Students, faculty, and staff greet each other at Pumphandle on September 9.

Knox Welcomes New and Returning Students

On September 5, 395 new students arrived on the Knox campus, coming from 33 states and 18 countries and including 31 legacy students, or students who followed a relative to Knox. See a profile of the incoming class and read a story in the Register-Mail about move-in day.

The academic year kicked off with a variety of old and new traditions:

  • President Roger Taylor '63 led one of Knox’s oldest annual traditions, Pumphandle, the night before classes started. A new Knox student told a reporter from the Register-Mail: “One of my orientation leaders used Pumphandle as a metaphor for your academic career. He said, 'This is a journey and you can choose where to go.' I liked that." View photos from Pumphandle.
  • Taylor also kicked off the new academic year -- in song -- at the all-staff luncheon, joined by Dean Lawrence B. Breitborde on accordion and Vice President Tom Axtell on spoons. Watch Roger Taylor and the Fulton County Boys in their rendition of “Knox College Keeps Rolling Along” on YouTube.
  • First-year preceptorial began with an introductory lecture by Catherine Denial. Read Denial’s lecture.

Knox Recognized in College Rankings by Magazines, Guidebooks

The reviews are in. Knox has been recognized as one of the country’s best and most interesting colleges, for the high academic caliber of its students, student retention, support from the college’s alumni, and contributions to the public good. Read more about how Knox ranked in Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and The Best 371 Colleges, published by The Princeton Review.

Knox Unveils New Web Site

An image of the new Web siteOver the past year, Knox has been busy redesigning the Web site to make it easier for you to find the information you want. The new design includes some key features to keep it fresh and engaging for our prospective and current students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. Two new features we’re very excited about are profiles of alumni, faculty, and current students on almost every page of the site and a giving catalog, which will make it easier to match your philanthropic interests with Knox’s needs at any funding level. Learn more about the new Web site and visit the new gateways for parents and alumni and friends of the College.

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Campus News

Gifts Endow Chairs in Religious and Cultural Studies, Modern Languages

"Making the gift now gives me the pleasure and honor of helping Knox to establish a full-fledged religion and culture program during my lifetime." That's how a Knox graduate who has endowed a $2 million Distinguished Chair for the Study of Religion and Culture -- and who wishes to remain anonymous -- explained her generosity to President Roger Taylor '63. Knox College also received a $1.5 million gift to establish a distinguished chair in modern languages. The Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in Modern Languages has been established by a generous gift from Dr. Richard W. Burkhardt and Dorothy Johnson Burkhardt, both members of the Class of 1939. Read more about the establishment of the chair in religious studies and culture and modern languages. Professors L. Sue Hulett & Lawrence E. Welch

Two Knox professors have also been appointed to endowed chairs. Lawrence E. Welch was named the Clara A. Abbott Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and L. Sue Hulett, professor of political science, was named the Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor. Read more about Welch and Hulett.

Amenities Center Construction Underway at Knosher Bowl

Work is underway on the new amenities center at the Knosher Bowl. The 24-by-48-foot, one-story structure at the College's football field will include space for food preparation and concession, storage, and restrooms. Completion is scheduled for October, with a formal dedication at Knox's Homecoming Weekend, October 23-25. Read more about the project.

Knox Revives Chapter of Education Honor Society

Knox students and faculty have revived the college's chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the international education honor society. Knox is the only national liberal arts college with a campus-based PDK chapter. "It places Knox with a select number of peer institutions with campus chapters of PDK, including such schools as Columbia University, Harvard University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Virginia,” said Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, who was elected president of the local chapter. Read more about the new chapter.

Knox Receives Grant for Program Committed to Latino Student Success

Knox was awarded a $50,000 grant to implement a program to increase the college completion rate of Latina women. The SEMILLAS grant was awarded by Excelencia in Education, a non-profit organization that promotes success by Latinos in higher education. Knox College was one of only 20 colleges and universities -- and the only national liberal arts college -- from across the nation chosen to receive the award. Read more about the grant.

Student News

Tricia RichertStudent Lands Internship at Renowned Photo Studio

It never hurts to ask. Tricia Richert '11 proved the truth of that advice, when she came right out and asked famed photographer Annie Liebovitz for an internship. Richert spent two months this summer interning in Liebovitz’s studio. Read more about the experience.

Student Blogs from Ireland

Kelsey Engle ‘11 has posted a blog about her experience studying abroad this semester in Dublin, Ireland at the Gaiety School for Acting. Read her blog.

Elizabeth McPhail '09Student Navigates the Great Loop

Just one day after walking across the stage at Commencement, Elizabeth McPhail '09 jumped on board a modified small fishing boat for a summer adventure, navigating the Great Loop, a 6,000-mile-plus route of American and Canadian waterways that circumnavigates the eastern half of North America. Read more about her adventure.

Psychology Major Researches Sex

Sex can be tricky. Researching it can be complex. Psychology seniors must complete an independent senior research project to graduate, and Molly Wilson '09, from Washington, Illinois, designed her own experiment examining male sexual arousal to sexual dominance in pornography. Read more about her research.

Student Wins Journalism Award

Matthew Wheaton '10 received a third-place finish in the the Illinois state-wide AP Awards for the feature story he wrote last fall in his journalism class and that was subsequently published in the Register-Mail . Read the award-winning story.

Poetry and Prose Bring Teen Girls Together in Writing Workshop

Six teenage girls sat around the cluster of little square tables clutching small, brown notebooks at the Hope Church in Springfield, Illinois. They were participating in the Young Women’s Creative Writing Workshop, a group organized by Liz Ketchum '12 that met twice weekly throughout the summer. Read more in The State Journal-Register.

Alumni News

Parks, Hartog Elected Trustees

Knox College has elected Chicago physician Dr. Clarence Parks '92 and Elzelien "Ellie" Hartog '66 to the Board of Trustees. Parks is an internist and pediatrician with Lifetime Medical Associates and an instructor in pediatrics and internal medicine for Rush Medical College. Hartog is a child advocate and social worker from Ridgefield, Connecticut. Read more about the Knox College Board of Trustees.

The Night SeasonVitalist Theatre presents The Night Season

Vitalist Theatre, in association with Premiere Theatre & Performance, presents the Chicago premiere of The Night Season, written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, professor of theatre, and produced by Robin Metz, director of Knox's Program in Creative Writing. Kelly Lynn Hogan '92 and Eden Newmark '08 star in the roles of sisters Rose and Maud Kennedy. Other members of the Knox community involved in the production include Craig Choma '93, set design; Rachel Sypniewski '01, costume design; Michael Smith '08, technical director; and Helen Drysdale '05, director of marketing and publicity, to name a few. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors and students. For information and reservations please call the Theatre Building Chicago Box Office at 773-327-5252. Mention “Knox” when ordering by phone and receive a $15 discount. Read a review of the play in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Reunion Questionnaire

If your class is celebrating a Reunion this year (1954, 1959, 1979, 1984, 1999, 2004), don't forget to send in your questionnaire! The deadline has been extended to the end of September. Fill out the questionnaire.

Alumni Contribution to Self-Study

Knox College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 2-4, 2009, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Knox College has been accredited by the Commission since 1913. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College:
Public Comment on Knox College
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential. All comments must be received by October 2, 2009.

Alumni Notes

Irene B. Donaldson Landis '36 has been recognized by Cambridge's Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of nursing education. Read more about the award.

Robert Russell '49, professor of romance languages and literatures emeritus at Dartmouth College, was recently honored for helping to establish the study abroad program at the college in the early 1960s.

Errol Clark '57, decorated for military service in the Korean and Vietnam wars, including being awarded the Silver Star for service in Vietnam, received a full military funeral and burial with the nation’s highest honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., on July 10. Read more in The Register-Mail.

H. James Fox '65 of the law firm Quarles & Brady was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010.

Margery Rosen Kraus '67, president and chief executive officer of APCO Worldwide, was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame this spring.Read more about Kraus and the award. Kraus was also featured recently in a video produced by The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Watch the video.

Sue Schlaufman Deans '70 was one of five women honored by the Boulder Chamber at the 14th Annual Women Who Light the Community awards luncheon. Deans retired in 2007 from a 30-year career in journalism.

Jim Kilts '70 has been appointed chairman of The Nielsen Company's supervisory board.

Joseph Mannino '71 was part of the group exhibition at the Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art in Pittsburg. Read more about Maninno and the exhibit in

Dudley McCarter '72, a principal of the St. Louis law firm of Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C. has been selected for the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the category of civil litigation. McCarter is a past president of the St. Louis County Bar Association and The Missouri Bar.

Author, playwright, and screenwriter Sherwood Kiraly '72 was honored as Artist of the Year by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts. Kiraly’s novel Diminished Capacity, was turned into a movie that debuted at the Sundance Festival and his new play Scared Money, was performed by Laguna-based Gallimaufry Performing Arts. He also has a bi-weekly humor column published in the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot. Read more.

Don Corrigan '73, journalism professor at Webster University, received the Distinguished Journalism Adviser Award from the College Media Advisers association.

Longtime Galesburg coach Evan Massey '74 has been honored as National High School Athletic Coaches Association girl’s basketball coach of the year. Read more about the award.

Sales Management: Shaping Future Sales Leaders, a book by Robert Erffmeyer '76, was recently published. Erffmeyer is director of the MBA and distance learning programs at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Doug Hill '77 and his daughter Alicia.Doug Hill '77 finished 11th in his age group in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Gold Coast Australia. More than 2,000 athletes from 42 countries competed in the event, which involves a 1500m swim, 40km cycle, and 10km run. Joining Hill in competition was his daughter, Alycia.

Janet Johnson '80, founder of EDSTAR, and Patty Joe Bodenhamer Bailey '02, financial aid assistant for Carl Sandburg College, were recently featured as notable alumni in the Register-Mail. Read more about Johnson and Bailey.

Mark Brodl '81, biology professor at Trinity University, was featured in an article in Trinity on the integration of the sciences at the university. Read the article.

McAfee, Inc. has appointed Alex Thurber '82 as senior vice president of worldwide channel operations. Read more.

An article by Joseph Lennon '90 on Marion Wallace-Dunlop and her art, “The Hunger Artist,” was the cover story of London’s Times Literary Supplement in July. Read the article.

Mathew Stines '98 has been named Superintendent of Grant District 110 in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Read more.

The work of Gabriel Patti '00 was featured at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival in Chicago.

Dan Tyx '03 graduated from Purdue with his MFA and has accepted a position as the manager of a tutoring center at South Texas College.

Vince Singleton’s '03 short film The Porter was voted the best of hundreds of films submitted by African American filmmakers in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and New York to receive the Chase Legacy Film Challenge. Read more.

An article co-authored by Nick Zafiropoulos '03 has been published in Liquid Crystals.

Will Faber '07, a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago, recently digitized a local archivist’s collection of Bronzeville residents’ migration stories. Read about his experience in The University of Chicago Chronicle.

An article by Zoe Berman '07, “How to Address Human Rights Violations after a Regime of Terror: The Example of Guatemala” was recently published in Peace Magazine. Zoe is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Peace Studies from George Mason University in Washington DC. Hana Lewicki '07 took the photos used in the article.

Greg Leibach '08, Lombard Middle School art teacher, created paintings with spray paint during Art in the Park in Galesburg. Read more about Leibach in the Register-Mail.

Gale Scholar Chris Carpenter '09 began his teaching career as a life science teacher at Lombard Middle School in Galesburg in August. Read more in the Register-Mail.

Faculty & Staff News

Hoffmann Receives Federal Research Grant to Study Intervention Programs Designed to Reduce the Spread of AIDS

Heather HoffmanHeather Hoffmann, professor of psychology, and Erick Janssen of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University, have been awarded a grant of $275,000 from the National Institutes of Health to study behavioral intervention programs designed to reduce the spread of AIDS. The two-year study will examine the role of learning processes in the development of compulsive behavior and alcohol consumption as triggers for sexual risk taking. Read more about the study.

Faculty and Staff Honored at Convocation

Members of Knox's faculty and staff were honored at Opening Convocation on September 10. The Janet C. Hunter Prize for salaried staff was awarded to Scott Sunderland, athletic trainer; the Hunter Prize for hourly staff was awarded to Patrick Pendergast, maintenance. The prizes recognize outstanding accomplishments and service to the College. The Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching by a non-tenured faculty member was awarded to Jeremy Day-O’Connell, assistant professor of music. The Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching by a tenured faculty member was awarded to Stephen Fineberg, Szold Distinguished Service Professor of Classics. Read more about Opening Convocation.

Lincoln Scholar Douglas Wilson to Speak in China

Doug WilsonDouglas L. Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center, has been invited to deliver lectures in five Chinese cities on Abraham Lincoln in September. The talks are being sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Wilson said his lectures will cover Lincoln and the Lincoln legacy. "The talk will also touch on President Obama and his being part of Lincoln's legacy," Wilson said. "The State Department indicated that the Chinese were particularly interested in hearing about connections between Lincoln and Obama." Read more about the trip.

Schroth Elected Chair of National Arts Education Panel

"When teachers take concrete, positive steps to bring the arts into their classrooms, they will see improvement in other academic areas," according to Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, who was recently elected to a leadership post in the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Schroth begins a two-year term in September as chair elect of the NAGC's Arts Network. Read more about the award and Schroth’s views on the arts and education.

Taylor Elected to Board of Illinois Humanities Council

President Roger Taylor '63 has been elected to a statewide panel of distinguished Illinois civic leaders who promote public knowledge and appreciation of fields such as history, language, and literature. "I hope my perspective as a resident of West-Central Illinois and former resident of Chicago will help the Illinois Humanities Council plan programming that taps into our state's fascinating history and culture," Taylor said. Read more about the appointment. Taylor talked about the appointment, as well as the future of the Knox County Courthouse and what he thinks about Knox College’s reputation and relationship with the city of Galesburg, with the Register-Mail. Read the interview.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Stuart Allison, professor of biology, attended the meeting of the Society for Ecological Restoration International held in Perth, Australia, where he presented the oral paper "The paradox of invasive species: Do restorationists worry about them too much or too little?" and the poster "Differences in the effects of drought upon restored and remnant prairies." During the meeting Stuart was elected to a position on the Board of Directors, representing the Midwestern United States and Canada.

Robert Hellenga, distinguished writer-in-residence, was the keynote speaker at the David R. Collins Writer’s Conference at St. Ambrose University.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently co-authored the book Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity, and co-authored the book chapter "A scientific approach to Voluntary Simplicity" in Less is more: Embracing simplicity for a healthy planet, a caring economy, and lasting happiness. He was also recently quoted in the Reuters article “People won’t change lifestyle for planet” and “The Recession Generation?” in The Jacksonville Observer.

Bruce Polay, professor of music, was guest conductor for the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, Guanajuato, Mexico, on August 28.

Chuck Schulz
'72, professor of physics, and collaborators had an article appear in Polyhedron: "Synthesis and Characterization of the Azido-bound Five-coordinate High-spin Iron(II) ‘Picket Fence’ Porphyrin Complex.”

In This Issue

Knox Events

October 1
Umbeck Science-Mathmetics Center, E 113
October 1
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union
October 3
Ford's Theatre Museum
October 9
Kresge Recital Hall, Knox Campus
October 9-11
Knox Campus
October 11
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chicago
October 14
Kresge Recital Hall, Knox Campus
October 23-25
Knox Campus
October 24
Food Bank of the Rockies
October 24
Greater Chicago Food Depository

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 Tashi Ongmo, First-Year Student

I love anything creative . . . art, drawing, sketching and inspired writing. My name is Tashi Ongmo, first-year student, and

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Sable Helvie '08 & Abigail Kramer '08Every year Knox is becoming more and more tied to this country as the Chinese student population and the interest in Asian Studies increases. Our names are Sable and Abigail, English teachers in China, and WE ARE KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Jennifer Smith, Associate Professor of Dance

The Knox College dance program has grown so much within the past few years and is now recruiting students who already have really strong dance skills. My name is Jennifer Smith, associate professor of dance, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.


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