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Kenyon College

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Motto Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine
Established 1824
Type liberal arts college
Endowment $164,597,000
President S. Georgia Nugent
Staff 168
Undergraduates 1,640
Postgraduates 0
Location Gambier, OH, USA
Campus Rural, 1,000 acres (4 km²) including a 380 acre (1.5 km²) nature preserve
Athletics 22 varsity teams, 52 national championships (28 Men's Swimming, 21 Women's Swimming, 3 Women's Tennis)
Colors Purple and White
Mascot Lords (men's teams) and Ladies (women's teams)
Website www.kenyon.edu

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. The campus is noted for its Collegiate Gothic architecture and rustic setting. Although it has suffered two serious fires (after which it was rebuilt), Old Kenyon Hall (1827) is believed to be the oldest Gothic revival building in the Americas. The 2005 Princeton Review and Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 both ranked Kenyon's admissions as "most selective" and 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. Kenyon College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 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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. [1][2] Baron Kenyon is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain. ... Admiral John James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier RN (13 October 1756 New Providence, Bahamas – 19 April 1833 Iver, England), English admiral, was born in the Bahamas, while his father John Gambier was Lieutenant Governor of the Bahamas. ... Hannah More (February 2, 1745 - September 7, 1833) was an English religious writer and philanthropist. ... Worthington is a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. ... Knox County is a county located in the state of Ohio. ... Mount Vernon is a city located in Knox County, Ohio. ...


Academics

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. John Crowe Ransom (April 30, 1888, Pulaski, Tennessee- July 3, 1974, Gambier, Ohio) was an American poet, essayist, social and political theorist, man of letters, and academic. ... The Kenyon Review is an American literary journal based in Gambier, Ohio, and established in 1939. ...


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.


One can obtain a minor in most of these departments. 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.


Athletics

Kenyon's sports teams 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 2007, a NCAA record 28 consecutive national championships. The women's swimming team is also considered among the best, winning 21 titles of its own (not consecutively) since 1984. Swim Coach Jim Steen has coached the most conference titles in any sport in NCAA history. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Jim (James) Steen is the head coach of the mens and womens swim team at Kenyon College. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...


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


Traditions

As Ohio's first private college, Kenyon takes pride in some traditions held more than 180 years. 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 renowned 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.

Philander Chase was the founder and first president of Bexley Hall and Kenyon College, and later became Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
Philander Chase was the founder and first president of Bexley Hall and Kenyon College, and later became Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

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Student organizations

Media

  • 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)[3]
  • Kenyon Collegian (student newspaper)[4]
  • 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.[5]

Robert Lowell (March 1, 1917–September 12, 1977), born Robert Traill Spence Lowell, IV, was a highly regarded mid-twentieth-century American poet. ... There have been several people named James Wright. ... Laura Hillenbrand (born 1967) is the author of the acclaimed Seabiscuit: An American Legend, a non-fiction account of the career of the great racehorse Seabiscuit, for which she won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001. ... The Kenyon Review is an American literary journal based in Gambier, Ohio, and established in 1939. ... The Kenyon Observer is the undergraduate political journal of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. ... The Voice could be: In music: A common nickname for Frank Sinatra, Garth Brooks, Steve Perry, Jackson Browne, Whitney Houston[1], and Russell Watson The Voice, a Neo-Nazi heavy metal band The Voice, a Bobby McFerrin album The Voice (Vusi Mahlasela album) The Voice, a Russell Watson album The... The Kenyon Collegian is the official student newspaper of Kenyon College. ...

Non-Varsity Sports

  • Kenyon College Ice Hockey
  • Kenyon College Men's Rugby
  • Kenyon College Ultimate Frisbee (founded in 1976)

Arts

  • The Kenyon College Kokosingers are Kenyon's premiere all male a cappella group. Founded in 1965, the Kokosingers are the second oldest student-run singing group on campus. The group performs a wide range of music from various artists. The Kokosingers or "Kokes" tour over winter break and perform major concerts twice a year on campus.
  • The Kenyon College Chasers, are the premiere co-ed collegiate a cappella group from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Founded in 1964, the group is the oldest a cappella singing group at the college. The 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.
  • Renegade Theatre Founded in 2002, Renegade Theatre 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.
  • 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.[6]
  • Beyond Therapy Sketch comedy group. Founded in 1994, the group puts up two shows each year.

A grassroots, nonprofit theatre in New Orleans, LA. The company was founded in December of 2005 by Andrew Kingsley and Andrew Vaught for the purpose of instigating action toward social and economic justice in the South. ... New Orleans (French: Nouvelle-Orléans) is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ...

Notable alumni

Main article: Notable Kenyon Alumni

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Notable faculty members, past and present

Visiting Faculty Virgil C. Aldrich (1903, India-May 28, 1998, Salt Lake City, Utah) was an American philosopher of art, language, and religion. ... Robert Orwill Fink (b. ... P.F. Kluge is a novelist living in Gambier, Ohio. ... Perry Carlton Lentz, (born Anniston, Alabama, 27 March 1943) is a teacher, an author, and professor of English language and literature at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. ... John Crowe Ransom (April 30, 1888, Pulaski, Tennessee- July 3, 1974, Gambier, Ohio) was an American poet, essayist, social and political theorist, man of letters, and academic. ... Charles Ray Ritcheson (born 26 February 1926 in Maysville, Oklahoma) is an American diplomat, university administrator, and scholar of Anglo-American relations in the period 1760-1815. ... Richard Georg Salomon (born on 22 April 1884 in Berlin, Germany - died at Mount Vernon, Ohio in February 1966), was an historian of eastern European medieval history and historian of the Episcopal Church in the United States, who taught at the University of Hamburg in Germany and at Kenyon College... W. Denham Sutcliffe (born in Bristol, Pennsylvania in 1913 - died in Gambier, Ohio on 29 February 1964) was an American author, editor, and professor of English who spent most of his professional life at Kenyon College. ... John Orley Allen Tate (November 19, 1899 - February 9, 1979) was an American poet, essayist, and social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 1943 - 1944. ...

John Kinsella (born February 2, 1963) is an Australian poet, novelist, critic, essayist and editor. ... Claire Messud (born 1966) is an American novelist. ... Barry Unsworth (born 1930) is a British novelist who is known for novels with historical themes. ... James Wood (born 1965 in Durham, United Kingdom) is a literary critic and novelist. ...

Trivia

Kenyon College is the largest landowner in Gambier, Ohio, a town of about 600 year-round residents. Gambier is a village located in Knox County, Ohio. ...


Kenyon President Chalmers was a friend of Robert Frost. Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. ...


Kenyon College was one of a number of liberal arts colleges to drop from the US News and World Report college rankings in June of 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. [1] " U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... The current logo for Howard Johnsons motor lodges. ...


The current tuition cost of Kenyon College is $38,140.00 per year. Room and Board is $6,250.00 per year.


The Kenyon Athletic Center was built for $75,000,000.00. The funding of that building was donated by one anonymous donor.


References

External links

  1. Kenyon College: http://www.kenyon.edu
  2. Kenyon College Profile: http://ir.kenyon.edu/profile.php
  3. Kenyon Collegian (student newspaper): http://www.kenyoncollegian.com
  4. Five Colleges of Ohio: http://www.ohio5.org
  5. Great Lakes Colleges Association: http://www.glca.org
  6. Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion/Association of Episcopal Colleges: http://www.cuac.org/53810_43981_ENG_HTM.htm?menupage=53912
  7. Kenyon Ice Hockey: http://www2.kenyon.edu/orgs/Icehockey/welcome.htm
  8. Kenyon College Dance and Drama: http://kcdc.kenyon.edu

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