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Gibbons Steps Down as Head Football Coach

Coaches Andy Gibbons and Chad Eisele '93On November 9, Knox announced that Andy Gibbons will step down as head football coach. Chad Eisele ’93, director of athletics, will take over as head of the program, while Gibbons remains on staff as the assistant coach and defensive coordinator. Eisele has 15 years experience as a football coach and began his coaching career at Knox in 1993.

Gibbons has amassed the second most wins by a head coach in 114 years of Knox College football history. During Gibbons' 14 years as head coach, Knox had 124 football athletes chosen as All-Midwest conference selections and nine All-American picks. The program also set 46 school records during his tenure.

In making the announcement, Eisele thanked Gibbons for his contribution to Knox football. "Andy should be commended for all of his efforts, and I am proud that he will still be part of this great program," said Eisele. "He has done far more with far less than many other programs have. I am confident with our combined experience in recruiting that we will be able to recruit some of the best classes of Knox football student-athletes that this school has seen in some time." Read more about Eisele and Gibbons in The Knox Student . and on the Knox Web site.

Knox Receives $400,000 Grant for Faculty Development

The Mellon Foundation grant will be used to enhance current courses.The College has received a $400,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support individual research and creative work, new faculty orientation and mentoring, enhancements to current courses, and the development of new courses. According to President Roger Taylor '63, "Knox faculty are outstanding teachers and scholars, and they engage their students in their creative and scholarly pursuits. Through their support, the Mellon Foundation recognizes the quality of Knox's faculty and academic program." Read more about the grant.

From the Editors

Help Knox-Barcelona Program Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Students in BarcelonaThe Knox-Barcelona Program celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, making it the second oldest program of its kind in Spain. To mark this very special anniversary, the program is putting together a magazine that will be filled with past participants' memories, stories, photos, reflections, anecdotes, words of wisdom, and lessons learned. This publication will be presented to Jorge Prats, program founder, and will be available to the Knox public and alumni. If you participated in the program, please contribute to this historic chronicle. Please send any memories, photos, or other tokens of your time in Barcelona to Stephanie Rogers at or Knox College (Filología) / Edificio histórico / Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, 585 / 08007 Barcelona. Deadline for submissions is Monday, December 14, 2009.

Recommend a Student

Know a good student? If you know someone whom you think might flourish at Knox, please tell us. You'll be helping Knox pursue its mission of providing the kind of education that prepares students to thrive in every aspect of their lives. The student you refer will receive a letter telling them of your recommendation and inviting them to learn more about Knox. Recommend a student.

Campus News

Watch Winter Sports Previews

Swimming sports preview on the Knox Web siteWant to get to know the Knox coaches a bit better? Want to see what's in store for Knox athletics this winter season? Watch student interviews with Knox coaches about their strategies, goals, and expectations this winter sports season. Interviews have been posted for men's basketball, women's basketball, indoor track and field and swimming and diving. Be sure to watch for more previews to come at

Knox President Praises Work on Local Foreign Trade Zone

Roger Taylor '63With trains passing nearby, President Roger Taylor ‘63 joined other local officials at the Amtrak depot in Galesburg in October to mark the expansion of the Central Illinois Foreign Trade Zone to include the Galesburg area. Read more about the opportunity for the local economy.

LaHood Highlights Role of Rail in Recovery

Speaking in the Lincoln Room at a luncheon sponsored by the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood complimented the area for making the railroad a focus of the road to recovery. Read more in The Chicago Tribune.

Student News

Knox Computer Programming Teams among Best in Region

Knox College computer programming teamTwo Knox College computer programming teams finished among the top teams in the region in the Association for Computing Machinery Intercollegiate Programming Competition held in October at the University of Illinois-Springfield. In the annual competition, teams had five hours to solve nine programming problems of varying difficulty. Read more about the competition.

Sarah Kurian '10Student Laureate Blends Love of Science, Music at Knox

2009 Student Laureate Sarah Kurian '10 has studied the piano for more than 10 years. She likes church music, ABBA, and anything by the Beatles. "I think I was born in the wrong decade," she chimes. At Knox, Kurian is a biochemistry major and music minor, so Knox's RUSH pre-med program offered her just the right opportunity to pursue her medical and music interests. Read more about Kurian’s experience.

Japanese Club studentsJapanese Club Marks Halloween with Kimodameshi

The Knox College Japanese Club marked Halloween 2009 by building a "Kimodameshi" in Seymour Union. Loosely translated as a "test of courage," it leads visitors through a series of rooms with grotesque scenes drawn from ancient Japanese ghost stories, as well as some images from contemporary Japanese popular culture. View photos from the event.

Education Studies Students & Faculty Published

Sarah E. Carlin '10, and Derek M. LaRosa '10, published a review of the book, The Art of Learning, A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence, which appeared in Conceptual Foundations. The same publication, contained the article “Multiple Intelligences in Action: Undergraduate Perspectives on Gardner” by education professors Stephen Schroth, Jason Helfer, and Diana Beck, with Daniel Gonshorek '11, Ashley Witzke '10, Eileen O'Brien '10, Carly Kauffman '10, Derek LaRosa '10, Sarah Carlin '10, and Michael Dooley '09.

Alumni News

2009 Honor Roll of Donors

Honor Roll of DonorsTo say that our last giving year (July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009) was extraordinary is a bit of an understatement. Compared to the previous fiscal year, 1,300 more total donors -- alumni, businesses, parents, faculty, staff, and other friends of the College -- gave to Knox, and more alumni gave to the College than in any other year in Knox's 172-year history.

Thank you to all who gave. View documents listing all donors by class year and other donors by categories, including faculty and staff, parents, and more.

Alumni Notes

Dimitri Balatsos ’63 was appointed by Governor John Baldacci to the Board of Trustees of the $9.5 billion Maine Public Employees Retirement System.

Jim Martin ‘73 has been named the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Read more in the Denver Business Journal.

Janelle Rettig ‘87, whose battle with Lyme disease almost forced her to push her dream of running for political office aside, was appointed Johnson County, Iowa, supervisor last month. Read about her experience in The Press-Citizen.

Charles Curtis ‘92 has joined SmithAmundsen LLC as an attorney in its Financial Services Practice Group in St. Charles, Illinois. Read more in Reuters.

The renovated Galesburg home of Alex ’93 and Deborah Granat Moreno ‘89 was featured in the Peoria Journal Star. Read more about the Morenos.

Marc Piane ’96 will be playing bass for 'I Told You I Loved You, Now Get Out! A Celebration of 50's Naughty Housewife Jazz” at the Skokie Theatre November 21. Read more about the performance in Broadway World.

Katie Driver ‘01, a Colorado State University botany student, was honored with the 2009 Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Student Achievement Award for her work in creating a protocol for monitoring wetlands in Rocky Mountain National Park. Read more about her research.

As a single mom, working and going to school, Kim Deschamps ‘05 believes every moment should be spent doing something. It was her drive and energy that led to her being chosen one of 30 Working Mothers of the Year by Working Mother magazine. Read about Deschamps in the magazine.

Sylvie Davidson ‘06 is playing Emma in Jane Austen’s Emma at Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle. View a short preview of the production featuring Davidson on YouTube.

Mary Batterman ’07 helped open a health center, organized a youth AIDS committee, started a writing club, and helped with HIV/AIDS treatment and counseling  -- all in only 10 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania. Read more about Batterman’s experience in the Beloit Daily News.

Nora Heide ’08 has been named Teacher of the Year at a charter school in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago where all students are below the poverty line and most are English Language Learners.


Faculty News

Tim Kasser Contributes to National Discussion on Fame

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, reflects on people who believe the only way to have their lives make sense is to be famous in the ABC News blog on the “Balloon Boy Saga and the Blame Game." Read the blog. Kasser also presented "The Effects of Media on Children” to the Moms to Moms group at Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg and at the All About Children Conference, sponsored by Bright Futures at Galesburg High School.

Faculty Notes

Catherine Denial, assistant professor of history, along with Erin Souza ‘10 and Margaret Spiegel ‘10, led a workshop for teachers at the Illinois Conference on History in Springfield. Their session, titled "Exhibiting History: Making the Lincoln-Douglas Debates Come Alive," discussed historical reenactments and the creation of exhibits as a means of engaging K-12 students with history, providing teachers with new assessment tools, and connecting schools more closely with their communities.

Five Knox professors, Linda Dybas '64, professor of biology; Tim Foster, associate professor of modern languages and literatures (Spanish); Ryan Fowler, visiting assistant professor of classics; Robin Metz, director of the program in creative writing; and Robin Ragan, associate professor of modern languages, traveled to Beloit College to participate in a conference entitled "Integrating Study Abroad into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Transforming On-Campus Teaching and Learning." Ragan served as a moderator for a panel discussion.

Gail M. Ferguson, assistant professor of psychology, published an article in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence titled “Adolescent Psychological and Academic Adjustment as a Function of Discrepancies Between Actual and Ideal Self-Perceptions," co-authored with colleagues at Florida Atlantic University.

Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, and Jason Helfer, associate professor of educational studies, attended the annual meeting of the National Association for Gifted Children in St. Louis with Daniel Gonshorek '11 and presented four papers. Helfer also edited Ingenuity, the newsletter of the NAGC Arts Network.

Schahrazede Longou, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures (French), has successfully completed and defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa.

Owen Muelder ‘63, director of the College’s Underground Railroad Center, made presentations during the fall term about the anti-slavery movement at two national conferences. In September, he spoke at the National Park Service “Network of Freedom” Underground Railroad Conference in Indianapolis about UGRR operator and Knox trustee Samuel G. Wright. In October, he joined three other scholars who delivered lectures at Colgate University to the National Abolition Hall of Fame. Muelder has also been appointed to the board of directors of the National Railroad Hall of Fame. Read more about the appointment in The Register-Mail.

"Princeling," a poem by associate professor of English Natania Rosenfeld, appears in the aquamarine issue of the Fairy Tale Review. Knox student Sam Martone '11 has a story in the same issue.

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