McAndrew Part of Panel Discussion

Frank McAndrew (psychology) made a presentation and participated in a panel discussion on teaching careers at liberal arts colleges in Columbia, Missouri on October 2. The event was sponsored by the University of Missouri’s Graduate School as part of their “Preparing Future Faculty” program.

Simpson Writings Published

Chad Simpson’s essay, “An Epilogue to the Unread,” appeared recently at the Rumpus.
Simpson’s story, “Status Updates” was recently published in B O D Y. http://bodyliterature.com/2012/09/05/chad-simpson/
Simpson’s wife, Jane Carlson, created a book trailer for his soon-to-be-released collection of stories, Tell Everyone I Said Hi.
And speaking of the book: There will be a book-release party on Saturday, October 6 at Market Alley Wines in Monmouth. Simpson would be truly happy to see people from the Knox community there.

McAndrew Article Published

Frank McAndrew (psychology) has published an article in the August issue of Psychological Reports. Carin Perilloux ’03, was a co-author on the article, and she is currently on the faculty at Union College in Schenectady, NY. The title of the article is “The Selfish Hero: A Study of the Individual Benefits of Self-Sacrificial Prosocial Behavior.”

Berlin Essay Published

Monica Berlin’s (English) essay, “Your Small Towns of Adult Sorrow & Melancholy” was recently published in Triquarterly Online (issue 142, summer/fall 2012).

Work by Journalism Students Awarded 2 Statewide Prizes from Professional Groups

Work by Journalism Students Awarded 2 Statewide Prizes from Professional Groups
An award-winning investigation by Knox journalism students, The Maytag Project, earned two additional top statewide prizes in June at the annual joint convention of the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association. The students’ work competed against work produced by professional journalists, and judges described The Maytag Project as taking a “truly unique approach to a huge regional story.”
One of the prizes is the highly coveted Sweepstakes Award, which the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association presents for best reporting/writing entry across all categories. The Maytag Project received the Sweepstakes Award in its division, newspapers with circulations of up to 15,000.
The Maytag Project, which was published in the Galesburg Register-Mail newspaper as “Maytag Employees in Transition,” also garnered a first place award from the Illinois Press Association in the Enterprise Series category. In the IPA contest, the Maytag investigation competed against entries from newspapers with circulations of 10,000 to 40,000.
The Illinois Press Association, referred to as the IPA, and the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association, referred to as the AP, are the major professional organizations for Illinois newspapers. They oversee separate yearly contests for news and photography, attracting entries from professional news outlets of all sizes in Illinois.
The Maytag series examined what happened to employees who were laid off after a local manufacturing plant closed.
“Maytag Employees in Transition” appeared in The Register-Mail in March 2011 as a 17-part, six-day series. Earlier this year, it won first place in the Enterprise Series category of the 2012 Illinois AP contest, competing against professional daily newspapers with circulations of 15,000 or less.
Knox students and faculty collaborated for more than a year on the necessary research, data analysis, interviews, photography, and writing that culminated in The Maytag Project.

Sencer Interviewed by Bulgarian Media

Emre Sencer (history) was recently interviewed by the Bulgarian Daily Capital about the current developments in civil-military relations in Turkey. It appeared as part of a piece on Turkey in the online edition of May18. The geography of parades actually tells a lot about the world today, from a demilitarized Europe that feels disgust of war, to North America, where [there are many] parades [in communities both large and small], to Asia, where… countries [are trying to become more prominent] on the world map and therefore draw more and more people and weapons [into their parades]….“In Turkey, military parades and nationwide celebrations have been part of the nation-building process after WW I, just like in many other European countries,” says Sencer. “But I think it’s no longer necessary to have tanks on the boulevards for the celebration of national holidays.”

Allison Book Published

Stuart Allison’s (biology) book Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change: Renewing Damaged Ecosystems was published in the United Kingdom and Europe on May 18, 2012. The book was published by Routledge, part of the Taylor and Francis Publishing Group. It will be officially published in North America within the next month (once hard copies arrive at the publisher’s warehouse). Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change was written during Stuart’s Fulbright funded sabbatical at Cranfield University in the UK. Although Stuart focuses on ecological restoration within a global context, he frequently uses examples from Knox College’s Green Oaks Field Research Center to illustrate his points.
You can find more information about the book on the publishers website:
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781849712859/

Prado Article Published

Antonio Prado (Modern Languages) has recently published an article titled, “Perspectivas de género en el reciento video-activismo argentino: nuevas estrategias y propuestas” in the collection Este que ves, engaño colorido…. Literaturas, culturas y sujetos alternos en América Latina. Icaria editorial, Barcelona, 2012.

College and Foundation Launch Community Service Initiative

Knox and the Galesburg Community Foundation (GCF) are launching an innovative community engagement initiative that will connect Knox graduates and current students with Galesburg area non-profit agencies and entrepreneurial projects.
The program, titled KnoxCorps, is planned to start this fall and will be jointly overseen by the College and the GCF. KnoxCorps will deploy recent graduates into the Galesburg area to work with local organizations. Graduates will be placed with organizations for approximately 10 months, supporting and staffing important initiatives and bringing additional energy and commitment to these organizations.
KnoxCorps will consist of two levels — a program for recent graduates, known as KnoxCorps Fellowships, and an undergraduate leadership team. Fellowships consist of a one-year service commitment of up to 20 hours per week. Fellows will receive an annual stipend and become eligible for an educational voucher after completing the program.
Undergraduate participants in KnoxCorps will make a two-year commitment to participate for at least eight hours per week. In addition to their service, undergraduates will meet weekly with the KnoxCorps Fellows to develop skills and exchange ideas.
The program will be administered by Dr. Gary Funk, former president and C.E.O. of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and current director of The Rural School and Community Trust’s Center for Midwestern Initiatives. Funk will serve as a consultant to President Amott on this project and other strategic initiatives.
The GCF is a collection of funds and resources that supports the efforts of local people and organizations to foster and promote a healthy community. GCF believes a healthy community focuses its efforts on productive dialogue, collaborative action, team building and unity of purpose.

Allison Attends Annual Meeting

Stuart Allison (biology) recently attended the annual meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. He was there in his capacity as a member of the Board of Directors of SER. He gave a presentation about the new SER strategic plan, strategic initiatives that result from that plan, the newly hired executive director and other recent changes at SER.