Campus / News / October 19, 2011

Recognizing the 175th during Convocation

The yearly tradition of Homecoming Convocation featured the usual awards and alumni association business as well as new faces and fresh moments to recognize the school’s 175th anniversary.

Before the awards and other business began, convocation kicked off with a special video from President Teresa Amott. The video was a hit among audience members as Amott tried to figure out the proper Greek word for 175th, finally figuring out that dodransbicentennial is the correct term.

The first award of the night went to the class of 1951, which received the Ralph Walter Prize for the highest percentage of alumni giving back to Knox. The convocation included many other awards throughout the program.

While the 60th reunion class had the most donors, the 50th reunion class gave more money this year, presenting a check to the college during convocation.

“The class of 1961 is pleased to present Knox College with a check for $3,429,607, the largest 50th reunion gift Knox has ever received,” Chair of the Knox College Alumni Council Joyce Hertko, ‘82, said.

Five service awards were given out to alumni during the event. Rich ’83 and Mary Filosa Brown ’82, Brooks Goedeker ’02, David ’70 and Judy Waggoner Lambert ’71 were given the awards this year.

“Somehow, some way everything in my life was transformed while I was here and the life lessons that I learned here are with me today,” Mary Filosa Brown said. “It’s absolutely our great pleasure to be able to do whatever we can for Knox.”

The 2012 class speaker, Tyler O’Neill and 50th reunion class speaker Frank Kerous ’61, graced the stage after the awards and other alumni association buisness finished. Both speakers filled the room with laughs and recollections of their college years.

“I thank you for letting me be the class speaker, this makes up for a lot,” Kerous said. “I forgive all the women who ran away screaming when I asked you for a date. I forgive all of you who failed to vote for me in the hotly contested freshman class elections. I can honestly tell you that there hasn’t been a day over the last 50 years that I haven’t thought about some of you and there certainly hasn’t been a day that I haven’t remembered Knox.”

Kerous donned his letter jacket for the speech and placed a flag upon the podioum that remained for the rest of the program.

Another highlight of the morning came near the end of Convocation when senior Sam Brownson and friends performed an original piece comemorating Knox’s 175th, called “On the Steps of Old Main.”

As per usual the convocation ended in the singing of Hail, Knox All Glorious, by members of the choir, and everyone in Kresge Recital Hall.

The video of Homecoming Convocation can be found on and the video of Teresa Amott can be found at

Note: Sam Brownson is a copy editor for The Knox Student.

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