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Give Us Your Opinion!

In response to the success of the regional Learning in the Company of Friends Program, The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs is considering offering a multi-day learning experience at Kenyon for alumni, parents, and friends. Would you be interested in attending? What factors would influence your decision? What topics would appeal to you? When should the program be offered? You can provide input on these questions and more at, or by calling Sonia Corrigan, assistant director of alumni and parent programs, at 1-800-KENYONC. Please help us develop the program by sharing your opinions.

Two large pizzas or a $500,000 grant?

Kenyon's 2003 Alumni Survey (click here for full results) reveals that 65 percent of alumni who aren't donors feel that they "cannot afford to make a gift." In addition, 50 percent of those respondents are alumni in the classes between 1990 and 1998.

Kenyon's Office of Alumni and Parent Programs stresses that alumni giving to the Kenyon Fund at any level is important to the College. Take the sum of $25, for example. What can you get for $25 these days?

Two large pizzas;
A night at the movies for two with popcorn to share;
Half of a concert ticket;
A $500,000 grant.

That's right. A $25 gift can help secure a $500,000 grant for Kenyon. One important statistic corporations and foundations consider for grant awards is the percentage of alumni who donate to their alma mater, more specifically the percentage of donors who have graduated within the last fifteen years. This statistic, a strong indicator of alumni loyalty and the current state of the College, is a valuable tool when determining which schools receive grant money.

Will I look "cheap" if I can afford to give Kenyon only $25 this year? Absolutely not! Kenyon understands that many young alumni are paying off loans, going back to school, starting families, or perhaps buying or refinancing a home. Ten alumni each donating $25 a year has greater impact for your alma mater than one alumna or alumnus giving $250 and nine who give nothing. Every gift counts, and Kenyon is appreciative of all gifts, regardless of size. Your $25 makes a difference and is not regarded any differently than a larger donation when foundations are looking at participation percentages.

Consistent annual giving truly makes a difference. The next time you think about ordering pizza, think about Kenyon, too! Take a few minutes to log on to and use your credit or debit card, or call 1-800-KENYONC to make your 2003-04 gift to the College.

Dedication of Ganter Assembly Hall

Ganter Assembly Hall was dedicated Saturday, October 11, during Kenyon's homecoming weekend. The new building, funded by alumni of the Kenyon chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, is located beside the Alpha Delta Phi lodge on the corner of Chase Avenue and Kokosing Drive in Gambier. Almost sixty Alpha Delta Phi members joined President S. Georgia Nugent, other Kenyon alumni, current students, and friends of the College for the dedication. The building is named for Carl R. Ganter, a Kenyon graduate of the Class of 1899 and an honorary degree recipient in 1938. The single-story building, covering just more than 3,000 square feet, includes a "bulls-eye room." The room is intended to be an accurate reconstruction of the bulls-eye room in the east wing of Old Kenyon as it existed prior to the fire of 1949. Alpha Delta Phi has officially named the bulls-eye room the Squiers Room, after Jim Squiers '50 and his father, John '13. The room is intended for use as a library and lounge for the campus community.

A new space created for gay and lesbian students

Unity House, Kenyon's new campus resource center for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) community, was dedicated Saturday, October 11, during homecoming weekend. Bexley 100A, a facility behind the Bexley Apartments, located on the north end of campus, serves as the site for the center. The dedication ceremony, which included remarks by President S. Georgia Nugent, was one of the highlights of the Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association's fall reunion. Unity House operates foremost as a safe space for GLBT students and GLBT members of the faculty, administration, and staff, but is intended to be an open and welcoming place for all members of the community.

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