This summer and fall, Odyssey grants will take Hendrix students and faculty around
the globe. The Committee on Engaged Learning (CEL) awarded $69,986.50 in Odyssey
grants to 31 projects proposed by faculty and students in the April 2013 cycle.
The grand total for funding since the Odyssey Program’s inception in 2005 is $2,417,293.78.
Students will gain experience for their future careers, learn about the latest
theories in psychotherapy, network with leaders in technology, and serve children
in the United States and abroad.
The grant recipients include:
Reviving Cultural Traditions to Promote Regional Identity of Catalonia
Sponsor: Dr. Rick Murray
Through the Canadian Alliance for Development Initiatives and Projects, Jonathan
Bauer-Erickson will travel to a village in the Catalonia region of Spain. Located
in the northeastern section of the country, the area is known for both its wine
and its distinctive cultural identity. “By working on this project I hope to gain
both a better understanding of the process of wine making and of how resurrecting
old crafts like dry stone building, olive growing, and viticulture can be used to
help reestablish and strengthen the cultural identity of the people of Catalonia,”
Sponsor: Beth Lambert
Cara Brazeal will use locally acquired organic ingredients to artistically craft
three distinct bread recipes. She will use inspiration from history, culture, literature,
film, chemistry, and physics in her process. “My Odyssey project transcends baking
to incorporate all aspects of current culture while tying in historical documentation
of bread and the culinary arts,” Brazeal said.
Julie Britton, Kaleigh Clary, Lacey Laborde and Megan Yociss
Grace Hopper Conference: Reflections on Future Plans and Women's
Place in the Burgeoning Field of Technology
Sponsor: Dr. Gabe Ferrer
The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing is a conference series
focusing on research and career interests of women in computer science. Sessions
are directed by leaders in industry, academia and government. Julie Britton, Kaleigh
Clary, Lacey Laborde and Megan Yociss will attend the conference and gather insight
into the topic. “Given the dual focus on research and academic and career development,
GHC brings together the methods, insights, concerns, and subject matters of different
disciplines for women within computer science,” they said.
Field Experience in Optometry
Sponsor: Danny Powell
Kati Broberg will see the ins and outs of optometry this summer while working
with an eye doctor in Conway. She will gain a practical introduction to various
aspects of the profession. “These hands-on experiences will include anatomy, diseases
and pathology, medication and treatments to some diseases and disorders of the eye,”
Broberg said. She also will learn how to use some of the examination instruments.
Mental Health for America of the Heartland Internship
Sponsor: Dr. Victoria Evans
Chloe Brown will have a 10-week internship this summer with the CEO of Mental
Health for America of the Heartland, a lobbying and advocacy organization. She will
attend coalition meetings in both Missouri and Kansas, through these meetings she
will be participating in discussions about new and current policies, how they are
functioning, budgeting, and plans for future lobbying.
Exploring Black-Figure and Red-Figure Pottery through Practice and
Sponsor: Dr. Chris Campolo
Jana Edwards will combine historical, artistic, and literary perspectives to
her exploration of ancient Greek black-figure and red-figure pottery, culminating
with an on-site visit to see the pottery collections in museums in Greece. Along
with research, she will learn how to create her own pottery. “The experience of
directly working with clay will also provide a different and unique perspective
on my subject,” Edwards said.
Mary Julia Emanuel
Summer Full Time Internship with Beardsley Community Farm
Sponsor: Dr. Joyce Hardin
The Beardsley Community Farm is an urban demonstration farm that actively encourages
sustainability and food security in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. Mary Julia Emanuel
will intern at the farm, sharing her knowledge of the state of the plants in the
garden and leading volunteer workers. "Working at Beardsley will give me experience
in an possible future career field, and will let me confirm my interests in sustainability,
community development, and food security." Emanuel said.
Promoting Health Literacy at the Dallas Public Library
Sponsor: Dr. Victoria Evans
While working at the Dallas Public Library, Catherine Gilman will create an innovative
learning program for adults focusing on health literacy. The goal is to empower
them to take charge of their health status and confidently interact with doctors,
hospitals and clinics. “The program will impart healthcare related vocabulary and
language skills as well as training on how to cross the cultural divide that is
often a barrier of communication between patients of diverse backgrounds and healthcare
providers in the United States,” Gilman said.
Summer Internship 2013
Sponsor: Dr. Ty Jaeger
With aspirations of a career as an editor in a publishing house or literary magazine,
Camille Guillot will intern at the Oxford American. “Internships are the
predominant entry point into publishing,” Guillot notes, comparing it to an apprenticeship
that leads to the chosen career path. She will get an insider’s view of the market
for writing, the publishing and editing process, and network with professionals
in the field.
Summer Internship at Rattle's Organic Farm
Sponsor: Dr. Michael Sprunger
Rattle’s Garden is a small organic farm north of Conway. During his summer working
at the farm, David Harris will learn organic farming techniques to grow food without
the aid of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. “My goal is to come away from the
project with a greater appreciation of what goes into growing food, and the knowledge
to do it myself and make more educated choices as a consumer,” Harris said.
Professional Development Through a Communications Internship
Sponsor: Dr. Lindsay Kennedy
Jessica Himes will be a communications intern for the Clinton Foundation in Little
Rock this summer. She will assist with communications, press, and speechwriting
activities for the foundation. “I believe that communication rests at the heart
of all of the Clinton Foundation’s efforts, because without effective and articulate
communication, broad global change cannot occur,” Himes said.
Sponsor: Dr. Andrew Schurko
As pre-med student volunteering for an internship in the Radiology Department
of the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital in San Diego, Erika Jasso will gain professional
experience in the career she is pursuing. “I also hope to learn the workings of
a hospital and interact with medical staff in a professional environment to learn
about what it takes to succeed and thrive in the medical field,” Jasso said.
Civil Rights and the Law: A Road Trip
Sponsor: Jim Wiltgen
Elizabeth Kasper and eleven other Hendrix students will participate in an interdisciplinary
journey to historic sites from the civil rights movement, such as the Rosa Parks
Museum and the Southern Poverty Law Center Civil Rights Memorial. “The trip will
have a special focus on the law, the legal system, and their roles in the civil
rights movement and civil rights today,” Kasper said.
Arkansas Government Legal Internship
Sponsor: Dr. Carmen Hardin
Sasha Keck will use her summer with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office to
gain a better understanding of Arkansas law and governmental processes. The experience
will prepare her for law school and a career as an attorney. “As an intern, I would
assist the office’s staff in preparing information on current cases and laws,” Keck
Internship at Rattle's Farm
Sponsor: Dr. Jay McDaniel
Gina Kelling will draw upon her experience as a Religious Studies major and local
food activist during her internship at Rattle’s Garden, a small organic farm in
Vilonia. “My summer will culminate in a comprehensive reflection paper connecting
my personal experiences with the land to those of the various religions and communities
I will be studying,” Kelling said.
Student Intern at Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual
Sponsor: Dr. Jane Harris
The Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) is a non-profit
organization run by women, for women. As an intern, Elizabeth Lancaster will learn
more about the role of women in religion and culture, throughout history and in
the present day. “At WATER, I hope to learn about the various theological perspectives
of women globally, and help women find a place of comfort in religious practice
if they seek it,” Lancaster said.
Crime and Law Enforcement
Sponsor: Dr. Carmen Hardin
An interest in law enforcement has led Zachary Mainer to a professional field
experience with the detective division of the Conway Police Department. He will
observe the detectives as they conduct investigations. “I will gain knowledge and
experience in the field of law enforcement that will help me in my intended career
of becoming a federal law enforcer,” Mainer said.
Servicing the Domestically Abused: An Internship
Sponsor: Dr. Anne Goldberg
The Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas provides a safe haven for those who have
been domestically abused or feel endangered by their domestic situation. As an intern,
Mary McNally will work the agency’s hotline, sit in on group counseling sessions
and conduct art-therapy classes for the residents--combining her interests in art
and psychology. :I am interested in how the program manages to rehabilitate these
women and give them the skills and psychological strength to reshape their lives,”
A summer fighting for acceptance, inclusion and equality with the
Human Rights Campaign
Sponsor: Dr. Kiril Kolev
Jill Nguyen will spend the summer interning in the Diversity Department of the
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in Washington, D.C. Her department is committed to comprehensive
immigration reform and issues of inclusion, ranging from ethnicities and socio-economic
backgrounds to sexual orientation and gender identity. “Working for the Diversity
Department at HRC is a great opportunity for me to continue working on issues that
I relate to and am passionate about, and to fight for the equal treatment of a group
of people who decide to stay true to their gender identities,” Nguyen said.
Internship: U.S. Commercial Service
Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Kerr
“U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more
than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting and increasing sales
to new global markets,” said Colton Primm. He will work with the service and see
the field of international business from the inside this summer. Among other tasks,
Primm will identify market research and review incoming trade leads.
Exploring a Multicultural, Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental
Issues: Stockholm Seminars
Sponsor: Dr. Tom Stanley
Jonas Reagan will attend Stockholm Seminars, an interdisciplinary lecture series
in Sweden. The speakers discuss a variety of solutions to environmental issues such
as global warming and oil dependence. “My aim in undertaking this independent study
is to substantially increase my awareness to international environmental solutions
to our current problems,” Reagan said.
Inquiry into the Success of Swedish Self-Sustaining Agrarianism
Sponsor: Dr. James Dow
“My project is a versatile ecological agricultural experience through Worldwide
Opportunities on Organic Farms,” said Jonas Reagan. He will work on a self-sustainable
farm in Sweden and learn about small-scale, output intensive agriculture. Sweden
is one of the top four most environmentally friendly nations, so he will get a comprehensive
understanding of ecological agriculture.
Johann Rupp and Jeremiah Bill
Service and Travel in Peru
Sponsor: Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt
Johann Rupp and Jeremiah Bill will combine two distinct components into their
journey to Peru. They will focus on service to children in an orphanage and an after-school
reading program, helping those who have already been through a lot of trauma in
their young lives. Afterwards they will visit major historic sites of the Incan
empire. “By incorporating both of these elements into the trip, we expect to gain
an understanding of the rich culture, history and geography of Peru while also taking
the time to meditate and reflect on what we have witnessed,” Rupp and Bill said.
Attending the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference: Experiencing
Psychology from Philosophical, Scientific and Musical Perspectives
Sponsor: Dr. Tim Maxwell
Sam Siegel will attend the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in Anaheim,
California, this December. Some of the most influential researchers in psychology
will speak about psychotherapy and the philosophy behind it. One special speaker
has attracted Siegel’s attention: singer Alanis Morissette. “I have a strong personal
interest in learning more about psychology and psychotherapy from musical perspective,
especially after having taken music classes in my time at Hendrix,” Siegel said.
Interning at Free Will Baptist Family Ministries- Florence Crittenton
Sponsor: Dr. Lindsay Kennedy
Sowmya Sivakumar’s career goals include becoming a pediatric oncologist, treating
children with cancer. This summer, she will work with children at the Free Will
Baptist Family Ministries—Florence Crittenton home, which provides shelter for them
until a more permanent residence can be obtained. “By doing a volunteering internship
with Family Ministries, I will be increasing my experience working with children
who are facing hardships, and I will also be pursuing my passion and changing the
lives of children who have been through great ordeals,” Sivakumar said. This project
is also supported by Project Pericles.
Interning at the Mote Marine Laboratory
Sponsor: Dr. Jenn Dearolf
Kevin Spatz will develop his research skills during his internship in the Mote
Marine Laboratory’s Marine Microbiology Program in Sarasota, Florida, this summer.
He will be exploring the effects of climate change on corals and their microbial
symbionts. “We will be trying to better understand the role of microbes in coral
health and disease, as well as how they affect coral reef resistance and resilience,”
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Internship
Sponsor: Dr. Leslie Templeton
Molly Umble will draw upon her fundraising, event planning and professional skills
during her internship at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. “I will gain
these skills by working with a section of the foundation called Team Reeve, which
organizes events that allow athletes to raise money for The Reeve Foundation,” Umble
said. She hopes to have a career in development and event planning at a non-profit.
Sponsor: Dr. Jay Barth
William VanScoy intends to pursue a Masters of Public Policy and perhaps have
a career in law or politics. He is experiencing both at the local level with an
internship at the Faulkner County Courthouse this summer. He is building his research
skills and learning about local legal fields firsthand.
Interning in D.C. for Senator Mark Pryor
Sponsor: Carmen Hardin
Brittany Webb will work as an intern in Senator Mark Pryor’s Washington, D.C.
office, which will give her practical experience in the political realm—her chosen
career path. She will interact with his constituents and contribute to the smooth
operation of his office. “More legislative duties that I will be asked to do include
attending committee hearings, tracking legislation, drafting press releases and
attending meetings with constituents and interest groups,” Webb said.
Experiencing Clinical and Surgical Healthcare in Chengdu, China
Sponsor: Dr. Stella Capek
Carrie Yang will use her English and Chinese language skills during her volunteer
work at the Angel Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Chengdu, China. She will interact
with obstetrics and gynecology patients from both the local population and countries
around the world. “I hope to gain experience serving culturally diverse patients
in order to attain skills needed in my future career as a well-rounded physician,
while furthering my passion and dedication to service for those who are suffering,”
Prof. Rynnett Clark
Student Teaching Fuel Supplement
Rising fuel costs have placed a burden on student teachers who must commute for
their placements. Travel is often required both out of necessity and also in order
that our student teachers may experience different communities and school situations.
The Odyssey grant will help defray some of their mileage expenses.