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"Renaissance Man" by Charles Gagnon, donated to Kenyon anonymously in 1972, finds a permanent home in the garden below Ascension Hall.

Hitting the Right Notes

For Jane Symmes ’16, there is no offseason and no time to waste. Symmes of Concord, New Hampshire, carries the title “student/athlete/musician”—and she’s a two-sport athlete. When she isn’t lifting weights, throwing or kicking round objects, or studying for the next exam, this international studies major and recording artist is penning notes, striking strings, and belting out harmonies. Her family’s passion for music lifts her heart and comes to life in the form of her lyrics and scores. Symmes also patrols the midfield for the Ladies soccer and lacrosse teams. An injury-shortened soccer season takes little luster off her success in all three phases of her life. —Ryan Gasser

Treasures in Glass

For the College’s book on the literary windows of Peirce Hall, Professor of English Jennifer C. Clarvoe wrote about making sense of nonsense in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:

"It is wonderful to find Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in a series of windows with Paradise Lost and Pilgrim’s Progress; like the first, it concerns itself with a fall, albeit down a rabbit hole; like the second, it concerns itself with the education of its main character by allegorical figures. ... In Carroll’s brilliant, subversive work, it is the child-heroine Alice herself who is supremely sane, debunking, pragmatic—and yet, through her, we enter a world of infinitely entertaining marvels."

Margin of Error

55: Percentage of Kenyon students who think it’s more likely that hell will freeze over before Congress finds a plan for the solvency of Social Security.

70: Percentage of Kenyon students who find their coursework more challenging than expected.

62: Percentage of Kenyon students who have read a book in The Hunger Games series.

Bookstore Olympiad

As the Sochi games were winding down, the Kenyon Bookstore got into the Olympic spirit by sponsoring its own Winter Olympiad, featuring a book-balancing relay (with books balanced on competitors’ heads), a literary trivia quiz, and tabletop bagel curling (“all the excitement of real curling, with Bookstore bagels, sand, and toothbrushes”).

A three-student team competing for the United Kingdom took home the gold.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

“After a series of romantic fool’s errands and misadventures in 2020 that brought me to the pandemic-blighted hipster mecca of Asheville, North Carolina, by year’s end I met a breath of fresh air and a tonic for road-weary spirits in the delightful form of a woman named June. In November, we began a conversation through the Match portal and might never have met had she not extended her search range to North Carolina! A Thanksgiving visit melded with Christmas, and we were soon engaged and married in mid-March. Now happily exploring life in a different key.”

Philip B. Olmstead, Montgomery, Alabama


Sr. Jeana M. Visel, Ferdinand, Indiana, received a Vital Worship Teacher-Scholar Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship that allowed her to bring her icon teacher, Marek Czarnecki, as an artist-in-residence to Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. “When he lectures and works on icons for a school project, students and others can watch the creative process,” she explains. Last fall, she and Marek exhibited some of their icons in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library.


Kathryn Foley, Adams, Massachusetts, completed 18 months of earning her state riding instructor license and PATH International credential as a certified therapeutic riding instructor. “Very intensive process with huge rewards — seeing my students blossom as they learn horsemanship and adaptive riding skills,” she writes. “The need in our area is great, and we have a waitlist already! Hoping to fundraise — anyone handy at this, give me a shout! — to get our outdoor arena covered so we are not at the mercy of the weather and can serve more students for a longer season.” Kathy’s psychotherapy practice mostly involves telehealth from her home office now. “My son is back at Champlain College, and my daughter is a senior in high school.”

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