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Knox Fund Surpasses Goal, Raises $3 Million

Over the 2009-10 fiscal year (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010), the Knox Fund raised more than $3 million for Knox. This is the second largest amount ever raised for the Knox Fund, and the only time the College raised more than $3 million outside of a comprehensive campaign. In total, $3,033,449 was raised from Knox alumni, parents, and friends for the annual operations of the College, against a goal of $2.85 million. The College raised just shy of $10 million in total gifts -- nearly $4 million above last year’s total of $6 million.

"To have surpassed our Knox Fund goal during yet another tough economic year is a testament to the generosity of Knox alumni and friends,” said President Roger Taylor ’63. “Knox would not be able to offer a quality liberal arts education without their continued support.”

Recognizing the lingering effects of the nation’s most recent recession, including a more than $1 million increase in students’ need for financial aid and scholarships, Knox decided to earmark Knox Fund gifts for student financial aid, unless donors chose otherwise. In total, $2,419,958 of the $3 million Knox Fund dollars raised will be designated for financial aid and scholarships.

“The entire Knox community -- faculty, staff, alumni, and friends -- takes the College’s mission to provide access to a quality education to all students regardless of race, gender, or means seriously. The focus on raising gifts for scholarships and financial aid is a direct reflection of that mission,” adds President Taylor.

Roger Taylor & the Fulton County Boys Stay Home
Roger Taylor and the Fulton County BoysWhile total dollars raised for the College was up for the fiscal year, the total number of donors was down. After setting a record in alumni giving last year with 5,500 alumni donors, Knox received gifts from 4,900 alumni this year. Total donors to the College were 9,000, compared to 9,400 last year.

“We truly appreciate the fact that even though we had fewer donors this year, we were able to exceed our Knox Fund goal. It is a reflection of the loyalty and generosity of our alumni and friends. Given the economic climate, we’re very happy with the generosity shown toward Knox,” said Beverly Holmes, vice president for Advancement. “We hope that those who did not give this year will include us again in their philanthropy in the future.”

Unfortunately, the challenge made to Knox alumni by Roger Taylor and the Fulton County Boys (5,500 alumni donors by June 30, 2010) was not met, so they won’t be hitting the road this year. But don’t worry -- the Fulton County Boys are sure to make an appearance again soon. Stay tuned!

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From the Editors

Homecoming BrochureCheck Your Mail for the 2010
Homecoming Brochure

The leaves may still be green, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be planning to enjoy the colors of autumn and Homecoming 2010. Watch for the brochure, coming soon to a mailbox near you! The event is October 22-24, with more than 100 events sure to please alumni of all ages. Be sure to mail in your registration form or go online to see what's happening and get your registration in early.

Campus News

Admission On TargeStudents walk across the Knox campus in spring.t

After hard work by the Admission staff, as well as Knox faculty and staff, the College is on track to meet its fall 2010 Admission goal of 410 new students, plus or minus 10. As of July 19, we have deposits from 416 students. While there will undoubtedly continue to be some additional "melt" over the summer as students make final decisions on which college to attend, Knox is confident that it will welcome a full class of new students in September. Read more about Admission.

Kids on CampusKnox College for Kids Overwhelming
-- But Really Cool

For two weeks in June, 250 Galesburg-area children between kindergarten and eighth grade were college students at Knox College for Kids. For Tessa Behymer, it’s a little overwhelming -- but mostly really, really cool. “It’s really big, and we get to go all over,” said Tessa, who will start sixth grade at Lombard Middle School in the fall. “There’s lots of exciting things to do.” Read more about College for Kids in The Register-Mail (Photo by Kent Kriegshauser).

Knox swimmers at Grinnell InviteSwim Teams Earn Academic Recognition

Knox College's student-athletes who compete on the men's and women's swimming teams are making the grade in a big way. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America recently named the two Prairie Fire squads to its 2010 All Academic teams. "At the beginning of the year I had three goals: have fun, swim fast, and be smart. They exceeded my expectations," said first-year coach and Assistant Professor of Economics Jonathan Powers. Read more

Student News

Sam Magnuson '10Fourth Prairie Fire Student-Athlete in Five Years
Selected for NCAA Sportsmanship Award

Last month, Sam Magnuson '10 was selected by the Midwest Conference as the male recipient of the NCAA Division III Conference Sportsmanship Award. He is the fourth Prairie Fire athlete to receive the NCAA Division III Conference Sportsmanship award in the past five years. Read more about the award.

Alumni News

Bob Burden '55FYC President Bob Burden '55 Leaves a Long Legacy

FYC President Robert K. Burden, a 1955 graduate of Knox, passed away on June 19. He had just been re-elected to his second two-year term as the Fifty Year Club president in June 2010. The Robert Burden Scholarship Fund has been established in his memory. Read more about Burden and his efforts on behalf of Knox.

Alumni Notes

William Ives '55 was presented with a lifetime achievement award for the legal counsel he has provided since 1966 for the Bearing Specialists Association. Read more about Ives.

Former McDonald’s marketing executive Roy T. Bergold Jr. '66 has joined Dorsey & Company as managing director, communication, and creative strategy.

Judy Sarnecki '66 was named professor emeritus at Lawrence University, recognizing the French professor's 22 years of service to the school. Read more about her experience at Lawrence.

Brian Wishne '71, former dean of the School of Building Arts, has been named chair of urban design at the Savannah College of Art and Design Department of Architecture. Read more about the appointment.

President Barack Obama is nominating John Podesta '71 to serve on the board that helps set policies and direction for the government's national service agency. Read more.

Steve Zocchi '80 has been promoted to senior vice president, global sales and chief sales officer at Model N, where he will lead all worldwide sales for the revenue management company. Read more.

Bernard McCune '87, deputy director of the Chicago school district’s Office of College and Career Preparation, discusses the successes and challenges of Chicago's Charter Schools in the New York Times. The article also features incoming first-year Shantell Hopkins. Read the article.

George Ianev '95 has joined the firm O’Keefe and Associates as senior associate.

Tilemahos Spyratos '06 graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine.

Nick Reineck '07 has returned to his high school alma mater to coach baseball and teach history. Read more in the Rochelle News-Leader.

Adam McDowell '08 made his Chicago directorial debut in Farmhouse, a Sci-Fi existential drama. The cast includes Matt Allis '09 and Michael Callahan '09, with sound design by Evan Sawdey '07. Kat Reiser '11 is stage manager and lighting designer. Learn more about the show and performance dates.

Faculty & Staff News

Jason Helfer and Stephen SchrothFaculty Win Education Research Award

Teachers, administrators, parents, report cards, test scores -- even students themselves -- can all help identify gifted grade school students, according to research by Knox College faculty Jason Helfer and Stephen Schroth that garnered a 2009-2010 Award for Excellence in Research, announced this month by Mensa International, Ltd., and the Mensa Education and Research Foundation. Read more about their research and the award.

Assistant Director of Admission DeVone Eurales and Knox President Roger Taylor '63U.S. Army Honors Knox Admission Staff

DeVone Eurales, assistant director of admission, was honored recently by the United States Army for his volunteer work at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado. While on vacation in Colorado in May, Eurales led an informational session for more than 20 service members at Fort Carson on how to apply for college. Read more about the recognition.

Knox College Employees Among Nation's Healthiest

Health AwardFor the third year in a row, Knox College is maintaining the same health insurance rates for its employees, and winning recognition as one of the "Healthiest Companies in America." Knox is one of just 34 companies nationwide honored with the award from Interactive Health Solutions, Inc., the College's health management program. Read more about the honor.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Assistant Professor of History Cath Denial's opinion piece, "Reading the Revolution as more than just shorthand," was published in more than a dozen newspapers across the country on Independence Day weekend. Read the article.

In June, Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor of English, traveled to Ketchum, Idaho, as an invited researcher at Ernest Hemingway's last home and burial site. He will present his poetry and a talk on "Anung's First American Christmas" at the Claremont Club in Berkeley, California, this month. Register for the event.

In This Issue

Knox Events

July 25, 2010
An Afternoon with Robin Metz
July 28, 2010
Home of Don '53 and Jan Hines
July 29, 2010
Knox College's Abolitionist and Underground Railroad History
July 31, 2010
At Evening at Ravinia
August 05, 2010
Summer Cook-Out
August 7, 2010
Summer Send-off Picnic
August 08, 2010
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 08, 2010
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 8, 2010
Summer Send-off Picnic
August 21, 2010
Summer Send-Off Picnic
September 12, 2010
Brewers vs. Cubs
October 22 to 24, 2010
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