Ander Monson '97, Natania Rosenfeld, Professor of English, Sam Butler '13, and Anna Leahy '88

Four Knox Writers Appear in Best American Essays Collection

Best American Essays book coverThe work of four Knox College writers -- including one who just graduated in June -- has been honored by The Best American Essays 2013, a collection that showcases the best writing of the year.

An essay by Ander Monson '97 is one of 26 works published in the collection. Monson is a professor of nonfiction at The University of Arizona and is founder and editor of New Michigan Press and DIAGRAM, one of the first online literary journals. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, a novel, and two books of poetry.

The work of three other Knox writers is listed in the Notables section of the book, in recognition of the quality of their writing. They include Sam Butler ’13, Anna Leahy ’88, and Natania Rosefeld, professor of English. Read more about the writers and the creative writing program at Knox.

150 Years Later, Gettysburg Message Still "Emotional, Gripping"

Douglas WilsonThe Gettysburg Address may be 150 years old today, but the message still resonates. "Readers find it stirring, emotional, gripping. It gets to you -- it carries an emotional charge," said Douglas Wilson, professor emeritus of English at Knox and co-director of Knox's Lincoln Studies Center. Watch Wilson reflect on the importance of the Gettysburg Address today.

Student Rocks His Own Entertainment Company

Knox junior Matt KlichKnox junior Matt Klich has run his own business since he was in junior high. As owner and operator of Clik Entertainment, LLC, a business that provides music for festivals and concerts, he has watched his business grow to more than a dozen part-time employees providing entertainment throughout the Chicago area. The entrepreneur credits his Knox experience with giving him the skills he needs to take his business to the next level. Read more about Klich’s business and what he’s learned at Knox.

From the Editors

Stay Warm and Show Off Your Knox Pride

Outerwear available at the Knox ShopKeep warm and stay proud with a wide selection of outerwear 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!

Honor Roll of Donors

Donors to Knox College gave more than $17 million dollars during the 2012-13 fiscal year, setting a record for the most cash raised for Knox in a single fiscal year. See who gave to the College in the 2013 Honor Roll of Donors.

Support Knox by Shopping Online at

Before you make your online purchases this holiday season, go to You will still be able to shop at 1,300 of your favorite stores -- like,, and -- but each time you make a purchase, a percentage will go to the Knox Fund. Shop at

Campus News

Soccer Team Plays in Conference Tournament

Prairie Fire men's soccer teamThe Prairie Fire men’s soccer team made their first trip to the Midwest Conference tournament in more than two decades after they finished the season with a record of 13-5, the most regular season wins in the program’s history. Their season ended with a 2-1 loss in the semi-finals to Lake Forest, who went on to win the tournament. Read more about the record-breaking season.

Students Help Campus and Community Experience Diversity of Africa

Knox students and grade school students celebrate Africa Week.Knox students celebrated Africa Week earlier this month with a workshop for grade school students in the local Boys and Girls Club. "We want to give back to the Galesburg community by showcasing African cultural heritage and our diverse traditions," said Azumah Daniel Cofie '14, Harambee president. Workshop activities included African music, dance, games, and making bead-jewelry. Learn more about the event.

KnoxCorps Fellows and Associates Work, Volunteer in Community

A KnoxCorps fellow serves the communityMore than a dozen Knox College students and recent graduates have started working at non-profit organizations in Galesburg through the KnoxCorps Program. Now in its second year, KnoxCorps was created by the College and the Galesburg Community Foundation to bring additional energy and commitment to initiatives undertaken by community-based organizations. Read more about KnoxCorps.

Vying for the Bronze Turkey, with turkeysSeven Things You Might Not Know
About the Bronze Turkey Bowl

Named one of the strangest rivalry trophies by ESPN, the Bronze Turkey is a frequent item of curiosity for national news outlets like USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. The Bronze Turkey Bowl has pitted Knox College against Monmouth College for generations. This year's game marked the 125th anniversary of the Turkey Bowl. To celebrate, here are a few things you might not know about this tradition.

Sierra Club: Knox is One of the Nation’s “Cool Schools”

A Knox student repairs a bicycleFor the fifth year in a row, Knox is ranked by the Sierra Club as one of the nation’s “Cool Schools.” These rankings -- based on energy saving initiatives, environmental impact, and academic programs -- are a result of Knox’s continued focus on sustainability both in the classroom and out. From classes like Urban Agriculture and Political Ecology to support for research in sustainability and a Bike Share and Bike Shop, Knox is one of the top schools in the country when it comes to living green. Learn more about why we're so cool when it comes to sustainability.

Student News

TKS CapturThe TKS news team with national media at President Obama's speech at Knox this Award in National Collegiate Press Contest

Competing against student newspapers from all over the country --  including the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of California at Los Angeles --  The Knox Student won recognition in the Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year contest, a national competition for student journalists. Read more about the awards.

Rachael MorrisseyStudent Appears on “The Doctors” TV Show

Born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, Rachael Morrissey '16 recently had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of sharing her story on the medical talk show The Doctors -- thanks to a dog named Lentil. Read more about Morrissey’s experience.

Alumni News

Lawyer Doug Hill ’77 Shares Career Advice with Students

Doug Hill '77 meets with students in the GizmoAs Knox alumni descended on campus for 2013 Homecoming, some, like Doug Hill '77, came to share their wisdom and career advice. Hill, who has been working as a county prosecutor in Tacoma, Washington, for more than 30 years, met with pre-law club students for a discussion about his experiences since Knox. "I have lots of war stories," Hill joked. Read more about Hill’s advice to students.

A student and alumna discuss careersAlumni Offer Career Advice to Students Preparing for Career Search

Finding a job after graduation has never been harder. What should you include in your resume? How do you answer questions during the interview? To help students navigate the career-search process, Knox alumni visited campus to offer career advice and participate in mock interviews and a networking session with current students. Read more about the event.

Alumni Notes

After two decades coaching lacrosse in New Hampshire, William Lee ’90 accepted a position in the admissions office of Loomis Chaffe, a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut. He will also coach the school’s lacrosse team. Read more about Lee.

Christine Steyer ’92 portrayed Violetta in Verismo Opera Company’s production of La Traviata in August. Exposed to opera her first year at Knox College while working in the music library, Steyer went on to become a successful soprano, with credits including La Boheme and Madame Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Read more about her work.

Douglas Domenick ’93, Shiff Hardin’s property and space manager, oversaw the firm’s Washington D.C. office renovation, which won the Award of Merit in the Best Interiors Professional Service/Institutional Tenant Space (10,000-25,000 square feet) category from the Maryland/DC Chapter of NAIOP. Read more about the renovation process and award.

Ted DeLong ’00 is the new general manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His responsibilities include working closely with artistic leadership and serving on the producers team. Read more about his new position.

Doctor of osteopathy Michaela Klein ’01 was featured in an article about her career as a general surgeon at Palm Bay Hospital. Read more in Florida Today.

Joel Chistensen ’06 is the newest associate of Behr, McCarter, & Potter, P.C. He counsels corporate, individual, and municipal clients on a wide range of cases, including commercial, construction, creditors’ rights, employment, health care, personal injury, professional liability, and real estate matters. Read more about Christensen.

Jessie Johnson ’12 founded a blog project that brings food bloggers together in a conversation about sustainable fishing practices. She also maintains a personal food blog called “Life as a Strawberry” and works as a professional graphic designer. Read more about her blog.

Faculty & Staff News

Computer Science Professor Writes History of Secret Codes and Ciphers

John DooleyJohn Dooley is a scholar of secret codes. As professor of computer science, he focuses his research on software development and cryptology. His passion is where computers and cryptology come together. His recent research culminated in the publication of a new book, A Brief History of Cryptology and Cryptographic Algorithms, which is a study of the history of secret codes and ciphers -- and the systems to break those codes. Read more about his new book.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, attended the 2013 World Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration held in Madison, Wisconsin. At the conference, he organized and participated in a symposium “The History of Ecological Restoration -- Where Has the Field Been and Where Might it Go?”  He also presented awards at the gala banquet and organized the judging of student oral and poster presentations. During the summer, Allison was elected to a four-year term as an at-large member of the board of directors for the organization. He has previously served two terms as the North American Midwestern Regional Representative to the board of directors.

Monica Berlin ’95, associate professor of English, and Beth Marzoni '04 have published four more poems from their ongoing collaboration. [Air so lousy with it everything’s made heavy-thick], [Any highway will turn out night], [That flat blue plaster sky curves us], and [That your August sky somehow suddenly] appear in the summer issue of Colorado Review

At the 23rd Annual National Conference of the Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) at Auburn University, Terry Duffy, ABCC executive assistant, received the Legacies and Legends award, recognizing her “outstanding commitment, dedication, and unyielding service” to Black and multiculture centers in the U.S. Also attending the conference were Fred L. Hord, ABCC executive director and chair of Africana studies and students Anastasia Gamble '17 and Jordan Hallman '15 representing ABLE.

Instructor of Art Mike Godsil ’76 was selected for a national juried art exhibition called 64 ARTS at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth. One of his works was awarded first place in the photography category.

L. Sue Hulett, Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science,  has been publishing monthly editorials on U.S. foreign policy in Galesburg’s The Register Mail since 2011. Her most recent contributions were “Obama Retrenchment: Toxic or Tonic” in June; “Obama is Right to Strike Back Against Chemical Weapons Use” in September; and “Trick or Treat: Iran vs. Obama” in November.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, gave two talks at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The first was on “Values and Caring for Others: A View from Psychological Science” as part of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership speaker series. The second talk was “A Scientific Approach to Understanding the Meaning of a Song:  The Case of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” as the keynote speaker at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, conducted a study that recruited 166 undergraduates to read e-mails with variation in style and grammar. His research is cited in an Australian article regarding the ‘mind games’ surrounding e-mail correspondence. Read the article at

In This Issue

Knox Events

December 4, 2013
Holiday Party
January 25, 2014
Jazz Concert with Colorado Symphony

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Sharon Chen

Knox encourages us to explore different things, which inspires me to pursue a challenging career. My name is Sharon Chen, senior, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Hardika Shah

The time spent at the Gizmo debating into the wee hours of the morning may seem to be a bunch of students arguing about random topics, but what you're really doing is forming the basis of problem solving, listening to different perspectives, formulating solutions, and co-creating new ideas.. My name is Hardika Shah '92, Founder and CEO of Kinara Capital, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Larry Welch

I am interested in the most basic question: What is that stuff? My name is Larry Welch, Clara A. Abbott Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.

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