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

Colleges Showcase Graduation Rate Initiatives

Knox College is a leader, both nationally and in the state of Illinois, in developing academic support, according to a new Web site that showcases the efforts of private colleges and universities to increase access to higher education and college graduation rates, Building Blocks to 2020.

With five of its programs listed on the site as "meaningful initiatives in private higher education," Knox is at the top in Illinois, where a total of 12 schools have developed 21 programs. Knox also has the third-highest program total among the 250 schools throughout the U.S. that submitted information. Read more about the initiatives and Knox's programs to increase access (PDF).

From the Editors

Homecoming is this Weekend!

2010 Homecoming T-shirt DesignAre you ready? Join your friends and classmates for a weekend of sharing good times and warm memories on the Knox College campus. Online registration ends tonight at midnight! After that, you can register at Ferris Lounge when you arrive for the event.

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. Not a member of Flickr? Share your photos on the Knox Facebook page.

Fall Knox Magazine in the Mail

Fall 2010 Knox MagazineStudent Research and Creative Work is the theme of the Fall 2010 Knox Magazine. If you did not receive your copy, contact so we can make sure we have your current address. You can also view some of the magazine content online at

We've heard from a few people who received copies of the magazine that were missing pages or had multiple copies of the same pages. If you received one of these copies, please let us know at Thanks and enjoy the issue!

Campus News

Princeton Review Selects Knox As One of Best Schools for Undergraduate Education

The Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has again selected Knox College as one of the best institutions in the nation for undergraduate education. Students also gave Knox high marks for affordability. Knox gained a ranking of 20th of 373 in student satisfaction with financial aid, and seventh of 373 in popularity of the student-run radio station, WVKC. Read more about the rankings.

Cool SchoolSierra Club Names Knox One of "America's 100 Greenest Schools"

The Sierra Club is recognizing Knox College as one of "America's 100 Greenest Schools." The "Cool Schools" list, released this month in Sierra magazine, recognizes colleges for environmental practices, energy saving initiatives, and sustainability-oriented academics. Read more about why Knox is a cool school.

Conservative Environmentalist Discusses Restoration Work

Dan DaggetSelf-described "conservative environmentalist" Dan Dagget disagrees with the approach of many environmentalists that people must first remove their own influence before any of nature's problems can be solved. Dagget, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and founder and president of EcoResults!, presented the lecture "From Ecoradical to Conservative Environmentalist." Read more about his lecture on the Knox campus.

Scholar Examines Abraham Lincoln and Executive Power

Lincoln portrait in Old MainA Civil War scholar discussed Abraham Lincoln's expansion of presidential powers and why he took such actions during "Lincoln and Executive Power," a lecture by Jennifer Weber, assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas. The lecture, held in Old Main, was sponsored by Knox's Lincoln Studies Center. Read more about the lecture.

Knox Retention Rates Above Average

At Knox, where the ACT scores of the middle 50% of students (excluding the top and bottom 25%) ranges from 26 to 31, freshman retention rates have hovered around 90% since 2000. Read more about how Knox's retention rate compares with other local colleges.

Student News

Knox Faculty, Students Learn and Teach at Navajo Reservation

Knox students at Navajo reservationFor two weeks, educational studies students and faculty members worked at a Navajo school, preparing teachers there for certification exams. "I feel like it was a very beneficial experience for me in that it exposed me to a new culture, a new cultural perspective, and people with very different realities from my own," said Danny Gonshorek '11. Learn more about their experience.

Student Interns at Council on Foreign Relations

Maksymilian Czuperski '12When author and columnist Amity Shlaes visited Knox College last fall to deliver a lecture on the U.S. economy, she also took time to meet and informally chat with students. Within months, one of those students was working as Shlaes' summer intern at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is a senior fellow. Maksymilian Czuperski '12 said of the experience, "It was a pleasure to work with really talented and smart people, and I learned a lot from them," Read more about Czuperski and his experience.

Finding Jewish Life in America's Heartland

First-year Jenna Cohen wasn't sure she could re-establish her Jewish identity in Galesburg, but she and other Knox students have found a community at Temple Sholom. Read more in New Voices.

Alumni News

Student in in sicily Bua's classTexas First Graders Getting to Know Knox

In 12 years, some of today's first graders will be first-year students at Knox College. Don't be surprised if the new arrivals include former pupils of Sicily Bua '07, who teaches at KIPP SHINE Preparatory School in Houston, Texas, where her students are learning about Knox. Learn more about Bua's efforts to help her students.

Mercedes Matter Exhibit Features Knox Alumni

Jason Eisner '95 -- Two CabbagesGregory Gilbert, associate professor of art history and curator at the Figge Art Museum, has organized an exhibit of work by Knox alumni who studied under the abstract expressionist painter Mercedes Matter during the Knox in New York program, where students attended intensive art classes at the New York Studio School. The exhibit is the companion to Mercedes Matter: A Retrospective Exhibition, which is being hosted at the museum through January 2011. Included in the show are works by Jason Eisner '95, Jenny Hager '93, Megan Williamson '82, Chris Reno '98, Joren Lindholm '95, and Lynette Lombard, Knox associate professor of art. Learn more about the exhibit.

Alumni Notes

Laura Flynn has written a book about her mother, Sally Barton Flynn '59, and the family's struggle with Sally's schizophrenia. Learn more about the book, Swallow the Ocean.

University of Kansas School of Business Dean William Fuerst '69 will step down in June 2011. He will remain a member of the school's faculty and participate in a new venture that seeks to expand connections with area corporations and to create opportunities for student internships, research collaborations, and entrepreneurship. Read more in the Kansas City Business Journal.

An article about Doug Hill '77 and his daughter, Alycia "Father-Daughter Triathletes Aim for World Championships" was featured in the Seattle University Spectator. Read the article.

A grid of 19 Chicago landscapes by Megan Williamson '82 is on display through October 21 at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. Her work is part of Art Loop Open, which features the work of 191 artists in 10 Chicago venues. Learn more about Art Loop Open.

Lee Woolley '85 has been named director of advisory services at Northern Trust. Read more about Woolley.

Adela Penagos '89, currently assistant dean at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the new director of Harvard's advising programs office. Read more about her new role.

Jack Dechow, nephew of Doug Dechow '91 and Anna Leahy '88, shared his experience at this summer's Knox College for Kids on the couple's blog, Lofty Ambitions. Read the post.

Kamesha Jackson Kahn '97 directed A Fool Such as I for eta Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago. The play received eight Black Theatre Alliance Award nominations.


Faculty & Staff News

Facutly Grants Awarded to Support Student Research, Enhance Curriculum

Andrew Civettini and Elizabeth Carlin-MetzKnox College faculty in political science and theatre are participating in projects to enhance the curriculum in the performing arts and promote student research in all disciplines, through grants from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Andrew Civettini, assistant professor of political science, is leading the planning of a joint faculty-student workshop on how faculty and students work together in the undergraduate research process. Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, professor and chair of theatre, is joining with colleagues at Coe College and Grinnell College to organize a performance educators conference on how dance and theatre are taught in a liberal arts context. Learn more about their projects.

John StrassburgerJohn Strassburger Dies

John R. Strassburger, president emeritus of Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and former dean and vice president of Knox College, died September 22. Strassburger served as professor of history, dean of the college, and executive vice president of Knox from 1984 until 1994, when he became president of Ursinus. He retired from Ursinus this past June 30 for health reasons. He was 68. Read more about Strassburger.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, gave the presentation "A Comparative Study of the Values and Practices of Ecological Restoration in North America and Europe: Or -- How I will Spend my Fulbright Year" to the Department of Natural Resources at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

Carol Chase, professor emeriti of modern languages, presented two papers at two separate conferences in September. The first, presented at a colloquium held in Besançon, France, was a study of the city of Sarras in two 13th-century French prose romances devoted to the Grail. The second, presented in Paris, was a study of a manuscript held at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. In addition, an article by Chase on four American illustrated children's books that feature Merlin recently appeared in the collection Grands textes du Moyen-Âge à l'usage des petits (Great Medieval Texts Made for Small Children). 

Andrew Civettini, assistant professor of political science, co-authored a paper published in the August edition of the journal Political Psychology. "An Affective Tipping Point: Do Motivated Reasoners Ever 'Get It'?" has been mentioned in the Boston Globe and The Democratic Strategist.

George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English Robert Hellenga's new novel, Snakewoman of Little Egypt, was recently reviewed in the Chicago Tribune. He was also featured in a story in the Galesburg Register-Mail. Hellenga will sign copies of his book at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, at the Homecoming Alumni & Faculty Book Signing.

Fred HordFred Hord, professor of black studies, presented an invited lecture at Franklin College: "Wasting Good Hair on a Black Boy." He also met with the cross-culture counseling class at the college.

Tim Foster, associate professor of Spanish; Anne Giffey, assistant librarian; and Schahrazede Longou, assistant professor of French, attended a workshop on information literacy in the foreign languages at Cornell College. In this workshop, librarians and faculty worked collaboratively and discussed information technology, assignments, lab activities, and other learning opportunities that integrate information literacy with the study of language, literature, and culture.

Gregory Gilbert, associate professor of art history, curated three exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, where he is the senior curator: "Global Currents: The John Deere Art Collection" showcased the major art holdings of Deere & Company and included major works by Grant Wood, Alexander Calder, Beverly Pepper, and Toulouse-Lautrec; "Scale: Ceramic Forms and Photographic Landscapes" presented the ceramics and panoramic photographs of Gerry Eskin, professor of art at the University of Iowa; and "Flag Waving: American Patriotism and Contemporary Art" displayed works dealing with issues of patriotic values within contemporary American culture by such artists as Alex Katz, Audrey Flack, Vito Acconci, and Grant Wood.  

Karen Kampwirth '86Karen Kampwirth '86, professor of political science, is the editor of, and contributor to, Gender and Populism in Latin America: Passionate Politics, published by Penn State University Press. She will sign copies of her book at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, at the Homecoming Alumni & Faculty Book Signing.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, working together with Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Friends of the Earth, received a grant this summer from the David & Carol Myers Foundation to host a two-day workshop on "The Role of Psychology in Environmental Campaigning and Activism." Kasser recently chaired the meeting in Washington D.C. and also made two presentations while there: "Human Identity and Environmental Challenges" and "Materialistic Values and Environmental Challenges."

Lynette Lombard, associate professor of art, is in a traveling group show, East Meets Midwest, New Visions in Figurative Painting. She was also a participant in a panel discussion in New York.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, gave a talk on "The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip" at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in September. He and co-author Erica Stringfellow '08 also had an article published in the September/October issue of the Journal of College Student Development, titled "Parents' Divorce is More Strongly Related to the Self-Perceived Promiscuity and Drinking Behavior of Male Than of Female College Students."

Natania RosenfeldAssociate Professor of English Natania Rosenfeld's story "Too Much" and essay "Opera, Or: Longing" appear in the current issue of nor (New Ohio Review). Included in the same issue is a poem by Beth Marzoni '04.

Magali Roy-Fequiere, associate professor of gender and women's studies, presented her book Women, Creole Identity and Intellectual Life in Early Twentieth Century Puerto Rico at the Congreso Caribe 2010 held at the University of Córdova, Argentina. Roy-Fequiere was an invited participant on a roundtable of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Argentine scholars, writers, and editors working in the area of Caribbean culture.

In This Issue

Knox Events

October 22 to 24, 2010
Knox College Campus
October 23, 2010
Make a Difference Day
November 1, 2010
Denver, Colorado
November 14, 2010
Cocktail and Hors d'oeuvres Reception
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

Ellie Poley '10

Computer science is an interesting intersection of engineering and art form. My name is Eleanor Poley and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Janny Thipphongpraphas '01

I see logic in the art, as well as in the world of capital markets -- the visual logic and the logic of the markets' fundamentals. My name is Janny Thipphongpraphas '01, senior financial analyst and artist, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Daniel Wack

Popular culture doesn't just reflect society, it helps us make our experiences intelligible. My name is Daniel Wack, assistant professor of philosophy, and I AM KNOX

Meet more Knox faculty.

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