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Leticia Osei-Bonsu ’17 uses sculpture and photography to raise awareness about pollution. “The Water World” series offers a visual representation of how our daily activities affect the environment and, specifically, the aquatic systems.

Members of Kenyon's Class of 2021 make their Middle Path debut at Opening Convocation.

Drawing Abroad

For Henry Uhrik ’18, illustration helps transcend cultural and language barriers.

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Great Expectations

These teaching award winners keep students engaged in the classroom — and in the community.

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A different sort of farewell

Sharp-eared fans of Netflix’s “House of Cards” may have noticed a certain tune playing during the first episode of the political drama’s most recent season. Yes, strains of “Kokosing Farewell” can be heard drifting from a church organ as President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) arrives at a funeral. But Kenyon’s favorite song shares its tune with the hymn “The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended” — words more suitable for mourning the latest sacrificed pawn in Underwood’s bloody quest for power.

Snapshots of Kenyon Life


According to Dean of Admissions Diane Anci, Kenyon’s Class of 2021 is “a terrific tribute to the things that Kenyon values most. It is academically distinguished, among the most diverse classes we’ve enrolled, and its talent knows no bounds.”

5,603  First-year applications received
460  First-year matriculants
19.8  Percentage of domestic students of color
Percentage of international students
19  Countries (including the U.S.) they call home
37  States they call home
9  Percentage of Pell-eligible students
69  Students with a relative who attended Kenyon
4.04  Mean high school GPA
40  Percentage of students who received need based scholarships
35 million  Total dollars spent on financial aid for all classes

It's Electric

Gambier is a new destination for electric-vehicle drivers wanting to charge their cars. Kenyon’s Office of Green Initiatives partnered with Tesla this fall to install two Tesla chargers and a universal EV charger outside the Kenyon Inn, and they plan to install more outside the Kenyon Bookstore — an ideal place for drivers to grab coffee and a good read while topping off their cars.

Image credit: Steve Jurvetson

Washrooms fit for the Whitney

A sign posted in Rosse Hall directing guests to
“accessible restrooms” was meant to refer, of course, to facilities complying with ADA standards. Someone, however, chose to interpret “accessible” in the art-world sense of “easy to understand,” and decided to provide another option: A second, smaller sign appeared, pointing the way toward “avant-garde restrooms” for those desiring a less pedestrian experience. No word on whether Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” was a featured exhibit.

Cold Coyote

Visitors to the Brown Family Environmental Center might be in for a surprise if they raid the BFEC’s fridge. Instead of ice cream and ice pops, the freezer contains a skinned coyote. “It was pretty tricky to get him in there,” said manager Noelle Jordan, “because we also have a red-tailed hawk, a flying squirrel and five song birds.” All of the chilled critters will become part of the BFEC’s teaching collection.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Claire E. Oleson, Grand Rapids, Michigan, signed with a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit to represent her hoped-for debut novel, centered on queerness and rural space.


Emma H. Garschagen has been working since fall 2019 as a professional sailor. “As the first mate and boat captain for 59 North Sailing,” Emma explains, “I lead our crew on offshore sailing adventures and am responsible for the safe operation and upkeep of the ship. We sail a 1991 Swan 59 called ICEBEAR, on which I have logged over 15,000 ocean miles since 2019. In 2022, I will make my second Atlantic crossing, then sailing far north to the Arctic. When not sailing, I live on the dry land of Boulder, Colorado, and work as 59 North Sailing’s creative director.” Listen to the podcast at


Camille M. Sweeney, New York City, with husband Josh and their daughter, Roxie (now 16!), has “accumulated way too many books during the pandemic,” she writes, “including my current fave, George Saunders’ ‘Lincoln in the Bardo.’” Camille runs a workshop program called Future Me, using research from her book, “The Art of Doing,” to help high school students connect their interests to jobs and careers. “Every time I have them write a letter from their Future Self (decades into the future) to their Present Self, thanking them for all their hard work, I think, ‘Wow, I wish I’d written a letter like that to my Future Self when I was back at Kenyon!’”

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