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Knox Among Leaders in Graduates with Ph.D. Degrees

Knox College is a national leader in preparing students for graduate school and advanced degrees, according to a recent national survey. The rankings place Knox in the top four percent of liberal arts colleges in the proportion of graduates who have earned doctorates in business, and in the top 10 percent for graduates who have earned doctorates in mathematics, computer science, and the physical sciences. The data on college graduates who earn Ph.D. degrees is gathered by the National Science Foundation. Read more about the survey findings.

Honor Roll with DistinctionKnox Named to Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll

For the fourth time in five years, Knox has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, in recognition of community service, service learning, and civic engagement. This year, for the first time, Knox was selected for the Honor Roll with Distinction, one of only three colleges in Illinois chosen for this honor. Read more about the award.

Ed Helms, Lawrence Breitborde, Lisa MadiganKnox Announces
Honorary Degrees
Knox will award honorary degrees at Commencement 2013 to actor and comedian Ed Helms, who will deliver the Commencement Address; Knox College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Lawrence Breitborde; and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Commencement will be on Saturday, June 8. Learn more about the honorary degree recipients.

From the Editors

2013 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival Features Grammy Winner

Ben WilliamsGrammy award-winner Ben Williams headlines this year's Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, coming April 11-13. The event features Williams and his band, Sound Effect, and the jazz combo The Deep Blue Organ Trio. And the weekend wouldn't be complete without performances by the Knox Jazz Ensemble, Knox Alumni Big Band, and the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo. Read more about the festival and purchase tickets for the event.

Students Take to Phones this Spring

Knox Advancement Ambassadors will be calling from April 3 to May 1 to let you know what's going on at Knox this term, to update your records, and to raise funds for the Knox Fund and Parent Fund. Your support makes a Knox experience possible. If you see Knox College on your caller ID, please pick up!

Campus News

Knox Celebrates Peace Corps With Peacebuilding Conference

Peace Corps VolunteerIn celebration of the five-year anniversary of the Knox Peace Corps Preparatory Program, Knox is sponsoring a peacebuilding conference, “Work that Matters: Engaging the World After Knox.” The event will honor alumni volunteers, as well as connect students, faculty, staff, and community members with the insights they have from peacebuilding service all over the world. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Learn more about the conference.

Knox is highlighting the many locations where Knox alumni have served in the Peace Corps with an interactive map on the Knox Web site. Have you served in the Peace Corps? Send us an e-mail with your name, where you served, and what you did.

Knox College Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Laura Lane and the Knox College ChoirThe Knox College Choir will perform a concert in world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York, as part of its 2013 tour. The choir will perform the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles. Learn more about the tour schedule. Choir members are chronicling their experiences on a blog, Do Ti La So Fa(r) We Go!

"New York alumni are invited to meet up with the Choir at Playwright Tavern during their spring tour."

Steel Drum Concert Features Student Compositions

Scene from the Calypso Chaos concertThe annual "Calypso Chaos" steel drum concert by Knox College music students and faculty found the bright spot in between snow storms. The informal performance, now in its third year, is held on the final day of Winter Term classes to showcase compositions by the students in associate professor music Jeremy Day-O'Connell's Introduction to Music Theory course. Read more and watch a video of the performance.

Students prepare foodFood Writer Shares, Discusses Caribbean Cuisine

Author and blogger Cynthia Nelson talked to students in an anthropology and sociology class about the ethnic diversity reflected in Caribbean food and about how food is an expression of culture. Learn more about the discussion.

13 New Plays Featured in Festival

New Plays FestivalThe Knox College New Plays Festival will feature works written by Knox students, faculty, and alumni in a series of readings and performances from April 12 through May 25. Alumni playwrights whose work will be featured in the festival include Sherwood Kiraly '72, Joel Pierson '89, Dan Blask '96, Tim Lord '98, Jenny Seidelman '99, Isaac Miller '12, and Ben Lee '12. View a schedule of the performances.

Student News

Students and members of the community prepare items for distributionKnox Students, Galesburg Residents Team Up to Feed Kids

Blessings in a Backpack brings together Knox students and members of a local church congregation, uniting them in a mission to feed school children who would otherwise go hungry on weekends. Read more about the effort.

Jazz students performJazz Musicians Win Awards at Festival

Competing against jazz ensembles from 37 other colleges and universities across the country, Knox students were cited for their talents, and the Knox Cherry Street Combo was chosen as outstanding combo. Learn more about the awards.

Student participate in Polar PlungeKnox College Students Participate in 2013 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

More than 40 Knox students on eight teams braved the icy waters of Lake Storey last month to help the local Polar Plunge raise more than $52,000 for the Special Olympics. Read more about the plunge.

The Knox Student Wins Awards in State Contest

TKS staffKnox College's weekly campus newspaper, The Knox Student (TKS), was recognized as one of the top college newspapers in Illinois, winning first place in General Excellence in its division in the Illinois College Press Association contest. TKS staffers also won 12 other awards in the competition. Read more about the awards.

Students work during Rep TermStudents Promote Sustainability in Theatre

From sets to costumes to paperwork, the Knox Rep Term production of Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle shined a spotlight on reducing waste and promoting sustainability in theatre. Learn more about the sustainable production.

Knox Students Explore Community Service Opportunities

Celebrate Service FairKnox College recently hosted Celebrate Service, a volunteer fair featuring a collaboration of student-led community service groups and Galesburg community organizations. Students were invited to learn more about what different groups do for the community, as well as explore their own interests in volunteering. Read more about the fair.

Knox Hosts Young Visitors from Germany

More than a dozen exchange students from Germany spent a day at Knox, learning about its history, strolling around the campus, and chatting with Knox students -- often in German. Read more about the visit by German high school students.

Alumni News

Juliette Campbell ’12Life's a Loteria: Juliette Campbell Takes a Chance with KnoxCorps

Juliette Campbell ’12 is helping Galesburg's Discovery Depot Children's Museum "inspire wonder and excitement for learning" through her KnoxCorps fellowship. Read more about her work.

Zachary Stephenson '06Attorney of the Year Represents LGBT Students

Zachary Stephenson '06 recently found his name on the Minnesota Lawyer's Attorneys of the Year list after representing LGBT students in a suit against their school district. Read more about Stephenson and his work.

Alumni Celebrate Repertory Theatre Term

Repertory Term Co-Founder and Professor Emeritus Ivan Davidson and rep term alumni and studentsAlumni gathered in studio theatre on March 2 to share memories of Repertory Theatre Terms past and to celebrate the Colleges’ 16th Rep Term with current students. "Every Rep Term has its own special personality, and I think one of the successes of Rep Term is that each time it's revisited and re-examined and reworked," said Repertory Term Co-Founder and Professor Emeritus Ivan Davidson to the assembled group. Read more about the event and alumni experiences.

Alumni Notes

President Emeritus Roger Taylor ’63 gave a talk at the Acorn Equality Fund’s Family Breakfast, an event that raised $50,000 for the all-volunteer organization that raises money for scholarships for LGBTA students in downstate Illinois. Taylor’s speech will be published in the March issue of Vital Speeches of the Day, which also includes speeches by President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Laurence Msall ’84, president of The Civic Federation, was interviewed on National Public Radio about the Securities and Exchange Commission charging Illinois with fraud over pensions. Listen to the interview.

Anna Leahy ’88 and Douglas Dechow ‘91 participated in TEDWeekends at The Huffington Post with the article "Cosmic Tunes: You can Hear the Universe." Read their article.

Jennifer Trout Quattrochi ’89 recently published her novel Creatures in the Forest, Strangers in the House. Learn more about the book.

Kim Anderson ’99 accepted the position of program coordinator at The LeaderShop, a youth service agency that provides a safe and welcoming environment for elementary through high school aged youth.

Dan Sundquist ’07, working as an interactive producer for Colle+McVoy, won a 2012 Best in Show Award from OMMA (Online Media, Marketing and Advertising magazine) for designing the Save-A-Life Simulator for the Medtronic Foundation. Learn more about the award.

Jesse Temple ’07 found his name in the top 10 on the Associated Press Sports Editors’ list of beat writing in circulation populations more than 175,000. See the list.

Katie Bell ’08 was featured as one of eight great Brooklyn artists under 30 by The L Magazine. Read the feature.

Abby Owens ’12 received a visit from Chicago Bears standout defensive lineman Israel Indonije, who gave Owens a Kleenex Care Pack. See a picture of Abby with Israel.

Faculty & Staff News

Request for Memories about David Amor

David AmorDavid Amor, longtime instructor of journalism and anthropology-sociology and former advisor to TKS, alumni magazine editor, and director of college communication, will retire at the end of May. The journalism program is gathering recollections from former students and colleagues to put into a book to give to David on the occasion of his retirement.  If you have any stories or remembrances that you would like to share, please send them to Michael Godsil  by May 1.

Polay Featured in Video

Bruce PolayIn an interview on public television station WTVP, professor of music and music director/conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Bruce Polay discussed feeling privileged to work both as a teacher and as a performer. “My teaching certainly informs my work as a conductor, composer and pianist, just as my concert and creative experiences enhance and shape my classroom perspective." Watch the video.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Monica Berlin '95, associate professor of English, presented at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 alongside her collaborator, Beth Marzoni '04. The pair gave a formal reading, selections from "Dear So & So," and discussed the nature of collaboration in both writing and teaching at the 40th anniversary of this annual conference.

Screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner reported to the New Republic that in writing the screenplay for Lincoln he turned to several books edited by Lincoln Studies Center Co-Directors Rodney O. Davis and Douglas L. Wilson. Read more about Kushner’s sources.

In This Issue

Knox Events

March 21, 2013
Knox College Choir Spring Tour
March 23, 2013
Softball and Baseball Games
March 23, 2013
Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings
April 07, 2013
Pabst Mansion
April 12, 2013 to April 13, 2013
Knox College Campus
April 21, 2013
Luncheon with President Amott
April 21, 2013
Museum Tour and Reception
May 18, 2013
Knox College Campus
May 26, 2013
Les Miserables
June 2, 2013
Chicago Fire vs. DC United
June 15, 2013
Historical Tour and Reception
June 20, 2013
Soangetaha Country Club, Knox Campus

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