April 23, 2020
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This year’s traditional Founders’ Day celebration included the inaugural presentation of the Middle Path Medal, given to three recipients who have made a significant contribution, either as an employee or volunteer, to the College, community or county.
“The idea is to honor folks who really stand out for the impact they’ve had on others here,” President Sean Decatur said. “Something we were missing was a way to recognize people who had a remarkable track record of unrecognized quiet work.”
Those eligible for the medal include Kenyon faculty and staff members, parents, trustees and community members not officially affiliated with the College. The first three medal winners are former Kenyon staff members. They are:
Also recognized during the Founders’ Day ceremony were the newest members of Beta of Ohio, Kenyon’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and the recipients of the Philander Chase Medal for Distinguished Service, including Lewis Hyde, Richard L. Thomas professor of creative writing, Ric Sheffield, professor of sociology and legal studies, and Patsy Vigderman, assistant professor of English. The Founders’ Day address was delivered by Professor of History Jeff Bowman and titled “Book Magic and Heathenish Rites.”