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Middle Path awaits the return of students in the fall.

The Lords took top honors for their third straight and thirty-fourth overall NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship in March in Shenandoah, Texas. A total of 468 points put them 85 points ahead of runner-up Denison.

After Class

Indefatigable volunteer Phoebe Roe '16 sparks Kenyon efforts to aid an underfunded local school.

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Fresh Faces

President Sean Decatur introduces new leaders in admissions and student affairs.

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On a Mission

Richard Dickey '59 uses his retirement years to help Haitians with medical care.

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Kenyon in Quotes

"Plundering continues despite the resulting loss of vital, contextual history."
—Associate Professor of Classics Zoe Kontes, promoting repatriation of classical antiquities.

Novel Approach to Romance

The Kenyon College Bookstore pitched a "Blind Date with a Bookseller" by wrapping staff-selected favorites in plain brown paper with a few words of description to capture each book’s essence and seduce a reader into a good read. With about 12,000 trade books in the store, there is plenty of love to go around.

Snapshots of Kenyon Life

A Treasure from Kenyon's Archives

Founded in 1969 as a way of making Kenyon less elitist and more "relevant," the Gambier Experimental College drew on the talents of students, faculty and staff. Until it petered out in 1993, the school offered courses such as Consciousness Raising, Ethnic Militancy, Folk Guitar, Needlepoint, Tightrope Walking and Scottish Sword Dancing.

The teachers included Kenyon luminaries including Peter Woytuk ’80, who would become a noted sculptor (he did the crows on Ransom Hall), Harry Clor of the political science faculty and Joyce Klein and Peggy Turgeon of Friday Café fame.

The Highest Level

Scott Thielke has accumulated twenty-two years of experience in two stints as coach of the Lords and Ladies tennis programs. His career includes a dozen North Coast Athletic Conference coach of the year awards (six with the men, six with the women), two Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region coach of the year honors, and the distinction of being named the 2012 ITA national coach of the year. He counts more than 600 match victories with the two programs, and his teams consistently rank among the best in the country.


"The Pain," acrylic and paper on wood by Klara Auerbach '18.

The artist writes, "'The Pain' is the physical expression of my ongoing emotional progression in coping with chronic pain, a process not unlike the stages of grief. It is the process of having an unwanted spike intrude into your life and the stubborn, entirely human response of not wanting to accept its existence." 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Claire M. Naughton shares that “after bopping around a bit post-grad, I’m settling into a new job in Strasbourg, France, working in a French startup as a business developer.” Claire maintains her blog, The Millennial Abroad, on the side. “Not totally sure how I got here or where I’m going, exactly, but the ride has been pretty good so far.”


Evan O. Jones, Richland, Washington, sold a house after almost 18 years in Virginia and moved to the high desert of eastern Washington state. “I got unpacked, settled in and promptly filed to run for U.S. Congress as the only independent.” Evan reports “predictable results” — fourth place out of five. “But hey, I got 5,000 votes in a hyperpartisan (red) district. Peruse if you want to critique my quixotic campaign.” Now consulting and working part-time with Alaska Airlines, he flies virtually free to visit daughters in Australia and Brooklyn. Last year Evan camped at Flagstaff Lake with Mark S. Dorsett ’84 and Sharon Cassidy Dorsett ’85.


“As with most of us, I am not at all where I thought I would be at this point, but very grateful to continue working in theater! As the patron services associate/house manager at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, I’m proud to have helped present outdoor, socially distanced performances last summer and fall, bringing a little bit of live art to these challenging times.”

Natalie S. Kane, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

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