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Six Students to Attend National UM Exploration Program

CONWAY, Ark. (November 11, 2013) – The Office of the Chaplain at Hendrix will send six students to the national United Methodist Exploration program in Denver, Colo., this month.

The program is for young adults, ages 18-26, who feel called to ministry in the United Methodist Church.

Student attendees include:

  • Violet Coker, a junior from Coppell, Texas
  • Malachi McDonald, a freshman from Jacksonville, Ark.
  • Beth Ayers, a freshman from Franklin, Tenn.
  • Sarah Partee, a freshman from Franklin, Tenn.
  • JillAnn Meunier, a senior Bloomington, Ind.
  • Alainna Collins, a freshman from Nixa, Mo.

“During the weekend, our students will meet with peers who are also considering ordination and hear call stories from young clergy who are passionate about their life’s work,” said Rev. J.J. Whitney, a 1996 alumna and Associate Chaplain of the College. “Representatives from the 13 UM seminaries will also be available as our students discern the next step after Hendrix.”

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth 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 latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit