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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
’95

Michael S. Epstein, Cincinnati, notes, “Wife Mary M. Mason and I spent a great long weekend with Timothy J. Barry and family early last summer. Had a really great time catching up! I don’t know how the rest of you are celebrating your 50th birthdays, but for mine, I got a tattoo. My first. One that commemorates the most important risk I ever took, kissing Mary for the first time. Of course that happened at Kenyon, and the great tie-in is the tattoo is the GPS coordinates of that fateful smooch, translated into Hebrew and in the form of a tree. In my work life, I deal with risk and response all day long; to this day, after nearly 1,000 incidents from hurricanes to security issues, none have scared me as much

’88

Kevin B. Richardson reflects, “Leafing through the latest copy of the Bulletin, I was struck by the fickleness of time. Not long ago, starting in the back — just my weird habit? — only a few page turns reached the Class of 1988. As I turned and turned and turned some more, I realized that 35 years have passed. Kenyon really was an amazing springboard into adulthood. And now as I think about retirement, I wonder how I could have let that connection slip away. I hope by writing this I can reconnect a bit — and also encourage those folks on the ‘pages nearer the back’ to keep their connection!” Kevin and his wife celebrated their 35th anniversary with a trip to Jordan.”My oldest is busy here in Atlanta with my three grandchildren, 11, 7 and 4. And I am immensely enjoying building a world-class HR department for a growing automation company. Having started with two, I’ll soon have 18 people on my team; as much as I complain about Gen Y and Z, I am truly enjoying coaching and mentoring the next generations. Still writing and struggling to learn guitar.”

’14

Max J. Dugan is a visiting professor for 2023-24. “Reflections after two months in Gambier: Kenyon students are still remarkably good-natured; everything is closer than you remember; I’m excited to dance with y’all at our 10-year.”

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