South Lawn of Old Main at Commencement

301 Seniors Join Alumni Community

"Success lies in the tension between fear and discovery," said actor and comedian Ed Helms to the 301 graduating seniors at Knox’s 168th Commencement. The ceremony took place on Saturday, June 8, on the South Lawn of Old Main, where honorary degrees were awarded to Helms, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Knox College Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lawrence Breitborde.

From the Editors

Where Did Knox Take You?

Video of Knox students who had experiences beyond the classroom.
Meet students whose experiences took them beyond the classroom and Alex Uzarowicz, political conservative, senior class speaker, and Peace Corps Volunteer.
Video of Alex Uzorowicz

A Knox education begins in the traditional classroom, but it doesn't end there. It takes place in laboratories, performance halls, and athletic fields and carries students into the Galesburg community, across the nation, and around the world. Thanks to these transformational experiences, students leave Knox with the skills and experiences needed to face the future with confidence and become engaged citizens in our global world. And your support makes these experiences possible.

Your gift -- no matter the size -- will have an immediate impact on the life of a current Knox student. To be recognized this fiscal year, mailed gifts must be postmarked by Saturday, June 29, as June 30 is a Sunday. Phone and online gifts can be made through June 30.

Please give today.

Campus News

Students Educate Local Residents About Light Bulbs

Student in the Alternatives to Consumerism courseAs part of the Alternatives to Consumerism course, Knox students educated residents in Galesburg neighborhoods about the benefits of swapping traditional-style light bulbs for newer, more efficient LED bulbs. They also gave away LED light bulbs in exchange for old ones. "One of the things I am trying to do is engage the students in acts as citizens, as opposed to as consumers," said Professor of Psychology Tim Kasser. Read more about the class.

Food Initiatives Have Collective Impact

Knox received a shout-out from Helen Schnoes ’11 for Knox’s efforts to build a better food system. Last year saw the introduction of local burger nights in the cafeteria, created by working with area grass-fed beef producers. This year, students pushed for a “Meatless Monday” initiative. Read more at

Student News

Music Major Examines Composition, Business

Nate Beck with Music Professor Bruce PolaySenior Nate Beck has discovered, through his music capstone project, that the processes of brand management and music composition have more in common than one might think. Beck explored the links between marketing strategies in a business context and the process of composing a musical piece for a specific audience. Read more about his project.

Laura CrossleyHistory Major Immerses Herself in Culturally Rich Istanbul, Turkey

A history major with minors in anthropology and sociology and art history, Laura Crossley of Minnetonka, Minnesota,  is “finally getting to see the places I've studied,” while studying abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. Read more about Crossley’s travel abroad.

Baby Talk is Focus of Research for Music Major

Megan BeneyBaby talk is serious business for Knox College senior Megan Beney, who has been conducting research on the musical qualities of the speech that people use when talking to infants. She has been studying how adults adjust the musical intonation of their words and phrases to say things in a way that reflects the response they seek from infants. Read more about Beney’s research.

English Literature Major Walks in Footsteps of Favorite Authors in Ireland

By studying abroad in Limerick, Ireland, Knox junior Nicole Holtzman has been able to walk in the footsteps of her favorite authors, leading her to feel more at home in the literary world. Read more about Holtzman.

Alumni News

Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg '95Sundberg Elected to American Association of Community Colleges Board

Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg ’95 has been elected to the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges, a national organization representing the nation’s almost 1,200 two-year colleges and more than 13 million students.

Alumni Notes

Debbie Dehm ’85 has a new internet radio show on It’s called Metaphysical Mornings.

After nearly 14 years as a reporter and assistant city editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, Dave Newbart '90 left the paper to become senior editor of Chicago. The site focuses on neighborhood news in the city. Read more about Newbart.

Greg Siepel ’09, a second-year law student at West Virginia University, was featured in a article about how the basketball stand-out lost the use in both legs during his senior year of high school, his accomplishments since the accident, and his plans for the future. Read the article.

Faculty & Staff News

Professor of Psychology Tim KasserKasser Research on Materialism and Youth Reported in Time, Scientific American Magazines

Time and Scientific American are among the media outlets that have been spotlighting Psychology Professor Tim Kasser’s research into the materialistic values and work ethic of several generations of youth, including the so-called "millennial generation."  Read more about Kasser’s research.

Breitborde Delivers ‘Last Lecture’ as Dean

Dean of the College, Lawrence Breitborde with studentsAs he prepares to step down from his position as Dean of the College, Lawrence Breitborde delivered a lecture as part of the Last Lecture series presented by Mortar Board. His lecture focused on how curriculum transforms over time and the uniqueness of all the individuals who make up a liberal institution. “We all have lives bigger than our labels of ‘student’ and ‘faculty,’” Breitborde said. Following a year-long sabbatical conducting research in Liberia, Breitborde will return to Knox and the classroom as a professor of anthropology and sociology. Read more about Breitborde’s last lecture.

Unusual Divorce Case Reveals Upheaval During Mid-19th Century

Associate Professor History Catherine Denial giving the Burkhardt LectureAssociate Professor History Catherine Denial presented her research into an unusual 1840 divorce during the Edgar S. and Ruth W. Burkhardt Lecture in History at Knox. The divorce reveals a great deal about the social, political, and cultural upheaval of the Wisconsin Territory in the mid-19th century and is the focus of Denial’s upcoming book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country. Read more about the lecture.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Owen Muelder '63, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College, made presentations about the anti-slavery movement and the Underground Railroad at the Social Science History Association’s annual meeting in Vancouver B.C. He also delivered a lecture at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Conference in St. Louis.

Chad Simpson’s story collection, Tell Everyone I Said Hi was recently long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Simpson also recently had three works reprinted: his short story “American Bulldog” is included in New Stories from the Midwest 2012 (Indiana University Press); his essay “Home of the Poor and Unknown” appears in Bring the Noise: The Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazine (Barrelhouse Books); and his short story “Tell Everyone I Said Hi” is included in 24 Bar Blues: Two Dozen Tales of Bars, Booze, and the Blues (Press 53).

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Knox Events

June 15, 2013
Historical Tour and Reception
June 20-21, 2013
Soangetaha Country Club, Knox Campus
July 3, 2013
Colorado Rockies vs. LA Dodgers
September 28, 2013
Knox Campus
November 06, 2013
The Book of Mormon

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Alyssa Gill, senior

It was because of Knox's values and commitment to learning and general excellence that I was even able to be a part of the Kemper Program. My name is Alyssa Gill, senior, and I AM KNOX.

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John Doyle '02, lawyer

I think the diversity of my work experience is partially a reflection of the broad, varied education I enjoyed at Knox. I wouldn't trade either -- the career or the education -- for anything. My name is John Doyle '02, lawyer, and I AM KNOX.

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Caesar Akuetey, professor of modern languages -- French

Any young person who wants to study in a small liberal arts college that enables students to acquire meaningful and diverse experiences should not hesitate to choose Knox College. My name is Caesar Akuetey, professor of modern languages -- French, and I AM KNOX.

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