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Professor Marilyn Webb with students Ryan Sweikert and Annette Zak assembling surveys for mailing.

Galesburg Native Explores Knox Connections

Galesburg is KnoxLast month, a publication by Matt Wheaton '10, Galesburg is Knox: Breaking the Bubble, was distributed to 19,000 people in Knox County, thanks to support from Bud Potter '63 and Mary Jo Howe Potter '62. The publication was Wheaton's senior capstone project and attempts to bridge the separation between the College and Galesburg community, often referred to by students as the "Knox bubble."

In the publication, Wheaton profiles Knox alumni and friends who have ties to the community. "The Knox community reaches beyond the borders of the 90-acre campus and includes the Galesburg community. The interconnectedness between Knox and Galesburg helps each other thrive."

Download the publication (PDF) or read the individual profiles:

Mary Burgland '68Mary Burgland '68
Abingdon native can't be pigeon-holed.
Carol Crouch '04Carol Crouch '04
Knox taught her about the person she is.
Victor Davis '87Victor Davis '87
Chicago native has ties to both Knox and Monmouth.
Brandon Polite '03Brandon Polite '03
Knox grad enjoys being back in Galesburg.
Kandy Sayrs '82Kandy Sayrs '82
Galesburg's only female dentist is a natural caregiver.
Pete ThierryPete Thierry
Former Silver Streaks star's heart has always been at Knox College.
Nick Young '03Nick Young '03
Galesburg native identifies with his students.
Matt Wheaton '10Matthew Wheaton '10
The author of Galesburg Is Knox took a long path to the College.

Join the K Club – Knox's New Prairie Fire Booster Club

K ClubJoin the K Club, an organization of alumni, family, and friends with a special interest in athletic programs at Knox. The goal of K Club is to raise funds for special projects for the College's athletic teams and facilities; to promote school spirit; to increase attendance at sporting events; and to build enthusiasm for Knox athletic programs. The K Club will also coordinate social activities and inform members of upcoming events, season results, and other Prairie Fire athletic news. Learn more about the club and how you can become a member.


From the Editors

Prairie Fire BasketballWatch Prairie Fire Season Previews

The winter sports season is gearing up at Knox. Learn more about the teams and find out who to watch in season preview videos for men's basketball, women's basketball, wrestling, and swimming and diving.

Share Your Homecoming Photos

Have a great shot from Homecoming? We'd love to see your photos! We've set up a Flickr group where you can share your Homecoming photos. Join the Knox College Homecoming 2010 group. Upload your photos (follow the instructions on the page), browse through other photos, add comments, and help us identify people and places.

Log in, Link Up

By logging into the Knox Online Community, you’ll be able to find classmates and friends, share personal updates and career information, and more. Find out how to log into Knox's Online Community.

Campus News

Knox Leads in National Service Oriented Ranking

Washington MonthlyOnce again, Knox College has been highly ranked by Washington Monthly for the contribution the college makes to "the public good." Knox is ranked 37th overall among more than 250 national liberal arts colleges, and the highest among nine liberal arts colleges recognized in Illinois. Read more about the recognition.

Lecturer Offers Advice on How to Get Dream Job

Most college students worry about finding any job, let alone their dream job, but Pete Leibman of Idealize Enterprises assured Knox College students that they can ease their anxieties with a "simple" strategy at a presentation on the Knox campus earlier this month. The presentation was sponsored by the John D. Carlin Career Development Support Fund. Read more about Leibman's strategy for students and alumni and watch a video of the most important thing you can do to get your dream job.

Residency Looks at Meaning of Theatre in Dark Times

DAH TeatarThe role and meaning of theatre in times of darkness, violence, and human suffering was the central question artists Jadranka Andelic and Dijana Milosevic of DAH Teatar confronted during their fall residency at Knox. The residency included a lecture, two performances, and several dance and theatre workshops. Learn more about the residency and watch a video about the experience.

Children's Choir from Uganda Performs at Knox

Watoto Children's ChoirWith joyous singing, dancing, and drumming, the Watoto Children's Choir from Uganda delivered a clear message to a packed house at Knox College: "Life Is Good." Harambee, a Knox College student club that promotes African identity, sponsored the concert as a fundraiser for the Watoto care program. The program helps women and orphaned children whose lives have been disrupted by war and disease in Uganda. Read more about the concert.

Student News

Greek Tragedy Resonates in Modern Setting of Medea

Nellie Ognacevic '12How vengeance grows out of injured love, sensitivity, and suffering is portrayed in the modern retelling of Medea, the fall main stage performance at Knox directed by Jeff Grace, visiting assistant professor of theatre. Nellie Ognacevic '12 and Avery Wigglesworth '13 discuss the rehearsal process and experience of recreating the Greek tragedy. Watch the video.

Morocco Trip Leads to Family Reunion

Rozina Kidari and her grandmotherWhile living in Morocco for almost five months through the YES (Youth Exchange and Study) Abroad program, Rozina Kidari '14 had the opportunity to meet members of her family for the first time. She recalled the experience in an essay that was published in The Huffington Post. "Words can't even begin to describe the emotions I was feeling when I opened the door and my grandmother or ‘muilella' pulled me into her arms and told me that I was a ‘diamante' or diamond," she wrote. Read more about her experience.

Student at exit pollExit Poll Surveys Voter Views

Voters in Galesburg want "caring" candidates, according to exit polling conducted on election day by Andrew Civettini, assistant professor of political science, and 20 Knox students. The poll was a project for students enrolled in Civettini's Voting and Elections course. Learn more about the poll.

Students Put Historical Figures on Trial

Student in political science classA Knox political science class, Russian and East European Politics, used mock trials to explore the reasons for massive historical transformations. Students portrayed five "great men" of modern history -- Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev, and Reagan, while other students took on roles as prosecutors, witnesses, and judges who weighed the arguments on each side. Read more about the trial and their findings.

Alumni News

Knox Dedicates Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global StudiesIt has been nearly eight decades since Eleanor Williamson Stellyes Largent '36 left the Knox College campus, yet her passion for the College remains strong. Thanks to a generous estate commitment from Largent, the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies now bears her name. Members of the Knox community formally recognized her during a dedication ceremony last month at the Center. Learn more about the Center and Largent.

Knox Fulbright Scholar travels to Senegal

Karima DaoudiKarima Daoudi '09 is spending a year in Dakar, Senegal, exploring the relationship between the thriving Dakar hip-hop scene and the traditional Senegalese griot (musical storytelling) culture as a Fulbright-mtvU Fellow.

Homecoming Alumni Art ShowcaseAlumni Artists Participate in Homecoming Showcase

The Knox Art Department celebrated the creative achievement of Knox alumni with an open invitational exhibit of their work at Homecoming. More than 50 alumni artists participated in the event, displaying the depth of their talent -- ranging from sculptures and ceramics, to photos, oil on canvas, and more. Thanks to all who participated in this successful event.

Alumni Notes

Virginia Hinchliff '32 celebrated her 100th birthday last month and reminisced about her life, including 40 years as a teacher, in Galesburg's The Register-Mail. Read the article.

Albert Finholt '38, former member of the Knox Board of Trustees and Alumni Achievement Award winner, was featured in the Northfield News for his service as professor of chemistry, dean, and vice president of St. Olaf College. Read the article.

Herbert Kohler '61, the once reluctant prince of porcelain, has built a plumbing empire and become one of golf's leading men. Read about Kohler in Forbes.

Mary Heumann Maddox '71 has published her debut novel, Talion. An article about Maddox, her writing, and her new work are featured in the blog Pump Up Your Book! Read the blog.

Nancy Knapp '75 is taking a year off from her job as director of a public health program in Sitka, Alaska, to take a post with the Ministry of Health in Laos as technical adviser for the monitoring and evaluation unit for the Global Fund, dedicated to fighting AIDS, TB, and malaria. Read more about Knapp and the work she is doing in Laos in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Vida Cross '88 received the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize honorable mention for her manuscript Bronzeville at Night: 1949. The Cave Canem Poetry Prize is an annual first-book award dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by African American poets.

The company co-founded by Bob Gillespie '90, InContext Solutions LLC, won the "up-and-comer" award at the Chicago Innovation Awards, an honor that recognized the company’s solution to delivering 3-D content on the Internet. Read an interview with Gillespie in Chicago Business.

Jerry Mitchell '95 has been named lead business instructor for the Institute of Business and Medical Careers, Greeley Campus. Read more about Mitchell and the position.

Brian Durall '00 has joined the consulting engineering firm of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc., where he is a transportation engineer specializing in highway bridge design.

Faculty & Staff News

Cy Kitchen '00Knox Literature Professor Releases Book of 10 Tales

It took 10 years for Cyn Kitchen '00 to write the 10 stories in her first book, Ten Tongues. "I hope the next one takes less than 10 years," Kitchen said. Read more about Kitchen and her new book in Galesburg's The Register-Mail.

Fire Walkers Tally More Than 27 Million Steps

Fire WalkersKnox retained the bronze shoe trophy for the second year, defeating Monmouth College in a six week walking challenge between the colleges' faculty and staff. Knox had 72 walkers finish the challenge, walking a total of almost 14,000 miles over the course of the challenge.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Diana Beck, professor of educational studies, and Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, presented with Jordan Lanfair '11 and Danny Gonshorek '11 "Knox College Icons & Iconoclasts," at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation 2010 Biannual Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Your Slow Pulse" by Monica Berlin, associate professor of English, and "In Statu Nascendi" by Nick Regiacorte, associate professor of English, were published in the fall 2010 issue of Third Coast, as part of its Symposium on Writing and the Midwest. Berlin also read at the 15th Anniversary celebration of Third Coast on November 6, at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

David Bunde, assistant professor of computer science, and Chris Johnson '11 presented a paper at the sixth International Workshop on Scheduling and Resource Management for Parallel and Distributed Systems. The paper, titled "A Tie-Breaking Strategy for Processor Allocation in Meshes" talks about a strategy for improving the performance of large computing systems.

The work of Lincoln Studies Center Co-Directors Rod Davis and Doug Wilson was recognized in The New York Times. The pair have been working with the Library of Congress preparing and cataloging online their collection of Lincoln letters. Read more about their work in The New York Times.

Yuna Engle Ferguson '04, visiting assistant professor of psychology, and Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently had an article published in the journal Psychology & Marketing titled "Measuring Childhood Materialism: Refining and Validating Schor's (2004) Consumer Involvement Scale" with colleagues in the UK and France.

Gina FrancoIn Paper Cuts, a New York Times blog about books, Jennifer McDonald recounts a recent visit to the Times by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz. During the evening, Diaz described "several authors and books that have greatly influenced his work" or simply "flat-out floored him." Among those books was Associate Professor of English Gina Franco's The Keepsake Storm. Read the blog.

Fernando Gomez, assistant professor of Spanish, gave a paper titled "Tales of Pilgrimage and Purgatory: St. Patrick in the Golden-Age Literature of Spain" at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English, was invited to participate in the National Press Club book fair on November 9. A review of Hellenga's Snakewoman of Little Egypt will be included in Kirkus Review's special issue on the best books of 2010.

Sue HulettSue Hulett, Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science, had the following published: "Exploring Spiritual Engagement at Secular Knox College" in Religion and Education; "A Conservative Church Encounters Change" in Mutuality; two essays on foreign policy and international relations theory in the International Encyclopedia of Political Science; and "County Democrats Used Deceptive Practices," a guest opinion in Galesburg's The Register-Mail.

Karen Kampwirth '86, professor of political science, presented the paper "What a `Real' Left Could Be: The Complicated Relationship Between Sandinismo and Feminismo in Contemporary Nicaragua," at the 2010 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto, Canada.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, was quoted in the article "The Three Core Needs: Satisfy Them and You'll Be Happy" in The Huffington Post. Read the article. He also gave an invited talk entitled "Values, Time, and Quality of Life: A View from Psychology" as part of the conference on Balanced Lives: Best Policies for the New Economy, sponsored by the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

An article by Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, and Jason Helfer, associate professor of educational studies, "Response to Intervention: Implications for Gifted Education," was published in Conceptual Foundations.

Chad SimpsonChad Simpson, visiting assistant professor of English, recently attended the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and presented a reading of his fiction. The reading was part of a celebration of the just released Crab Orchard Review in which Simpson's story "American Bulldog" appears. Simpson's story "fourteen," along with a critical note about the piece, was published in matchbook. Simpson's story "Phantoms," which appeared earlier this year in Freight Stories, was just nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Jon Wagner, professor of anthropology, presented a paper at the Communal Studies Association conference in New Harmony, Indiana, titled "Paean to Big Brick: Bishop Hill Architecture and the Commitment to Communalism."

In This Issue

Knox Events

December 9, 2010
Holiday Party Celebrating Roger '63 and Anne Taylor '63
January 16, 2011
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

John Eisemann

I almost thought of playing rock music instead of going to college. My name is John Eisemann '10 and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Jennifer Casler Price '83

The nature of life is to be broad. My name is Jennifer Casler Price '83, curator of Asian and non-western art, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Gail Ferguson

My research studies how people connect with distant cultures.My name is Gail Ferguson, assistant professor of psychology, and I AM KNOX

Meet more Knox faculty.

Presidential Search Update

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