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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

“I’m back in my house in Plevna, Ontario. It’s just a 15-minute drive to the family cottage on a lake which we’ve owned since 1945. We’ve spent a lot of time maintaining it and recently renovating it after a devastating windstorm last May. I’ve maintained ties with my former place of residence in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, by taking part in concert choirs and entering oil paintings in local art shows.”

Samuel W. Corbin


“Had a great spring and summer, despite loss. The highlight was a Kenyon reunion of sorts at Hannah B. Withers’ May wedding in Missoula, Montana. I got to reconnect with so many Kenyon graduates, and it was a real delight. Still working as a ‘scrum master’ (a people and process coach) at Fidelity. Diving back into fiber art and weaving now that I have a studio again. And celebrating my stepson turning 13 in September (pinch me). Still spending about half my time in my garden and the other half daydreaming about two upcoming trips to visit my partner’s family in Croatia — our first since the pandemic.”

Liza W. Chabot, North Carolina


“I paused my weekly newsletter, Retirement Income Journal, and celebrated with trout fishing near Akureyri, Iceland. I’ve started some new writing projects on retirement finance, including a monograph on Iceland’s pension system. Back to 80 percent self-employed workaholic mode. A hip issue eliminated running, but I can hike and wade. Since cataract removal, I can see the dry fly on the fishing line. It’s all good ... or at least not too bad.”

Kerry H. Pechter, Emmaus, Pennsylvania

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