Folk Music Performances, May 29-30

An award-winning songwriter, performer and Knox
graduate returns to Galesburg for two performances this week.

Sylvie Davidson, who graduated from Knox in 2006, and Trevor Wheatman
will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 29 at The Burg’s Bar and
Grill, 58 S. Cherry in Galesburg, and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday,
May 30 at the Carl Sandburg Birthplace, 313 E. 3rd St, Galesburg.

Admission is free to both concerts. A donation of $3 per person is
requested by the Carl Sandburg Birthplace.

The Friday night show will also feature music by the Prairie
Fireflies, a folk music group of Knox College faculty and students.

Davidson and Wheatman, who live in Nashville, most recently performed
in the Off-Broadway production of “Lonesome Traveler,” a musical
journey through American folk music that has been nominated for
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical from the 2015 Outer Critics

One of Davidson’s compositions, “Can’t Stop That Train,” was a
Finalist in the 2014 Great American Song Contest.

Davidson graduated summa cum laude from Knox, with honors in theatre
for her development of a historical exhibit for the Bishop Hill
Heritage Association’s Steeple Building Museum. She participated in
numerous theatrical and musical performances at Knox and in the
Seattle area.

Dining Services Companies on campus this week

From Tom Axtell:

The College is considering two companies to provide interim management services for our dining program. Both companies will be visiting campus this week. Sodexo will be on campus Wednesday, May 27 and Bon Appetit will be visiting on Friday, May 29. Open fora will be held from 4 to 5 PM in Alumni Hall, Trustees Room, #302 the day of their visit. A survey will be sent to the community requesting feedback on the companies. We hope you will be able to attend and would appreciate your feedback.

Open Forum for Director of Campus Safety Candidate, May 25

There will be an open forum with Mark Melker, candidate for Director of Campus Safety, on Monday, May 25 from 4-5 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room (302) of Alumni Hall. Welker is currently the Executive Director of Public Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. He joined Eastern Kentucky in 2004 as Chief of Campus Police. The undergraduate enrollment of Eastern Kentucky is 14,000, with 30 percent of students living in campus housing.

Kasser Chapter Published

Tim Kasser, Psychology, recently had a chapter entitled “The science of values in the culture of consumption” published in the 2nd edition of Positive psychology in practice: Promoting human flourishing in work, health, education, and everyday life.

Open Forums for VP Candidates

From Jonathan Powers:

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

On behalf of Beverly Holmes and the other members of the search committee, I would like to extend an invitation for you to meet the three finalists for the position of Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services during their upcoming visits to campus.

There will be two forums for each candidate open to faculty, staff and students. The candidates will make a brief opening statement and the remainder of the time will be reserved for your questions. After the session you will be asked to fill out an online survey.

The forums are scheduled for 12:15-1:15 and 2:40-3:40. Faculty, staff and students may attend either forum.

Wednesday, May 20th, Trustees Room, Alumni Hall
Keith Archer, Executive Director of Finance & Controller, DePauw University

Wednesday, May 27th, Kresge Hall, CFA
Brian Guastella, Senior Manager, McGladrey, LLC.

Friday, May 29th,Trustees Room, Alumni Hall (Times to be confirmed)
Alexander Alexandrov, Vice President for Finance and Administration, American University in Bulgaria.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the search committee if you have any questions.

Thank you,


Search Committee Members:
Mary Armon, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Laura Behling, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the College
Chanda Harrell, Class of 2015
Beverly Holmes, Vice President for Advancement, Search Committee Co-Chair
Mark Kleine, Trustee, Chair of Facilities & Infrastructure Committee
Bobby Jo Maurer, Controller
DJ Menifee, Associate Director of Admission
Jonathan Powers, Assistant Professor of Economics, Search Committee Co-Chair
Jerry Vovis, Trustee, Chair of Finance Committee

Cohen to Announce Davenport Prizes in Fiction, May 15

On Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Old Main, writer Elizabeth Cohen will be featured at the final Caxton Club of the academic year. Cohen will also announce this year’s Davenport Prizes in Fiction.

Cohen is Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she serves as fiction editor of the Saranac Review. Her memoir, The Family on Beartown Road, was a New York Times Notable Book, and her articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in SELF, MORE, Newsweek, People, the New York Times Magazine, Salon, Tablet, and Yale Review. She is the author of The Hypothetical Girl, a collection of stories, and What the Trees Said, a collection of poems.

All are welcome; refreshments will be served.

Gilbert Receives Dedalus Foundation Fellowship

Gregory Gilbert, Art and Art History, has been awarded the Dedalus Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Archives of American Art Fellowship for 2015. The Dedalus Foundation is the foundational center in New York City dedicated to the Abstract Expressionist artist Robert Motherwell. 2015 is Motherwell’s centenary year and the Dedalus Foundation has planned a series of major fellowships, exhibitions and publications to celebrate this event. Gilbert’s fellowship involves a research residency this summer at the Archives of American Art in Washington D.C. and the Dedalus Foundation in New York. Gilbert will also lecture at a major symposium on Motherwell to be held December 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Gilbert’s research project is titled “Pragmatism and American Poetics in the Early of Art of Robert Motherwell.” He has published and lectured extensively on Motherwell, which includes articles and reviews in the Oxford Art Journal, Art Journal and the German intellectual journal Sehepunkte. He was also commissioned this year to author the entry on Motherwell in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Art History Lecture on Visual Culture of the Black Panthers, May 13

The Department of Art and Art History is sponsoring a lecture by Jo-Ann Morgan on the topic “Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panther Party’s 1968 Visual Campaign to Free Huey P. Newton.” The talk is scheduled for 4:15 pm, Wednesday, May 13, in the Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, and will be followed by a reception.

Dr. Morgan is Professor in the Department of African American Studies/Department of Art at Western Illinois University. She is a specialist on the representation of African Americans in American visual culture and is the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as Visual Culture (2007). Her lecture is part of the book project Picturing Black Power, Reproducing Revolution – The Black Panther Party in Visual Culture. In the sixties, Huey P. Newton was the leader of the Oakland, California-based Black Panther Party. In 1967, Newton was arrested for what many felt were contrived charges for shooting and killing a police officer on a routine traffic stop. The writer and political activist Eldridge Cleaver launched a campaign to “Free Huey,” using a variety of visual materials including news photos, posters and buttons.