Release: Oct. 26, 2017
GAMBIER, Ohio — Faculty members, community members and students were recognized at Kenyon’s annual Founders’ Day celebration, held Thursday, Oct. 26, in Rosse Hall.
The annual celebration honors those who have helped form Kenyon’s foundation and marks the formal introduction of new students to Kenyon.
Professor of Philosophy Joel Richeimer, Professor of Spanish Clara Román-Odio and Professor of Physics Paula Turner received Bishop Philander Chase Medals for Distinguished Service for their 25 years of teaching at the College. Turner also was selected to give this year’s Founders’ Day address, which she titled “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Community member Gloria Edwards, retired bookstore manager Jack Finefrock and Susan Palmer, the executive director emerita of the Five Colleges of Ohio consortium, received Middle Path Medals, an award given to honor people who have made a significant contribution to the College or community through volunteer or job-related activities.
This year’s Faculty Advising Award was given to Associate Professor of English Sarah Heidt, a 1997 graduate of Kenyon who has taught at the College since 2004. Created in 2015, the Faculty Advising Award is presented annually to a tenured faculty member to reward the professor’s commitment and dedication to academic advising for Kenyon students.
Also recognized during the ceremony were newly elected members of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees as well as 13 students elected this fall to the Beta of Ohio chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.