At Kenyon we tend to use a lot of shorthand that can be very confusing to new students. This list is to help you understand some of the “Kenyon Lingo” that you will hear before and during Orientation and to help clear up some confusion regarding all of the similarly named halls on campus.
CA (Community Advisor): An upper-class student who serves as a mentor in your residence hall. Your CA can help with roommate and hall contracts, settle any roommate conflicts, and generally be around to answer your questions. They also plan a bunch of fun events throughout the year in the halls.
CDO (Career Development Office): The Career Development Office provides programs, services and opportunities that allow you to explore how your academic and personal interests may align with your professional opportunities, starting in your very first semester on campus.
CGE/OCS (Center for Global Engagement/Off-Campus Study): The Center for Global Engagement advises about opportunities, evaluates OCS (off-campus study) applications, and maintains contact with students and providers throughout every stage of the OCS process. The CGE also administers two Kenyon programs, prepares students with respect to cultural differences and health and safety, and works with all aspects of Kenyon co-curricular programs taking place off-campus. For international students and scholars, the CGE works on both immigration and cultural issues, provides an orientation, and helps with adjustment to college and life in the United States.
DAs (Diversity Advisors): Diversity advisors are a group of students, faculty and staff who have received training to informally assist with cases of group-based discriminatory harassment. They are passionate about the value of difference in all forms on Kenyon’s campus and about challenging any form of discrimination or oppression based on a person’s race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexuality, nationality, physical/mental ability, religion or socio-economic background.
Faculty Advisor: A faculty advisor is a professor who will advise you during and after orientation. They will help you with building a schedule and answer questions regarding class registration. You will be matched with an advisor based on the information that you provide on your Personal Data Form.
Gund Ballroom: Programming space located in Gund Commons next to the Office of Student Engagement.
Gund Commons: An administrative and programming space home to the Gund Game Room; the Gund Ballroom; Housing & Residential Life; the Office of Student Engagement; the Orientation Office; Student Affairs; Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Career Development Office.
Gund Gallery: Kenyon’s on-campus art gallery. Located between the library and Cromwell Cottage right off of Middle Path.
Gund Game Room: Hang-out/study/lounge space with a ping pong, pool and foosball tables. Located in Gund Commons across from the Office of Student Engagement.
Gund Residence Hall: A residence hall for first-year students located at the back of the First-Year Quad between Lewis and Norton halls.
Mather Hall: A residence hall filled with primarily first- and second-year students located on north campus.
ODEI (Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion): The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion supports programming to educate the campus community about various cultures and social justice issues. Typical programs include Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Awareness Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and LGBTQ Awareness Month. The ODEI often partners with Kenyon faculty, Snowden Multicultural Center, Unity House and other cultural student organizations in the planning of events.
OL (Orientation Leader): An upper-class student who will serve as your orientation guide as well as a support throughout your first semester. They will assist you with meeting your faculty advisor, help you build a schedule, check-in with you throughout orientation, and help you register for classes. You are matched with your OLs based on the information you provide on your Personal Data Form.
PCs (Peer Counselors): A small group of Kenyon students working with Kenyon’s Counseling Center to help promote mental health and well-being within the student body. The role of the Peer Counselors is to open pathways to existing resources, develop student-led discussion groups, and empower the student body through mental health education. The PCs also serve as a confidential resource for students.
Registrar: The Office of the Registrar takes care of everything from transcript requests to class scheduling to grade reports. They oversee the planning of the academic calendar and assist students with all types of enrollment needs.
Reslife (Office of Residential Life): The ResLife Office oversees all housing and roommate assignments for new students, the housing lottery for upper-class students, and coordinates all residential life and needs on-campus.
Sam Mather or S.Mather Hall: An academic building located in the science quad right off of Middle Path.
Student Engagement: The Office of Student Engagement is a one-stop shop for all of your extracurricular needs. Want to join a student organization, then head to the activities fair. Looking to start a new student organization, then swing by the office to find out how. The Office of Student Engagement staff and interns are here to help you find your extracurricular fit at Kenyon.
SMAs (Sexual Misconduct Advisors): A group of students and staff who promote an environment of respectful and consensual sexual relationships at Kenyon. They are trained to respond to anyone who experiences a form of sexual misconduct in a confidential, knowledgeable and caring way. The SMA's are available to listen to allegations, provide information regarding policy and options, link students to appropriate resources if desired and most importantly provide support.