CONWAY, Ark. (February
14, 2014) –The Hendrix cafeteria isn’t the only place on campus you can find good
At the first annual Facilities
Maintenance Chili Cook-Off Challenge, it was Housekeeping Supervisor Charlotte
Phillips – on the mend after double knee replacement surgery in December – who grabbed
the top prize, which included a bag of dried hot chili peppers, a ribbon and
bragging rights for a year.
Charlotte expects to be
able to return to work in two to three weeks.
Chaplain Rev. Wayne Clark, spokesman for the five judges, said the competition
was “extremely close” and all 13 entries were award-worthy.
Lachowsky grabbed second place honors, while Director of Facilities Systems
Management J.D. Thompson claimed third prize.
Other entrants were Jay
Gray, Joe French, Carla Givens, Lee Price, Justin Sutton, Luke Parker, Buddy
McElroy, Brent Peacock, Gary Summers and Terry Gilbreath. All participants
Judges included Rev. Clark, as well as Amy
Weaver, Buck Buchanan and Reed Heim of the Athletics Department, and Shawn
Goicoechea from the Office of Human Resources.
“J.D. Thompson came up
with the cook-off idea a few years back, and we decided to try it again,” said Director
of Facilities Loyd Ryan.
This year’s contest was
such a success that Facilities Maintenance will make it an annual event, Ryan
“We have some
extraordinarily good cooks, and everyone seemed to have a very good time,” said
Ryan. “Thanks to all who entered and to the volunteer judges!”
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.