Photos from Knox College 175th Anniversary Web site

Knox Community Celebrates 175th Anniversary

During the 2011-12 academic year, Knox College and Galesburg will celebrate the 175th anniversary of their joint founding. As part of that celebration, the College has developed a Web site that highlights the history of the College. View photos, a College timeline, and significant moments in Knox history. Watch and listen to video and audio, share your favorite things about Knox, and see what events are planned for the upcoming year. New content will be added to the site throughout the year, so check back often and send us any contributions -- photos, memories, and the like -- that you may have. View the site.

Class of 2015, President Amott Join Campus Community

Knox College President Teresa Amott addressing first-year students and their families during move-in day.Hailing from 30 states and 32 countries, this year's entering class of 400 Knox students -- the most diverse class in Knox's history -- is already active and accomplished, with more than half bringing community service experience to campus. Learn more about the Class of 2015 and why they chose Knox.

Knox President Teresa Amott greeted the students as they moved onto campus. "Your class will always be a little special to me, as you and I are starting our Knox journeys together." Amott joined the students in her first Pumphandle and shared her four initiatives with the incoming class and the rest of campus on the first day of classes at Opening Convocation. Read more about Convocation or watch it on YouTube.

And for those not on campus for the College's annual Pumphandle, Knox arranged for a Virtual Pumphandle through Facebook. More than 500 individuals participated in the event that spread to 5 continents, 10 countries, and nearly 40 states! See a map of participants.

From the Editors

Countdown to Homecoming -- October 14-16

Homecoming is just one month away. Have you made your hotel reservations yet, registered for events, or returned your Reunion Questionnaire (we're especially low on quesionnaires from the classes of '76, '86, '01 and '06)? There’s still time. Visit the Homecoming & Reunion 2011 Web page for more details and to see who’s coming. Watch a video to find out why your classmates come back to Knox for Homecoming. And while you're on campus, don't forget to:

  • Knox College will celebrate it's 175th Anniversary during Homecoming 2011.Come to the Community Pumphandle on Friday at 4 p.m.
  • Wear your purple Knox shirt for the K photo on Saturday at 4 p.m.
  • Enjoy a special toast and receive a complimentary champagne flute at the Homecoming Dinner and 175th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Cannon Fire? Flags Atop Old Main? Streaking?

Like all students at colleges and universities across the country, Knox has had its fair share of pranks -- from cannon fire in the 1920s to flags atop Old Main in the 1980s and streaking in the 1990s. What were some of your favorite campus prank? Please send us your memories.

Image of Knox Magazine Fall 2011 edition.Our Favorite Things in Knox Magazine

Fall 2011 kicks off the celebration of the 175th anniversary of Knox College's founding. In honor of this special anniversary, Knox Magazine asked the Knox community what it loves most about Knox. This issue highlights the 17.5 most popular responses to that question, as well as an interview with Knox President Teresa Amott about her way to Knox. Read the Fall 2011 Knox Magazine and share your own favorite Knox memory.

Fall Open House for Prospective Students -- Recommend One for VIP Treatment

Do you know someone who might be interested in attending Knox? Encourage the student to attend one of Knox's Fall Open Houses on Monday, October 10, or Friday, November 11! 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 Fall Open Houses.

Admission counselors are now traveling the globe, visiting high schools, conducting off-campus interviews, and representing Knox at college fairs. Tell someone you think would be a great fit for Knox how to connect with an admission representative. And don’t hesitate to recommend a prospective student for “V.I.P.” treatment.

Campus News

Knox Ranked in U.S. News Best Colleges Edition

Old MainKnox College is ranked in the top third of the nation's best liberal arts colleges, according to the 2012 rankings compiled by US News & World Report. Criteria included a dedicated faculty, 95% of whom are full-time; academics and campus life that result in an 89% retention rate for first-year students; small classes, 66% with fewer than 20 students; and a giving rate of 38% for alumni who give to their alma mater. Read more about the ranking.

Knox Chosen One of Sierra Club’s Coolest Schools

Students work in a community gardenThe Sierra Club has identified Knox College as one of "America's Coolest Schools," ranking it 65th among the greenest colleges in the United States. Knox College has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability by working steadily to reduce waste, conserve energy and water, and build a stronger culture of environmental responsibility. Read more about the award and sustainability initiatives happening on campus.

Student Callers Connect with Alumni

This spring, more than 30 students called Knox alumni to discover what they love most about Knox, chat about life after Knox, talk to them about what Knox is like now, and to seek support for the Knox Fund. Their contact with alumni resulted in $629,730 for scholarships, faculty salaries, student activities, athletics, and technology for the College. This fall, they will be making calls from September 13-October 18. If you see Knox on your caller ID, be sure to pick up the phone!

Cross Country Team Sheds Shoes, Runs on Instinct

Student run with and without shoes during cross country practice.After a hard practice for the upcoming cross country season, there's nothing better than kicking off your shoes and ... running some more, according to Alex Moreno ’93, a record-holding runner in his Knox College career and now an assistant cross country coach at Knox. "We're from a line of runners -- born to run -- and we want to tap into that instinct as much as possible." Read more about Knox students running barefoot.

Student News

Legacy and children at Old Main on Move-In Day 2011. Paula Castanos, Juan Castanos, Laura Castanos.35 Students Follow Relatives to Knox

There's no better stamp of approval for a college than when its alumni send their children to their alma mater. And at Knox, 35 members of the Class of 2015 were legacies, or students who followed a relative to Knox. See this year’s legacy students.

Three-Sport Athletes making the Most of College Days

Doug Lillibridge and Amber EishaThink the three-sport college athlete has suffered a similar fate as the typewriter in the sports department of a newspaper? It hasn’t at Knox. Doug Lillibridge ’13 stays busy all year long for the Prairie Fire. Read more about Lillibridge at and watch a video with Lillibridge and Knox’s other three-sport athlete, Amber Eisha ’14.

Students, Professor Teach Others About Alaska Salmon

Elizabeth Cockrell in AlaskaOne of the most memorable events of senior Elizabeth Cockrell's summer occurred when the Knox College environmental studies major attended a two-hour meeting -- in the middle of an Alaskan stream -- to talk about fish. "We stood there, and the little coho salmon were swimming around our feet," she recalled. Cockrell, Helen Schnoes ‘11, and Nic Mink, visiting instructor of environmental studies, spent three months in Sitka, Alaska, where they collaborated with community members to develop a program to educate people about salmon as a valuable natural resource. Read more about their experience.

Students lead Junior Great Books Program

Student leads Junior Great Books ProgramGuiding young students through a Junior Great Books curriculum "is not about getting the right answers, but asking the right questions," according to an instructor who came to the Knox campus to help Knox students prepare for teaching Junior Great Books classes. Knox's Junior Great Books Program is showcased in a recent Web feature by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The board awarded a grant to the program in 2010. Learn more about the program and award.


In the August 2011 Gizmogram, it was noted that Maksymilian Czuperski ’12 interned this summer with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung political foundation in Germany. The internship was actually in the West Bank/Israel office. the editors regret the error.

Alumni News

Knox Alumnus Shows Work at Metropolitan Museum in New York

Stephen Tourlentes '82 with his cameraStephen Tourlentes ’82 is one of a select group of artists whose work was featured in the show, "Night Vision," at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. A professor at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Tourlentes has worked extensively in night photography of correctional facilities nationwide. Read more about Tourlentes and view the photo.

Research Prepares Alumni for Vet, Med Schools

Kelly Wiggen and David KurianFor one student, research gave her the experience she needed for acceptance to vet school. For another, experience guided his research, which has led to medical school. Kelly Wiggen ’11’s College Honor’s research focused how zebra finches react to predators. "It was nice to be able to put on my (vet school) application that I'm not only doing research, which is a big plus, but I'm also getting animal experience." Wiggen is now attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Read more about Wiggen’s research. David Kurian ’11, last year’s co-captain of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, studied backhand Frisbee throw mechanics. He presented his research at the 103rd annual meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science, where he was awarded first place in the Health Sciences division. Kurian is attending The George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C. Read more about Kurian’s research.

Alumni Notes

Hameed Mohammed Kazzaz ’53 is probably the only Knox graduate to pay for his education by selling a collection of Persian rugs and goat hair blankets. Read more at

Richard Hemp ’70, renowned in the disability community for his many publications, books, and research, received the Distinguished Research in Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Award from The Arc, the largest national community-based organization advocating and servicing people with intellectual and development disabilities. Read more about the recognition.

Doug Hill on the podium in Bejing, China, with his medal and Knox sweatshirtDoug Hill '75 received a gold medal for his age group in the Olympic Triathlon World Championship in Bejing, China, last week. His daughter, Alycia, won the women's age 20-24 sprint title. "You can't beat double gold," Hill said.

George Eaton ’80, historian for the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, is publishing the Toilet Paper, a newsletter posted on the inside door of 130 restroom stalls and above the urinals on the island, offering news and history about the arsenal. Read more about the publication at

Eric Williams ’85 has been the team chiropractor for the local high school football team in Lisle, Illinois, for 16 years. Read more at his contributions to the local community at

James Clark ’09 has been named the new baseball coach at Eureka College. Read more about at

Faculty and Staff News

Honors presented to Knox Faculty, Staff at Opening Convocation

Sonja Klocke, Stephen Schroth, Amy Singer, and Diana CermakAt Opening Convocation, Lawrence Breitborde, dean of the college, presented the Philip Green Wright/Lombard College Prizes for distinguished teaching to non-tenured faculty Sonja Klocke, assistant professor of modern languages, Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, and Amy Singer, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology. The tenured faculty member recipient was Diana Cermak, associate professor of chemistry. The sole criterion for selection is distinguished teaching.

Andy Gibbons and Marie ScalfThe Janet C. Hunter Prize is awarded each year to a member of the college salaried staff and to a member of the hourly staff for outstanding service to the Knox community. The salaried recipient was Andy Gibbons, assistant football coach. The hourly staff recipient was Marie Scalf, custodian. Read more about the awards.

Knox Wins Healthiest Company Honor

Knox College President Teresa Amott receives a certificate naming Knox one of the Healthiest Companies in America.For the fourth year in a row, Knox College has been named one of the "Healthiest Companies in America" for 2010 by the health management program Interactive Health Solutions. The award recognizes Knox College employees and spouses for achieving outstanding results on a health screening program held on the Knox campus. Read more about the award.

Jason HelferProfessor Named to State Teacher Certification Board

Jason Helfer, associate professor of educational studies, has been named to the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board. State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch appointed Helfer to the panel. Read more about the appointment.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Andy Civettini, assistant professor of political science, and Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, were interviewed about the memories of those affected by the September 11 World Trade Center bombings in Read the article.

An article co-authored by McAndrew and Chelsea De Jonge '10, "Electronic Person Perception: What Do We Infer about People from the Style of their E-Mail Messages?" was published in the  July issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science. This summer, McAndrew presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Montpellier, France, "The Gender and Personality Dynamics of Self-Sacrificial "Heroic" Behavior in Mixed-Sex Groups," co-authored with Carin Perilloux, '03, who now teaches at Williams College in Massachusetts.  Finally, McAndrew has been appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Social Psychology.

McAndrew and Sara Koehnke '12 are conducting a study on "creepiness." Surprisingly, exactly what makes someone come across as "creepy" has never been studied in an empirical fashion. You can assist their research by completing a brief survey. Take the survey.

Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor of English, and Rodney Davis, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center, are featured in the documentary The Day Carl Sandburg Died, which premiered in Galesburg during the Black Earth Film Festival earlier this month. Read more at Metz and Liz Carlin-Metz, professor of theatre, were also interviewed by about a staging of the play Spoon River Anthology, based on the book of the same title by Edgar Lee Masters. Read the article.

175th Anniversary

In This Issue

Knox Events

September 22, 2011
Fizz Bar & Grill
October 14-16, 2011
Knox College Campus
October 20, 2011
Oak Park Public Library
October 21-23, 2011
Knox Campus
October 22, 2011
Food Bank of the Rockies

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Profile Text Goes here!Brandon Parharm, Senior

I will be able to make more meaningful connections before I get into the profession of professional dancing. My name is Brandon Paraharm, Senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Nicole Whittaker Malley '98

I can't imagine doing anything more fun than this. It shows that it's possible to find a topic that you can fall in love with, and I want my students to see that. My name is Nicole Whittaker Malley '98, instructor of music, and I AM KNOX.

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Tim Stedman '09

I think the combination of my professional background, the coursework I’ve taken, and my studio experience puts me in a unique position as a professor. My name is Tim Stedman '09, visiting assistant professor of art, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.

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