Also In This Edition

Ten years on, the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC) remains among the most spectacular and best-equipped in all of NCAA Division III athletics.

Matti Freiberg ’16 and Haleh Kanani ’16 (center) take in the sights and sounds of Summer Sendoff, a music festival that marks the end of the academic year.

Middle Path in the summer of 1972, submitted by Kenyon's first grounds manager, Stephen Christy '71.

Maria Zarka ’16 made a splash at Commencement by sporting colorful leis over her gown. The most decorated diver in Kenyon history, Zarka, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, was an eight-time All-American, a four-time NCAA national champion and the 2014 NCAA Division III Diver of the Year.

Fair and Equitable

A blog about Title IX at Kenyon raised concern and brought focus to College policy and procedure.

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Shop Talk

The two winners of the 2016 Trustee Teaching Awards answer questions about their craft.

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Earth First

President Decatur has signed a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Kenyon in Quotes

"I must continue to have contact with people and surroundings genuinely different than my own."
— Daniel Garcia-Archundia '17 after he spent a semester in Chile, in a column in the Portland (Oregon) Tribune urging the exploration of other cultures.

Snapshots of Kenyon Life

A Treasure from Kenyon's Archives

The writing is faint but the sentiment clear. This delicately woven paper heart and an accompanying poem on embossed stationery were apparently tokens of engagement, sent by David Bates Douglass to his future wife, Ann E. Ellicott. No date appears, but the couple were married in 1815, not long after Douglass, a distinguished War of 1812 veteran, started teaching at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Douglass would go on to become a prominent civil engineer, and in 1841 he would arrive in Gambier as Kenyon’s third president.

Hot Shot

Patrick Shevelson ’16 finished his Lords lacrosse career as a four-year starter who ranks in the program’s top five for goalkeeper saves and in the top 10 for save percentage and goals-against average. He was a four-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference honoree and a two-time team defensive most valuable player. Patrick looks back on his lacrosse days and says, "I developed a stronger work ethic, I became a more responsible person and I honed my leadership ability."


"Untitled," charcoal pencils, charcoal pastels by Addison Wright '18.

About her art, Wright says, "I love the experience of being inside a dream because you never try to make sense of the peculiar things that are unfolding around you ... Logic never shatters the illusion. There's something to be said about resigning yourself to the strangeness of things. Only then can you appreciate the world for its many complexities and mysteries and accept that some questions come without answers."

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Samuel Barone, Mount Vernon, Ohio, retired in June after 18 years as executive director of the Knox County Foundation. Alongside dedicated community volunteers— including President Sean Decatur, a board member — Sam helped award nearly $4 million per year in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and college-bound students. He continues to volunteer on the Knox Community Hospital and Foundation Park Conservancy boards. With Kenyon staff, he and Paula M. Siegel Barone '72 are exploring the possibility of establishing a Knox County Area Alumni Association. Both Sam and Paula are thrilled to report that daughter Luisa Barone Gantt, now associate director of advancement communications at Kenyon, has relocated from Cleveland to Mount Vernon with her family.


Kristopher J. Armstrong, Bexley, Ohio, chimed in as “a long-time class notes listener but first-time caller.” An attorney, Kris currently works as a master commissioner at the Ohio Supreme Court. With his wife, Gretchen Armstrong, he has two kids, Grace (13) and Jack (11), and two stepkids, Henry (13) and Chris (12). “Sometimes feels like a small (but loving!) orphanage,” he reports. In 2019 Kris completed a four-level improv training program at the Nest Theatre in Columbus, where he now performs regularly with his group, Good Morning Daddies. He’s also a member of the Columbus cast of ComedySportz, a nationwide improv show.


“I am still working in the Center for Global Engagement, but I am now the program coordinator. It has been quite the wild ride with COVID- 19. We are diligently keeping track of where all our off-campus study and international students are around the world.”

Samantha M. Turner

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