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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

Christopher S. Frisby had his hands cast in alginate, then bronze, as part of a forth-coming memorial to African ancestors in the Ansonborough neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina. “In remembrance of an African ancestor, Lima, a man of Umbundu Angolan origins,” Chris writes, “the memorial will sit near George and Anson streets, where the remains of 36 Africans, Americans of African descent and a Native American, interred in a 1700s burial plot, were uncovered during the 2013 renovation of the Charleston Gaillard Center.” In the vision of North Carolina sculptor Stephen Hayes, the 36 pairs of unique bronze hands will rim a concrete bowl-shaped depression in the ground near the site where the remains were found, Chris explains. Water will spray from each set of hands.


Jennifer M. Mizenko, Oxford, Mississippi, shares, “While visiting my mother in Bradenton, Florida, I had a random encounter with Charles J. Griffin III ’87 at the Beach House on Bradenton Beach. We were both on this tiny campus at the same time in the ’80s, but never met. Amazing. We did find a few friends in common and had a wonderful time sharing Kenyon memories.”


Tess M. Waggoner completed their master’s in Near Eastern studies at the Hagop Kevorkian Center at NYU and will pursue their Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at NYU come fall. Tess joined former students of Professor Vernon Schubel — including Max J. Dugan ‘14, Henry D. Brill ’19, Holly Donahue Singh ’00 and Kate Blanchard ’92 — as a contributor to a new book, edited by Edward Curtis IV ’93, published by Columbia University Press in July 2023.

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