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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

Charles R. Needle, Longmont, Colorado, won an honorable mention in the landscapes and wildlife category of the 11th annual International Mobile Photography Awards Contest. “My winning image,” he shares, “titled ‘Aspen in Fog,’ placed among thousands of entries worldwide. This is the third year I’ve received awards in this prestigious photo contest, which recognizes and celebrates the talent and imagery of mobile phone photo and art communities worldwide.”


Dennis R. Pannullo, Venice, Florida, reports, “I have joined the ranks of Chalk Artists Internationale. The Venice Chalk Festival is the oldest in the U.S. and one of the most competitive. I chalked a segment of Gericault’s “The Raft of the Medusa” on the infamous Venice Airport tarmac among a cadre of artists from around the world — sadly, one of our number was trapped in a war zone in the Ukraine — who were working on their own tribute to ‘Resilience.’ My joints were not
so resilient, however. After eight hours on my hands, knees and right hip, my body was enraged with my flight of fancy and remained so for a week. Adding insult to injury, an over-night rainstorm washed away my chalk drawing. Undaunted, we went up to Sarasota to paint the sidewalks with more durable acrylic paint. Altogether, this was the best of times.”


David S. Barrie, Fernandina Beach, Florida, writes, “I continue my slow descent into retirement. After ten years, I decided to step down as chair of the board at PermaPipe International Holdings. It has been a wonderful experience working with excellent people during a great transformation of the company. I still, however, chair the board of Advanced Battery Concepts, where we are trans-forming the energy storage world.”

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