Students sharpen job search skills and alumni event.

Students Interview, Network with Alumni

Knox students sharpened their job-interviewing and networking skills when a dozen Knox alumni returned to campus to conduct mock interviews and offer career advice.

"What was nice about this was it was something tangible that we could put together that could offer something of value to a group of students. It was a lot of fun," said John Heyer '68, owner of Kettle Moraine Coatings in Wisconsin. "Inevitably, they're going to have to be interviewed, so we gave them a practice run that didn't have any consequences. Hopefully, there were some things that we could teach them or give them advice on that will serve them when they do it for real."

About 30 students participated in the mock interviews and about 100 students attended a networking session afterward that was planned by the Center for Career & Pre-Professional Development and the Knox College Alumni Council. Read more about the event.

Knox Community Shares in Loss of Tundun Lawani

Tundun LawaniKnox junior Tundun Lawani died Sunday, October 28, after she was struck by a car in Galesburg. She was an international relations major and business and management minor and was a member of  Delta Delta Delta sorority, Knox Ambassadors, and president of Harambee Club. She was the sister of Oladipo Lawani '08. The Knox community came together to mourn her loss and support one another with a moment of silence on the Knox campus, a memorial service, candlelight vigil, and by tying white ribbons to the trees along South Street. 

From the Editors

Visit the Knox Shop and Show Off Your Knox Pride!

Knox ShopKnox has a new online store for gifts and apparel for the entire family. Visit to order shirts, jackets, hats, gifts, and more emblazoned with the Knox and Prairie Fire logos. Order now for the holidays and show off your Knox pride!

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Share your College Job Experiences

Knox Magazine is gathering information about the kinds of jobs Knox students worked at while going to school. If the job(s) you had while attending Knox -- whether on campus or off campus -- were memorable or influential either at the time or in your subsequent career, send your comments to

Campus News

Knox Launches Search for Head Football Coach

Chad Eislele congratulates a player after the last game of the season.Knox College Director of Athletics Chad Eisele '93 announced a national search for a full-time football coach, allowing him to devote his time to leadership of the College's athletics program. "I have enjoyed coaching each of these teams immensely, but now it is time for me to turn my attention to coordinating activities and building all Prairie Fire teams and programs," Eisele said. Read more about the national search.

Educational, Career Opportunities the Focus of Fall Institute

Fall InstituteKnox students picked up pointers on how to enhance their undergraduate education and succeed in a wide range of post-graduate options -- including careers and further education -- during the 2012 Fall Institute. Classes were canceled on Fall Institute Day, October 24, to enable all students to take part in a day-long series of workshops and discussions on campus led by members of the Knox faculty. Read more about Fall Institute.

Political Researcher Speaks on Foreign Policy, Lobbying

Ben Freeman lecture in Kresge Recital HallKresge Recital Hall was packed October 18 with students and faculty hoping to get an inside look at foreign lobbying in Washington. Ben Freeman, an investigator at the Project on Government Oversight and author of The Foreign Policy Auction told the audience that there is a long history of foreign influence in the Americas. Read more about his presentation.

Bioneers Conference Explores Solutions to World’s Social, Environmental Challenges

Tour during Prairie Fire Bioneers ConferenceKnox College hosted the second annual Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference October 26-28 on the Knox campus. Affiliated with the National Bioneers Conference held in San Rafael, California, Knox's event was one of 24 satellite conferences across the country. It attracted attendees from several communities, including Chicago, Macomb, and Galesburg. Read more about conference highlights. The keynote speaker at the Knox event was Julia Butterfly Hill, an environmental activist well-known for living in a redwood tree for more than two years.  Read more about her experience.

Knox Community Gathers for Traditional Thanksgiving Meal

Students fill their plates at Knox's Thanksgiving meal.Hundreds of students participated in a Thanksgiving dinner organized by Knox Dining Services. Dishes include the usual -- like turkey and stuffing -- as well as food with an international flair, such as Khichidi. The November 14 event also involved Knox faculty, staff, and administrators who volunteered to help serve students and clean up afterward. Read more about the meal.

Election Day, Night Bring Knox Community Together

Exit polling by a Knox studentAmid balloons, streamers, and a cake bearing the likenesses of both major presidential candidates, about 200 Knox College students, faculty, and staff gathered Tuesday night to talk politics while monitoring results of the 2012 presidential election. Earlier in the day, Knox conducted exit polling at Galesburg voting precincts. Read more about election day at Knox.

Students Organize Debates in Style of Lincoln and Douglas

Debate on steps of Old MainFollowing in the footsteps -- literally -- of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, Knox students organized, participated in, and observed debates about three prominent issues in U.S. politics: the economy, foreign policy, and health care. The 2012 "Debates on the Steps of Old Main" were scheduled during three Fridays in October, the month that marked the 154th anniversary of the October 7, 1858, debate between Lincoln and Douglas at Knox College. Read more about the debates.

Student News

U.S. Supreme Court Selects Knox Senior as Judicial Intern

Senior Charlotte YoungSenior Charlotte Young has been selected as a Judicial Intern at the Supreme Court of the United States, where she works in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice. Some of Young’s duties include summarizing news articles, preparing memoranda and correspondence, and conducting background research for speeches and briefings provided to visiting foreign dignitaries. Read more about the internship.

John Cusimano and Anna MeierStudents Win Faculty Scholarship Prize

John Cusimano '13, a double major in biochemistry and music, and Anna Meier '13, a double major in international relations and modern languages, received the Faculty Scholarship Prize for their exceptional ability both in scholarship pursuits and extra-curricular activities. Read more about the award.

McNair Program Supports Student’s Two Research Projects

Chris HollandThe two research projects Chris Holland ’13 has undertaken through the McNair program will go a long way toward helping the psychology major reach his goals -- to attend graduate school and become a professor. The McNair Program helps students from traditionally underrepresented groups prepare for academic careers. Read more about Holland’s projects.

Alumni News

Journalist Moritz '90 Wins Amelia Earhart Award

Lara Moritz '90Award-winning broadcast journalist Lara Moritz '90 credits Knox College for her professional success, explaining that "Knox prepared me to set goals, work hard and never take no for an answer." With the impact Knox had on Moritz's life, it's no surprise she chose Knox to receive a $10,000 award she was given as a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award. Read more about Moritz and the award.

Lion '00 Shares Experiences Working in White House

Will LionWill Lion '00 returned to campus for 2012 Homecoming to talk with students about his job working under Presidents George W. Bush and, later, Barack Obama in the White House Situation Room. "It was exciting working there because the main thing we got to do is see how policy is made," Lion said. Read more about his talk with students.

Bates '78 Discusses Energy with Knox Students

David Bates '78Attorney David Bates '78, a longtime energy lawyer and partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston, Texas, returned to the Knox College campus to give a talk on "Perspectives on Energy and a Liberal Arts Education." The October 25 event was hosted by Knox's Pre-Law Club. Learn more about the lecture.

Alumni Notes

In November, Jim Nordin ’67 was elected the Rio Vista, California, city treasurer.

Jerome Tatar ’71 has joined BENNU Legal Services, a nonprofit organization that provides legal services mainly in the areas of immigration and family law.

Julie Jones Morrison ’78 was elected to the Illinois 29th Senate District seat earlier this month. Read about the election.

William Shomos '82, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Director of Opera, directed the university's School of Music production of O, Pioneers earlier this month.

Brent Huff ’97 served as the trainer for the United States racquetball team at this summer’s IRF World Championships in the Dominican Republic. Read more about Huff’s career at

Christopher Miles ’01, assistant sports medicine fellowship director and clinical professor in family medicine at Wake Forest University, was recently featured in an article on page 17 of The Sideline Report about his career and interests. Read the article.

The sketch comedy of David Urlakis ’03 was featured in an interview in the Chicago Tribune. Read the article.

Leah Heister ’08, event marketing representative at Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, was one of the representatives from the hospital to celebrate the hospital’s 50th anniversary by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on November 15.

Less than a week after Oliwia Zurek ’10 became a U.S. citizen she was in Washington D.C. meeting with senators and house representatives to advocate for the preservation of funding that helps support basic scientific research in the biomedical field. Zurek is in her third year pursuing a doctorate in immunology and infectious diseases at Montana State University. Read more about Zurek.

Faculty & Staff News

Professor’s Gossip and Facebook Research Focus of Program and Article

Frank McAndrew, professor of psychology, was one of the experts featured in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program, “The Real Dirt on Gossip,” which aired in early November on CBC. While some argue that “gossip is a character flaw,” McAndrew said, it is also “an irresistible urge that taps into an innate drive” to collect information that might be exploited in social competition. Watch the interview with McAndrew.

An article by McAndrew and Hye Sun Jeong '11, "Who does what on Facebook? Age, sex, and relationship status as predictors of Facebook use,"  was published in the November issue of Computers in Human Behavior.  Their research was also presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this past June. Read more about their research.

Computer Science Professor Receives Education Grant

Jaime SpaccoJaime Spacco, assistant professor of computer science, has received a grant from the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education to develop an educational tool to increase understanding of how to effectively teach introductory computer science. "We are building a Web service where you can do short programming exercises and it will give you immediate feedback," said Spacco. Read more about his research.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Director of Multicultural Student Advisement Tianna Cervantez '06 and custodian Barbara Stevenson received the Janet Hunter Prize, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the College. Read more about Cervantez and Stevenson.

At his retirement, Glenn Gore, who was the piano technologist at Knox for 64 years, was recognized by the music staff for his dedication to the College. Read more about Gore’s life and work at Knox.

Marilyn Webb, distinguished professor and chair of journalism, was interviewed on WTVP’s “Interesting People” program. Watch the interview.

Doug Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center, was featured in an interview on National Public Radio talking about how the rules for this year's presidential debates differed from the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Listen to the story.

In This Issue

Knox Events

November 29, 2012

Annual Holiday Party
Last Change RSVP!

January 26, 2013
T. Fleming Fieldhouse
January 26, 2013
Knox Bowl at Lucky Strike
March 23, 2013
Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings
May 26, 2013
Les Miserables

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Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Allister Byrd

I was eager to learn more about what exactly was going on in the U.S. health care system and understand it through a global perspective. My name is Allister Byrd, Senior, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Will Boast

It just felt like things were very open and accessible and if you wanted to do it, you could try it. That was pretty exciting. My name is Will Boast '01, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Neil Blackadder

Knox has been a really good place for me to expand the range of what I do as a teacher and as a scholar-artist. My name is Neil Blackadder, Professor of theatre, and I AM KNOX.

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