President Decatur will host special receptions for the 25th and 50th reunion classes at Cromwell Cottage. The reception for the Class of 1993 will be held on Friday, May 25, 5-6 p.m. The reception for the Class of 1968 will be held on Saturday, May 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
All are invited to gather together at the hospitality tent on Friday, May 25, 9 p.m.-midnight for music and dancing with Revolution Pie, a Beatles cover band from Cleveland Ohio. Returning to the Kenyon stage again after performing at President Decatur’s Inauguration, Revolution Pie offers a fun filled, family friendly show. They specialize in re-creating the music, vocals, and essence of The Beatles from Love Me Do to Let It Be. Revolution Pie includes veteran musicians Michael Carlozzi on keyboards, percussion and vocals; Ralph Criswell on rhythm guitar and lead vocals; Paul Fresty on lead guitar, keyboards and vocals; Eric “Eroc” Sosinski on bass and vocals; and Peter Telari on drums and percussion. They perform from a list of over 100 songs drawn from all 13 studio albums recorded by the Beatles. Hospitality tent stage, Ransom Lawn
Reunion classes and special reunions are invited to gather together at the hospitality tent on Saturday evening, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. for an all-reunion reception in honor of retiring professors Royal Rhodes, Donald L. Rogan Professor of Religious Studies, Jennifer Clarvoe, Professor of English, and Eugene Dwyer, Professor of Art History, Remarks by Provost Joe Klesner will begin promptly at 6 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: Public Health Panel/Forum. This seminar has been cancelled.
Special Presentation: "Freedom in a Can – Finding Sustainability in 72 Square Feet – Ever dream about chucking it all and hitting the road with a vintage trailer?" After 18 years working in higher education, David Hutchison '93 and his wife, Shari Galiardi, did just that. They turned their mid-life crisis into an adventure and new mobile lifestyle. Over the last 5.5 years, they have lived more richly, healthily, happily and sustainability in their tiny, vintage, “canned ham,” travel trailer. Their story accompanied with stunning imagery from the places they’ve visited (49 states, 4 countries, over 75 National Parks and public lands) will inspire, educate, entertain, and challenge you to think differently about the opportunities and challenges of life on the open road. Community Foundation Theater
Special Presentation: “'63 Boycott: Why 250,000 Chicagoans fought for racial equity in schools and how the struggle continues today.” Join Kenyon alumna Rachel Dickson ’08 for a 30-minute film screening and discussion afterwards. In 1963, 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Unseen 16mm footage of the boycott is combined with insights from the original participants and present-day protesters against school closings. "’63 Boycott" connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, and youth activism. Community Foundation Theater
Times and additional information for the seminars and presentations 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 26, at 2 p.m. on the Ransom Hall front lawn near Middle Path. (Rain site is the Norton Room, Ransom Hall.) Participating authors include Peter Arango '68, Ann Starr '73, Julie Miller Vick '73, Donna DeMarco '78,
Andrew Welsh-Huggins '83, Stacy Windahl '83, David Bartram '88, Krista Taylor '93, Derek Cooney '98, Frank Scalambrino '98, and Ben Wright-Heuman'08.
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Join your fellow alumni for a family-style luncheon on Saturday, May 26, 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.
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.
Stories of Self-Reflection: Portraiture by Women Photographers
Portraiture, although typically seen as static and posed, has an extraordinary ability to tell stories through the relationship between photographer and subject, subject and background. This Gund Associate (intern)-curated exhibition highlights recent gifts and promised gifts to the Gund Gallery Collection, focusing specifically on photographic portraiture by Claire Beckett ‘00, Helen Levitt, Vivian Maier, Rania Matar, and others. Each of the artists represented use different visual and conceptual strategies, drawing from documentary traditions, fashion photography, and narrative film, to closely observe and empathetically portray their subjects’ experiences and day-to-day lives.
Sandra Lee: The Bend
Sandra Eula Lee’s work is inspired by the temporary structures built by residents in Beijing where neighborhoods underwent constant demolition and relocation of communities. These structures include makeshift stands, small ‘impromptu’ gardens, and improvised spaces. Her installation pays tribute to the enduring human spirit found in these everyday creative acts. Lee draws upon centuries-old Asian garden design for her sculptures and installations. However, in her garden hacks, rock and bamboo coexist with chunks of asphalt, concrete, and other industrial materials of construction. Hand-made containers of Korean spices and fermented vegetables connect with transformative potential.
Join the Gund Gallery on Saturday, May 26, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for a sculptural installation of breakfast foods to start your day. Mimosas, teas, juices, Perrier, bloody marys and strong coffee are available. Breakfast will be on the Gund Gallery patio and lawn.
On Saturday, May 26, at 4 p.m. at the hospitality tent see Zak Morgan ’94. With a degree in English from Kenyon, Grammy nominee Zak Morgan's unique brand of children's music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike. Hospitality tent stage, Ransom Lawn
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 26. (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. including a special "Women of '73" group photo, 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 22, 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 26, 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.
Owl Creeks Reunion
The Owl Creeks will raise the roof on Rosse Hall on Saturday, May 26, at 9 p.m. Owl Creek alumna will gather for a welcome reception and rehearsal on Friday May 25, from 8-11 p.m. at the Center for Global Engagement. On Saturday, May 26, there will be rehearsals, group photo, and a reunion dinner before the concert, and a post-concert party at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the Crozier Center for Women. Rehearsals on Saturday will be held at the following times: 10 a.m.-noon, 3:30-4:30 p.m., and 8-8:45 p.m. All rehearsals will take place either in Brandi Recital Hall, Waite Music Room, lower level rehearsal rooms or Rosse Hall stage.
The Stairwells will take the stage on Saturday, May 26, in Brandi Recital Hall immediately following the all-reunion sing. Stairwell alumni will have an informal catch-up and reunite gathering on Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. in the Freshman Quad with the rain site the Norton 1st floor lounge, and a gathering and bonfire from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at the BFEC. On Saturday, May 26, from 11 am to noon, and 1-2 p.m. there will be all Stairwells rehearsals either in Brandi Recital Hall, or Rosse Hall. Additional afternoon breakout and pop up rehearsals will follow, along with a group photo, reunion dinner, and a warm up session at 8:00-8:45 p.m. before the concert with a post-concert party at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the Cheever Room of the Finn House.
The Cornerstones will hold their reunion concert on Saturday, May 26, at 3 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Spirit. Also included on Saturday is a group photo and reunion dinner. Rehearsals will be held at the following times: Friday, May 25, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 12:30-2:15 p.m. All rehearsals will take place in the Church of the Holy Spirit. A cook-out will be held at noon on Sunday, May 27, at the home of Sam Turner, 404 Chase Avenue, (SR 308).
The Beta Alpha Chapter will hold a cookout on Saturday, May 26, 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 26, from 3-5 p.m. at the Delta Tau Delta Lodge. All are welcome.
Epsilon Delta Mu
The women of Epsilon Delta Mu will hold a gathering on Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m.-noon in the 4th floor North Leonard Lounge.
The East Wing Association and Alpha Delta Phi will hold a reception on Saturday, May 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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) Editor David Lynn '76 P'14, 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 26, from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Cheever Room of the Finn House. The Finn House (formerly the dean’s home) is located beside the Kenyon Inn.
Multicultural Affairs/Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, formerly known as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, welcomes all alumni from our department programs, including Snowden and Unity House managers, KEEP, REACH, Alumni of Color mentors, and cultural student groups to a reception on Friday, May 25, from 5-6 p.m. in the former Snowden Multicultural Center, 211 Chase Avenue. Join us in celebrating diversity at Kenyon! All are welcome.
Peeps Alumni Association
The Peeps Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, May 26, 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.
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 26, at 3:30 p.m.
Theta Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma
The Theta Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma will hold a brunch on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. on the north lawn in front of Hanna Hall with the rain site in the Hanna basement lounge.