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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

“After teaching English in Israel for a year, I decided to draft to the Israel Defense Forces, where I will serve for the next few years. I’m currently in an army Hebrew course and will be placed in my permanent unit in the upcoming months.

Nathan K. Gordon


Amy McCloskey, Brooklyn, New York, updates that although she has had some demanding jobs, she’s never worked harder than she did reopening her bar, Madame X, after being closed for 16 months: “Between having to replace nearly my entire staff to dealing with guests who seem to have reacted to shutdown uncertainty by needing to micromanage every detail, it’s been a real roller coaster. Still, NYC nightlife appears to be coming back strong. In some ways it reminds me of what it was like when I first started going out here. Eat, drink and be merry, folks, because who knows what tomorrow will bring? Hoping to divest myself of enough of the day-to-day to visit Gwen A. Kreager, Ellen Leerburger ’86, Jocelyn B. Hardman ’87 and Joanna E. “Nona” Rubin ’84 this summer!”


Eric A. Wagner calls his Gainesville, Florida, retirement community “terrific.” Writing midFebruary, he reported “sitting on my screened porch, with a small lake just a few feet away, enjoying an almost 80degree day full of sun. Ducks, egrets, herons, wood storks and other birds are here virtually all the time. It is a nature lovers’ paradise. Mostly I play bridge and water volleyball, and represent my building on the resident advisory forum.” Eric has visited 170 countries, all the continents, including Antarctica several times, “and the North Pole on a Russian nuclear icebreaker,” he informs, “and now my leisurely retirement. Life as a professor emeritus is good!”

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