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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

Samantha M. Sheahan submits: “Samantha loves being a drama therapist for kids, a.k.a. being a professionally bad actor. Her clients remind her when she doesn’t act badly well enough. (She misses the easy days at Kenyon when you’d get graded on Aristotelian analysis.) More seriously, this summer she was grateful to run a collaborative drama therapy group with refugee women. Otherwise, she’s still chasing her cattle dog around the hiking trails of San Francisco.”


Amy R. Bukszpan, Delray Beach, Florida, informs, “It’s been a hell of a couple of months! I received my doctorate in applied behavior analysis from Endicott College in May. Quit my nearly decade-long job as national director of ABA Center Development in July, and opened my own practice, Bukszpan Behavior Consultants, in August. Additionally, I finished third female in a 100-mile ultramarathon around the streets of NYC, and 15th female in a six-day race through Colorado mountains. My husband and I adopted two, 2-month-old pup-pies the Monday before my Friday dissertation defense — would not recommend that timing — and now have a total of three rambunctious pitties as office mates! Hectic — but I wouldn’t change a thing!”


“Mig and I continue to enjoy good health here in Jupiter, Florida, and we’re playing golf two to three times a week. I gave up tennis two years ago.”

Ronald R. Ryan

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