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Hendrix Celebrates Staff with Year-End Bash


CONWAY, Ark. (June 2, 2021) — Hendrix College celebrated the many contributions of staff members at a year-end program, which included staff awards, as well as games and prizes.

While last year’s annual staff celebration was canceled due to COVID-19, this year’s event was retooled with safety measures in place so the College staff community could get together and celebrate the end of an extraordinary year. View event photos

The following awards were presented:

Indi Award (presented to a staff member or staff members who, by their service, has proven to be an indispensable member of, and contributor to, the Hendrix community)

  • De Ann Huett, Administrative Assistant, Student Affairs 
  • Christina Norman, Assistant Controller 
  • Tim Purkiss, Director of Summer Programs, COVID Testing/Tracing Coordinator

A. C. Millar Innovator Award (given to a staff member who champions new and innovative ideas to make Hendrix better; named for Hendrix College President A. C. Millar, who was instrumental in moving the College from Altus to Conway in 1890)

  • Jay Burling, Associate Vice President of Technology Services   
  • Bobby Engeler-Young, Director of Media Services  
  • Shelly Bradley, Laboratory Technician and Chemical Hygiene Officer  

Helen S. Plotkin Team Excellence Award (given to a staff office or a project team of staff members from multiple offices to recognize a successful project or accomplishment that contributes to the strategic goals of the College; named for former Vice President of Marketing Communications Helen S. Plotkin, who retired in 2017 after more than two decades of service to Hendrix) 

  • The Office of Residence Life
  • The Office of Dining Services
  • The Endowed Scholarship Video Project Team 

John Paulette Unsung Hero Award (given by the Hendrix Student Senate to a member of the Hendrix community who is being recognized for quietly and consistently doing work that makes other people’s lives better and easier and whose work has an impact on the lives of students)  

  • Nick Horn, Facilities and Housekeeping 

Along with the yearly Staff Awards, Hendrix President Ellis Arnold presented special Meritorious Service Awards to the following groups:

  • Facilities  
  • Technology Services  
  • The Contact Tracing, Testing, Quarantine, and Isolation Team
  • The COVID Steering Committee 

“These groups were critical during our response to the pandemic. They made sure that we stayed safe and continued to deliver an experience that is worthy of the Hendrix name,” said Arnold. “They were always prepared and willing to respond at a moment’s notice. Their work deserves recognition for many reasons, but most importantly, it is the selfless nature of these individuals who give so much of their time to help others in need with no expectation of reward that is so commendable. We owe them all a debt of gratitude for their commitment to our campus.”  

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.