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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
’12

Nicolyn V. Woodcock completed her doctorate at Miami University and took a position as a visiting assistant professor of multiethnic American literature at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. In between, she spent last summer in Gambier teaching writing in the humanities as part of the KEEP Scholars program. That meant “opportunities to catch up with a lot of wonderful Kenyon folks, including L. Michelle Dunavant '12, Hope K. Boyd '12, Tristan J. Neviska ’13 and Jaqueline Neri Arias ’13.”

’01

Beth A. Harrod, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, graduated from nursing school last year and is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. “It’s very intense,” she notes, “but so rewarding. I am so excited to have my dream job!”

’62

Stewart D. Brown, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, lost contact 63 years ago with his only surviving cousin, whom he last saw in 1956 before “he headed to the Sahara to find oil for Esso — now ExxonMobil,” Stew writes. But “thanks to 23andMe,” he explains, “I found him in London. He’s 89 and very rapidly walks the sidewalks of London. He’s been married to his fifth wife for 30-plus years! Judy and I just returned from visiting him. We brought along family and genealogy pictures of our mutual grandparents in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, dating back to before 1890. What a great reunion!”

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