President Barack Obama speaks at Knox.

Knox, Galesburg Welcome President Obama

President Barack Obama made his third visit to the Knox campus on Wednesday, July 24, choosing Knox as the venue to kick off a series of economic speeches discussing his plan to provide "a better bargain for the middle class and folks working to join it."

President Barack Obama and Elliott BeersThe event, held in Memorial Gymnasium, drew hundreds of members of the Galesburg-area and Knox College communities, along with journalists from local, regional, national, and international media organizations. One of the youngest members of the crowd to meet the president was 9 1/2-week-old Elliott Beers, son of Daniel Beers, assistant professor of political science.

"It's a great day for Knox, a great day for Galesburg," said Knox College President Teresa Amott.

Knox Sets Fundraising Record

Alumni HallDonors to Knox College gave more than $17 million during the 2012-13 fiscal year (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013), setting a record for the most cash raised for Knox in a single fiscal year. In total, $17.7 million was received 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 close to $6 million raised for the renovation of Alumni Hall, $6.9 million in bequests, and $3.6 million in gifts to the Knox Fund, or gifts that support the annual operations of the College. Private gift support represents the College’s second largest source of income after tuition.

“This year, we received support for all facets of the Knox experience, including capital projects, endowed scholarships, athletics, faculty support, and the everyday operations of the College,” said Beverly Holmes, vice president for Advancement. “The generous support of Knox College’s alumni, parents, and friends allows us to offer a transformational education to a diverse and talented group of students. For this, we could not be more grateful.”

Read more about this year's fundraising results.

From the Editors

Summer Open House for Prospective Students

Student ambassadors give a tour of the Knox campusKnow any college-bound students who might be interested in attending Knox? Encourage them to attend the Summer Open House on Friday, August 9! It’s the perfect opportunity to talk to faculty and students, tour the campus, learn about academic programs and experiential learning opportunities, explore student life, and even taste the cuisine. Learn more about the Summer Open House.

Campus News

New Trustees Named by College

Knox College has named six new members to the College's Board of Trustees. Joseph C. Bastian '67, Patrick St. Aubyn Lyn '84, Laura Rosene '90 and Janice Vyn Sharry '73 were elected to four-year terms as general trustees. Don Harmon '88 was elected to a four-year term as an alumni trustee. Joyce Hertko '82 was named to a two-year term, after having served the past two years as chair of the Alumni Council. Read more about the new trustees.

New Knox College trustees

Painting in Seymour Library Featured in New York Times Article

Since 1992, a work by American folk artist Clementine Hunter depicting a landscape of agricultural and religious images has been on display in the Seymour Library Alumni Reading Room. Painted on a window shade, the piece was given to the College by Kenneth Walker '39 and his wife Ursula. The painting is featured in an article about Clementine Hunter in The New York Times. Read the article.

Student News

Max Potthoff in Shanghai ChinaStudent Internships Receive Donor Support

From Chicago to Alaska to China, eight Knox College students pursuing internships this summer in non-profit service, environmental conservation, and community development are receiving support for their positions through gifts from Knox College alumni, parents, and friends. Unique to Knox, these supported internship programs compensate students as they gain experience in critical sectors for the nation's future. Learn more about the internships, donors, and recipients.

Kemper Students Share Their Internship, Work Experiences

Molly Loudon shares a break with co-workers at the Art Institute of Chicago.Knox College students participating in the highly selective Kemper Scholars Program are blogging about their summer 2013 experiences as they complete internships, start a full-time job, and attend a national conference. The program provides students with scholarships, practical experience, and career exploration opportunities while preparing them for leadership and service -- especially in the fields of business and administration. Read the Knox Kemper blog.

Education Students Gain Teaching Experience at College for Kids

A Knox Education student leads a class at College for Kids.Twelve Knox College students preparing for teaching careers gained practical experience in the classroom during Knox's College for Kids summer academic enrichment program. "To be able to have my own classroom of 12 kids and be responsible for every aspect of that environment is so valuable," said Hannah Bloyd-Peshkin, who taught the class Natural Disasters. Learn more about students who taught at College for Kids.

Alumni News

Five Recent Grads Join Peace Corps

Five recent Knox College graduates are heading to countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to serve in the Peace Corps. Most of them participated in Knox's Peace Corps Preparatory Program, which features a curriculum designed to prepare students to serve in the Peace Corps or in international service. Read more about the students and where they will serve.

Golfers Play with Harley Knosher at K Club Golf Outing

Harley Knosher shares a story at the K Club Golf OutingSome 50 golfers celebrated the annual K Club Golf Outing, held in June at Soangetaha Country Club. Each team in the 18-hole scramble played one hole with retired athletic director Harley Knosher, who coached the Knox men's golf team to the best record in all of Knox athletic history -- including 29 conference titles. View photos from the event.

Alumni Notes

Copies of 40 Years After Catch, published to honor the Class of ’72 and to raise money to renovate Alumni Hall, are still available. E-mail to purchase a copy for yourself or as a gift. Only $20 plus $2 shipping.

An article by Jo Ellen Maurer Sandburg '66 about her travels to France as a tour guide with husband Jeffrey Sandburg ’64 was featured in Sun N Surf magazine. Read the article (page 34).

Steven Phillips ’71, biological safety officer at the Baylor Research Institute and at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, was recently interviewed in Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. Read the article.

Chris Eik Winick ’73 received the Eleanor Roosevelt Outstanding Democratic-Woman-Of -The-Year Award from the Illinois Democratic Women.

Stefano Viglietti ’91 of Trattoria Stefano in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was featured in the June 29 episode of America’s Best Bites on the Cooking Channel. Try the recipes featured in the episode.

Caitlin Muelder ’96 guest-starred on the popular TNT series Franklin & Bash.

Faculty & Staff News

Knox Awards Tenure and Promotions to Civettini, Schroth, and Lombard

Andrew Civettini, Stephen Schroth, and Lynette LombardKnox College awarded tenure and promotions to the rank of associate professor to Andrew Civettini in political science and Stephen Schroth in educational studies; Lynette Lombard was promoted to full professor of art. Read more about Civettini, Schroth, and Lombard.

Political Science Professor Robert Seibert Retires

Robert Seibert '63 at his retirement receptionLongtime Knox faculty member Robert Seibert '63 received a warm sendoff as he retired from teaching at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Seibert, the Robert W. Murphy Professor of Political Science, "has been a part of the Knox fabric for over half a century, first as a student, then as an alum, and now as a faculty member," Professor Lane Sunderland said at Seibert's retirement reception. Read more about Seibert’s retirement.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Monica Berlin '95, associate professor of English, and Beth Marzoni '04 have published four more poems from their ongoing collaboration. [Air so lousy with it everything’s made heavy-thick], [Any highway will turn out night], [That flat blue plaster sky curves us], and [That your August sky somehow suddenly] appear in the summer issue of Colorado Review (40.2). The pair have also published a selection of 17 poems from their ongoing collaboration in a chapbook entitled Dear So & So in the most recent issue of New Orleans Review (39.1). 

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, was interviewed for an article on contemporary American business and failures of business leadership in Psychology Today. “The real problem is that [corporate America] is a bad culture,” says Kasser in the article. “It activates and encourages materialistic values, and ends up suppressing more intrinsic, pro-social, and maybe spiritual values.” Read the article in Psychology Today.

Psychology Professor Frank McAndrew, who researched the testosterone levels of students before and after handling a gun, was quoted in the Men’s Health Article “Why Men Get a Bang Out of Guns.” Read the article in Men’s Health.

In This Issue

Knox Events

August 03, 2013
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 04, 2013
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 04, 2013
Summer Send-Off
August 04, 2013
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 15, 2013
Summer Reception
August 21, 2013
At the home of Don '53 and Jan Hines
August 22, 2013
At the home of Rick '83 and Mary Filosa Brown '82
August 25, 2013
Meet the New Dean
September 28, 2013
Knox Campus
October 18-20, 2013
Re-connect with Friends at Knox!
November 06, 2013
The Book of Mormon

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I feel that this study abroad experience has changed my life in more ways than I can see right now. My name is Benjamin Yoder-Henley, senior, and I AM KNOX.

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At Knox, I learned that you could be an artist without starving or selling out. You just have to put in the work and find fellow artists who are willing to put in the work, too. My name is Ryn Flynn '10, lighting design graduate student, and I AM KNOX.

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Brenda Fineberg

After many years at Knox, I still, every single day, feel fortunate to be able to spend my life teaching and studying the material I love. My name is Brenda Fineberg, professor of classics, and I AM KNOX.

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