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On April 30, 2022, the Village of Gambier and the entire Kenyon community celebrated a once-a-century occasion: 4.30.22 Day.

4.30.22 Day parade participants gather in front of the Village Market before starting on their route.

Happy Days

A conversation with Beimnet Beyene “Happy” Kassaye ’23.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“I have come to expect that race will be weaponized to undermine not only a leader’s authority but also that leader’s very humanity and sense of belonging.”
—President Sean Decatur in a Chronicle of Higher Education essay on the invisible toll of racist harassment

Kenyon in Quotes

“You are what our species needs. Fresh thinkers; brave souls; explorers of ideas. Wayward birds, venturing into unknown skies, unafraid of unconventional thinking and uncommon wisdom.” ⁠
—Sheila Coronel H’22 at Kenyon’s 194th Commencement

One of Us

One of the first women to enroll at Kenyon, Susan Emery McGannon ’72 is accustomed to blazing trails…

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Hot Takes

Color Commentary

To celebrate the once-a-century holiday of 4.30.22 Day, Kenyon’s social media accounts posted archival photos of Gambier, all in black and white, honoring the village’s history. In the comments of a 1996 photo of the Red Door Cafe, one alum wrote "We had color film in the '90s. I’m not THAT old."

Paws on Parade

On the last day spring semester classes, the Epsilon Delta Mu sorority brought cheer (and a flock of wagging tails) to Middle Path by putting on a dog parade. Faculty, staff and community members brought over a dozen canines to march across campus in a mood-lifting promenade. As Assistant Professor of Biology Natalie Wright noted on Twitter, “The dogs had to stop every few feet to accept pets from students.

A Free-for-Owl

Despite winning with a clear majority of the vote, social media had its share of naysayers regarding the choice of Kenyon’s new moniker, the Owls. How did the pro-owl contingent respond? With many, many hoots. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Brandie (Mayes) Wagner, Cortland, Ohio, celebrated 25 years working for Stellantis (Chrysler). “I remember leaving Gambier right after graduation and starting an internship with Chrysler the very next day,” she recalls. “My son Miles is all grown up with a real job, and Clo, a high school sophomore, keeps me busy with all of her dance, drama and Girl Scout events. I’ve been their Girl Scout leader for the past 11 years and am proud that I have been a Scout for 41 years. I recently joined the board of the Fine Arts Council of my county and hope to continue bringing the arts to young people. I love taking teenagers to gallery openings and plays."


“Eighteen years on, my diploma is finally an adult! These days I’m living in Portland, Oregon, with a dog and a house, working as a civil engineer. I don’t think this is where my daydreams would have taken me had I bothered to try to dream this far out all those years ago, staring into the Ohio sky. I’ve nestled into a pretty good life, though. Regrets are few.

Dan Neidecker


“Jeanne and I are raising two teenagers in central Virginia. I have been doing political commentary for ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates as well as online news outlets while still chairing the University of Lynchburg political science and international relations and security studies programs.

David H. Richards, Amherst, Virginia

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