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Hendrix Highlights of 2019

CONWAY, Ark. (December 20, 2019) — As 2019 draws to a close, here’s a look back at a few of the milestones, accomplishments, innovations, and honors at Hendrix College since January of this year:


Distinguished Professors Installed

Dr. John Krebs became the Willis H. Holmes Distinguished Professor of Music and Dr. Matthew D. Moran became the Elbert L. Fausett Distinguished Professor of Biology at an Aug. 29 installation ceremony. The College’s distinguished professorships recognize an individual’s exemplary achievement as a teacher and scholar, combined with sustained and noteworthy service to higher education, including service to the College.

Odyssey Medalists Recognized

Hendrix College awarded its 2019 Odyssey Medals to Patterson Clark ’77 for Artistic Creativity; the Rev. Dr. Rebekah Miles ’82 for Research; and Mike Mills ’74 for Professional and Leadership Development. The Odyssey Medal recognizes alumni whose life achievements exemplify the ideals of the Hendrix Odyssey Program.

Presidential Transition Announced

Following President Bill Tsutsui’s retirement announcement in November, the Board of Trustees named W. Ellis Arnold III ’79 as the next President of Hendrix College. Arnold begins his new role on Dec. 31. He will be the 12th President of the College, and the first Hendrix alumnus named to the presidency since 1958.

Additional New Roles on Campus

Mary Kennedy joined the Hendrix staff in January as the inaugural director/curator of the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College, which will open in 2020 on the first floor of the new Miller Creative Quad. Politics and international relations professor Dr. Kiril Kolev became the new director of the Hendrix Odyssey Program, the College’s nationally recognized engaged learning initiative. And psychology professor Dr. Lindsay Kennedy (no relation to Mary) was named the College’s inaugural Director of Well-Being; her Odyssey Professorship that focused on well-being has grown into a campus-wide Well-Being Initiative promoting mental health and resilience at Hendrix.


Tuition Advantage

In September, the College announced that for qualified first-year students entering Fall 2020, Hendrix will match the published tuition for the flagship public school in the students’ home state. After all Hendrix College-provided aid is applied and a qualified student still owes more in tuition and fees than the published rate for their state flagship, Hendrix will award an additional scholarship to bring the amount down to the flagship institution rate. The new Tuition Advantage program is part of the College’s commitment to accessibility and affordability.

Test Optional Admission

Prospective Hendrix students now have the option to request their test scores not be considered if they feel the scores do not represent their ability. Students may indicate their preference to be considered as test optional on both Hendrix’s application and the Common Application. While Hendrix has long considered applications holistically and never used test scores as a make-or-break factor, test optional admission promotes equity and excellence and recognizes that test scores do not equal merit.

Varsity Esports

Hendrix announced the launch of its varsity esports program with the selection of inaugural esports head coach Logan Horton in November. Horton, who officially begins his role in January 2020, hopes to see 20 or more esports team members during the first season. Students will try out for a spot on the team and, like other intercollegiate athletes, they will practice five or six days a week, working on skills, communication, teamwork, and bonding. Though esports is not yet officially recognized or sanctioned by the NCAA, esports players will be held to the same standards as the College’s NCAA Division III student-athletes, including academic performance, drug screening, and fitness requirements.


Miller Creative Quad Opening

In August, the upper floors of the Carolyn L. and David B. Miller Creative Quad welcomed 100 students to the new living spaces in Arkansas Hall and Conway Corporation Hall. Work crews continued preparing the ground floor for the Spring 2020 move-in of the Department of Music, the Film Studies Program, and the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College. In a nod to history, the first floor of Conway Corporation Hall features slate tiles that once covered the roof of Hulen Hall, which held the student center, cafeteria, and ballroom that served campus for 60 years.

Ongoing National Recognition and Achievement

  • Hendrix continues to hold the distinction of being the only top 100 nationally ranked liberal arts college in Arkansas, with yet another appearance in the U.S. News & World Report Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list, as well as its Best Value and Most Innovative Schools lists.
  • The College also achieved a four-year graduation rate of 70%, the highest in Arkansas and among the top four-year graduation rates in the country.
  • In its Survey of Earned Doctorates, the National Science Foundation recognized Hendrix among the top national institutions in preparing doctoral-level science educators and researchers.

Individual honors for Hendrix students include:

Athletics Honors for Hendrix Warriors

Baseball: The team won a share of the 2019 SAA Regular Season Championship, its first-ever SAA title. Andrei Stoyanow ’22 was named SAA Newcomer of the Year, Head Coach Sean McSheffery was named SAA Coach of the Year, and the team finished the season with a program-best 30 wins. Pitcher Jack Hodgins ’23 was named to the All-South First Team and Rookie of the Year. Softball: Emily Stockalper ’19 tossed Hendrix’s 10th no-hitter and third-ever perfect game in a 17-0 rout of the Sewanee Tigers on March 31. Volleyball: The team made it to the semifinals of the SAA Championships for the seventh straight postseason and earned a no. 3 seed for the tournament for the third straight year. Lauren Dwyer ’20 was named a CoSIDA Google Cloud Second Team All-American, the first Hendrix Volleyball player to earn that honor since 2016. Men’s Basketball: the team upset NCAA Division II University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Dec. 5, a rare exhibition win for any Division III basketball program and Coach Thad McCracken’s first-ever exhibition victory. Seth Stanley ’22 was named the 2018-19 SAA Newcomer of the Year. Swimming and Diving: Tony Marleneanu was named the 2019 SAA Men’s Coach of the Year, the Men’s Swimming & Diving team broke 17 school records, and the Women’s Swimming & Diving team broke seven program records. Football: The team finished the 2019 season 7-3. Kip VanHoose ’21, Xavion Gardner ’20, Blake Hinton ’21, and Jared Bazley ’21 earned All-SAA First Team honors, and Hunter Lawrence ’22 was named CoSIDA Google Cloud All-District Team.

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