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“Figural Columns,” an art installation by Audrey Nation '15, created by mounting digital mixed media prints on wood.

Staging a Revival

Two students resurrect a theater group that focuses on the underrepresented talents of women.

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In the Spotlight

Kenyon recognizes two top professors for their efforts with the Trustee Teaching Excellence Awards.

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Kenyon in Quotes

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.

Across the Universe

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."

Ahead of the Game

San Francisco-based gaming enthusiast Jeremy Williams '96 launches a successful new product.

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Good as Gold

Ruth Crowell Wild '02 heads up the London Bullion Market Association.

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Snapshots of Kenyon Life

Treasures from Kenyon's Archives

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. 

On Base

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.

Coaching to Learn

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.”

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Robin E. Osler, New York City, started a new position after putting her own firm, EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect, “into sleep mode,” she updates. “I am a principal and creative director at CallisonRTKL, a global architecture and design firm with offices in Seattle, New York, Miami, Dallas, L.A., Chicago, London and China. The New York office is in the Woolworth Tower, so I work in a completely different part of the city from where I have always been. I continue to teach at the Spitzer School of Architecture at CCNY, so I have a full plate. My husband and I also purchased land in mid-coast Maine, where we will be building a house in the next year or two.”


Gregory P. Sesler, Erie, Pennsylvania, has been “easing toward retirement, spending less time working and more time traveling,” he updates. “Beth and I went to Iceland and Spain last spring and just returned from a two-week self-driven canal boat trip in Belgium and France. It included a lot of World War I history. Very much enjoyed the land of waffles, chocolate, good beer and French fries. We celebrated the wedding of our second daughter in June and traveled more this fall, visiting our other three children scattered about the country.”


“One knows one has entered the stage of life called ‘extreme’ old age when the daily obituaries, with rare exceptions, are all of persons younger than oneself. How does it feel to be so old? It feels as if the mass of the earth and with it the pull of gravity were gently but inexorably increasing. In spite of age, however, I’m still exercising the intellectual skills acquired at Kenyon more than 70 years ago, especially the ability, picked up from professors Philip Blair Rice and Virgil C. Aldrich, to analyze a philosophical argument and the ability, acquired in three years of study and practice, to read Greek. Specifically, I’m currently co-editing a Festschrift of papers on Plato, Aristotle and Epicurus, honoring the distinguished philosophical career of one of my dissertation students, Fred D. Miller. My own paper in this collection will surely be my swan song. Living into a 10th decade seems to require dumb luck as much as anything else, beginning with the luck of being born with good genes to attentive parents. Another bit of my dumb luck was join-ing the Archon Society and moving from Old Kenyon into the army barracks that initially housed the Society, thus avoiding the terrible fire that destroyed Old Kenyon in the winter of 1949. A good friend, Ernest Ahwajee, remained in Old Kenyon and never woke up the morning of the fire. In thinking of Kenyon I always think of the luck that allowed me to have a long and productive life and cut short the life of my friend.”

David A. Keyt, Tucson, Arizona

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