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Hendrix College Alumni Association Awards

CONWAY, Ark. (February 13, 2017) — The Hendrix College Alumni Association will honor two alumni Gabrielle Schonder ’07 and Martha Love Faulkner ’49, along with Dee Dee Allen at the Alumni Association Awards Brunch held during Alumni Weekend on April 22, at 10 a.m., in Worsham Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center.

The 2017 Alumni Association Award Honorees:

Gabrielle HeadshotOutstanding Young Alumni Award — Gabrielle Schonder ’07

Gabrielle is an Emmy Award winning producer and reporter with PBS’ acclaimed investigative documentary series FRONTLINE. Gabrielle’s fair and objective reporting and in-depth investigations are setting the highest editorial standards for broadcast journalism. Prior to joining FRONTLINE, Gabrielle co-produced 20 stories at 60 Minutes, the highest rated news program in history. Best known for working inside the Beltway, Gabrielle co-produced the investigative reports Insiders, Washington's Open Secret, The Broken Senate, Inside the NSA, The Deputy Director, False Confession Capital, and Treating Ebola.  Lobbyists, prosecutors, displaced young migrants and congressional sources have all trusted Gabrielle with their stories. Her reporting has taken her to the UN, State Department, NSA, CIA, FBI, Department of Justice, The White House, the US Capitol and two dozen mediocre coffee shops to meet whistleblowers.

Dee DeeJames E. Major Service Award — Dee Dee Allen

Dee Dee was the manager of the Hendrix College Bookstore from August 1999 until she retired in November 2016.  She began her bookstore career in 1977 while working for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1979 from UALR. Since retiring she enjoys spending time gardening and with her husband, David, her two children, and her three grandchildren.

Faulkner, MarthaHendrix Humanitarian Award — Martha Love Faulkner ’49

From being a member of the Women's Emergency Committee during the Little Rock School Desegregation Crisis to serving on multiple boards including Camp Aldersgate, Philander Smith College, and The Lydia Patterson Institute, Martha embodies what it means to significantly improve the quality of life in the world through her service and dedication to humanity.  She met her late husband, Winston, while both were Hendrix students.  She has four children, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit