Hendrix Magazine

Buildings That Build Leaders

Through A Commitment to National Leadership, Hendrix revolutionized its academic program into a national model of innovation in higher education. As a result, the College experienced a record enrollment of students from Arkansas, across the country, and around the world.

With the support of $45 million in capital gifts and pledges from alumni, friends, and philanthropic organizations during this campaign, the Hendrix campus too was transformed with more than 200,000 square feet of new facilities completed during this campaign.

In 2004, a three-building Art Center was completed with studio space for ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, along with welding and wood shops and an auditorium for art history.

In 2007, the College completed a new Wellness and Athletics Center, which includes space for aquatics, intercollegiate basketball and volleyball, intramural and recreational sports, personal health and wellness, and classrooms for kinesiology. The Wellness and Athletics Center also serves as the gateway to a new athletics complex featuring an eight-lane track with artificial surface infield for men’s lacrosse and women’s field hockey, and new lighted fields for baseball, soccer, and softball.

In 2010, Hendrix opened a $26 million Student Life and Technology Center, the largest capital project in the history of the College. Among its many amenities, the SLTC is the home of Your Hendrix Odyssey; the Oathout Technology Center; the Hendrix-Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling; the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture; and offices for Academic Support Services, International Programs, Student Affairs, and Student Activities. The SLTC also includes a beautiful main dining hall. The SLTC was certified LEED-Gold by the Green Building Certification Institute, making Hendrix the first college in Arkansas to receive this environmentally-friendly distinction, according to the Arkansas chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Marshall Oathout ’65 and his wife Edie provided a significant gift to the SLTC through his estate. The Oathouts estate gift was used to support a state-of-the-art environment for students and faculty to work collaboratively using the most advanced academic and social technology available.

"Our careers focused on science, technology, and education, so we felt that the SLTC and the Technology Center would be a good fit for us," Oathout said.

To honor their commitment, Hendrix was pleased to name the Oathout Technology Center in their honor.

Garth Martin ’52 and his wife, Joann ’55, supported the construction of the Wellness and Athletics Center through a charitable gift annuity.

New buildings are much more than bricks and mortar, Martin said.

"The new Wellness and Athletics Center is such a great improvement over what was there when I was a student," he said. "I’m just delighted to see the College upgrade their facilities, and I count it a privilege to help them continue to develop."