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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
’68

John D. Sinks, Arlington, Virginia, continues his genealogy hobby now that health conditions and the risk of COVID have ended his ballroom dancing. Newly accepted in the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, he continues to be a member in the Jamestowne Society, Sons of the American Revolution, First Families of Kentucky and the Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina.

’16

Donald A. “Aaron” McIlhenny informs, “After seven years of hustle and toil in Brooklyn, I finally made the decision to move back to my hometown of San Francisco.”

’87

Stephanie L. Abbajay shares, “What a busy year this has been! I’ve been promoting my book “A Bar in Toledo,” working on the sequel, running David Stine Furniture and visiting old friends all over — including Joseph E. Lipscomb, Linda Djerejian Eigeman and Christopher J. Eigeman, Ed Wood, and Robin (Zaplar) Goodstein. E.W. Gentry Sayad ’86 and I have lunch and dinner regularly in St. Louis, and we even hosted Curt B. Kinsky ’85 and Mary E. Abbajay ’86 this summer. For my 40th high school reunion I spent some time in Toledo. September 19, 2023, also marked a sad anniversary: Forty years ago, my brother Robert R. Abbajay ’85 died at Kenyon. You may recall he was a junior while Mary was a sophomore and I was a freshman. Bobby’s death was an epic tragedy that rocked my family to the core. But that tragedy was made bearable — even now, 40 years later — by the incredible outpouring of love and support from the Kenyon community. From his brothers in Beta Theta Pi to my then-new friends in Norton Hall, to the faculty, staff and student body, the Kenyon community rallied around me and my family in the most open-hearted and supportive way. It was incredible. And I still feel it today, as his friends and brothers send Mary and me notes of love and support. In honor of Kenyon’s Bicentennial, and in honor of Bobby’s death, I’d like to increase foundational support for the Robert Abbajay Memorial Scholarship. I can think of no better way to honor Kenyon’s legacy and Bobby’s memory.”

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