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The night before classes started in August, a 500-foot table covered with white linens was set up along Middle Path for a picnic of locally grown and sourced foods for students, faculty, staff and the Knox County community.

Ascension Hall overlooks Middle Path as autumn leaves begin to fall.

Tactile Education

With BrailleNote and some creative help, a sight-impaired student makes the most of Kenyon.

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Bookend Love

Kenyon couple champion mysteries and authors at their Ann Arbor bookstore.

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Ice Escapade

With a little help from the Lords football team, President Sean Decatur answered an Ice Bucket Challenge from Adam Weinberg, the president of Denison University. The challenge, a viral phenomenon launched to raise money for research into ALS, required a reply within 24 hours, a challenge to three others, and a shower of ice water. The Lords broke from their first practice at McBride Field to oblige the president with a blast of ice water—followed by full-throated cheers.

Flight Time

Katharine Sears '95 finds satisfaction specializing in airplane weapons and sensor systems.

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Treasures in Glass

For the College’s limited edition book on the literary windows of the Great Hall in Peirce Hall, Professor of English Jennifer Clarvoe wrote about “Song of the Open Road,” Walt Whitman’s celebration of American character and freedom.

Armed with Confidence

Lords football coach Chris Monfiletto took a .500 record into his third season: "Our only expectation for our team is that we approach each day armed with the confidence of having used adversity as an opportunity for improvement. If we can empower the leaders on the team to hold themselves accountable for recognizing these growth factors, then our small successes will snowball and enable our players to do some special things."

Hip to be Square

Math ruled at the Independence Day parade in Gambier.

Professor of Math Judy Holdener marshaled a dozen Summer Science Scholars, who created a balloon sculpture of a Sierpinski tetrahedron, a three-dimensional fractal. Holdener has for years hoped to enter a “float” in the parade, and this year was spurred on by math major Robin Belton ’16.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Janet Byrne Smith and Murray J. Smith ’75 moved to Gambier in 2017 after 32 years in northern New Jersey and commuting into Manhattan, she notes. “We were in desperate need of a break from the crowds, noise and pressure, and we’ve found it here. I was able to continue working part-time from Gambier until early 2020, but then the pandemic hit; and I have not looked back. For the last few years, I have been more and more involved with the Knox County Democratic Party.” Janet canvassed area households to urge Yes votes on Ohio’s reproductive freedom ballot issue, which passed in November. “I swim almost daily in Kenyon’s amazing pool, the likes of which is completely unavailable in the New York City metropolitan area, and this summer I participated in the inaugural Total Performance Masters Swimming camp held at Kenyon. I was by far the oldest and slowest, swimming alongside several former Ladies swimmers, but we all had lots of fun, and our coach, Danielle M. Korman ’06, was phenomenal. Murray and I travel as much as we can, with trips to Mexico City, Alaska and Nova Scotia planned for 2024.”


Stephanie A. Cordonnier and Hanning Wong ’16 were married at A Very Kenyon Wedding in Mount Vernon, Ohio, by Stephanie’s faculty advisor, the Rev. Dr. Harry Itagaki in his Kenyon necktie. Beloved Kenyon family present included “wedding welcomer Johanna I. Frye, meditation selfie leader Yohanna Ewing-Kally ’16, vocalist Emilia Pazniokas, harpist Lily A. McBride ’17, equality challengers Emilia M. Louy and Elizabeth C. “Lila” Greco, brideswoman hype queen Grace E. Janzow, ramen lover Johnson Qiao ’16, and best woman/notorious llama advocate Kathleen M. Low ’16,” they report.


David P. Rose celebrated the wedding of daughter Abigail last summer in Maine. “She currently works in the advancement office at Kenyon,” he notes. “Kenyon folks in attendance: Kyle A. Laux ’03, Maya A. Artis ’13, Anna V. Harnsberger ’23, Abigail, me, Myles H. Alderman Jr. ’82, Stephen Honig ’68 and Ugnius ‘Ugi’ Zilinskas ’21. We also celebrated my son’s marriage in June and welcomed my first grandchild, Emmet, in December 2022. She is a beautiful red-headed girl with a terrific smile.”

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