Alumni Weekend 2013 Recap

CONWAY, Ark. (April 25, 2013) – Alumni Weekend 2013 saw more than 800 Hendrix graduates come back to campus for a wellspring of events, from the Half-Century Club luncheon and Hall of Honor banquet to reunion parties, sports, and theatre.

Here are a few comments from the 2013 Alumni Association Alumni Award winners:

"Hendrix has always been important to me," said Ruth Elizabeth Teague Workman '50, who received the 2013 Hendrix Humanitarian Award. "It has meant so much for my feeling for the church and my faith in God to be a student at Hendrix College."

"Of all the places I've studied, Hendrix affected me most ... Hendrix is a special place and I don't think that there will be a time in my life that will be as meaningful to me as this," said Rev. Diane Wimberley '80, who received the 2012 Hendrix Humanitarian Award.

"It is my pleasure to accept this award on behalf of all the people who serve the college. My relationship with James E. Major makes this award all the more significant. I remember when $5 was $5 – Jim Major asked me to make a pledge to Hendrix College. And I told him I couldn't afford to write a check for $50. He suggested that I have a draft set up for $5 a month and I did. Pretty soon, I'd given Hendrix $50. I am fortunately to have been able to increase the size of that draft over the years, but it all started with Jim Major." Rev. William B. Smith '63 – 2013 James E. Major Service Award

"Hendrix was a struggle for me. I wanted to quit at Christmas break, but my father talked me out of it. The faculty here are what made the difference for me … their encouragement made me want to excel," said Dr. Robert Alexander Sanford '63, who received the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. "It took me years to gain the skills (at neurosurgery), but after a while I got good at it. It has been a long journey, but a great one. I thank Hendrix because what I happened here got me started on the right road."

"Hendrix has been an important part of my life," said Hayes Carll '98, winner of the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. "It's where I met my wife and it's the place where I could find my voice, learn to do what I love and follow my dreams."

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.