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20 Questions with Director of Campus Activities Kendrick Durham

August 8, 2013        
Kendrick Durham

1. Position at Centre?
Director of Campus Activities

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Liberty, Ky., home of the world's largest apple pie.

3. What are your hobbies?
Lately I have been spending a lot of time rehabbing my old pickup truck, but I also enjoy music and spending recreational time with my family.

4. What is your dream vacation?
For our honeymoon, my wife and I took a Disney Land and Sea vacation. I really enjoyed that and would like to do it again. Beyond that, I am just waiting for the moon tours to begin.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
With apologies to art connoisseurs, I really enjoy Norman Rockwell's work.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
This is a tough one. "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley or Frost's "The Road Not Taken" would be my two favorite poems. My favorite novel would be Great Expectations or any of the Sherlock Holmes novels or short stories.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Cycling. I love July when I can go out for a long ride then come home and watch the Tour De France on television.

8. Favorite TV show?
The Office

9. Favorite album?
Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster

10. Favorite holiday?

11. Favorite food?
Real Southern Barbeque

12. Most prized possession?
My health more than anything, if one can possess health. The older I get the less material possessions seem to matter.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you'd invite to the same dinner party?
Three innovators: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Bill Gates. If my table had an extra seat I would also like to invite Teddy Roosevelt.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I enjoy so many things about my job, but my favorite aspect is probably watching students through their college progression and knowing that I had a hand in their transition to adulthood and self-reliance.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Mostly just making my own fun. I grew up in a rural area, so there wasn't a lot to do.

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
Working at another institution in a similar position.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Internships. I learned both what I wanted to do and what I didn't want to do for a living, along with some valuable life skills, while earning class credit. Those experiences potentially shaved years of meandering and unfulfilling work off of my post-college existence.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you'd love to spend a day?

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Campus Center is like my second home, both in terms of time spent there and amount of energy spent maintaining, so it wins by default.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Focus on academics, of course, but realize that employers are looking for experience. Your out-of-class involvement will contribute to who you will become and what you will do for a living as much as your ability to solve complex equations or recall the Emperors of the Ming Dynasty.

Centre College, founded in 1819, offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by the nation's premier study abroad program and a faculty ranked #5 in the nation for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" at a liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report. Centre graduates enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad (Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright), and rewarding jobs (on average, 97 percent are employed or in advanced study within 10 months of graduation).

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