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Late afternoon light casts long shadows over the snow in front of Leonard Residence Hall.

"The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky" by Wendy MacLeod '81, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence and professor of drama, makes its American premiere in the Bolton Theater in October.

Tree Form

Student artists recycle fallen trees into functional sculptures.

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Fulfilling a Dream

With the release of his first novel, Fred Waitzkin '66 crosses into storied world of fiction.

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Kenyon in Quotes

"The three tools you use in college admissions are prestige, financial aid and love." — Jennifer Delahunty, associate dean of admissions, in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Patience and Pride

Suzanne Helfant has amassed more than 300 wins in her career coaching the Ladies basketball team.

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Snapshots of Kenyon Life

Treasures in Glass

Walden is a book written in layers: in addition to the practical narrative, we find moral, ethical, economic, and visionary registers as well. Thoreau worked his bean field (shown in the window) as much for figures of speech as for food. By the end of his account of laboring with a hoe, he has replaced beans and corn with the germs of virtue “sincerity, truth, simplicity, faith, innocence, and the like.” 

—Lewis Hyde, the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing, in an excerpt from the College's limited edition book on the literary windows of Peirce's Great Hall. 

Title Town

The 2014 fall sports season will be inscribed in College history as one of the most prolific and memorable for Lords and Ladies athletics. The field hockey team, as well as the men's and women's soccer teams, produced College records, North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) titles, and a lengthy list of team and individual awards.

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

Research in Antarctica beckoned Joan Slonczewski,
Robert A. Oden Jr. Professor of Biology, who spent five weeks in November and December at the bottom of the world. The Oden professorship helped pay for the trip with a small team of scientists, and Slonczewski studied how algae and protists (one-celled organisms) affect and are affected by climate change. She was far away but not out of touch: She chronicled the experience in her blog. Warned about falling on ice, she wrote, “My best training experience was Ohio ice storms and Middle Path.”

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Joan O’Hanlon Curry, Ossining, New York, shares her best moment of 2020: watching her son Aidan be recruited by baseball’s Texas Rangers. “It was a total whirlwind. A crazy two weeks. He ended up signing as an undrafted free agent and entered an instructional league in Surprise, Arizona. He has a few years of hard work ahead to hopefully make it to the majors. But if COVID has taught us anything, it’s to go for your dreams if you get the opportunity.”


Gabriel A. Alegria celebrates his two little ones, Natalia (5) and Oliver (3), who’ve moved with him across the Hudson to Jersey City, New Jersey. “Will be moving back to Peru semi-permanently in 2022,” he notes. Gabriel is still recording and touring with the Afro-Peruvian Sextet (, whose latest recording, “Social Distancing,” dropped on Jan. 29. “I don’t believe we used to say ‘drop’ back in the day. I’ve also taken the job of jazz studies director at NJCU.”


“Every time fall rolls around, I miss the Hill more. The colors have brightened the gray of life during the pandemic. I have three delightful children who have certainly made their presence and energy felt! This year, I’ve moved into almost full-time instructional coaching and have also enjoyed sharing all of my voting and election knowledge from my years as a government teacher. Life is full, but not fully virtual!”

Catherine E. (Papai) McMillin, Westerville, Ohio

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