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Knox Welcomes New and Returning Students

The second-largest class of new students in 40 years has joined the Knox community. Highlights of the entering class include geographic diversity -- 12% are from 21 countries outside the United States, and 13 states are represented by at least five students. They also show strong academic performance, with 43% graduating in the top 10% of their high school class. Learn more about the new class and watch a video from television station WEEK taken at move-in day.

Other highlights from the start of the academic year


From the Editors

Countdown to HomecomingHomecoming 2010, October 22-24

Homecoming is just one month away -- have you made your hotel reservations yet, registered for events, or returned your Reunion Questionnaire? There’s still time. Visit the Homecoming & Reunion 2010 Web page for more details and to see who’s coming. Come home to Knox!

Knox on the Road

Knox's Admission counselors are officially on the road, traveling across the country -- and around the world -- to recruit new students. If you know a student who might be interested in Knox -- or who think might be a great fit for Knox -- check out the "Knox on the Road" Web page to find a counselor near you!

Campus News

Knox College Ranked in top 100 by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes

U.S. News & World Report QuoteKnox is again ranked among the nation's top 100 colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranks Knox 75th among the nation's top 266 liberal arts colleges. The ranking is based on strengths in several areas, including a 90% retention rate for first year students, 92% percent of faculty who are full time, and a 39% giving rate among Knox graduates in 2009, the year used for most of the statistical data. New this year for Knox is a ranking of 47th in academic reputation, according to high school guidance counselors. Read more about the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In its annual listing "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes magazine, Knox is ranked 75th out of 600 colleges and universities, selected from among more than 6,000 post-secondary institutions. Knox has been on the Forbes list of "America's Best Colleges" since the magazine launched the list in 2008. Read more about the Forbes ranking of Knox.

Knox a "Best-Kept Secret"

Knox was one of ten college's highlighted in the article Best Kept Secrets: Top 10 Schools That Fly Under the Academic Radar -- But Shouldn't by Unigo, an online college resource guide. Learn more about what students have to say about Knox on the Unigo site.

Kelly Ricketts '11Fall Athletics Season Previews

The fall sports season is in full swing. Watch interviews with coaches as they discuss their expectations and who to watch in football, volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, cross country, women's tennis, and women's golf. And visit the football team page on the Knox Web site for weekly videos on the team's performance throughout the season.

Planet Green Recognizes Knox's Sustainability Efforts

Holter GrahamThe Planet Green cable television network recognized Knox for its sustainability practices by posting a new video on its Web site. The video, "Eco-Tours: Planet Green Tours Eco-Conscious Knox College," features Holter Graham, co-host of the "Wa$ted" TV program. Watch the video.

Knox Receives Federal Grant for Student Services

Student in the TRIO OfficeKnox College's highly successful program to increase the graduation rate of low income and first generation college students -- the TRIO Achievement Program -- is receiving renewed funding amounting to an estimated $1.5 million over the next five years from the United States Department of Education. Read more about the program.

Do You Tweet?

If so, follow the Department of Theatre and Dance on Twitter for the most recent information about news and upcoming events. And don't forget to stay connected with the department on Facebook.

Student News

Green Oaks Stewards Work to Restore Prairie

Three Stewards at Green OaksThree Knox students spent the summer as stewards at the Green Oaks Biological Field Station, where they spent 12 weeks maintaining and improving the 704-acre property, which consists of streams and lakes, uncut native forests, second-growth forests, and restored prairies. Read more about their experience.

Student shares Japan Experience with Children

Just because they go to a small school in a small city, Rebecca VonBehren '11 wanted to show students at the elementary school she attended in Decatur, Illinois, that they shouldn't have small dreams. She visited the students to share her experience as a student abroad in Japan at Waseda University last year. Read more in the Decatur Herald-Review.

Knox Students Conduct Research in Costa Rica

Isaac Juarez '11 with his host motherThree Knox students spent several weeks conducting research in Costa Rica. Isaac Juarez '11, an economics major from Coachella, California, studied pineapple farmers. Raluca Oprinca '12, a double major in Spanish and French from Italy, researched women's empowerment. Diana Razo '11, a Latin American studies major from Chicago, researched calypso music. Read more about their experiences.

Alumni News

Alumni Art Show

The Art Department will celebrate the creative achievements of Knox alumni at Homecoming with an art showcase on Friday, October 22. Find more information in the Homecoming schedule about how to submit your work.

P.B. Boys Meet for Final Reunion

The P.B. Boys will gather one last time to celebrate their years at Knox. This group of Knox men, from the 1930s and early 1940s, lived in small, dark, cramped rooms over the People's Building (hence the moniker P.B.), on the corner of Prairie and Main Streets. The men have gathered every year since the early 1980s, but have decided that this will be the last Reunion since the original "Boys" are all almost 90.  Interested in attending? The date is Friday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Soangetaha Country Club.  Make your reservation by contacting Megan Clayton, associate director of FYC Programs.

Alumna Photos Receive International Attention

Farah Ahed '07Photos by Farah Ahed '07 of Karachi, Pakistan, were recently featured in the Express Tribune Magazine. View the photos on pages 32-37. Ahed has been featured in National Geographic's Daily WebShots and was a finalist in the College Photography Contest sponsored by Photographer's Forum magazine in 2007 while a student at Knox. 

Alumni Notes

Nancy Uss Crooker '66 was named to the first American Geophysical Union Board of Directors.

John Norton '58 has been chosen Swedish American of the Year by the Swedish Council of America. Read more about Norton.

For the third year in a row, Doug Hill '77 competed in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships, held this year in Budapest, Hungary. He placed third in his division. Next he is off to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the national championships.

Gary Pollack '79, Ph.D., became dean of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy, following a successful 26-year career as an educator, researcher, and administrator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more about Pollack.

Linda Ehrlich-Jones '79 Ph.D., RN, a clinical research scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, has been named president of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. Read more about the recognition.

Quita Sullivan '83 has joined the New England Foundation for the Arts as the program manager for the National Theater Pilot. The program explores creating a system of support for artist-led collaborative theater works.

Mary Bohaty Osborne '84 looked to her own personal losses and experiences to cull her freshman novel Nonna’s Book of Mysteries. Read an interview with Osborne about the book.

Two poems by Vida Cross '88, "Bodacious" and "Out in the Ocean," will appear in The Literary Review.

Joseph Lennon '90 has been named director of the Irish Studies program at Villanova University. Read more about Lennon.

D. David Burns Jr. ’91 was appointed associate dean of math and natural sciences at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. He has received two Carl Sandburg College awards -- Distinguished Alumnus in 2004 and Faculty of the Year in 2008.

A short play by Tim Lord '98, Department of the Interior, was recently performed at the Chalk Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles.

Mark D. Halx '01 was awarded a Ph.D. in educational policy and planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rachel Graunke Andrews '04, RNC-NIC, BSN, completed her certification in neonatal intensive care nursing. She works at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.

Faculty & Staff News

Faculty and Staff Honored at Convocation

Members of Knox's faculty and staff were honored at Opening Convocation. The Janet C. Hunter Prize for salaried staff was awarded to Jackie Uhlman, executive secretary for the dean of the college; the Hunter Prize for hourly staff was awarded to Bobbi Helander, Out Post manager. 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 shared by Chad Simpson, English, and John Spittell, business; The Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching by a tenured faculty member was awarded to Steve Cohn, economics.

Knox Faculty Member Unveils Study Findings in Zambia

Gail FergusonAssistant Professor of Psychology Gail Ferguson's latest research unearthed an intriguing and potentially ground-breaking idea for psychologists: People sometimes develop a powerful cultural connection to a country that isn't their own, even if they've never spent time there. She conducted her research in Kingston, Jamaica, and presented her findings in July at the 2010 biennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, held in Lusaka, Zambia. Learn more about Ferguson's research.

Robert HellengaHellenga Publishes Sixth Novel

George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English Robert Hellenga's new novel, Snakewoman of Little Egypt is now available. Read a summary and reviews of the book and watch a video of Hellenga reading from his new novel.

Faculty & Staff Notes

Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, is currently a resident at Ledig House International Writers Residency in upstate New York, working on new play translations. In June, he was a panelist at the conference "De la page au plateau: Traduire le théâtre" in Lausanne, Switzerland. Blackadder's translation from German of Rebekka Kricheldorf's Rosa and Blanca was produced at the Grinnell Arts Center in July, directed by Samantha Newport '10.

Andrew Civettini, assistant professor of political science, attended the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology in San Francisco, presenting the paper, "An Agenda for Political Hope" and serving as chair and discussant for a panel on "The Conditional Effects of Persuasion." In July, Civettini gave an invited lecture, "Election 2010: Why Do Voters Vote the Way They Do?" at Congress in the Classroom. He was an invited participant in a research workshop at the Virginia Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Genetics in Richmond, Virginia, in August.

Eight guides to teaching history in the post-secondary classroom by Catherine Denial, assistant professor of history, were published for the curriculum Web site Bringing History Home, a federally funded professional development project for social studies educators. Denial co-led professional development workshops for more than 300 elementary school educators in Cedar Rapids and participated in a roundtable on digital issues in history education at the Society of Historians for the Early American Republic's annual meeting in Rochester, New York.

Jason Helfer and Stephen Schroth of the educational studies department published Backstage Pass! The Barber of Seville Student Magazine and Backstage Pass! The Barber of Seville Teacher's Guide with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Schroth also had a chapter included in the book, Parenting Gifted Children: "Selecting After-School Programs: A Guide for Parents."

Associate in applied music David Hoffman spent 13 years on the road with Ray Charles, an experience he chronicles in a newly self-published book, What's That Bus Doing on the Runway? The Antics and Absurdities of Life on Road. Read about Hoffman and his experiences in the Peoria Journal Star.

Heather Hoffmann, professor of psychology, delivered an invited talk on learning processes and sexual preference at The Puzzle of Sexual Orientation Workshop in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. A month later she traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, where she spoke about sexual conditioning and awareness at a meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research.

There's little research examining whether the children of frugal parents are more or less likely to be careful with money, says Tim Kasser, professor psychology, in an Associated Press article. "Thrift hasn't been of major interest to American culture in the last 60 years or so," he says. "It's been about trying to get people to be materialistic, not thrifty." Read more about Kasser's findings.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon, in June. The title of the paper was "Who Becomes a Hero and What Happens to Them? A Study of Self-Sacrificial Behavior in Small Female Groups." The co-author of the paper was Carin Perilloux, '03, a Knox graduate who is finishing a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Two articles by Chuck Schulz, professor of physics, have been published. He co-authored "Structural and Magnetic Effects of meso-Substitution in Alkyl-Substitued Metalloporphyrinate pi-Cation Radicals: Characterization of [Fe(TalkylP*)(Cl)]SbCl6 (alkyl ethyl and n-propyl)," which appeared in Inorganic Chemistry, and authored "The Nucleus as a Probe," which appeared in The Physics of Proteins.

A once desolate lot near the Knox campus purchased by Peter Schwartzman, associate professor of environmental studies, is now blooming with life, and most of it is edible. Members of the Knox and Galesburg communities gathered to celebrate the garden's one-year anniversary. Read about the garden and Schwartzman's efforts in the Register-Mail.

A former Navy officer for 10 years, Cathy Walters, director of international student advisement, joined the Army Reserves last year after being out of the military for more than two decades. She celebrated her 52nd birthday at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, where she went through the seven-week Warrior Transition Course. Read more about her experience in the Register-Mail.


In This Issue

Knox Events

September 23, 2010
Pub Night
September 25, 2010
Museum Tour, Talk by Professor Bob Seibert '63
September 25, 2010
Brewery Tour and Pub Night
October 7, 2010
Brewery Tour and Reception
October 8-10, 2010
Knox College Campus
October 22 to 24, 2010
Knox College Campus

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Danny Gonshorek

I'm really fascinated about functionality and art and making my own things. My name is Danny Gonshorek '11 and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Ander Monson

By trying -- and often failing -- at this variety of things, I found a fruitful way to exist in the world. My name is Ander Monson '97, author, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Professor Du

The Chinese program here is still just beginning to develop and I am happy to be part of its growth. My name is Weihong Du, assistant professor of Asian studies, and I AM KNOX

Meet more Knox faculty.

Presidential Search Update

Contact Us

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