Students process during Commencement 2012.

Commencement 2012

Knox College conducted its 167th Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 2, on the South Lawn of Old Main, where more than 300 graduating seniors received bachelor's degrees. The Commencement speaker, Brigadier General Mark Martins, urged graduates to make a habit of "looking for contrasting worlds and seeking to bridge them -- and in this way pursuing a life of service."

Commencement Fireworks Cap Senior Week
An on-campus fireworks display capped the 2012 Senior Week festivities and drew the campus celebration of the College's 175th anniversary celebration to a close. The Knox community gathered on the South Lawn to enjoy the spectacular event. Watch a video and view photos of the display.

From the Editors

Make a Knox Education Possible -- Give by June 30

A student celebrates Commencement 2012 in her own special way.A Knox education inspires its students to challenge themselves, empowers them to pursue intellectual and creative endeavors, and transforms them into active and engaged citizens. The 300 students who graduated on June 2 are proof of the power of this education, made possible by the generous support of you -- Knox alumni, parents, and friends. Your continued support will provide current and future Knox students with this same transformative education. Please give by June 30.

Join the Dodransbicentennial Challenge for Young Alumni

Young alumni gather at a recent event.Only 386 more young alumni donors are needed from the Classes of 2002-2011 for the Dodransbicentennial Challenge for Young Alumni.  If we make it, Christina Ellis '05 and the Ellis Foundation will give Knox an additional $10,000! We are launching an all-out effort on Wednesday, June 20, to gain 175 renewing or new young alumni donors in one day. If you have not yet made a gift this fiscal year, be sure to join the daylong effort on June 20 and make your gift. We will have some added incentives that day -- matching gifts, virtual giveaways on the Knox Facebook pages, and more! Check your e-mail for more details or learn more about he Dodransbicentennial Donor Day and the Dodransbicentennial Challenge.

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Campus News

Renovations and Improvements in the Works for Campus Facilities

Working on Berrien and Cherry streetsEven though most Knox College students are away for summer break, the campus is abuzz with activity as workers paint, plaster, renovate, reconstruct, and make other improvements to campus facilities. Projects include renovating the Gizmo patio deck, repainting the Old Main bell tower, and exterior renovations to Alumni Hall. Follow the progress of summer projects at the KnoxWorks blog.

Alumni, Students, Faculty, and Friends Celebrate Green Oaks Term Reunion

sculpture honoring Paul Shepard, who was a Knox biology professor and director of Green Oaks from 1954 to 1964.Knox College alumni, students, faculty, and friends gathered at the College's Green Oaks Biological Field Station on May 25-26 for a reunion celebrating Green Oaks Term, an immersive academic experience that many describe as life-changing. Reunion events included the presentation of a sculpture honoring Paul Shepard, who was a Knox biology professor and director of Green Oaks from 1954 to 1964; a tree planting and dedication ceremony in memory of Anjalika Kapur ’06, who participated in the 2004 Green Oaks Term; the opening of a new prairie art installation by Tony Gant, associate professor of art and member of the Green Oaks Term faculty; and recognition of Green Oaks Term Director Jon Wagner for his 10 years of dedication to the program. Read more about the reunion.

250 Youngsters on Campus for College for Kids

Kids assemble on the Knox College campus for the first day of College for Kids 2012.Knox College for Kids 2012 opened Monday, June 11, with registration, an assembly for more than 250 students and their families, and the first day of classes. Offered since 1975, Knox College for Kids this year features 49 courses in the fine arts, humanities, languages, social sciences, mathematics, and the natural sciences. Classes continue through June 22. View photos from the first day of classes.

Venus Transit Viewing at Knox Draws Crowd

Charles Schulz '72, professor of physics, sets up the telescope for venus transit viewingSeveral dozen visitors wandered to the middle of Knox College's softball field on Tuesday, June 5, to take advantage of a public viewing arranged by Charles Schulz '72, professor of physics, of a rare astronomical event, the planet Venus crossing the face of an early evening sun -- known as a "transit." View photos and learn more about the viewing.

Knox Selected for National Election-Year Theatre Festival

Plays for Presidents Festival 2012 logoKnox has been selected to participate in a nationwide, election-year theatrical festival, "Plays for Presidents 2012." The festival is a series of 44 performances during 2012 of the play 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. The play consists of 44 short scenes -- one for each President of the United States. Knox students will perform the play on November 5 and 6 -- the day before and the day of the 2012 presidential election. Knox will also contribute a scene from its performance for inclusion in the festival’s video. Read more about Knox’s participation in the festival.

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Speaks to Students

"You have to be resilient, and you have to ask questions that you think there are no answers to," said Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Mark Konkol about his investigative strategy that garnered a 2011 Pulitzer Prize for an investigative series on gun-related violence in Chicago neighborhoods and the impact of the so-called "no-snitch" code. At Knox, Konkol described some of his work in detail, telling students that they could draw lessons from his experiences and apply them to their own journalistic endeavors. Konkol's talk was sponsored by the Joe W. Morgan '34 Fund for Journalism. Read more about his visit to campus.

Student News

Sisters Produce Documentary About Pakistani School

Sisters Yumna ’12 and Minah Rathore ’14 work on their video.Sisters Yumna ’12 and Minah Rathore ’14 have produced a documentary about one woman's determination to educate underprivileged youth in Pakistan. The film, Roshni: A Light that Ignites Hope, spotlights Roshni Public School and its founder, Shakira Zaqi. The sisters traveled to Pakistan in December 2011 to film footage and conduct interviews, then spent two terms editing and polishing the 20-minute film as an independent study project. Read more about the film.

Students, Historical Society Create Interactive Web Map of Galesburg History

Knox students recently worked with the Galesburg Historical Society to develop an interactive map showing more than 20 historical markers within the city. Five students photographed historical markers and linked them to a Google map, researched archival photos, and wrote historical essays. The resulting tool is a Web feature that can be utilized in classrooms, walking tours, or Web-related history endeavors. Read more about the project.

Alumni News

Half a World Away

Marissa Parkin ’05Marissa Parkin ’05 has been a professional expat for nearly seven years. After five years of cold and rain in Scotland and England, Marissa and her husband packed their bags for the tropics and now live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In her blog, Parkin talks about life and travels in Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and beyond. Read the blog.

In Memoriam: Vern Stisser

Knox College Life Trustee Vernon L.E. Stisser Jr. '62Knox College Life Trustee Vernon L.E. Stisser Jr. '62 passed away May 2. He was 72. After earning his degree in economics and business administration at Knox, Stisser had a long career in business and community economic development, both local and international. He was elected as a general trustee of the College in 1996 and named life trustee in 2010. Read more about Stisser.

Alumni Notes

Illinois folkart historian Merle Glick '46 will join John Norton '58 for a program on the famed Illinois primitive artist Olof Krans and the Bishop Hill Swedes who fought in the "Swedish Union Guard" from Bishop Hill, Illinois, at the Civil War battle of Shiloh. The program will be at 2 p.m. on July 8 at the Bishop Hill Museum.

World War II veteran Richard F. Smaus ’47 was the grand marshal of the Park Ridge, Illinois, Memorial Day Parade. He flew 38 combat and reconnaissance missions as a B-25 pilot out of Townsville, Australia, over Indonesia and Borneo during World War II. Read more about Smaus.

Knox President Emeritus Roger Taylor ’63 reviewed The Little Rock Nine in Galesburg’s The Register-Mail, recounting his experience having briefly known Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine. Taylor was also quoted in Crain's Chicago Business, where he discussed college fundraising. Read the article.  

Chuck Kutal ’65, chemistry professor and associate dean of the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, was listed among “The Best 300 Professors” by Princeton Review. Read more about Kutal.

A new book by Lynn Dorrough ’74, Kidnapping, Murder, and Management: The Reading, is both character study and business guide. Read more about the book.

Rosemary Godsil Eisemann ’77 retired after 35 years teaching high school math at Galesburg High School. Read more about Eisemann.

Matt Pustz ’90 has had a second book published. Comic Books and American Cultural History is an anthology that examines the ways in which comic books can be used to understand the history of the United States. Learn more about the book.

Kyle Anderson ’93, clinical assistant professor of business economics at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, was quoted in in an article about the most affordable U.S. cities to buy a home. Read the article.

Sam LeDeaux ’98 has been named the new principal of Horace Mann Elementary. Read more about LeDeaux and the position.

Faculty and Staff News

Six Faculty Members Receive Promotions

David Bunde, computer science; Catherine Denial, history; Fernando Gomez, modern languages/Spanish, Amy Singer, sociology; Pedro Teixiera, mathematics; and Chad Simpson, creative writing.The Knox Board of Trustees recently awarded promotions to six distinguished members of the Knox College faculty.  Five received tenure and promotion to associate professor: David Bunde, computer science; Catherine Denial, history; Fernando Gomez, modern languages/Spanish, Amy Singer, sociology; and Pedro Teixiera, mathematics. Chad Simpson was promoted to associate professor, creative writing. Read more about the faculty awards.

Small Business Awards Presented to Faculty Member, Alumnus

Nic Mink, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, and Jay Matson '65 were among the honorees at the 2012 Small Business Day Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Support Network of West Central Illinois. Read more about the awards.

Matson was chosen for the Entrepreneurial Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a career "of successful achievement in a business that embodies the spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation." Mink received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award on behalf of Sitka Salmon Shares, a new business that focuses on bringing sustainable seafood to the Midwest. Two students have joined Mink in the venture. Read more about Sitka Salmon Shares at

Faculty and Staff Notes

A new book by Stuart Allison, professor of biology, Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change, debates in detail how global climate change and the development of novel ecosystems will force us to ask new questions about what we mean by good ecological restoration. Read more about the book.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, was quoted in a book review in of How to be Richer, Smarter and Better Looking than Your Parents, where Kasser’s work is cited. Read the article.

A retrospective on Ernest Hemingway on St. Louis radio station KDHX featured an interview with Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor of English.

An article by Antonio Prado, assistant professor of modern languages, called “Perspectivas de género en el reciento video-activismo argentino: nuevas estrategias y propuestas,” was published in the collection Este que ves, engaño colorido…. Literaturas, culturas y sujetos alternos en América Latina.

Emre Sencer, assistant professor of history, was interviewed by the Bulgarian Daily Capital about current developments in civil-military relations in Turkey.

175th Anniversary

In This Issue

Knox Events

June 21, 2012
Tour of Hope Cemetery
June 30, 2012
Kane County Cougars vs. Burlington Bees
June 30, 2012
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
July 15, 2012
Tour of the Morton Arboretum
July 22, 2012
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
July 28, 2012
St. Paul Saints vs. Quebec Les Capitales
August 05, 2012
Summer Send-Off Picnic
August 23, 2012
Suttons Bay, Michigan
August 25, 2012
See The Book of Mormon
September 01, 2012
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Jessie Johnson '12

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The mindset of Knox of developing your skills and teaching you how to think and ask the right questions -- that thought process can apply to whatever you do. My name is Michael Stockov '08, financial analyst, and I AM KNOX.

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Schahrazede Loungou

It is so wonderful to see students show interests in learning and speaking a language. My name is Schahrazede Longou, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures (French), and I AM KNOX.

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