Student Outreach Services

The Staff

Christy C Coker
Student Advocate & Director


As director of a retention, intervention, and prevention program, Christy Coker works to engage all segments of the Hendrix College student population by connecting students with mentors, services, resources, programs, networks, interventions, and/or preventions to increase successful holistic and positive experiences for students throughout their time in the Hendrix community.

As the student advocate, the opportunity to work in multiple areas of a college community utilizing critical partnerships - faculty, staff, administration, student, parent, alumni - to assist students in becoming the persons they were born to be via information provision and/or problem-solving, is her primary goal on campus. Combining supportive, pro-active independent steps with what is available to students allows for personal, educational, and professional growth customized for each individual student.  She is also the Student Outreach Alternative Resource (SOAR) Advisor.

With a Bachelor of Science (BSE) in Communication Education and a Master of Arts (MA) in Communication, Ms. Coker was previously a faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas Tech University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before returning home to Faulkner County in 2005. She was an Arkansas delegate to America's Promise under the direction of General Colin Powell, and is a 2006 graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute.  In her off-time, she is an event planner, genealogy researcher, and non-profit consultant.  Her daughter, Jordan, is a 2016 graduate of Hendrix and her grandson, John Christopher, is a prospective 2038 Hendrix graduate.  Ms. Coker lives in the northern part of Faulkner County.

Additional Roles:
Life Strategies Coach
Homeless Student Liaison
Legal Advocate

Life Strategies Planning
Strong Interest Inventory (Professional, Social, Personal Interests – Career)
Stephens’ Ministry Care Program

Reflective Thinking (John Dewey)
Internal Conflict Resolution, Dale Carnegie
OneLove Escalation (Relationship Conflict)

Mental Health First Aid
safeTALK (Suicide Prevention)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Title IX & Campus SaVE Act
OneLove Escalation (Relationship Conflict)
Conflict Style Interpretation
Infusing Emotional Intelligence into College Peer & Leadership Programs

Ms. Coker's overall professional role supports the motto of Hendrix College and reinforces the practice of "unto the whole person."

Lyle Alford
SOAR Team Leader


A senior who will graduate this upcoming May with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a minor in French, Lyle is a Louisiana native who hails from Natchitoches and the Sabine parish. He is passionate about the well-being of the student body of Hendrix as a whole, and supports this passion through leadership via the Student Outreach Alternative Resources (SOAR) team.  In the three years he has been on the team, he served two years as the treasurer and executive member responsible for critical in planning, hosting, and developing many of the events and activities SOAR has presented. Lyle also serves an influential role in recruiting for, and educating live, SOAR on the Hendrix College campus.  He is also the liaison for SOAR with the SOS Office.  Lyle is a member of the Hendrix College competitive swim team.

Olivia Schoenecker
SOS/SOAR Mentor-Mentee Liaison


Olivia, a senior graduating in May, is a psychology major who in interested in advancing her career post-Hendrix in the field of sociology, leading to social work.  She has been a member of the SOAR team since her sophomore year at Hendrix and has served as peer mentor, event planner, team leader, and has played a large role in the success of many of the alternative activities. She has a critical role in this year's SOS-SOAR mentor-mentee matching process, utilizing her research and placement expertise learned while a student at Hendrix.