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.
Find out what services and resources are available to Kenyon students through the Career Development Office. It's never too early! The presentation by Scott Layson, director of the Career Development Office, will be held on Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Olin Auditorium.
Faculty, parent, student panels and discussions on sustainability and entrepreneurship will be presented simultaneously on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Foundation Theater of Gund Gallery and Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall, respectively.
Kenyon Works … On Sustainability, Locally and Globally. Lisa Schott ’80, managing director of the Philander Chase Corporation land trust, will host and moderate this conversation exploring current sustainability efforts involving Kenyon students, parents, faculty, staff, and local Knox County residents. The talk will highlight local efforts by the College’s Rural Life Center and sustainable agriculture course, the Philander Chase Corporation, and the AVI Farm to Table program, as well as a recent academic trip to the Amazon. Future initiatives will be considered. The panel includes Professor of Chemistry Scott Cummings, Conservationist, citizen scientist Helen DuBois P’17, local farmer Kate Helt, Rebecca Katzman ’14, and Noah Winters ’15. Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
From This Hill: Entrepreneurship, Business, and the Liberal Arts. In today’s world of nonstop innovation and competition in a global business environment, where do liberal arts graduates fit in—and succeed? This discussion engages three Kenyon parents active in the business world to offer both an employer’s viewpoint and a parent’s eye about key skills and assets Kenyon students can offer. Margaret Adams P’16, a partner with Wellington Management (Boston); Michael S. Beatty P’16, president of Beatty Development Group LLC (Baltimore); and Doug Heuck ’84 P’12,’15, founder and editor of Pittsburgh Quarterly, share their views with Vice President for College Relations Sarah Kahrl. Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall
We invite you to join President Sean Decatur, Interim 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 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. The student band extravaganza, sponsored by the Social Board, begins at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday in Horn Gallery. 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 and Marne Ausec, director of the Center for Global Engagement, on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall.
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 Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Assistant Professor of Drama Benjamin Viccellio '98 directs this production. 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 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.
Kenyon Works…in the Community: The Annual Fall Day of Service. A Kenyon tradition, this year’s Fall Day of Service will serve as the kick-off event for the inauguration of Kenyon’s new president. We are excited to invite families to participate in service to Knox County with their students and members of the faculty, staff, and administration. The Community Programs Office will be providing shuttles to local non-profits for an afternoon of service, meeting new people, and fun! President Decatur will open this day of service on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Horn Gallery. Shuttles will then depart from the parking lot adjacent to Horn Gallery (behind Edelstein House) to the various local non-profits. Please Note: Some service sites have limited space.
Preregistration is requested. Click on the following link to register: https://orgsync.com/33654/forms/84018
Reading by veteran New York Times journalist, author, and Kenyon parent Katie Hafner P’15. The Kenyon Review presents a reading on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the Cheever Room at Finn House. Hafner will read from her memoir, Mother Daughter Me. The memoir is a riveting, emotionally gripping, funny, and ultimately uplifting work that chronicles Hafner’s multigenerational living experiment with her elderly mother, whose drinking had caused her to lose custody of Hafner at age ten, and her sixteen-year-old daughter. The anticipated “Year in Provence” quickly deteriorated, as Hafner found herself sandwiched squarely between her obligation to an aging parent and her responsibility for her own child. Not only was she caught between the constant needs of both her mother (a woman she barely knew) and her teenager, but found herself surprised by the anger and resentment she felt toward her mother, emotions that she had carried with her, unaware, for decades.
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, October 18, 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 bookstore, 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.