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Professor of Music Ben “Doc” Locke presides over one of Kenyon’s most beloved fall traditions, First-Year Sing.

The new Chalmers Library opened its doors to the public this fall and quickly became a go-to destination for studying and connecting.

Chalmers Library has been certified LEED Gold, making it Kenyon’s first large-scale building to receive this honor.

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Nandi Rose Plunkett ’11 shares the inspiration behind her song “Sourdough.”

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Kenyon in Quotes

“I always tell my students to find the art that saves your life. I think writing is the thing that saved my life, especially writing this book during this period of my life.”
— Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing Ira Sukrungruang, speaking with the Dayton Daily News about his latest book, “This Jade World.”

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Middle Path Has Two Sides Again

In the fall of 2018, a plywood construction wall went up alongside the west side of Middle Path as construction began on the new Chalmers Library. Now that the library is open and the fence is down, we’re relearning how to walk in a straight line, like the first time you go bowling without using the bumpers.

Recognition Returns

As masks come off outdoors on campus (at least sometimes ... thanks, Delta variant), we’re back to Piaget’s sensorimotor stage as we begin to recognize entire human faces. Start working on new excuses for why you can’t remember the names of the people you wave to every day on your way to class.

Show Up and Show Out

Trendy Peloton exercise bikes were a lifeline for many during the pandemic and will run you a few thousand bucks, but the return of Pelotonia to Gambier racked up a few million. After missing a year, riders in Ohio State’s annual cycling event to raise money for cancer research rolled past Kenyon’s Lowry Center in August once again, raising a total of $19,313,532.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’85

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!’”

’59

“I visited H. Alan Wainwright and his wife, Nancy, now retired in Gambier. I was not only treated to a 28-24 Kenyon football win over Oberlin but a tour of the new Chalmers Library. I think Chalmers is the fourth iteration of Kenyon libraries for me since my first in 1955, Ransom Hall. I might have been the most senior alum at Homecoming. May try to attend the Bicentennial in 2024 and persuade my NYC dining partner David A. Grogan — Bronx baker of renown — to join me. If so, he might become the oldest returning alum.

Robert B. “Bebop” Palmer, New York City

’07

Rachel G. (Berkshire) Kibbee and Andrew J. Kibbee announce the birth of their second child, Lorna Mae Kibbee, on May 27, 2021. “Guy, 2, is loving his new role as a big brother!” Rachel reports. The Kibbees bought their first house in New Rochelle, New York, in October 2020. Isaac M. Miller submits: “In 2019, I moved to Lawton, Oklahoma, where I became an English teacher at Lawton High School and married Dr. Emily Finney-Miller. Since the pandemic hit, I’ve been teaching virtually. Meanwhile, my wife and I became foster parents and have had two placements who have affected and changed our lives in many ways. I still dream of the Kokosing.”

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