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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.”

Hot Takes

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

Mary Kay Costello completed graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, shifting her career from info tech to become a speech language pathologist. She reconnected with roommate Katja Zerck at the 20th.


Shelby (Van Voris) Schoenborn updates, “My lieutenant colonel husband retired after 23 years active duty in the Army. We’re enjoying retired life with our high schooler, Chloe — an avid rower at Tampa Prep here in Florida. I work with the veterans community at the VA in clinical cancer research. We lost my mom, Michelle “Mickie” Merian ’73, in March 2022. She moved to Tampa to be with us for her retirement, so the loss is difficult for us. We spent time this summer in the U.K., Germany, Poland, Finland and Sweden. I had the opportunity to meet the always lovely Mary Elizabeth Wilson in Berlin.”


William H. Derks returned to Kenyon “for the first-ever swimmers reunion and the induction of Jim Steen into the Kenyon Athletic Hall of Fame (about time). Hundreds of swimmers returned, including a great representation by the ’81 grads, including James F. Parker, Steven R. Counsell, William A. Fullmer and Donald L. Shupe Jr. The weekend included some great times at the VI and the beer tent, beyond the more formal events and the stellar alumni relays. That pool even made the old guys feel fast again. Now back in North Carolina, where I have lived for the last 37 years, working as a civil engineer and on the board of directors of a successful land development consulting firm. All three kids grown up and on their own, leaving Colleen and me enjoying being empty-nesters.”

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