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

Catherine A. “Cat” Smith works for a nonprofit in D.C. and sees Kenyon friends “all the time,” she updates. “It’s wonderful to still feel so connected to our special community. I’m deciding between law schools and will start classes in the fall.”


David G. Newhall, Mahtomedi, Minnesota, is happy to be healthy and active. “Much of the last five years or so have been spent assisting a first cousin, who became quadriplegic due to a stroke. While this consumed more than 1,200 hours of my time, it was very rewarding in the long run.” David spent 42 years as a trial attorney in a large Minneapolis law firm, retiring at the end of 2008. In his parallel 32-year career in the Minnesota Army National Guard, he started as a private E-1 in the artillery and ended as a colonel. David has been married to Carol Ludington for the last 29 years and has four children, ages 25 to 54. “While I had to retire as an active squash player and downhill skier at age 75, I still golf, water-ski, ride horseback, and ride my dirt bike over some pretty rugged territory.”


William P. Rice, Duxbury, Massachusetts, updates, “Around the time I turned 72 and began to collect Social Security I realized that I just wasn’t wired for retirement. So I am still executive chair of Anchor Capital Advisors, the investment management firm I founded 40 years ago. I have also joined three nonprofit boards, which keeps me active. My wife, Lynn, and I spend winters at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo and summers on the water in Duxbury.”

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