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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.

Solidarity

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

Visions

"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
’90

Julia Muggia Ochs, New Rochelle, New York, shared a few of her many family highs and lows over the past few years: “I lost my father suddenly in September 2021 and am getting used to the new normal. My boys are now teenagers, and time seems to be accelerating. I am expanding into professional mediation, having completed the coursework through Cornell University in February 2022. This shift is inspired by my volunteer work as an elected school board member in New Rochelle. I am currently serving as board president, which is both challenging and rewarding, given the current climate. I continue to hang out with my Kenyon roomies Sarah (Watts) Beneke and Jessica (Hart) Selden, and we are trying to get together at least once a season.”

’96

Sarah E. (Slater) Lang, Macedonia, Ohio, is a family-practice physician in Streetsboro, Ohio, in her 18th year of practice, now shifting to half clinical and half administrative, she reports. “I am the Eastside medical director for the University Hospitals of Cleveland Primary Care Institute, which basically means I help oversee about half of our outpatient primary care offices. It’s a little bit clinical, a little bit recruiting, a lot of finance and human resources, and I have been putting my Kenyon liberal arts education to good use! My other full-time job is chauffeur and event coordinator for my five kids: William (16), Bennett (14), Sam (12), Eliza (11) and Norah (9). As you can guess, never a dull moment in the Lang household!

’71

Scott Lord, Dover, New Hampshire, updates, “Last October, Marian and I moved across the street ... literally. Might as well have been Timbuktu. My advice is continue to have a lame excuse ready when a friend asks you to help with a move. Meanwhile, my offspring have provided us with five grandchildren, spread from Maui to Massachusetts, aged 1-14. I remain in regular contact with my good friend Jeff Oppenheim. We participate in a monthly Zoom gathering of ten to twelve Pomfret School ’67 classmates to discuss our personal experiences and opinions, as well as books that we select and read on the topics of diversity and racism — a truly enlightening experience for all of us.”

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