Knox College President Teresa Amott at her Installation on May 5.

Teresa L. Amott Installed as 19th President

Teresa L. Amott was officially installed as Knox College's 19th president on Saturday, May 5. Representatives from 54 institutions -- including eight college presidents -- and Knox faculty, staff, alumni, and Galesburg community members attended the ceremony. Amott is the first woman to hold the presidency of the College.

A student participates in the Day of Service at Knox College on May 6.As part of installation festivities, the Knox community participated in a “Day of Service” at non-profit organizations in Galesburg on the day following the formal ceremony. View photos from the day.

Horizons 2012 Showcases Student Research and Creative Work

Alex Lindgren '12, presents his music research.Student research and creative work -- including art, music, dance, poetry, and playwriting -- were unveiled this month in a series of public events called Horizons: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity. The inaugural event was presented by The Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study, in conjunction with the College's 175th anniversary celebration and the formal installation of Knox President Teresa L. Amott. "To see all of this work, collected together, is dazzling," Amott said. Learn more about the celebration.

From the Editors

Celebrate Knox's Historic Past, Bright Future -- Give by June 30

This has been a momentous year for Knox College. As we've celebrated 175 years of our storied history, we've welcomed our bright future with the installation of our 19th president, Teresa L. Amott, the first woman to serve the College. And throughout these celebrations and festivities, we've continued to provide talented and worthy students with a high-caliber liberal arts education -- an education that inspires its students to challenge themselves, empowers them to pursue intellectual and creative endeavors, and transforms them into active and engaged citizens. One of the easiest and most meaningful ways you can help celebrate Knox's past and  welcome its future is to give by June 30.

Young Alumni Challenge Update

Young alumni at a Knox Club event.We are more than half way to our goal of 37% participation for the Dodransbicentennial Challenge! Thanks to all who have participated so far; we still need 477 more donors from the Classes of 2002-2011 to make that goal. See how your class is doing. If we reach the goal, Christina Ellis '05 and The Ellis Foundation will give Knox an additional $10,000. Gifts of any amount or for any purpose given by June 30 will get us closer to our goal of 37%. Please GIVE NOW to help us reach our goal!

Campus News

Brigadier General to Give Commencement Address

Brigadier General Mark Martins, chief prosecutor of the war crimes trial system reformed by the Military Commissions Act of 2009.Brigadier General Mark Martins, chief prosecutor of the war crimes trial system reformed by the Military Commissions Act of 2009, will deliver the 2012 Commencement address to Knox graduates. Martins has had a distinguished career as a soldier and lawyer and last year received the Harvard Law School Medal of Freedom for his efforts to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan and Iraq. More recently, he has become a noted proponent of transparency and legitimacy in legal proceedings involving detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Knox will award honorary degrees to two additional distinguished individuals at Commencement: Sir Andrew Davis, music director and principal conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Joseph S. Francisco, William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry at Purdue University. Read more about the Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients.

The June 2 Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. on the Knox Livestream Web channel. Watch the broadcast.

KnoxCorps Promotes Community Service

Knox students help out in the Galesburg community.Knox College and the Galesburg Community Foundation are launching an innovative community engagement initiative -- called KnoxCorps -- that will connect Knox graduates and current students with Galesburg area non-profit agencies and entrepreneurial projects. "The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for Knox graduates to remain in Galesburg, which has been their home for four years, and to put their talents and skills to use in the local community," said Knox President Teresa Amott. Read more about the program.

Knox Community Celebrates Flunk Day

Abe Lincoln stops for a visit with students at Flunk Day.A little rain couldn't dampen Knox College's Flunk Day, a traditional spring surprise party that dates back nearly 100 years. But a lot of rain on Tuesday, May 1, drove many afternoon festivities inside T. Fleming Fieldhouse. View photos and watch a video of the day’s fun.

Climate Change Hinders Plans for Historic Prairie Burn

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, burns a prairie plot on the Knox College campus.This year's unusually warm spring has disrupted a half-century-long tradition of spring prairie burns at Knox College's prairie restoration area in central Knox County. Spring 2012 has been a "freak occurrence," according to Stuart Allison, professor of biology. Allison says he originally planned to conduct two burns on Saturday, April 7, after Knox students returned from their spring break. But when he checked conditions the week before, Allison says, "it was quickly apparent that we completely missed the window to burn." Due to warm weather, Allison says, the prairies looked like they should have been burned two weeks earlier. Read more about prairie burns.

Student News

Students Research, Build Museum Exhibit on Galesburg History

A unique interdisciplinary approach is helping Knox students see Galesburg in a new way while they gain practical experience in the field of public history. In the Museums, Monuments, and Memory class led by Catherine Denial, assistant professor of history, students experience the entire process of developing a museum exhibit -- historical research, exhibit construction, and publicity -- over a 10 week period. The exhibit, which focuses on Galesburg history, can be viewed by the public from May 24-June2. Read more about the project.

Journalism Investigation Takes First Place in State Contest

Marilyn Webb, distinguished professor and chair of journalism, works with a student working on the Maytag Project.A Knox College journalism investigation published over six days in the Galesburg Register-Mail, "Maytag Employees in Transition," won a first place award in the 2012 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association News and Photo Contest. Students and faculty spent more than a year on the necessary research, data analysis, interviews, photography, and writing for the series. Read more about the award and investigation.

Students Share Green Oaks Experience Through Blog

Students walk through Green Oaks Biological Field StationStudents participating in this spring’s Green Oaks Term are providing a first-hand description of the experience through a new blog. Students in Green Oaks Term live and learn together at the Green Oaks Biological Field Station. They reside in Schurr Hall, sharing cooking and cleaning duties, and an academic curriculum with interdisciplinary classes in natural history, art, and anthropology-sociology. Read the blog.

Honors Project Sparks Youngsters’ Interest in Robotics

Hannah Fidoten ’12, a computer science and economics double-major, developed an Honors project that encourages local schoolchildren to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and math. “Students use both creativity and logic to do activities that create something that can be good on its own but that can then be combined with robotics to make it interactive," Fidoten said. Read more about her research.

Kemper Scholar to Intern with Chicago Theatre Company

Kemper Scholar Alyssa Gill ’14 will spend this summer working as a marketing intern with the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. The highly regarded Kemper Scholars Program prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business, by providing scholarships, opportunities for career exploration, and practical experience. Kemper Scholars also complete summer internships with non-profit and for-profit organizations. Read more about the opportunity.

Alumni News

Alumna Receives Fulbright Fellowship for Travel to India

Nicole McCabe '11Nicole McCabe '11 has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship for international study in India, where she will teach English. She also plans to volunteer with an organization that promotes women's literacy in India. "I've always wanted to teach in another country," said McCabe. "I chose India because I grew up near an Indian neighborhood in Chicago and I've always been a little bit in love with the culture." Read more about McCabe.

David Schulz '74, a leading First Amendment lawyerAlumnus Argues to Open Guantanamo Detention Trials

Knox College alumnus and trustee David Schulz '74, a leading First Amendment lawyer, wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times that the Guantanamo Bay trials of alleged terrorists should be open to the public and the press. He made that argument in front of a military judge at Guantanamo Bay. It marked the first time a military commission agreed to hear such arguments from the press. Read more about Schulz.

College Friendship Grows into Business Partnership

Christopher Detchessahar '04 and Matt Nagel '04After a serendipitous introduction during move-in day, Christopher Detchessahar '04 and Matt Nagel '04 became fast friends on the soccer field, in the fraternity house, and more recently, in business, as president and vice president of a sports management company. Read more about their friendship and business.

Comedian Stephen ColbertFunniest Commencement Speech by Colbert?

Comedian Stephen Colbert’s 2006 Commencement speech at Knox made a list of “17 Commencement Speeches by Awesome Comedians” in the Huffington Post. Readers are asked to vote for their favorite. Read the article and watch his speech

Alumni Notes

Joseph Heumann ’71 has co-authored two books, That’s All Folks? Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features, University of  Nebraska Press, and Gunfight at the Eco-Corral: Western Cinema and the Environment, University of Oklahoma Press.

Gene Brandt ’72, president of the fundraising consulting firm Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, is blogging about his firm and the development community. Read the blog.

Christine Eik Winick ’73 has been elected to lead the Knox County, Illinois, Democrats, stepping into the role her husband, Norm Winick '74, collectively served for 22 years. Read more about her appointment.

Michael Dimitriou ’73 has been named president of Water Remediation Technology. He has more than 30 years experience in water and wastewater treatment. Read more about the appointment.

Rick Swanborg ’76, executive-in-residence at Boston University School of Management, is using technology to bring executives into the classroom. Read more about the technology.

Joe Plomin ’86 has been named vice president, Global Brakes, Commercial Truck. He will lead the company’s American and European brake business and will provide strategic direction for the company’s brake joint ventures around the world. Read more about the position.

Eric Newnham ’90 may be stepping down after serving two terms on the Beloit, Wisconsin, City Council, but he will not be forgotten. Read about his influence on the council.

Zach Rothschild ’05 was recognized for outstanding graduate teaching at the University of Kansas, where he is working on a Ph.D. in personality/social psychology. Read more about his achievement.

Karen Brophy ’09, an indoor and outdoor track and cross country standout at Knox, recently participated in her second Boston Marathon. Read more about Brophy and her dedication to running at

Faculty and Staff News

Gold, Davis Named to Burkhardt Distinguished Chairs

Penny Schine Gold, professor of history, and Bruce Davis, professor of French.Professors Penny Schine Gold, history, and Bruce Davis, modern languages, have been named to endowed chairs at Knox. Gold has been named the Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in History. She has been a member of the Knox faculty since 1976 and is an expert in European history and religious history. Davis has been named the Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in Modern Languages. He has been a member of the Knox faculty since 1982. His scholarship includes 17th century French literature, French anti-Semitism, and the transformation of urban landscape and social fabric of Paris through gentrification. The Burkhardt Distinguished Chairs have been established through the generosity of Dr. Richard W. Burkhardt '39 and Dorothy Johnson Burkhardt '39. The Burkhardt Language Center is also named in their honor. Read more about Gold and Davis.

Isaacson Recognized for Galesburg Baseball Career

Retiring baseball coach Jim IsaacsonFor almost 50 years, Jim Isaacson has been a part of baseball in the Galesburg community, coaching American Legion and junior college teams before taking the helm of the Knox baseball team in 1988, a position he held until 1997. He has been associate head coach under his son, head coach Jami Isaacson, since 2000. Isaacson retired at the end of the season.Read more about Isaacson's career and the legacy he will leave at Knox.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, attended the annual meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. He was there in his capacity as a member of the Board of Directors and gave a presentation about the organization’s strategic plan, strategic initiatives that result from that plan, the newly hired executive director, and other recent changes.

A poem by Monica Berlin ’95, associate professor of English, “[To scale, yes, days to scale, even when they grow so cluttered]” has been published in the April 2012 issue of Rhino. She also contributed a little essay, “[More on 5x2, sort of],” in celebration of the tenth issue of Fifth Wednesday Journal, where she serves as the nonfiction editor.

Berlin and post-baccalaureate fellow Emily Oliver ’11 were interviewed by the National Endowment for the Arts about their ongoing collaborative project with Sam Conrad ’11 and Bryce Parsons-Twesten ’10. The Knox Writers’ House is an audio map and digital archive of contemporary writers across the country reading their essays, poems, and stories. Read the interview.

Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, participated in the conference "Theatrical Translation as Creative Process," which featured a staged reading of his translation from German of Rebekka Kricheldorf’s play The Ballad of the Pine Tree Killer. The conference took place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University in April. Blackadder has also translated Kricheldorf’s Rosa and Blanca, which he directed at Knox in 2008.

Schahrazede Longou, assistant professor of modern languages, presented the paper “Echec et rebondissement au coeur de l’Afrique: Recit d’un naufrage salvateur dans L’Equation africaine” a study of Yasmina Khadra’s 2011 novel, at The 38th Annual African Literature Association, which explores human rights issues in Africa.

Brandon Polite '03, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, presented the paper "Making Sense of Music" at The Philosophy of Performance: Art in Modern Society at the University of Notre Dame.

175th Anniversary

In This Issue

Knox Events

May 24, 2012
Meet the President
May 25, 2012
Green Oaks Biological Field Station
June 02, 2012
South Lawn, Old Main
June 15, 2012
Soangetaha Country Club
June 30, 2012
Kane County Cougars vs. Burlington Bees
June 30, 2012
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
July 22, 2012
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
July 28, 2012
St. Paul Saints vs. Quebec Les Capitales
August 25, 2012
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I went to Uganda in East Africa in 2009 and I ended up being a youth counselor for a girl who was at risk. My name is Celestina Agyekum, senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Lauren Assaf '10, litigation project assistant at Kirkland & Ellis.

Knox has everything to do with where I am and where I'm going. My name is Lauren Assaf '10, litigation project assistant at Kirkland & Ellis, and I AM KNOX.

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Tim Kasser, professor of psychology

I study the problems associated with materialistic values that favor money, image, and status: these problems include lower happiness, less civility, and more ecological degradation. My name is Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, and

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