Also In This Edition

Samantha Neilson '23 (center), Cat Mori '25 (to her right), Eva House '23 (to her left) and other members of the Kenyon College Dance, Drama and Cinema Club radiate joy as they rehearse for their Spring Dance Concert in the Bolton Theater, in May. Photo by Rebecca Kiger.

More than 1,130 people returned to Gambier for Reunion Weekend 2023, which featured endless opportunities for friends and families to reconnect. Here, alumni (and future alumni?) bond over a post-dinner sweet treat around the fire. Photo by James DeCamp.

Aidan Biglow '23 (right) and Jiarong "Andy" Zhang '26 (left) demonstrate spikeball, a popular game on campus. Photo by Rebecca Kiger.

Book Shelf

Explore new releases from members of the Kenyon community.

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Kenyon in the Wild

In "Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club," a fictional tribute to Midwestern supper clubs and the generations of families who inherit them, author J. Ryan Stradal dedicates a few pivotal pages to Kenyon.

One of Us

Carla Birnberg ‘91 describes her work supporting young Kenyans with disabilities.

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A Wild Bat Chase

Robert Clawson '59 shares how Tony Milkowski ’57 ultimately became a beloved art professor.

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Reader Spotlight

After sending in a letter to the editor, Scott Klavan ‘79 shares more of his life story.

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Lost and Found

A highlight reel of the season's lost and found, sourced from campus email lists.

A missing brown wallet, containing a license and a business card signed by Tom Hanks. 
"You can even keep the Tom Hanks business card!" said the owner, pleading for its return. 

An antithetical book donation.
Personal copies of a red hardcover Children's Bible and "On Drinking" by Charles Bukowski, found together in the library return bins.

A staff member's glasses.
"For someone who never, ever lost her retainer as a kid, this is particularly frustrating," said the owner.

A 13-year-old border collie, missing from his home. 
"He can sometimes be violent when scared," warned the owner (relatable). Despite this, the dog was reunited with his family within the hour.

A saucy offer. 
"A long sequence of events has left me with a 2 quart bottle of Kikkoman brand soy sauce that I do not need," began an all-stu email from a professor. This was quickly followed up with a new email, subject line "SOY SAUCE SPOKEN FOR."

A cat, chilling in the Caples lounge. 
Whether it took the elevator or the stairs down, odds are it was looking for a late-night snack (Campus Safety found the feline a little after midnight). 

An emotional support jacket.
"If I don’t get my jacket back I’ll never stop crying for the rest of my life," began the all-stu email with the subject line, "Missing Jacket (I’m Inconsolable)." The owner included several reference photos of the jacket in question, including one  of her wearing the item while siphoning beer  out of a jug — "for (beer-making) class" with Professor Keller, she clarified.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Claire M. (Larson) Long and her husband moved from Atlanta back to Ohio. “My husband, David, accepted the head of school position at the Miami Valley School in Dayton, where I started my teaching career right after graduating! We are so excited for our three kids to attend MVS and to be closer to family.”


Amy E. Haid, Grove City, Ohio, updates, “My daughter is every hot minute of 13.5 years old, so yeah — it’s emotional around here. Especially since she says, ‘Musical theater is my sport.’” Amy’s 2022 travel included the “Scottish 500” around the highlands; Copenhagen, Oslo and Malmo; and a week on Hawaii’s Big Island. “Before I induce nausea amongst you,” she adds, “I’ll keep it real by noting that my garage-door contractor just evaporated along with my $2,000 deposit — a reminder that life is a process, not a bed of roses. In good news, Blanton’s has developed a candle that smells exactly like the Angel’s Share in a rickhouse, and the Kenyon campus is developing like crazy in many good ways, including an underground, completely hidden parking garage.”


Catherine Kemmerer Karp, Pepperell, Massachusetts, reports, “I was back on the Hill in November with my sister to watch my nephew Maxwell J. Nonnenmacher ’24 swim against Denison. I caught up briefly with Joseph G. ‘Gregg’ Parini after the meet. I also met up with a former student of mine, Rachel Kinder ’26, who is studying art. The new Richard Serra sculpture is a hidden gem. An underground parking garage? Wow!”

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