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Honors Day Convocation 2022

Presidents Medal Victoria Malak 2022

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.” 

Malak also 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.

Sociology 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.

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