Journalist to Discuss Haiti Earthquake, Aftermath, April 4

Journalist Jonathan Katz, former chief correspondent in Haiti for The Associated Press, will visit Knox to discuss his experiences reporting on the earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath.
His lecture, “The Big Truck That Went By: Reconstruction and Missed Opportunity in Post-Earthquake Haiti,” will be in Ferris Lounge of Seymour Union at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Katz currently is working on a book manuscript, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.
As the only full-time foreign correspondent in Haiti, Katz was first to report in the international news media about that country’s devastating earthquake in January 2010. Through his work, he also was instrumental in tracing the source of a subsequent, deadly cholera epidemic to United Nations peacekeeping troops stationed in Haiti.

Distinction And Cash Will Be Awarded For Essays On History Topics

The Donham Prize is awarded annually for the best essay written in a Knox history course. The Hane Prize is awarded for the best essay on an Asian topic written in any Knox course.  Papers from any of the last three terms are eligible (Spring term, 2011, through Winter term, 2012). The contests will be judged by a referee external to the History Department. Submit your essays to Debra Polillo, Old Main 208, no later than Friday, April 13. Submit only one essay for each contest. Papers on Asian topics should be submitted to the Hane contest; all others to the Donham. If you have any questions, call George Steckley at Ext. 7335.

OSF Auxiliary Spaghetti Supper Benefit, March 25

OSF St Mary Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual Spaghetti Supper will be held:
Sunday, March 25 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Hospital Cafeteria (3333 North Seminary) or carry out
$8 adult $4 child
Menu: Spaghetti w/sauce, homemade meatballs, salad, bread, ice cream, wine, coffee, tea
All proceeds benefit purchase and installation of HUGS infant security system for the Medical Center. Delicious meal generously prepared by the Mangieri Family. Tickets at the door.

Memorial Service for Samuel Moon, March 24

There will be a memorial program for Samuel Moon, formerly William Edward Simonds Professor of English, on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the Muelder Room of Seymour Library. The speakers will include Vicky Moon Delaney, Sam’s daughter, as well as former students and colleagues: Laurie Muelder, Jay Matson, Sherwood Kiraly, and Robin Metz.

Knox Choir Home Tour Concert, March 23

The Knox Choir’s Home Tour concert on March 23 will showcase works performed during the group’s tour of Spain during Knox’s Spring Break, March 11-20.
The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 23, in Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.
The 53-member choir, conducted by Laura Lane, professor of music and director of choral activities, will perform works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Tomas Luis de Victoria, and Felix Mendelssohn. Several selections were chosen specifically for the performances in Barcelona and the Catalan region of Spain.
The concert also features a composition by one of the choir members, Edward Davis ’12, a music and English literature major from Chicago.

Goudie Memorial Service, March 17

Harland Goudie, Chancie Ferris Booth Professor Emeritus of Art at Knox College, died December 7, 2011, in Chicago. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in the Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Professor Goudie taught art at Knox from 1954 until his retirement in 1990. Survivors include daughters Catherine Howell ’79, and Leslie Warner ’82. His wife, Joanne, who died November 12, 2011, taught art for many years at Carl Sandburg College.
Memorials may be made to Knox College’s Alumni Hall restoration.

Stories Named for Next Round of Nick Adams Competition

The following four stories have been selected as Knox Finalists for the 2012 Nick Adams Competition sponsored by the 14 member colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM): Kate Barrett’s “Fishes and Loaves”; Dave Brankin’s “Water on Water, or the Rain on the Ground”; Julia Ohman’s “When the Leaving is Done”; Christopher Poore’s “Empties.” These four stories were sent on to the next level of the competition.
In addition, two stories were recognized as Knox Semifinalists:  Chris Bakka’s “Lineaments” and Erik Hane’s “Burial.”
The committee also recognizes these stories as Knox Honorable Mentions: Sam Butler’s “Strawman”; Linda Kim’s “정체 (Identity)”; Maisie Maupin’s “Something to Do With”; Isabella Odin’s “Rainbow”; Saska Pellnat’s “Feeding Time”; Michelle Steffens’s “How to Give Good Head.”
A Knox faculty committee selected these stories from many outstanding entries. Over the past 39 years of the Nick Adams Competition, Knox has won more first place awards than any other ACM college and twice as many ACM Finalist designations as its nearest competitor. The final two rounds of this year’s competition will be judged by an ACM faculty committee and by distinguished author Gina Frangelico.

Health Screenings April 24-27

Interactive Health Solutions will offer employees and their spouses who are covered on the Knox Health Plan confidential, free Health Risk Assessments through Interactive Health Solutions.

When: April 24-27, Lincoln Room in Seymour Union.  Earliest appointment: 6:30 a.m.
Scheduling Appointment: Call 1-800-840-6100, or on line at Interactive Health Solutions. If you are a first time user you will need to register using the Sponsor Code KDRZE. You will also need your BAS id number located on your medical card. FAQ’s: Health Screening FAQ

Hoffmann Publishes Two Papers

Heather Hoffmann, psychology, published Field conditioning of sexual arousal in humans with Katie Peterson ’08 and Hana Garner ’08 as co-authors in a special edition of Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology on The Neuroscience and Evolutionary Origins of Sexual Learning which she co-edited.  She also published Considering the role of conditioning in sexual orientation in the February 2012 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

2012 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, March 29-31

The 2012 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival features performances March 29-31 with the Noah Preminger Group, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Knox College Jazz Ensemble, Knox Alumni Big Band, and Knox Faculty and Friends Combo.

The Saturday headliner concert by the Noah Preminger Group will showcase the ensemble —  Preminger on saxophone, Frank Kimbrough on piano, John Hebert on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums — from Preminger’s most recent recording, Before the Rain. The album was named one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2011 by National Public Radio, Slate/Stereophile, All About Jazz and Jazz in Space.

The award-winning Knox Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Nikki Malley, instructor in music and jazz program director, will open for Preminger.

Friday night’s featured act is Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls. A Chicago-based drummer, Sirota formed the group in 1995. It has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including at the 2003 Chicago Jazz Festival. Sirota writes that his most recent CD, Breeding Resistance, “tackles the timely issues of oppression and resistance… The compositions pay tribute to fallen revolutionaries, expose current tyrants, and express hope for future generations.”

The opening act on Friday night is the Knox Alumni Big Band, directed by Justin Haynes, a Knox graduate who teaches saxophone and guitar at Knox, while the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo performs Thursday night.

Thursday and Friday concerts are at 8 p.m. in McGillacuddy’s in Galesburg. The Saturday night concert begins at 5 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg.

Tickets are available at the door at each concert, or in advance by calling Nikki Malley at 309-341-7265.

Founded in 1980, the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival has brought dozens of leading jazz artists to Galesburg, including Kurt Elling, Benny Green, Matt Wilson, Ben Allison, Frank Mantooth, Greg Osby, Curtis Fuller, Mose Allison, and the Hornheads.

32nd Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival ~ March 29-31, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m.: Knox Faculty and Friends Combo
McGillacuddy’s (58 S. Cherry St.)
Admission: $7

Friday, March 30, 8 p.m.: Knox Alumni Jazz Band and Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls
Knox Alumni Jazz Band (8-9 p.m.)
Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls (9:30 p.m.-Midnight)
McGillacuddy’s (58 S. Cherry St.)
Admission: $10 for both events

Saturday, March 31 5 p.m.: The Knox Jazz Ensemble with The Noah Preminger Group
Knox Jazz Ensemble (5-6:30 p.m.)
The Noah Preminger Group (7 p.m.)
Orpheum Theatre (57 S. Kellogg St.)
Admission: $12 (floor and balcony) -$15 (mezzanine)