Please note that this information is for Reunion Weekend 2017.
President Decatur will host special receptions for the 25th and 50th reunion classes at Cromwell Cottage. The reception for the Class of 1992 will be held on Friday, May 26, 5-6 p.m. The reception for the Class of 1967 will be held on Saturday, May 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
All are invited to gather together at the hospitality tent on Friday, May 26, 9 p.m.-midnight for music and dancing with "Music to Go" by DJ Jim Bonnette. Playing your favorite music from the Sixties to the present.
Reunion classes and special reunions are invited to gather together at the hospitality tent on Saturday evening, May 27, at 5:30 p.m. for an all-reunion reception in honor of retiring professors Kathryn Edwards, Professor of Biology and John Elliott, Professor Political Science. Remarks by Provost Joe Klesner will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Drinks are complimentary (no tickets needed). Invited members of the faculty, administration, and staff will be in attendance at the reunion reception.
Dinner will follow with seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dinner times and sites will be listed in the final schedule of events. Dinner seating is not guaranteed for those who do not preregister. Many class dinners are expected to sell out this year. Costs include beer, wine and appetizers at the all-reunion reception and beer and wine at dinner.
We hope you will plan to return to campus early on Friday to participate in these events, which continue on Saturday. The featured sessions are:
Alumni College Seminar III: "Campus: A Brief Survey of College Architecture and Landscape in America," with Tom Stamp ’73, college historian and keeper of Kenyoniana. lower level Gund Gallery
Wright Center Open House. Located in downtown Mount Vernon, the Wright Center is home to Kenyon’s state-of-the-art film center, the Kenyon Office for Community Partnerships and SPI, a science-play initiative for children. 400 South Main Street, Mount Vernon OH 43050. A shuttle will run continuously from the Kenyon Bookstore to the Wright Center during the open house. First shuttle departs campus at 2:50 pm and the last shuttle departs at 4:30 p.m. Last shuttle departs the Wright Center at 5 p.m.
Special Presentation: Alumni panel discussion "The Presidency and the Media" celebrating the career of John Elliott, professor of political science. Professor Elliott will moderate a discussion among a group of his former students: Matt Winkler ’77 H '00 P '13, editor-in-chief emeritus of Bloomberg News; Zack Space ’83, former U.S. Congressman; and Liz Sheltens ’09, a journalist for Vox, to explore the changing relationship between these two important institutions in American politics. Panel discussion will be followed by a reception. Bolton Theater and Bolton Lobby
Times and additional information for the seminars, presentations and tours are listed in the schedule.
Kenyon will celebrate alumni authors in a reunion year whose books have been published in the last five years and who will be attending Reunion. Alumni books will be on display in the Kenyon College Bookstore, and a reception will be held in the authors’ honor on Saturday afternoon, May 27, at 2 p.m. on the Ransom Hall front lawn near Middle Path. (Rain site is the Norton Room, Ransom Hall.)
Note to authors: If you plan to attend Reunion Weekend and have written a book published in the last five years and would like to participate, please Angus MacDonell, email@example.com, at the College bookstore by April 17 so that he can order your book in time for Reunion Weekend. (Books must be currently in print and available for purchase from the publisher on standard terms.)
Join David Heithaus ’99, director of green initiatives, Lisa Schott ’80, managing director of the Philander Chase Conservancy, and Amy Henricksen, Kokosing Nature Preserve steward, for a driving tour of the College’s green initiatives on, Saturday, May 27, at 3 p.m. The one-hour tour includes stops at the student-managed Kenyon Farm and the Kokosing Nature Preserve conservation burial cemetery. The tour will also pass the Brown Family Environmental Center and protected properties within a two-mile radius of the College. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet at the east entrance to the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Join your fellow alumni for a family-style luncheon on Saturday, May 27, in the Great Hall. Our menu will feature fresh local foods prepared by the chefs of AVI. The lunch program will include the announcement of the winner of the Gregg Cup, Kenyon's highest alumni honor, recognizing a graduate who exemplifies outstanding service to the College. We will also celebrate our 50th reunion class, and present all of the traditional alumni and class awards. The luncheon is $13 per adult; $7 per child and is open to everyone attending reunion, however not suggested for children.
Photographs of award winners will be taken immediately following the luncheon in Peirce.
View the latest exhibits and enjoy breakfast at the new gallery on Saturday, May 27, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The Art of Consumption (aka Booze 'n' Breakfast), will include mounds of eggs, banana pyramids, stacks of sausages, rows of muffins and a smorgasbord of jams – join the Gund Gallery for a sculptural installation of breakfast foods to start your day. Mimosas, teas, juices, Perrier, bloody marys and strong coffee available!
Two exhibitions are on display at the Gund Gallery. Exhibitions and programs are sponsored, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
"Zapatista: Imagery of the Peasant Revolutionary" examines the use of Mexican folk-nationalist iconography in ephemera, films, and media interventions by the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN, or Zapatistas), a revolutionary leftist political group in the impoverished Mexican state of Chiapas. The Gund Associate (intern)-curated exhibition features Zapatista imagery alongside selections of prints by masters of the Mexican public art projects of the early 20th century to explore the power structures linking and slipping between these politicized images, and to consider why the uniquely Mexican visual language of the Zapatistas resonates so strongly with other alternative globalization and human rights movements.
"Marcella Hackbardt: True Confessionals:" Begun during the 2014 Kenyon in Rome program, and continuing through the Studio Art professor's subsequent sabbatical, this series of photographs documents confessional booths in cathedrals and churches throughout Italian cities. An interior inside an interior, their inherent intimacy is artisan-crafted in unendingly unique styles. Marcella Hackbardt’s photography is informed by objects and gestures infused with symbolism. The confessional is a site laden with meaning and intentionality, such as the hope or promise of forgiveness, and the quest for empathy and understanding.
On Saturday, May 27, at 4 p.m. at the hospitality tent see Justin Roberts ’92 and the Not Ready for Naptime Players (Liam Davis ’90 and Gerald Dowd). Over the years, Roberts has released many award-winning, critically acclaimed CDs and is a two-time Grammy nominee and a seven-time recipient of the Parents’ Choice GOLD Award. Justin and the Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. “He has a remarkable ability to see through a child’s eyes … the Judy Blume of kiddie rock” –New York Times.
Take a morning run through the heart of Gambier. Runners should meet on Saturday morning, May 27, at 9 a.m. at the Middle Path Gates, the starting point for this 5k run. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers.
Each reunion class and special reunion group will have a group photograph taken on Saturday afternoon, May 27. (Note: 35th reunion class photos will be taken at 11:15 a.m., 40th reunion class photo will be taken at 11:25 a.m., 45th reunion class photo will be taken at 11:35 a.m. and 50th reunion class photo will be taken at 11:45 a.m.). Family members are welcome in the photos. All photo times are printed in the schedule of events.
Reunion weekend class photos will be available to download free of charge, beginning beginning June 23, from this Flickr gallery: flickr.com/photos/kenyon_alumni_weekend/albums. If you do not have Internet access to download your photos, please call the alumni office at (740) 427-5147.
In the tradition of New England town hall meetings, you are invited to join President Sean Decatur and other senior administrators on Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. in Higley Auditorium, Higley Hall for a discussion about the College. President Sean Decatur will begin with a brief address followed by a question-and-answer session.
Chasers Reunion Celebrating Their 50th Anniversary
The Chasers Reunion Concert celebrating their 5oth Anniversary will raise the roof on Rosse Hall on Saturday, May 27, at 9 p.m. Chaser alumni will gather for rehearsals and a dinner before the concert and then a post-concert party at approximately 11 p.m. Rehearsals will be held at the following times: Friday, 4-5:30 p.m.(Brandi Recital Hall), Saturday, 1-4 p.m. (Brandi Recital Hall, Waite Music Room, lower level rehearsal rooms, Rosse Hall Stage), and 8:15-8:50 p.m. (Brandi Recital Hall).
Alpha Sigma Chi
Alumni from the former fraternity will hold gatherings on Friday, May 26, at 5 p.m., and on Saturday, May 27, at 9 p.m. in the Old Kenyon West Division (Independent) Lounge and Patio. Friday’s gathering is for fraternity members and their guests only. Saturday is a joint gathering with the Class of 1972.
The Beta Alpha Chapter will hold a cookout on Saturday, May 27, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Beta Theta Pi Temple, 303 Chase Avenue.
The Chi Chapter will hold an open house on Saturday, May 27, from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Delta Tau Delta Lodge. All are welcome.
Delta Kappa Epsilon
The Lamda Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon will hold a reception for DKE alumni and their guests on Saturday, May 27, from 3-5 p.m. at the home of Bob ’60 and Peg Heasley P’83,’88, GP’16,’19, 203 Kokosing Drive, just past the DKE Lodge.
The East Wing Association and Alpha Delta Phi will hold a reception on Saturday, May 27, from 4-5 p.m. in Ganter Price Hall on Kokosing Drive, followed by the Annual Meeting at 5 p.m. at the Alpha Delta Phi Lodge on Kokosing Drive.
Christians from various class years and student organizations will host an informal, family-friendly gathering for a time of fellowship and refreshments on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Cheever Room of the Finn House. All are welcome. The Finn House (formerly the dean’s home) is located beside the Kenyon Inn.
Participants in the Kenyon-Honduras Program are invited to reminisce with fellow classmates, friends, and faculty on Saturday, May 27, from 2-4 p.m. in Palme House, 101 Ward Street. Talk to professors Pat Urban and Ed Schortman, enjoy Honduran comfort food and celebrate the impact of the program.
Kenyon Review (KR) Associate Editor Kirsten Reach, and the KR staff invite all past KR Associates and literary friends to drop by for a scoop of Jeni’s ice cream and a poem from our latest issue on Saturday, May 27, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Cheever Room of the Finn House.The Finn House (formerly the dean’s home) is located beside the Kenyon Inn.
Peeps Alumni Association
The Peeps Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. and a reception on Saturday evening from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Both events will be held in the Old Kenyon East Division Lounge. All are welcome.
Iota Chapter of Psi Upsilon will hold a gathering on Saturday, May 27, from 2-4 p.m. in the 4th floor north lounge of Leonard Hall.
Quarry Chapel was built in 1863, served as a parish for stonemasons’ families, and was abandoned in 1937. Saved in 1972, the chapel was recently renovated and serves today as a community asset hosting concerts and weddings. Visit the chapel on Saturday, May 27, from noon-4 p.m., and learn about its history. The Chapel is at the corner of Quarry Chapel and Monroe Mills roads. Participants must provide their own transportation.
Swim team alumni are invited to stop by the home of Marcie and Jim Steen P’01 ’04 at 11370 Kenyon Road (Route 308) on Saturday, May 27, at 3:30 p.m.
The Theta Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma will hold a 8oth Anniversary Cook-out on Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m. on Hanna Lawn with a rain site in the Hanna basement lounge.