Sketchings of people who participated in the Knox Writers' House.

Writers Build “House” for Recordings

In the summer of 2010, three Knox students drove more than 3,000 miles and recorded hours of audio to lay the foundation for the Knox Writers’ House, an online archive that currently holds more than 1,200 audio files of poetry, stories, and interviews. On the site, it says that the project, “started with a poem, a belief in the magic of a story read aloud, and a dream that the writing all around us could be available to anyone with access to a computer, that artists’ voices could deliver their work directly to the ear of anyone who would listen.” Read more about the Knox Writers’ House.

From the Editors

Knox College President Teresa AmottPresidential Installation May 5

Alumni and friends are invited to the installation of Dr. Teresa L. Amott as the 19th president of Knox College. The event will be held on May 5 at 11:00 a.m. on the South Lawn of Old Main and is part of a week-long installation celebration that includes concerts, receptions, and presentations. Learn more about the event and make reservations to attend.

Knox Celebrates 175th Anniversary with Commemorative Magazine

The Spring 2012 Knox MagazineThe Spring 2012 Knox Magazine explores a few of the people, places, events, and traditions that have contributed to Knox's storied history -- from long-lost campus traditions to an exploration of student activism on campus; from first-hand accounts of significant historical and athletic events to visions of the prairie, odes to pioneering alumni, and a guide to the final resting place of our founders. And don't miss a slide show of Green Oaks photos by Chip Williams ’85. Read the magazine.

Special note for alumni: This issue of the magazine came in the mail a bit differently than usual -- that is, it came as two separate publications. How do you like receiving Class Notes as a separate publication? Let us know what you think.

Students Take to Phones in April

Knox Advancement Ambassadors will be calling from April 1-29 to let you know what's going on at Knox this term, to update your records, and to raise funds for the Knox Fund. Our student calling program raised $455,328 in the fall toward our 2011-12 goal of $664,000. These funds are necessary for Knox to provide a highly competitive and engaging education. Be sure to pick up your phone for a stimulating conversation with one of your own!

Know a Potential Student?

Know a student who is interested in attending Knox? The College is participating in a virtual fair through CollegeWeekLive on March 21 and 22, where prospective students can text chat with members of the Admission office from 5-8 p.m. CST both evenings. You can also ask current students questions during an hour-long live stream video session from 7-8 p.m. on March 21. Sign up now for the event.

Campus News

Global Business Leader Meets with Students in Marketing Classes

Students interact online with Dushan Petrovich ’74 During an interactive discussion via an online audio/video hookup, Knox students in Professor of Business and Management John Spittell's marketing classes got the opportunity to learn from one of the world's top business leaders, the recently retired president of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Dushan Petrovich ’74. "This was an example of how academia and real-world experience, combined, can significantly contribute to education," said Maksymilian Czuperski ’12. Read more about the class.

Robin Wright Delivers Inaugural Stellyes Lecture

Journalist and political analyst Robin Wright at the inaugural Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs at Knox.

Cultural change in the Middle East through activism, art, music, and media was the focus of the inaugural Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs given by journalist and political analyst Robin Wright in February. "In the world's most volatile region, a majority of people launched their protest by peaceful civil disobedience." Read more about the lecture.

Library Receives Preservation Assistance Grant For Special Collections and Archives

Students in Knox College's Special Collections and ArchivesSeymour Library has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct an assessment of the College's Special Collections and Archives. "What makes Knox's collections distinctive among small colleges is the wide range of materials, more than 11,000 items in all," said Knox Library Director Jeffrey Douglas. The archives include notable collections of rare visual and textual materials on the history of the Upper Midwest; the exploration of the American Southwest; Abraham Lincoln; and the Civil War, abolitionism, and reconstruction. Read more about the grant.

Teach-In Examines Ethnic Studies Controversy

Students discuss Arizona's ban on Mexican-American studies classes.For one day in February, students in Assistant Professor of History Catherine Denial’s Historian's Workshop course turned their attention from their individual research projects to a current controversy -- Arizona's ban on Mexican-American studies classes as they were being taught in Tucson. Read more about and view photos from the class.

Participants in the Natalie Venziano Winter Whiteout TournamentUltimate Frisbee Tournament Draws Teams from Around State

Eight Ultimate Frisbee teams from across the state gathered at T. Fleming Fieldhouse for the annual Natalie Veneziano '98 Winter Whiteout Tournament. A highlight of the event was the match between Knox students and 25 alumni who returned to their alma mater. Read more about the tournament.

College Recognized as Top 10 Contributor to United Way

For the seventh year in a row, Knox College has been named a Top 10 contributor to United Way of Knox County, recognizing contributions from employees to the United Way annual campaign. For the 2011-2012 year, Knox College employees made gifts and pledges of $10,120 toward the United Way goal of $360,000.

Student News

The Knox Student Editor John Williams '12 distributes copies of the paper.The Knox Student Wins Awards in State Contest

The Knox Student garnered first place kudos for feature photo, photo story, sports game story, and opinion column at the annual Illinois College Press Association Contest. In total, the paper earned 18 awards, the most in its division. Read more about the contest.

Students and Faculty Meet to Eat and Talk About Food

A student reads a book to be discussed at Food over Food.Food over Food is a weekly discussion organized by Nic Mink, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, where students join him to discuss a book and share a meal. "In keeping with the tradition of literary societies here at Knox, it's a group of students who are deeply engaged with wanting to understand -- and, at the same time, reform -- the food system locally, nationally, and globally," said Mink. Read more about the group.

Battling Robots Compete in Sumo Competition

Students, faculty, and members of the Galesburg community watch the sumo robot competition.Now in its 10th year, the computer science department's annual sumo robot competition has become a unique tradition enjoyed by students, faculty, and members of the Galesburg community. The 2012 event consisted of two competitions: a tournament-style battle in which each robot tried to push an opposing robot out of a ring, and a timed contest. Read more about the competition.

Students Take Plunge, Raise Funds

Knox students approach the water during the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Teams from Sigma Chi, Beta Theta Pi, Pi Beta Phi, and Alpha Sigma Alpha raised $4,342 to benefit Special Olympics of Western Illinois during the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Lake Storey. The air temperature at the lake was listed at 33 degrees F, with the water temperature at 27. Read more about the event.

Gale Scholar Also Baseball Standout

Caleb Weaver ’13, outfielder/infielder and occasional pitcher, is the first Gale Scholar to have participated in athletics at both Carl Sandburg College and Knox College. Read more about Weaver and the Gale Scholars program.

Alumni News

Celebrating the Contributions of Knox Alumnae During Women’s History Month

Indira Somani '92, Janet Greig Post 1894, and Elizabeth Harler Van Steenwyk '48 Throughout Knox's 175-year history, women have made a significant contribution to the College itself and the world beyond. Journalism, philanthropy, art, business, law, medicine -- these are a small sampling of the fields that have been impacted by Knox alumnae. Read more about Knox alumnae.

Student Opens Siwash Goal Post, Launches Famous Dog on a Stick

The Siwash Goal PostAs a student, Ed Waldmire ’39 rented a small snack shop across from Standish Park for $5 a week. The Siwash Goal Post became so successful, it took him an extra year to finish his degree. After graduating, classmate Don Strand ’38 sent Waldmire a recipe that enabled batter to stick to a hot dog and suggested inserting a stick through the end – and the corn dog was born. Read more at

Alumni Notes

Tom Culbertson ’70 was honored with an Award of Excellence by the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce for his work as executive director of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. He is retiring from the post in July. Read more about the recognition.

Chicago alderman Joe Moore ’80 treated students on the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Chicago Program to an insider’s view of the “State of the City.” Read more about the presentation.

Kelly Lyn Hogan ’92 received her MFA in classical acting from George Washington University in January. She is now in Chicago, where she conducted heightened text workshops in classical dramatic literature at Lake Forest College.

Jeff Salyards ’94 recently signed a three-book publishing deal with Night Shade Books. The first, Scourge of the Betrayer, will be published in May. Read more about Salyards and the book.

Wendy Duprey ’98 has been named to the 2012 Texas Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, which recognizes lawyers who are 40 years of age or younger and in the first 10 years of their practice and who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Read more about the recognition.

Middle School Teacher Layne Zimmers ’06 is partnering with the Smithsonian Institute to teach students about the global water crisis. In January, she presented the first in a series of webinars to teachers around the world about activities at the school.

Will Yeager ’07 recently finished his master's degree in business from Bradley University.

Beccah Lanni ’10 completed an eight-week AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps service project with Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity in Independence, Missouri, to help set up its first ReStore, a hardware and construction material thrift store.
Faculty and Staff News

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Bill Geer

Bill Geer, Clara A. Abbott Professor Emeritus of BiologyBill Geer, Clara A. Abbott Professor Emeritus of Biology, died Friday, February 24. He was 76. Internationally renowned for his research on the genetics of the fruit fly, Geer taught biology at Knox from 1963 until his retirement in 2000. Read more about Geer. "Dr. Billy Geer was an absolute inspiration in my life," said Sandra Kamiak '74 upon his retirement in 2000. "He encouraged us to stretch to our highest potential and he empowered us with the faith and trust that we were quite capable individuals." Read more reminiscences of Geer by his former students. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the First United Methodist Church in Galesburg. A Billy W. Geer Research Fund has been established by students and friends. Learn more about the fund.

Sunderland Attends Supreme Court Event

Lane Sunderland, Chancie Ferris Booth Professor of Political ScienceLane Sunderland, Chancie Ferris Booth Professor of Political Science, recently participated in the annual meeting of the Supreme Court Fellows at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Fellows work with the federal judiciary on various projects and become familiar with its policy issues and administrative structure. The program is headed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Sunderland has been a Fellow since 1988. Read more about Sunderland and his role as a Supreme Court Fellow.

C-SPAN Broadcasts Lecture on Abolitionist

Knox President Teresa Amott and Underground Railroad Freedom Center Director Owen Muelder '63Knox President Teresa Amott and Underground Railroad Freedom Center Director Owen Muelder '63 were guests of the United States Congressional Historical Society in February. Amott introduced Muelder, who gave the speech "Owen Lovejoy: Congressman, Abolitionist, and Underground Railroad Operator" in the Gold Room of the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill. Lovejoy, who lived in Princeton, Illinois, was closely associated with abolitionists at Knox College before the Civil War. Watch the speech on the C-SPAN Web site. Amott and Muelder also delivered presentations to the Washington DC Knox Club.

Faculty and Staff Notes

The latest issue of eXchanges, an online journal of literary translation published by the University of Iowa, includes The Lovers, a play by Margareth Obexer, translated by Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre. Read play.

Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English, presented a paper on the South Midland Dialect at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair in Chicago.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, was featured in the Huffington Post article “Kids and Materialism: Keeping the ‘Gimmies’ at Bay.” Read the article.

Nicolaas Mink, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, appeared on Wisconsin Public Television multiple times during the first week of February talking about the birth of quick-service dining in the United States. Watch the video.

175th Anniversary

In This Issue

Knox Events

March 24, 2012
Seymour Library
March 31, 2012
First United Methodist Church, Galesburg
April 22, 2012
Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic
April 28, 2012
Harry Caray's
April 29, 2012
Home of David '65 and Claudia Cole Gross '66
May 24, 2012
Meet the President
May 25, 2012
Green Oaks Biological Field Station
June 30, 2012
Kane County Cougars vs. Burlington Bees
June 30, 2012
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
July 28, 2012
St. Paul Saints vs. Quebec Les Capitales
August 25, 2012
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Rachel Lyman '12

My Honors project is on mutation accumulation in fruit flies. I'm looking to see how mutations develop over time. My name is Rachel Lyman, senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Katie Bell '08, professional artist

My work transformed quickly in grad school, yet it continued to foster the body of work that I started in college. My name is Katie Bell '08, professional artist, and I AM KNOX.

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Daniel Peterson, assistant professor of psychology

I study human memory, so just about everything that I do is related to understanding more about why we remember what we do and why we forget what we do. My name is Daniel Peterson, assistant professor of psychology, and I AM KNOX.

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