Student Outreach Services



Student Outreach Alternative Resources

The transition to college is not always an easy one.  Learning new rules and regulations, experiencing new freedoms and cultures, plus not knowing the people around you, including your roommate, are just a few of the challenges first-year students encounter. Because of this, some students will question themselves, and their choices, and perhaps feel isolated. Homesickness during the first few weeks of being away from family is actually quite common.  Making new friends is not always easy.  SOAR seeks individuals who may not be actively involved in the initial stages of transitioning to college to offer an empathetic hand or ear.  This is done via:

SOS sponsors a proactive, dedicated group of students on campus via Student Outreach Alternative Resources, or SOAR. SOAR is made up of upperclassmen who are campus leaders wanting to make a difference in the lives of incoming students by serving students as peer mentors – not in the academic sense, but in the social world of the Hendrix Community.

As of the Fall semester, of 2018, each individual SOAR team member will have completed training and certification in:

  • Mental Health First Aid, is a process of how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps these peer mentors to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses.
  • One Love Campaign is a series of short and shareable digital content in five unique chapters that shine a spotlight on unhealthy or emotionally abusive relationship behaviors—or the gray area between love and control. The training teaches peer mentors how to safely identify and educate peers when factors indicate “That’s Not Love!”
  • safeTALK is the implementation of how to notice and respond to situations where suicidal thoughts might be present; Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked; move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide; apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe; and have a comprehensive knowledge of community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to those resources for further help.
  • Safe Zone (LGBTQ+) is a resource for powerful, effective, LGBTQ+ awareness and ally training; it provides terminology and definitions to assist individuals in better understanding the changing culture of identity in society.
  • Substance Addiction and/or Abuse (visual identification and understanding) provides information regarding the identification and prevention of compulsive drug or alcohol use that leads to significant disruptions in daily living, including loss of education or work, relationships, and health. 
  • Emotional Intelligence is a session assisting the SOAR Team members in enhancing their capacity of individuals to recognize their own, and other people's emotions, discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.
  • Campus Safety (for Hendrix College) includes the process of collaboration between members of the team and the campus safety staff to protect the rights, responsibilities, and health of the residents on campus as well as the physical campus.

As of the Spring Semester, 2023, each individual SOAR team member has completed training in:

  • Opioid overdose and Narcan administration with Narcan available to each team member.
  • Strong Defense, with Dianna Strong, self-defense application for self-protection.
  • Situational Problem-Solving through a certified ropes course.

One of the most attended SOAR events is the Second Saturday Supper.  For
students unwilling, or unable, to venture out for a meal off-campus when the dining hall is closed on Saturday nights, SOAR provides a community meal at 6:00 p.m. for each second (2nd) Saturday of the month when classes are in
session in September, October, November, February, March, April.  It is a first-come, first-served buffet meal until the food is gone and is held in 107 Student Life & Technology Center, SLTC.

SOAR also oversees the planning and running of the alternative campus events – held during main events - to provide optional, alternative programming.  Alcohol and other substances are banned from these events.  Watch for details in Hendrix Today and on posters around campus!

                         Lego My Eggo & Game Night                        August 25                                  07:00p
                         Friendly Feud—with the Dean!                  September 16                        07:00p
                         Cutie Patootie Baby Face Contest           October 02                                5 Days               
                         Masquerade!                                                               October 21                                 07:00p
                         It’s a Carving Good Time!                                October 31                                  All Day
                         HDX Warrior Assassins—Battle I             November 06                         10 Days
                         There’s Magic in the Air                                    January 27                                 07:00p
                         Games, Games, & More Games!                March 02                                    07:00p
                          Interactive Murder Mystery                         April 05                                        07:30p
                          HDX Warrior Assassins—Redux               April 10                                         10 Days
                          Bingo Blast Bonanza                                           April 27                                        07:00p

Check out the 2023 SOAR Presents: Next of Kin!  This event provided an interactive murder mystery for the attendees to solve!  Faculty and staff, and students, show their acting skills for a rootin' tootin' good time of fun and solving "Who done it!"

Outside peer off-campus events are a popular SOAR program.  SOAR sponsors events, known as Super Saturday Socials on the third (3rd) Saturday of each month, providing longer, smaller, more intimate time periods of social connection than the alternative event. Limited to 20 persons, max!  First come, first travel!

                        Little Rock Zoo                                                         September 16                           01:00p
                        Salty Harbor Mini-Golf                                   October 21                                    01:00p
                        USS Razorback Submarine Tour              November 18                             01:00p
                        Skatium Ice Skating                                            February  17                                 01:00p
                        Altitude Trampoline Park                              April  20                                          01:00p

Pizza is provided via RSVP for students on one Saturday night per month to compensate for the Saturday night closure of the dining hall!  This occurs the fourth (4th) Saturday in September, October, November, February, March, and April at 6:00p in 107 SLTC!

By creating new avenues via unique and different interpersonal relationships, participating in alternative activities for those who want to start out more slowly in social acclimation than the campus-wide party, and moving around in smaller group activities to help achieve self-confidence in a big, new world, the SOAR peer mentors provide a safe, fun experience for new students. This helps first-year students build a stronger, more fluid transition into college life, making SOAR a refreshing haven of good friendships and lasting memories.

Student referrals for SOAR can be made via parents, faculty, staff, siblings, friends, acquaintances, and others through the SOS office. Students often refer themselves, too.

SOAR is committed to privacy for the student among all populations unless the student gives permission for the release of information and signs a release statement.

SOAR is NOT a professional psychological counseling service.


Realizing Improved Student Engagement

RISE (Realizing Improved Student Engagement) collectively selects the first-year students who scored below a 2.50 GPA in their initial Hendrix semester.  Rise coordinates with various departments across campus to form an informational panel of program and service providers to re-introduce available resources on campus – some academic and some daily living in a campus community.  Completing a self-contract after the workshop, bringing that contract into the SOS office for introspective review, and being referred to the offices on campus that can assist each individual (customized, based on need) in overcoming challenges that hindered class outcomes in their first semester.