Alumni Digest

Ballots: Coming Soon

Check your mailbox and your inbox later this month for your official Alumni Council and alumni trustee ballots. Once again, you have your choice to vote by e-mail or by paper. The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs will ensure that only one ballot per person will be counted.

Members of Alumni Council meet at Kenyon three times each 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. Council members serve a nonrenewable three-year term.

The Kenyon College 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. Alumni trustees serve a nonrenewable four-year term.

Vying for the three open positions on Alumni Council are Susan Berger '85, Jeff Bridges '03, Craig Jackson '99, Densil Porteous '02, Phil Stephenson '02, and John Symons '61.

The candidates for the two alumni trustee positions are Phoebe Brown '79, Don Fischman '57 P'13 H'85, and Deb Reeder '85.

All candidates are nominated by Alumni Council.

Honorable Mentions

Both the former and the new managing directors of the Philander Chase Corporation have received College honors for their years of service to Kenyon. In recognition of his retirement from his post as inaugural managing director of the land conservancy, Douglas Givens was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the College during the 182nd Commencement ceremony in May 2010. He was praised by Writer-in-Residence P.F. Kluge '64 for his contributions both at the Corporation and in the College's Development Office. "Generations have fallen in love with this college on a country hill," said Kluge, "and they have fallen in love with this college at first sight. Thanks to you, this kind of discovery will continue."

Givens's successor at the Philander Chase Corporation, Lisa D. Schott '80, has been honored for her twenty-five years of service as director of alumni and parent programs. Schott was named an honorary member of the Class of 1959 in recognition of her service to all alumni. Class representatives Donald Bomann, Robert W. Chapin Jr., and Harley Henry presented Schott with a certificate celebrating her career achievements and praising her "untiring efforts in making our fiftieth reunion a grand celebration of our members."

Good Advice

"Never listen to anyone who tells you your idea is too big." -Tamsin Smith '88. Smith, the founder of SlipStream Strategy, a firm that helps non-profit organizations bring ideas to life, gave a Common Hour lecture on October 19, 2010. Her talk, "SlipStreaming 101," was part of the Burton D. Morgan Lectureship Series, which brings alumni back to campus to speak to students about entrepreneurial activity.

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