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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

Tracy Teweles, Wilmette, Illinois, had “a truly lovely reunion with Leslie Andren Olsen,” she reports. “We were next-door carrel mates in the library our senior year, where we became friends. Over lunch we realized — again — how much we have in common!”


Schuyler C. Bunn, a third-year teacher, was named the 2023 Outstanding Rising Star Teacher by the Kentucky World Language Association, an award presented to a teacher with no more than five years’ experience who has already made a lasting impression on students by exhibiting be language teaching practices. “I’m so grateful for the AT program — and my fantastic professors — at Kenyon for giving me the courage to be a teacher.”


Willow Green updates, “My first year of living, working and dancing abroad is coming to an end.” They completed their Fulbright ETA grant in Israel in July. “While living in Jaffa, I joined an incubator of local choreographers in Jerusalem at MASH (Machol Shalem), and I developed a new work, culminating in my international artistic premiere and present-ing my solo ‘what is offered’ at MASH and Kelim.” Willow then went to Seoul, South Korea, to present thesis research with Professor Julie Brodie at the International Council for Kinetography Laban conference. “Then, I did a summer dance intensive with Oriantheatre in Paris, a lovely company with which I am now excited to take on my new role as intern producer.” Willow continues to freelance as a writer, researcher, choreographer, and performer.

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