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Leah Dunbar '20 captured campus during a morning stroll last fall: “There’ve been many perfect Kenyon mornings, but this one may have been the most magical."

Dannie Lane ’22 took this photo of the Henry Spencer Moore sculpture in the Science Quad before the campus closed in response to the pandemic.

A Drowning Dream

"I live in this moment, this breath," writes Laura Hillenbrand ’89 of her recovery from COVID-19.

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In Queerantine

A photo series by Ally Schmaling '14 celebrates queer personhood amid the pandemic.

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Book Shelf

Explore new releases from members of the Kenyon community.

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A New Medium

Senior studio art majors create a virtual gallery to showcase their final projects.

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Congratulations from John Green

Knowing that the newly admitted Class of 2024 would miss out on a traditional high school graduation, bestselling author John Green ’00 shared a message of encouragement and, as he’s apt to do, a good story. When Green missed his own Commencement, the late Professor of Religious Studies Donald Rogan threw him a non-traditional ceremony that was even more meaningful.

Watch Green’s message on YouTube.

The Best of Both Worlds

The “Music and Entrepreneurship” course taught by Professor of Music Ted Buehrer ’91 had a viral moment on TikTok thanks to a class visit from LA-based composer Kenneth Burgomaster ’91.

Maeve Griffin ’23 recorded a clip of the Zoom video conference in which Burgomaster explained how he used samples of Miley Cyrus’ voice to write a series of short transitional riffs for the TV show “Hannah Montana” — micro-compositions that have found fame in their own right as a popular TikTok sound. 

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View Griffin's TikTok post.

Kenyon From Your Couch

Amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenyon has suspended all on- and off-campus alumni events. Stay connected with your fellow alumni by joining one of our virtual "Kenyon from Your Couch" events, which range from readings and discussions to campus tours and performances.

View the full list of virtual events.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’80

Roger O. Fillion, Evergreen, Colorado, is managing editor of Marijuana Business Daily, overseeing its U.S. and international websites and magazine. He “couldn’t resist” noting that the company has been “growing like a weed — head count has jumped around fourfold in four years. Our son John came ever so close to attending Kenyon, but in the end opted for Macalester — in part for an urban setting. Our daughter Jane is a legislative aide in Congress. Joanne and I continue to hike, backpack, mountain bike, camp and quaff craft brews.”

’63

Alan W. Beck, New Albany, Ohio, recounts his response when his new friends at the Wesley Woods retirement community describe their problems finding parking on “game day” in Columbus: “I simply tell them a few Kenyon-OSU football scores (from the 1890s) and then drive up to the Kenyon football field and park just a few steps from a free seat. Go Lords!”

’81

Wendy A. MacLeod, Gambier, updates: “My play ‘Slow Food’ was a hit at Dorset Theater Festival this summer, featuring actors Peri Gilpin and Dan Butler from the television show ‘Frasier.’ ACT in Seattle has announced they will be doing my newest play, ‘The Laugh Track,’ which was inspired by the true story of Lucille Ball’s female head writer. But the really big news is that we have a new Lab puppy, Posy.”

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