Kenyon College

Kenyon College

name=Kenyon College

caption=The Kenyon College shield
motto="Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine" ("Sustain the cross with magnanimity")
type=Liberal arts college
endowment=$193 million [ [ Endowment grows to $193 million - News ] ] (6/30/07)
affliation=The Episcopal Church
president=S. Georgia Nugent
mascot=Lords (men's teams) and Ladies (women's teams)
campus=Rural, 1,000 acres (4 km²) including a 380 acre (1.5 km²) nature preserve
free=22 varsity teams, 52 national championships (29 Men's Swimming, 22 Women's Swimming, 3 Women's Tennis)
colors=Purple and White
website= [] |

Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, founded in 1824 by Bishop Philander Chase of the The Episcopal Church, in parallel with the Bexley Hall seminary. It is the oldest private institution of higher education in Ohio.Fact|date=August 2008 The campus is noted for its Collegiate Gothic architecture and rustic setting. Old Kenyon Hall, built in 1827, is believedWho|date=August 2008 to be the oldest Gothic revival building in the Americas, though it has burnt twice and been rebuilt. The 2005 "Princeton Review" and "Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005" awarded the college top academic ratings. In addition, in 2006 "Newsweek" selected Kenyon College as one of twenty-five "New Ivies" on the basis of admissions statistics as well as interviews with administrators, students, faculty and alumni. [cite web
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] Kenyon College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.Fact|date=August 2008

Founding of the College

After becoming the first Bishop of Ohio in 1819, Philander Chase found a severe lack of trained clergy on the Ohio frontier. He planned to create a seminary to rectify this problem, but could find little support. Undeterred, he sailed to England and solicited donations from Lord Kenyon, Lord Gambier, and the writer and philanthropist Hannah More, and the College was incorporated in December, 1824. Dissatisfied with the original location of the College in Worthington, Chase purchased eight thousand acres (32 km²) of land in Knox County (with the Mount Vernon lawyer Henry Curtis), and reached what he would name Gambier Hill on July 24, 1825. There is a legend that Bishop Chase exclaimed, "Well, this will do" upon reaching the crest of the hill. [ [ Well, this will do! explained ] ] [ [ A Biography of Philander Chase ] ]


Kenyon's English department first gained recognition with the arrival of the poet and critic John Crowe Ransom in 1937 as Professor of Poetry and first editor of "The Kenyon Review", a literary journal.Fact|date=August 2008

Aside from English, other majors Kenyon offers are: Art (Studio), Art History, Dance and Drama, Music, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Classics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, American Studies, International Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.

Kenyon does offer concentrations, which are interdisciplinary minors. They are: African and African-American Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Integrated Program in Humane Studies, Law and Society, Neuroscience, Public Policy, and Scientific Computing. Kenyon also offers opportunities for synoptic majors based on a process of academic approval by the College administration.

Kenyon requires students to take classes in each of the four academic divisions: Fine Arts (encompassing the departments of Art, Dance and Drama, and Music); Humanities (Classics, English, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Religious Studies); Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology); and Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology).cite web
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Kenyon is also home to the Beta of Ohio Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.


Kenyon's sports teams, which compete in the North Coast Athletic Conference, are referred to as the "Lords" and "Ladies", and their colors are purple, white, and black with gold often added as an accent. The college's men's swimming team is considered the best in NCAA Division III, for winning, from 1980 through 2008, an NCAA record 29 consecutive [ national championships] . The women's swimming team is also considered among the best, winning 22 titles of its own (not consecutively) since 1984. Swim Coach Jim Steen has coached the most conference titles in any sport in NCAA history.

In 2006, Kenyon opened the $70 million Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC), a 263,000 square foot (24,434 m², 6 acre) building that houses an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two basketball courts, squash courts, a weight room, a 200m track, four tennis courts and other facilities.


As Ohio's oldest private college, [, URL accessed 2008-08-29.] Kenyon has upheld some traditions for more than 180 years. [, URL accessed 2008-08-20.] All students in each entering class are expected to take the Matriculation Oath and sign a Matriculation Book that dates back at least a century.

Another tradition is the "Freshman Sing." Each year, entering freshmen gather on the steps of Rosse Hall to sing Kenyon songs before they are officially part of the Kenyon community. On the day before Commencement, seniors gather on the steps of Rosse Hall to sing Kenyon songs again.

Whenever a new president begins a term at the college, candles are lit in every window of Old Kenyon, as a sign of welcome. Kenyon has had fourteen presidents, and currently has its first female president, S. Georgia Nugent.

tudent organizations


*Hika Kenyon's oldest student-run literary journal. Contributors have included Robert Lowell, 1940; James Wright, 1952; Allison Joseph, 1988; Saskia Hamilton, 1989; and Laura Hillenbrand. Founded in 1925, it preceded "The Kenyon Review."
*The Kenyon Observer (political magazine)
*The Voice (social and political magazine)
*The Kenyon Daily Jolt (student life website) []
*Kenyon Collegian (student newspaper) []
*Ascension Films (student filmmaking society)
*Horn Records (student record label)
*WKCO Kenyon's entirely student-run radio station, serving the greater Gambier area at 91.9 FM during the calendar year. []
*56% (Kenyon's Women's Interest magazine), published by the Crozier Center for Women

Non-Varsity Sports

*Kenyon College Ice Hockey
*Kenyon College Men's Rugby
*Kenyon College Women's Rugby
*Kenyon College Ultimate Frisbee (founded in 1976)
*Kenyon College Squash


*The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Professor Benjamin Locke, is a select mixed choir consisting of forty-three undergraduate musicians who regard singing as an integral part of a liberal arts education. The group rehearses daily in order to prepare programs of both a cappella and accompanied music for Kenyon concerts as well as their annual Spring Tour.
*The Kokosingers are Kenyon's all-male a cappella group. Founded in 1965 by four freshmen, the Kokosingers are the second-oldest student-run singing group on campus, and the oldest original a capella group on campus. The group performs a wide range of music from various artists. They also tour New England for two weeks in the wintertime, singing at high schools, colleges, and various kenyon-affiliated events.
*The Chasers are Kenyon's co-ed collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1964, the group is the oldest student singing group at the college, and the second oldest a cappella group on campus. Originally a folk-oriented vocal group accompanied by guitars, the Chasers switched to an acapella-only format in the late 1960s, and continue this tradition today. They have recorded several albums over the course of the last 40 years, perform several times per year on campus, and tour throughout the country during January.
*Take Five is Kenyon's jazz a cappella group, formed in 2002. In addition to bi-annual concerts, Take Five performs regularly at campus events and, as of 2007, tours nationally during winter break.
*The Owl Creek Singers are Kenyon's all female a capella group. Founded in 1975, the Owl Creeks perform regularly throughout campus, and tour over winter break.
*The Cornerstones are Kenyon's only Christian a cappella group. Since organizing in 1998, they have supplied the campus with contemporary, classical, gospel, and Christian-inspired pop songs on a bi-yearly basis. In addition, they have participated in several tours across various parts of the nation, and have performed at numerous churches and events around the Ohio area.
*Renegade Theatre, founded in 2002, is a theatre company designed for the promotion of first-year students in the theatre community at Kenyon. Students are able to write, act in leading roles, direct and design, as well as serve as a production board designing an entire season of shows.
*The Stairwells are Kenyon College's only folk group, made up of a variety of musicians and vocalists. Originally a smaller ensemble of four to five people with one guitar, the group has expanded to include as many as ten members, playing a variety of instruments.
*Kenyon College Dance and Drama Club Student-run organization producing theatrical productions with the direct support of the dance and drama departments. Former members include the founders of the Cripple Creek Theatre Company in New Orleans, LA. []
*Beyond Therapy is a student-run sketch comedy group. Founded in 1994, the group puts up two shows each year. []
*Fools on the Hill is a student-run improv comedy group. []

Greek Life

Kenyon is home to thirteen Greek organizations, consisting of seven international/national Fraternities, four local sororities and two local societies (co-ed groups).The Fraternities are: Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon (Dekes); Alpha Delta Phi (AD's); Chi of Delta Tau Delta (Delts); Iota of Psi Upsilon (Psi U's); Beta Alpha of Beta Theta Pi (Betas); Phi of Delta Phi (DPhi's); and Theta of Phi Kappa Sigma (Phi Kaps).The Sororities are: Theta Delta Phi (Thetas); Nu Iota Alpha (NIA); Zeta Alpha Pi (Zetas); Epsilon Delta Mu (Emus).The Societies are: Archon Society (Archons); Peeps O'Kenyon (Peeps).

2004 presidential election

Kenyon college attracted national attention after the 2004 presidential election during which, because of a shortage of voting machines and possibly a large number of new voter registrations,cite news | url= | title=Several Factors Contributed to 'Lost' Voters in Ohio | work="The Washington Post" | publisher= [] | date=2004-12-15 | last=Powell | first=Michael | author2-last=Slevin | author2-first=Peter | accessdate=2008-09-25] some students remained in line for as long as 10 hours to place their votes.cite web | url= | title=Election 2004: A Report Card | last=Wang | first=Tova Andrea | publisher=The Century Foundation | date=2005-01-01 | accessdate=2008-09-25] The incident received attention in mainstream national news outlets such as "The New York Times". [cite news | url= | title=Rain, Lines, and Litigation Slow Smooth Effort in Ohio | work="The New York Times" | date=2004-11-03 | accessdate=2008-09-25 | last=Fessenden | first=Ford |author2-last=Dao | author2-first=James] [cite news | url= | title=She Cast a Ballot, and Won a Vote from her Mother | work="The New York Times" | last=Lombardi | first=Kate Stone | date=2004-11-14 | accessdate=2008-09-25]

In spring 2006, John Kerry delivered the commencement address at Kenyon College, stating that he was "honored" by the students who waited in line during the election. [cite web | url= | title=John Kerry Commencement Address, Kenyon College | publisher= [ Educated Nation higher education blog] | date=2006-05-20 | accessdate=2008-09-25] During the 2008 presidential election campaign, the events at Kenyon in the 2004 election have been remembered and recounted in discussions of voting policy [cite web | url= | title=No One Should Have to Stand in Line for 10 Hours to Vote | work="The New York Times" | last=Cohen | first=Adam | date=2008-08-25 | accessdate=2008-09-25] and predictions the outcome of the 2008 race. [cite web | url= | title=Is Ohio McCain Country? | publisher= [ Pajamas Media] | last=Kaufman | first=Ari J. | date=2008-07-07 | accessdate=2008-09-25]


College presidents

# Philander Chase (1825-1831)
# Charles Pettit McIlvaine (1832-1840)
# David Bates Douglass (1840-1844)
# Samuel Fuller (acting, 1844-1845)
# Sherlock A. Bronson (1845-1850)
# Thomas M. Smith (1850-1854)
# Lorin Andrews (1854-1861)
# Benjamin L. Lang (acting, 1861-1863)
# Charles Short (1863-1867)
# James Kent Stone (1867-1868)
# Eli Todd Tappan (1868-1875)
# Edward C. Benson (acting, 1875-1876)
# William B. Bodine (1876-1891)
# Theodore Sterling (1891-1896)
# William Foster Peirce (1896-1937)
# Gordon Keith Chalmers (1937-1956)
# Frank E. Bailey (acting, 1956-1957)
# F. Edward Lund (1957-1968)
# William G. Caples (1968-1975)
# Philip H. Jordan Jr. (1975-1995)
# Reed S. Browning (acting, 1989)
# Robert A. Oden Jr. (1995-2002)
# Ronald A. Sharp (acting, 2002-2003)
# S. Georgia Nugent (2003-present)

Notable faculty members, past and present

* Virgil Aldrich, Philosophy
* Robert O. Fink, Classics
* P. F. Kluge, English
* Perry Lentz, English
* George E. McCarthy, Sociology
* Franklin Miller Jr., Physics
* John Crowe Ransom, English
* Charles Ritcheson, History
* Richard Salomon, History
* Denham Sutcliffe, English
* Allen Tate, English

Visiting Faculty
* John Kinsella, English
* Claire Messud, English
* Barry Unsworth, English
* James Wood, English

Notable alumni

* Robert Gould Shaw
* Caleb Carr
* E. L. Doctorow
* Rutherford B. Hayes
* Allison Janney
* Robert Lowell
* Paul Newman
* Olof Palme
* Jim Borgman
* Bill Watterson
* Graham Gund
* Edwin M. Stanton


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location= Gambier, Ohio
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Kenyon College is the largest landowner in Gambier, Ohio, a town of about 600 year-round residents.Fact|date=August 2008

Kenyon President Chalmers was a friend of Robert Frost.Fact|date=August 2008

Kenyon College was one of a number of liberal arts colleges to drop from the US News and World Report college rankings in June 2007. Kenyon College President Georgia S. Nugent likened the Report's self-evaluation materials as similar to a customer satisfaction survey from "a Howard Johnson's restaurant." cite news
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title = Some Colleges to Drop Out of U.S. News Rankings
last = Finder
first = Alan
work = New York Times
date = 2007-06-20
accessdate = 2008-08-23
] cite web
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title = Presidents' Letter
publisher = The Education Conservancy
date = 2007-05-10
accessdate = 2008-08-23

Tuition for the 2008-9 academic year was $39,080 per year. The average cost for room and board was $6,590 for the same period.cite web
url =
title = Cost & Financial Aid
work = Kenyon College Admission & Aid
accessdate = 2008-08-23

The Kenyon Athletic Center was built for $70,000,000.00. [ [ 70 million... and counting - News ] ] The funding of that building included donations and gifts from numerous alumni, faculty, and other supporters of Kenyon College.

The city of Kenyon, MN was named in honor of Kenyon College. [ [ City of Kenyon - Welcome to the City of Kenyon...A Great Place to Grow - History ] ]

Kenyon College was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 1975. [ [ National Register Listings for Knox County, Ohio] . Retrieved 2008-09-07.]


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Kenyon Collegian (student newspaper)]
* [ Five Colleges of Ohio]
* [ Great Lakes Colleges Association]
* [ Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion/Association of Episcopal Collge]

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