Commencement 2011

Eco-entrepreneur to 2011 Grads: “You guys will rock!”

Commencement Speaker Majora CarterKnox College celebrated its 166th Commencement on June 4 on the South Lawn of Old Main, where Commencement speaker Majora Carter told more than 300 graduating seniors they should "believe anything is possible." Knox awarded honorary degrees to Carter, a nationally known eco-entrepreneur and MacArthur "genius" Fellow, and to Kate Maehr, chief executive officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The student address was given by graduating senior Jordan Lanfair and Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science L. Sue Hulett was presented with the Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award.

Three Awarded Fulbright Fellowships

Leslie Kang, Joanna Stack, and Brent Newman received Fullbright FellowshipsTwo Knox College graduating seniors, Leslie Kang and Joanna Stack, and recent Knox graduate Brent Newman '10 have been chosen as recipients of Fulbright Fellowships for international research and teaching. Kang, an educational studies major from Northbrook, Illinois, will teach English in South Korea. Stack, an anthropology and sociology major from Chicago, Illinois, will go to India to teach English. Newman, a Dallas, Texas, native who majored in environmental studies, will travel to Jamaica to study the Jamaican yellow boa, a snake that has been listed as a vulnerable species according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Read more about the award.

From the Editors

Knox Needs You! Help Provide an Invaluable Education by June 30

Professor Linda Dybas in the classroom with students.A Knox education -- one that allows students to engage with world-class scholar-teachers in a vibrant learning environment -- is invaluable.

Whether that education takes place in the classroom, in Harbach Theatre, on the playing field, at Green Oaks Biological Field Station, or abroad, that experience provides students with the skills needed to make an invaluable contribution to the world.

We need the support of all alumni to provide a Knox education for today’s students.

Knox needs you. Please make your gift by June 30.

Give to The Taylor Presidential Scholarship

Anne '63 and Roger Taylor '63More than 300 individuals have given to the Taylor Presidential Scholarship, an endowed scholarship named for Roger '63 and Anne Taylor '63. The fund has grown to $1.35 million, just $150,000 shy of the goal. Now is the time to thank the Taylors for their dedication to Knox College. Please make your gift or pledge commitment by June 30.

Campus News

Composting System to Reduce Campus Waste

Knox students with the composterKnox College is enhancing its sustainability efforts by launching a new program to convert food waste into compost -- with the help of thousands of "red wiggler" worms. The project has been in the works for more than a year as students on the Composting Committee have investigated different composting options for the Knox campus. The program is expected to transform about 60,000 pounds of waste that otherwise would go into a landfill. Learn more about the program.

Knox Gets Summer Facelift

The steam line between Seymour Library and Old Main.While Knox students are home for the summer, maintenance, repairs, and renovations have been scheduled throughout campus. Larger projects include finishing the installation of sprinklers in dormitories, repairing water damage to Seymour Library, and the replacement of a steam line that has left a trail of dirt from Seymour Library to Old Main. Read more in The Knox Student.

Cornell College logoCornell to Rejoin Midwest Conference

The Knox athletic teams will soon have a new Midwest Conference opponent starting in 2012-2013, although that opponent is no stranger to the league. The Midwest Conference has announced that charter member Cornell College will return to the league in the 2012-2013 academic year. Read more at

Student News

Student Blogs About College Search Experience and Finding Knox in New York Times

Sophia Giminez a senior at Cherry Creek High in Denver, Colorado, is one of six students to spend the last year blogging about her college search experience in The New York Times. In the end, Giminez chose Knox. Read her posts.

New Student Journal Folio Devoted to Visual Art

Folio students with their work.The newest student journal at Knox College, Folio, is the first campus publication devoted solely to visual art. The Web site and printed magazine features graphic design, photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures, collages, prints, and woodcuts. The journal was a special independent study project for nine Knox students. Learn more about the project and view Folio.

Two Selected Kemper Scholars

Alyssa Gill '14 and Max Potthoff '14For the second consecutive year, two Knox College students have been chosen for the highly regarded Kemper Scholars Program, which prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business. Alyssa Gill and Max Potthoff, both first-year students, will receive scholarships, opportunities for career exploration, and practical experience. Learn more about the program and students.

Student Studies International Business Marketing in Japan and China

Lucas Motta with visitors on the Knox campus.Senior Lucas Motta 's trips to Japan and China this year have given him unmatched insights into international business and economic development. At the same time, his classes and co-curricular activities have honed his skill and interest in marketing and communication. Read more about Motta and his travels.

TRIO Students Share Their Knox Experience

Graduates of the TRIO Achievement Program, which supports the retention of students from modest income backgrounds and those whose parents do not have a four-year college degree, shared their Knox experience in a video on YouTube. Watch the video.

Alumni News

Gene Procknow '76Trustee Gene Procknow ' 76 Named a Top 25 Consultant

Gene Procknow '76 has been named to Consulting Magazine's list of Top 25 Consultants for 2011. He was cited for Excellence in the Public Sector. A member of the Knox College Board of Trustees, Procknow is managing director of the Federal Government Services practice at Deloitte & Touche, USA, LLP, in Washington, D.C. Read more about Procknow.

Schulz Ranked Top First Amendment Lawyer

Knox Trustee Dave Schulz ’74 has been ranked one of the Top 10 First Amendment Lawyers by Chambers USA. Schulz regularly represents Hearst and was recently retained by a coalition of newspapers, including Dow Jones, The New York Times and the New York Post, in a lawsuit regarding the legality of publishing information on the individual job performance of public school teachers.

Students, Faculty, and Staff Celebrate Roger Taylor

Knox College President Roger Taylor ’63 reflected on his tenure as 18th president of Knox College in a series of articles in The Knox Student.

Thank you, Roger
Knox staff thank Roger '63 and Anne Taylor '63 for the dedication to Knox CollegeKnox faculty and staff paid tribute to the Taylors at a reception on Wednesday, June 8. In addition to formally gathering with Roger and Anne one last time, faculty and staff also donned "Thank You, Roger" t-shirts. Originally designed by students in the 100th Student Senate, the shirts also featured Roger's three goals -- Nurture Academic Excellence, Strengthen Institutional Self-Confidence, and Chart a Course Toward Financial Impregnability -- on the back. See a photo of Roger and Anne with Knox's faculty and staff.

Alumni Notes

When Dean Trevor graduated from Knox in 1926, he made the surprise decision to remain at his alma mater. He remained for 42 years as coach of football, basketball, tennis, golf, and was in charge of one of the most complete intramural programs of any Illinois college or university. Read more about Trevor at

 Bill Suitts ’49 was honored during a Boulder, Colorado, Memorial Day tribute honoring his life and military service. Read an article about Suitts in dailycamera.

Janet Linde ’73 was honored with a lifetime award by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.  Janet is archivist with the New York Stock Exchange.

High school teacher Marty Green ’84 was featured in an article about his efforts to help students coordinate a blood drive in Peoria, Illinois. Read the article in

A profile documentary short looking behind the scenes of sports photographer David Stluka ’91 was featured on vimeo. Watch the video.

Doug Dechow ’91 and Anna Leahy ’88 chronicled their experience at the Endeavor space shuttle launch in their blog, Lofty Ambitions. Read the blog.

The essay "Long Live The Jart" by Ander Monson ’97 was selected for the list "Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism" by Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic. Read the article and Read Monson’s essay.

Tina Browder ’03 won the fourth annual Promotional Image Contest for Art in the Park 2011 in Galesburg.

Joel Christensen ’06 has joined the financial services practice group of Armstrong Teasdale LLP. Christensen earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and American Bar Association.

Faculty & Staff News

David Hoffman Wins Recording Award

Trumpeter and Knox College Lecturer David HoffmanDavid Hoffman's CD, Calmness of Spirit, has been named Best New Age Album of the Year by Independent Music Awards. The former Ray Charles trumpeter and Knox associate in applied music says his goal for the album was to "merge the sounds of the neighborhood with calming music, but in a different way than is standard.” He created the album as a relaxation project to benefit his wife, Julia, who is a recovering cancer patient. Read more about Hoffman and the album.

Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox CollegeKnox Scholar Douglas Wilson Awarded Fellowship

Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College and an acclaimed Abraham Lincoln scholar, has been awarded a 2011-12 Huntington Fellowship to research Lincoln's interest in Shakespeare. "I've always been interested in what Lincoln read, and in particular, his reading of Shakespeare," Wilson said. Read more about Wilson and the fellowship.

Psychology Professor Interviewed on Benefits of Gossip

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of PsychologyFrank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, was interviewed on National Public Radio about research on how gossip can literally change the way people are seen. "For years, people like me have been saying that our intense interest in gossip is not really a character flaw. It's part of who we are. It's almost a biological event, and it exists for good evolutionary reasons." Listen to the interview. He was also quoted in Science and Religion Today about the benefits of gossip. Read more.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Life is a Dream , Vitalist Theatre's production of the Calderon de le Barca play in a new version by Helen Edmundson, has been recommended by the Joseph Jefferson Award committee, Chicago's primary theatre awards body covering the entire spectrum of Chicago theatre. Life is a Dream was directed by Liz Carlin-Metz, professor of theatre; produced by Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor of English; with costume consulting by Margo Shively, lecturer in theatre.

Tim Kasser was featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal on “Money Lessons for Every High-School Graduate,” where he discusses how materialistic values diminish quality of life.  Read the article.

Sherry Lindquist, visiting assistant professor in art, presented the paper, "Saints, Sovereigns and Severed Heads: A New Reading of the Martyrdom of St. Denis by Jean Malouel and Henri Bellechose," at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Philip Sidney Post Professor of English Robin Metz’s poem "riverever" appears in the current issue of The Seventh Quarry, an award-winning literary journal from Wales. The inaugural issue of the journal Folio includes four images of Metz's 3D collages, originally exhibited at Theatre Building Chicago. In June, Metz will present his own poetry as a featured reader at the International Dylan Thomas Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales.

The founding, development, and mission of the American Anti-Slavery Society are the focus of a new book by Owen W. Muelder '63, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Learn more about the book, Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society.

Magali Roy-Fequiere, associate professor of Gender and Women's Studies, has been awarded a 2011 Cave Canem poetry fellowship. Cave Canem fellows participate in writing workshops over a five-year period. Roy-Fequiere will begin her fellowship at a writing retreat at the University of Pittsburgh in June, where she will be working with Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, as well as Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, and other internationally known writers.

A textbook by Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies; Jason Helfer, associate professor of educational studies; Diana Beck, professor of educational studies; and Barry Swanson, lecturer in educational studies, called Planning Differentiated Instruction & Assessing Results: Teaching to Assure Each Student's Success, has been published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. An article by Schroth and Helfer, “Gifted Children and the Arts: Providing Opportunities for All” was published in Parenting for High Potential.

“A Solar Transition is Possible,” a report co-authored by Peter Schwartzman, associate professor of environmental studies, was published by the Institute for Policy Research and Development. The report elaborates on how the world's complete energy needs could be supplied by wind and solar power in less than 30 years. An article and the full report can be found at the institute's Web site.

In This Issue

Knox Events

June 23, 2011
Naperville Pub Night
July 02, 2011
Rockies vs. Royals
July 16, 2011
Trattoria Stefano
July 20, 2011
Meet Dr. Teresa Amott
July 27, 2011
Meet Dr. Teresa Amott
August 07, 2011
Summer Send-Off Picnic

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Edel Vaca '11

I realized that I came to Knox to take myself out of my comfort zone -- to take a risk, try something new, be somewhere very diverse. My name is Edel Vaca '11 and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Carol Crouch '94

Knox taught me about the person that I really am. My name is Carol Crouch '04, and

Meet more Knox alumni.

Peter Schwartzman, Associate Professor Environmental Studies

It is a slow shift, but sustainability is now a household word. People understand it, and this is a good sign. My name is Peter Schwartzman, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.


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