The Knox community participates in an eco tour as part of Beaming Bioneers.

Knox’s First Beaming Bioneers Draws a Crowd

Knox students brought a national event to a local level when the school hosted its first Beaming Bioneers event earlier this month. The event provided a way to connect Knox's activism to the greater Galesburg area. More than 150 people gathered on the Knox campus to discuss environmental issues and solutions. Workshop topics included the food movement, wind and solar energy, and environmental activism. Read more about the event.

Young Alumni Stand out at Chicago Law Firm

Lauren Assaf '10, who works at Kirkland and EllisKnox College has developed a strong relationship with one of the largest law firms in the world, Kirkland and Ellis, where many young alumni have found positions in recent years. "Knox students are different. They're not only smart, but they work hard and they're confident, so they're not afraid to ask questions," says Matta Setty, project assistant manager at the Chicago law firm. Read more about the relationship between Knox and Chicago’s largest law firm and read a profile about Lauren Assaf '10, who worked on a capital murder case as a student before heading to Chicago and a position with Kirkland and Ellis.


From the Editors

Students Lend Talents in Celebration of 175th Anniversary

Sam Brownson '12 and Knox students perform "On the Steps of Old Main."Knox students have developed a song and a theme to celebrate the College’s 175th anniversary. Casual labor and a dead poet inspired Sam Brownson '12 to write "On the Steps of Old Main" in honor of the College's 175th anniversary. The song garnered a standing ovation at Homecoming Convocation on October 15. Read more about Brownson and listen to the song.

Building on what they learned in a class on strategic brand management, three students came up with 'Inspire, Empower, Transform' as the 175th anniversary theme. Read more about how they developed the theme.

The 175th anniversary Web site is being updated regularly. See what’s new on the site.

Knox College hoodieShop the Prairie Fire Online Store

Want to give some purple and gold pride this holiday season? Shop at the official online store for Knox Athletics. You'll find everything from cold weather gear like hoodies and fleece, to hats, t-shirts and kids items. Can't decide what to get that special someone? Gift certificates are also available. Shop today!

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. Recommend a prospective student for “V.I.P.” treatment.

Campus News

‘Lunch Spot’ Feeding Program Wins State Recognition

Knox students prepare lunches for Galesburg schoolchildren.A community-wide initiative -- which included Knox College students, faculty, and staff -- received the Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Board of Education. The Lunch Spot program brought together numerous sponsors and volunteers from the Galesburg community to supply lunches for children during Galesburg School District 205's extended winter break last school year. Read more about the recognition and program.

Knox Among top 10 ‘Hidden Gems,’ Cited for Commitment to the Public Good

Students approach Seymour Library.The Huffington Post and point to Knox's thriving academics and intimate class sizes as among the reasons for including it in the newest list of 10 colleges that are 'hidden gems.' Read more about the ranking. Meanwhile, The Washington Monthly College Guide for 2011 ranks Knox College ninth among national liberal arts colleges for the number of alumni who go into the Peace Corps. Read more about the Guide.

The new Prarie Fire Web sitePrairie Fire Athletics Gets a New Look on the Web

Thanks to contributions by K Club members, a new Prairie Fire Web site gives fans and prospective student-athletes a more dynamic and graphically attractive presence on the Web. View the new Web site and learn more about the K Club.

Student News

Once Reluctant to Study Abroad, Student Now has Second Home

Matt McKinney on horseback in Central America.Matt McKinney '13 is spending his fall term away from the Knox campus -- more than 3,000 miles away. A creative writing major, McKinney is developing his Spanish-language skills and becoming immersed in the culture of Central America through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Costa Rica program. Read more about his experience.

College Hosts Local Junior Football League Games

Daniel Johnson '14 volunteers with youth on the sideline of the Knosher Bowl.At 5' 10", Daniel Johnson '14 is a lot bigger than the football players on the Bears and the Packers, whose field positions he helps mark every Sunday afternoon. But these are the JFL Bears and Packers -- kids in grades three through six. And Johnson is a 235-pound junior defensive lineman, one of the many Knox College Prairie Fire football players who serve every week as volunteer officials for local Junior Football League contests. Read more about the games.

Student and Faculty Research Political Murals of Nicaragua

Rose Worthen ‘11 and former Knox Professor Henry HouserIn a unique research project spanning the generations, Rose Worthen '11 has digitized an important photo and manuscript collection documenting murals in Nicaragua, recorded by Knox professor Henry Houser more than 20 years ago. Read more about the research.

Alumni News

Lynch Named One of 40 Leaders Under 40

Teresa Veith Lynch ’96Teresa Veith Lynch ’96 was named in the article “40 Leaders Under Forty” by InterBusiness Issues Magazine, recognizing young leaders in Central Illinois. Lynch is medical director of the OSF Sisters Community Healthcare Center and interim director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP). She also serves as medical director of the OSF Community Clinic and assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at UICOMP. Read more about Lynch.

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Fridovich '74 Retires after 37 Years of Service

Lt. Gen. David Fridovich ’74 at his retirement ceremony on November 14Lt. Gen. David Fridovich '74, U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) deputy commander, retired as a senior green beret in the U.S. after more than 37 years of service. “His legacy as a Green Beret is unmatched -- he is a leader in the Army culture that values great warriors and equally great thinkers,” said USSOCOM Commander Bill McRaven at the ceremony on November 14 at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Read more about Fridovich’s retirement.

Actress Comes Home While Traveling Abroad

Saras Gil '08 works as an actress in Barcelona, Spain.Studying abroad her junior year in Barcelona, Spain, felt like coming home to Saras Gil '08, who now works as an actress in the country. Her latest film has been chosen for the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Read more about Gil and her experiences as a Barcelona actress.

Dorothea Tanning Celebrated at Museum of Modern Art

Dorothea Tanning ‘32Famed surrealist painter and poet Dorothea Tanning '32 received accolades at a recent celebration of her life at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Knox faculty member Robin Metz, director of the Knox Program in Creative Writing, participated in the event that drew a capacity crowd and also celebrated the publication of Tanning's second book of poetry, Coming to That. Tanning has made significant contributions in a number of artistic fields, including painting, sculpture, writing, and theatrical design. Read more about Tanning and the event. You can also read a review of Tanning’s book at

Alumni Notes

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk '48's winery, Adelaida Cellar, was mentioned in a USA Today article about undiscovered wine country in Paso Robles, California. Read the article.

In 1946, the long-standing decree banning dogs in Knox dormitories was challenged by George Craig '49, whose terrier, Jeff, had followed him from the foxholes of France, to a ship bound for the U.S., then onto the Knox campus. After pressure from students, faculty, and even townspeople, Jeff was allowed to stay in Seymour Hall. Read the story at

V.R. Roskam '51 received the Global Salesperson of the Year award in recognition of his 44 years of service at Oil-Dri Corporation of America.

Jay Matson '65 and his wife, Mary, were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Landmarks Illinois for excellence in historic preservation. The Matsons have restored more than a dozen neglected older buildings in Galesburg. Read more about the award at and read a profile of Jay Matson.

John Podesta '71 will step down as president of the Center for American Progress, an organization he founded in 2003. He will remain the center’s chairman and will serve as a consultant to the State Department, advising on foreign policy priorities. Read more about Podesta at

The photography of Norm Winick '74 is the first artwork to be displayed at the Blick Gallery at the Galesburg Civic Art Center. The exhibit, which continues through December 9, features journalistic as well as artistic photography by Winick.

Norm Hillner '79 retired after 30 years as the Lake Park, Illinois, soccer coach. Almost 80 former players came to an alumni game to celebrate their coach’s career.

Susan Swartwout '89, professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University and publisher and editor at Southeast Missouri State University Press, has received the Faculty Merit Award for excellence in teaching. Read more about Swartwout and the honor.

Trial Attorney Brian Skaret '98 of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, is prosecuting a case against 35 members and associates of the Barrio Azteca gang that includes various counts of racketeering, murder, drug offenses, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. Read more about the case.

A poem by Jen Tynes '01, “After tagging the dust your body is made of,” was recently featured on Read the poem.

Comedian Vir Das '02 is featured in an article and video at, where he talks about the future of humor in India. Read “Humor Comes of Age in India.”

Faculty and Staff News

Mary Crawford '89 and Diana CermakKnox Promotes Two to Full Professor

Mary Crawford '89 and Diana Cermak have been promoted to full professor. Both are members of the chemistry faculty and have taught at Knox since 1997. Read more about Cermak and Crawford.

Visiting Assistant Professor English Chad SimpsonProfessor’s Fiction Writing Wins Recognition

Visiting Assistant Professor of English Chad Simpson's story collection, "Tell Everyone I Said Hi," was chosen as a 2011 finalist for two national fiction competitions. Read more about Simpson and his work.

Emeritus Professor Receives Standing Ovation at Second Retirement

Retired Knox College music professor Charles FarleyRetired Knox College music professor Charles Farley got a standing ovation on the occasion of his second retirement, this time as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head, North Carolina. Farley, the Robert W. Murphy Professor Emeritus of Music, taught at Knox from 1959 to 1997. Read more about Farley.

In Memorium: Professor Emerita Isabel Livosky

Isabel Livosky, Professor Emerita of Modern Languages and Literatures at Knox CollegeIsabel Livosky, Professor Emerita of Modern Languages and Literatures, died October 28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She taught at Knox from 1977 until her retirement in 2004. A scholar of contemporary Spanish/Spanish-American literature, Livosky was the founding director of Knox's program in Buenos Aires. Read more about Livosky.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, gave a talk at Grinnell College on environmental change and ecological restoration.

Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, was a featured speaker at the Wolff Symposium on literary translation from German at the Goethe-Institut Chicago, ahead of a staged reading of his translation of Lukas Bärfuss' play Oil (Öl). Oil and Blackadder's translation of Ewald Palmetshofer's hamlet is dead were also presented in a staged reading in Washington D.C. as part of the Zeigeist D.C. series. Blackadder participated in a discussion following the reading of Oil in D.C., and of another reading of hamlet is dead at the Segal Theatre Center in New York.

Fernando Gomez, assistant professor of modern languages, published an article, "Inverting Plato's Allegory of the Cave: The Cave as a Backstage to the World/Theater in La vida es sueño and La hija del aire," in Bulletin of the Comediantes. Read the article.

George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English Robert Hellenga's novel, Snakewoman of Little Egypt, is now available in paperback. It continues to reap praise from critics and readers. Read more about the book and reviews.

The keynote address on Malcolm X given by Fred Hord, professor of Black studies, to the Chicago Black Studies Council, is included in the book By Any Means Necessary, a biography of Malcolm X. Hord was also invited to speak on Malcolm X at Vanderbilt University.

Karen Kampwirth, professor of political science, is author of the chapter entitled "The Feminist Movement," in the book The Sandinistas and Nicaragua Since 1979.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently had an article published in Social and Personality Psychology Compass, "Can Thrift Bring Well-Being? A Review of the Research and a Tentative Theory." He also gave a virtual webinar sponsored by the Center for Confidence & Well-being in Glasgow, UK, on “The High Price of Materialism.”

Schahrazede Longou, assistant professor of modern languages, presented a paper on the writings of exiled Algerian journalist Leila Marouane at the 25th Annual Francophone Studies International Colloquium in France. Read more about Longou and the conference.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, gave three talks at the University of Missouri-Columbia. To the department of anthropology, he spoke on the origins of heroic behavior. He talked to the department of psychological sciences on the evolutionary psychology of gossip. He also made a presentation on teaching careers at liberal arts colleges. McAndrew recently gave an invited talk at the University of Limerick in Ireland entitled "The Selfish Hero?" The talk described a series of laboratory experiments conducted at Knox over the past several years designed to explore the evolutionary roots of heroic behavior.

Liz Carlin Metz, professor of theatre, chaired a panel titled "Somatic Skills Synthesis and Assimilation in Embodied Performance and Pedagogy: The Neuroscience of Physical Theatre" and presented a paper titled "Embodied Imagination: The Neuroscience of Performance" at the annual national conference of The Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Metz presented a session on embodied imagination and participated in a panel discussion on the topic of international theatre education at the DAH Teatre International Theatre Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. 

Two poems by Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor of English, appeared in June publications: “Writing in Stone” in The International Poetry Anthology and “Environmentally” in The Paterson Literary Review. The film Dylan Thomas in New York, produced by the Wales International Centre, features Metz and 17 other American and international poets reading from their work at various Greenwich Village sites associated with Thomas.

Bruce Polay, professor of music, was the guest conductor for the Illinois Music Educator's Conference District IV Regional Honor Orchestra earlier this month at Western Illinois University. Selected students from throughout the central Illinois region participated.

Professor of English Natania Rosenfeld's poem "After Rosenkavalier" appears in the latest issue of /nor, New Ohio Review. Her essay "Life and Death," published in Southwest Review last year, was listed as "Notable" in the Best American Essays 2011.

175th Anniversary

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Knox Events

December 01, 2011
Symphony Center
January 18, 2012
Grayhawk Golf Club
January 22, 2012
The Huntington Library

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Esther Farler-Westphal

When I traveled to Germany for a month, I spoke to Germans about the Anglicization of their culture. My name is Esther Farler-Westphal, Sophomore, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Todd Heidt, visiting assistant professor of German

To be at a small residential college like Knox is a fundamentally different experience. We can do so much more. My name is Todd Heidt, visiting assistant professor of German, and I AM KNOX

Meet more Knox faculty.

Pier Debes '10

Unlike most other kids in my age group who are in their first year or second year out of college, I am doing what I went to school for, and I am really appreciative of that. My name is Pier Debes '10, elementary school, college, and church choir director, and I AM KNOX.

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