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Students to Spend Spring Break in Service

CONWAY, Ark. (March 18, 2014) – Twelve Hendrix students will spend spring break on a mission trip to Seattle, Wash. The trip is sponsored by the Hendrix-Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling.

Student participants include:

  • Hanna Katz, a junior from Tulsa, Okla.
  • Troy Koser, a freshman from Seminole, Fla.
  • Hope Montgomery, a junior from Union City, Tenn.
  • Jackie Nyamutumbu, a sophomore from Zimbabwe
  • Barbara Patterson, a sophomore from Houston, Texas
  • Michala Roberts, a freshman from Conway, Ark.
  • Madison Schallhorn, a sophomore from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Erin Shaw-Meadow, a senior from San Antonio, Texas
  • Emily Smith, a senior from Benton, Ark.
  • Ty Spradley, a sophomore from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jessa Thurman, a sophomore from Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Grant Zurcher6, a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas
The students will work closely with Karyn Kuan ’13 at her home church, First United Methodist Church of Seattle, in their outreach to the homeless community. They will cook meals for the Blaine Center, a men’s shelter located next to the church, and help with the Shared Breakfast on Sunday morning. They will also volunteer with a Seattle food bank, as well as Mary’s Place, an agency for homeless women and children, and New Horizons Café, an agency for homeless youth.  

“The focus of our mission trips is to find places in the world where students can work alongside, and develop meaningful relationships with, members of communities in need of vital social and material resources. We find that through such relationships the students are led to dig deeply into the social injustices faced by these communities and to examine their own lives. These experiences foster a journey of self-discovery and unearth deep purposes that students find guide their vocational choices in concrete ways,” Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt, director of the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling.

Associate Chaplain Rev. J.J. Whitney, associate director of the Miller Center, and Hendrix English professor Dr. Giffen Maupin will accompany the students.

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