O’Brien Published in the Journal of Affective Disorders

Sara O’Brien, assistant professor of psychology, was co-author on a paper published in the Journal of Affective Disorders titled “Spanish adaptation of the Inventory of Depression and Anxiety Symptoms (IDAS-II) and a study of its psychometric properties”. Co-authors were researchers at the University of Almería and the University of Huelva, Spain.

Advice From a Fellow Student

I know this is a tough time, but you are a strong, confident, hardworking senior who will work hard until the end like you have for the last 4 years. Congratulations on your graduation and I wish you all the best on the next step in life. Keep on keeping on you amazing person.

Ryan Earles ‘21

Embrace Your Knox Friendships

To the Class of 2020,

I was saddened to learn that your campus will be closed for the balance of the spring term. When I heard that the campus would be closed, I thought, “Well, at least they’ll have the last several weeks together.” I didn’t think I could be wrong on that thought. This is truly an unfortunate time in several ways.

I’m from the class of 1984, and I have never missed a Knox homecoming. I love going to homecoming to connect with classmates and others. Because of the Knox “5-year” reunions, I know I’m always going to run into people from the classes of 1981 through 1987 whom I know. If I had attended a big school, I don’t think I could say that. My point is: embrace your Knox friendships and keep in touch with each other! 

I know many of you will be turning 21 soon without your classmates there to celebrate with you. Now, there is a possibility that you won’t get to experience Senior Week, graduation, etc. But going forward, you will be able to go to each other’s weddings, perhaps share vacations, etc. I encourage you to make it to homecoming, especially in 2020! Make it a class goal. Make it be like no other homecoming! I look forward to seeing you there! 

Given these stressful times, as a fitness enthusiast, I encourage you to do some type of workout since all the gyms are closed. At least go for a walk and get some fresh air from time to time — of course keeping your distance.

Good luck to you!

Bernie O’Connell ’84  

Class President

Relish the Effects of Your Knox Learning

Dear Knox Students and Prospective Leaders:

I hope you are all keeping well and that your unexpected displacement from campus is not too upsetting.

Early in my Knox career, Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks were embedded in the college’s first trimester.  The studying, class attendance and campus life were interrupted mid-term.  Your interruptions have a much less pleasant essence and origin.  I don’t envy your challenges and the uncertainties they will inevitably cause.

Not through choice but by necessity, you are now alumni of our beloved Knox College. You can honor those qualities by doing what Knox alumni do best.  Obama said “Keep Hope Alive,” and so can you.  You can keep hope alive by volunteering locally, by staying informed, by helping to keep you and your loved ones healthy.

The wisdom you have achieved can inform you NOW; relish the effects of your Knox learning.

Read, write, and reason your way to understanding and action during these unprecedented times.

Be the leaders now that you are destined to be.

Warmly, Doug Cole

G. Douglas Cole, Ph.D, Class of 1974

I Was In The Right Place. You Are, Too.

By Dick Aft ’60:

The terms “global warming” and “cyber crime” didn’t exist when I was at Knox. My memories are all positive (except for 8 o’clock classes). My liberal arts education and four years of growing into adulthood in the Knox community provided skills, tools, and gifts that have enriched my life every day since graduation. My many visits to campus have reassured me that I was in the right place from 1956 until 1960.  I’m convinced that you are, too!


You Will See Your Friends Again

From Jill Krippel ’13:

When I graduated from Knox, the thing that made my heart break was the realization that I might not see some of the people I had spent four years of my life with ever again. The Knox community shares a strong bond, and I was afraid that once I was off campus, it would fray. Now, almost seven years after graduation, I am relieved to say that I was wrong. You don’t get to see them every day anymore, but the ties you made between your fellow Knoxies don’t unravel with time. It may be a year or two between visits, but once you see each other again, it’s like time didn’t pass. You will see so many people at homecomings and weddings that you never imagined getting to see again, and you will be able to make a few more fond memories with them. Being at home without the community physically surrounding you is a drastic change that came too soon for you, but it’s not over. You will see your friends again. You will see your professors again. Knox doesn’t end once you leave campus. It’s with you for life.

Class of 2020, Your Future is Bright

From Sam Jarvis ’09:

Class of 2020, you have been presented with a particularly challenging and frightening situation, but before you fret anymore, please know that your future is just as bright as it was before this global pandemic ensued. 

As an alum, I can attest to the world class education you are receiving and now receiving virtually. It may not have the same look and feel, but I know your faculty are working hard to continue to challenge you and provide the experience you expect and deserve.

Your responsibility to yourself and your classmates remain unchanged: to continue to challenge each other in thoughtful discussion and debate, to engage your passions and field of study, and to care for each other as the Knox Community has done through every major event it has faced.