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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
’75

“After putting out an album of mostly my own material in time for my 65th birthday — James C. Fenhagen ’76 is on a few songs — I became excited to make even more music in my old age. Not ready to completely retire from accounting work, I changed firms in January 2020 to a firm that would give me total flexibility to come and go as I please. We had a new kitchen completed two weeks before the lockdown, so we’ve been making great meals and enjoying wonderful wines. Michele and I are also lucky to have our kids, Dara K. Frank ’11 and Elana, living near us in Manhattan. I’m working on new music, recording in the studio — see Facebook, YouTube or peterfrankmusic.com — and playing live gigs again. I’m also active on a few nonprofit boards, which I love. I’ve been able to get together with Jim and Irving J. Gotbaum and see Smilin’ Dog members Philip S. Soltanoff and James R. Fryman on occasion, too.”

Peter H. Frank, New York City

’97

Laura (Witek) McDonald has worked at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, Missouri, since graduation — first as a science/math teacher and coach, and for a decade as head of school and college counselor. “What is even stranger to me than coming up on our 25th reunion,” she writes, “is that my son graduates from Oberlin this spring.” Although unable to recruit him for Kenyon, she confesses, this fall she did recommend her alma mater to a student, who emailed her: “You were right! Kenyon is a perfect fit. It’s beautiful here, and I’ve already made many friends.”

’77

Rabbi Steven J. Lebow, Marietta, Georgia, is co-editing an anthology about his Kenyon advisor, Eugen Kullmann, along with Robert S. Schine ’72. The more than 30 contributors include Peter King, Miriam (Dean)-Otting ’74, Anthony J. LoBello ’69 and Sra. Virginia (Calhoun) de Millan ’80.

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