Legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis will address the Class of 2019.
Ice-covered trees on Middle Path glisten in the sunlight after a seasonal freeze. Photography by Jodi Miller.
A cold snap gave students the opportunity to show off their favorite winter looks. Photography by Jodi Miller.
Dearborn Denim & Apparel founder Rob McMillan ’07 has big ideas for the apparel industry.
Arts & Culture
The third novel from Daniel Torday ’00 has a sonic pattern all its own.
“The conundrum of a writer’s life, particularly that of a poet, is learning to embody a paradox. One has to be fierce and tender at the same time, loud and quiet, brash and introspective.”
— Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, in her keynote address at the 2018 Kenyon Review Literary Festival.
In October, Rhys Pinder ’20 broke the Guinness World Record for “World’s Longest Tree Hug” by wrapping his arms around a Middle Path tree for eight hours and 15 minutes straight. He wasn’t just doing it for the fame and glory — Pinder’s fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, used the event to raise $6,858.48 for SeriousFun Children’s Network, a charity founded by Paul Newman ’49.
Despite some seriously tired limbs, Pinder was kept relatively comfortable during his ordeal, as a support team made sure he was fed, hydrated and kept warm.
Residents of the Kenyon Farm certainly know how to entice visitors to their weekly volunteering hours. Recent all-campus email subject lines from the Farm have included “sheriff’s back in chicken town,” “goat salon,” “ducks free to a good home” and “fresh outta ducks,” often accompanied by curious illustrations of chickens in costumes or glamour shots of the Farm’s newest goat.
In a September meeting, faculty members voted to revise Kenyon’s evaluation guidelines for tenure and promotion, adding criteria that measure faculty members’ commitment to promoting “an inclusive classroom environment that values diversity.” The change goes into effect July 1.
In an interview with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, President Decatur noted that, “too often, this is the kind of work that falls in the category of something that is extra or unrecognized. And that had the impact of putting an added burden on those faculty who find it really important and rewarding work. If it’s an institutional priority, we need to find ways to recognize that type of work.”
Kurt M. Cross and his wife welcomed second daughter Nadiya Parvathi Cross to the family in May. First-grader Kareena plays lots of tennis. Kurt works in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in the Los Angeles office, covering consumer retail companies.
Daniel M. Mechem is executive vice president at Positron VR, which provides premium cinematic VR in conjunction with major movie studios in Los Angeles. “I recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with Steven Spielberg,” he writes. Daniel also collaborated on electronic dance music with singer Lana Del Rey and a remix for KISS.
Maureen K. Foley is in her second year as an elected member of the school board of Carpinteria, California. She began closing her jam and marmalade business, Red Hen Cannery, and took a job with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Santa Barbara. “I needed a change of life,” she explains, “after enduring six evacuations from the Thomas Fire and the terrible Jan. 9 mudslide.