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Sunset over Knox County. Photo credit: Bob Handelman

Students express themselves through beloved possessions including water bottles and laptops. Photo credit: Jodi Miller

By abstracting the process of Chinese papercuts, Caroline Chang '19 explores grief through a repetitive, meticulous art installation.

Extolling Excellence

James McGavran and Karen Hicks are the latest recipients of the Trustee Teaching Excellence Award.

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A Life in Many Acts

Stephen Wachtel ’59 P’87 has worn many hats — scientist, painter and jazz musician among them.

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Kenyon in Quotes

"Our lives change the world; our votes let us live them."
— Justin Martin '19, on the Disability Rights Ohio blog, encouraging people with disabilities to vote.

Kenyon in Quotes

"Don't stop thinking critically. Don't stop questioning the data, questioning authority — and questioning yourself."
— Writer and statistician Nate Silver, speaking to graduating seniors at Commencement.

Readers React

In the previous Alumni Bulletin we asked readers to share their thoughts, stories and questions regarding diversity, equity and inclusion at Kenyon. To everyone who took the time to respond to the call for letters: Thank you. The (many) notes we received were candid, thoughtful, thought-provoking and moving. Some were deeply personal while others were critical. Exploring these issues, and others, in an honest and meaningful way is central to the mission of this magazine. And we can’t do it without you.

Read the letters.

Painting Party

Kenyon students, faculty and staff came together for a community art project on Sept . 29 to transform a 575-foot-long, 12-foot-high construction barrier into a public canvas that will evolve during the two year construction of the Kenyon Commons library.

A Load of Bologna

Although the namesake lunch meat was nowhere to be found, Kenyon's traditional Bologna Loaf lunches — which date back to 1987 and take their name from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip — drew students and faculty alike to the Science Quad on Wednesday afternoons this summer. Serving as both a delicious free lunch and a chance to socialize and take a break from research, the fortnightly event regularly attracts more than 150 attendees. Kenyon provides a main course, and research groups take turns bringing desserts from strawberry shortcake to dairy-free almond-amaretto cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Curt N. Foxx, Sherman Oaks, California, welcomed a fourth child to the family on July 5, a boy named Casey. “He joins Evan,11; Emma, 8; and Rowan,3. I recently retired from coaching after 24 years and took a new career with NCSA as a recruiting specialist. Everyone is doing well!”


“After spending my entire career in higher education I’ve made a big transition into strength coaching. My company is called Strength Wise Barbell, and I focus on elevating performance for athletes who are 40+. It feels a little nuts to make the leap into entrepreneurship with a family and a mortgage, but I’m excited about finding a passion and trying something new. My family is doing great after moving back to Evanston following almost a decade in the Bay Area.”

Christopher M. Van Nostrand, Evanston, Illinois


Jessica Greenstein, Highland, New York, has been working in the Office of International Programs at Vassar College since January 2021. “I thoroughly enjoy it — and am putting my Kenyon modern foreign languages major to good use! Vassar places great emphasis on international education and encourages all students to participate in study abroad.”

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