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2023 Hendrix Odyssey Medals Awarded

Campbell, Raney, Stewart honored for excellence in healthcare leadership, scientific research, and literature

CONWAY, Ark. (October 27, 2023) — Hendrix College yesterday awarded Odyssey Medals to alumni whose life achievements exemplify the ideals of the Hendrix Odyssey Program.

Odyssey Medalists are selected by the Hendrix Board of Trustees for their accomplishments in one of the six Odyssey categories: Artistic Creativity, Global Awareness, Professional and Leadership Development, Service to the World, Research, or Special Projects.

The 2023 Odyssey Medal Recipients and their Odyssey Medal categories are:

  • Trenton Lee Stewart ’92 – Artistic Creativity
  • Cabrina Campbell, M.D. ’85 – Professional and Leadership Development  
  • Kevin Raney, Ph.D. ’86 – Research  

Stewart and Raney were presented their medals Thursday at a special luncheon on campus and recognized at an evening reception for Hendrix alumni, donors, and friends. Campbell was unable to attend this year’s presentation and will receive her medal next year.

View photos from the luncheon and reception

Trenton Lee Stewart ’92 – Artistic Creativity

Novelist and short story writer Trenton Lee Stewart is a Hot Springs, Arkansas, native and Hendrix graduate living in Little Rock. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop M.F.A. program, Stewart has taught creative writing at Hendrix, the University of Iowa, Miami University (Ohio), and at the University of Cincinnati. 

Among his publishing credits are the literary novel Flood Summer, The Secret Keepers, and the New York Times best-selling series The Mysterious Benedict Society, which has been adapted as a Disney+ television series. 

Stewart has served on the Porter Literary Fund Board, the Arkansas Literary Festival Talent Committee, and the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre Board. Using his novels as a springboard, Stewart promotes literacy through school visits and conversations with young readers and readers-to-be. In 2014 and 2019, Stewart served as Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Faculty, teaching the popular English-Creative Writing course Writing and Publishing Fiction. 

As a student at Hendrix, Stewart graduated magna cum laude, and he won the McCuistion English Prize and the Robert L. Campbell-Walter A. Moffatt Award. Stewart cites encouragement from Hendrix creative writing professor Jack Butler to think of himself as a writer, and he applied to the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. 

Soon after finishing his M.F.A., Stewart began to dedicate his professional life to writing fiction for middle-grade readers, thus introducing young people to a lifetime of reading. Stewart has published eight novels: Flood Summer (2005), The Mysterious Benedict Society (2007), The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (2008), The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (2009), The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums (2010), The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (2012), The Secret Keepers (2016), and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of the Ages (2019). 

Cabrina Campbell, M.D. ’85 – Professional and Leadership Development  

Cabrina Campbell, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Vice-Chair of Education, and Director of the Residency Program at the nation’s first medical school, the prestigious Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Campbell graduated from Hendrix with distinction and received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty at Perelman; she is an attending physician at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, where she also has served as Director of Acute Psychiatry.  

An author and researcher, Campbell has earned a reputation for her compassion with students and patients alike. She has won many awards, honoring her excellence as a teacher and as a physician—among them, two Humanism and Medicine awards, one given by the Association of American Medical Colleges and another by Penn Medicine; the American Psychiatric Association Roeske Award; the coveted University-wide Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Teaching Award; Blockley-Osler for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Medicine at the Bedside; and the Robert Dunning Memorial Award, also an award for excellence in teaching.  

Campbell is an inductee to Alpha Omega Alpha, Penn Med Minority Hall of Fame, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She has been awarded four Penn Pearl Awards for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. 

Kevin Raney, Ph.D. ’86 – Research 

Kevin Raney serves as Professor and Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and as Director of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center Proteomics Facility at UAMS, Little Rock, Arkansas. A chemistry major at Hendrix, he earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His dissertation title was “Chemical and Biochemical Studies of Aflatoxin B1 Epoxide.” He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania State University. 

Returning to Arkansas in 1995, Raney began as an assistant professor and has held the previously mentioned post at UAMS since 2001. His research interests lie in the field of enzyme kinetics. He studies the mechanisms of a class of enzymes known as helicases, which have a vital role in DNA replication and repair. Specifically, he has been studying a key enzyme in the replication of hepatitis C virus. 

Between 1986 and 2004, Raney earned awards from the following entities: American Institute of Chemists, National Cancer Institute, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and UAMS. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Biophysical Society. 

With more than 150 publications, Raney’s writings have been published in 30 journals, such as Environmental Health Perspective, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nucleic Acids Research, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Chemical Research in Toxicology, and Biochemistry, in addition to submitted manuscripts and manuscripts in revision, more than 35 posters and published abstracts, multiple book chapters, and review articles. He also holds two patents for his work. An active participant in seminars, Raney has made presentations at University of Miami, Case Western University, University of Arkansas, Vanderbilt University, and University of Buffalo, as well as international presentations at the University of Cambridge (UK) and in Spain, Japan, Switzerland, and Scotland. 

In Raney’s service to UAMS, he has served or continues to serve on 15 UAMS committees since 1997, advises graduate students, supervises postdoctoral fellowships, and has participated in departmental recruiting seminars for Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State University, Austin College, Tulsa University, SW Texas State University, NE Oklahoma State University, John Brown University, and Southwestern University, as well as Hendrix College. One of his key accomplishments at UAMS has been the establishment of the Proteomics Core Facility, a campus-wide resource that provides protein sequence analysis for researchers at UAMS and other academic institutions in the state. He was responsible for writing the grant that made this facility possible. He advises faculty members of ways they can use the tools of proteomics to solve various research problems. He served on the 2013-2014 Board of Directors for the Association of Medical and Graduate Departments of Biochemistry. In 2022, he was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

About the Hendrix Odyssey Program

Established in 2004, the Odyssey Program requires all Hendrix College students to complete three Odyssey experiences or projects during their undergraduate careers, in three of the six Odyssey categories. The program ensures that students look beyond the classroom to experience educational opportunities in the liberal arts and sciences.

About Hendrix College

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