The faculty and staff featured below are also happy to answer questions you might have about living and working at Kenyon and the surrounding area.
Harry Itagaki (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Where you lived before coming to Kenyon: Tucson, AZ; Mobile, AL; Durham, NC; Monkey Bay, Malawi; New Haven, CT; Hanover, NH; Sapporo, Japan
What you do at Kenyon: Professor of Biology
What most surprised you about being at Kenyon? The isolation is actually an advantage. It brings folks together in a nice way.
What you like to do when you’re not working: Cook, read, travel.
What advice you might give to someone considering working at Kenyon? It really is a community: people really do care, and there are a lot of wonderful and interesting people here.
Favorite spot in Knox County: Middle Path
Best vacation or trip you’ve ever been on: Walking over the Pyrenees on the Camino de Santiago.
Favorite local restaurant or activity: Walking the BFEC.
Acronym or activity you found the most mysterious: The Figure 8 school bus races at the Knox County Fair.
Chris Kennerly (email@example.com)
Where you lived before coming to Kenyon: North Charleston, SC
What you do at Kenyon: Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs
What you like to do when you’re not working: Exercising, Reading, Hanging out in Columbus, Traveling with family.
Hoi Ning Ngai (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hometown: New York, New York
Favorite trip or vacation: Paris-always
Favorite memory of my time at Kenyon so far: Being served ice cream by a student at the bookstore after my first power outage on my third day in Gambier
Super-power I'd most want to have: To read minds.
Advice I would give to a colleague about life at Kenyon: If you can’t find or don’t see what you need in terms of community, think about how to build it.
Position/title on campus: Dean for Academic Advising and Support
Jene Schoenfeld (email@example.com)
Where you lived before coming to Kenyon: I grew up in a suburb (Pleasant Hill) in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also lived in Berkeley, CA, Durham, NC, and Lexington, KY.
What you do at Kenyon: I'm an assistant professor in the English Department.
What most surprised you about being at Kenyon? What has surprised me about living in Knox County is that we have three (now two) Indian Restaurants and a pretty great community pool/ water park.
What you like to do when you’re not working: I like to read, go out to eat, cook, hike, see movies, and play with my kids.
What advice you might give to someone considering working at Kenyon? Give small town life a chance. It has its charms. It's a really beautiful area. Now, I like driving the rural routes, because there's little traffic and the scenery is just lovely. Also, all the parades and festivals can be fun. I still like to go to Columbus once or twice a month, but I also realized lately that I really love this part of the state, too.
Favorite local restaurant or activity: My favorite local restaurant is the Village Inn, though I quite like WineStein, a very nice wine bar in Mount Vernon. My favorite local activities are the Harvest Festival (October) and the Open Barn (April). I'm also a big fan of our local farmer's market and our new local foods store, Harvest @ the Woodward.
Lisa Swaim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Where you lived before coming to Kenyon: San Bruno, Walnut Creek, Los Angeles, and Oakland, California; St. Petersburg, Russia; Wellington, New Zealand; Boulder, Colorado; Vinnitsa, Ukraine; Brookville, New York; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Voronezh, Russia; Fairfax, Virginia; Hyattsville, Maryland; Washington, DC; Columbus, Ohio.
What you do at Kenyon: I'm the Assistant Director in the Center for Global Engagement. I advise international students and scholars, advise for off-campus study programs (mostly study abroad), plan and facilitate intercultural programs, and do my small part to support a more diverse Kenyon.
What most surprised you about being at Kenyon? I was concerned about living in a small town. With the exception of my time in Boulder, I have always lived on one coast or the other in a major metropolitan area until I moved to Ohio. My fears were allayed when I met Kenyon faculty, administrators, staff, and students who invited me to become part of the Kenyon community. My kids know Kenyon's international students well and are much more involved with the campus community than they have been on any of the other college campuses I have worked for previously.
What you like to do when you’re not working: I love to be outdoors: bicycling, walking, frequenting the Mount Vernon farmer's market, cheering on my son at soccer games throughout central Ohio, splashing in the river with my daughter.
What advice you might give to someone considering working at Kenyon? Trust that whatever you need, you'll find in our community. Whatever extras you might like are only an hour or two away in Columbus or Cleveland. I lamented giving up the opportunity to raise my kids in a diverse, urban environment but I've traded it for something even more valuable -- a support network of friends like you wouldn't believe.
Best vacation or trip you’ve ever been on: I've been lucky to travel, study, or work in 46 countries on six continents and there is nothing I love more than exploring a new place, but I think my favorite vacations might be the times that I return to visit old friends and the spots I loved most growing up. The essential parts of a wonderful trip: good food, sunshine, and loved ones with whom to explore.
Favorite local restaurant or activity: The Village Inn on a sunny afternoon, hands down. My three favorite activities are the Mount Vernon farmer's market, hiking in Wolf Run regional park, and paddling down the Kokosing.
Acronym or activity you found the most mysterious: Fandango! It's a cocktail party that comes 100 days before commencement, attended by faculty and students. Symbolically, it is a time for students, administrators, and faculty to socialize as equals. It serves to welcome students into the "adult world" that will soon follow after Kenyon.