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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
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Tanna L. Moore writes, “Serendipity has led me to be very engaged in hosting international students and businesspeople from around the world through my engagement with Global Minnesota and the Humphrey School of Public Policy. It takes a bit of getting used to the diplomatic language after being in business for over 40 years … never a straight answer. I’m also deeply engaged in the music world, hosting mid-career classical musicians for the Lakes Area Music Festival. They have actually motivated me to start playing piano again. Splitting time between Minneapolis; Crosslake, Minnesota; and Charleston, South Carolina. I’m kind of going with the flow and loving it.”

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Anna C. Dowling was married this summer in a joyous celebration with a wedding party full of Kenyon alums: Louisa C. Ashford and Elizabeth M. Gardner, and siblings Stephen R. Dowling ’08 and Sarah E. Russell ’11.

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Susan A. Apel, Blawnox, Pennsylvania, joined the Alumni Council for a three-year term. “If anyone has any concerns or questions, please let me know (saapel17@ gmail.com).”

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