Friday Feature with Hamilton's Kena Gilmour

Kena Gilmour, Hamilton

The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Hamilton's Kena Gilmour, a men's basketball student-athlete.

Kena Gilmour, Hamilton Kena Gilmour, Hamilton College
Junior, Men's Basketball
New Paltz, N.Y./The Kent School
Major: Government
Minor: Women and Gender Studies

Why did you choose to attend Hamilton?
I felt comfortable at Hamilton not only as an athlete and student but as a member of a community.

Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I wanted to be able to compete at a high level athletically, without sacrificing my academic experience and goals.

What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Beating York (Pa.) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season has been the greatest part so far.

What are three top things on your bucket list?
1. Visit Somalia with my mother
2. Write a book
3. Win a National Championship

What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
I took a history class my first year at Hamilton called “African American History from 1877 to the Present.” This course gave me a new perspective on history I thought I was well versed in.

Who is your favorite professor? Why?
My favorite professor is Professor Adair of the Women and Gender Studies Department. She has the ability to challenge our preconceived notions, and always brings a positive, determined, and genuine energy to the classroom.

What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
I had an internship with Statler Nagle, a marketing firm based out of Washington, D.C. I learned how and why large corporations collaborate in order to advertise more effectively.

What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
The most interesting part so far has been learning the prolonged impact of colonialism, and how it continues to corrode some African governments.

What is the best gift you have ever received or gave? Why?
My first basketball, given to me by my father when I was five years old.

What is something interesting about you that others might not know?
I like to paint and draw in my free time.