CONWAY, Ark. (April 28, 2022) — Hendrix College students were
recognized for academic excellence and campus community service at the 2022 Honors
Day Convocation today in the Wellness and Athletics Center.
Victoria Malak ’22, a biology major and English-Film Studies
minor from Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded the President’s Medal, which is
presented each year to the graduating student who best exemplifies the highest
ideals of the College. Criteria include excellence in scholarship, outstanding
citizenship, and service to the community. Each year’s recipient of the
President’s Medal is named by the President of the College upon the
recommendation of a nomination group.
Biology and health sciences professor Dr. Laura MacDonald ’09
praised Malak as “a multi-dimensional student who really cares about the topics
and engages deeply with the material because she is genuinely curious and
excited about learning.” She added that Malak has been “highly involved in
creating inclusive campus spaces as part of numerous multicultural groups” and
was “an active participant and outstanding mentor for the Increasing Retention
and Inclusion in STEM [group] over the last three years.”
was among the Hendrix students initiated into Phi
Beta Kappa on Wednesday evening.
See the full
list of Honors Day Convocation award recipients
In addition to the student
recognitions, Hendrix Provost Dr. Terri Bonebright announced the winners of three
Hendrix faculty awards.
Psychology professor Dr. Lindsay
Kennedy received the Carole Herrick Award for Excellence in Academic Advising,
which is given to recognize high-quality academic advising, including
contributions in advising that help students formulate and achieve their
intellectual, career, and personal goals. Student nominations determine the recipient of this award each year.
Classics professor Dr. Rebecca
Resinski received the United Methodist Church’s Exemplary Teaching Award, which
recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching; civility
and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered
education; and service to students, the institution, and community. Selection for this award incorporates feedback from students and faculty.
professor Dr. Alex Veselka-Bush received the Dr. Dionne Bennett Jackson Prize
for Diversity and Inclusion. The Jackson
Prize serves to recognize and reward one faculty or staff member for their
demonstrated contributions to cultivating and nurturing a diverse, inclusive,
and welcoming campus community. This award receives nominations from students, faculty, and staff.
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 www.hendrix.edu.