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About the Association

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About the Board of Directors

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About the Association

 

The Kenyon Collegian Alumni Association is dedicated to fostering fellowship among former staff members of The Kenyon Collegian, the student newspaper of Kenyon College and community weekly for Gambier, Ohio; connecting with current student journalists at the Collegian and supporting the ongoing work of the newspaper.

 

Whether someone was an editor-in-chief or took a single photo, all former contributors to the Collegian are welcome to become voting members of the Association. We also invite anyone who would like to support journalism at Kenyon to participate in our activities. There is no cost to join the Association, and there are no dues. If you would like to become involved, please write us at collegian.alumni.association@gmail.com.

 

One of our priorities is support for the P.F. Kluge Collegian Fund, which raises money for journalism internships and special Collegian projects. You can read more about the Kluge Fund here.

 

Our charter, which governs the Association, and our past newsletters can all be found here.

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About this site

 

This is the online home of the Kenyon Collegian Alumni Association, and it is our chief means of communication. Among the offerings on this site:

 

E-mail updates

We encourage everyone to sign up for e-mail updates whenever a new item is posted. This will ensure that all members know of all Association affairs, job listings and other news. You can subscribe for this service at right.

 

Job and internship banks

We invite all alumni in communications fields to send us any job or internship openings that could be of interest to either current students or other alumni. Anyone looking for an opening can then click the “Internships” or “Jobs” links at right and read the archived posts.

 

Minutes and reports

All Association minutes and reports will be posted here, and can be found in the “Minutes and reports” link at right.

 

Alumni news and discussion

Members with personal or communications-related news are invited to let us know, and we’ll post it. Likewise, we’ll post any thoughtful discussion topics related to journalism and communications. Archives of these posts can be found with the “Alumni news” and “Discussions” links at right.

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About the Board of Directors

 

The Association is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of six elected voting members and two unelected ex-officio members. The Board was elected at the start of 2008 and will serve a two-year term.

 

Todd Holzman ’80, Chair

Todd Holzman graduated from Kenyon with a B.A. in English. He worked on the Collegian during each of his four years in Gambier, covering football, basketball and other sports, writing a sports column (called “Hindsight”) and, later, editorials. He served as managing editor of the paper for two years. In the quarter-century that followed, he served as a reporter for The Miami Herald and other newspapers and worked for United Press International. In 1987 he moved from Florida to Washington, D.C., where he edited a pair of weekly papers before spending time at Knight-Ridder Business News, States News Service and ABC Radio News. Since 2000, he has worked at National Public Radio, where his current title is supervising senior editor in charge of digital news. In that role he has helped shape the growth of the Web site NPR.org. He has assumed a special interest in NPR’s internship and mentoring programs. He lives in Arlington, Va.

 

Robbie Ketcham ’04, Treasurer

Robbie Ketcham holds degrees from Kenyon in English and history and a minor in religion, as well as a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. His work for the Collegian included being a reporter, copy editor, news editor and editor-in-chief for three semesters, from spring 2003 through spring 2004. He has also worked or interned at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record and the Columbia Missourian. He is currently a designer and graphics journalist for The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., though he has been accepted into the M.Div. program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.) beginning in the fall of 2008.

 

Renee Peck ’75

Renee Peck graduated in 1975 with a degree in English. During her years at Kenyon she worked on the production side of the Collegian, while her husband, Stewart ’74, covered sports. They have lived in New Orleans for 32 years, where she works at the local paper. In the journalism arena, she has edited, coached reporters, assigned stories, overseen production, interviewed people both grand (from Britney Spears to Arnold Schwarzenegger) and small, as well as written thousands of features on subjects so wide-ranging it defies brief description. But nothing prepared her for the challenges of covering the manmade destruction of New Orleans after Katrina, of writing about the myriad stories of courage, despair, disaster, renewal, hope and, most of all, persistence that fall daily in her path. She started a weekly column in January 2006 about rebuilding their lives after the storm that has won New Orleans Press and Louisiana/Mississippi AP awards. But mostly what she has learned has been that, in covering issues and lives, journalists have a unique opportunity to explain and improve our worlds. That particular journey, for her, began at Kenyon.

 

Steve Lannen ’97

During his Collegian years, Steve Lannen worked as a reporter, arts and entertainment editor and news editor. In his senior year, he was a co-editor-in-chief with the very capable Gianna Maio and talented J.E. Luebering. In addition to contributing to editorials and writing occasional news stories in his final year, he also helped usher in the use of a college newswire and gave the go-ahead for the development of today’s Web site. One of the guys who actually designed the Collegian Web site now works for Google and makes much more money than Lannen does. That’s because Lannen is a reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. He writes about diverse topics such as criminal justice, immigration policy and bourbon. He would rather give what little money he does have to the Collegian directly instead of to another capital campaign.

 

Tracy Miller ’02

While at Kenyon, Tracy Miller held a variety of positions on the newspaper, including editor-in-chief in 2001-2002. After graduating in 2002 with a degree in English, Miller relocated to New York to pursue a career as an editor and stumbled quite accidentally into the field of online media. Her first “real” job in the field was at AOL, writing and producing travel and entertainment features for AOL CityGuide. She is currently a senior online editor at the New York Daily News, where she participates in the process of integrating digital media with the daily news cycle. In fall 2008, Miller hopes to begin a master’s degree program in media and cultural studies, with an emphasis on the Internet and digital media. A native of Columbus, Ohio, she now resides in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Adam Sapp ’02

During three of his four years at Kenyon, Adam Sapp worked on the Collegian staff in various positions, including A&E reporter and news editor. After receiving his B.A. in history, he worked as a general assignment reporter for a newspaper in northern Ohio, The Ashland Times Gazette. He then turned down graduate school in urban planning at the University of Portland to pursue work at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. He is currently the assistant dean of admission and financial aid at Claremont McKenna College, where he oversees both Web-based and print-based office publications. In September, he published an eight-page article on Kenyon in the 2008 Barron’s Guide to Highly Selective Colleges. He also served as co-chair of the 5-year Reunion Committee for the Class of 2002, overseeing the fundraising of $28,000 for the Kenyon Annual Fund. He serves on the board of the Los Angeles Alumni Committee, where he recently coordinated a gallery walk of former Kenyon College Provost Greg Spaid’s work at the Getty Museum in west Los Angeles.

 

P.F. Kluge ’64, ex-officio, Collegian advisor

Born in New Jersey, P.F. Kluge attended Kenyon and the University of Chicago, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps (in Micronesia). He has worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and as an editor at Life magazine. He has written for numerous publications, including Playboy, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, and is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. As writer-in-residence at Kenyon, Kluge specializes in the reading and writing of American literature. He is a reporter, a writer and a teacher.

 

Leslie Parsons ’09, ex-officio, Collegian editor-in-chief

Leslie Parsons is the Collegian editor-in-chief for 2008-09, a position she began in spring 2008.

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About Board committees

 

The Board of Directors has the authority to appoint committees to carry out certain functions. Any member is eligible to serve on any committee, and anyone interested in serving is welcome to let us know at collegian.alumni.association@gmail.com.

 

Finance Committee

Robbie Ketcham ’04, Treasurer and chair

Todd Holzman ‘80

Adam Sapp ‘02

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Contact us

 

Collegian Alumni Association

P.O. Box 707

Gambier, OH 43022

E-mail: collegian.alumni.association@gmail.com

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