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"This is not my little thing anymore; it's kind of a lot of people's thing. It's just a blessing. I wrote my feelings about my children, and people are reading it in Lebanon. I'm kind of like, 'Go, little poem, go. Enjoy your travels.' "
— Kenyon Review contributor Maggie Smith, in a Columbus Dispatch article.

The Things They Packed

As they arrived on campus in August, we asked members of the Class of 2020 what they brought with them that they couldn't live without. Some went for the practical (a laundry basket) and some were more esoteric (a positive attitude). Some were artistic (a harp) and some were sentimental (a lucky ring). A frog named Froggy, a triceratops named Trikey and a bison named Bison are also among the unofficial residents occupying first-year dorms this year.

Snapshots of Kenyon Life

Treasures from Kenyon's Archives

The young face is all the more haunting because of where it appears — on an ID card and work permit for the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, in Lodz, German-occupied Poland, in 1943. Ita Marien Kaltman would perish in the ghetto, one of the millions of victims of Nazi brutality. This small remembrance of her life is part of the Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection, assembled by Michael D. Bulmash ’66 and on loan to the Kenyon library.

The collection includes more than 1,500 documents, postcards, letters, photographs and other artifacts and is available in the Greenslade Special Collections & Archives and online at

Record Breakers

During Homecoming weekend, five alumni and one coach were inducted into the 25th class of the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame. The class represents seven sports, nine NCAA team championships, 13 NCAA individual championships and 37 All-America awards.

Since its inception in 1987, the Hall of Fame has celebrated the accomplishments of more than 200 alumni and coaches. 

Happy Birthday, Gund Gallery

The Gund Gallery celebrated its fifth birthday Oct. 28. Here are some important numbers from the gallery’s first half-decade of life.

303 artists and artist collectives represented in Gund Gallery exhibits; 143 Gund Gallery Associates who have completed internships; 73,336 visitors to the Gund Gallery since opening in October 2011; 300+ free film screenings, lectures and special events presented by the Gund Gallery; 1,849 students who used the gallery for a class assignment, representing 105 class sessions from 16 academic departments and programs; Gabillions of PB&Js made during the Gund Gallery’s weekly lunchtime event.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Paul A. Baier declares, “Life in Boston has been good. I’ve been enjoying staying in touch with the Kenyon basketball team from our years. Also working with generative AI, things like ChatGPT, for business, and would welcome connecting with other AI enthusiasts.”


Robert C. Boruchowitz works part-time at the School of Law, where his upcoming courses include law and the Holocaust and abuses of executive power. “I am an expert witness in several cases involving public defense and serve on state and national committees working to improve public defense,” he adds. “I sometimes wonder how we got to be in our mid-70s. Did we ever think about that in 1970?”


Norman E. Schmidt, Cleveland, reports, "At the swimming and diving reunion, I enjoyed meeting up with Douglas M. Neff and teammates William S. Koller Jr. ’70, James F. Loomis ’73, James Lucas ’73, John A. Davis ’73, David H. Cannon ’73, William R. Wallace ’72, John E. Davis ’75, Lawrence H. Witner ’69, John A. 'Jack' Kirkpatrick III ’73, and others a little younger (like frat bro Stuart S. Wegener ’75) and older (James G. Carr ’62), and even one I coached (Carol S. Leslie ’84). The event was terrific. I continue to play golf with John H. Emack ’72 about once a week; he still wins handily, but we have fun and even get some exercise. John and I recently got together with Arthur B. “Chip” Sansom ’73 to celebrate the life of Gregg J. DeSilvio ’74, who died recently. Chip is my DEKE little brother, and Gregg was Chip’s little brother. I also had the pleasure of meeting up with David Gregg when he was in Cleveland recently. I seem to be completely retired. Case Western Reserve University did not employ me this year to work with seniors planning to become science teachers."

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