Knox College President Teresa Amott

Meet President Teresa Amott

On July 1, Knox welcomed its 19th and first female president, Teresa Amott. Following in the footsteps of Knox’s New York founders, Amott comes from Upstate New York, carrying with her an intense passion for diversity, equality, and access to higher education for all. “Knox was founded on the principles of inclusion and access, and my election as president is just another step in the direction established long ago," she says.

Amott, who earned her B.A. at Smith College and a Ph.D. in economics from Boston College, comes to Knox from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she served as provost and dean of the faculty. She has also worked at Wellesley College, Gettysburg College, and Bucknell University. “I know from my own experiences as a student, a faculty member, and an administrator, that there is no setting more powerfully suited for learning than a residential liberal arts college,” she says. Learn more about President Amott.


Fulbright Awards Support Research: German Culture, TV in India, Canadian Politics

Todd Heidt, visiting assistant professor of German, Indira Somani '92, and Jason Pierceson ’94Todd Heidt, visiting assistant professor of German, Indira Somani '92, and Jason Pierceson ’94 have received Fulbright Awards to further their research. The focus of Heidt’s research will be on how to represent contemporary German culture in the classroom. Somani, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at Washington and Lee University, will travel to India to research Western influences on television programming. Pierceson, political science chair at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is headed north to research Canadian legal and political systems. Learn more about Somani, Pierceson, and Heidt.

Three Knox students also received prestigous Fulbright awards this year -- Leslie Kang '11, Joanna Stack '11, and Brent Newman '10. Read more about their fellowships. 

From the Editors

Homecoming T-shirtHomecoming 2011 Brochure in the Mail

Check your mail for the 2011 Homecoming brochure. Close to 100 Homecoming and 175th Anniversary events are planned for October 14-16. Mail in your registration form soon or go online to see what's happening and to register for the weekend’s events. Make your plans now.

Celebrating a Reunion?

Classes ending in "1" and "6" will celebrate Reunions in 2011. Send in your Reunion questionnaire and let your classmates read what you've been up to! Download a PDF or fill it out online (requires registration/log in; e-mail if you need assistance).

Campus News

Knox Exceeds $10 Million in Support for the College

Knox raised more than $10 million to support Knox faculty and students, the College's educational mission, and its annual operations during the 2010-11 fiscal year (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011). In total, $11,274,893 was raised from Knox alumni, parents, and friends. $2,956,594 was raised for the Knox Fund, or gifts that support the annual operations of the College, against a goal of $2.85 million. The Class of 2011 thanks Knox College donors.Read more about fundraising.

Thanks to the more than 8,000 donors who supported Knox during the 2010-11 fiscal year. To learn more about what gifts from donors support, watch this three-minute video featuring Tim Schmelling '11 with music composed and performed by Sam Brownson '12.

Admission on Target for Fall 2011

Thanks to hard work by the Admission staff, as well as Knox faculty, staff, and current students, the College is on track to exceed its fall 2011 goal of 375 new students. As of July 19, Knox has received enrollment deposits from 406 students. "We are excited to welcome a new class full of exceptional students this September," says Paul Steenis '85, vice president for admission.

The Office of Admission has already begun working with the Class of 2016 and needs your help. Know someone who would be a “great fit” for Knox? Don’t hesitate to recommend them for “V.I.P.” treatment.

College for Kids Offers Summer Fun and Learning

College for KidsMore than 200 students participated in College for Kids this year, having an opportunity to choose three classes from more than 60 offerings in fine arts, humanities and social science, languages, and science and mathematics. “It’s a constant source of amazement and pride for me, because so often, the first time people around here visit the campus ... is when they bring their children to College for Kids,” said Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of education studies, who with Jason Helfer, associate professor and chair of the education studies department, has co-directed the program for the last five years. Learn more about the program at

Colleges That Change LivesColleges That Change Lives on Tour

Knox College, one of 40 Colleges That Changes Lives, will be on tour starting in late July. Do you have a son or daughter looking at colleges? Know a relative or friend that would benefit from hearing more about Knox and other colleges that change lives? Find out more about CTCL Program Fairs and when the tour will be in your area. Take the time to find out why Knox is a college that changes lives by reading the chapter about Knox College in Loren Pope’s book.

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Student News

Gabe Moreno '14Moreno Outrunning Father’s Footsteps

Gabe Moreno ’14 not only followed in his father’s footsteps, he outran them in his first track season at Knox, breaking all-time performances set by his father, Alex Moreno ’93. “From the get-go, he was in the mix. I had him in a running stroller,” said Alex, a member of the 1987 Midwest Conference championship track team. “In his first year at Knox, he’s been able to accomplish what it took me four years at Knox.” Read more at

Alex Rauland ’12Student-Athlete Talks Soccer on International TV

Wearing her Knox College sweatshirt, women’s soccer team member Alex Rauland ’12 was interviewed about the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the benefits of participating in athletics, and her future plans on Bernama TV's "The Breakfast Club."  The station is a news agency of the government of Malaysia. Watch the interview.

Alumni News

Ann Feldman Perille '76Ann Feldman Perille Elected Knox Trustee

Ann Feldman Perille '76 -- an educator, Knox graduate, and one of Knox's most successful regional alumni club leaders -- has been elected to the Knox College Board of Trustees as an Alumni Trustee. Full Story.

Maya Moody '91 Among Jurors at Second Blagojevich Trial

Maya Moody ’91Maya Moody ’91 served on the jury that voted to convict former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich of 17 corruption charges at his second federal trial. She told the Sun-Times: "For me, that first guilty was really hard ... I stressed about it, because as soon as you get that first guilty verdict you know he's spending time and it's affecting his family and the rest of his life." Read the full story.

Alumni Notes

Maury Klein ’60, three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, former history professor, and author of 16 books, has been inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Read more about Klein at

Cathy Kucik Heimann ’70 has retired as legislative assistant to Illinois State Representative Don Moffitt. Read more about her plans at

Community activists Norm Winick ’74 and Jane Johnson, who received an honorary degree in 2002, were remembered at a celebration of their lives in July. “There is no doubt that my courage to act is largely due to Norm and Jane,” said Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Galesburg Alderman Peter Schwartzman. Read more about the celebration at galesburg. com.

Gary Pollack ’79 has been named vice provost for health sciences in addition to continuing to serve as dean of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. Learn more about Pollack.

Chuck Smith ’84, securities litigator at Skadden Arps in Chicago, shared his opinion of the Supreme Court ruling in the class action law suit against Wal-Mart on and in the Wall Street Journal.

Cara Ballard Sutcliffe ’89 is the new grand vice president of collegians for Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity. It’s the first time a Knox alumna has held the position since Knox and Lombard merged in the 1930s.

Kansas City's KMBC 9 News Anchor Lara Moritz '90 interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House last week. Read or watch the interview.

Arturs Weible ’93, Lafayette Specialty School music teacher, was featured in an article about the Chicago inner city school’s fight to save its orchestra. Read the article at

Regine Rousseau ’95, author of Searching for Cloves and Lilies, was  featured in the June 27 issue of The New Yorker.

Evelyn Gluting ’96 organized a screening of One Lucky Elephant in her hometown of Naperville, Illinois, to raise awareness about elephant issues after her five-year-old daughter started asking about the animals. Learn more at

Jen Hahn Keller ’97 will exhibit her photography at the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission Showcase in September.

Kip Conwell ’98 co-director of Aerial Dance Chicago, presented the world premiere of “UnEarthed … the balance is tipping” in Chicago. View a preview of the performance on YouTube.

Katie Rich ’02 is on the main stage of The Second City production of South Side of Heaven in Chicago. Learn more about the show.

Brian Conley ’07 is directing the Goat Song Theatre production of Macbeth through July 31 in Chicago. Other alumni involved in the production are Bethany Woodard ’05, Annie Luzar Fors ’07, Sean Fors ’07, Evan Sawdey ’07, Jessica Drew ’07, Nick Perry ’08, Nathan Thompson ’09, and Abby Harms ’10. Learn more about the production on

Lance Hoffman ’08, a medical student at Southern Illinois University, is spending his summer learning the ins and outs of practicing medicine in rural communities through his preceptorship at the Knoxville Clinic. Learn more at

A series of articles written by Ryan Sweikert ’10 for Galesburg’s The Register-Mail received third place in the Enterprise Series category by the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association. Learn more about the award at
Faculty & Staff News

Knox College has granted tenure to six faculty members: Craig Choma ’93, Jeremy Day-O'Connell, Sarah Day-O'Connell, Esther Penick, Carol Scotton, and Mark Shroyer.

Theatre, Music, Biology, Economics, Physics Faculty Awarded Tenure

Knox College has granted tenure to six faculty members: Craig Choma ’93, Jeremy Day-O'Connell, Sarah Day-O'Connell, Esther Penick, Carol Scotton, and Mark Shroyer. "This group of faculty could not represent any better the kind of talents and dedication that Knox brings to the education of its students," said Lawrence Breitborde, dean and vice president for academic affairs. Learn more about their accomplishments.

John Dooley, an award winning computer scientist and chair of the computer science departmentProfessor Named to Endowed Chair in Computer Science

John Dooley, an award winning computer scientist and chair of the computer science department, has been named to the newly created William ’51 and Marilyn Ingersoll ’50 Chair in Computer Science. The Ingersoll Chair is endowed by a bequest of $1.3 million from the estate of Mr. Ingersoll, a pioneer in the field of technology consulting. Learn more about Dooley.

Professor Promotes Benefits of Wild Salmon in Alaska

Nicolaas Mink, visiting assistant professor of environmental studiesThis summer Nicolaas Mink, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, ran the Sitka Conservation Society’s Salmon Tours program in Alaska. Assisting him was intern Helen Schnoes ’11. "I have spent much of my professional career reading about, writing about, and thinking about fisheries, and this program seemed like a logical next step," Mink said. Read more in

Faculty & Staff Notes

Peter Bailley ’74, associate director of media relations, has been riding in and around Galesburg on a bike since he came to Knox as a college student in 1970. Learn about the challenges, and benefits, of riding to work year-round in the Midwest at

Mark Holmes, associate professor of art, presented a talk on chair design and environmental art at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. In addition to his work as a sculptor, Holmes spent 15 years designing and making furniture (including chairs) as the owner of -ism Furniture in Chicago.

In an interview with the Peoria Journal Star, Psychology Professor Tim Kasser discussed how alternatives to consumerism would fit into our current economic system. Read the interview.

Debby Wing, former dean of students, is mentioned in The Wisdom Trail: In the Footsteps of Remarkable Women. The book canvasses the lives of 22 women who grew up during the Depression and attained successful careers.


In This Issue

Knox Events

July 27, 2011
Meet Dr. Teresa Amott
August 04, 2011
Summer Cook-Out
August 07, 2011
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 07, 2011
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 07, 2011
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 07, 2011
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 14, 2011
Summer Picnic
August 24, 2011
Meet the President
September 16, 2011
Washington Nationals vs. Florida Marlins
September 17, 2011
Distillery Tour and Pub Night
October 14, 2011 to October 16, 2011
Knox College Campus

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Joanna Stack '11

I think the liberal arts experience in general, and especially at Knox, helped a lot because I've been able to try my hand at so many different things that otherwise I might not have been able to. My name is Joanna Stack '11 and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Karima Daoudi '09

For me, Knox was kind of like an incubator for the real world. I was able to travel, research, propose, organize, produce, and experiment in a small, controlled, supportive environment and prepare myself for doing all of the aforementioned things in the real world. My name is Karima Daoudi '09, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Neil Blackadder, Professor of Theatre

Knox has been a really good place for me to expand the range of what I do as a teacher and as a scholar-artist. My name is Neil Blackadder, Professor of Theatre, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.


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