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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.

Connected by Kenyon

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
’13

Morgan E. Peele asks, “What can you do with a women’s and gender studies degree? Mine has taken me on a rather serpentine career route. I was a Fulbright Fellow in China researching women’s child-care options. I then pivoted into statistics and population studies in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. I wove gender theory into my academic publications as a Ph.D. candidate in demography, thanking newly retired Professor Laurie Finke in my dissertation acknowledgments. I recently pivoted again — this time into the corporate world, as associate director of health equity on the business engagement team at Merck. So I’ll rephrase my question: What can’t you do with a women’s and gender studies degree?”

’12

Tatenda Uta, Lithia, Florida, informs, “After graduating, I set two primary objectives for myself: securing a job and reuniting my mother with me in the United States. Landing a job was a challenging journey, but it materialized more quickly than I had anticipated. Yet the path to bringing my mother here proved to be far more arduous, spanning a grueling 12-year period. Today, I am elated to share the heartwarming news that my mother has finally made her way to the U.S., reuniting with her daughter-in-law and meeting her grand-daughter for the first time.”

’23

“Settling into life here in Tajikistan teaching English on a Fulbright. I miss the friends and fond memories that I made at Kenyon, but I’m looking forward to making new ones and continuing my life’s education! My brain keeps thinking I’ll be going back to Kenyon in the fall!”

Christopher Bechtol

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