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Lighting a Spark

With a nonpartisan group, Jules Desroches '18 engages young people in the political process.

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A Spiritual Journey

The Rev. Rachel C. Kessler '04 serves Kenyon students as chaplain and Harcourt Parish as priest.

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Turning the Page

Brackett Denniston '69 brings an impressive career to chair the Kenyon's Board of Trustees.

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An Overdue Idea

Andrew Cunningham '08 and Craig Getting '08 remain connected by co-hosting a popular podcast.

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Kenyon in Quotes

"There's something wonderful about going under the surface of the water and not being able to hear anything besides your own heartbeat. It's an intensely peaceful experience." — Hannah Saiz '13, about her quest to swim in the 2016 Olympics.


The Black Student Union (BSU) organized peaceful sit-ins at Peirce Hall in November in solidarity with students of color at other colleges around the country, notably the University of Missouri. In a statement, the BSU said it was not protesting "our administration or institution" but striving to bring about awareness of issues regarding race.

Snapshots of Kenyon life


"a mouthful," archival inkjet print by Christopher G. McCann '16

About his piece, McCann notes, "There is a certain familiarity in grabbing a bag of candy, ripping it open and pouring it in your mouth, leaving you with a piece of trash that you crumple up and toss away. ... An instant in time passes and can easily be forgotten, but when captured is preserved and forces you to acknowledge its worth."

Treasures from Kenyon's Archives

Exploitation or empathy? Controversy has colored the reputation of George Catlin (1796–1872), famous for the paintings of Native Americans in western tribes that he produced between 1830 and 1836. 

Kenyon owns a facsimile edition of Catlin’s 1845 "North American Indian Portfolio," consisting of 25 hand-colored lithographs. The Catlin prints are in the Greenslade Special Collections and Archives.

Season Spike

Second-year head coach Amanda Krampf revved up the rebuilding process with the Ladies volleyball program. Following last season’s 6-24 mark, Krampf and her team concluded their 2015 schedule with a 15-13 record, marking the first time since 1990 that the Ladies produced a winning record.

Setter Jensen Shurbert ’18 was named an All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) honorable mention, and outside hitter Delaney Swanson ’19 was voted the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Francis “Corky” Hood Hebert reports a strong showing at the memorial service for dear friend and classmate Sara H. “Sally” Camp '82, who died of cancer on Jan. 15. “We sang the Kenyon Farewell,” Corky writes. “Not too many dry eyes in the house.” Corky’s floral business, Petal Pushers, is up and running, and she and her sister took a blue ribbon for the third year in a row at the Philadelphia Flower Show.


Niles W. Keeran returned from Glendale, Arizona, to Canton, Ohio, to care for his 93-year-old mother from 2010 until her death in 2015. He works part-time in engineering consulting and, as a certified naturalist, is very active with the Sierra Club.


“It has been an exciting year here in Chatham, New Jersey. Tribe Pictures, the company I founded, celebrated its 30th year. April 4 was the release of my first book, “Leadership in Focus: Bringing Out Your Best on Camera,” a guide for leaders in the digital age to connect with their tribes using the power of video. And I got to take a father/son road trip with Gibson D. Oakley ’16 as I dropped him off in Orlando to start working at Disney World as a character performer.”

Vern Oakley

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