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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

Taaj-udeen Y. Davis shares, “I am now in my fifth year as an educator at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, where I have recently entered a new role as assistant dean of students. I’ve been able to learn so much about what it takes to keep a school moving in the right direction — it takes a lot! Shout-out to the awesome Educators of Color panel that Kenyon alumni put on last spring. Outside of work, Herbert S. Wakefield and I are still podcasting hard, so please check out The NuBlack Podcast. On Sept. 30, I was joined by many Kenyon friends at the wedding of Robert B. Meagher and Jordan A. Wetzel.”


Michael P. Rutter, East Arlington, Massachusetts, submits, “I read a book or two now and again. Time permitting, I dig into academic classes. I’ve taken up running to reverse the spread of gravity. My wife and I do the best we can to raise our twin daughters, nearly teenagers, to be good humans and better stewards of the planet. I have a fantastic dog named Luna (who we call Tuna). I count myself lucky, gainfully employed in higher ed, and grateful for cool autumn mornings, silent, pitch-dark winter evenings and spring-to-summer transitions that inevitably erupt into beauty and chaos. Sure, I’d like a beach house — but for now, this is enough.”


Amy R. Bukszpan, Delray Beach, Florida, informs, “It’s been a hell of a couple of months! I received my doctorate in applied behavior analysis from Endicott College in May. Quit my nearly decade-long job as national director of ABA Center Development in July, and opened my own practice, Bukszpan Behavior Consultants, in August. Additionally, I finished third female in a 100-mile ultramarathon around the streets of NYC, and 15th female in a six-day race through Colorado mountains. My husband and I adopted two, 2-month-old pup-pies the Monday before my Friday dissertation defense — would not recommend that timing — and now have a total of three rambunctious pitties as office mates! Hectic — but I wouldn’t change a thing!”

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