Arts & Culture / Mosaic / October 17, 2012

Returning class gets literary with charity Catch reunion

This week holds special importance for many alumni as they take the opportunity to rediscover the campus and catch up with old friends at homecoming. However, it holds special importance for the class of 1972 who will be having its 40-year reunion this year.

Wanting to make a mark on campus with their reunion, the class will be holding an Alumni Art Exhibit, and will be releasing a literary magazine featuring alumni work throughout the weekend.

Wendy Ducourneau ’72 and Casey Kremer ’73 are serving as co-chairs for the organization of the reunion.

Though Kremer graduated a different year, Ducourneau said, “Our class has formally adopted her. When you go to Knox, there’s so much overlap between classes.”

Kremer studied art at Knox, and Ducourneau said that she had always wanted to do an art exhibit at Knox to showcase the work that alumni have produced since graduation. Part of the appeal of an exhibit for Ducourneau was the concept of livening up a reunion.

In a reunion “You wind up in a really drab hotel and it’s kind of boring. But we don’t come back to do stuff off campus: we want to be on-campus,” she said.

When she brought up this concept to Nick Peneff ’92, he praised the idea, but asked, “What are you doing for the writers?” This question led to the idea of a small publication, between 5 and 10 pages that would be handed out at the homecoming dinner. However, upon beginning a submission drive, they were surprised by both the quality and the quantity of entries. They also encouraged artists with work in the art exhibit to submit to the journal.

Now the 10-page pamphlet has turned into a 72-page, professionally bound work. It will be free for those attending homecoming and sold for $20 to any other interested individual. They are printing 200 copies first-run and are open to the idea of further runs.

Any revenue collected from the sale of these books will be donated back to Knox to aid in the reconstruction of Alumni Hall.

Ducourneau spoke of taking her economics classes, going to work and meeting her adviser in Alumni Hall, mentioning that it was where she spent the majority of her time as a student.

“Alumni [Hall] occupies a warm spot in the hearts of a lot of people because it was very active when we were on campus,” Ducourneau said.

Samantha Paul
Samantha Paul is a senior double majoring in creative writing and Spanish. She previously served as both a news reporter and a copy editor for TKS. During the summer of 2012, Sam served as press chair of a literacy brigade in El Salvador. She has also interned with both Bloom Magazine and The Galesburg Register-Mail. At Knox, Sam is an organizational editor for Catch magazine.

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Samantha Paul
Samantha Paul is a senior double majoring in creative writing and Spanish. She previously served as both a news reporter and a copy editor for TKS. During the summer of 2012, Sam served as press chair of a literacy brigade in El Salvador. She has also interned with both Bloom Magazine and The Galesburg Register-Mail. At Knox, Sam is an organizational editor for Catch magazine.




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  • Wendy Scherwat Ducourneau

    TKS/Samantha: thanks for your article about our alumni literary journal. Its title is “40 Years After Catch”.

    As I mentioned during our interview, Margaret King Zacharias, former Associate Editor of TKS, was an integral member of our editorial committee, along with Casey Kremer (layout/design), Nick Peneff, and me. Publishing costs were underwritten by generous classmates in memory of two treasured friends.

    40YAC is for sale with all proceeds going to Alumni Hall renovation. Email wjsd@jps.net to obtain your copy.

    Corrections: Nick Peneff is ’72. 40YAC was not “free for those attending homecoming”. My correct name is Wendy Scherwat Ducourneau.

    Our reunion was a blast, with over 150 in attendance! We enjoyed a tour of the Orpheum, lectures by Lance Factor and Owen Muelder, Mark McIntosh’s induction into Hall of Fame, our alumni art exhibit, convocation, Tom Crabtree’s service award, class photo, football, tour of Green Oaks, open houses, reunion dinner, Ron Lipton taking the stage at Fat Fish, Sunday brunches, and especially talking, tears, and laughter with old friends.

    How great to see campus again. Even better – reconnecting with classmates, so many of whom hadn’t been back since graduation. Quite pleased to meet and chat with Teresa Amott. Kudos to everyone from ’72 and, as John Durham says, VERITAS! /GS/



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