Alumni and Development News
Look for the Alumni Ballot in the mail
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and Annual Funds will mail the Alumni Ballot in February. Lisa Dowd Schott '80, executive director of the office, urges all alumni to vote for their candidates of choice, all of whom were nominated by Alumni Council.
"After this fall's presidential election, I think we're all a little more aware of the difference one vote can make," she says. "That's especially true in these elections for Kenyon's representatives to the College's Board of Trustees and Alumni Council, which are often very close.
"While the candidates are a diverse group, they do share an abiding interest in Kenyon," Schott notes. "All have taken leadership roles in the College's volunteer activities, from regional associations to reunions, some of them over a period of several decades."
Alumni trustee candidates are:
- Marcia Barr Abbot '73, of Greenwich, Connecticut, a psychotherapist in private practice.
- William P. Russell '62 P'91 of St. Charles, Illinois, a certified financial planner and a regional vice president with Advance Capital Management.
- Lisa Coney Shively '78 of Wayland, Massachusetts, a senior vice president and senior credit officer for Fleet Bank.
- Douglas R. Vahey '86 of Chicago, Illinois, an assistant vice president and regional practice leader at Chubb and Son, Inc.
Alumni Council candidates are:
- Richard S. Alper '71 of Bethesda, Maryland, an attorney and teacher who concentrates on commercial real-estate transactions and land-use law in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
- Tana L. Barton '95 of Chicago, Illinois, a human resources associate for the Gateway Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides drug and alcohol treatment.
- Edward C. Benyon '91 of Houston, Texas, a teacher and coordinator of the Middle-Upper School at the Briarwood School.
- James W. Hunt Jr. '53 of Golf, Illinois, a retired sales professional who held executive and consulting positions with Monroe Calculating Machine Company, WJBK radio, Peters, Griffin, and Woodward, and Hunt and Associates.
- Martin McKerrow '64 of New York, New York, a managing director of Neuberger and Berman, where he serves as the director of institutional client services.
- Neil Penick '94 of Urbana, Illinois, who is in the final semester of business school at the University of Illinois.
- Christopher P. Toft '89 of Evanston, Illinois, senior associate director of development at Northwestern University Law School.
The new alumni trustees will occupy positions currently held by Ulysses B. Hammond '73 H'95 of New London, Connecticut, vice president for administration at Connecticut College, and Tanna L. Moore '76 P'00 of Minneapolis, Minnesota, vice president and general manager for marketing with Ceridian Corporation.
The new members of Alumni Council will replace Scott R. Baker '94 of Toledo, Ohio, president of Baker Street Communications; Eileen Shaver Tuttle '86 of Plain City, Ohio, who is self-employed with Digital Xesto; Lisa M. Volpe '88 of Washington, D.C., a wireless regulatory analyst with AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.; and William C. Wallace '57 P'92 of Short Hills, New Jersey, president of Aquila Distributors, Inc., and executive vice-president of Aquila Management Corporation.
Ballots must be signed and received no later than April 9, 2001, to be counted. The results will be announced at the annual Alumni Association meeting on Saturday, May 26.
APRAF welcomes new staff members
This fall, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and Annual Funds (APRAF) welcomed two Kenyon alumnae, Jill Korosec Dennis '92 and Elizabeth R. Hieronymus '99, to its staff.
"We are very pleased to be able to bring two talented recent graduates into our office," says Lisa Dowd Schott '80, executive director of APRAF. "They are looking forward to meeting alumni and parents, and we are looking forward to having Jill and Elizabeth with us for many years to come."
An assistant director of alumni and parent relations and annual funds, Dennis has moved back to Knox County from Georgia, where she was with Synovus Financial. With a long-time interest in ranching, she and her husband, Jeff Dennis, have bought a farm near Mount Vernon. Dennis, who replaces Jennifer Carter, will be responsible for working with the regional associations, among other duties.
Also an assistant director, Hieronymus returned to Kenyon from her native California earlier in 2000 to accept a position as an analyst/programmer in Library and Information Systems at the College. Hieronymus, who replaces Robert P. Kirschner, who resigned from the office to accept a position at Otterbein College, has taken on the "100% Senior" program, in which she works with volunteers from the senior class to enlist support for the Kenyon Fund, as well as other projects related to the annual funds.
Reunion Weekend slated for May 25-27
Celebration 2001, which will include the annual Alumni College and a full slate of Reunion Weekend activities, is scheduled for May 25-27. Features of Celebration 2001 will include a special event--which organizers promise will be one of the most memorable in Kenyon history--marking the successful conclusion of the $100-million "Claiming Our Place" campaign and a reception honoring alumni authors.
Reunion-planning committees for the classes gathering this year (those ending in 6 and 1, such as 1956 and 1991) urge alumni to plan now to return to Gambier for the festivities. Registration materials will be sent in March to reunion classes.
Alumni College. This year's Alumni College will offer presentations by Pamela Camerra-Rowe, visiting assistant professor of political science, on "George W. Bush: The First 100 Days" and David H. Lynn '76, associate professor of English and editor of the Kenyon Review, on "How a Story Works: Reading Like a Writer." In addition, Thomas V. Lepley, superintendent of buildings and grounds and clerk of the works for campus construction projects, will lead a tour of the College's new science facilities.
Campaign Victory Celebration. As June 30, 2001, and the official end of "Claiming Our Place: The Campaign for Kenyon" approaches, Kenyon is making arrangements to celebrate--in grand style--the successful conclusion of the $100-million fundraising effort. On Friday, May 25, 2001, during Reunion Weekend, Kenyon will host a gala event to thank all contributors to this most ambitious campaign.
Alumni, parents, and friends who have been donors to the campaign, including all who have made gifts to the Kenyon Fund or the Kenyon Parents Fund since July 1, 1996, will be Kenyon's guests that evening. Invitations to donors will be mailed in early April.
Chasers Reunion. The Chasers will celebrate their thirty-fifth reunion this year as part of the Reunion Weekend activities. Former members of the group who would like more information about this special gathering are asked to contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and Annual Funds (800-KENYONC or 740-427-5147), check the appropriate box at the bottom of the 2001 Alumni Ballot, or visit the Chaser Reunion website at www2.kenyon.edu/orgs/chasers/.
Alumni who would like to receive information about Reunion Weekend but are not celebrating a major reunion this year should call one of the numbers above, check the appropriate box on the ballot, or visit the reunion web site.
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