GALESBURG -- Knox College will recognize four graduates with Alumni Achievement Awards at the College's 2013 Founders Day Convocation at 5:30 p.m., Friday, February 15. The convocation and award ceremony in the Muelder Room, Seymour Library, are free and open to the public.
This year's honorees are Ann McConachie '71, an educator who has taught in the United States and Africa; W. Dudley McCarter '72, whose law firm in Missouri has been rated as one of the best in the country, Lori Sundberg '95, president of Carl Sandburg College; and Geoff Ziegler '03, media specialist for ESPN.
As part of Knox's Founders Day activities, thirty Knox students will showcase their research, scholarship, and creativity in a display of posters, media and artwork at 4 p.m., Thursday, February 14, in the lobby of Ford Center for the Fine Arts. The display, "HORIZONS: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity," is sponsored by the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study. In addition, the Knox art department will exhibit selected student works, and the theatre department will have a display on its current Repertory Theatre Term. The event is free and open to the public.
About the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award Winners
W. Dudley McCarter '72 graduated cum laude from Knox with a degree in
political science and earned his J.D. degree in 1975 from the
University of Missouri-Columbia. His legal work has focused primarily
on civil litigation, construction litigation, and municipal law. In
1992, McCarter helped found Behr, McCarter & Potter in St. Louis,
Missouri, recently listed in U.S. News and World Report's 2013 list of
Best Law Firms, and his peers have voted him one of the Best Lawyers
in America for the last eight years. He has received the W. Oliver
Rasch Award three times in recognition of the best article of the year
published in the Journal of The Missouri Bar Association. McCarter has
served as president of both the St. Louis County Bar Association and
the Missouri Bar Association, and on the boards of Parkway School
District and the Children's Trust Fund of Missouri for the Prevention
of Child Abuse. He is currently on the board of the St. Louis Crisis
Nursery. The Missouri Bar awarded McCarter the 2001 Purcell
Professional Award for his professional achievements and charitable
Ann McConachie '71 is director and teacher-in-residence at Amka Afrika
School in Tanzania. She earned her bachelor's degree in history at
Knox and taught elementary school for 35 years, retiring in 2005 from
Hinsdale School District 181 in Illinois. In 2011 she traveled to
Africa with a tour group and, a part of the trip, visited a newly
established primary school, Amka Afrika, in Babati, Tanzania. Unlike
the schools where she had taught, McConachie later said, "There were
no books, art supplies, puzzles, science equipment, maps and globes,
gym equipment, or other typical school supplies." After returning to
the United States, she established the Amka Afrika School Foundation,
which has donated furniture and supplies and helped improve the
school's facilities. McConachie spent most of 2012 teaching at the
school, with two Knox students, Hannah Black and Max Potthoff, and
will continue teaching there in 2013.
Lori Sundberg ‘95 earned a cosmetology certificate at Carl Sandburg
College in 1977, eventually starting her own business in Galesburg.
She returned to CSC in 1991 to complete an associate's degree and
entered Knox in 1993, where she earned a bachelor's degree in
economics and history in 1995. She began teaching part-time at
Sandburg, then accepted a position as coordinator of institutional
research. While working and teaching, she completed an MBA at Western
Illinois University in 1998, and a doctorate in business
administration at St. Ambrose University in 2003. She has held several
senior administrative positions at Sandburg and has served as a
lecturer in economics at Knox. In 2010, she was named president of
Carl Sandburg College -- the first woman to hold that post.
Geoff Ziegler '03 began working at ESPN shortly after graduating from
Knox with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. While in college, he was
editor-in-chief of The Knox Student and lettered in baseball, serving
as team captain for his senior year. A media specialist for ESPN,
Ziegler has worked a wide range of sporting events, from Wimbledon to
the World Series. Ziegler is credited with helping develop new ways to
cover NASCAR auto racing in 2007. Now widely adopted by other
networks, the innovations initiated by Ziegler and his team at ESPN
were honored with a 2008 Sports Emmy. Ziegler is the recipient of the
2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award.
History of Knox College
Knox College, as well as the city of Galesburg, were founded in 1837
by a group of pioneers from upstate New York, led by the Rev. George
Washington Gale, after whom the city was named. The Illinois
Legislature approved Knox College's charter on February 15, 1837.
Among the members of the General Assembly was Abraham Lincoln, who
would later rise to national prominence in the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas
debates, one of which was held at Knox's Old Main. Today, Old Main is
the sole remaining original building from the historic debates. A
nationally ranked liberal arts college, Knox has 1,400 students from
48 states and 51 countries, 38 academic majors, 49 minors, 11
cooperative and pre-professional programs and off-campus study
programs in 18 countries. Knox also is one of the 40 colleges listed
in the book "Colleges That Change Lives," by former New York Times
education editor Loren Pope.