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Jump for Joy! Grammy-nominated musician Zak Morgan ’94 entertains children at a 2018 Reunion Weekend family concert.

Gund Gallery visitors admire “Bos taurus,” by Addison Wagner ’18, at the annual senior student art exhibition in May.

Comic Relief

Stand-up comic Delaney Barker ‘20 mines the college experience for laughs.

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A New Edition

With renovations complete, the Kenyon Bookstore embraces its role as a community hub.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“Participation in politics gives students clarity and enables them to understand their strengths.” — Diane Anci, vice president of enrollment management and dean of admissions, on the role activism can play in college admissions decisions, in the Atlantic.

Readers React

Readers share their thoughts, stories and questions about diversity, equity and inclusion at Kenyon.

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Snapshots of Life on the Hill

Family Ties

Every year at Commencement, Kenyon alumni are invited to take part in the hooding ceremonies of their graduating children. Pictured here, Myles H. Alderman Jr. ’82 P’14, ’18, participates in the hooding of his son, Brooks H. Alderman ’18, on May 19. The younger Alderman graduated from Kenyon with a degree in political science.

Quad Pods

Four temporary modular units were installed on campus in the spring. Starting in the fall, the units will house library services and provide study space during construction of the new library. Three modular units on Ransom Lawn, totaling about 14,000 square feet of space, will host the library’s core services, including circulation, research and reference, Helpline, special collections and archives, public printers, periodicals, new books, computer workstations and study spaces. A
3,000-square-foot modular building between Watson and Norton halls will provide seating for more than 100 students.

Bells of Success

Kenyon’s third annual Bell-A-Thon raised $687,044 in donations with the help of 1,075 donors and a one-to-one trustee match. Live streamed from the belltower of the Church of the Holy Spirit, the event featured performances from student groups such as the Kokosingers and ballroom dance team, and conversations with professors like P.F. Kluge ’64 and Perry Lentz ’64.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’07

Lisa A. Hamer and her partner, Ifeanyi Okeke, are enjoying their life in Taos, New Mexico, where Lisa, a felony public defender for Taos County, was recently appointed to the Drug Court Task Force. “We have been enjoying the Land of Enchantment, where social distancing has been easy to come by in the 5,000 square miles of national forest surrounding our new home,” she updates

’88

Peter O. Harper, Maplewood, New Jersey, submits:First off, a big thanks to Jeffrey A. Richards for posting on Facebook his walks around Gambier and commentaries on life. Entertaining and therapeutic.” Peter works for Real Leaders, a publisher that collaborates with business leaders who count their people’s development and needs, their communities, and the well-being of the planet alongside their profits. “If any Kenyon alums work at or run such businesses — certified B Corps would be an example — feel free to reach out to me.

’13

James F. Dennin and Heather P. Brennan ’14 live in Harlem with a pug named Dolly Barkton. “I’m still working at IBM in communications for our AI business,” he informs. In May 2020, after he and some friends launched HireArtists to help creatives find work during quarantine, their efforts were written up in the New Yorker. James also helped another friend launch a financial services company called OfColor, focused on narrowing the racial wealth gap.

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