CONWAY, Ark. (January 23, 2014) – The Hendrix College
Alumni Association will honor four distinguished graduates on Saturday, April 5
at 10:30 a.m. in Worsham Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology
2014 Alumni Association Award winners include:
Pittman Burch '82 – Distinguished Alumnus Award
- LeAnn Dean Morrissey ’92 – Humanitarian Award
Hooten – James E. Major Service Award
Atkinson ’01– Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
The Alumni Association Awards are part of Alumni Weekend
2014 April 4 – 6. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Office
of Alumni and Constituent Engagement website or call
Pittman Burch '82
U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Leanne Pittman Burch '82 is
Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command with nearly 30 years of
commissioned service. Her active military duty included service as senior legal
mentor for the Afghan Defense Ministry and National Army. She has received the
Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and NATO Medal.
LeAnn Dean Morrissey ’92
After practicing law for seven years, LeAnn Morrissey
founded Operation Shower in 2007 to send “showers in a box” to military
families who were expecting a baby while the father was deployed and would miss
the birth. Operation Shower now serves more than 1,700 military moms nationwide
in all branches of the service as part of the Joining Forces initiative to give
back to military families.
Charles Hooten has worked 57 years at Hendrix. His father,
his grandfather, and his grandmother have all worked on campus. Hooten began
working at Hendrix College “in the fields” in 1957. In 2004, he retired as the maintenance
foreman and, since that time, has been a part-time plumber on campus two days a
Rock native Ashlie Atkinson is a 2001 Hendrix graduate and a 2003 alumna of the
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., she has
acted in more than 50 films and television shows and has performed live theatre
on Broadway, in the West End, and internationally.
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 www.hendrix.edu.