Kenyon in the World
Indefatigable volunteer Phoebe Roe '16 sparks Kenyon efforts to aid an underfunded local school.
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.
President Sean Decatur introduces new leaders in admissions and student affairs.
Richard Dickey '59 uses his retirement years to help Haitians with medical care.
Atlanta playwright Lee Nowell '92 tackles tough topics in comedies, dramas and experimental theater.
"Plundering continues despite the resulting loss of vital, contextual history."
—Associate Professor of Classics Zoe Kontes, promoting repatriation of classical antiquities.
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.
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.
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."
Eve L. Bromberg, Brooklyn, New York, works at a tech-ed startup called Quill.org. “Because of COVID-19,” she informs, “our site’s traffic has been up profusely! It’s a very busy time for us. I’m also completing a master’s in liberal studies at CUNY’s Graduate Center, where I plan to do my thesis on the intersection of race theory, existentialism and phenomenology.”
Charlotte “Shami” (Jones) McCormick, Winter Springs, Florida, became a first-time grandparent on Aug. 29 with the birth of Rhys Daniel McCormick. “Due to COVID concerns, we have had to make do with lots of photos!” she reports. “Unfortunately, the pandemic has shut down my livelihood, so it’s interesting times, to say the least. We have kept busy with rescuing injured ducks: The latest is named Alexander Hamilton. I’ve also been editing some friends’ books. Sadly, I must share that my brother P. Jeffery Jones ’68 passed away on Sept. 23 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s. Peace, love and may 2021 be a better year for all.”
“I am on sabbatical from teaching high school English, so it has truly been the endless summer. Back in June, I had such fun Zooming for our Kenyon reunion, hanging out in a breakout room with the likes of Joey Glatt and Lee S. Segal. My most joyful news, though, is that Douglas B. Jacoby ’82 and I became grandparents in March, and we have recently begun taking care of Theodore three days a week. So I’m singing ‘Baby Beluga’ once again!”
— Jennie Hutton Jacoby, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts