Live: Sodexo Forum with President Nugent and Barry Schwartz

Update: If you missed it earlier, the forum can still be viewed by clicking on the link below and choosing the “On Demand” tab, then clicking “Watch” next to the relevant event.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., watch the forum live by clicking here. President Nugent and Barry Schwartz, chair of Kenyon’s board of trustees, will be answering questions from staff, faculty and students in the Bolton Theater.

Not on campus? Tweet your questions to @KenyonCollege. The Thrill will also be live-Tweeting the forum @TheKenyonThrill. Join the conversation with the hashtag #kenyonsodexo.

Nugent “Very Excited” About New Post

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On Wednesday, we told you about President Nugent’s election to the board of the American University of Sharjah and speculated about whether this would provide novel new Nugespotting opportunities. Well, now we know. “The board holds three meetings annually—two in Sharjah and one in London,” wrote Nugent in an email. “I would plan to attend as many meetings as possible, in light of my Kenyon commitments.” So if you’re really lucky, you might see the Nuge trying to provoke a Buckingham Palace guard into smiling and hittin’ the slopes at the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort.

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Where in the World is President Nugent?

Our beloved Nuge is cheating on us with another institution! Well, not exactly, but she has been elected to serve on the board of the American University in Sharjah (AUS). Sharjah is one of the United Arab Emirates (think Dubai’s little sister), and the University offers “the chance to experience authentic American education in the Gulf.”

“Dr. Nugent has experience as a graduate, professor and academic administrator at renowned institutions, and in the light of her current role as Chair of the Board of the Council of Independent Colleges, she is exceedingly qualified to serve on the Board of Trustees of AUS.” — Dr. Peter Heath, Chancellor of AUS

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Kenyon’s New Year’s Resolutions

David McCabe, Mara Pottersmith and David Hoyt contributed reporting for this post.

We’re now 72-ish hours into 2012, and you’ve hopefully settled on the resolutions you are going to keep and which ones you will break by the time spring semester starts.

And you are not alone! The Thrill got in touch with various administration luminaries to find out what they are resolved to do in the new year. We’re going to be updating as we get more in, since ’tis the season for out-of-office replies.

First up — President S. Georgia Nugent:

I’ve been a runner for 30 years, but I’d like to be better this year about getting out there every morning. And of course (isn’t it obvious?) I’d like to improve my dancing.

Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman:

…my goal for 2012 is to focus my attention and energy on positive things and people.

Vice President of Library and Information Services Ron Griggs:

I resolve to think and plan further ahead on a regular basis.
I resolve to read more fiction outside my comfort zone.

Dean of Students Hank Toutain:

I suspect that my response to your question may disappoint … but here it is, developed in the context of years of dismal follow-through on prior-year resolutions: “To forever  stop making New Year’s resolutions!”

Associate Dean of Students Tacci Smith:

I want to make a commitment to get back to the gym — during the end of fall semester that dropped out of my schedule pretty easily, so working out 3-5 times a week is a definite.  Another resolution is to keep my desk clean — I filed a bunch of paper during break and you can actually see my desk, so I want to keep up on that better.  The last one I made was to have better work/home balance in my life and not be checking email until 10 pm at night.

What are your resolutions? Tell us in the comments.