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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

Andrew B. Gipson, Ithaca, New York, earned his Cornell doctorate in August and now works for the USDA on plant proteins that help crops survive in poor soil conditions.


Mary Margaret (Fletcher) Groberg, Montpelier, Vermont, and husband Dan welcomed second daughter Anna Ruth Groberg on July 1. “Big sister Molly is smitten, as are we,” she reports. “We enjoyed fall visits from classmates Ashley G. Gray and Anna C. Childs. I recently discovered a purple nail polish color called ‘Lords & Ladies.’ I can only assume a Kenyon grad is behind it and would love to know the story!”


Rosemary Brandenburg, Altadena, California, urges all to check out the film ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ “It’s the latest film for which I was set decorator,” she notes. “Now I’m back in Atlanta, decorating ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3,’ due in theaters May 2023. One of these days I’ll retire, but in the meantime I’m working my butt off. It’s fun, most of the time! Altadena is a lovely area. Now I just need to be home more instead of on location so much of the time.”

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