Student Outreach Services

The Staff

Christy C Coker
Student Advocate & Director

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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

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

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

Certifications:
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."

Reilly O'Neill, '23
SOAR Team Leader

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A junior who will graduate in May of 2023,   Reilly is a third-year student double majoring in Spanish and Economics. He has been an active member of SOAR since his sophomore year and plans to continue until he graduates.

On-campus, Reilly serves as a Residence Assistant (RA), Student Senate Bookkeeper, Cuong Nhu Club Leader, and avid member of the Filmmakers’ Club.   Reilly's strengths include organizational skills, programming, financial coordination, and communication.  He is known as a natural workaholic, making sure that tasks are not only done but done right!

As the team leader of SOAR, Reilly is certified in:

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

Reilly looks forward to working with the SOAR leadership team and striving to help students become more connected on campus. 

Alexandria Cade, '23
SOAR Team Mentor-Mentee Liaison

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Alexandria will graduate in the Spring of 2023, double majoring in Health Science and Computer Science. She has been part of SOAR since sophomore year. As Mentor-Mentee Liaison, she will work to establish meaningful connections between SOAR mentors and mentees so that both benefit from their relationships. 

On-campus, Alexandria has been involved in the Programming Club, Anime Club, and has served the Hendrix College Radio Station, KHDX, as the Chief Engineer.  She also has been a student staff member with the Oathout Technology Center (OTC), assisting faculty, staff, and students with technological issues.

As the Mentor-Mentee Liaison of SOAR, Alexandria is certified in:

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

From Little Rock, Alexandria likes to read, strategize League of Legends, and loves chocolate!  She is known among her peers as a compassionate, empathic, and caring person who will go the extra mile to help others.

Tucker Perry, '22
SOAR Secretary-Treasurer & SOAR Office Manager

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Tucker, a psychology major with plans to become a mental health counselor upon graduation in May of 2022, comes to Hendrix College via Haughton, Louisiana.  Having been a SOAR mentor since his freshman year at Hendrix, Tucker is certified in:

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

Tucker is best known on campus as someone with a huge smile and a continual sense of humor, someone always looking for ways to solve or minimize problems.  

Tucker is a voracious reader and loves music, history, and politics.  He has a passion for the protection and promotion of the often less talked about capybara as well as other animals.  Tucker is also a huge fan of New Orleans sports teams.

Christian Perez, '22
First Generation Fellow & SOS Assistant to the Director

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Christian comes to SOAR as a First Generation Fellow of Hendrix College in the summer of 2021.  With a major in Philosophy and graduation on the horizon of May 2022, he requested hands-on experience of working with people via multiple networks.  

Christian is a member of the Hendrix Men's Soccer Team and understands the commitment and responsibility that people need to have for each other.  He plans to use his education and skills in the field of individual assistance and supportive programs to help others upon graduation from college.

Christian is certified in:

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

From Mesquite, Texas, just outside of Dallas, Christian is a huge reader, well-read across many different genres.  He loves all music, especially Soul, and is an artist on the side.  Christian also enjoys good falafel, the authentic kind.