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Best Liberal Arts College -- Knox Ranked 12th in Nation

Knox is one of the best colleges in the nation when it comes to encouraging students to give back to their nation and country, according Washington Monthly. In their 2013 rankings, Knox ranked 12th in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges classification. The rankings evaluate schools based on their contributions to the public good in three broad categories:

  • Social Mobility -- recruiting and graduating low-income students;
  • Research -- scholarship on campus and advanced degrees earned by graduates;
  • Service -- encouraging students to give something back to their country, such as graduates in the Peace Corps and students in community service activities.

We’re in good company. Other colleges in the top 20 include Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Swarthmore, Grinnell, Oberlin, and Amherst. Learn more about why Knox is listed so high in the rankings.

U.S. News Finds Knox a “Great School at a Great Price”
Top reputation. Academic Excellence. Affordability. Those were the criteria used by U.S. News & World Report in ranking Knox 38th among national liberal arts colleges as a "Best Value." Knox is the only liberal arts college in Illinois in this very selective ranking of colleges. Read more about the ranking.

From the Editors

Countdown to Homecoming

Alumni enjoy dinner at Knox HomecomingThere’s so much to do at Homecoming 2013! On Friday you can return to the classroom, enjoy a round of golf, and mingle at the "Taste of Galesburg" All-Class Reception. On Saturday, stretch your legs at the Homecoming 5K Cross Country Walk/Run (new format, new venue!), celebrate Homecoming Convocation, cheer on the Prairie Fire football team, take a guided tour and nature walk at Green Oaks, and enjoy Homecoming Dinner. Go to the Homecoming and Reunion 2013 web page to register for events, see who's coming, and fill out a Reunion Questionnaire -- you have a Reunion if your class year ends in a “3” or “8.”

Make Plans Now for Family and Friends Weekend -- October 4-6

This is a great opportunity to visit your son/daughter, sister/brother, grandson/granddaughter, or friend and enjoy events on campus and around Galesburg. Check out the schedule of events and be sure to sign up now!

A student caller hard at workPick Up the Phone -- Connect with a Knox Student

This fall, students are calling alumni and parents of the College through October 16 to share what life on today's campus is all about. To hear firsthand how you help Knox students, be sure to pick up the phone.

Changes to Gmail

If you're a Gmail user, you should know that Google recently made significant changes to its inbox. Read more to find out how this change might impact your receipt of Knox College e-mails.

Campus News

Knox Community Engages with Galesburg, Launches New Year

A final embrace before the beginning of the academic yearThis month, Knox welcomed more than 400 first-year and transfer students as the newest members of the Knox community. "You bring to Knox a new wealth of stories and perspectives, developed as you have lived and grown in 22 countries and 27 states," President Teresa Amott told the new students.

Knox College students, faculty, and staff celebrated everyone's return to campus by exploring and engaging with the Galesburg community, volunteering their time and talent, and participating in Pumphandle. Fall 2013 classes started September 12.

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!

Student News

Past issues of The Knox StudentTKS Finalist in National Contest

The Knox Student, Knox's award-winning student-run newspaper, has been named a finalist in two categories of the Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year contest, a national competition for student journalists. Read more about the contest.

Becky Harwell '16  and her novelSophomore’s Sci-Fi Novel Published

The first time Knox student Becky Harwell '16 wrote a manuscript, she was eight years old. As a junior in high school, she was already on her fourth novel -- about an 18-foot tall superhero named Jupiter. Her work, The Thunderbird Project, was published last month by Bedlam Press, an imprint of Necro Publications. "Since coming to Knox, I've gained a better sense of my weaknesses as a writer," says Harwell, who is from Forest Lake, Minnesota, and plans to major in creative writing. "Part of it is simply being surrounded by so much talent." Read more about Harwell.

Cross country runners pick up trash while they run through the communityCross Country Team Combines Practice, Community Clean Up

The Prairie Fire cross country teams added a twist to one of their first practices of the new season. Trash bags in hand, the runners picked up litter along the way as they ran through the community. The teams collected a significant amount of waste and helped make the neighborhoods they run through every day look a little nicer. View photos from the workout.

Alumni News

Alumna Dedicated to the Cause of Hunger and Food Insecurity

Rosie Worthen ‘11The story of Rosie Worthen ‘11, president of the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen in Galesburg, is somewhat similar to that of the people she has now dedicated herself and her organization to feeding. Coming from a low-income household in Montana, Worthen's family often relied on the aid of neighbors to get by when times were tough. "Without my community growing up, I wouldn't be where I am today, and I want to give others the same opportunity I received." Read more about Worthen and the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen.

Steve Galdek ’12Knox Squirrel Research Featured in TIME Magazine

Squirrel research done at Knox by Steve Galdek ’12 was featured in a TIME magazine newsfeed about the complicated relationship between college students and the rodents. Read the TIME article and learn more about Galdek’s research.

Alumni Notes

A media-rich feature on a horse racing legend by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Bearak ’71 was featured in the New York Times. Read the article.

W. Dudley McCarter ’72, a founding member of Behr, McCarter & Potter P.C., has been selected to the 2014 Best Lawyers in America List for commercial litigation, construction litigation, and construction law. McCarter is a former president of The Missouri Bar and a 2013 Knox Alumni Achievement Award winner. Read more about McCarter.

Lawyer Jan Vyn Sharry ’73 says her future was shaped by her liberal arts education in an interview with the Dallas Business Journal. Read the article and watch a video of Sharry.

Linn County Supervisor Linda Nelson Langston ’75 was appointed to the FEMA National Advisory Council. Read more about the appointment.

The art of Maureen Mills ’83 is featured at Phillips Exeter Academy’s Lamont Gallery in Exeter, New Hampshire. Learn more about the exhibit.

A story about paintings by artist Michael Acerra ’89 is featured in the Catholic Post. Read the article.

Army War College Fellowship selection Lieutenant Colonel Julian Bond ’91 has been selected to The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University Scowcroft Institute Army Fellowship program, for academic year 2014. Read more about Bond.

Paul Rodeen ’01 of Rodeen Literary Management, an agency devoted to supporting the careers of children’s book writers and illustrators, was featured in an interview in Literary Rambles. Read the interview.

Huseyin Naci '06, a pre-doctoral fellow in pharmaceutical policy research at the department of population medicine of Harvard Medical School, was awarded the Thomas O. Pyle Fellowship to promote training of individuals studying critical topics in domestic health policy and health care systems. Read more about Naci.

An article on National Science Foundation funding for research at undergraduate institutions co-authored by Jacob Scholl ’09, scientific analyst at the National Institutes of Health, was featured in the fall 2013 Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly. Read the article.

Faculty & Staff News

“Back and Forth” with Students Inspires Professor’s Book

Associate Professor of History Catherine DenialAssociate Professor of History Catherine Denial says that her "back and forth" interactions with Knox students, especially in her History of Marriage class, helped her transform her dissertation into the new book Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country. “Through the stories of married -- and divorcing -- men and women in the region, we can trace the uneven fortunes of American expansion in the early nineteenth century, and the nation-shaping power of marital acts,” said Denial, a member of the Knox faculty since 2005. Read more about Denial and the book.

Book Brings Alumni Closer to Favorite Professor

Sam Moon, William G. Simonds Professor Emeritus of EnglishThe book may be called A Little Farther, but compiling the works of Sam Moon, William G. Simonds Professor Emeritus of English, brought Dave Gustafson ’63, Jay Matson ’65, and David Lunde ’63 a little closer to their favorite Knox professor, who died in 2011. The works they chose to include in the book are primarily poetry, many of which appeared in prestigious publications like The Atlantic and Poetry. Lunde will have copies of the book for sale at the Homecoming Alumni and Faculty Book Signing at 11 a.m. on October 19 in the lobby of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts. The book is also available through the Knox College Bookstore by calling 309-341-7344.

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages

Vasili "Bill" Fiedorow, professor emeritus of modern languages at KnoxVasili "Bill" Fiedorow, professor emeritus of modern languages at Knox, died August 27 in Washington. Fiedorow taught Russian and French at Knox for more than 30 years, serving eight years as chair of the modern languages department. He regularly led faculty and student trips -- 19 in all -- to the former Soviet Union, facilitating entry into an often misunderstood Russian culture during the Cold War. Learn more about Fiedorow. If you have memories of Professor Fiedorow that you'd like to share, send them to

Faculty and Staff Notes

An article by Nikki Malley '98, assistant professor of music, “A Sale You Can Dance To: Entrainment, Flexibility, and Improvisation in the Metric Practice of the American Auctioneer,” is featured the August issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music. Read more about the article.

Paul Marasa, writing coordinator, TRIO Achievement Program, published a three-volume e-book on the movies, The Constant Viewer: Excerpts from an Imaginary Cinema Diary, 1876-Present. Read more about the e-books and Marasa.

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, accompanied two students, Amelia Goranson ’14 and Chris Holland ’13, to the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Miami Beach, Florida. McAndrew was the co-author with Goranson on a poster entitled “Does Self-Monitoring Mediate Interest in Different Styles of Gossip?” Holland was the co-author of a paper with Professor of Psychology Heather Hoffmann entitled “The Relationship Between Sexual Fantasy and Strategies of Human Mating: An Exploratory Study.”  McAndrew also presented a paper entitled “Does Hormonal Birth Control Disrupt the Assessment of Mate Quality Through Kissing?” that was co-authored with five other Knox students.

Chad Simpson, associate professor of English, delivered the talk “The Impact of Place” and read from his award-winning collection of short stories, Tell Everyone I Said Hi, at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery.

In This Issue

Knox Events

September 22, 2013
Wilmette, Illinois
September 28, 2013
Knox Campus
October 04 to October 06, 2013
Knox Campus
October 18-20, 2013
Re-connect with Friends at Knox!
October 26, 2013
Service Event at Food Bank of the Rockies
October 29, 2013
Geology Alumni Gathering
November 06, 2013
The Book of Mormon
November 14, 2013
Talk and Reception

Gizmogram Archive

Knox Links

Knox Profiles

Paige Anderson, senior and Amazon intern

It's one thing to study computer science in a classroom, but it has been really helpful to see a little more of what it is like to be a software engineer in a large tech company (Amazon). My name is Paige Anderson, senior, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox students.

Edward Davis '12, sound designer and composer

I've recognized my long-term goal, which is to be a successful, published composer and a professor of composition at a school like Knox. My name is Edward Davis '12, sound designer and composer, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox alumni.

Brent Solie, visiting assistant professor of mathematics

I originally wanted to major in physics, but somewhere along the way I started to enjoy the abstraction of math and abstract algebra. My name is Brent Solie, visiting assistant professor of mathematics, and I AM KNOX.

Meet more Knox faculty.

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