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Hendrix Staff Awards 2018

CONWAY, Ark. (May 25, 2018) – Hendrix College staff were recognized today at a special event on campus.

Martha Dyer of Dining Services and Cris Williamson of the Business Office 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.

Dyer’s nominator noted that “Martha takes the time to know everyone, and also takes the time for student activities.” Williamson was praised for her readiness to assist co-workers: “Cris is always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it is for routine Business Office operations, through her role as building coordinator in Fausett Hall, or with orienting new employees.”

Jenn Morehead, director of annual giving in the Office of Development, was the 2018 recipient of the A. C. Millar Innovator Award. The Millar Award goes to a staff member 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.

“Jenn implemented the Second Ask calling group during Phonathon with great results,” wrote Morehead’s nominator. “She also worked on getting alumni local business owners involved in Day of Giving, and many alumni business owners have already expressed interest in participating again next year. She has followed through on all of these new ideas while getting her Master’s degree, and has worked so hard to improve donor relations for our College.”

A new honor, the Helen S. Plotkin Team Excellence Award, went to the offices and individuals who helped with this spring’s Hendrix Day of Giving campaign. Named for former Vice President of Marketing Communications Helen S. Plotkin, who retired in 2017 after more than two decades of service to Hendrix, this award goes to a staff office (or a project team of staff members from multiple offices) to recognize a successful project or accomplishment that contributes to the strategic goals of the College. The inaugural Plotkin Award went to collaborators from the Offices of Advancement Services, Development, and Marketing Communications, and Jay Burling and Travis Peeples of Technology Services.

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

Joshua Pickens of Facilities Management was the 2018 recipient of the John Paulette Unsung Hero Award, which is given by the Hendrix Student Senate to a staff member who has had an impact on students at Hendrix.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit