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Lighting a Spark

With a nonpartisan group, Jules Desroches '18 engages young people in the political process.

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A Spiritual Journey

The Rev. Rachel C. Kessler '04 serves Kenyon students as chaplain and Harcourt Parish as priest.

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Turning the Page

Brackett Denniston '69 brings an impressive career to chair the Kenyon's Board of Trustees.

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An Overdue Idea

Andrew Cunningham '08 and Craig Getting '08 remain connected by co-hosting a popular podcast.

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Kenyon in Quotes

"There's something wonderful about going under the surface of the water and not being able to hear anything besides your own heartbeat. It's an intensely peaceful experience." — Hannah Saiz '13, about her quest to swim in the 2016 Olympics.


The Black Student Union (BSU) organized peaceful sit-ins at Peirce Hall in November in solidarity with students of color at other colleges around the country, notably the University of Missouri. In a statement, the BSU said it was not protesting "our administration or institution" but striving to bring about awareness of issues regarding race.

Snapshots of Kenyon life


"a mouthful," archival inkjet print by Christopher G. McCann '16

About his piece, McCann notes, "There is a certain familiarity in grabbing a bag of candy, ripping it open and pouring it in your mouth, leaving you with a piece of trash that you crumple up and toss away. ... An instant in time passes and can easily be forgotten, but when captured is preserved and forces you to acknowledge its worth."

Treasures from Kenyon's Archives

Exploitation or empathy? Controversy has colored the reputation of George Catlin (1796–1872), famous for the paintings of Native Americans in western tribes that he produced between 1830 and 1836. 

Kenyon owns a facsimile edition of Catlin’s 1845 "North American Indian Portfolio," consisting of 25 hand-colored lithographs. The Catlin prints are in the Greenslade Special Collections and Archives.

Season Spike

Second-year head coach Amanda Krampf revved up the rebuilding process with the Ladies volleyball program. Following last season’s 6-24 mark, Krampf and her team concluded their 2015 schedule with a 15-13 record, marking the first time since 1990 that the Ladies produced a winning record.

Setter Jensen Shurbert ’18 was named an All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) honorable mention, and outside hitter Delaney Swanson ’19 was voted the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

“A pandemic was not in our exploring plans,” he writes, but we managed some safe sorties into the Shenandoah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Largely housebound, I completed the rewrite of my seventh novel and composed and posted a poem on Facebook every day since March 15, 2020. I also put together a book of angling memorabilia, while Patty wrote a murder mystery. She will play in the Waynesboro Symphony if they are able to have a concert season.”

Daniel O. Holland, Waynesboro, Virginia


Linda (Dickman) Findlay and Charles W. “Spinner” Findlay III ’68 moved to Westport, Massachusetts, from Washington, D.C. “The rural setting is a welcome respite after years of hustle-bustle city living,” she informs. “Instead of dodging pedestrians, I’m now navigating around deer, turkeys and coyotes.” Findlay serves on a few nonprofit boards‚ including Kenyon’s Philander Chase Conservancy. “The highlight of 2020 has definitely been the arrival in August of our first grandchild — some happiness in these difficult times.”


“May was marked by the unceremonious — so to speak — graduation of grandson Amos B. DeMartino ’20. He and his family (with his mother Robin ’88) adjusted marvelously. A video testimonial spanned the length and breadth of folks who’d known him — a memento a ‘real’ graduation ceremony would never have produced. Granddaughter Etta is a junior at the College of Wooster, and grandson Bram a sophomore at Bowdoin. You all surely recollect that I’ve always been painfully introverted, so I’ve been training for this pandemic world all my life — what’s the big deal?”

Perry C. Lentz, Gambier, Ohio

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