Odyssey Exemplars Series

Odyssey Exemplars

Each year, the Odyssey Office sponsors a series of presentations on campus that focus on one of the Odyssey categories. The Odyssey Exemplars are students whose projects are outstanding examples of their chosen categories. The entire campus is invited to attend the presentations by these students.

The Odyssey Exemplar Presentations can be in any of the six Odyssey categories: 

Artistic Creativity
Global Awareness
Professional and Leadership Development
Service to the World 
Special Projects
Undergraduate Research

Any student who has completed an Odyssey Project is eligible to participate. The Odyssey Office can reserve a room for the presentation and arrange the publicity. For more information, contact Janina Heird in the Odyssey Office at heirdj@hendrix.edu.

2012-2013 Presentations

Odyssey Exemplars: Leslie Allred

Leslie Allred participated in the Costa Rica summer semester. She will share what she learned during her time in the country on Friday, Sept. 21 at 4:10 p.m. in Mills C.

Odyssey Exemplars-Pine Research

Adam Bigott, Payton Lea and Dakota Pouncey will present on “Solving a hard pine puzzle: how many species of ponderosa pine are real?” They participated in this Odyssey research project with Dr. Ann Willyard this summer. The group went on a six-state journey to collect pine samples and used genetic markers to see if they could identify different species. In addition, Kevin Spatz will present the results of his independent project, “Uncovering the family secrets of the ponderosa pines.” Join them on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. in DW Reynolds 13. heirdj@hendrix.edu

 Odyssey Exemplars-Sung Oh

In the 1960s, a wave of Korean immigrants arrived in the United States. Many of these new arrivals opened grocery stores, often buying them from retiring Italian and Jewish owners in declining neighborhoods. There was conflict and harmony between the neighborhood’s longtime residents and the newcomers in New York City. And as many of the original grocers age, their children are not continuing the tradition—which can change Korean-American society. Sung Oh studied the current social and economic status of the Koreans and their grocery stores. Join Oh on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in Mills A for a presentation on the experience. heirdj@hendrix.edu

 Odyssey Exemplars: Surface Collection

McKenna Raney will present her findings from her surface collection project today at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in Mills B.  She researched the land records of her home in Mississippi to determine the century of previous ownership in addition to locating and dating artifacts that she found.

Odyssey Exemplars-Jennifer Imber and Nicholas Drake

Turkey has a unique dual identity because it straddles the boundary of East and West with significant power in both regions. Jennifer Imber and Nicholas Drake spent 21 days visiting nine cities in Turkey this summer to understand the two cultural worlds in the country and what they may mean for its future as a world power.  Join them on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. in Mills B to hear what they learned.

Odyssey Exemplars-Kathleen Combs

Kathleen Combs worked to conduct research in the complex brain function lab at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She studied children with anxiety disorders in order to assess their performance compared with non-anxious children. Children earn nickels by playing games that in reality are tests of their brain function. Join her for a presentation on her research on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 4:10 p.m. in DWREY 8.

Odyssey Exemplars-Thomas Koen

Last summer, Thomas Koen traveled with a mission trip to Uganda to document the work of two organizations that offer sponsorships to support education of Ugandan children and provide medical care. He explored the boundary between ‘fine art’ photography and photojournalism. In addition to documenting the mission trip and its accomplishments, he photographed children who do not currently have sponsors to aid in seeking support for them. The display of photographs from the trip will be up in art building 1 from March 11-15, and Koen will discuss his experience there today at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Odyssey Presentation: MAPC Printmaking Conference Trip

Five art students participated in a professional printmaking conference at Southeast Missouri State University in November 2012. Today from 3-4 p.m. April 15 in Art A110, they will give a presentation about their experiences at the conference, including information about printmaking processes and theoretical concerns. All are welcome.

Odyssey Exemplars-Shostrand and Broadwell-Gulde

Jennifer Shostrand and Anna Broadwell-Gulde studied the environmental, social and economic impacts of controversial hydropower projects in southern Chile. They interviewed policy experts and local communities to obtain a direct understanding of current environmental policy issues and how they affect Chilean citizens. They also met with the Pehuenche people, an indigenous group that was relocated during dam construction in the 1990s to gather local opinions from a group not ordinarily heard on an international issue. Learn more about their experience on Wednesday, April 17 at 4 p.m. in Mills B.

Odyssey Exemplars-Nawaz

Safia Nawaz gained an understanding of the interplay between business, science and ethics during her study of perfumes. She compared a variety of fragrances ranging from designer to celebrity to low-end to determine the basic consumer value of each one. She was interested in whether the quality justifies the cost of each fragrance by chemically analyzing the number of different scents in each one, the composition of the fragrance in terms of ethanol percentage versus actual scents, and more qualitatively, the lasting power on skin. She will present her research results at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 in MC Reynolds 110.

Odyssey Exemplars-Jim Bass

Stirling Castle in Scotland was the site of two major medieval battles. In 1304, Edward I of England was victorious in his siege of the castle, while a decade later the Scots won during the Battle of Bannockburn.  Although both battles were strategic victories, neither the English nor the Scots were able to effectively hold the castle. Jim Bass built on his interest in history by focusing on medieval warfare at the castle. He examined the concept of siege warfare, its application and how it influenced understandings of waging war within the Middle Ages through a case study of these two battles. Join him on Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Mills C to hear about his research.

Odyssey Exemplars-Theatre Design and Technology Students

The annual Conference and Stage Expo of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) is the premiere event for the study and practice of all areas of theatrical design and technology. This year, six Hendrix students--James Baxter, Rebecca Bongiorno, Jordan Breckenridge, Ben Fish, Lucy McGlasson and Elizabeth Williams--attended the conference with Dr. Connie Campbell to learn about current trends in theatrical design and technology and to present the work being done at Hendrix in this area by students and faculty. Join them April 29 at 6 p.m. in Mills C to hear about their experiences at the conference.

 2011-2012 Presentations


Odyssey Exemplars - Safia Nawaz

This summer, Safia Nawaz conducted a study of the portrayal of heroines in five Broadway productions to explore how gender issues are depicted on stage. Nawaz assessed the role of the female lead, the relationships between her and other characters, how she presents herself during times when she is alone on stage, and the audience reaction to her. Join Nawaz for a presentation at 4:10 p.m. today in Mills C.


Odyssey Exemplars – Haley Aaron and Georgia Belk

As an Undergraduate Research Odyssey Project, Haley Aaron and Georgia Belk received hands-on research experience working in a behavioral lab in Little Rock, associated with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the FDA. Their research-intensive summer involved learning how to score multiple assessment tools, recruiting and running participants in large-scale studies, weekly lab meetings and readings, and even manuscript preparation. While a summer project, their work in the lab continues and has become a constant source of learning. In their presentation in DW Reynolds 8 today from 4-5 p.m., Haley and Georgia will discuss the process of finding this particular experience, what they have learned in the lab, and also what exactly they do in the Complex Brain Function lab.


Odyssey Exemplars – Kelly Connelly

Kelly Connelly spent four days this fall documenting the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York. She will share her photos as a visual narrative of the events she witnessed and discuss her view of the protests during a presentation at 11:10 a.m. today in Mills B. If you have any questions, email HeirdJ@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars - Liz Pratt

For her first Odyssey project, Liz Pratt spent two weeks this summer on a mission trip in the Czech Republic. During this time, she spent one week teaching English and biblical values to young Czech teenagers at an English camp near the city of Olomouc. She taught English classes, organized camp activities, and led discussion groups about God and the Bible. She also spent one week immersed in Czech culture exploring the cities of Olomouc and Prague. During her presentation, she will discuss her duties at camp, how her work in the Czech was a service to the people she met, and the different aspects of Czech culture that she encountered: the food, the people, and the architecture. Join Pratt for her presentation at 4:10 p.m. in Mills B today. If you have any questions, email HeirdJ@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars - Sam Gullion

Sam Gullion explored the concept of tattooing from both a sociological and an artistic perspective this summer. She visited well-known parlors in Miami and Los Angeles to determine what motivates artists to choose the profession and the reasons clients get tattoos. She used participant observation to find answers to the overarching question: what drives people to choose this sub-culture when it could alienate them from mainstream culture, especially job markets? With interviews on both coasts, she was able to see if there are differences between them and the research she conducted in Arkansas. Join her at 3 p.m. tomorrow in Mills C for a photo-essay presentation about tattooing and the people she met.


Odyssey Exemplars – Rachel English

Last summer, Rachel English attended the Piping Live Festival in Glasgow, Scotland to learn about bagpipes. She attended lectures, listened to performers, and visited museums dedicated to the instrument. She will share what she learned in a presentation at 4 p.m. in Mills B today. If you have any questions, email HeirdJ@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars – Soccer Team in Jamaica

Members of the Hendrix Women’s Soccer team went to Jamaica to work with Sports-To-Life, an organization that uses athletics to teach kids important lessons about community, citizenship, and the value of teamwork. Ideally, the organization will help kids to be motivated to stay off the streets and away from gangs. The team organized a week-long soccer camp for at-risk children in the Kingston area. An additional layer of this service project is a sports equipment drive on campus; the team delivered the donations to Jamaica and gave some to the camp participants to encourage a lasting interest in athletics. Join members of the soccer team at 4 p.m. today in Mills B to hear more about their trip.


The Literature of Vietnam in Vietnam

Last May, six students travelled to Vietnam to study Vietnamese literature with Vietnamese peers and faculty. Learn about this literary adventure this Thursday, April 19, from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Mills B. The presentation will feature LeQuan Dang, Anna Broadwell-Gulde, Zack Hausle, Delaney Roberts, Connor Thompson, Johnny Tran, and Dr. Alex Vernon. If you have any questions, email Vernon@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars – Trang Nguyen

Trang Nguyen volunteered in Ghana with Unite for Sight, a non-profit organization that supports eye clinics worldwide with the goal of improving eye health and preventing blindness. In the remote areas of the country, she worked with medical professionals as they provided eye care. During her project, Nguyen learned about the complexities and realities of global health and social entrepreneurship. Join her for a presentation on her findings from 4-5 p.m. in Mills C today. If you have any questions, email HeirdJ@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars – Politics/International Relations

Join Politics and International Relations students as they present their undergraduate research in their chosen field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in SLTC 106. If you have any questions, email HeirdJ@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars – Hannah Allee and Landon McGarry

Ready-to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs) are peanut butter-based and provide life-saving nutrition to children. There is only a short time period when malnourished children can be helped before a lack of nutrients causes brain damage and other severe medical problems. Project Peanut Butter produces RUTFs locally and distributes them to children to help heal them before it’s too late—in as little as eight weeks of treatment. Hannah Allee and Landon McGarry volunteered with the organization as it entered a new country: Mali. They worked in the factory producing the food and then helped distribute it to malnourished children. Hear more about their project today at 4 p.m. in SLTC 105. If you have any questions, email HeirdJ@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars: Jennifer Youngblood

London presents an interesting dichotomy in history since it was both a center for abolitionist thinkers and the fourth biggest slave trading port in the world. Jennifer Youngblood explored museums, monuments, and the British Library as she investigated the two sides of the city. Her research was to shed light on London’s involvement in slavery and discover how London was able to deal with the dueling dynamics of slavery and abolition. Join her for a presentation at 4 p.m. in Mills B today. If you have any questions, email HeirdJ@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars-EcoHouse and the Roots of Change

EcoHouse residents Karl Heinbockel, Cassie Tragert, Forest Cooper, Anna Smith, Cassidy Robinson, Josephine Reece and Lacey Laborde went cross-country to build on their interest in environmental issues. They visited Chicago, one of America’s “greenest” cities, with stops for environmentally oriented service projects and research visits to non-profits and organizations along the way. They explored environmental issues, solutions, technology, social issues/eco-justice, and food production. Join them for a presentation on what they learned on Wednesday, April 25, at 4:30 in Mills B.


Odyssey Exemplars – Hamby and Freeman

Dominique Hamby and Lacey Freeman traveled to India to conduct research at the Sambhavna Clinic in Bophal. This holistic health clinic incorporates India’s indigenous medical traditions with yoga as it deals with human and environmental effects of the 1984 Union Carbide chemical disaster. As part of their project, they gathered information in the clinic’s library, which contains the world’s largest archive collection on the Bhopal disaster. Join them at 4 p.m. in DW Reynolds 130 today to hear what they learned. If you have any questions, email HeirdJ@hendrix.edu.


2010-2011 Presentations

Odyssey Exemplars Northern New Mexico Undergraduate Research Presentation
"The Literature and Image of Culture and the Environment in Northern New Mexico" UR
4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

This summer, eight students went with Dr. Jeffrey Kosiorek of the History Department to Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque. There, they examined the topics of environmentalism, culture, and place through visits to historical sites and interviews with writers, environmentalists, and activists. Join them as they present their research today at 4:30 p.m. in the Murphy House. 

Odyssey Exemplars – Meghan Kerin 
"Dark Days Tour" PL
4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Meghan Kerin planned and organized a summer tour for the metal band Poisonwood. In July, the band participated in Metal Fest, a large music festival hosted by Total Metal Television in New York. A singer and guitarist for the group, Kerin took a leadership role in booking additional dates for the band, handling travel logistics, making publicity contacts, and supervising finances. Kerin will share videos, pictures and advice for other aspiring musicians in a presentation at 4 p.m. today in SLTC 106. Poisonwood will also perform at 6:30 p.m. this evening in Worsham.

Odyssey Exemplars-Katie JonesThe Effect of Globalization on Peripheral Communities in the Dominican Republic (SP)
 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 26
#106 of the SL&TC

 Katie Jones combined anthropology, sociology and history in her look at the cultural influences in two small communities in the Dominican Republic. She conducted interviews with community members ranging from teenagers to the elderly to see the global impact of culture and technology on these villages. In preparation for her study, she researched the history of the island and its traditional culture. She will share what she learned in a presentation from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, in SLTC 106.

Odyssey Exemplars-Hendrix Edible Forest Garden (SP)4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Garden lot 

During the summer, a group of Hendrix students participated in an Odyssey project to create a landscape on campus that’s good enough to eat. Known as an edible forest garden, it incorporates food-producing perennial vegetation as the color and texture palette in a living art piece. They will share what they learned and demonstrate the plants in the garden at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Homemade pickles from the cucumber harvest in the garden will be served. The garden is located past the library, across Washington, in the lot behind the Public Safety building.

 Odyssey Exemplars-Brad SoRelle

South Africa Wildlife Volunteer Program (GA)

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

DW Reynolds 8

Brad SoRelle brought his interests of wildlife conservation and animal behavior together through a volunteer experience with Global Vision International. He traveled to South Africa to help conserve the country’s wildlife. He received specific training on how to monitor wildlife, such as lions, leopards, elephants, and hyenas, using tracking skills and telemetry. He observed and collected data on their feeding habits, movement patterns and behavior. In addition, he participated in a biodiversity study to develop an inventory of the flora and fauna in the mountainous region of South Africa.  Join him to learn about his experience at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, in DWReynolds 8.






Newman Wheat
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
Mills B

Odyssey Presentation: Ancient Greek Sculpture and Culture 

Last year Newman Wheat undertook an Odyssey project which led him to visit the Parthenon Marbles in London and the Great Altar of Pergamon in Berlin. Newman used these monuments of ancient sculpture to examine both the difference between Classical and Hellenistic culture and the way in which scholars characterize that difference. Newman will present an overview of his project today at 4:15 p.m. in Mills B. Questions? Contact Prof. Resinski at Resinski@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars-Ragni and Rumph 
Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
DWReynolds 8

Through being hunted for their meat and the poaching of their eggs, the number of Olive Ridley sea turtles has decreased dramatically over the last century. In Costa Rica, Pretoma is a conservation agency that works to protect these endangered sea turtles and their nesting environments. The organization has successfully released more than 65,000 hatchlings back into the wild. Last summer, Anna Ragni and Dana Rumph worked with Pretoma, performing nightly beach patrols, tagging sea turtles, and collecting freshly laid eggs to be incubated in a safe base. They learned about the techniques and approaches involved in the wildlife protection movement as well as native Costa Rican attitudes toward conservation and sea turtles in general. Join them for a presentation on their experience at 4 p.m. tomorrow in DW Reynolds 8. For more information, e-mail HeirDJ@hendrix.edu.


Odyssey Exemplars - Parham Motaghedi 
Monday, Feb. 4, 2011
5:30 p.m.
Mills B

Parham Motaghedi will be presenting an Odyssey presentation titled "Esperanto:Why There is Always Hope" on Monday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Mills B. Esperanto, which means one who hopes, was a language created over 100 years ago by a Polish doctor who was looking to unite the world with a universal, auxiliary language. Using roots from the Romance, Germanic, and Slavic languages, he created a simple, politically neutral language, hoping to eliminate the barriers that separate people around the world. Come see how practical Esperanto is, and what its status is like in today's world.  There will be an Esperanto class offered this semester that offers an SP Odyssey credit, so come to find out more about this. Pizza and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Parham at MotaghediPP@hendrix.edu.

 Odyssey Exemplars - Odyssey to India (UR)
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
Convo Period
Mills C

 Over the winter break, Dr. Sarah Lee and Dr. Peter Gess took six Hendrix students to India on a cross-cultural study of ecology and health. They explored how culture and religion impact land and resource use, health, and nutrition. On the tour of the country, they saw national parks, urban areas, major religious sites and a variety of ecological zones ranging from desert to mountains to wetlands. The group also evaluated locations for a potential "Hendrix-in-India" study abroad project.. Join them for a presentation of their research during the Convo Period on Thursday, Feb. 17, in Mills C.

Sociology/Anthropology Exemplars
Monday, Feb. 28
4:30 p.m.
Mills C

Sociology/ Anthropology Club Presents Odyssey Experiences The Sociology/Anthropology club has two students, Sheryl Burt and Darcy Wilkins, who will talk about their summer Odyssey experiences to the club and to anyone else who is interested. They will be presenting on Monday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Mills C. For more information, e-mail Goldberg@hendrix.edu

Odyssey Exemplars-Jessica Alwell
Tuesday, March 8
11:15 a.m.
Mills B

The Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, houses a group of exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks. Jessica Alwell spent two weeks with the monks as she explored the relationships between the members of the order. She examined how the monks understand the concept of hierarchy in relation to Buddhism and their place within the monastery. This includes how hierarchy is demonstrated, such as through gestures or indications of respect for a senior member of the order.








Hannah Sintek, Kyle Bradbury, and Sarah Hill
How Policy Protects Sea Turtles
Monday, March 14
2 p.m.
Mills B

Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, was founded in 1983 with the goal of protecting the endangered loggerhead turtle. The society incorporates research and monitoring of the turtles with management plans for habitat restoration, along with public education programs. By volunteering with Archelon in Greece, Hannah Sintek, Kyle Bradbury and Sarah Hill helped protect the turtles and experienced the impact of the society’s initiatives to formulate international sea turtle conservation plans. Join them for a presentation at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 14, in Mills B.







Odyssey Exemplars - Sadler and Schnug 
Tuesday, March 29
4:10 p.m.
Mills C

Antonio Gaudí was a Catalan architect whose distinctive style incorporated neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, and curving organic elements. His unique and colorful creations from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are an integral part of Barcelona. Evan Sadler and Caufield Schnug filmed the architect’s works and also took photographs of the buildings. They explored the theoretical differences between film and photography during the course of their project. Join them for a presentation on their work on Tuesday, March 29 at 4:10 p.m. in Mills C.


Odyssey Exemplars-Olivia Harrington, Jennifer Baker, Reena Badyal and Rose ThomsonThe Face of Islam in Europe
 3:10 p.m.
Friday, April 22
Mills c

Olivia Harrington, Jennifer Baker, Reena Badyal and Rose Thomson examined the treatment of Muslims, particularly immigrants, in Sweden and Finland. In Sweden, Muslims face discrimination and Islamaphobia, while those in Finland have an easier time being assimilated. They worked closely with academics and community leaders in the countries as they conducted their research. Each student completed an individual research project, and they will combine their work for a presentation on campus. Join them to learn what they discovered on their interdisciplary project at 3:10 p.m. in Mills C on Friday, April 22.


Odyssey Exemplars – Coghlan and Sintek 
Tuesday, April 26
2-3 p.m.
SLTC 106

Join Tara Coghlan and Hannah Sintek as they give presentations on undergraduate research they conducted as part of their POLI 497 class from 2 - 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in SLTC 106.


Odyssey Exemplars - Malcolm McCrimmon 
Tuesday, May 3
4 p.m.
MCReynolds 315

Malcolm McCrimmon will present "Can Games Be Art? What I Learned from the GDC" on Tuesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in MC Reynolds 315. He took a trip to San Francisco to attend the week-long Game Developers Conference, a gathering of professional game developers, publishers, and industry bigwigs from around the globe. His goals were to make connections, learn about the industry, and try to answer the question of whether or not games can be art.

2009-2010 Presentations

Odyssey Exemplars Katie Rice and Fátima Orozco

Spanglish: A Linguistic Study on the Texas-Mexico Border”

6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Murphy Seminar Room.

This summer Katie Rice and Fátima Orozco traveled to the Texas-Mexico border to investigate Spanglish, a hybrid language that combines English and Spanish. In Brownsville, Laredo, Eagle Pass and San Antonio, Texas, they learned more about Spanglish from those who speak it every day. They observed its use in public areas and interviewed border residents about their word choices. This project was underwritten by the generous support of the Hendrix Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language. Rice and Orozco will present their research results at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Murphy Seminar Room.

Hannah McGrew

Malnutrition Research and Community Health Work in Rural Guatemala

3-4 p.m. in Mills B on Wednesday, Sept. 30

Malnutrition is a severe problem in Guatemala, where nearly 25% of the children under the age of five are considered to be underweight and almost half suffer from moderate to severe growth stunting. Through a community-based child heath care program in Guatemala this summer, Hannah McGrew researched malnutrition as a volunteer on a team led by medical professionals. She will share her experience from 3-4 p.m. in Mills B on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

 David KolovsonInternational Student Assessment and Comparative Education Policy4-5 p.m. in Mills B on Wednesday, Sept. 30

David Kolovson conducted research in Finland, Poland, and The Netherlands for the Institute for European Studies in Brussels, focusing on how international countries have utilized international benchmark tests to formulate policy outcomes and improve their education systems. He’ll present his results from 4-5 p.m. in Mills B on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Odyssey Exemplars Presentation: Blair Sanning“Afraid of summer research? Don't be...”4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in DW Reynolds 8

This summer, Blair Sanning and Dr. Leslie Zorwick conducted research on the perception of men and women who use gender stereotypes and whether a stereotype-user’s sex influences how prejudiced they are perceived to be. Their focus was particularly on effects of gender on perceptions of prejudice toward women. Blair will also discuss how she got into summer research, offering a “how to” on getting started for those who may be a little unsure of how to get involved and an insider’s view of what summer research is like. Learn more at her presentation “Afraid of summer research? Don't be...” from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in DW Reynolds 8.

Odyssey Exemplars-Dietlinde Heilmayr
4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13

For the past 25 years, Urban Debate Leagues have been noted as a successful means to help inner-city students academically. While such outreach programs have been studied in depth in an academic context, researchers have not recognized the social benefits that students in these programs often receive. This summer, Dietlinde Heilmayr, Dr. Leslie Zorwick, and Melissa Wade met in Atlanta at the Emory National Debate Institute to study how the Urban Debate League may be a successful means of reducing prejudice of participants and staff. Come hear Dietlinde Heilmayr talk about the experience and findings in DW 8 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Odyssey Exemplars-Florence Research
4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12

During the summer, Dr. Rod Miller took eight students from his Renaissance and Baroque Art History class to Florence, Italy. The students experienced the city’s art and architecture in person, giving them the opportunity to see how the works functioned when originally created and—in the case of churches and government buildings—how they continue to function today. Each student also conducted research in the city on a topic selected before departure. Learn what they discovered during their time in Florence in their group presentation from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, in Mills C. Participants were Katie Armstrong, Taylor Brown, Allyson Curry, Laura Langley, Booth Owens, Lauren Rushdi, John Schultz and Courtney Taylor.

Ridin' Dirty with Science
4:30 on Thursday, Jan. 21

If you are interested in participating in the Ridin' Dirty with Science program, there will be an informational meeting today at 4:30 p.m. in MC 119. You will hear about last summer's program to give you an idea of what the program is about. 

Odyssey Exemplar: Lauren Bartshe Internship at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2

Don’t miss senior Lauren Bartshe's presentation and discussion of her Professional Leadership and Development Odyssey Project: an internship with the St. Louis Holocaust museum. 

 Odyssey Exemplars: Brendan Moore and Meredith Strong
3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24 

The mayor of Homer, Alaska, has made combating global warming a top priority in his city. Brendan Moore and Meredith Strong visited Homer to witness the efects of global warming and the preventative steps the community is taking. “We will not only be looking at the environmental effects of climate change, but how it is affecting the lives of the people who are experiencing it first hand and the steps they are taking to prevent it,” they said. They talked with city officials, fishermen who deal with halibut and salmon, a resort that uses wind and solar power, and local biology professors. Their presentation is at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, in room 106 of the SL&TC.

Odyssey Exemplars: Ben Samuelson
4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30 

Ben Samuelson will present the story of his epic tandem bike trip down the California coast searching for homes with environmentally friendly elements. Come hear tales of permaculture, alternative energy, romance, ninja camping, and tremendous luck of stumbling upon many "green" homes including Styrofoam, cobb, and mobile homes.

Odyssey Exemplars: Curtis and Calvin
4 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 

Through the I to I volunteer program, Catherine Curtis and Kaelen Calvin worked to help build homes in San Ramon, an impoverished rural area in Costa Rica. They learned the basics of construction from roofing to flooring, along with participating in other building projects. Eventually the home they helped construct with other international students was given to a deserving local family. Hear more about their experience at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, in Mills B.

Odyssey Exemplars: Lauren Bartshe and Julie Champlin "I had things to say but not the words to say them"
7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8

Tonight at 7 p.m., in Reves Recital Hall, the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture will commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day with the presentation by Lauren Bartshe and Julie Champlin of the photographic essay they prepared as a result of an Odyssey-sponsored trip to concentration camp sites in Germany and Poland. A reception will follow. 

Odyssey Exemplars-Joseph Charlson "Tulsa Art Deco Photography"
4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13  

Tulsa experienced a building boom in the early 20th century, financed by the profitable oil industry. The city features many buildings that exemplify the period’s Art Deco style with geometric shapes and curved lines. Some of these buildings have been restored while others are in danger of being torn down. Joseph Charlson explored the Art Deco architecture of the city through a camera’s lens and created a book of the images he captured. He’ll share his work in a presentation at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 in room 106 of the SL&TC.


Odyssey Exemplars-Harmony Hudson  "A Slow Food Adventure: Organic Farming Internship in Olivehill, Tenn."
4 p.m. on Monday, April 19 















  Harmony Hudson lived and worked on a small organic farm in Olivehill, Tennessee, last summer, learning about native vegetables, organic fertilizers, farm equipment and ecologically sound food production techniques. She also researched the Slow Food movement, which promotes small organic farms, teaches individuals how to garden, lobbies against pesticides, and educates consumers about the environmental impact of fast food. Learn more at her presentation at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 19, in DW Reynolds 137.


Jose Vilahomat and Peter Hiegel "Viking Explorers of Iceland and Greenland"
4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20


Jose Vilahomat and Peter Hiegel traveled to Iceland and Greenland to conduct research on ancient Viking explorers and their trade network. In Greenland, Vilahomat focused on early cultural and trade interactions between the native peoples and the Vikings. Hiegel concentrated on the economic system of the time in Iceland and how the country may have been a stepping stone for trade between Europe and other regions. A major component to this project involved examining ancient manuscripts in The Culture House, a museum in Iceland. The documents, written by 12th and 13th century monks, deal with Viking exploration and settlements in Iceland and Greenland. Join them for their presentation at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, in room 106 of the SL&TC.

 Alexandra Reilman "My Song is My Witness: A Holocaust Study"
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 

Alexandra Reilman researched the music created by the prisoners of the ghettos and concentration camps during the Holocaust. As an accomplished singer, she is interested in this music that had rebellious undertones, inspired hope for those in desperate conditions, and served as a reminder of identity and tradition. To understand the camp experience in the composition of these songs and to explore why people sing in times of suffering, she visited Theresienstadt, a show camp used by the Nazis to convince foreigners of the preserved humanity and culture of their prisoners, along with the Auschwitz and Majdanek death camps. She will present her research and include a performance of songs from the camps at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, in Reves Recital Hall. This project is co-sponsored by the Crain-Maling Jewish Cultural Center and is hosted by the Music Department.


Ashley Easter and Ronni Laizure "American Identity in Puerto Rico: United States or Latin America?"
4:10 p.m., Monday, April 26





















 Puerto Ricans are technically American citizens; however, despite this—and their geographical proximity to the mainland US—Puerto Ricans have a distinct Latin American and Caribbean identity. Ashley Easter and Ronni Laizure are intrigued by the dual existence of Puerto Ricans and the Latino and American influences in the commonwealth’s culture. Using documentary techniques such as photographs, videos, journals and personal interviews, they explored the sense of American cultural and political ties on the island. They will share what they learned in a presentation at 4:10 p.m. on Monday, April 26, in Mills B.

Amanda Keifer "The Politics of Public Health Funding in Sub-Sahara Africa"
11 a.m., Tuesday, April 27

Created in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) strives to combat the "big three" – AIDS, TB, and malaria – by dramatically increasing funds for care and prevention and by "directing these resources to areas of greatest need." Amanda Keifer used Rwanda as a case study to analyze the GFATM and the overall public health funding situation in sub-Saharan Africa. She learned that the issue of public health funding is a multi-faceted struggle that occurs on multiple administrative and practical levels. She will share her research at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27, in Mills B.

Emily Kymer-Davis, Megan McCaghey and Hannah Sintek "Costa Rica: A Model in Sustainability and Conservation"
4:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 28

Emily Kymer-Davis, Megan McCaghey and Hannah Sintek undertook a multi-faceted project in Costa Rica over Winter Break. They collected specimens and photographic data for a study on the origins of coral snake mimicry, learned about conservation and sustainability efforts in the country, and served as volunteers promoting environmental education. They also immersed themselves in Costa Rica as they explored coffee production, eco-tourism and urban slums from a sustainability perspective. They will discuss their project in a presentation at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, in DW Reynolds 13.

Trey Eerebout "Tango @ Hendrix"
6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1

Tango is a sensual dance that originated in South America. This spring, Trey Eerebout shared his love of tango in classes for 17 of his fellow students. They will perform their own exciting choreography including two group dances, two couple’s solo dances, and one trio dance featuring two guys and one girl in a dramatic fight scene. Los varones (the guys) are Strick Edwards, Dan Gibbens-Rickman, Trevor Williams, Trey Kalbaugh, Austin Huffman, Stephen Borruta, Chase Campbell and Trey Calvin Eerebout. Las damas (the ladies) are Landon McGarry, Allison Henry, Ana Contreras, Sheryl Burt, Rachel Linstrom, Abby DeLoach, Hannah McGrew, and Molly McGuire. The tango dance recital starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, in Reves Recital Hall. After the recital, they will teach some tango dance steps.

Alice Riley "Easter Island: The Exploration of a Mysterious History and Culture"
3:30 p.m., Monday, May 3

Easter Island is famous for its giant, tight-lipped stone statues. Alice Riley visited the island to examine archeological theories around the construction, transportation, and cultural meaning of the statues. She also researched the "bird man" cult that celebrated finding the first egg of spring laid by the sacred Manu Tara bird. Her project involved looking at the assortment of speculations archeologists and historians have put forth explaining how the inhabitants of such a small island interacted with each other and with outsiders. She will present her research at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, in room 106 of the SL&TC.


2008-2009 Presentations:         






















 Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 Friday Afternoon Discussion

This week’s discussion, “Our Summer in the Himalayas: A Tibetan Cultural Odyssey” will be led by Dr. Bill Gorvine and Hendrix Students who participated in an Odyssey trip to India this summer. Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Raney Building Lobby

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 Odyssey Exemplars Series: Undergraduate Research in Tibetan Communities

This past summer, Dr. Gorvine and five students spent several weeks on a Tibetan cultural Odyssey in northern India. Come hear Jordan Cacici, Anthony Lucio, Rachel Pike, and Ellie Wheeler share their findings and reflections on the challenges and rewards of pursuing undergraduate research in environmentalism, monastic life, traditional medicine, and conceptions of gender in this unique setting. The visiting head teacher of Menri Monastery—one of the group's primary research sites—Ponlob Trinley Nyima, will be available as a special respondent. Join us from 4:15-5:30 p.m. in Mills C.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 Turkey Tour -A Group Presentation

In the summer of 2008, Dr. Rod Miller took a group of 11 students to Turkey to experience the art, architecture and history of this ancient land. Turkey is a bridge between Europe and Asia, and in many ways, it blends aspects of Eastern and Western culture. It is one of the only democratic Islamic nations, and it has been home to some of humanity’s earliest and most dynamic civilizations. With a history that ranges from the Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites, Greeks, Romans, and Gauls to the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Turks, Turkey has a wealth of important cultural sites. Highlights of the tour included the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Library of Celcius, and the Temple of Artemis. Join the group in the Burrow at 4 p.m. for a discussion of the trip.

Sept. 30, 2008 Rachel DeCuir

The French phrase "Je me souviens," meaning "I remember" is the official motto of the Canadian province Québec, which has deep French roots. Odyssey Exemplar Rachel DeCuir, a French major from Louisiana, had the event of a lifetime to remember when she served as her state’s unofficial representative at events this summer commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec. DeCuir participated in an international assembly and attended work sessions where she was able to assess the ideas of identity and language as she witnessed the interactions between francophone governments. Join her for a presentation from 11 a.m. to noon in the Mills Library on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

October 29, 2008
Sarah Dunaway and Trang Van

Sarah Dunaway and Trang Van volunteered at the TunaHAKI Centre for Child Development, an arts-based shelter for AIDS orphans and street kids in Moshi, Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. The Centre’s name, TunaHAKI, is Swahili for ‘We have a RIGHT’, and it is a phrase that the street children of Moshi came up with themselves as they set about to find a better life. Dunaway and Van provided several different educational arts projects for the Centre’s children, included making beaded bracelets, tie-dyeing t-shirts, compiling scrapbooks, creating masks, and building a popsicle stick frame.  Dunaway and Van will share their heartwarming story in a special presentation from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Mills A.

November 11, 2008
Kevin DeStefano

The name of the game is soccer, or it could be football—depending on where you live. It’s played in more countries than any other sport, giving it a worldwide appeal as a form of recreation. However, soccer has a darker side. It can create bitter rivalries that inspire hatred, violence, and riots. Many of these confrontations between fans are colored by racism. To get a broader understanding of these issues, Kevin DeStefano interviewed the staff, players, fans, and coaches from some of the biggest soccer teams at the 2006 World Cup Games in Germany. He has created a documentary showing what he has discovered. Join for the premiere showing of his movie in the Burrow from 3-4 p.m. next Tuesday. Refreshments will be served.

November 13, 2008Hendrix-Lilly Service Fellowship Presentations

Thursday from 12-1 p.m., enjoy two of the Hendrix-Lilly Service Fellowship presentations. Lilly Stewart and Kady MacFarlane will be sharing their service experiences they had this past summer.  Please bring your tray into the ballroom and hear their presentations. Also, this will be a great opportunity to learn how you too can apply for up to $4000 to travel and do service work this coming summer.

November 13, 2008
Eileen Quinn and Hannah Wilkin

It’s hard to be a small mammal in the Southwest. You’ve got to hoard your own food and try to find everyone else’s hiding places—while keeping them from finding yours. Eileen Quinn and Hannah Wilkin traveled with Dr. Jennifer Penner to Canyonlands Needles Outpost in Utah. Their research project focused on the role of competition for and robbery of stored food in chipmunk and ground squirrel communities. The animals were marked and trapped, and then they were observed to determine where and how their food is stored—or raided. Come hear the results of their research on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in DWReynolds Room 8. The Psychology Club will provide refreshments.

November 20, 2008
Eric Robbins and Justin Whorton

Computer science students Eric Robbins and Justin Whorton used their skills to develop and install a software system for the Perry County Sheriff’s Department. The county realized that the previous paper-based system was inadequate, but a commercial dispatch system was too expensive and wouldn’t suit the department’s needs. Perry County’s customized program for tracking calls and dispatching law enforcement officers now benefits the entire community. Join Robbins and Whorton as they discuss their service project at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, in MCReynolds 315.

Matt Youngblood
Municipal Food Scrap Composting in Suburban Settings"Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008

In the San Francisco Bay area, restaurants and residents are given a bin to collect food scraps, including meats, fats, vegetables and grains. These bins are collected daily and taken to the Jepson Prairie Organics facility in Vacaville, Calif., where they are processed and put in a compost pile. Matt Youngblood traveled to the Jepson facility to learn how their municipal composting system became successful. He also interviewed Dr. Ruihong Zhang at UC Davis about her innovative research into anaerobic composting to collect methane to generate electricity. Finally, he explored the possibility of establishing a similar food scrap composting program with local officials and environmental interest groups. Join him in Mills B on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 4:15 to hear what he learned on his trip.

January 28, 2009
Ridin' Dirty with Science

In the summer of 2007, Hendrix students organized an innovative program to introduce children to science in a fun and creative way. The second "Ridin’ Dirty with Science" was offered in the summer of 2008. Ridin’ Dirty with Science is an interactive science camp for kids (age 8-12). The program is designed to excite, engage and educate underprivileged children from the local Boys and Girls Club. Science student volunteers prepared discovery-based activities involving bacteria, pressure, gases, citrus cleaners and more in college laboratories. Hear all about this exciting project during the presentation at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, in Mills C.

Odyssey Exemplars-Turkey Tour
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

Last summer, Taylor Adams and Kiley Gottschalk conducted research in Turkey. As part of the Odyssey Exemplars Series, they will present the results of their projects. Catherine Curtis and Blair Sanning will provide an overview of the group trip to Turkey in the summer of 2008. Hear the two sides of this experience at 4:30 p.m. in Mills B on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Courtney Taylor and Dietlinde Heilmayr
Cultural Influence and Integration: Spanish Castles and Palaces
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How did culture influence the architecture of castles and palaces in Spain? Courtney Taylor and Dietlinde Heilmayr explored this topic as they visited three historically distinct regions of the country—Andalusia, Castile and Catalonia. They focused on castles from the religiously divided medieval Spain and more recent palaces that represent the rise of nationalist states. They also examined the current status of castles and palaces as symbols of Spain and their roles as tourist attractions. Join them for a presentation from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in Mills C.

Hollis Proffitt
Mother LoveWednesday, April 8, 2009

Mother Love is a non-fiction creative writing piece by Hollis Proffitt, which tells the stories of four extremely different women in various stages of motherhood. Although her Odyssey starts and ends in the pristine, manicured lawns of suburbia, it takes some interesting detours along the way, including a hand-built log cabin tucked away in the Ozark Mountains, a nomadic community located in the woods of northern California, and a colorful neo-pagan sanctuary that could only be found in Oregon. The reading will take place Wednesday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in Mills C.


Molly Miller
Culture of People Living with HIV/AIDS: 27 Years LaterMonday, April 13

Last fall, Molly Miller traveled to San Francisco, Calif., and New York, N.Y., to explore the culture of AIDS and activist movements. These two cities were the first places where AIDS became prevalent in America, and they are the homes of many activist organizations and advocacy groups. Miller explored both the changes the AIDS projects have undergone over the years and the effects that they have had on their respective cities. Join her as she shares what she learned in a presentation at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in the Bib Lab in Bailey Library.

Dietlinde Heilmayr
A Summer in DW Reynolds
Tuesday, April 22

Want to know what it’s like to do psychology research at Hendrix during the summer? Come hear Dietlinde Heilmayr talk about her undergraduate research project with Dr. Zorwick at 4 p.m. in DW Reynolds 8 on Tuesday, April 22. Learn about the effects of thinking about gender groups on your ability to read a map. Plus, hear about all of the other exciting psychology-related activities Dietlinde got to do while working with Dr. Zorwick.

Lydia Nash and Amelia Wildenborg
A Comparative Look at Agribusiness and Organic Gardening in Ireland and the U.S.

Thursday, April 23


Organic farming, or farming without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, has grown in popularity both in America and around the world. Last summer, Lydia Nash and Amelia Wildenborg compared how farms in the United States and Ireland are using organic farming techniques. First, they explored two organic farms in the Salinas Valley in California. One is operated by the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the other is owned by Earthbound Farms, which is the largest producer of organic foods in America. Next, they headed to Ireland to volunteer at a small organic farm and then to visit one of the country’s largest organic farms. Join them at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, in Mills C to learn more about their project.


2007-2008 Presentations:  

Jordan Frazin
Sept. 10, 2007
Jordan Frazin kicks off this year’s Odyssey Exemplars presentation series in Global Awareness with a discussion of his summer internship in Estonia. His presentation titled "Estonia - From Poverty to Prosperity" will focus on the economic reforms Estonia implemented after independence, the effectiveness of these reforms, and how they affected the people, culture, and government.  He’ll also share fun stories about his experience abroad. Join Jordan at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, in Mills B to learn about his Odyssey in Estonia.

Jack Morse
Sept. 26, 2007

Jack Morse will discuss "Andalucía: How Islam, Christianity, and Judaism Interwove to Create Modern Spain." He explored the country to learn more about these three important cultures. In his presentation, he’ll combine the historical perspective with the modern manifestation of these issues. Join Jack at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Mills B to learn about his Odyssey in Spain.

Kelly Zalocusky
Oct. 5, 2007
Kelly Zalocusky spent several weeks in China this summer, investigating traditional Chinese medicine and the new use of an ancient plant-based treatment for malaria. Her presentation at 3:30 p.m. in the Raney Building is part of the Friday Afternoon Discussion series sponsored by the Steel Center.

Stephen Dyle
Oct. 9, 2007
Odyssey Exemplar Stephen Dyle worked on an archaeological dig in a Spanish cave this summer, looking for evidence that the site had been occupied by early man. Join him as he shares his experience at 4:30 p.m.  in Mills B. He’ll discuss his work from a sociological and anthropological perspective.

Lynne Christenson
Oct. 15 2007
Traveling to Tanzania, Lynne Christenson worked at an orphanage caring for African children and brought home a new sense of compassion. 

Courtney Lobban
Oct. 15, 2007
Courtney Lobban spent four weeks in Bolivia teaching English, spending time teaching for several hours each day, reinforcing her future teaching plans.  

Katie Pratt
Oct. 19, 2007
Katie Pratt volunteered at a medical clinic in Ecuador. She hopes to use this experience as she pursues becoming a physician.      

Katie Pearce
Oct. 19, 2007
Odyssey Exemplar Katie Pearce studied Experimental farming in Japan. She learned techniques about organic farming in a Christian environment. 

Trip to Italy
Nov. 1, 2007
This summer, Hendrix students explored the art, museums and cultural sites of northern Italy and Tuscany as part of an Odyssey project for Global Awareness credit. Join them at 4 p.m. in Mills B on Thursday, Nov. 1, for a presentation about the trip, contemporary Italy and the way dramatic past cultural artifacts help shape the current culture.      

T.C. Elliott
Nov. 5, 2007
T.C. Eliot will share his experiences of his trip to Uganda where he helped with medical relief. Join us Monday, November 5th in the Private Dining Room from 12:30 to 1.    

China Odyssey III Roundtable
Nov. 5, 2007
The Odyssey Office and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies teamed up for the third annual China Odyssey trip. This time, students interested in international economics and business explored Chinese business practices and investigated how they are shaped by Chinese culture and traditions. Join the trip participants for a roundtable discussion at 4 p.m. in the Burrow on Monday, Nov. 5, as they share what they learned. 

Katie Robinson
Nov. 12, 2007
Katie Robinson did an Odyssey project in which spent the summer of 2007 living and learning in Claremont, California. During her eight weeks there, she worked to strengthen justice related ministries at a local United Methodist Church, interned at the Center for Process Studies, and lived in an ecologically-focused Christian living community. This educational experience benefited her beyond just learning about process thought; she left Claremont on a clearer path toward a more compassionate theology. On Monday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in Mills B, Katie will talk about these experiences. All are welcome!

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

In the summer of 2007, Hendrix students organized an innovative program to introduce children to science in a fun and creative way. “Ridin’ Dirty with Science” is the first presentation in the Odyssey Exemplars Series this semester. Hear all about this exciting project and have a chance to win a raffle during the presentation at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, in Mills B.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008Odyssey Project Presentations
Come join the Anthropology Club, today at 4:30 p.m. in Mills C to hear about the incredible Odyssey Projects of three Hendrix Students. Sarah Hughes will be presenting about her Union Semester in New York, and Mary Flanigan and Joe Muller will be discussing their work with children in Guatemala this winter break. Come and learn more about what students have done with their Odyssey Projects in the exciting field of Anthropology!

Thursday, March 6, 2008Odyssey Exemplars-Vietnam Education in Transition

During the Winter Break, Alexa Bessette, Betsy Cooper, Kelly Hill, Samuel Kauffman, Truong Le, James Murray, Dung Nguyen and Jennifer Tate conducted an undergraduate research project in Vietnam with Dr. Alex Vernon and Dr. Deb Skok. They will share what they learned about Vietnam’s education system during a presentation at 11:10 a.m. in Mills A today.

Thursday, March 20, 2008Using Archaeology to Understand Villages of the Past

Last spring, Jessica Cain and Laura Hutchison received an Odyssey grant to travel in the Mediterranean and Europe and visit ancient settlement sites. Find out what they saw and learned! They will give a presentation today at 4:15 p.m. in D. W. Reynolds 8.

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 1 & 2, 2008    
Hendrix Dance Ensemble
7:30 p.m.Staples Auditorium.
Spring Concert Performance directed by Brigitte Brumbelow. Sponsor: Department of Theatre Arts and Dance (501) 450-1369. 

Thursday, April 3, 2008Julie Champlin- Photos, History, and Culture: The United States Naval Academy From a
Liberal Arts Perspective

Photographer Julie Champlin visited the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis during the annual Commissioning Week in 2007. She recorded some of the Academy’s most interesting, entertaining, and enduring traditions. Champlin will share her photographs and discuss her observations during her presentation.

Thursday, April 10, 2008    
Student Recital
11:10 a.m.Reves Recital Hall.
Recital featuring music majors and non music majors. Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1245. 

Friday, April 11, 2008Puccini: Madame Butterfly 
Hendrix Choir with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
8:00 p.m.,Robinson Performing Arts Center, Little Rock
For tickets, call (501) 666-1761

Saturday, April 12, 2008Senior Cello Recital: Christina von Reyn
3 p.m.Reves Recital Hall
Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1422.

Sunday, April 13, 2008Puccini: Madame Butterfly
Hendrix Choir with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
3:00 p.m.,Robinson Performing Arts Center, Little Rock
For tickets, call (501) 666-1761

Monday, April 14, 2008    Wind Ensemble Spring Concert: An Evening in the Park
5:30 p.m.
Lawn in front of Staples Auditorium.
Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1422. 

Thursday, April 17, 2008    
Senior Music Major Recital: Kathleen Gregg, violin
7:30  p.m.
Reves Recital Hall.
Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1249.Wednesday - Saturday, April 16-19, 2008    
Senior Theatre Arts and Dance capstone production.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. daily with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.Cabe Theatre.
Sponsor: Department of Theatre Arts and Dance (501) 450-1369.

Thursday, April 17, 2008    Student Recital
11:10 a.m.Reves Recital Hall.
Recital featuring music majors and non music majors. Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1245.

Sunday, April 20, 2008    Chamber Players Spring Concert
7:30 p.m.
Reves Recital Hall.
Student Chamber ensembles perform a wide variety of works for different combinations of instruments. Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1249.  

Monday, April 21, 2008     Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert
7:30 p.m.
Reves Recital Hall.
The winner of the annual concerto competition is featured as a soloist with the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dr. Karen Griebling.  The program includes standard repertoire for chamber orchestra selected by the musicians. Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1247.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008Sierra Club Service Trip: Arizona Trail Service

Melissa Taylor worked with the Sierra Club to help build a section of the Arizona Trail. This involved a seven-mile hike to the worksite camp, where she used hand tools to extend the trail toward the Gila River. The non-motorized Trail is intended for hikers, cross-country skiers, bikers and equestrians, and it is noted for both its natural beauty and its low impact on the environment. Join Melissa to hear about the trail and her work on it this spring.

Thursday, April 24, 2008    
The Aonian/Murphy Programs Literary and Visual Art Contest Winners’ Reception, Reading, and Exhibit
4:30 p.m.Murphy Seminar Room.

This annual celebration will present the winners of the Murphy Program Literary and Visual Art Contest who will read and display their entries during a reception which will also celebrate the debut of this year’s campus literary magazine, the Aonian. Sponsor: Hendrix-Murphy Foundation (501) 450-4597

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Choir Spring Concert
7:30 p.m.Reves Recital Hall.
Featured work will be The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore by Gian Carlo Menotti. Assisted by members of the Dance Ensemble. Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1248.

Friday, April 25, 2008
Czech Your Steps: A Study of Ballroom Culture

Susan Meyer and Jonathan Nichols were on their toes—literally—for their Odyssey project. Ballroom dancing has a long history in the Czech Republic, and it has traditional significance for the culture. Meyer and Nichols attended balls in urban and rural settings in the country. They will share music and dance steps, along with their observations of Czech ballroom culture, in their presentation.

Sunday, April 27, 2008Sophomore Voice Recital: Kent Denton and Alexandra Reilman
4 p.m.Reves Recital Hall
Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1248.

Monday, April 28, 2008The In Crowd: A Look at Super Fans and the Role of Social Identity

Rainey Gibson and Amanda Mooneyham explored the topic of "Super Fans," who lose their identity in a sports team. For these individuals, loyalty to their team is not part of their life; it IS their life. This year, Rainey and Amanda attended the Cotton Bowl and hosted a game watch night in the Burrow. They will present the results of their study of Super Fans from a psychological perspective at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, in DW Reynolds 8.

Monday, April 28, 2008Jazz during Dinner:
Bryan Rodgers, alto sax; Nick Barnes, trumpet; Tim Pote, trombone; Mark Ayoub, piano; Josh Hernandez, guitar; Aaron Crawford, Leigh Ann Jensen, and John Merrill, bass; and Joshua Riley, drums
4:30Hulen Ballroom
Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1248.


2006-2007 Presentations: 

Becky Revoal
Friday, April 13, 2007
Odyssey grant recipient Becky Revoal immersed herself in the Aboriginal culture of Australia and will share recordings of its unique music.

Ingrid Geisler
Friday, April 27, 2007
Artist Ingrid Geisler received an Odyssey grant this year to create a body of work, starting with clay models and working up to larger metal sculptures.

Jeremy Crosmer
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Jeremy Crosmer is an outstanding musician and composer. His recital program consists of four cello sonatas written in the early twentieth century.  All of these works are considered Late Romantic pieces, and a common element between them is the use of lyric melodies whose harmonic idiom is structurally complicated when compared to earlier Romantic and Classical works.  Each of the composers is of a different nationality: Debussy is French, and writes in an impressionistic style; Prokofiev is Russian, and his cello sonata is surprisingly cheerful considering the turmoil going on in Russia at the time; the Hungarian composer Kodaly is the first to incorporate many of the virtuousic pyrotechnics found in his sonata for unaccompanied cello, and Barber, one of the first well-known American composers, contrasts blatantly dissonant sections with beautiful song-like melodies in each movement.  A reception will follow the recital in the Trieschmann lobby. Sponsor: Department of Music (501) 450-1247