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Alumni Association to Honor Four at Awards Brunch

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 Center.

The 2014 Alumni Association Award winners include:

  • LeAnne Pittman Burch '82 – Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • LeAnn Dean Morrissey ’92 – Humanitarian Award
  • Charlie Hooten – James E. Major Service Award
  • Ashlie 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 501-450-1355.

Recipient Bios:

LeAnne 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.  

Charlie Hooten

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 week.

Ashlie Atkinson ’01

Little 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