Gambier getaway

If you enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful rural setting for a weekend getaway, add the Kenyon Inn to your list of travel destinations. All rooms at the inn were renovated during the past year and are elegantly decorated and furnished, making the College-owned facility a peaceful respite.

Wander over to the Red Door Café for a cup of Starbucks coffee. Browse the College bookstore for a Kenyon sweatshirt or the latest book by any number of Kenyon authors. Stroll down Middle Path as the bells chime in the Church of the Holy Spirit. Bike the fourteen-mile Kokosing Gap Trail, and visit the butterfly garden at the Brown Family Environmental Center.

Tempted? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs at 740-427-5147 for help arranging a seminar or for other ideas. Call the Kenyon Inn at 740-427-2202 to book your Gambier retreat.

Need a lift? Bulletin boards launched for Kenyon Alumni Online

Need a ride to Kenyon for Reunion Weekend? Want to discuss Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand '89 but don't belong to a local book group? The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs (APP) is proud to announce online bulletin boards, the next offering in the Kenyon Alumni Online community.

Members of the Alumni Council Communications Committee have guided the development of the bulletin boards and the topics. The Reunion Weekend ride board will allow alumni who need a ride to Gambier to post a request. Alumni who are driving from the airport or from home are encouraged to check the postings to see if they can offer a lift. Other topics such as book-discussion groups will be added in the future.

To access the bulletin boards, go to and enter your user ID and password and then select "discussion groups" from the options on the left side of the screen. The site includes guidelines and instructions on getting started. A member of the APP staff will serve as a moderator for all topics. Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Programs Lisa Dowd Schott '80, based on the guidelines determined by the Alumni Council Communications Committee headed by Scott Baker '94, must approve new topics.

More than four thousand alumni are registered for the Kenyon Alumni Online community, which offers free access to the alumni database and a permanent Kenyon e-mail address. If you are interested in registering and have lost your ID number, contact Jill Shriver at

Young alumni learn about life after Kenyon

In 2002, the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs (APP) launched the Kenyon Young Alumni Association (YAA) to strengthen the bond between the College and its recent graduates. At this winter's 2003 YAA kickoff dinner, the second of its kind, Alton J. Rourk '03 began the evening with the following heartfelt words:

"My father, months before he died, left with me some very powerful words that I'll pass on to you this evening. He told that there were only four things in life that are important and that would raise a respectable young man; 'the four L's of life,' he told me. I was told that I should 'live, love, learn, and leave a legacy.' I've taken his words and will contribute to Kenyon, whether by making monetary donations or through volunteer work, using it as a conduit of linking my late father's words to reality."

Rourk's words capture what the APP office had in mind when it created the Young Alumni Association to educate alumni on the role that they can play in sustaining Kenyon and increasing the value of their education. The association works to provide opportunities for young alumni to gather for social and educational events both off-campus and at the College.

In the winter of 2002, 56 percent of the senior class joined the YAA. This February, at the kickoff dinner, seniors had the opportunity to meet with alumni who returned to campus for Alumni Council and Kenyon Fund Executive Committee (KFEC) Winter Weekend Escape. The event included remarks from KFEC Chair Richard Rubin '62, P '00, Director of Annual Funds Jo Usher P '94, and seniors Meghan Burnett, Rourk, Lindsay Sabik, and Stephanie Todd. The event was attended by sixty alumni and more than one hundred and fifteen students who enjoyed the opportunity to develop relationships in the Kenyon network and learn about "life after Kenyon."

Reunions slated for Memorial Day weekend

Where can you roam the fields of your youth with friends who remember how you looked ten, twenty, or thirty or more years ago? At this year's Reunion Weekend, Friday, May 23, through Sunday, May 25, when Kenyon celebrates classes ending in 3s and 8s, along with alumni of the Archons and Chamber Singers.

Highlights include:

Registration materials were sent to members of reunion classes, the Archons, and the Chamber Singers in March. Preregistration is necessary to guarantee your housing choice and assure seating at your class dinner. Starting in May, you will be able to see a list of alumni who have registered for the event on the Reunion Weekend section of Kenyon's Web site. New to this year's reunion Web site is a page to help coordinate rides to Kenyon from different cities or from the Columbus airport.

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