Family Weekend is filled with special events, including the lectures, plays, musical performances, and receptions highlighted below. We also encourage you to check the complete Family Weekend schedule.
“Demystifying the Application Process.” On Saturday at 10:00 a.m., an informational session will be hosted by the Office of Admissions that will provide tips on how to conduct a successful college search and offer insight into the application process. The presentation will be held in Philomathesian Hall in Ascension Hall.
Sheryl Hemkin, associate professor of chemistry will present “Beautiful Colors: How do we see them?” Using examples from nature and popular art, Hemkin will examine how light, color pigments, the eye, and the brain work together to give awareness of color. The lecture is on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Foundation Theater located in the lower level of the Gund Gallery.
We invite you to join President Sean Decatur, Provost Joe Klesner, and members of the faculty for a reception in the Multi-Activity Court in the Kenyon Athletic Center on Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The faculty will be in groups, as follows:
• Fine Arts (Art History and Studio Art; Dance, Drama, and Film; Music)
• Humanities (Classics, English, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Religious Studies)
• Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology)
• Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology)
• Interdisciplinary Programs (African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Comparative World Literature, Environmental Studies, Integrated Program in Humane Studies, International Studies, Islamic Civilization and Cultures, Latino/a Studies, Law and Society, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Public Policy, Scientific Computing, Women’s and Gender Studies)
The weekend’s musical performances will include a Friday night concert by the Kokosingers, an all-male a cappella group, at 7:00 p.m. in Rosse Hall. On Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m., the Kenyon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will offer their fall concert. The cabaret concert late afternoon Saturday will feature many of the College’s singing groups, each performing several songs. This concert will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Rosse Hall. While tickets are not required for these performances, they often attract large crowds, so plan to arrive early.
Do you have a son or daughter interested in off-campus studies? Come talk with returning off-campus-studies students, faculty, and Kim Stapleton
Smith '74, program coordinator for the Center for Global Engagement, on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall.
Learn about the Kenyon-Exeter Program on Saturday from 2:15-3:00 p.m. in Olin Auditorium, Olin Library. The Kenyon–Exeter Program is a year-long study abroad option that combines the best of the British university and the U.S. liberal arts college, under the resident directorship of a member of Kenyon's English faculty. Join 2015-16 Resident Director Kim McMullen and alumnae of the Kenyon-Exeter Program to learn about its curricular options and its expansive schedule of world-class theater and co-curricular travel.
The fall sports teams participating in home contests are listed in the schedule of events. The scheduling of dates by the Athletic Department is completed as much as three years in advance, and we regret that all of Kenyon's sports teams cannot be on campus during the weekend.
The Kenyon College Dramatic Club (KCDC) will present The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky written and directed by the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence Wendy MacLeod. Performances are Friday at 8:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740/427-5546 beginning Monday, October 14, or you may purchase tickets at the door if the performance is not sold out.
Because performances often sell out, advance reservation of tickets is recommended.
In the tradition of New England town hall meetings, families are invited to join President Sean Decatur and members of the senior administration in Rosse Hall on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. for a discussion about the College. President Decatur will begin with a brief address, which will be followed by a question-and-answer period. The event will be live streamed; please arrive by 10:55 a.m.
In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. We invite you to visit the Greenslade Special Collections and Archives Reading Room (Olin 138) to explore all seven volumes of The Heritage Edition, a fine art reproduction of the original. This work of art unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium. For more information on the project please visit: saintjohnsbible.org
Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art
July 25-November 30, 2014 (See schedule for Gallery Exhibition Hours)
Since the 1930s, numerous artists have used the simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment. These artist-orchestrated meals offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using the meal as a means to shift perceptions and spark encounters that aren't always possible in a fast-moving and segmented society.
Feast surveys this practice for the first time, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups from the Italian Futurists and Gordon Matta-Clark to Marina Abramović, Theaster Gates, Fallen Fruit collective and Rirkrit Tiravanija, who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium.
Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art is organized by the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Smith, former Smart Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator. Feast is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Generous major support has also been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Chicago Community Trust, Helen Zell, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Foundation, the University of Chicago’s Arts Council, and Janis Kanter and Tom McCormick.
The Gund Gallery presentation of Feast is made possible, in part, by the Tremaine Foundation, the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
We encourage you to take a walk or jog down this fourteen-mile trail, which follows the old railroad route from Gambier west to Mount Vernon and from Gambier east to Danville. This scenic trail, located at the bottom of the College hill, just beyond the Kenyon Athletic Center, is a popular place for enjoying the countryside.
You are encouraged to attend classes with your student or on your own on Friday. Please check the schedule at the registration center to avoid classes offering exams or without additional seating.
Rent a K-Bike at the Kenyon College bookstore: $20 for 24 hours, and $10 for Kenyon students. Rentals include a helmet and lock and are available daily during bookstore hours.
Celebrate the season with this free event on Saturday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. The festival includes pumpkin decorating with recycled materials, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, kids’ harvest games, a cider press, and a bonfire. See the flyer in the registration center for more details. Walk the .6 miles to the event, or catch a shuttle from the Palme House, 101 Ward Street, leaving at the top, 20 after and 20 ‘til the hour between 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Episcopal, Catholic, and Jewish services are offered regularly on campus. See the schedule of events for specific times. Episcopal and Methodist churches are located in Gambier, and churches for those and several other denominations are located in Mount Vernon. Please see the flyer in the registration center for more details.
Hours for Family Weekend:
Friday: 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
The pool at the KAC will be open Family Weekend during limited hours. Hours will be posted.
Important pool notes:
• The hot tub will not be open when only one guard is on duty (notably during swim team practice).
• The high diving board is not open to the public.
• The low diving board is open at the discretion of the guards and only if two guards are on duty.
• Minimal space is available for lap swimming during the hours of 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:00-6:30 p.m. Ask the lifeguard for designated swim lanes.
• Absolutely no swimming is allowed unless a lifeguard is present and on duty.