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|Knox College Recognizes Four For Achievement
|Knox College celebrated its founding in 1837 by honoring several of its most distinguished alums.
Those being given the Achievement Award ranged in career from education to law.
The ceremony took place Friday evening in the Seymour Library on the Knox campus where a full room was in order.
1972 Knox graduate Dudley McCarter was one of the inductees, and was largely nostalgic.
"There are few earthly things than a college like Knox," says McCarter. "When you leave here tonight I ask you to pause for a moment and look at old Main and reflect on what Knox means to you and I think you'll agree with me and that this college stands and it shines."
A string trio played the four honorees in; along with representatives of the college.
One of the four awards was the "Young Alumni" achievement award - which was given to Geoff Zeigler for his work as ESPN.
Zeigler told those students still at the college to maintain the relationships with their classmates.
"I look back fondly on my time at Knox and I remain committed to doing what I can to ensure that each and every student both now and in the future are able to experience what I was fortunate enough to experience," says Zeigler.
Though she admitted she didn't quite excel academically, Ann McConachie was among those being recognized for her educational efforts in Africa. She told the audience about her educational efforts in Tanzania.
"My field work has shown me that the students I teach live in crushing poverty," says McConachie. "They know that the only way out of this is to get a good education, but that is very difficult in Tanzania, especially if you are a girl."
A well recognized name locally saw her non-traditional path to higher education recognized as well. Current Carl Sandburg College president Lori Sundberg was introduced by Knox President Teresa Amott who said it was emotional for her introducing someone she has confided in on so many occassions. Sundberg says that while her route was untraditional, Knox helped her get to where she was going.
"For some of [Knox] they contributed either knowingly or unknowingly to my success," says Sundberg. "The point is: that is the difference of a Knox education and it's the difference between that and just another college degree."
Each award recipient was introduced by a current or former member of the college for their life accomplishments.
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