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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

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’91

Edward C. Benyon celebrated five years of residence in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He’s busy with his two middle schoolers — “lots of camping, rowing, soccer, music and activities with their friends,” he informs. His wife, Jenny, plays violin with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. “I missed seeing James P. Snyder '91 and Jennifer L. Taylor '91 when they visited last year — holiday plans didn’t overlap.”

’68

Timothy R. Holder is enjoying retirement with wife Sue and daughter Holly in “Wilmington, North Carolina, not Delaware.” Four years ago they adopted Holly, whose Afghani name is Khalida Yaar. Holly works various jobs and sends money back to her now 13-year-old sister, Nigina, to pay for schooling, Tim informs. “Trust me, this is a very big deal for a girl to go to school in rural Afghanistan. We couldn’t be happier about Holly and Nigina.”

’88

Tara L. Jones, Eugene, Oregon, and her daughter visited Amy B. Malkoff '88 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, “repeating a similar trip we made when Sophia was a little girl,” she informs. “We ate yummy food, visited the beach (we swam; Amy made sand cat sculptures), went for walks and talked, talked, talked. Always good to spend time with my former roommate and musical director (Owl Creek Singers and ’Jesus Christ Superstar’) and lifelong friend.”

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