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Hendrix Staff Awards 2017

staff award 1 staff award 2CONWAY, Ark. (May 26, 2017) – Hendrix College staff were recognized today at a special event on campus.

Head athletics trainer Laura Boyd and master carpenter Bruce DeLeuil were the recipients of the “Indi” Award for a staff member who, by his or her service, has proven to be an indispensable member of, and contributor to, the Hendrix community.

Boyd’s nomination letter said, “Athletic trainers are heroes, moving from sport to sport, season to season with little rest. Laura stands out, serving the nearly 500 student-athletes on our campus. Her dedication to her fellow trainers, the coaches, and student-athletes is given without fanfare, but Athletics could not function as well as it does without her leadership and hard work.”

Deleuil’s nominator wrote, “Bruce Deleuil is truly a Master Carpenter. He always brings a creative touch, best exemplified in the old metalwork from Hulen Hall that Bruce reconfigured into decorative coat racks and umbrella stands for the Student Life and Technology Center. Bruce is an old world craftsman, rare in this prefab world, and a true Hendrix legend.”

Pizza chef Eric Jones of Dining Services was the 2017 recipient of the A. C. Millar Innovator Award. The Millar Award is awarded to a staff member who is recognized for having the courage to champion new and innovative ideas for the betterment of Hendrix College.  The award is named for former Hendrix College President Alexander C. Millar, who was instrumental in moving the College from Altus to Conway in 1890.

“Eric created the "eric-thepizzaguy" Instagram account to help highlight the fun, welcoming atmosphere of the Dining Room,” according to the nomination letter. “The account has nearly 550 followers and is a clever, innovative way to showcase one of the best and most beloved parts of Hendrix's campus: its award-winning Dining Services staff and dining room.”

Past Hendrix Staff Award recipients include: Brenda Adams, Mary Beacham, Felicia Beaston, Julie Brown, Jay Burling, Brett Carr, Charles Coker, Shawn Goicoechea, Jamie Fotioo Groat, Holly Nelson, and Sharron Russell.  

Social Sciences Area Administrative Assistant Robin Hartwick was the 2017 recipient of the John Paulette Unsung Hero Award, given by the Hendrix Student Senate, which is presented to a staff member who has had an impact on students at Hendrix.

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