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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

Brian S. Mason updates: "I moved back to Colorado in 2003 after four years in Washington, D.C., and a year in Berlin, went to law school, joined the D.A.’s office and got married. My wife and I have three wonderful children, a 6-year-old daughter and twin 4-year-old boys, who keep us on our toes, especially now.” Brian was elected district attorney of Colorado’s 17th Judicial District, a large suburban district outside Denver. “Life on the campaign trail is both exciting and overwhelming, but it is a fulfillment of a lifelong dream to run for office."


Samuel Barone, Mount Vernon, Ohio, retired in June after 18 years as executive director of the Knox County Foundation. Alongside dedicated community volunteers— including President Sean Decatur, a board member — Sam helped award nearly $4 million per year in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and college-bound students. He continues to volunteer on the Knox Community Hospital and Foundation Park Conservancy boards. With Kenyon staff, he and Paula M. Siegel Barone '72 are exploring the possibility of establishing a Knox County Area Alumni Association. Both Sam and Paula are thrilled to report that daughter Luisa Barone Gantt, now associate director of advancement communications at Kenyon, has relocated from Cleveland to Mount Vernon with her family.


Kelsey R. (Rotwein) Schagemann and her husband, Joe, welcomed a son, Will Joseph Schagemann, on March 4. “At a time when things are very uncertain in the world, we feel grateful for the joy that Will and big sister Talia (age 2) bring to our lives every day,” she writes. “We are holed up in our home in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, baking a lot of banana bread, reading books, inventing toddler-friendly games and doing our best to stay healthy and sane.”

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