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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

Frederick J. McGavran works two days a week as a full-time chaplain at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community in Cincinnati ever since the regular chaplain left. “So far,” Fred updates, “the shock of getting up at 6:15 a.m. has been tolerable, but a full week of this would not. To my great delight I re-established contact with Burton J. ‘Burt’ Hurwitz and David J. Gaunt ’66. It’s amazing and gratifying to see what interesting lives our classmates and friends have enjoyed.”


Hilary Wood Koch, Waterville, Maine, submits what she says is her first class note ever: “I married my Kenyon College sweetheart, Arne Koch, after graduation. We live in Maine and have two boys (both now teens). I taught for many years, but I left teaching to be the primary caregiver for our youngest son, who has hydrocephalus and type 1 diabetes. I joined an international open-source medical project and built my son an artificial pancreas system, which has effectively managed his diabetes for almost four years. My advocacy for his health concerns led me to advocate at the state level for legislation aimed at making health care and prescription drugs more accessible and affordable.” In November, Hillary garnered 8,819 votes out of 20,236 total in her unsuccessful bid for a state senate seat.


Emily D. Torrey accepted a Dean’s Scholarship to attend Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. In August she moved there from Brooklyn mid-pandemic. “I will be pursuing a law degree focusing on social justice scholarship and clinical experience,” she informs.

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