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Student Newspaper Wins Top State Award

Knox College's weekly student newspaper, The Knox Student (TKS), recently won the top college newspaper award in Illinois -- first place for General Excellence, along with 11 other awards, from the Illinois College Press Association. "I'm really proud of the students," said Tom Martin, the paper's advisor. "This is a talented group, and they worked hard over the past year to improve TKS -- they made it the best small college newspaper in the state. That's quite an accomplishment." Read more about the awards received by TKS.

From the Editors

Be a Mentor, Get a Knox T-shirt!

Want to help Knox alumni achieve their professional goals? Then sign up in the Knox Online Community to be a mentor. Mentors share their experiences and career advice with alumni interested in a career change or climbing that next rung on the corporate ladder. Sign up to become a mentor before April12, and your name could be drawn to receive a Knox t-shirt!

Campus News

Knox Awarded Youth Outreach Grant to Address Achievement Gap

Daniel Gonshorek '11Knox has been awarded a $35,000 grant by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to launch a "Junior Great Books" program. Dubbed "Project GEM" -- Galesburg Enrichment Mentoring -- the service learning initiative was designed by a team of Knox College students to support the high school students in the Gale Scholars Program and to introduce both high school and grade school students to in-depth study of literary classics. Read more about the grant.

Student News

Knox Senior Talks About Love of Galesburg

Register-Mail columnist Tom Loewy talked with Knox College senior Maurice McDavid about why he came to Knox, why he loves Galesburg, and his vision for the community.  Read the interview with McDavid.

Professor John Dooley and student Yoshiko KaimasuProfessor and Student Examine History of Secret Codes

Working with Knox College computer science professor John Dooley on a research project into secret codes in Japanese-American diplomatic history, exchange student Yoshiko Kaimasu made a few surprising discoveries about herself and her own family history. Read more about Kaimasu's research and her discovery.

Sumo Computer Robots Push to Victory

"When push came to shove," said Max Galloway-Carson ‘11, "we decided it was better to be heavier." It was a winning plan, as a computerized robot built by Galloway-Carson, from Evanston, Illinois, and his lab partner, Michael Kaminski ‘12, from Round Lake Park, Illinois, bested four opponents in Knox's annual Sumo Computer Robot Competition, sponsored by the Department of Computer Science. Read more about the sumo robot competition.

Students Help Sea Turtle
Research and Conservation

"Sea turtles have lasted 110 million years. We owe it to the turtles to help keep them here," said Rosie Worthen ’11 from Helena, Montana, who spent three weeks of her winter break at the Camaronal National Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica studying and protecting sea turtles. Edward Dale ‘10 of Roscoe, Illinois, and Antonina Pondo ’10 of Morton Grove, Illinois, joined Worthen on the journey. Learn more about their experience in Costa Rica.

Doug Fennig '10Knox Jazz Ensemble Garners Multiple Awards at Festival

Performing at the 43rd annual Elmhurst Jazz Festival, both the Knox Jazz Ensemble and Cherry St. Combo earned multiple awards for outstanding group and individual performances. The Knox Jazz Ensemble was recognized as Outstanding Big Band, and Michael Yu ‘10, Yumi Kusunoki ‘10, Corey Heppner ‘10, Doug Fennig ‘10, Jimmy Pittman ‘11, Scott Sapp ‘11, Ben Kammerer ‘13 and Sam Lewis ‘11 all received outstanding soloist awards. The Elmhurst Jazz Festival is one of the oldest and largest collegiate jazz festivals in the country, this year featuring 51 university and college jazz bands and combos.

Alumni News

Amy Rieckelman '01Knox Graduate Appears in The Office

Amy Rieckelman ‘01, who majored in theatre at Knox, appeared on NBC’s The Office on March 4. She played the girlfriend of one of The Office co-workers. “It’s a really fun show to work,” she added. “You can tell there’s a good energy about everyone. It’s everything I expected.” Read more about Rieckelman’s experience in the The Register-Mail.

Alumni Notes

Princeton Illinois High School choral director Joy Schertz ’66 has been honored with the Illinois Alliance for Art Education Music Educator award.

Lynn Dorrough '74 recently joined Mississippi's Citizens National Bank as chief financial officer. Dorrough comes to the bank from Little Rock, Arkansas, where he served as an executive vice president and chief financial officer at Metropolitan National Bank.

Elissa Gruner '84 received an Outstanding Technical Accomplishment and Sustained Superior Accomplishment award from the California Department of Water Resources in February for her multi-media work on the department's climate change program.  

Kendall Dunkelberg ‘86, professor of English at Mississippi University for Women, received a nomination in poetry for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters prize for his second book of poems, Time Capsules, published in 2009.

The poetry collection The Dirt Riddles by Michael Walsh '97 was recently published by the University of Arkansas Press. Praised by poet Patricia Hampl as "fierce lyrics [that] burn away the fat of nostalgia and evoke a lost way of life that was beloved but also bruising," The Dirt Riddles is the winner of the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. Garrison Keillor will read the poem "Mud, Apples, Milk" from The Dirt Riddles on NPR's Writer's Almanac on March 31. Order a copy or read more about the collection.

Bradley Becque '09 was named the strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Faculty News

Instructor in Art Mike Godsil '76Godsil Reviews Curriculum, Work Exhibited

A solo exhibit of 28 fine art photographs by Mike Godsil '76, instructor in art, was recently displayed at the Leeds Gallery on the campus of Earlham College. Godsil has also been invited to serve as an external reviewer by the Department of Art and Art History at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, to assist them in evaluating planned changes in curriculum and facilities to better incorporate digital media into their existing Studio Art program.

Faculty Notes

Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, wrote the essay "Lies of the Drama," about the current New York productions of Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still and Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind for HotReview.org, an on-line theater review published by the Hunter College theatre department. Read the essay in HotReview.org.

Robert Hellenga, George A. Lawrence Professor Emeritus of English, read from his forthcoming novel, Snakewoman of Little Egypt, at Bradley University on February 23.

New research by Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, shows there is a link between being politically active and wellbeing.  Read more about his research in The Guardian.  Kasser also gave a talk as part of the University of Iowa sociology department's colloquium series. The talk was titled "Capitalism, Values, and Quality of Life: An Empirical, Psychological Approach."

Sherry C.M. Lindquist, visiting assistant professor of art history, will give a public talk in April at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on “Innovations in Sculpture and the Status of the Artist at the Burgundian Court.” She also published a review of the first issue of the journal Different Visions titled, “Triangulating Our Vision: Madeline Caviness’s Approach to Medieval Art” in the December 2009 CAA Reviews, which has been excerpted in the Art History Newsletter. Read the article.

Claire Sherman, assistant professor of art, was recently featured in an interview in the painting blog MW Capacity, where she talks about her work and the creative process. Read the interview in MW Capacity.

Chuck Schulz ‘72, professor of physics, and collaborators at the U.S. Geological Survey, including Marjorie S. Schulz '79, have had an article appear in the Soil Science Society of America Journal: "Biologic Origin of Iron Nodules in a Marine Terrace Chronosequence, Santa Cruz, California."

In This Issue

Knox Events

March 19, 2010
Third Degree Glass Factory and Llywelyn's Pub
April 8, 2010
The Denver Press Club
April 8, 2010
The Avenue Pub, New Orleans
April 18, 2010
Banco Popular North America, Rosemont
May 15, 2010
Honoring Pete Drummond '70
July 17, 2010
Ewing Manor, Bloomington
June 18, 2010
Soangetaha Country Club, Galesburg

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