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Whether you go for escape, exercise or simple pleasure, it's hard to beat an outing on the Kokosing Gap Trail.

Middle Path is lovely in all seasons, but fall is its most glorious.

A Shaping Voice

Students describe the impact made by two Trustee Teaching Excellence Award recipients.

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The Storyteller

From Bosnia to Iraq, Göran Hemberg ’63 uses storytelling in the service of peace and democracy

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Kenyon in Quotes

"It's been overwhelmingly positive for what we hoped to achieve." — Marco Saavedra '11, after his release from federal detention along the border with Mexico as part of the Dream 9 immigration-reform protest, in the New York Daily News

Viva la Vida

A photographer explains the genesis of a striking portrait and reflects on its resonance.

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Treasures in Glass

Professor Emeritus of History William B. Scott reflects on the Peirce Hall windows devoted to the Gettysburg…

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Classy Classmates

A U.S. presidential campaign intern, an anti-bullying activist, a private pilot, and several self-identified "nerdfighters" were among the 484 members of the Class of 2017 who joined the Kenyon community this fall.

Margin of Error

A somewhat scientific survey

88 — Percentage of Kenyon students who are on Facebook

15 — Percentage of Kenyon students who smoke

49 — Percentage of Kenyon students who think buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur is acceptable

Heavy Petting

In April, with exams looming and stress rising, community advisors hosted a petting zoo in front of Caples. Faculty and staff were invited to bring in their dogs and cats to help soothe the nerves of frazzled students and help those who missed their own pets. The scholars presumably got calmer, but we wonder whether the animals got any smarter.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Virginia Calhoun de Millan, Chiapas, Mexico, updates, “After 20 years of studying and teaching linguistics, first language acquisition vs. second language learning, and the neuroscience of language development in babies at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, I’m having a ball watching all this happen in real time with my delightful 18-month-old grand-son Xun (Juan/John; in Mayan, Tsotsil). He now understands and responds to nearly every conversation around him, Spanish or English: pointing at the appropriate things or carrying out complex commands. His language production is a little slower: Mama, Dada and the sounds produced by dogs, cats, horses, owls, motor-cycles and blenders. As my daughter and son-in-law work full time, I get to be the Dictadora Vitalicia del Lenguaje.”


Michelle A. von Hirschberg, West Chester, Ohio, enjoyed visits with family and friends, “including a fantastic Chamber Singers reunion weekend and a week in Bamberg, Germany!” she notes. “Daughter Ellie turned 4 in August, and we had so much fun celebrating.”


Kevin C. Kropf writes, “Imagine my surprise when a Class of ’93 classmate showed up for a cam-pus visit with her son at the college where I work. Double the surprise to find out Tobey K. Cronnell and I have lived a scant five miles apart for the past seven years without either of us knowing it. It has been great catching up since then here in Springfield, Missouri. Also connected with Gregory D. Smith when he was in town for work in September. We talked about all the fun he missed at the Reunion. One more neat Kenyon encounter was meeting Gwyndolyn E. Harrison ’94 at a St. Louis Cardinals game last summer.”

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