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Students Serve in Birmingham on Miller Center Service-Learning Trip

group picCONWAY, Ark. (May 25, 2017) – Ten Hendrix College students visited Birmingham, Alabama, this summer on a Miller Center Service-Learning trip to work with the Joe Rush Center with Urban Ministries.

Student participants included:

  • Sam Coker ’19
  • Alice Fan ’20
  • Megan Hunter ’18
  • Rachel Shepherd ’20
  • Olivia Sims ’17
  • Brock Sullivan ’19
  • Marchelle Williams ’19
  • Samantha Wycoff ’19
  • Ashley Ybarra ‘20
  • Maggie Young ’19

Students were accompanied by professor Gina Bergfeld ‘03, staff member Leigh Lassiter-Counts ‘01, and Hendrix College Chaplain Rev. J.J. Whitney ’96.

Most of the week was spent painting homes in the Midfield area, volunteering at the West End Community Garden, and serving with the Community Ministry of Highlands UMC and the food pantry of Woodlawn UMC.

The group also visited significant sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Kelly Ingraham Park, 16th Street Baptist Church, and the Civil Rights Institute.  

“It was especially rewarding to serve with the neighbors of Birmingham as they showed us incredible hospitality,” mentioned Rev. Whitney, who led the trip. “As we painted homes or worked alongside folks form the community, we were met with home cooked meals, glasses of lemonade, and many questions about life in college and in Arkansas. After a difficult week of finals and the celebrations of commencement, it was a wonderful experience to volunteer with Hendrix students and to get to know our neighbors through acts of service.”

The service-learning trip was sponsored by the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling.

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