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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

David N.G. Whiting, Arlington, Virginia, and his family left the Philippines in March 2020 due to COVID: “We packed our bags and were on the plane in 24 hours!” he writes. “Back in Washington, D.C., I am still with the State Department and just finished a year working as chief of staff for the assistant secretary for international energy. In July, I moved to my current assignment, director of the China Division in the Global Engagement Center, the State Department office responsible for countering foreign propaganda and disinformation. Wish me luck!”


Harrison David Rivers, St. Paul, Minnesota, spent the fall in London filming Season 1B of the HBO series “The Nevers,” for which he is a story editor. He is also developing a TV series with HBO based on E. Lynn Harris’ novel “Invisible Life.” He continues to work as a playwright, with upcoming productions in San Francisco, Hartford, Philadelphia, Atlanta and St. Paul.


“I am still retired (20 years), still married to Diana (for 50 years), with 10 grandchildren. Still singing in a community choir, birdwatching when I can and hanging out virtually with Kokosinger friends. I’m working part time as a caregiver for elderly men — though some are younger than I am — which is the best job I’ve ever had.”

John P. Leslie II, Levittown, Pennsylvania

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