By Jessica Waters
College is often the place we are told we will meet our forever love. While I originally thought this couldn’t be the case, I came across a love story set on UK’s campus that completely changed my mind.
As an undergraduate, Gammon Fain served as the Chief of Staff of the UK Student Government Association, was a member of Beta Theta Pi’s Executive Board, served as a university tour guide, was the Overall Leadership Director of the Visitor Center, and spent a year on the Integrated Strategic Communication competition team.
Libby Langlois served as the President of Student Activities Board, was a member of Chi Omega, and was on the ISC National Student Advertising Competition Team, just like Gammon.
With SGA and SAB sharing an office, Gammon and Libby knew each other in passing but had not formally met until SGA President, Ben Childress, asked Gammon to fill in for him at a meeting last summer. While at the meeting, Gammon was impressed by Libby’s intelligence and provided little input, as he felt “she had it all under control.”
As Gammon came to find out, Libby told her SAB advisor afterwards that although she didn’t know the “Gammon guy,” that he wouldn’t be attending anymore administrative meetings.
Normally that would be the end of the story, but as fate would have it, these two had a second chance at love.
With the fall leaves came nominations for the 2017 Homecoming Court. Both Gammon and Libby were nominated and ended up being randomly paired for the Homecoming Festivities. They spent a lot of time together as a result of the many events leading up to Homecoming, and that is where their friendship began.
It came as no surprise when Gammon invited Libby to Big Blue Madness a couple of weeks after homecoming. After BBM, the two stayed in touch but got caught up in the whirlwind of fall semester. When they returned for the spring term, they found themselves on the ISC Competition Team and as they spent more time together, their friendship began to grow. Like any good love story would predict, walking to classes together turned into getting coffee together and as the spring semester came to an end, they knew they didn’t want to spend the summer apart.
Gammon is currently a first-year student in the University of Kentucky Law program and plans to graduate in May 2021. Libby, a second-year University Scholar, will graduate in May 2019 with her Master’s in Strategic and Organizational Communication and continues to be involved with the university as a Graduate Assistant and advisor for the Homecoming Coalition.
“One of the things that really holds our relationship together is our shared love for the University of Kentucky, and Homecoming really was the perfect setting to showcase this,” said Gammon. They feel lucky that the University of Kentucky brought them together in such a way.
With another year comes another Homecoming celebration for the University of Kentucky. While many things change from year to year, Homecoming will always hold a special place in the hearts of this couple.
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Jessica Waters is a communications intern at the UK Alumni Association. She is a senior majoring in Integrated Strategic Communications and a first year graduate student in the UK University Scholars Program.