From news of a record-breaking class to the death of a beloved professor, here are the 10 Kenyon web stories that were the most read and shared in 2015.
10. Kenyon Mourns Professor Emeritus Donald L. Rogan, Sept. 19, 2015
The Rev. Donald Lynn Rogan, professor emeritus of religious studies and former chaplain at Kenyon, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon, where he was under the care of Hospice of Knox County. A noted educator at the college and seminary levels, he was 85 and a longtime resident of Gambier. “His wisdom, warmth and generous spirit made my life, and the lives of all of those whom he touched, much better,” President Sean Decatur said.
9. Careers Illustrated, March 31, 2015
The career paths pursued by nearly 11,000 Kenyon alumni are illustrated in an interactive image that shows the relationship between professions and academic majors.
8. Reigning Lords, March 21, 2015
For the third straight season and the 34th time in the past 36 seasons, the Lords swimming and diving team stood atop the podium and clutched the NCAA Championship trophy. The Lords closed out the four-day national meet with a total of 468 points, 85 points ahead of long-time rival and runner-up Denison University.
7. Off the Market, April 1, 2015
As of late April, more than 80 seniors reported either landing jobs in fields like financial services, health care and education, or earning acceptance into graduate schools and professional programs. Here is a look at where members of the Class of 2015 are headed.
6. Falling for Kenyon, Oct. 26, 2015
Peak fall foliage hit Kenyon, spurring an explosion of online photos showcasing Middle Path's stunning autumn beauty. To celebrate this season, here are the 100 top Instagrams of campus in all its fall glory. A warning to alumni: The following images may provoke strong feelings of nostalgia.
5. Unbroken Record, Jan. 19, 2015
Laura Hillenbrand ’89 discusses the screen adaptation of Unbroken, her second best-seller-turned-blockbuster, and the College’s influence on her writing career. “Kenyon is not a school you leave behind when your four years are over,” said Hillenbrand, an English and history double major. “It's an experience, a place, a state of mind, a point of view, that you carry with you forever.”
4. Everlasting Speech, May 21, 2015
The 2005 Kenyon Commencement address by venerated novelist David Foster Wallace lives on in popular consciousness, in social media and in print, years after its delivery and the suicide of its author. Written by Elizabeth Lopatto ’06, this 2013 Alumni Bulletin article about the longevity of Foster’s address was republished online to commemorate the speech’s 10-year anniversary.
3. Defining Success, May 16, 2015
Award-winning journalist Martha Raddatz H’15 P’15 addressed the 431 members of the Class of 2015 at their Commencement ceremony May 16, 2015. “Let me offer you all some very quick practical advice on how to succeed in the workplace,” Raddatz said. “Eight simple words. ‘Of course, I would love to work late!’ ” The following is a transcript of her address.
2. A Move to Main Street, Feb. 19, 2015
The Buckeye Candy building will have new life as an extension of Kenyon in downtown Mount Vernon, spurred by grants from the Ariel Foundation. Kenyon will invest in the purchase and renovation of the three-story building at 400 S. Main St. The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County also is supporting the project.
1. Admission Accomplished, March 20, 2015
With a record 7,077 applications received, up 6.8 percent from last year, and 1,689 offers extended, the Class of 2019 is taking shape. “This year's applicant pool made history with increases in nearly every area,” Darryl Uy, interim dean of admissions and financial aid, said.