- Published: Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:28
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By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - Kenyon College hosted a reception for community leaders Tuesday evening at Mount Vernon Country Club. Kenyon President Sean Decatur shared information about the new school year on campus and activities the college has planned in the Mount Vernon community.
The College welcomed 492 first year students and 13 transfer students this year, one of the largest classes the institution has every had. They received over 7,000 admission applications.
Decatur reported there are 20 Knox County students studying at Kenyon this year from Mount Vernon, Danville and East Knox high schools. Decatur said, "those are numbers we would like to see increase." When asked about the cost for students to attend Kenyon, which their website lists as $ 61,100 per year, Decatur said available financial aid reduces the "sticker price" to a point where tuition and fees are comparable to those of some state institutions.
Decatur said Kenyon is excited to be kicking off work at the Buckeye Candy Building in downtown Mount Vernon with construction to begin in November. SpiSpot, the science playspace initiative for children, will be housed there. It will also house Kenyon's film program, including a studio and editing facilities. Kenyon students will produce their own films. There will also be programming to connect Kenyon students, faculty and staff to local high school students in filmmaking efforts.
The building will also house the Center for Community Engagement which will be led by Jennifer Odenweller, former Executive Director of the United Way of Knox County. Kenyon is kicking it off with a grant from the Mellon Foundation to connect students to the surrounding community to strengthen collaboration and provide new and different types of learning oppportunities.
When I think about the challeges of liberal arts education today, one of the big ones is making a case to the broader world, the broader society.
Decatur said, "I'm a believer that a liberal arts education is really the cornerstone of success in the business world.. the arts.. and the sciences. It's also fundamentally, a cornerstone for developing students who go on to become good citizens, good stewards of their community and making a diffference in the world around them."
The Center is a place for students to connect the work they do in the classrooom to real world situations but also an opportunity to engage directly in partnerships and projects that can have an impact on the surrounding community.
The Buckeye Candy building will be on on board next fall to facilitate partnerships.