Former Maytag workers, Knox students

Students Survey, Profile Former Maytag Workers

Knox College students and faculty have investigated what happened to the last 902 employees of Maytag's Galesburg refrigeration plant when the plant closed in 2004. The project began last year when students profiled nine former Maytag employees as part of a journalism course. A survey was then developed by students and faculty, in consultation with several former Maytag employees, to find out how the workers fared after the closure. Over the summer and fall, student and faculty researchers analyzed the survey results and interviewed former workers about their experience since the closure. " We believe this is the first study of what happens to a particular group of people when a workplace such as Maytag closes," said Marilyn Webb, chair of Knox's Journalism Program.

During the week of March 6, the survey results and several profiles of former Maytag employees were published in Galesburg's The Register-Mail. Learn more about the survey and read the articles written by Knox students and faculty that appeared in The Register-Mail.

In 2005, Knox Magazine provided an in-depth look at the factors that led to the closure of the Galesburg plant -- globalization -- and how both Galesburg and other areas have handled this world-wide economic trend. Read the magazine.

From the Editors

What Do You Love Most About Knox?

In celebration of Knox's upcoming 175th anniversary, we are gathering a list of the 175 things students, alumni, parents, and friends love most about Knox. The results will be printed in the Fall 2011 issue of Knox Magazine. We know it's going to be tough to come up with a list of 175 separate items -- How many hundreds of us really do love the Knox squirrels? -- but we have faith in the creativity of the Knox community! Please share what you love most about Knox with us at

Spring 2011 Knox MagazineKnox Magazine – Celebrating the Taylors

The Spring 2011 Knox Magazine is on its way to a mailbox near you! This issue celebrates Roger ’63 and Anne Taylor ’63 and their tenure at Knox. Be sure to go to for online content not available in the print version: photo highlights of the Taylor years; the story behind the Taylor homestead; and videos of Roger Taylor. Read the magazine.

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By logging into the Knox Online Community,, you’ll be able to find friends, share personal updates and career information, and more. Learn more.

We Hear You America

As of today, Galesburg is the top cheered town in the Reader's Digest We Hear You America contest. Help Galesburg receive a share of $7.5 million in funds and promotional support. Cheer now.

Campus News

Eco-entrepreneur to Speak at Commencement

2011 Knox Commencement Speaker Majora CarterMajora Carter, a nationally known eco-entrepreneur and MacArthur Fellow, will deliver the Commencement address at Knox College on June 4. "Majora Carter was a clear favorite with the senior class," said Tomi Olotu, treasurer of the senior class. "She is a pioneer in helping us understand how environmentally sustainable activity, economic development, neighborhood development, and even our own health are all interconnected. I'm looking forward to hearing her speak." Read more about Carter.

Poet, Artist Kwame Dawes Featured in Campus Events March 24-25

Honnold Lecturer Kwame DawesKwame Dawes, an author and artist whose credits include an Emmy Award-winning documentary and a book on reggae legend Bob Marley, has been named the 2011 Honnold Lecturer. During his three-day residency in March on the Knox campus, Dawes will be featured in two free, public events -- a lecture and a poetry reading. He also will meet with Knox students and faculty . Read more about Dawes and view the schedule of events.

Journalist Speaks on Revolution in Egypt

Earlier this month, investigative journalist and nationally syndicated columnist Joel Mowbray spoke to students and faculty on the topic: “Revolution in Egypt: Implications for the Middle East, Israel, and the U.S.” Read more about his presentation at

Trustee Named Master Farmer

Knox College Trustee Jim PurleeKnox College Trustee Jim Purlee is one of five Illinois farmers to be selected as a 2011 Master Farmer by Prairie Farmer magazine for exceptional community service and farm management. In an article in Galesburg's The Register-Mail, Purlee is described as a rare breed of farmer who combines "both a head for business with the tender heart of a farmer." Read the article.

Student News

Computer-controlled Robots Slug it out at Annual Competition

Students launch sumo robotsFive robots entered, but only one emerged victorious. This wasn't some gladiatorial match of the distant future. It was the Knox College Department of Computer Science's ninth annual Sumo Robot Competition.

Prairie Fire Basketball Squads Raise Cancer Awareness

Men's basketball team warms up on February 14Instead of wearing their usual warm-ups before the game on February 14, players for Knox College and their opponent, Grinnell College, donned pink T-shirts with "Play for the Cure" emblazoned across the front. It wasn’t the first time Prairie Fire basketball teams have played for cancer awareness, but this time it was personal. The Knox teams collected donations for the Mayo Clinic at the door and at the concessions stand to be given in honor of Knox professor of chemistry Larry Welch, who is currently battling cancer. He also serves as Knox College's Midwest Conference faculty athletic representative. "The ‘Play for the Cure’ game this year was a lot more meaningful to the team because of Professor Welch," said co-captain of the women's basketball team Lynn Mueller ’12. "Wearing pink is just a reminder that we support people, like Professor Welch, who support us and our team's success." Read more about the event.

Student-Athletes Make Impact with Reading Buddies

Reading buddiesEvery few weeks, student-athletes from the 21 Prairie Fire varsity athletic teams go to Hedding Grade School in Abingdon, Illinois, to read books with the young students. "The best was when I went into a classroom for the second time and as I walked in the room they all screamed, ‘YOU'RE BACK'! They really look up to us and it's a great feeling just to know that we are being good role models for these kids that some of them might not necessarily have," said softball player Bri Collishaw ‘12. Read more about the program.

Alumni News

College Community Worries About Those Affected by Quake

College Community worries about alumni, students, and friends in Japan.As the startling images from the aftermath of Japan’s largest earthquake continue to roll in, members of the Knox community with family and friends in the area can only watch in shock and concern. Knox has three students and one faculty member who hail from Japan and three current students studying in the country. The College is aware of 67 alumni currently living in Japan.

Alumni Notes

Shirley Breedlove Reiser ’43 celebrated her 90th birthday this month. Read more about her in the Aledo Times Record.

W. Dudley McCarter ’72 of Creve Coeur, Missouri, was recently named to 2010’s Super Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.  He is co-founder of Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C., a law firm in St. Louis. Read more about the honor.

Lake Street Press, a boutique publisher, was started by Mary Bohaty Osborne ’84  in 2009. Read more about Osborne’s decision to get into the publishing business in the Chicago Tribune.

While lecturing at the University of Greifswald, Germany, Biology Professor Stuart Allison ran into Professor Georg Grathoff ’86, who is a member of the Greifswald faculty.

Kim Vander Schaaf ’94, vice president and analytics manager at Harris NA Bank in Chicago, is running for a position as a Wheaton Park District Commissioner. Read a Q&A with Vander Schaaf in WheatonPatch.

Ander Monson '97 was named a finalist for this year's National Book Critics Circle Awards for Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir. Read more about the award.

Wendy Duprey '98 has been named to the 2011 Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” edition, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Compiled through peer nomination and research, only two percent of attorneys in Texas under 40-years old receive this distinction. This is the second consecutive year Duprey has been recognized as a Rising Star. Read more about Duprey and the recognition in dBusinessNews.

A short story collection by Will Boast ’01 won this year's Iowa Short Fiction Award. Power Ballads will be published in September. Boast holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Currently, he lives and writes in San Francisco, and also moonlights as a performing musician around the Bay Area. He's working on both a novel and a memoir. Learn more about Boast and the award.

Faculty & Staff News

Knox Professor, Student Study How People Interpret E-mail

Frank McAndrew and Chelsea De Jonge '10Billions of e-mails are sent all over the world every day. How people interpret those messages is the topic of a new paper by Frank McAndrew, professor of psychology, and Chelsea De Jonge '10. The paper, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, could be "the first of its kind," McAndrew said, because it examines how e-mail authors are perceived. Read more about their research.

Biology Professor Unearths Humanoid Origins with Knox Students

Judy ThornGargoyle wings, elf ears, and a mermaid tail fin are just a few of the anatomical features studied by students in Associate Professor of Biology Judy Thorn’s developmental biology class. These so-called humanoids offer a creative way for students to apply their knowledge of basic developmental biology. Read more about the class in SDB e-news.

Computer Science Faculty Earn Scientist of the Year Awards

John Dooley, professor of computer science, and David Bunde, assistant professor of computer science, have been named 2011 Scientists of the Year by the Quad City Engineering and Science Council. Dooley, whose main teaching interests are software development and security, was chosen as the council's Senior Scientist of the Year. Bunde, whose main teaching and research subjects are algorithms and parallel computing, was selected as Junior Scientist of the Year. Read more about Dooley and Bunde.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, visited the University of Umea in Sweden. He presented a seminar based on ecological restoration at Green Oaks and his current research examining restorationists's attitudes towards and goals for ecological restoration projects. He also participated in a workshop on 'Divides and Disputes in Various Restoration Strategies' that was organized by the University of Umea's RESTORE working group.

Adriana Colindres, public relations features editor, authored the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute's "Citizen's Guide to Using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act." Read the guide.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently had two chapters published in edited volumes. "Ecological Challenges, Materialistic Values, and Social Change," appeared in Positive Psychology as Social Change. "Capitalism and Autonomy" appeared in Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context: Perspectives on the Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and Well-being. An article by Kasser, "Cultural values and the well-being of future generations: A cross-national study," was published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

An article by Frank McAndrew, professor of psychology, and John Mast '10, "Violent lyrics in Heavy Metal Music can Increase Aggression in Males," was published in the North American Journal of Psychology.

Nic Mink, visiting instructor of environmental studies, wrote "Let's Not Stop at Salmon," an opinion piece on genetically modified food, for Read the article.

Bruce Polay, professor of music, guest conducted the Orquesta Sinfonia de la Universidad de Guanajuato (OSUG) in Mexico on March 11. The program is an all-orchestral concert of orchestral overtures and interludes by Bizet, Mascagni, Puccini, Bellini, and Verdi. The OSUG is one of the leading professional orchestras in Mexico. It is co-sponsored by the University of Guanajuato and the State of Mexico. This was Polay's fifth appearance with the ensemble. Read more about Polay and the performance.

Associate Professor of English Natania Rosenfeld has been promoted to the rank of professor. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. She came to Knox in 1998. Some of her teaching interests include modern British literature, Irish literature, American literature, Jewish literature, creative non-fiction, literature of the Holocaust, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce. Read her profile.

Chad Simpson, visiting assistant professor of English, served as one of three final judges for the fourth Annual Micro Award. Simpson's story "Let x," which appeared online at Esquire as part of their Napkin Fiction Project, was awarded the Second Annual Micro Award in 2009. Simpson also published a story, "The Rowan House," and a postcard at Wigleaf.  

An article by Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies; Jason Helfer, associate professor of educational studies; along with students Daniel Gonshorek '11; Jordan Lanfair '11; Christian Mahone '11; and Karin Rudd '10, “Creativity and problem solving: A means to excite and ignite gifted learners' passions,” was published in the Illinois Association for the Gifted Journal. Schroth, Helfer, Gonshorek, Lanfair, and Mahone also presented four papers at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children annual meeting in Chicago: “Assisting Gifted Children's Musical Development with Technology;” “Building Creativity & Divergent Thinking Skills: Auditory Thinking Skills;” “Making Mentoring Magical: Providing Gifted Learners with Support for Values, Interests, and Talents;” and “Developing Diverse Talent: Making Gifted Programs More Successful for All Students.”


In This Issue

Knox Events

March 31, 2011
The Montage Resort
April 16, 2011
Beer Tasting and Tour
May 07, 2011
Harray Caray's, Chicago
May 14, 2011
Billy Elliot, The Musical
May 15, 2011
Missouri Botanical Garden
June 17, 2011
Soangetaha Country Club
July 02, 2011

Colorado Rockies vs.
Kansas City Royals

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