In the lead up to and during the fun of Reunion Weekend, we took some time to recognize alumni who are doing outstanding work in their fields, humanitarian service or volunteer work for Kenyon.

These awards recognize outstanding commitment to the College by specific alumni classes and individual members of the alumni community. Individual awardees are nominated by their peers or friends of the College, with final selections made by Alumni Council. The full list of award recipients is below.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Jump to an award: Gregg Cup | Humanitarian Service Award | Greenslade Award | Anne J. Robinson Award | Kenyon-to-Career Ambassador Award | Distinguished Service Awards | D. Morgan Smith Award | Bishop’s Cup | Class of 1921 Plate | Peirce Cup | KFEC Award | Thomas Cup | Class of ’87 Award | Class of ’62 Award | Class of '63 Cup

2023 Alumni Award Recipients

Gregg Cup recipients
Ulysses B. Hammond ’73 and Julie Miller Vick ’73 H’97 P’12.

Gregg Cup: Ulysses B. Hammond ’73 and Julie Miller Vick ’73 H’97 P’12

Ulysses has done it all for Kenyon. He served as a Phonathon volunteer, completed two stints on Alumni Council, was a member of the Kenyon Fund Executive Committee and served as a trustee and on several reunion committees, including his 50th reunion committee.

Julie is a member of the first fully coeducational class. Her volunteer resume is stacked with service to the College including 50th Reunion Communication and Engagement Committee co-chair, CDC mentor and Career Network volunteer, Alumni Council member, regional association officer for Philadelphia, Reunion Challenge Committee member, Reunion Planning Committee member (50th, 25th and others); she also helped lead the planning of the 50th Anniversary of Coeducation in the years leading up to the celebration in 2019 as planning committee co-chair. 

The Gregg Cup was donated to Kenyon College by Henry Sellers Gregg of the Class of 1881, a longtime Kenyon volunteer who served as a trustee of the College from 1917 until a year before his death in 1938. Originally intended to acknowledge the alumnus (or, since the advent of coeducation, alumna) who, in the opinion of the Alumni Council, had made the most significant contribution to the welfare of Kenyon in a given year, the Gregg Cup is now awarded in recognition of a history of service to the College.

Humanitarian Service Award: Marci Barr Abbot ’73

In nominating their classmate for this award, Jack Au and Tom Stamp noted Marci's remarkable international service, most recently in Ukraine, working to provide wraps to soldiers and citizens who need warmth during the country’s notoriously cold winters. A member of the College’s first full cohort of women students, they wrote that this year’s winner is “an exemplar of the committed and knowledgeable volunteer, and one of whom we can all be proud.”

The Humanitarian Service Award, which is not necessarily conferred on an annual basis, is given at the discretion of the Alumni Council to members of the Kenyon family who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to humanitarian service.

Greenslade Award: Ed Ball ’88

Ed Ball has been a dedicated volunteer and Kenyon advocate for decades. In addition to being a class agent, reunion volunteer and past member of KFEC and the Alumni Council, most recently Ed brought the concept of 43022 Day to the Alumni Office, pointing out the merits of a once-in-a-generation celebration that wound up being a huge success. He has been a generous donor and ardent supporter of all things Kenyon. 

The Greenslade Award, which is not necessarily conferred on an annual basis, is given at the discretion of the Alumni Council to members of the Kenyon family including alumni, parents, employees and friends of the College who demonstrate the qualities of affection for and loyalty to Kenyon exhibited by the Greenslades in their many years of volunteer service to the College and its constituents, both on campus and off. The award honors the memory of Thomas Boardman Greenslade ’31, Kenyon archivist from 1967 until his death in 1990, and Mary MacWilliam Greenslade, an unofficial ambassador for the College both before and after her husband’s death until her own in 1994.

Anne J. Robinson Award: Susan Bloom Hudgins '89 P'18 '22 and Tracey Fatzinger ‘91 P’24 

Suzy and Tracey have led the small but mighty Richmond Regional Association for many years.  They have hosted a variety of events including Learning in the Company of Friends featuring local alumni to trivia events during the pandemic. They continue to find opportunities for alumni from all generations in the Richmond area to connect with the College.

The Anne J. Robinson Award is awarded annually to the outstanding regional alumni association president recommended by the Alumni and Parent Engagement staff and endorsed by members of the Alumni Council.

Kenyon-to-Career Ambassador Award: Kristin Kiser '79

Kristin Kiser has been connected with the Career Development Office for the past two years and has coordinated two in-person sessions regarding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and how Kenyon students can apply for their post-bac opportunities. While on-campus Kristin has made herself available to students for one-to-ones to help with their NIH applications and answer their questions about the organization. Through her time mentoring Kenyon students, she helped two 2019 grads with their applications who are now placed as NIH post-bac fellows. Kristin has been an amazing resource for students interested in NIH and those seeking these high-demand research opportunities. 

The Kenyon-to-Career Ambassador Award is given in recognition of the individual who has significantly contributed to the professional development, career exploration, and post-graduate success of Kenyon students and alumni. The recipient has provided exceptional career-related support which may include multiple modes of network building, opportunity sourcing, and professional mentoring; and/or has demonstrated leadership toward enhancing innovative career resources and programming for students and alumni. It is conferred annually by the Career Development Office.

Distinguished Service Awards

Blossom Barrett ’08
Blossom has served as an alumni of color volunteer, regional association officer, class agent, as a member of Alumni Council and on her 10th and 15th reunion committees.

Jennifer Gundlach ’93
Jennifer has served as a member of Alumni Council and the Parents Council, a reunion committee, as a class agent, as a Kenyon Women Giving Back steering committee member and on the board of the Kenyon Review.

Anne Griffin ‘78
Anne currently serves as a member of the Philander Chase Conservancy board and has served as a campaign and phonathon volunteer in the past. She has also been active with the Kenyon Athletic Association.  

Rosemary Turgeon ’93
Rosemary is a long-serving class agent, phonathon volunteer, regional association officer, career volunteer and has served on several reunion committees.  

Distinguished service awards are presented to those alumni who, in the opinion of Alumni Council, have made a significant contribution to Kenyon in past years as volunteers for admissions, fundraising, career development, and regional association steering committees.

D. Morgan Smith Award: Jerry Mindes ’77

This award is named for class agent D. Morgan Smith ’28, whose service on Alumni Council and work with students inspired the creation of the Student-Alumni Association. An annual award recognizing outstanding service as a class agent. More about the award and past winners.

Bishop's Cup: Class of 1963 with combined giving of $16,401,623 this year

Named for Bishop Philander Chase, the founder and first president of Kenyon College, this award honors the reunion class giving the largest amount to all areas at Kenyon.

Class of 1921 Plate: Class of 1983

The Class of 1921 Plate recognizes the class with the highest percentage of its members giving to the College — not including those classes celebrating their 50th reunions.

Peirce Cup: Class of 1973 with 36% of class present

Named in honor of William Foster Peirce, president of Kenyon College from 1896-1937, the Peirce Cup recognizes the reunion class with the greatest percentage of its members attending Reunion Weekend.

KFEC Award: Class of 1993

The KFEC Award was created in 2007 to recognize the reunion class with the largest number of new leadership level donors to the Kenyon annual funds in the current fiscal year. (The 50th reunion class is not eligible for this award.)

Thomas Cup: Class of 1973

The Thomas Cup honors the Reunion Class (5th through 50th classes) with the largest amount given and pledged to the Kenyon annual funds in the current fiscal year. It was named for William H. Thomas Jr., Class of ’36, who later served Kenyon as alumni director and vice president for development for 20 years.

Class of '87 Award: Class of 2003

The Class of ’87 Award was created in 2007 to recognize the class among those celebrating 5th to 20th reunions, with the largest total dollars given to the Kenyon annual funds in the current fiscal year.

Class of '62 Award: Class of 2003

The Class of ’62 Award is presented to the reunion class from the 5th to the 20th classes with the greatest percentage of members contributing to the College in the current fiscal year.

Class of '63 Cup: Class of 1963

The Class of ’63 Award is given to the reunion class with the greatest percentage increase in dollars given to Kenyon annual funds over the previous fiscal year.