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White House Official to Speak at Commencement

Tina TchenA top member of President Obama's White House staff will deliver the Commencement address at Knox on Saturday, June 5. Tina Tchen, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, will deliver the address during Commencement exercises. A long-time advocate for women's issues, Tchen has served as the state vice president of the National Organization for Women and worked successfully to help pass the Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act. As a lawyer, Tchen has experience litigating cases in both state and federal courts and successfully represented the State of Illinois before the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more about Tchen and Commencement.

Fulbright Fellowships Awarded to Students and Faculty
Jessa Dahl, Karin Rudd, Tasha CoryellKnox has been recognized as a leader in Fulbrights ... and 2010 is no different. Three graduating seniors at Knox College have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Fellowships for international teaching and study. Jessa Dahl, a history and Asian studies major from Luverne, Minnesota, will travel to Japan to study the lives of women who resided there during the 1850s and 1860s, a tumultuous period in Japanese history. Karin Rudd, an elementary education major from Lynnwood, Washington, will go to India to teach English. Tasha Coryell, a creative writing major from Saint Paul, Minnesota, will teach English in Austria. Read more about their achievements.

Stuart Allison, Amy SingerFor the second year in a row, the United States Department of State has awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholar fellowships to members of the Knox College faculty, to conduct international teaching and research. Stuart Allison, professor of biology, will travel to the United Kingdom starting in the fall of 2010 to compare ecological restoration practices in Europe and the United States. Amy Singer, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology, will work in Indonesia on a study of the global flow of agricultural commodities and cultural markets. Read more about the awards and their research.

From the Editors

Only ** Alumni to go for Roger Taylor and The Fulton County Boys to Hit the Road!

You've seen them on YouTube. You may even have seen them on campus. Now you can see them live! If 5,500 alumni give to Knox by June 30, Knox's President Roger Taylor '63, Dean Larry Breitborde , and CFO Tom Axtell (a.k.a. Roger Taylor & the Fulton County Boys) will grab their microphone, accordion, and spoons, and hit the road! Read more about the challenge.

Campus News

Flunk Day 2010Flunk Day 2010 Snapshots

Inflatable games, inflatable bubbles, picnics, karaoke, the annual faculty vs. seniors softball game, a concert by E603, and a blacklight party -- April 26 was Flunk Day at Knox! View photos from the event.

Watch a Flunk Day video on YouTube.

Knox College Dean Resigns Post

Xavier Romano, Knox College's vice president for student development and dean of students, has resigned from Knox as of June 1, 2010. Romano will remain on leave until then. On June 2, Associate Dean of Students Debra Southern will assume the responsibility for student development as the Dean of Students. During Romano's leave she has been serving as the Acting Dean of Students. Read more about the change in staff.

Jonah GoldbergNationally Syndicated Columnist Comes to Knox

"Liberal Fascism" was the title of a talk given by Jonah Goldberg, nationally syndicated political columnist, contributing editor of National Review, and author of Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. Read more about his speech at Knox in the Peoria Journal-Star.

Rolling Stone Editor Speaks at Knox

Janet Reitman, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine, recently shared insights about her career and advice for those interested in pursuing journalism.  Her presentation was titled “Writing Against the Pack: A Rolling Stone Reporter’s Secret for Finding the Story Inside the Story.” Read more about the presentation in the Register-Mail.

Student News

Knox Students and Local Retirees Bridge Generation Gap

Sarah Kurian and new friendA new, student-created community service program paves the way for Knox students and senior citizens to develop friendships. Sarah Kurian ’10 launched Network Across Generations to bridge the generation gap by bringing together Knox students and retirees living in Galesburg. Read more about the new program.

Students to Present Exhibit "The Second World War: A World Transformed"

Students from the "Museums, Monuments, and Memories" history course will present an exhibit exploring World War II's role as an internationally transformative event beginning at
4 p.m. on May 27 at the Ford Center for Fine Arts. Told from the vantage point of multiple individuals -- including Knox alumni Robert Kilbride '46, George Winebright '57, Sara Jane Obenlander Allensworth '54, Jim Moser '48, Sally Arteseros '58, Robert Darcy '50, and Bill Horschke '62 -- the exhibit makes extensive use of oral histories collected by students and aims to offer a well-rounded account of the war from a multi-national perspective.

Students Volunteer for Fun Fair

Knox students participate in Fun Fair.Knox students helped children use yarn and paper plates to make masks, others brought puppets to life, and a few even walked around portraying characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat during a children’s fun fair in Galesburg. Read more about the event in the Register-Mail.

Math Team Wins Statewide Contest

The team of Amy Miller ’11, Kasandara Sullivan ’12, and Katherine Williams ’10 won the undergraduate mathematics competition hosted by the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America at its annual meeting at Augustana College. Twenty-two teams from colleges and universities across the state participated in the contest.

Poley Wins First Place in Research Competition

Eleanor Poley '10 won first place in the student research competition at the CHI 2010 conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 2,000 participants, CHI (the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) is the premier international conference for the field of human-computer interaction. Poley's paper, "RUMU Editor: a non-WYSIWYG web editor for non-technical users" was a result of her College Honors project.

Students Presented Research Projects at Conference

The following students recently presented their research projects at the 37th Annual ILLOWA Undergraduate Psychology Conference, held at Western Illinois University: Angela Zinn ’10, Jordan Stoune ’10, Jessi Shields ’10, Alana Ogilvie ’10, Kate Moon ’10, Zack Lazar ’10, and Rachel Bauer ’10.

Alumni News

Time Magazine - Knox Grad Among World's 100 "Most Influential People"

Matt Berg '00 in AfricaMatt Berg, a 2000 Knox College graduate and 2010 Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient who's expanding technology in developing nations, has been named one of the 100 "most influential people in the world" by Time magazine. Read more about Berg

Students in Barcelona, SpainCelebrate 40th Anniversary of
Knox in Barcelona Program

Alumni are invited to a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Knox in Barcelona Program on Friday, May 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lincoln Room, Seymour Union. There will be Spanish food and drink and the chance to share your memories with Jorge Prats, program founder.

Alumni Notes

Blinded in his right eye in a 1922 polo match at Ft. Bliss, Lt. Gen Hobart R. Gay ‘17 bluffed Army physicians for 33 years to become one of America’s outstanding World War II and Korean Conflict generals. Read more in the El Paso Times.

Dr. James Seago ’63, professor of biological sciences at State University of New York at Oswego, received the college’s President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity and Research. Seago has been an undergraduate professor for more than 40 years and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the root structure of aquatic and wetland plants.

President Barack Obama has named Jim Martin ‘73, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 Administrator. He will oversee the region encompassing Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 27 Tribal Nations. He has worked in the environmental field for nearly 30 years, most recently as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate confirmed Lieutenant General David Fridovich '74, United States Army, for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Deputy Commander, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He is currently serving as Director, Center for Special Operations, United States Special Operations Command, at MacDill.

Alex M. Kindler ’75, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, MBA was reelected to serve as trustee of The ACHIEVA Family Trust Board of Trustees. Kindler is the partner in charge of the Business Valuation and Litigation Support practice at Horovitz, Rudoy & Roteman LLC.

Barb Epstien ’76, was recently honored as a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an award given annually to those individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of industrial hygiene.

Vanishing Point, Not a Memoir, by Ander Monson ’97, was recently featured in The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Read the review.

Gwynneth VanLaven ’04 has just completed her MFA at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a concentration in the cultural conception of wellness. Her art installation, a waiting room study, will be included in "Revealing Culture," an international juried exhibition for artists with disabilities, opening at the Smithsonian's International Gallery on June 8. An article by VanLaven “For a disabled person, unsolicited advice is not welcome,” was recently published in The Washington Post. Read the Article.

A little more than two years after his last competitive game at Knox, John Boylan ‘08 found a way to rekindle the fire by trying out for the Chicago Cardinals of the Continental Indoor Football League. Read more about his experience.

Faculty News

Professor and Former Student Collaborate to Publish Short Fiction

Rebecca King and Chad SimpsonA Knox College faculty member and a recent Knox graduate are collaborating on a publishing project in a genre with a new name -- "flash fiction" -- but a long and distinguished history in literature. Flash fiction focuses on extremely short stories -- a few pages, some as short as two sentences -- published by small, independent presses in limited editions known as chapbooks. The new book is Phantoms, nine stories in 20 pages, by Chad Simpson, assistant professor of English. The publisher is Origami Zoo Press, a creation of Rebecca King, a 2009 Knox graduate studying writing at Chatham University in Pennsylvania. Read more about the project.

Professor Robert E. BryanRobert Bryan, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Passes

Robert E. Bryan, professor emeritus of mathematics at Knox College, died Tuesday, April 13, in Galesburg. He was 87. Bryan taught at Knox from 1963 to 1991. Read more about Professor Bryan.

Faculty Notes

An essay  by Monica Berlin, associate professor of English, "The Eighteenth Week," was winner of the 2009 Thomas Hrushka Nonfiction Prize and has been published in the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Passages North.

At the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Andrew Civettini, associate professor of political science, chaired a session "Emotions and Politics" and presented the paper, "Too Negative? An Experimental Evaluation of the Effects of Repeated Exposure to Negative Campaign Advertisements on Candidate Evaluations."

Catherine Denial, assistant professor of history, led two workshops on history education at the Grant Wood History Institute's spring session in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A morning workshop for middle school teachers focused on new pedagogies for teaching the Mexican-American War, while an afternoon session for history graduate students looked at new ways to teach historical inquiry in college-level survey courses.

A paper authored by Kelly Lynn Hogan ’92, visiting instructor in theatre, has been accepted by the Association for Theatre Movement Educators for presentation in early August at the 2010 Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE) in Los Angeles.  A Debut Panelist for ATHE, she will be discussing the experience of integrating videography and projection into the Knox Repertory Theatre Term XV's productions of Tony Kushner's plays. Hogan has also been accepted into the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, D.C., in their one-year MFA immersion program. 

Fred Hord, professor of English and Director of Black Studies and executive director of the Association for Black Culture Centers, recently attended the association's spring board meeting at Ohio State University. He was also the keynote speaker at Franklin College’s annual Women's History Month celebration and was invited to assess the Black Studies Program at Lake Forest College.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently gave three talks while in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He also co-authored an article entitled "Children, commercialism, and environmental sustainability" published in the journal Solutions.

Work by Lynette Lombard, associate professor of art, is featured in the show “Texas National 2010 Exhibition” through May 23 at The Cole Art Center at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. More than 1700 works of art by 600 artists from 40 states entered the competition.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, gave a talk on the evolutionary psychology of gossip at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. His talk was sponsored by Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.

Magali Roy-Fequiere, associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, was the keynoter speaker at the 11th annual Support Group for African American Affairs dinner at Carl Sandburg College. Other Knox members of the SGAAA involved in the event were: Terry Duffy, Konrad Hamilton, Robert Hellenga, Fred Hord, Wendel Hunigan, and Chanda Wade ‘10.

Peter Schwartzman, associate professor of environmental studies, has been awarded first place by the Illinois Press Association for a series of articles he coauthored in The Zephyr on hunger. The award-winning articles, and more than 130 others that Schwartzman has written, can be found at his faculty Web page. Last month, Schwarzman and environmental studies students traveled to Monmouth-Roseville High School to discuss sustainability with students. Read more about the presentation.

Jon Wagner, professor of anthropology, chaired a session "Beyond Stones and Bones: Emerging Paradigmatic Complexity in the Study of Hominin Sociality" at the meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society, to which he contributed a paper entitled "Emotion, Hypersociality, and the Evolution of Warfare."

In April, Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center, gave the inaugural lecture in the new Jefferson Lecture series at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. Wilson also participated in a symposium, "Reading in the White House," at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

In This Issue

Knox Events

June 5, 2010
Knox College
June 13, 2010
Georgia Aquarium
June 18, 2010
Soangetaha Country Club, Galesburg
Date: June 30, 2010
Knox College
July 3, 2010
Pepsi Center
July 17, 2010
Ewing Manor, Bloomington
August 7, 2010
Silo Park, Denver
September 12, 2010
Miller Park, Milwaukee
October 22 to 24, 2010
Knox College Campus

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Samantha Newport

I built a pageant wagon to help perform Shakespeare's plays. My name is Samantha Newport '10 and I AM KNOX.

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Margery Rosen Kraus

I have been able to build a company, the majority of which is owned by its employees, that is considered a great place to work. I am Margery Rosen Kraus '67, founder and CEO, APCO Worldwide, and I AM KNOX.

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Jim Mountjoy

The Green Oaks Field Station is a great place for me to do research, as well as an excellent place to go birding and to explore nature. My name is D. James Mountjoy, associate professor of biology, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.

 

Fulton County Boys Challenge

 

Save the Date: Homecoming 2010, October 22-24

 

2009 President's Report

 

Honor Roll of Donors

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