Arts & Culture
Two students resurrect a theater group that focuses on the underrepresented talents of women.
“Figural Columns,” an art installation by Audrey Nation '15, created by mounting digital mixed media prints on wood.
The new Office of Spiritual and Religious Life will foster understanding and fellowship.
Kenyon recognizes two top professors for their efforts with the Trustee Teaching Excellence Awards.
An interim job gives Linda Smolak a chance to help students and work with sexual misconduct policy.
There's still work to be done, but I like to think it's getting better in terms of writing and roles. There's still a ridiculous discrepancy in pay. That can't continue." — Allison Janney '82 H'00, in the Irish Times, on opportunities for women in the entertainment industry.
Writer-in-Residence P.F. Kluge '64 defied the expectations of his classmate Emeritus Professor of English Perry Lentz '64 P'88 H'09 by being named Gambier Citizen of the Year. While making the announcement, Lentz admitted his surprise but went on to praise Kluge's "edgy eloquence" and dubbed him "the Salman Rushdie of Knox County, the H.L. Mencken of College Township." Professor of Religious Studies Royal Rhodes was named village poet laureate on the same day. In a poem, Rhodes observed, "Village life reflects the universe."
San Francisco-based gaming enthusiast Jeremy Williams '96 launches a successful new product.
Ruth Crowell Wild '02 heads up the London Bullion Market Association.
Arts & Culture
Jeff Place '79 and Robert Santelli produce a tribute to guitarist and singer Lead Belly.
Ceremonial Masonic aprons, bearing characteristic symbols such as the all-seeing eye, belonged to “the first of Kenyon’s goodly race,” Bishop Philander Chase. They were donated to the Kenyon library in 1918 by Chase’s granddaughter, Susan E. Clark of La Grange, Illinois.
Chase’s involvement in freemasonry reflects the group’s importance in American civic culture. Many of the country’s early leaders, including presidents George Washington and James Monroe, were Masons.
Fifth-year head coach Erin O’Neill ’02 directed the Ladies softball team to its finest season ever, going 29-11. She now possesses a 96-93 career coaching record with the Ladies and is just nine wins shy of becoming the program’s most-winning coach.
George Cooper Jr., a former member of the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, joined Kenyon's coaching staff this season, taking advantage of the National Football League Players Association’s (NFLPA) coaching internship program. “It gives me the opportunity for hands-on coaching, while learning from the other coaches,” said Cooper.
Head football coach Chris Monfiletto says he is thrilled to have Cooper on board this season as the outside linebackers coach: “Our players will have a great opportunity to learn from someone with experience at the highest level.”
Katharine B. Rucker Sears, Tampa, Florida, was selected for command of a naval aviation squadron — “a big career milestone in the Navy,” she writes. In January on Siesta Key, she and other alumni joined members of the Kenyon swim team at a beach barbecue during their training there. “After the voracious swimmers were fed, some of them braved the great divide and talked with us about professors, classes and majors. I met several international studies majors and got to talk with them about their study abroad experiences, swapping stories about China and other places we’d been in common.”
Richard A. Rubin, Mill Valley, California, muses: “Maybe it’s the California water and sunshine — or plain curiosity about how we will get through these curious times — that keeps us reluctant seniors active. As our roster thins out, I recommend to classmates the words of George Burns: ‘If you live to be 100, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.’ Nevertheless, I deeply bemoan the passing last year of our esteemed classmate and brilliant alum Samuel Richmond '62, who was much too young when he left us. He felt a compelling obligation to make our society better. Now more than ever, I propose we continue that work.”
Charles Schwarzbeck sends greetings from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. “Our family relocated here last year and we are enjoying it all. Son Nicholas thrives in seventh grade at a Cambridge Curriculum school, and Chandra and I run an international couples retreat to bring effective care with fun and great cultural experiences to couples. We are grateful to our neighbors, who have warmly welcomed us. Come visit.”