Alumni News

Alumni office restructures

The start of the new academic year brought promotions and realignments to the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.

A new office, the Office of Annual Giving, has been established to focus on the Kenyon Fund and the Kenyon Parents Fund. The office is headed up by Mary Kay Karzas '75, director, replacing Jo Usher P'94, who retired on June 30. Karzas has a long record of service to the College, including a term as president of the Alumni Council in 2002-03. She began her career at Kenyon in the alumni and development offices and then went on to serve as director of development and alumnae relations at Chatham Hall in Virginia. She comes to Kenyon from Culver Academies, where she held the positions of director of development and assistant secretary to the board of trustees, director of planned giving, and director of leadership gifts. She is very active in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), leading workshops and serving as chair of Case District V.

Reporting to Karzas are Shawn Dailey and Elizabeth Story Hieronymus '99. Dailey has been promoted from associate director of alumni and parent programs to director of parent giving. He will have primary responsibility for the Kenyon Parents Fund. Hieronymus, formerly assistant director of alumni and parent programs, is now director of reunion giving.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs will continue to be led by Lisa Dowd Schott '80, director. Joining her is Sonya Dudgeon Broeren '90, who has been appointed director of college relations campus events and will supervise all on-campus events sponsored by the College Relations Division, including Family Weekend and Reunion Weekend. Broeren brings to Kenyon a strong background in event planning from her career as a human resources professional at the INOVA HealthSystem in Falls Church, Virginia, and at the Northland Terrace Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Broeren's predecesor, Sonia R. Corrigan, formerly in charge of events, has moved to the development office as director of prospect management.

"Kenyon's rapidly growing annual funds and our plans for increased service to alumni across the United States will benefit from the focus of these new departments," said Vice President for College Relations Sarah Kahrl. "We are fortunate to have two skilled and experienced Kenyon alumnae leading these expanded programs."

Thebaud comes for a visit

Harold Thebaud '28, Kenyon's oldest living alumnus, stopped by the College on July 2, 2005, for a visit. Thebaud, of Nashville, Tennessee, retired in 1971 from his position as chief industrial engineer with Bauer and Black. As oldest living alumnus, Thebaud is the recipient of an award endowed in honor of William Hopple '24, the last person to hold that distinction.

Athletics honors

The Kenyon Athletic Association inducted the following alumni into its Hall of Fame at its induction ceremony during Homecoming Weekend:

In addition to the inductees, Bob '60 and Peg Heasley P'83 '88 were presented with the Burchell H. Rowe Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Kenyon athletics. Ray Brown '59 was presented with the Donald May Award, which honors former Kenyon athletes who have had outstanding accomplishments in sports and who have performed honorably in a career.

Playful history

Scott Baker '94, Christopher Barth '93, Rebecca Palash Barth '93, and Associate Professor of Drama Jonathan Tazewell '84 joined forces during Reunion Weekend to present The Complete History of Kenyon College (abridged). The play was a light-hearted look at the College's history, from its founding in 1824 to the present. Harlene Marley, professor emerita of drama, directed the production.

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