Alumni News

Woodworking amid Splendor

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of woodworking? Join Professor of History Will Scott and your fellow alumni on August 13-19, 2005, as the Kenyon Alumni-Parent Travel Program visits a woodworking school in the mountains of North Carolina.

The Country Workshops woodworking school, located about an hour's drive north of Ashville, is a scenic and inspiring place to learn this time-honored craft. Hosts Drew and Louise Langsner will teach you to carve wooden spoons, ladles, and bowls using traditional designs that are noted for their elegance, multifaceted form, and practicality.

Country Workshops is located on a mountain farm a few miles from the Appalachian Trail. Established in 1978, the program has a reputation for serving healthful gourmet meals with an international flare. Professor Scott is a veteran of past courses offered by Country Workshops and will be present for this program.

Woodworkers of all abilities are welcome, and novices are encouraged to attend. Country Workshops can accommodate a limited number of non-woodworking companions for instruction in quilting or pottery at a reduced price.

Tuition for this course is $660 and includes all materials, instruction, use of specialized tools, gourmet meals, and farmhouse lodging. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of individual guests.

For more information and a registration form, please contact Jill Dennis '92 at 1-800-KENYONC or For more details on the program and location, visit Registrations must be received by July 1, and space is limited.

It's Key!

Members of the Class of 2005 and alumni volunteers had the chance to meet on Friday, February 18, at the fourth annual senior dinner. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs, the dinner gave seniors the chance to learn about the benefits of being a Kenyon graduate. The students received a carabiner key ring, reminding them, "It's KEY ... Support Kenyon Every Year."

A Rogan Landmark

Several alumni were on hand on December 15, 2004, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies Donald Rogan as an Episcopal priest. About ninety people, including Rogan's former students Myer Berlow '72, Mary Carson '86, David Kridler '75, and Karl Ruttan '70, attended the service and, at the dinner following the service, spoke of their memories of having Rogan in class.

A portion of the celebration was organized to look toward the future of the chaplaincy at Kenyon. Although the College funded the program during Rogan's time as chaplain, during the years 1965-1972, Harcourt Parish and the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio now fund the program.

Call for Nominations

The Alumni Council invites you to suggest one or more candidates for election to either of two vital groups: the Alumni Council, for a three-year term; and the Board of Trustees, for a four-year term starting in 2006. You may nominate a friend, a classmate, or yourself. All suggestions receive careful consideration by the Alumni Council.

The Alumni Council meets at Kenyon three times a year to discuss programs and issues that directly affect the College and its alumni. This group provides direct feedback to the Kenyon administration regarding alumni issues, determines the slate of candidates for the Council and Alumni Trustee election, and determines the award recipients recognized at the annual Awards Luncheon during Reunion Weekend.

The Board of Trustees meets at Kenyon twice each year to provide strategic direction to the College as it seeks to fulfill its mission to be a distinctive liberal arts college of the highest quality. The work of both groups is done in committees.

Please send nominations with supporting information to Lisa Schott '80, director of alumni and parent programs, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 43022-9623 or by e-mail to by July 15, 2005.

Greetings, Valentine

On February 14, many Kenyon alumni awoke to find Valentine's Day well-wishes from Kenyon in their e-mail inboxes. The greeting featured a photo of the Renaissance Man and Woman statue and a quote from Alma Mater, by P.F. Kluge '64: And then, as they have passed through us, we pass through them . . . so much a part of each other, so tied and tangled are we.

The 730 all-Kenyon couples receiving the Valentine's greeting represent 10 percent of the alumni body. The greeting was a hit. "A very cool note and very appropriate," wrote Jenny Rie Van der Linden '84, whose husband, Michael, is a member of the Class of 1983. "Mike and I met at Kenyon on Valentine's Day twenty-four years ago!"

Kenyon Goes to India

It was a little slice of Kenyon in India on December 12, 2004, as several students and alumni traveled there for the wedding of Richa Jha '03 and Pranav Kumar. In attendance were Emily M. Berkeley '03, Nathan N. Hara '03, Caitlin S. Huss '02, Margaret E. Lamb '03, Joshua S. Louria '03, A. Robin McGee '02, Rose L. Miller-Sims '03, Jonathan A. Palmer '02, Jason W. Rabin '03, Mary K. Tuomanen '02, Catherine N. Whetzel '03, Lesley S. Williamson '02, Amanda F. Hollander '04, A. Theodore Samuel '04, and Professor of History Wendy F. Singer. A native of Delhi, India, Jha resides with Kumar in Kent, England.

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