Alumni at Homecoming

Register for Homecoming by Midnight Tonight!

If you’re planning to come home to Knox for this year’s Homecoming, please register by midnight tonight! After that, you can register at Ferris Lounge when you arrive for the event.

Fireworks on the south side of Seymour Union.See who's coming back to Knox for a weekend of sharing good times and warm memories on the Knox College campus. View the schedule of close to 100 different events to enjoy, including Homecoming Dinner Saturday night on the south lawn of Seymour Union in a heated, enclosed tent, followed by a campus fireworks display.

Can't make it back to campus? Watch a live broadcast of Homecoming Convocation on Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m. CDT at

Visit for more information. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Students Engage Political Interests

Students have ample opportunities to get involved in the November general election. They are participating in class discussions, blogging about their experiences, surveying the community for their opinions, and even debating the issues at Old Main, site of the Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Adnrew Civettini, assistant professor of political science, lectures to the Election 2012! class.Election 2012! Class
Knox students and faculty are taking a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary approach as they examine U.S. presidential elections during the fall term course, Election 2012! The class is team-taught by faculty members from different academic departments, including political science, history, economics, and computer science. Learn about the class.

Election 2012! Blog
Students from the Election 2012! course are offering their thoughts on the political process and reflections on material covered in class. After a lecture on health care economics by Carol Scotton, associate professor of economics and business & management, student blogger Firas Suqi wrote: "Professor Scotton figuratively put each of us in the Oval Office by providing us with the interactive capabilities to design our own budget, making us realize how difficult the decision-making process could be, especially when each decision affects the lives of over 300 million people." Read the Blog.

Journalism Student Survey
Knox students conduct an election poll.Knox students are taking the measure of public opinion in Galesburg in a pre-election poll conducted in cooperation with Galesburg’s The Register-Mail. Students in the Newswriting and Reporting course, taught by veteran newspaper editor Susan Schlaufman Deans '70, worked out of The Register-Mail newsroom to call registered voters in Galesburg. Learn more about the survey.

Issues Debate
Following in the tradition of the famous 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate at Knox, students are engaging in a series of debates on the economy and other current issues. The debates are being held at Old Main, the only original building that remains from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Learn more about the debate.

This political season, students are also participating in a nationwide, election-year theatre festival, learning about the influence of presidential campaigns, and more. Learn about other political activities on campus.

From the Editors

Knox College is Now on Twitter!

Follow us on Twitter logoFollow @KnoxCollege1837 to find out what's happening in the Knox community. And while you're there, send us a tweet about what you think makes Knox great.

During Homecoming, be sure to use the hashtag #KnoxHC2012 to share your images or memories during this year's Homecoming festivities.

Cover of Fall 2012 Knox MagazineFall Knox Magazine is Coming Your Way

The redesigned Knox Magazine is in the mail. Based on alumni and reader surveys, the new design updates the overall look and feel of the magazine with more in-depth feature stories, including pieces on how a poem by Carl Sandburg became the guiding force behind the College’s 175th anniversary, the feeding of the local community, and a very non-traditional student. View some of the magazine content online.

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

Fall Open House for Prospective Students -- Recommend A Student for VIP Treatment

Mother and daughter collect literature at an open house.Do you know someone who would be a great fit for Knox? Encourage the student to attend Knox's Fall Open House on Monday, November 12! It’s the perfect opportunity to talk to faculty and students, tour the campus, learn about academic programs, explore student life, and even taste the cuisine. Learn more about the Open House. And don’t hesitate to recommend a prospective student for “V.I.P.” treatment.

Campus News

Knox Ranked Among Top Colleges in Service to Public Good

A student volunteers to clean up a local daycare center.Knox is one of the top colleges in the nation in a ranking that examines schools based on their "contribution to public good." Released in the September-October issue of Washington Monthly magazine and the magazine's Web site, the rankings place Knox 11th among liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to scores in three areas: service, social mobility, and research. Read more about the ranking.

KnoxCorps Members Take Their Place in the Community

KnoxCorps membersThirteen recent Knox graduates and current students, six community sponsors, and 11 community organizations have officially joined forces to launch KnoxCorps, a civic engagement partnership between Knox College and the Galesburg Community Foundation. Through KnoxCorps, the graduates and students work with local non-profit organizations, supporting and staffing important initiatives and bringing additional energy and commitment to these organizations. Learn more about KnoxCorps.

Knox CommUNITY Week: Diversity to Inclusivity

holistic education by author and educator Laura Rendón gives a lecture at Knox.Bringing together the diverse Knox community to celebrate differences and engage in dialogue about issues of diversity and inclusivity was the focus of the inaugural CommUNITY Week on the Knox campus in September. Events included voter registration drives, slam poetry, world food day, a “no stupid questions” discussion, and a lecture on the importance of holistic education by author and educator Laura Rendón. Read more about the week.

Participants listen to the Lincoln Studies LectureLincoln Studies Center Lecture Focuses on Emancipation Proclamation Myths

The Lincoln Studies Center sponsored a talk titled "The Emancipation Proclamation: Myths and Realities," presented by American history scholar James Oakes. In his talk, Oakes disputed popular myths about the Emancipation Proclamation and the process of ending slavery. Read more about the lecture.

Banner for Beaming Bioneer ConferenceKnox to Host Beaming Bioneers Conference

Knox will host the second annual Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference October 26-28. Affiliated with the National Bioneers Conference held in San Rafael, California, Knox's conference is one of 24 satellite conferences across the country that focuses on exploring solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges. Learn more about the event.

Student News

Students paint a mural in downtown Galesburg.Mural Brightens Downtown

A wall at The Box, a gallery at Kellogg and Simmons streets, is being transformed with a mural created by Knox students and the art department’s artist in residence. Read more about the project at

The Prairie Fire men's soccer team celebrates their victory.Knox Claims Ferris Trophy

Knox swept MacMurry College in women’s and men’s soccer last month to claim the new traveling Ferris Trophy, named for the ties both Galesburg and Jacksonville have to the Ferris Wheel and its inventor, George Ferris. Read more at

Fencing Match at Debate Site Recalls Lincoln Duel

Students fence on the south lawn of Old Main.Two students in the Knox Fencing Club crossed blades earlier this month on a sidewalk south of Old Main, the Lincoln-Douglas Debate site on the Knox campus. Swordplay within view of the debate site recalls the day, September 22, 1842, 170 years ago and some 16 years before the debate, when Abraham Lincoln nearly engaged in a duel that could have resulted in injury or death to the future president. The incident is covered in Honor’s Voice, an award-winning book by Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center. Read more about the challenge.

Students Create Food Group, Run Food Stand Focused on Sustainability

Students at the Galesburg Farmer's MarketTwo student initiatives focused on sustainably produced food have benefited the local community through the Galesburg Farmers' Market. Growing Galesburg, a community-based sustainable food organization that began as part of an environmental studies class, has played a key role at the Galesburg Farmers' Market, stimulating business and nurturing interactions among Knox students and local food growers. Learn more about Growing Galesburg. At the farmers' market, two Knox students operated their own food stand, cooking up sustainably produced food. Learn more about the students and the stand.

Alumni News

Knox Grad Editorial Intern at ‘The Onion’

Marnie Shure and Abe Lincoln reenactor at Flunk DayIn her role as editorial intern at The Onion, a well-known satirical newspaper and Web site, Marnie Shure ‘11 helps research stories -- and occasionally appears in them. Like the article headlined, "Scientists Teach Chimpanzee to Conduct 3-Year Study on Primates." The accompanying parody photo features a couple of chimps and Shure, who is dressed as a scientist. Read more about her position at The Onion.

Alumni Notes

Bryce Suderow ’72 co-authored the newly released The Petersburg Campaign, Volume I: The Eastern Front Battles, June - August 1864, the first volume of what will be a two-volume compendium. Learn more about the book.

Mary Duggan ’79 and her two sisters were recently featured as the small business of the day on The sisters have developed natural products, including deodorant called lifestinks and bug repellant called lifestings. Read more about the recognition.

Anne Johnson Veague ’80 has established an event for writers – Waterline Writers – in Batavia, Illinois, where they can share their original published and unpublished work with a live audience. Veague will be reading at the next event on October 21. Learn more about Waterline Writers and the upcoming event.

Jesse Dabson ’83 will appear as a semi-regular cast member of the new show Underemployed, premiering October 16 on MTV.

In an article for The Hindu, Vir Das ’02 thinks it’s unlucky that his first-ever comedy show, Brown Men Can’t Hump, was a roaring success at Knox. Read the article.

Bill Mayeroff ’07 recently interviewed Chicago 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore ’80 for an article in the Chicago-centric news site Gapers Block about how Moore is meeting the needs of his constituents. Read the article.

University of Chicago Charter School English teacher Quinnetta Bellows Miller ’08 credits the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program for first-generation and low-income students as being one of the best decisions she made as an undergrad. Department of Education funding cuts could have a dramatic affect on the future of the program. Read more Miller and the program in Black Enterprise.

Faculty & Staff News

Watch, Listen to Professors Discuss Accomplishments, Careers

Bruce Polay, professor of musicBruce Polay was recently featured in the WTVP-TV program “Illinois: Art In The Works,” where he talked about his love of music since an early age and his career as Professor of music at Knox and artistic director and award-winning conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony. Watch the interview.

Chad Simpson, visiting assistant professor of EnglishIn an interview with Tri States Public Radio, Visiting Assistant Professor of English Chad Simpson said the tone of his book, Tell Everyone I said Hi, is fiction, but there are elements of real life in them. Simpson was interviewed during a release party for the book. Listen to the interview.

Simpson has also recently published four short stories: “The Other Woman” appeared in Five Chapters; “Translated from the French” appeared in BETTER: Culture & Lit; “The Most Beautiful Thing About Her” appeared in WhiskeyPaper ; and “Open Mic Night at Fat Fish Pub” appeared in Wigleaf. His essay, “The Lake Cabin,” was published in Carry On.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology and director of Green Oaks Biological Field Station, gave a talk about ecological restoration and environmental change at a workshop held at the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, a part of the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. He participated as a member of the board of directors of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, made a presentation and participated in a panel discussion on teaching careers at liberal arts colleges on October 2 in Columbia, Missouri. The event was sponsored by the University of Missouri’s Graduate School as part of their “Preparing Future Faculty” program.

In This Issue

Knox Events

October 19-21, 2012
Knox Campus
October 27, 2012
Food Bank of the Rockies
October 27, 2012
Greater Chicago Food Depository
November 10, 2012
"Becoming Van Gogh" at Denver Art Museum
November 29, 2012
Annual Holiday Party

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Knox Profiles

Hatim Mustaly, Senior

Various project and laboratory based classes have equipped me with skills required to use technology in the study of science. My name is Hatim Mustaly, Senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Sara DeMaria '11

I think my work in Honors gave me the confidence and inspiration necessary to explore the larger world of scientific research. My name is Sara DeMaria '11, lab manager/research assistant, and I AM KNOX.

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Kelton Williams, assistant professor of educational studies

... And it [Knox] certainly met all of the ideals I had set for the kind of place where I wanted to work. My name is Kelton Williams, assistant professor of educational studies, and I AM KNOX.

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