Tiesa McElroy '13 interned at Boeing

Knox Graduates Have the Skills Employers Seek

According to two national surveys of business leaders, today's employers are looking for candidates who know how to think critically, communicate clearly, and navigate today's global marketplace -- all skills that Knox College excels at providing its students. What sets a Knox education apart is the fact that the College outscores its peers at providing students with the opportunities to become more reflective, creative, and integrative thinkers with strong analytical skills. Read more about the research and findings.

Alumni HallKnox Raises $11 Million for Alumni Hall Renovation
Eighteen months after introducing a new vision for Alumni Hall, Knox College has raised $11 million in the fundraising drive to renovate this historic campus building. "Thanks to the generosity of Knox alumni and friends, as well as the leadership of Trustee Mark Kleine and his Gateway Task Force, gifts and pledges now stand at $11 million," said Knox College President Teresa Amott. "Even more important, $9.5 million -- or 94% -- of the $10.1 million needed for building renovations will be in cash by the end of June, which places the College in an excellent position to begin the project." Read more about the project.

From the Editors

Don't Miss Commencement 2013

Commencement is quickly approaching on June 8 and Knox will broadcast the event as it happens. Watch Commencement 2012Commencement on Livestream. The buzz surrounding the event is already building, with Commencement speaker Ed Helms being cited in as one of the Commencement speakers everyone will be talking about. Get all the details on Commencement 2013:

Campus News

NSF Grant to Knox Targets Students Interested in Science

Chemistry professor and student in the labThe National Science Foundation has awarded Knox a $613,846 grant for a new initiative that contributes to the country's efforts to increase the number of U.S. college graduates working in science-related fields. Knox's grant is part of the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, designed to help students enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies in STEM-related fields. The grant will support Knox's innovative plan to offer academic and financial support to students interested in careers in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. Read more about the grant.

Campus Celebrates Flunk Day With Inflatable Games, Karaoke, Zip Line

On a sunny, picture-perfect May 1 day, Knox College students celebrated Flunk Day, the annual surprise party that features music, games, and, new this year, a zip line. Alumni from across the country and around the world joined in the fun with celebrations of their own. See the action during Flunk Day.

Picking up trash in GalesburgStudents and Community Join Forces for Day of Service and Earth Day Festival

Knox’s Earth Month 2013 celebration culminated in a flurry of activities the last weekend in April, with volunteers completing community service projects within the Galesburg community, followed by an Earth Day Festival on the Knox Campus. Read more about the day.

Green Jobs and Sustainable Businesses are Topics of Earth Day Panel

Green jobs and sustainable businesses were the topics of conversation at a panel hosted by the Bastian Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development as part of Earth Month 2013. Four local panelists involved with green industry in the area shared their experiences with students. Read more about the panel.

Scholarship Program Inducts 15 Students

2013 Gale ScholarsFifteen Galesburg eighth graders were inducted into the George Washington Gale Scholars program. The program offers financial and academic support to first-generation, income-eligible students, paying for two years of tuition at Carl Sandburg College and two years at Knox College. Students with a consistently high GPA through high school may elect to go straight to Knox for all four years. Read more about the program.

Student News

Coach Isaacson congratulates a playerPrairie Fire Baseball Finishes Historic Season

The Knox College Prairie Fire baseball team finished a historic season at 22-13 and 13-3 in the conference, winning the South Division title and setting eight team records. The Prairie Fire finished third in the Midwest Conference Championship tournament, May 10-11 at Ripon College. Read more about the season and tournament.

Senior’s Honors Project Combines Art, Poetry, War

Rana Tahir '13 with her artA Knox senior from Kuwait, Rana Tahir explored many passions that have contributed to her understanding of cultural identity in her Honors project, which uses original poetry and paintings to represent life under occupied Kuwait. Her project tells the story of the Iraqi occupation that began in August 1990 in her native country and how it affected the people living there. Read more about her project and experience.

A Knox student prepares exhibits for the Al Young Art ShowShow Highlights Work of Artists

More than 200 art works in an array of media created by dozens of student artists were on display during the Al Young Art Show in the Gallery and Lobby of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Read more about the show.

Alec Freytag '16 and Lindsey Morgan '16Two Students Chosen Kemper Scholars

Knox College first-year students Alec Freytag and Lindsey Morgan were selected for the Kemper Scholars Program, which provides scholarships and practical experience while preparing students for leadership and service, especially in administration and business. Read more about the students.

Psychology Students Present Research at Conference

Birth control, alcohol consumption, mental imagery, long- and short-term mating decisions, sexual fantasy, and gossip were the topics presented by Knox psychology students at the 40th annual ILLOWA Undergraduate Research Conference at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. Presenters were Victoria Klimaj ’13, Abe Eastman ’13, Zachary Lawrence ’12, Brynne Downum ’13, Christopher Holland ’13, and Amelia Goranson ’13.

Alumni News

Schulz Represents Associated Press in Phone Records Controversy

David Schulz '74 on the PBS NewshourTrustee David Schulz '74 is representing the Associated Press in its battle with the U.S. Department of Justice over the seizure of extensive phone records from several AP bureaus. Schulz, who has represented numerous media outlets in cases involving freedom of speech, has been interviewed extensively on the AP phone records case, including appearances on PBS, NPR and NBC. Read more about Schulz’s involvement in the controversy.

Edward Dale '10 in the lab with Diane CermakDale Receives National Science Foundation Award

Edward Dale ’10 has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Dale is doing molecular research at Northwestern University. Read more about Dale.

Vir Das '02Vir Das to Appear in Seven Bollywood Movies In Coming Year

Bollywood actor and stand-up comedian Vir Das ’02 will be seen in seven Bollywood movies this coming year, stemming from the success of his 2011 Hindi film Delhi Belly. Read more about Das’s climb to stardom in

Award-winning Journalist Discusses the Power of Listening

Lara Moritz '90  in the Old Main Alumni RoomAward-winning broadcast journalist Lara Moritz ’90 returned to Knox to share her experiences and talk with students about the importance of listening carefully in order to tell a story. Moritz has covered stories ranging from deportation to gas explosions to interviews with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Along the way, she has earned a couple Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the 2012 Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award. Read more about Moritz and the lecture.

Ohman Wins Regional Writing Award for Third Year in a Row

Julia Ohman '12For the third time in three years, Julia Ohman ’12 was honored as a finalist in the ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest for a story she wrote as a student. Ohman is only the second college writer to receive three finalist awards in the 40-year history of the competition. The first three-time finalist was also a Knox student, Josh Stevens ’95, now an award-winning book publisher in St. Louis. Read more about Ohman.

Students Hear from Recent Knox Alumni About Their Work in Banking

Vincent Rug ’12 and Stephanie Sorensen ’12 answer student questionsVincent Rug ’12 and Stephanie Sorensen ’12 returned to campus to give current students in a managerial finance class some advice on navigating the business world and to share their experiences as commercial associates at Fifth Third Bank. Sorensen and Rug are participating in the bank's highly competitive, two-year leadership program. Only 26 of the 2,000 applicants were accepted to the program. Knox senior Hannah Basil recently was accepted into the program's incoming class. Read more about their experience.

Alumni Notes

An article by Maury Klein ’60, “How the Golden Spike Joined America’s Coasts,” was published in in honor of National Train Day on May 11. Read the article.

Mary Mangieri Burgland ’68 of Burgland Drugs received the Guy Vitale Jr. Business Achievement Award at the Small Business Day 2013 Awards Luncheon in Galesburg.

The Hollywood Reporter praised the set design of Richard Hoover ’69 in its review of Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill, which played at the Open Fist Theatre in Los Angeles. Read the review.

Tom Culbertson ’70, director emeritus of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, was featured in a C-Span3 interview about the life and influence of First Lady Lucy Hayes. Watch the interview.

The Solar Energy Industries Association has hired Capitol Hill veteran Ken Johnson ’73, who previously headed up the communications efforts for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and two major committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, as vice president of communications. Read more about Johnson and his new position.

Jan Vyn Sharry ’73, a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, has been named the 2013 Dealmaker of the Year and 2013 Women in Business Honoree by the Dallas Business Journal. Read more at

The band Bourbon & Bleach, with Galesburg native Bob “Hurricane” Harrison ’91 serving as lead vocalist and on harmonica, has released its first self-titled CD. Read more about the CD at Harrison’s day job is assistant creative director for Luckie Co., a Birmingham advertising agency.

Jon Gallagher ’94 is the editor of The New Zephyr, a weekly alternative newspaper serving the Knox County area. Gallagher had articles in The Zephyr for 22 years before it folded with the passing of its editor, Norm Winick ’74, in 2010. Learn more about The New Zephyr.

A documentary on mutant microorganisms on spaceships is just one of the topics filmmaker Radek Skalski ’06 has covered through his business, Liquid Logic Films. Read more about his videos and documentaries.

Aparna Kumar '12, a master's student in experimental psychology at Western Washington University, presented a poster titled "The role of heritage language use in ethnic identity in Asian-Indian adolescents" at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle, Washington. The poster presentation is based on research Kumar did as a Knox student.

Emma Poland ’12 is affecting change through the Knox County Health Department as a member of the KnoxCorps program. Read more about Poland’s efforts at
Faculty & Staff News

Blackadder Play Selected for Collection

Neil BlackadderA play by Professor of Theatre Neil Blackadder called "Dad's Guns" was selected for a new collection, 24 Gun Control Plays. The play will be performed May 28 by the Darlinghurst Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia. Other readings and performances are being planned across the U.S. Read more about Blackadder and the play.

Blackadder also recently served on a panel, “Translation for the Theater,” at the hotINK Festival of International Plays in New York City. One of the plays performed at the festival was The Admission, by Motti Lerner, the 2013 Glossberg Visiting Israeli Scholar at Knox. Read more about the festival.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Associate Professor of English Monica Berlin '95 and Beth Marzoni ’04 have published two more poems from their ongoing collaboration. “[Another well-lit day and the river]” appears in the newest issue of DIAGRAM. Read the poem. [After unhanging the walls & undressing windows beneath our cupola]” and “[Now everywhere's always a show played for easy laughs]” appear in the newest issue of ellipsis … literature and art (Vol. 49, 2013). “[Now everywhere's always a show played for easy laughs]” was also co-winner of this year’s ellipsis award.

Jeff Douglas, director of the Henry M. Seymour Library, was interviewed for an article about Carl Sandburg called “A Workingman’s Poet” in the March/April issue of Humanities, the magazine for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read the article.

Jack Fitzgerald, Knox professor emeritus, co-authored the social sciences textbook Statistics for Criminal Justice and Criminology in Practice and Research, published by Sage Publications. The book includes an essay on the application of basic statistics in the day-to-day activities of a law enforcement officer written especially for the book by John Schlaf, Knox director of campus safety. Read more about the book.

Douglas Wilson, Lincoln Studies Center co-director, gave a talk on “Lincoln and Shakespeare” at New York University in April.

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May 26, 2013
Les Miserables
June 2, 2013
Chicago Fire vs. DC United
June 8, 2013
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June 15, 2013
Historical Tour and Reception
June 20-21, 2013
Soangetaha Country Club, Knox Campus
July 3, 2013
Colorado Rockies vs. LA Dodgers
November 06, 2013
The Book of Mormon

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