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Leah Dunbar '20 captured campus during a morning stroll last fall: “There’ve been many perfect Kenyon mornings, but this one may have been the most magical."

Dannie Lane ’22 took this photo of the Henry Spencer Moore sculpture in the Science Quad before the campus closed in response to the pandemic.

A Drowning Dream

"I live in this moment, this breath," writes Laura Hillenbrand ’89 of her recovery from COVID-19.

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In Queerantine

A photo series by Ally Schmaling '14 celebrates queer personhood amid the pandemic.

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Book Shelf

Explore new releases from members of the Kenyon community.

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A New Medium

Senior studio art majors create a virtual gallery to showcase their final projects.

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Congratulations from John Green

Knowing that the newly admitted Class of 2024 would miss out on a traditional high school graduation, bestselling author John Green ’00 shared a message of encouragement and, as he’s apt to do, a good story. When Green missed his own Commencement, the late Professor of Religious Studies Donald Rogan threw him a non-traditional ceremony that was even more meaningful.

Watch Green’s message on YouTube.

The Best of Both Worlds

The “Music and Entrepreneurship” course taught by Professor of Music Ted Buehrer ’91 had a viral moment on TikTok thanks to a class visit from LA-based composer Kenneth Burgomaster ’91.

Maeve Griffin ’23 recorded a clip of the Zoom video conference in which Burgomaster explained how he used samples of Miley Cyrus’ voice to write a series of short transitional riffs for the TV show “Hannah Montana” — micro-compositions that have found fame in their own right as a popular TikTok sound. 

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View Griffin's TikTok post.

Kenyon From Your Couch

Amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenyon has suspended all on- and off-campus alumni events. Stay connected with your fellow alumni by joining one of our virtual "Kenyon from Your Couch" events, which range from readings and discussions to campus tours and performances.

View the full list of virtual events.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’98

Robert M. Dolgan was at Montrose Beach in Chicago, pursuing his lifelong pastime of birding, when his sharp eye caught a surprise. “A pair of endangered piping plovers decided to nest on the beach — one of the busiest in the city,” Bob reports. “I began filming the birds.” His subsequent short documentary about the plovers, “Monty and Rose,” was also caught by a few sharp eyes. An official selection of the One Earth Film Festival, it opened to two sold-out nights at the historic Music Box Theatre. The week after it aired on local PBS affiliate WTTW on May 2, NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon said of “Monty and Rose,” “The fate of two small piping plovers still amounts to something in this crazy world.”

’79

Rowene K. Weems, Powell, Wyoming, cheers, “Retirement rocks!” After a 20-year museum career, Rowe is concentrating on photography and making jewelry (roweneweemsphotography.com). She writes: “I have the joy of living near the ocean and the mountains, Connecticut and Wyoming, to be near my kids and fiancé. I frequently see Richard J. Siegel '79 and Jennifer Bakewell Siegel ’80, Alexander W. (Alec) Stevens ’76 and Jean Warschauer Stevens ’76, Oliver Knowlton ’80 and Lisa Castellani Knowlton ’79, and art professor Marty Garhart (who lives in my Wyoming town). This keeps Kenyon memories alive in many conversations!”

’05

“My first class note! I’m living in La Honda, California, with my wife, Casey Smith Schine ’06, and dog, Nicodemus Franklin Stinky-butt Schine (no formal degrees). Casey is finishing her Ph.D. at Stanford in polar oceanography. I’m a professional nerd at Google during the week and a firefighter/EMT nights and weekends. I love projects! And friends! And sirens! Come visit! We’re super close (0.5 mile) to the LSD cultural epicenter of the United States.”

Gabriel B. Schine

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