A new student shows his excitement as he moves into his residence hall.

Knox Welcomes Second-Largest Class in 40 Years

Students spell Knox at First Fridays on Seminary StreetKnox welcomed the second-largest entering class in 40 years with a week of orientation activities, tours of the Galesburg community, a “Day of Service” involving more than 200 students, and the traditional Pumphandle, followed by the all-campus picnic. Learn more about the incoming class.

Other highlights from the start of the academic year:

Cover of Colleges that Change LivesKnox Selected for New Edition of Colleges That Change Lives

Knox has again been selected for the best-selling guide to colleges that is noted for its in-depth approach -- Colleges That Change Lives. The new edition, published this month by Penguin, advises: "Knox delivers an elite education to a diverse group of students... Knox is a place that will take you seriously, no matter where you grew up or what kind of high school you attended." Learn more about the new edition and what was said about Knox.

From the Editors

Countdown to Homecoming

There’s so much to do at Homecoming 2012! On Friday you can return to the classroom, enjoy a round of golf, learn about the art of Professor Emeritus Harland Goudie, and mingle at the "Taste of Galesburg" All-Class Reception. On Saturday, stretch your legs at the 5K Walk/Run, celebrate Homecoming Convocation, cheer on the Prairie Fire football team, take a guided tour and nature walk at Green Oaks, enjoy Homecoming Dinner, and watch fireworks! Go to the Homecoming and Reunion 2012 Web page to registered for events, see who's coming, and fill out a Reunion Questionnaire. Watch a video to find out what Homecoming's all about!

Alumni at Homecoming

Knox on the Road

Knox 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 you think might be a great fit for Knox -- check out the "Knox on the Road" Web page to find a counselor near you!

Students on the Phones this Fall

Knox Advancement Ambassadors will be calling alumni and parents from September 16 to October 11 to let you know what's going on at Knox this term, to update your records, and to raise money for the Knox Fund. Our student calling program raised $635,065 last year. These funds allow Knox to provide a highly competitive and engaging education for current students. Be sure to pick up your phone for a stimulating conversation with a current Knox student! Meet the Advancement Ambassadors.

Campus News

Students snorkel in BelizeStudents Explore Belize’s Marine Biology and Culture

Expanding on a spring term 2012 marine biology course, 10 Knox students traveled to Belize with Linda Dybas '64, Watson Bartlett Professor of Biology, and Miava Reem '01, biology technical assistant, to examine aquatic life, interact with residents, and visit ancient Mayan sites. Read more about the trip.

Knox Named One of “Best and Most Interesting Colleges and Universities” by Fiske Guide

Fiske Guide to College logoCiting Knox's strong academic programs and personalized campus experience, the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has selected Knox as one of 300 "best and most interesting colleges and universities" among more than 2,200 higher education institutions in the United States. Read more about the selection.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died Premieres September 24 on PBS

Carl SandburgA new 90-minute documentary, The Day Carl Sandburg Died, premieres nationally on Monday, September 24, at 10 p.m. (ET) on the PBS program American Masters. The documentary provides a dynamic examination of Sandburg’s life, work, and controversial legacy from a modern perspective. The film features interviews with Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor of English and Rodney Davis, Szold Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History, with portions of the film being shot in Galesburg and featuring Matt Allis '08 re-creating a young Carl Sandburg. Learn more about the documentary.

Knox and Eureka Compete for New Lincoln Trophy

Knox vs. EurekaKnox and Eureka College rekindled a century-old athletic rivalry and recognized their historic ties to President Abraham Lincoln when the schools kicked off the 2012 football season earlier this month in the inaugural competition for the Abraham Lincoln Trophy. The Prairie Fire led 55-45 with 9:37 to play in the game before the Red Devils scored the final 17 points to come away with the win and the trophy with a final score of 62-55. Read more about the Lincoln Trophy and the football game.

NPR Focuses on Knox Prairie Community Kitchen

NPR (formerly National Public Radio) recently featured the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen, an organization that brings together volunteers from Knox College and the larger Galesburg-area community to provide free dinners for anyone who wants to attend. The story was part of a collection of written submissions from people all over the United States about "the good things Americans are doing," according to the NPR Web site. Read more about the feature.

New Coaches Bring Wealth of Experience to Prairie Fire Teams

From England to Australia and California to right here in Galesburg, new coaches are bringing a wealth of experience -- as seasoned coaches and athletes -- to the Prairie Fire men’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, track and field, and cross country teams. Read more about the new coaches.

Coaches Edwards, Chalker, Rye, Haynes, and Moreno

Student News

How Did Knox Students Spend Their Summer?

This summer, Knox students applied what they've learned in the classroom at locales around the world, gaining real-world experience:

  • Max Glassner ’14 with ElmoMatt Glassner '14 danced with Cookie Monster and met Elmo during his internship at the Sesame Street Workshop in New York.
  • Katie Miller ’13 was a state department intern at the U.S. Consulate in Strasbourg, France.
  • Tiesa McElroy ’14 spent the summer in Everett, Washington, estimating retrofit requests for the Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners.
  • Allister Byrd ’13 worked in Shanghai, China, doing in-depth research comparing the health care systems in the United States and China.

Read more about other students and the internships they are participating in during summer break.

Student Back After Year at London School of Economics

Hannah Basil '13 on a camelHannah Basil '13 returned to campus after studying for a year at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was introduced to a different educational system. She also traveled and learned a new sport, netball. Read more about Basil and her year abroad.

First-year Student Already an Accomplished Writer

Niki Acton ’16 the cast who performed one of her playsNiki Acton ’16 has long been fascinated with creative writing. It's what drew her to Interlochen Arts Academy and led to her selection to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which recognizes the nation's top-performing students in academics and the arts. Read more about Acton.

Alumni News

Kevin Walden Named Knox Men’s Basketball Coach

Kevin Walden ’01Kevin Walden ’01, former Knox men's basketball player and assistant coach, is returning to his alma mater to lead the men's basketball program. Walden comes from Warren Wilson College, where he led the basketball program to its best four-year winning percentage in more than three decades. Read more about Walden.

Lucas Southworth '01Southworth Wins Short Story Award

Lucas Southworth '01 recently won an Association of Writers and Writing Programs award for his short story collection, Everyone Here Has a Gun, which will be published in spring 2013 by the University of Massachusetts Press. Read more about Southworth.

Alumna Designs Education Project with Smithsonian

Layne Zimmers '06 in TanzaniaLayne Zimmers '06 partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to teach students about the global water crisis. Inspired by a trip to Tanzania, she developed a yearlong project for her sixth-grade classrooms in Springfield, Illinois, that incorporates online seminars, field trips, and fundraising. Read more about Zimmers.

Calandro Promoted by NCAA

Dan Calandro '77Dan Calandro '77, a former Knox baseball and basketball player and athletic director at the College from 2000-2006, has been appointed the associate director of Division III governance for the NCAA. Read more about Calandro.

Arts Alumni: Take a Survey, Compare Your Arts Journey with Grads Nationwide

Arts graduates express themselves through words, pictures, music, and movement. And coming soon, you can express yourself through a survey that will help shape the future of arts education throughout the U.S., including those following in your footsteps here at Knox. The College is partnering with the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) to learn about how studying the arts has influenced your life and career, whether you stayed in the arts or pursued a different direction. The information we gather will be used to strengthen our program. You will also have access to a site where you can compare your journey to other arts graduates nationwide. Look for your invitation to arrive via e-mail soon. And thanks in advance for your participation.

Calling All Alumni Playwrights!

Knox’s Department of Theatre announces the inaugural New Plays Festival, featuring original works by Knox students, faculty, and alumni. The plays will be performed throughout spring term at various locations around campus. Alumni are encouraged to submit one-act and full-length plays of any style or genre. Send scripts to For more information, visit the Knox College Theatre Web site or theatre page on Facebook.

Alumni Notes

Margaret Rabenau Wright ’53 has published her first novel, Pursuit of the Nightingale, which tells the story of a wounded soldier in WWII and a German nurse. Read more about Wright and her novel.

Ray Burke ’77, a former executive with Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in Nebraska, was featured in a July Wired magazine feature “Air-Pumped Mascot Costumes Turn Autistic Kids Into Outgoing Entertainers.” Read the article.

Thomas O’Neal ’77 has joined the law firm of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC and will practice out of the firm’s Peoria, Illinois, office.

A play by Ben Moeller-Gaa ’98, Digging Up Danny, will be performed in St. Louis this fall. He’s also had more than 50 haiku published in five countries on four continents and in two languages. His haiku chapbook, Wasp Shadows, will be out later this year from Folded Word Press. He’s even taught two haiku workshops, one for the St. Louis Poetry Center and St. Louis Writers Guild and another at Missouri Baptist University.

Joyce Omondi ’10 is co-hosting a Christian music/worship show on TV in Kenya called Rauka and is now doing some music of her own. Watch her video.

Laura Mills ’12, an activist with the women’s anti-war group Code Pink, interrupted Representative Paul D. Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Read more in The New York Times.

Faculty & Staff News

Professor Researches Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

Daniel Beers, assistant professor of political scienceDaniel Beers, assistant professor of political science, volunteered in Haiti shortly after the country's devastating 2010 earthquake that displaced more than a million people from their homes. Nearly three years later, hundreds of thousands of Haitians still lack long-term shelter. He spent six weeks in Haiti this summer, interviewing people who have been working to ease the plight of Haiti's "IDPs" -- internally displaced persons, to find out why. Learn more about Beers’ research.

Students and faculty in Dhiban, JordanFaculty and Students Conduct Research in Jordan

Katherine Adelsberger, Douglas and Maria Bayer Endowed Chair in Earth Science, conducted excavation and analysis this summer at Tall Dhiban, a 5,000-year-old site located near the modern town of Dhiban, south of Amman, Jordan. Adelsberger and Danielle Steen Fatkin, visiting assistant professor of history, have been working in Jordan since 2009. Their work has been supported by grants from Dushan Petrovich '74, chair of the Knox College Board of Trustees, and his wife Nancy, and from the Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) program of the Associated College of the Midwest. Read more about their research.

Send Us Your Memories of Penny Gold

Penny Gold, professor of historyPenny Gold, professor of history, will be retiring at the end of December 2012. The history department is gathering recollections from former students to put into a book to give Gold on the occasion of her retirement. If you have any stories or remembrances that you would like to share, please send them to by October 15.

Faculty & Staff Notes

An essay by Associate Professor of English Monica Berlin ’95, “Your Small Towns of Adult Sorrow & Melancholy” was recently published in the blog Triquarterly Online. Read her essay.

An article by Adrianna Colindres, features editor, on Illinois Auditor General William Holland was featured in the September edition of Illinois Issues. Read the article.

An article co-authored by Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, and Carin Perilloux ’03 was published in the August issue of Psychological Reports. Perilloux is currently on the faculty at Union College in Schenectady, NY. The title of the article is “The Selfish Hero: A Study of the Individual Benefits of Self-Sacrificial Prosocial Behavior.” Read more about the article.

Bruce Polay, professor of music at Knox College and artistic director/conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, was interviewed August 23 on WQPT, the PBS television station in the Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities, where he discussed the Symphony’s 2012-13 concert season.

Associate Professor of English Chad Simpson’s book Tell Everyone I Said Hi will be released in October. There will be a book-release party on Saturday, October 6, at Market Alley Wines in Monmouth.  Watch a book trailer for the soon-to-be-released collection of stories. His essay “An Epilogue to the Unread” recently appeared in the blog The Rumpus. His story “Status Updates” was published in the blog BODY.

In This Issue

Knox Events

October 12-14, 2012
Knox Campus
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

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Knox Profiles

Alejandro Varela

I taught special education classes that showed me a perspective and appreciation for teaching as a profession. My name is Alejandro Varela, Senior, and I AM KNOX.

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Lauren Smith '12

Knox was exactly what I expected -- academically challenging, but also positive and supportive. My name is Lauren Smith '12, graduate student in clinical psychology, and I AM KNOX.

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Diana Cermak

When we finally get the results in the research lab that we have been working to achieve for so long, that is an awesome moment! My name is Diana Cermak, Professorof Chemistry, and I AM KNOX.

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