Psychology Majors Present Research at Conference

Several Psychology majors recently presented their research projects at the 39th Annual ILLOWA Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Eureka College. These included: Natalia Cipolla ’12, Mike Kolbeck ’12, Aparna Kumar’12, Matt Rafacz ’12, Jeremy Shaw ’12, and Lauren Smith ’12.

Berlin and Oliver Interviewed by NEA

Monica Berlin (English) and Emily Oliver ’11 (Post-baccalaurate Fellow) were recently interviewed by the NEA about their ongoing collaborative project (also with Sam Conrad ’11 and Bryce Parsons-Twesten ’10), The Knox Writers’ House, an audio map and digital archive of contemporary writers across the country reading their essays, poems and stories.

Blackadder Translation Featured in Conference

Neil Blackadder (theatre) participated in the conference ‘Theatrical Translation as Creative Process,’ which featured a staged reading of his translation from German of Rebekka Kricheldorf’s play The Ballad of the Pine Tree Killer. The conference took place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, April 12-15. (Blackadder has also translated Kricheldorf’s Rosa and Blanca, which he directed at Knox in 2008.)

Longou Presented Paper at Conference

Schahrazede Longou (modern languages) presented a paper at The 38th Annual African Literature Association. The conference met April 11-15, at SMU and Dallas’s Adolphus Hotel to explore human rights issues in Africa. The title of the paper is: “Echec et rebondissement au coeur de l’Afrique: Recit d’un naufrage salvateur dans L’Equation africaine” a study of Yasmina Khadra’s 2011 novel.

Erin McKinstry ’12 Selected for Fulbright Fellowship

Erin McKinstry, a Knox senior from DeSoto, Missouri, has been selected to receive a Fulbright fellowship for international study in Germany. She will teach English. She also plans to pursue an internship, perhaps with an organization specializing in international women’s issues, and work on a research project about the impact of Turkish-German women writers on contemporary German literature. McKinstry said one of the reasons she applied for a Fulbright in Germany is because she feels very comfortable with the language. McKinstry is majoring in modern languages (Spanish and German) at Knox, and she has two minors: in dance and international relations. Her extracurricular activities include serving as president of the Terpsichore Dance Collective, participating in German Club; and volunteering with Reading Buddies. She spent much of the 2010-11 academic year in Germany, first in a study abroad program and later completing an internship with TanzScout, an organization that offers workshops for people who want to gain a better understanding of dance. She also studied for a term in Barcelona, Spain.

Julia Sievert ’12 Earns Fulbright Fellowship

Knox senior Julia Sievert has been chosen for a highly selective Fulbright fellowship for international study. The Seattle, Washington, native will teach English in Germany. An environmental studies major, Sievert has two minors: one in German and the other in studio art with a focus on ceramics. She is president of the Knox Outdoor Recreation Club and a member of German Club and Friends of Green Oaks. She also attends and plays in the bell choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg. As part of her Fulbright experience, she plans to immerse herself in her new community. One way to do that, Sievert said, will be to share her love of crafts. She spent time last year in Freiburg, Germany, an area known for ceramics.

Berlin Interviewed

Monica Berlin (English) was recently interviewed by Ninth Letter for their series “5 (or so) Questions.”

Knox Receives National Award for Community Service

Knox’s outstanding record of engaging students in community service — more than 16,000 hours last year — is being recognized with a national award, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012. This is the third time in the past four years that Knox has won the award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Knox was selected for the Honor Roll based on community service that totaled 16,546 hours last year, ranging from adult literacy tutoring to helping with in-school programs.

Kathryn Frank Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Kathryn Frank ’12, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship for international study. The award to Frank, a history and Spanish major, will support her work next year in Argentina. She will teach English, volunteer at a community service project and conduct oral history research.
Knox has been cited as one of the top schools in the nation for Fulbright awards. In the past ten years, 16 Knox students, five Knox faculty and six alumni have received Fulbright awards for international study and research. The Fulbright program is the leading international educational exchange sponsored by the U.S. government. Fellowship recipients are chosen for both academic merit and leadership potential.

McAndrew Interview to Air March 29

Frank McAndrew (psychology) was interviewed by WBBM TV (the CBS Affiliate in Chicago) about the dynamics of gossip in the workplace.  The segment will air during the 10 p.m. news slot on Thursday, March 29.