniak Part of Second NCAA Football Title

John Wozniak ’99Knox football standout and coach John Wozniak ’99 served this past football season as an off-the-field administrator and assistant for the Alabama Crimson Tide, who won the Bowl Championship Series title game against Notre Dame. Wozniak was also on the staff at Louisiana State University when the Tigers won the 2007 championship. Next season he will be the special teams coordinator and inside receivers coach for the University of Southern Mississippi, led by new head football coach Todd Monken ’89. Read more about Wozniak.

Alumni Notes

William Goldberg ’71 joined UBS Wealth Management Americas’ Houston private-wealth management office as a senior vice president of investments. He moves to UBS from Alliance Bernstein. Learn more about the new position.

Susan Yassenoff Klebold ’71 wrote an article for Oprah magazine about her experience as the mother of one of the students who participated in the Columbine, Colorado, high school shooting in 1999. Read the article.

Robert Sprowls ’79, president and CEO of American States Water Company, has been named president of the National Association of Water Companies board of directors and its executive committee. Read more about the appointment.

John Lawler ’88 has been named chairman and chief executive officer of Ford Motor China. Prior to his new assignment, Lawler served in a variety of roles in North America, Europe, and Asia. He was a key member of the team that led the company’s North American turnaround in recent years, serving as controller of U.S. marketing and sales from January 2007 until moving to China in 2010. Read more about Lawler.

Veteran figure skater Marla Polk ’97 has joined Idaho IceWorld as the skating director. Polk learned to skate at age two and has performed with Disney on Ice and Synchronized Team Skating.

Maliha Safri ’97 was honored by the Center for Popular Economics with a People Before Profits award. Safri, who earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2006, was honored for her oversight of weekly “Economics 101” workshops related to the Occupy Wall Street mobilization. Safri is currently an assistant professor of economics at Drew University in New Jersey. Learn more about the award.

Nelsie Smith ’99 has been named the budget director for the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

Ryan Fitzgerald ’04 will exhibit his new show, “Palisadoes,” through April 2 at Carole Peck’s Good News Café and Gallery in Woodbury, Connecticut. Fitzgerald received his MFA from the New York Studio School in 2012. Read more about the show.

Kim Deschamps ’05 was featured in a promotion for the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, where she is pursuing her MSW. View the ad.

Faculty & Staff News

Crawford Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Mary Crawford '89 and a student.In a collaborative project, Knox Professor of Chemistry Mary Crawford ’89 is helping to develop laboratory exercises that will enable undergraduate students to better understand the connection between their physical chemistry studies and how those studies apply in the real world. The three-year National Science Foundation grant totals almost $200,000. Read more about the grant.

McAndrew Interviewed about Secrets

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of PsychologyFrank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, is quoted extensively in the November-December issue of Self magazine and its “Healthy Self” blog. For the article, “Can’t Keep a Secret? You Sure?,” McAndrew says that gossip is all about you. “Your first response is to suss out what you can take away from the secret.” Read more at

Berlin Poems Published

Monica Berlin ’95, associate professor of EnglishThe work of Monica Berlin ’95, associate professor of English, has appeared in a number of publications in recent months. Two poems appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Crazyhorse, “[Back to this wind, up against it even, and the recognizable sky]” and “[No apples on the apple tree this summer, and if there were].” Another poem, “[To reach the river we cross and keep crossing sometimes],” from of her ongoing collaboration with Beth Marzoni ’04, was just published in TYPO. Her poem “[The problem is the revolving door of this city even you]” was published in The Cincinnati Review (9.2). In December, Berlin was the featured contributor in Hayden's Ferry Review. Her poem "[Just before the blood draw the other morning, I filled in small]" was published in their fall issue.

In This Issue

Knox Events

January 26, 2013
T. Fleming Fieldhouse
January 26, 2013
Knox Bowl at Lucky Strike
February 15, 2013
Founders Day Pub Night
February 26, 2013
Home of Gary Moses '65 and Marilyn Peters
February 27, 2013
Naples, Florida
March 10, 2013
Bowers Museum
March 21, 2013
Knox College Choir Spring Tour
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

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Knox College Senior Elicia Bibbs

Because of Knox's hands-on approach, I feel right at home whenever I have to verbally express or explain myself. My name is Elicia Bibbs, Senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Wendy Saul '68

Knox gave me a sense of agency that I don’t think I would have had at a larger place. And that sense of agency has made all the difference in my life. My name is Wendy Saul '68, endowed professor of education and international studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and I AM KNOX.

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Craig Choma '93

All of this work allows me to explore my creativity through a variety of venues and in different ways based on the needs of the experience. My name is Craig Choma '93, associate professor of theatre, and I AM KNOX.

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