Hendrix Students to Spend Winter Break in Service

CONWAY, Ark. (November 13, 2013) – Twelve Hendrix students will spend part of their winter break (January 11-18, 2014) in service in the Dominican Republic.

The mission trip is sponsored by the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling at Hendrix.  

The participating students include:

  • Chloe Brown, a junior from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Bethany Cartwright, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Abby Condit, a sophomore from Tupelo, Miss.
  • Emily Deer, a senior from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jake Higgins, a sophomore from Greenwood, Ark.
  • Hunter Lawler, a sophomore from Shreveport, La.
  • Anna McCorquodale, a sophomore from Austin, Texas
  • Michael McMurray, a sophomore from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Justin Murdock, a sophomore from Conway, Ark.
  • Farai Musariri, a sophomore from Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Leaetta Odglen, a freshman from Newport, Ark.
  • Emily Williams, a senior from Rome, Ga.

The students will be accompanied by Rev. J. Wayne Clark and Brent Owens, assistant director of student activities.

The group will work with the Rivers of the World organization. They will also help with installing a water purification system and building a school or church for a Batey Community, a rural community that develops around the sugarcane industry.  They will also help with the construction of the third floor of El Buen Samaritano Hospital in La Romana and help build the Dominican version of a Habitat house. 

“I am excited about leading a group of Hendrix students to do service work in the Dominican Republic. The selection process for the mission trip teams is very competitive and comprehensive. We had over 100 students apply for 30 spots,” said Clark. “While we turn down several good students, we end up with a wonderful and diverse group of students who have a heart to serve, learn from others and learn more about their vocation.”

“While in the Dominican Republic, we will help with construction work on houses and churches,” Clark added. “We will also be working with a water purification system to bring healthier water to the community.”  

Established in 2008, the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling provides resources and programming for Hendrix College students, faculty and staff to explore the work and life to which they are called, the vocation that will fulfill. For more information, visit http://www.hendrix.edu/millercenter/.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth 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 latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.