Kenyon News Digest, December 15, 2010

Franzen at Kenyon
Novelist Jonathan Franzen will deliver the address at the 183rd Commencement on May 21, 2011.

Dark Comedy a Winner
Playwright-in-Residence Wendy MacLeod '81 takes Los Angeles audience-choice award for Undescended.

Environmental Research Boost
Associate Professor of Biology Wade Powell won a $286,792 federal grant for research with students into environmental toxicology.

Discover Dance
Faculty and student choreographers brought diverse new works to the Kenyon stage for the Fall Dance Concert.

Before Calvin and Hobbes . . .There was Kenyon
The online buzz among fans of Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson '80 soared last week when a number of Watterson's early works from the Kenyon Collegian and Reveille, the campus yearbook, appeared online. References to the artwork appeared throughout the week on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

Hillenbrand on Today
Laura Hillenbrand 1989 H'03 was featured on the Today Show to discuss her new book, Unbroken, released on November 16. Watch the video.

Notable Books
American Subversive, a novel by David Goodwillie '94, made the 100 Notable Books of 2010 list in the New York Times. Kenyon students had a chance to meet Goodwillie last spring when he returned to campus to talk about his work.

The '80s Are Back! On Facebook
Join the fastest growing Kenyon group on Facebook: The Kenyon 1980s — 500 Challenge. Over 1,200 members and counting. If you attended Kenyon College at anytime during the 1980s, you are cordially invited to join us! Reconnect with old friends and connect with new ones. Share your memories, view and upload old pictures, listen to some great '80s music, cast your vote in a poll or two.

New Year's Resolution: Stay in Touch!
This year, resolve to stay in touch with Kenyon. Use the online directory to update your contact information, look up former classmates, or volunteer for the Kenyon Career Network. And don't forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter.

College Ramps Up Security
Alarm raised over threats made against Kenyon students by a Gambier resident has eased as law enforcement authorities and the College took steps to safeguard the community.

Support Kenyon: Meet the Challenge
Have you made your gift to the Kenyon Fund? A new $1 million Trustee Challenge fund will match each new dollar donated to the Kenyon Fund and Kenyon Parents Fund with a dollar for financial aid for current students. A "new dollar" is any new amount over the previous year's contribution. Please show your support and make an online gift at If you haven't given yet this calendar year, you might wish to do so soon.

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