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Visiting Instructor of Spanish Agnė Karosaitė takes in “Nancy Spero: Maypole: Take No Prisoners,” which is on view at the Buchwald-Wright Gallery through May 18. Photo by James DeCamp.

Students clothed in a mix of late-19th century fashion styles gather on the lawn in front of Ascension Hall for a game of baseball. Photo courtesy of the College Archives.

President Julie Kornfeld and her husband, Fred Silverman (right), mingled with the hundreds of alumni who returned to the Hill as Kenyon celebrated Homecoming in September. Football alumnus Alex Dowell ’10 (left), came back for the induction of Alby Coombs ’07 into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Photo by James DeCamp.

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David Rose ’81 has introduced 21 Kenyon graduates to the financial industry. Meet four of his protégés…

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Kenyon in Quotes

“We need humanists conversant in AI who can critique and shape the future that AI may restructure. AI forces us to ask questions about what it means to be human.” — Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities and Artificial Intelligence Scholar Katherine Elkins, delivering the 2023 Meredith Donovan Lecture at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, in November

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Lost and Found

On a college campus as lively as Kenyon’s, it’s only natural that some things should go missing — and on the flipside, be discovered in unexpected places. Here’s a highlight reel of the season’s lost and found, sourced from campus email lists.

Knitting. Possibly lost in transit from a Fiber Arts Club meeting, the yarn-deprived owner described the missing craft project as being housed in a special pouch. “With a sheep on it,” of course. 

A black kitten. Found wandering outside the bookstore on a cold November evening, the feline  was taken in by some students for the night. 

Invisalign retainers. A self-described “Tooth Cinderella” announced her discovery of the dental gear “still wet with your spit” on the path to Peirce Hall. If the correct owner didn’t come forward, the finder declared that she would “have no choice but to visit the dwelling of everyone in the kingdom and put them in the mouth of every eligible creature until I find the perfect fit.”

Make way for ducklings. A Hydro Flask water bottle, bedecked in “a plethora of stickers” that includes a flock of baby ducks, was misplaced in the library. The stickers are still at large, though there have been occasional reports of quacks in the stacks. 

A plastic possum. A slightly terrifying  marsupial figurine was last seen on north campus, somewhere between the first-year quad and the NCAs. “It’s actually so sentimental to me,” said the owner, offering reward money in exchange for information about the possum’s whereabouts. 

A jean jacket. Last seen outside Gund Commons. In the event of foul play, the jacket’s owner offered the thief a warning. “It may seem generic,” she wrote, “but I know what my jacket looks like and will not hesitate to catch whoever is wearing my jacket on campus.” The denim garment was quickly returned. 

—Carolyn Ten Eyck '18

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’05

Jonathan Pratt informs, “Since graduation I have had a number of different fascinating experiences — from being a photo editor at Laptop magazine in Times Square, then publisher of Where To Live magazine in Boulder, Colorado, to being a Hollywood extra at Central Casting. These days I study mental illness, recently completing a 40-hour course from the National Alliance on Mental Illness on serving as a peer support specialist. I was inspired to do so after being diagnosed with schizophrenia about 10 years ago following a crisis I went through while losing my small business during the recession of 2008. Now I volunteer to help others who are deal-ing with mental illness and homelessness in the San Diego area. I still keep in touch with roommate Arthur N. Yaskey Jr., who has his own D.C. law firm. I miss soccer practice at Kenyon and Coach Lawless yelling at the players in his British accent. I must have learned something, because I was assistant varsity coach at Peak To Peak Charter School in Boulder — the same year we graduated from Kenyon, and our soccer team won the state championship game.”

’82

The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Wilbert retired from full-time ministry on Dec. 31, 2022. He continues to work as the archivist for the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and as a Sunday supply priest at St. Paul’s Church in Norwalk, Ohio. Brian is the convener of the Province V Archivists and Historians of the Episcopal Church and serves as a trustee with the Oberlin Heritage Center. He is also helping his siblings care for their 85-year-old mother, who comes to stay with him and his husband, Yorki Encalada, at their home in Oberlin for a week every month. In his spare time, Brian continues to work on his 1924 Model T Ford, genealogy and collecting antique phonographs.

’82

Sylvia S. Duggan, Philadelphia, works part time as an assistant for a small church preschool and enjoys “going to the occasional Phillies game with Kristen M. Richardson ’84. Love keeping in touch with Kenyon friends online. One of my children is grown and flown to Baltimore and the other at home finishing up a COVID-interrupted college journey.”

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