Inauguration of William M. Tsutsui

Schedule of Events

Sunday, April 12

11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.

The Butterfly Effect:  Dedication of the Hendrix Butterfly Garden

Hendrix students have worked this spring to provide a rest and refueling stop for migrating, beautiful, orange and black Monarch butterflies.  Students completed their planting and dedicated the garden at approximately 12:30 p.m.

West of Washington Avenue, behind the Office of Public Safety

Thursday, April 16

6:00 p.m.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council

Irene Hirano Inouye is the former president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and has extensive experience in non-profit administration, community education and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Ms. Hirano Inouye is a Trustee and immediate past Chair of the Ford foundation; Trustee and immediate past Chair of the Kresge Foundation; Trustee of Washington Center; and Trustee of Independent Sector. She was married to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii.

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

An Evening with Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Poet Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché is an acclaimed poet, translator, and human rights activist. She is strongly associated with the literature of witness and has edited or co-edited two anthologies of "witness" poetry. Her own four books of poetry are deeply spiritual, mystical, and filled with praise for human existence. In addition to her work as a poet and an editor, she has translated the work of many writers and been awarded numerous prizes and grants. In 2013, Forché was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement. She is Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University.

Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building. Reception immediately following in Trieschmann Gallery

Friday, April 17

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Half Century Club Luncheon

This annual luncheon celebrated Hendrix alumni on the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Alumni from 1965 and earlier were invited.

Worsham Hall, Student Life and Technology Center. Reception immediately followed  in Galloway Hall Parlor

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education: A Panel Discussion

The panelists discussed one of the most important issues in higher education today – the value of a liberal arts education. While some believe a liberal arts education has become irrelevant in shaping careers and futures, others present compelling arguments that this thinking is patently false.

Moderator: Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt, Associate Provost for Engaged Learning, Director of the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling, and Professor of Philosophy at Hendrix.


  • Dr. Alice Hines, C. Louis and Charlotte Cabe Distinguished Professor of English at Hendrix
  • Rahfin Faruk, senior at Southern Methodist University, President's Scholar, and Truman Scholar
  • Carl J. Strikwerda, 14th president of Elizabethtown College, in Lancaster County, Pa.
  • Maia Yang, Hendrix class of 2013, President's Medal Winner, and Watson Fellow.

Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

History Unveiled: Commemorating Henry Sugimoto's 1943 Painting "Arrival at Camp Jerome"

Many Americans aren't aware that after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Government relocated between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry to internment camps in the interior of the country. Approximately 62 percent were American citizens who remained in these camps until after the war ended in 1945. Artist Henry Sugimoto's historic painting, part of the Hendrix permanent collection, depicts a family shortly after their arrival at Camp Jerome, in south Arkansas.

Mills Center

7:30 p.m.

The Hendrix Village Porch Crawl

9:00 p.m. (approximate time)

Godzilla is in the Building!

A classic Godzilla film was shown in Mills A.  Family and friends settled in for a monstrously good time!

Saturday, April 18

7:00 a.m.

Campus Kitty 5K Community Fun Run

This Fun Run was all about the fellowship shared by members and guests of our community – young and old. Many signed up, grabbed their running shoes – and joined the fun!

The Village at Hendrix

9:00 a.m.

Alumni Awards Breakfast

The morning included this celebration, honoring Tom Courtway '75 with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Laurie Smith with the James E. Major Service Award.

Worsham Hall, Student Life and Technology Center

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Inauguration Worship Service

Bishop Gary E. Mueller of the Arkansas Conference, United Methodist Church, led a brief worship service to begin Inauguration Day activities.

Greene Chapel

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-inaugural Address: Dr. John Churchill, Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

Dr. John Churchill is secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation's oldest academic honorary society. As secretary, Churchill is the Society's chief executive officer and the head of its national office. He was educated at Rhodes College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, at the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and at Yale University, where he was awarded the Ph.D. in 1978. Churchill was formerly vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Hendrix, where he also served as a professor of philosophy and twice as interim president.

Mills Center

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Barbecue Picnic for Alumni and Guests  

Young-Wise Memorial Plaza

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

James Hayes '88 Art Signing (Blown Glass)

Village Book Store

2:00 p.m.


Local attendees joined the Hendrix community, along with many distinguished guests and delegates from around the country, to witness and celebrate the historic inauguration of Hendrix College's 11th president, Dr. William M. Tsutsui. A reception followed in the Pecan Court, located in the heart of the Hendrix campus.

The west lawn of Fausett and Ellis Halls

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Charles Morgan Book Signing:  Matters of Life and Data

Village Book Store


Reunion Parties for Various Class Years

Sunday, April 19

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Alumni Memorial Worship Service

We remembered those alumni who have died in the past year in this moving service.

Greene Chapel

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Dedication of Hendrix Memorial Garden

Over the years, Hendrix College alumni and friends have asked about the possibility of dedicating a sacred place on campus, a place where those who love or are connected to Hendrix may choose to be interred. In response to this, Hendrix has introduced the Hendrix Memorial Garden, located directly to the south of Greene Chapel. A brief dedication of this special place immediately followed the Memorial Worship Service.

South of Greene Chapel

12:00 p.m.


Epley Dining Hall, Student Life and Technology Center

Monday, April 20

8:30 a.m.

Warrior Booster Club Golf Tournament

Participants extended the weekend and helped the Warrior Booster Club by carving out Monday morning for some competitive fun.

Centennial Country Club