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Knox Contributes to White House Initiative

Knox Contributes to White House Initiative

Since its founding 177 years ago, Knox College has maintained a historic commitment to access for all deserving students, regardless of race, gender, class, or economic means. In conjunction with last week's White House summit on higher education, and in honor of Knox's long-standing dedication to educational access, the College is building on its current efforts by announcing a series of new and expanded initiatives aimed at enhancing the success of first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented college students. Learn more about the initiatives.

The Knox Community Remembers Lexie Kamerman '08

Lrxie KammermanThe Knox College community remembers both the dedication and the enthusiasm of Lexie Kamerman '08, who was among 21 people killed in an attack on a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, January 17. "Our hearts are with Lexie's family and all who knew and loved her," said President Amott. "In such a short life, she embodied the best values of a Knox education and sought a better world." Kamerman was an environmental studies and anthropology/sociology major and was a leader on Knox's water polo team and in the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

"She made me a better coach and a better person," said Jonathan Powers, associate professor of economics and advisor to the water polo team in which Kamerman participated. "It was a joy to see her develop, to find her way, and to make a difference in the lives of young women in Afghanistan." Read more memories of Lexie.

For Kamerman, education was a game changer and she intended to help others change the game. In her honor, her family has established the Lexie L. Kamerman Scholarship Fund to provide Knox students with scholarship assistance. Read more or donate to the fund.

From the Editors

Services Awards are given at HomecomingNominate 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!

Celebrate Knox's Founding: Wear Your Purple and Gold!

Gear up for Founders DayWhether you're on campus or in Galesburg, New York, or London, celebrate Founder's Day 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). Then take a photo and share it with the Knox community on Facebook or on Twitter @KnoxCollege1837 between February 15-21. Photos with the most likes will receive a special gift from Knox.

Don't have anything purple and gold? Visit The Knox Shop through Founder's Day and get a 10% discount on t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. Show your Knox pride!

Knox PixKnoxPix 2013 – Photos of the Year

View all 300+ eye-catching campus photos by the Knox Photo Corps -- photographers who helped cover visual events on campus this year. View the slide show.

Campus News

Knox Students Live Rhythm of Life in Ghana

Student and alumna dance in GhanaBefore traveling to Ghana with a group of Knox College students, faculty, and alumni, Knox sophomore Maxine Quinney had never ventured out of the Midwest or flown on a plane. That all changed through her participation in Drumming and Dance in Ghana, a two-week intensive cultural immersion course during the College's December break. Read more about the experience.

Downbeat Magazine Notes Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival

Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival performanceThe 2014 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival gets a shout-out from a leading jazz periodical -- DownBeat magazine. One of the most widely read publications in the field, DownBeat notes this year's upcoming festival in its recent 2013-14 Festival Guide issue. The 2014 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, April 10-12, will feature the Aaron Diehl Quartet, CALJE (Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble), The Knox Jazz Ensemble, Knox Alumni Big Band, and the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo. Read more about the coverage and festival.

Student News

Ritu Gyawali and Michael CookStudents Earn Selective Scholarship to Study Abroad

Ritu Gyawali and Michael Cooke have been chosen to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 for costs related to studying abroad. Read more about the honor.

Hot Chocolate, Chinese, and Mozart Greet Students on First Day of Class

Students in intermediate ChineseOn your first day back at school, telling fellow students what you did on your recent vacation sounds easy ... until you have to do it in Chinese. Disneyland becomes happy land. Mashed potatoes? Potato mud. Down the hall from the class on intermediate Chinese, Music Professor Bruce Polay plays a Mozart piano sonata and greets the class with "Welcome to the 18th Century" to set the historical background for the course Music of the 19th Century. See more first-day highlights from across campus.

Amelia Goranson works with a studentWhat’s the Best Way to Ask for Help? Honors Research Answers Question

What's the best way to ask for help? Can you prevent others from cheating? These are two of the main questions that Knox College senior Amelia Goranson is exploring for her Honors project on how language used toward others can shape behavior. Read more about her project.

Soccer Team Wins Academic Award

A Prairie Fire men's soccer matchFollowing a record-breaking season, the Prairie Fire men's soccer team has gained a top academic honor. Based on the team's grade point average, Knox was selected as one of the 2012-13 College Team Academic Award Winners by the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) of America. Read more about the team and award.

Alumni News

Graham Troyer-Joy ’08 and Ashley Steinsdoerfer '05Alumni Share Advice at Career Impact Summit

Knox alumni shared a wealth of advice with Knox students at last month’s Career Impact Summit. Here are a few of the tips they shared:

Alumni Notes

Elizabeth Brook '41’s service in the U.S. Navy during World War II ignited a career of foreign service that included postings at U.S. Embassies around the world. Read an interview with Brook about her career.

Audrey Petty '90’s book, High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing, was mentioned by a panelist on Face the Nation as recommended reading for President Obama. Watch the segment.

Kelly Hogan ’92 plays Chloe in the independent feature-length movie The Garden of Chloe. Learn more about Hogan and the film.

Faculty & Staff News

Professor Awarded $50,000 Grant for Green Chemistry Research

Helen Hoyt '01, assistant professor of chemistryHelen Hoyt '01, assistant professor of chemistry, is working with students as she leads a project in "green chemistry" -- an innovative scientific field that blends chemistry and environmental sustainability. Hoyt received a $50,000 grant from the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator program in support of her research. The grant award will provide eight Knox students with an immersive summer research opportunity similar to a graduate-level research experience. Read more about the research and grant.

James Mountjoy, associate professor of biologyBirds I View

With overcast skies and temperatures well below freezing, traipsing about rural Knox County scanning the skies for birds and jotting down numbers on paper represents a labor of love and dedication to science for three biologists at Knox College -- James Mountjoy, associate professor of biology; Stuart Allison, professor of biology; and Paul Skrade, interim sustainability coordinator -- as they took part in the Audubon Society's 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Read more about the experience.

French Professor Bruce Davis Retires

Bruce Davis, Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in Modern Languages (French)Bruce Davis, Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in Modern Languages (French), retired at the end of fall term. Davis received the Philip Green Wright-Lombard prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and was resident director of the Knox College Program in Bescancon at various times throughout his career at Knox, which began in 1982. Some of his teaching interests included 17th century French literature; France under the German Occupation; and French cinema.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Professor of Biology Stuart Allison's book, Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change:  Renewing Damaged Ecosystems, was listed as one of the outstanding academic publications of 2013 in biology by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Read the article.

Gregory Gilbert, associate professor of art history, curated the exhibit “A New Deal for Illinois: The Federal Art Project Collection of Western Illinois University” at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery in Macomb. Learn more about the exhibit that is open through March 1.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently had an article published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology titled "The relationship between materialistic values and environmental attitudes and behaviors: A meta-analysis."  His co-authors were Megan Hurst, Helga Dittmar, and Rod Bond, all of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

In This Issue

Knox Events

January 25, 2014
Musical Instrument Museum
January 25, 2014
Jazz Concert with Colorado Symphony
February 12, 2014
The Chapel Grill, Naples
February 13, 2014
Meet the Dean
February 13, 2014
Tim Kasser Book Discussion
February 15, 2014
Knox College, Memorial Gymnasium
February 15, 2014
Home of Gary Moses '65 and Marilyn Peters
March 28, 2014
Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs
May 18, 2014
once: at Denver Performing Arts Complex

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