Lincoln bust in Seymour Library

Knox Awarded $850,000 Challenge Grant to Support Lincoln Studies Center

Douglas L. Wilson, left, and Rodney O. DavisKnox was awarded a "We the People" challenge grant of $850,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. The Center, co-directed by renowned scholars and long-time members of the Knox faculty Rodney O. Davis and Douglas L. Wilson, promotes the study of the life and work of Abraham Lincoln through research, publications, public events, and classroom instruction. "This grant to Knox is recognition of the enduring importance of the work that has been done by our scholars Rodney Davis and Douglas Wilson," said Lawrence B. Breitborde, dean of the college. "It also acknowledges Knox's great potential for future projects -- research, publications, public events and classroom instruction." Read more about the grant.

Sundberg '95 Named Carl Sandburg College President

Lori Sundberg '95Lori Sundberg '95 has been named president of Carl Sandburg College (CSC), a community college in Galesburg with more than 3,500 students. Sundberg returned to college in her mid-30s, attending CSC before receiving her degree in history and economics at Knox. She went on to receive a master’s degree in business administration from Western Illinois University and a doctorate in business administration from St. Ambrose University. She taught at both CSC and Knox and has worked in administration at CSC since 1997. Sundberg is a first generation college student, the first graduate of CSC to serve as its president, and the first female president of the college. Read more about Sundberg's appointment.

From the Editors

Homecoming Days Away! Don't Miss Your Chance to Register Online!

Homecoming Weekend is October 23-25 -- just five days away! Don't miss your chance to attend classes with current Knox students, mingle at the "Taste of Galesburg" All-Class Reception, cheer on the Prairie Fire football team, and much more! Online registration closes today (October 19) at midnight, so Homecomingregister today!

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Campus News

Notable Speakers Visit Campus

Amity Shlaes
Conservative political columnist Amity Shlaes came to campus last week to discuss her book The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. Read more about Amity Shlaes.

Nationally notable speakers offering a variety of political perspectives spoken at Knox this fall. Holter Graham, co-host of the television show "Wa$ted," gave a talk, "My Planet, My Passion," in September. William A. Longbrake, retired vice chair of Washington Mutual Bank, and John Lawler '88, controller, U.S. Marketing and Sales, Ford Motor Company, gave the lecture, "The Great Recession - Two Perspectives" on October 1. A week later, historian Andrew Bacevich gave the 2009 Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs, "The Presidency and the Limits of Power." Read about the lectures by Graham, Longbrake and Lawler, and Bacevich in The Knox Student.

MAP Funding for Illinois Knox Students Restored

The efforts of Knox students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, and Business Advisory Council members to encourage Illinois legislators to fully fund the Monetary Award Program (MAP) for college students for the spring semester were successful. The Illinois General Assembly voted last week to fund MAP, which offers need-based grants for Illinois students. Funding for the program had been eliminated for spring 2010, which would have affected 255 Knox students who qualify for the program. On October 15, 40 Knox students traveled to Springfield to talk with legislators about the issue. Read more in the Register-Mail.

Knox Restores Mural by Famed Artist George Rickey

Part of the restored Rickey MuralKnox has restored one of the largest surviving paintings by famed artist George Rickey, who painted the 14-by-14-foot mural, "The Offer of Education," while he taught at Knox in 1940-41. The mural features Knox students and faculty ,as well as scenes from the Knox campus and Galesburg area, including the region's economic base in agriculture and railroading. After 20 years on display at Knox and nearly a half-century in storage, the mural was recently restored and is currently on loan to the Figge Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Learn more about the painting and restoration.

Center for Community Service Receives Presidential Award

Knox athletes sponsor a field day for Abingdon elementary school studentsKnox has received the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll award "with distinction for extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty, and staff in meeting critical community and national needs. The award is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Read more about the award and Knox’s ongoing commitment to community service.

Student News

Three Prairie Fire Soccer Players Ranked in NCAA DIILawrence Povoas '10  at a recent gameI

Knox College has three soccer athletes listed in the NCAA National Ranking Summary, two on the women's squad and one member of the men's team. Emma Swanson '12 and Arielle Dorman '13 earned national rankings for the women, while Lawrence Povoas '10 ranked for the men. Read more about the recognition.

Student Creates Landscapes with an Industrial Theme

Register-Mail videographer Bill Gaither recently talked with Rita Lanham ’10 as she sat in Hope Cemetery creating an oil painting of the grain elevators across Main Street. The environmental studies major and art minor from Madison, Wisconsin, is creating the painting for her studio seminar class. Watch the video.

Students and Faculty Study in SouthwestKnox students immerse themselves in the American Southwest

Six Knox students headed to the desert to expand their studies, broaden their horizons and immerse themselves in the American Southwest. The students traveled to the Navajo nation as participants in Knox's Navajo Professional Teaching Development Program. Read more about their experience.

Studying Baroque Painting Picture Perfect for Manganaro

Caroline 'CeCe' ManganaroCaroline 'CeCe' Manganaro recalls with awe the first time she stood in front of master baroque painter Diego Valezquez's painting Las Meninas. She was studying abroad in Barcelona and took a trip to the Prado in Madrid to see the painting. She describes the moment as surreal and decided to focus her senior Honors project on the painting. Read more about her Honors.

Understanding meth in western Illinois

Anthropology and sociology students in Maureen Mullinax’s “Contemporary Social Issues” course have been studying the relationship between meth and small-town America since the beginning of term. As part of their investigation, Galesburg Police investigators came to Knox to share their experience with the drug they spend many of their days combating. Professor Ralph Weisheit of Illinois State University also spoke to the class about the research methods and practices he uses to study the effects of methamphetamine on the social fabric of the Midwest. Read more about the presentations by the Galesburg Police investigators in the Register-Mail and Professor Weisheit in The Knox Student.

Alumni News

Alumni Receive Service Awards

From left: Jean Anderson '87, Letitia Luther Schactner '58, and Brett Tilly '95Three alumni will receive The Knox Service Award at Homecoming Convocation. This award is given to any member of the Knox community to recognize outstanding volunteer service benefiting Knox College. Receiving the award will be Jean Anderson '87, for her work with the Chicago Knox Club; Letitia Luther Schactner '58 for her work as class correspondent and with the FYC; and Brett Tilly '95 for his work as chair of the alumni council. Read more about Anderson, Schactner, and Tilly.

Alumni Notes

Under the pen names Dominic Martell and Sam Reaves, Allen Salter ‘75 has published more than nine mystery and crime novels. He has also worked as a teacher and translator while traveling the world. Read a profile about Salter in the Register-Mail.

Kathy Molda East ’64, former assistant director and head of children’s services at the Wood County District Library, Bowling Green, Ohio, was honored as 2009 Hall of Fame Librarian by the Ohio Library Council.

Through October 30, Megan Williamson '82 has a landscape exhibit, "Bed of Earth, Blanket of Blue Air," at the Madron Gallery of American Art in Chicago. Learn more and view her work

Elizabeth V. Grana ‘06 has joined the law firm of Behr, McCarter & Potter. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of professional negligence defense and civil litigation. Grana is a 2009 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law.

Faculty & Staff News

Knox Professor Guest Curator of Warhol ExhibitLawrence Povoas '10  at a recent game

Before Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, there was Andy Warhol. "The way he treated photography was like a visual diary. I think he was very prophetic and anticipatory of a lot of the communications phenomenon like sharing images over the Internet," said Gregory Gilbert, professor of art history the guest curator of a Warhol photography exhibit on display at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Read more about Gilbert and the exhibit.

Mathews Joins Advancement Staff

John MathewsJohn Mathews has joined the Office of Advancement as a major gift officer. John grew up in Peoria, Illinois, attended the University of Minnesota on an athletic scholarship for four years, and received his degree at Bradley University. His career took him from a successful sales career in the transportation industry to fundraising for Bradley University for the past six years. Mathews joins Knox's three other major gift officers, visiting alumni and friends in Illinois, Southern California, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. Meet the rest of the Advancement staff.

Faculty & Staff Notes

David Bunde, assistant professor of computer science, Ojaswirajanya Thebe '09, and a researcher at Sandia National Labs presented the paper "Scheduling Restartable Jobs with Short Test Runs" at the 14th Workshop on Job Scheduling Strategies for Parallel Processing.

Assistant Professor of History Catherine Denial presented the paper "Pelagie Farribault's Island: Property, Kinship, and the Contested Meaning of Marriage in Dakota Country, Fort Snelling, 1820-1838," at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in Springfield, Illinois. In July and August, Denial also worked with more than 100 elementary school teachers from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on integrating social studies instruction into their curriculum. The Cedar Rapids workshops are funded by a Department of Education Teaching American History grant.

John F. Dooley, associate professor of computer science, was elected to the executive board of the Illinois-Iowa Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dooley is a member-at-large and also represents the IEEE Computer Society.

Gina Franco, associate professor of English, visited Cornell University, where she read from her work as part of their Writers at Cornell reading series. Listen to a podcast of her reading.

Kevin J. Hastings, professor of mathematics, has published the second edition of his third book, Introduction to Probability with Mathematica. His other books include Introduction to the Mathematics of Operations Research, Introduction to the Mathematics of Operations Research with Mathematica, and Probability and Statistics.

"Verona in Six Weeks," an essay by Robert Hellenga, George A. Lawrence Professor Emeritus English, was published in English and Italian by the University of Verona, where Hellenga spent six weeks as writer-in-residence last spring. The film rights for Hellenga's first novel, The Sixteen Pleasures, have been optioned by director Andy Tennant. A new novel, Snakewoman of Little Egypt, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2010.

L. Sue Hulett, Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science, delivered the paper "Being Spiritual, Religious, or Something at Knox College" to the American Association of University Professors in Washington DC, in June. The paper was based on a survey on spiritual and political engagement of Knox students and faculty in Spring 2009. She also received a 2009 Chapter Advisor Recognition Award from Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science. Read more about the award.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology, recently co-authored with Malte Klar, a German graduate student who came to Knox to work with Kasser during the 2005-2006 academic year, the article "Some benefits of being an activist: Measuring activism and its role in psychological well-being," which was published in Political Psychology. Kasser also recently presented at a conference at Oxford University.

In The University Daily Kansan, Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, believes that the addiction to Facebook and other forms of social media has to do with status and sexuality. Read more about “Our Electronic Addiction.”

The poems "Wedding and Parting at Buck Creek," and "Clear Channel" by Robin Metz, Philip Sidney Post Professor English, appear in the current issue of the Welsh literary magazine, The Seventh Quarry Review. Metz's poem "Once Upon A Time in New York" was one of four grand prize winners in the Eli Jenkins-Dylan Thomas International Poetry Competition, sponsored by Chicago's Storefront Theatre and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His poem "The Light at Mumbles Head" was named first runner-up in the competition.

Natania Rosenfeld, associate professor of English, is back from a four-week writing retreat as a guest of the Jentel Artists' Residency Program in Wyoming. Her short story "The Tenant" recently appeared in the online journal Diagram. Read the story.

As part of their continuing work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Jason Helfer, associate professor of educational studies, and Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of educational studies, contributed to the Lyric's 2009-2010 Opera in the Classroom program's "My Opera Journal," writing the synopsis of Donizetti's Elixir of Love. Schroth and Helfer also presented two papers at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association of Talented and Gifted, one co-authored with Knox junior Daniel Gonshorek. The pair also had an article published in the Journal of Advanced Academics and had two entries on precocity and prodigies published in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity & Talent.

Chuck Schulz '72, professor of physics, has co-authored two articles: “Direct Spectroscopic Observation of Large Quenching of First-Order Orbital Angular Momentum with Bending in Monomeric, Two-Coordinate Fe(II) Primary Amido Complexes and the Profound Magnetic Effects of the Absence of Jahn and Renner-Teller Distortions in Rigorously Linear Coordination,” in the Journal of the American Chemical Society; and "Comparison of Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide as Ligands in Iron(II) Porphyrinates," in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

Jon Wagner, professor of anthropology, has been elected to the executive board of the Central States Anthropological Society. Read more about the appointment.

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