In this feature, The Thrill will showcase a typical day of a member of the Kenyon Community: student, faculty, or staff. If you have nominations for people to be showcased, please share them in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A smiling Darryl on the job.
The Admissions Office is a strange sort of limbo at Kenyon. It was probably your introduction to the school, but following admission, many students never step foot in Ransom Hall again. That doesn’t mean, however, that Admissions isn’t constantly bustling with activity. And who holds the reigns? Interim Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Darryl Uy. From Ransom to Twitter, here is April 15, 2015 in the life of Darryl Uy.
4:38 am — Woken up by our dogs because they need to go out to do their business. Fall asleep on the couch.
6:47 am — Wake up because our dogs are hungry. Feed the cats, too.
7:50 am — Meet the new VP of Student Affairs Meredith Harper Bonham ’92 at the Kenyon Inn for breakfast.
8:55 am — Wiggin Street to grab a little Heaven in a Cup (a tall hot chocolate made with white chocolate).
9:03 am — Touch base with several folks in the office about a transfers, hiring, and a student’s travel plans for our upcoming admitted students program.
10:06 am — Say hi to an admitted student from Oregon and surprise him with a gift — a book of his choice, either John Green’s Paper Towns, Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, or Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children (he chose Miss Peregrine’s).
10:23 am — Answer a phone call from the college counselor (who was my former Latin teacher) at my old high school in New Jersey. He invites me to speak at a college program later this spring, which I unfortunately will not be able to do.
10:54 am — Meet with Kathy Lake in the President’s Office to discuss final details for my session with the Board of Trustees next week.
11:03 am — Sign thank you cards for next week’s Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day.
12:22 pm — Head home for lunch and to let the dogs out.
Darryl’s pets. Back row (from left to right): Zoca (Knox County Pound mutt), and Jasper (Brittany Spaniel). Front row: Tubbs, Stubbs, Kako (chocolate lab mix).
1:35 pm — Talk to a candidate and answer questions about the job openings in the office for next year.
1:44 pm — Sign transfer admit letters and assemble admit packets.
2:24 pm — Walk transfer admit packets to the post office.
2:40 pm — Answer some emails from wait listed students, job candidates, parents appealing for a merit scholarship.
3:45 pm — Review candidate materials for the four job openings in the office.
5:22 pm — Head home to let dogs out and feed cats.
5:50pm — Continue reading candidate applications.
6:01 pm — Breathe a sigh of relief as transfer decisions are released online.
6:30 pm — Dinner (leftover Thai food from Royal Thai in Heath, OH)
7:30 pm — Catch the last half of our twitter chat with admitted students about diversity at Kenyon. #KenyonDiversity
8:00 pm — More emails and more candidate applications.
9:00 pm — Confirm with the dad of a current first-year student that he’ll be staying at our place this weekend (since all the nearby hotels are booked with families coming for our admitted student program on Sunday).
9:05 pm — More emails and more candidate applications.
12:15 am — Head to bed.