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
’99

Katherine (Varda) Schwab and Ian H. Schwab ’98 report, “Life is busy and good in Seattle with two teen-age boys.” An obstetrician/gynecologist, Katherine looked forward to celebrating the legacy of Coach Jim Steen with a swim team reunion.

’79

Leslie Jones Goodall is a pediatric occupational therapist for at-risk infants and toddlers in their homes. “Very rewarding! Enjoying sheep farming, reading and gardening here in West Virginia. Staying active hiking, skiing and kayaking. Life is good.”

’13

Ronald A. Maheia, Shorewood, Wisconsin, recounts his decade since leaving “that beautiful campus atop a hill.” A fellowship at Anatolia College took him to Thessaloniki, Greece, an educational experience that “snow-balled into a passion to serve young people,” he writes. In Milwaukee, as a City Year AmeriCorps member, he tutored, mentored and supported ninth-graders academically and social-emotionally. He became a special education teacher, then a school administrator, and is now district administrator as director of talent and human resources at Carmen Schools of Science and Technology. “I love working with young people. Connecting with students, I’m reminded of what’s possible when we provide high-quality equitable educational opportunities. I’ve also been able to increase my volunteer service to the College, currently seated on the Alumni Council — thanks to all who nominated me!”

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