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Hendrix Students to Study Marine Biology in Belize

CONWAY, Ark. (March 27, 2013) - Eighteen Hendrix students will study marine biology in Belize at the end of the semester in May.

Students include:

  • Chloe Benichou          
  • Robin Brown              
  • Caitlin Cook               
  • Sydney Haldeman       
  • Alysa Hansen 
  • Jordan Jehlen              
  • Meghan Kerin 
  • Julia King                   
  • Sophie Knorek           
  • Wes Mills                    
  • Justin Mosbey 
  • Michael Ottenlips       
  • Brittany Page              
  • Lauren Ricci               
  • Melanie Roach
  • Josi Robertson
  • Hans Schleicher          
  • Kevin Spatz

The students will be accompanied by Hendrix biology professors Dr. Jenn Dearolf and Dr. Joe Lombardi.

The group visit the Belize Marine Tropical Research and Education Center on the island of Ambergris Caye; Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre) a Mayan archaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware; and explore the Mayan Ruins at Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in northern Guatemala. 

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit