Gizmogram
Workers give the Gizmo Patio a facelift, replacing the wood deck with concrete pavers.

Knox Abuzz with Renovations and Improvements

The Gizmo patio is seeing a facelift this summer as the 17-year-old wood deck is replaced with concrete pavers. Over the past 52 years, the patio has seen numerous updates to its appearance but has always been a mainstay for students and faculty to enjoy a lunch in the sun, meet friends, or enjoy one of the many events that happens there during the year. View highlights from its past as the patio moves into a new phase of its life.

The Gizmo patio isn’t the only area seeing improvement on campus this summer. Knox is abuzz with activity as workers paint, plaster, renovate, reconstruct, and make other improvements to campus facilities. Follow the progress of summer projects at the KnoxWorks blog.

Knox Ends Fiscal Year Up in Cash, Donors

Old MainKnox exceeded fundraising expectations for the 2011-12 fiscal year (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012) by raising more cash from more donors in the midst of a continuing difficult economic climate. In total, Knox raised $8.46 million from alumni, parents, friends, and private organizations to support Knox faculty and students, the College's educational mission, and its annual operations. This total includes an additional $1.49 million more from living donors than last year. The Knox Fund, or gifts that support the annual operations of the College, exceeded its goal of $2.9 million -- and last year’s total of $2.98 million -- by more than $132,000, totaling $3,108,684 in gifts. Private gift support represents the College's second largest source of income.

For the first time in three years, Knox saw an increase in the number of individuals who made donations to the College, including alumni. The College received gifts from 8,606 donors, including 4,850 alumni, compared to 8,477 and 4,815 last year. Read more about the fundraising results.

From the Editors

Students enjoy a walk around campusSummer Open House for Prospective Students

Do you know someone who might be interested in attending Knox? Encourage them to attend the Summer Open House on Friday, July 27! It’s the perfect opportunity to talk to faculty and students, tour the campus, learn about academic programs, explore student life, and even taste the cuisine. Learn more about Summer Open House.

Campus News

Knox Welcomes New Board Leadership, Three New Trustees

Duke Petrovich & Gerald VovisOn July 1, Knox welcomed new leadership to its Board of Trustees, as well as three new trustees. Dushan (Duke) Petrovich '74, retired president of William Wrigley, Jr. Company, is the new chair of the Board of Trustees. Petrovich succeeds Janet Koran '71, who completed a six-year term as Board chair on June 30. Gerald (Jerry) Vovis '65, a former biotechnology executive, is the Board's new chair for finance. Vovis succeeds Ralph Walter '69, who led the Board's finance committee for the past six years. Read more about the Board's new leadership.

In addition, Tom Anderson '66, R. Kyle Winning '83, and Tino Schuler '87 each joined the Board for four-year terms. Anderson, a healthcare industry executive, and Winning, a real estate investment executive, were elected general trustees. Schuler, a senior executive with Medtronic, was elected an alumni trustee. Each assumed his position on the Board on July 1. Read more about Anderson, Winning, and Schuler.

College for Kids Rewarding for Children, Students, Teachers

Teacher Brian Tibbets '96 works with students during College for Kids From launching water bottle rockets near the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Building to being silly during improv exercises in the Ford Center for Fine Arts, it was another great year for the students, teachers, and the staff of College for Kids, a two-week program featuring courses in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences for students in first through eighth grades.

Shayna Hargraves ’13 was one of 14 Knox students who prepared for a future teaching career by working with students in the program. She taught Spanish to youngsters in second through seventh grades, which marked the first time she led a classroom on her own. “To develop a lesson plan and see it come to life and be successful, that's one of the best feelings.”

Hargraves joined Knox professors, alumni, and area professionals and educators in teaching 49 courses to 250 students. Associate Professor of Physics Mark Shroyer and his students explored energy in various forms -- from fizzy soda-bottle volcanoes to spectrometers that explore distant, astronomical objects. He compares teaching at Knox College for Kids to surfing: "There's all this energy, and if you can stay on top of it, it's wonderful. And it's really positive energy."

NAACP Chapter Holds Youth Meeting on Campus

DeVone Eurales, senior assistant director of admission, speaks with studentsGalesburg's newly revived chapter of the NAACP focused its first youth-oriented event on education, where a panel of Knox students, moderated by Senior Assistant Director of Admission DeVone Eurales, gave a detailed view of what Knox expects from applicants for admission. Learn more about the event.

Student News

Knox Journalism Students’ Work Wins Top Statewide Awards

Three awards garnered for the award-winning investigation The Maytag ProjectAn award-winning investigation by Knox journalism students, The Maytag Project, has earned two additional top statewide prizes. One is the highly coveted Sweepstakes Award, which the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association presents for best reporting/writing entry across all categories. The investigation also garnered a first place award from the Illinois Press Association in the Enterprise Series category. The students’ work competed against work produced by professional journalists, and judges described The Maytag Project as taking a “truly unique approach to a huge regional story.” The Maytag series examined what happened to employees who were laid off after a local manufacturing plant closed. Read more about the awards.

Senior Lands Journalism Internship and Front Page Story

The front page article co-authored by Matt McKinney '13Less than a week into his summer reporting internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, Matt McKinney ’13 teamed up with a couple of veteran journalists to produce a front-page story about a change in federal immigration policy. McKinney got to work on the story because he speaks Spanish, a skill he honed while studying abroad in Costa Rica. Read more about McKinney’s internship.

Knox in Alaska: Studying Forests, Fisheries, Politics of the Wilderness

The view in AlaskaKnox College students and Nic Mink, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, are in Alaska for a four-week field course in which the group is traveling by kayak, studying ecology, and interacting with local experts and citizens. Audrey Todd ’12, one of Mink’s students in the “Forests, Fisheries, and the Politics of Wilderness” class, is providing periodic updates about the experience in a blog, Knox in Alaska. Read the blog.

Knox-Based Band Records First Album

The band Poets and Peasants record at WVKCThe band that got its start at an Off Knox performance in 2010 and has played at a number of different Knox events during the past two years has recorded their first album. Poets and Peasants took their nine-piece band to Kresge Recital Hall and the WVKC radio station during the week of June 18 to record a culmination of a year of musical creation. Learn more about the band and their recording.

Students sort donations at the end of the school yearExpanded Recycling Cuts Year-End Waste in Half

Instead of tossing stuff into big trash dumpsters when they moved out of their residence halls, Knox students redirected unneeded items to local charities. The expanded recycling initiative this spring boosted contributions to community agencies and slashed the amount sent to local landfills by at least half. Read more about the initiative.

First-Year Student Chosen for Kemper Scholars Program

Kemper Scholar Molly Loudon '15Molly Loudon '15 has been chosen for the highly selective Kemper Scholars Program, which provides students with scholarships, practical experience, and opportunities to explore careers. Loudon, who plans to major in art and double-minor in business and management and Spanish, is designing her own independent study in creative entrepreneurship for fall term 2012. Learn more about Loudon and the Kemper Scholars program.

Alumni News

BJ Hollars Wins Society of Midland Authors Award

BH Hollars and Ray BradburyJust five years after graduating from Knox College, author BJ Hollars '07 has won a prestigious Society of Midland Authors Award. In a touching coincidence not lost on Hollars, the award came 55 years after his friend and mentor -- the renowned author Ray Bradbury -- won the same award. Hollars won the award for non-fiction for Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America. Read more about Hollars and his relationship with Ray Bradbury.

16 Teams of Golfers Participate in K Club Golf Outing

Participants pause for a group photo at the K Club Golf OutingMore than 70 golfers enjoyed a day on the links, sharing a round of golf and an opportunity to reminisce with retired coach and athletic director Harley Knosher during the Second Annual K Club Golf Outing. View photos from the event.

Classmates Establish Suzanne L. Hart '93 Memorial Garden

Classmates begin work on the Suzanne Hart Memorial GardenTo honor Suzanne Hart '93, who was killed late last year in an elevator accident, her classmates are building a memorial garden on the Knox campus. The garden will use some of the designs developed by Hart during her studies at the New York Botanical Gardens and will be dedicated during Knox Homecoming. Learn how you can get involved with the project.

Alumni Notes

The sixth book by Dick Zylstra ’53, Bloody Kansas, A Saga of the West, was published in April. Learn more about the book.

A short story by Tom Wolf ’69, “Boundaries,” appears in the summer 2012 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.

Geoffrey Cox ’77, president of Alliant International University, has a blog in The Huffington Post about higher education. Read his posts.

Author and resource conservationist Jannifer Stevens Powelson '90 has published her third book in the Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk series, Rachel and Sammy Learn About Trees. Read more about the book.

Lucas Southworth ’01 won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction for his manuscript Everyone Here Has a Gun. The University of Massachusetts Press will publish his work.

Tim Lee ’11 has been elected president of the American Medical Student Association chapter at the Medical School for International Health.

Faculty and Staff News

Knox Scholars Provide Historical Details for Lincoln Vampire Flick

Poster image from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterAside from the vampire angle, the producers of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter showed an interest in historical details. Lincoln Studies Center Co-Directors Rod Davis and Douglas Wilson were contacted when the fantasy-horror flick was in production. The film opened June 22. Learn more about Lincoln as ax man, fighter, and anti-slavery leader.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Katie Adelsberger, Douglas and Maria Bayer Professor of Earth Science, is spending her summer in Jordan at the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project, where she's working with colleagues to investigate the archaeology, environments, and history of Dhiban. She currently serves as co-director of the project. Read more about her past work in Jordan.

A play, American Shot, translated from French by  Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, and directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, professor of theatre, was performed as part of the International Voices Project in a concert reading June 19 in Chicago. The reading was presented at Alliance Française de Chicago, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago and Alliance Française de Chicago. Read more about the project.

Schahrazede Longou, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures (French), submitted a paper to the 26th Annual Mondial Congress of the CIEF (Congrès Annuel du Conseil International d'Études Francophones) in Thessalonique, Greece, entitled “Routes et déroutes: L’impétueuse traversée de deux femmes en péril dans Harraga.” She also acted as secretary of the “Poetic Perspectives on Migration” portion of the CIEF colloquium.

175th Anniversary

In This Issue

Knox Events

July 28, 2012
St. Paul Saints vs. Quebec Les Capitales
July 29, 2012
Knox College
August 05, 2012
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 05, 2012
Summer Send-Off
August 05, 2012
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 12, 2012
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 18, 2012
The Old Globe Theatre
August 23, 2012
Suttons Bay, Michigan
September 01, 2012
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Anna Novikova, senior

I find that surrounding myself with people who are as committed to service as I am helps me to live my ideals.My name is Anna Novikova, senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Steven Bachta '03, physician

Having the Early Admission Program allowed me to explore interests outside of the classroom. My name is Steven Bachta '03, physician, and I AM KNOX.

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Mary Crawford '89, professor of chemistry

I know that I’m here because someone took an interest in me. So I try to take that same interest in my students. My name is Mary Crawford '89, professor of chemistry, and I AM KNOX.

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