The Best of 2013 at Hendrix

CONWAY, Ark. (December 16, 2013) – Another semester is (nearly) in the books at Hendrix. From national recognition to new leadership, great things happened at Hendrix this fall.

Here are some of the milestones from fall 2013:

On a Roll

Hendrix was recognized nationally as one of the country’s top “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges for the sixth consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report, whose annual college guide was published today. Hendrix is listed at #2 among national liberal arts colleges that have recently made promising and innovative changes in the areas of academic life, faculty, student life, campus and facilities. The 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges guide also lists Hendrix as #11 in an elite group of liberal arts colleges that demonstrate “A Strong Commitment to Teaching.” 

Enrollment Up 

Hendrix welcomed a record class of 457 new students to campus this fall. Last year’s new student enrollment was 383 students. The new student class represents 32 states and 11 countries, including Bahamas, China, France, Germany, Guatemala, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The record new student class and strong freshman-to-sophomore retention led to increased enrollment. Enrollment for the 2013-2014 academic year is 1,432 students, up three percent from 1,388 students last year. This year’s freshman-to-sophomore retention rate is nearly 88 percent.

Get Engaged

A new student course called The Engaged Citizen (TEC) debuted this fall. TEC replaces Journeys, an incoming freshmen course that was taught for a decade. Developed by Hendrix faculty from across disciplines to focus on a topic that relates in some way to being an engaged citizen, TEC is taught by dyads, or pairs of two professors, to approach their shared theme from their particular disciplinary perspective. Some of the TEC topics offered this year include spirituality and the creative arts; poverty; the art of subversion; sex and gender; origins and ethics; images of politics, power and civil society; engagement, happiness, and the good life; and ethics, story, and social transformation.

Touchdown

Outside of the classroom, the Hendrix College football team resumed play opened its first season in 53 years with a last-second 46-44 win over Westminster College in front of a raucous home crowd of nearly 3,000 fans. Trailing by one, freshman kicker Steve Crenshaw booted a 25-yard field goal through the uprights with one second remaining.

Salute

Hendrix dedicated the new Young-Wise Memorial Stadium and Plaza  on Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Warriors took on fellow NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association conference member Rhodes College. Completed this fall, Young-Wise Memorial Stadium and Plaza is named for Hendrix alumni Robert Young, who was killed in World War I, and Benjamin and Jeremy Wise, who were killed during separate actions in Afghanistan. For the memorial plaza in front of the stadium, Hendrix commissioned public artwork to honor the sacrifice of all Hendrix alumni who have given their lives in service to their country. The artwork incorporates the Hendrix Veterans’ Memorial statue of a World War I doughboy soldier and two new large bronze negative silhouettes of military helmets.

Hail to the Chief

This fall, the Hendrix College Board of Trustees announced that Dr. William M. Tsutsui will become the 11th President of Hendrix beginning June 2014. Dr. Tsutsui comes to Hendrix from Southern Methodist University where he led Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the largest of SMU’s seven colleges and schools, as Dean and Professor of History. 

Follow Dr. Tsutsui’s transition to Hendrix on his blog

Amazing Odysseys

From salamanders to soccer and medicine to masks, Hendrix students and faculty will travel the world serving others, conducting research, and exploring their interests, thanks to $67,738.25 in Odyssey grants awarded  to 21 faculty and student projects in the October 2013 Odyssey grant cycle. The grand total for funding since the Odyssey Program’s inception in 2005 is $2.485 million. 

Before classes started this fall, eight Hendrix students spent two and a half weeks in Vietnam to get a general sense of contemporary Vietnam and 18 students studied marine biology in Belize

Look for more great engaged learning examples from these six faculty members who were recently named Odyssey Professors.

Awesome Alumni

Hendrix alumni continued to represent their alma mater well. For example, recent graduate Megan Andrews of Bowling Green, Ohio, was recently named City Year Corps Member of the Year Wendy Anderson, a 1993 graduate and 2011 recipient of the Hendrix Odyssey Medal for Global Awareness, was recently hired by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to be his deputy chief of staff.  The College honored three outstanding graduates at Founders Day 2013, presenting Odyssey Medals to Liz Langston '84 for Artistic Creativity, Charles H. "Chuck" Chalfant '81 for Professional and Leadership Development, and Derek Lowe for Research. 

Top Profs

Hendrix faculty members are nationally recognized leaders in their disciplines and devoted to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. They are committed to ongoing professional development and are prolific artistic performers, published scholars and in-demand invited guests and presenters at local, state, national and international conferences and professional meetings.

Here are just a few recent examples of Hendrix faculty in the news – Biology professor Dr. Andrew Schurko recently received a $200,000 research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), and English professor Dr. Dorian Stuber was recently selected to take part in the Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in January.

Politics and international relations professor Dr. Daniel Whelan was selected to participate in the Kanderstag Seminar sponsored by the Remarque Institute at New York University this spring in Switzerland. 

Economics professor Dr. Tom Stanley recently gave an invited talk at the Harvard Faculty Club as part of a workshop on the inclusion of quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (World Health Organization) and the Cochrane Collaboration. 

Super Students

The academic year is only halfway complete, and Hendrix students are already bringing home honors for their achievements. Here are just a couple of recent examples from this fall:

Austin Wofford, a junior biology major from Alma, Ark., was awarded a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.The SURF award will support Wofford’s travel to Mexico City, Mexico, in June 2014, where he will work with Dr. David Gernandt at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) herbarium.

Dakota Pouncey, a junior biochemistry-molecular biology major, was awarded the student poster award for first place in cardiovascular research at the Southeast Regional IDeA Meeting in Little Rock. His poster was titled "Identifying Potential R/S-Warfarin Metabolite Biomarkers to Improve Anticoagulant Dosing Strategies in Children."

Biology major Lizzie Goodwin-Horn ’15 and biochemistry-molecular biology major Carrie Yang ’15 won first prize for their research presentations at the Arkansas INBRE Conference in Fayetteville.

Be sure to follow Hendrix news at www.facebook.com/hendrixcollege and on Twitter @hendrixcollege, check out www.youtube.com/hendrixcollege and http://vimeo.com/hendrixcollege for great videos on students and faculty, and browse Hendrix photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hendrixcollege. We look forward to sharing many more exciting news stories in 2014!

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