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Hendrix Receives Mellon Grant for Writing Across the Curriculum

CONWAY, Ark. (July 8, 2013) – Hendrix College recently received a $250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a two-year Writing Across the Curriculum project.

The grant supports a faculty committee charged with reviewing writing instruction and outcomes at Hendrix and elsewhere. The committee will make recommendations at the conclusion of the grant period.

Longtime English professor Dr. Alice Hines, who developed and currently manages the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Hendrix, recently completed a sabbatical to study writing programs at other institutions.

Hines’ sabbatical research will be critical to the faculty committee’s work, says Dr. Alex Vernon, the chair of the Humanities area.

The Mellon-funded project will also include a pilot course on essay writing developed by Dr. Pat Hoy, who recently retired as director of New York University’s expository writing program.

Under Hoy’s tutelage, five Hendrix faculty members will offer seven sections of the pilot essay writing course. The faculty members include Dr. Vernon, Dr. Toni Jaudon, and Dr. Tyrone Jaeger from the English department, as well as Dr. Allison Shutt (history), and Dr. Rod Miller (art).

“We believe that forming practiced writers should be a signature feature and outcome of any liberal arts education,” said W. Ellis Arnold III, Acting President of Hendrix. “The assistance of the Andrew Mellon Foundation in developing a new writing program will have a significant impact upon the College’s ability to produce graduates with writing skills that will serve them for a lifetime in a wide range of professional and personal endeavors.”

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