The Hendrix Committee on Engaged Learning is pleased to
announce the recipients of Odyssey grants for the October 2019 cycle. Since
2005, the Committee on Engaged Learning has awarded $4,335,706.71 in
competitive Odyssey grants to support projects by Hendrix students and faculty.
In that time, more than 3,000 students have participated in funded projects. In
this cycle, 14 projects received $30,548 in grants.
Promoting Literacy in
Supervisor: JJ Whitney, Chaplain's Office
AR Kids Read is a non-profit that promotes reading and offers tutoring
for children who need help to achieve grade-level reading proficiency. Amy
Cabrera will help spread the word about the organization and its mission as a
Social Media and Digital Marketing intern. Her tasks will include supporting
volunteer tutors in schools.
Environmental Knowledge Home to Malaysia
Supervisor: Jenn Dearolf, Biology
Environmental studies major Kelly Gray spent a decade living in
Malaysia, and she will return to Langkawi this winter. As a volunteer with
Trash Hero Langkawi, Gray will apply what she has learned in class to the
ecological and environmental issues affecting the island. Through the Trash
Hero program, she will help clean up the island and preserve the diverse land
and ocean habitats.
Prejudice Reduction and Contextual Bible Study
Supervisor: Leslie Zorwick, Psychology
Under the guidance of Dr. Leslie Zorwick, Jane Henderson conducted
research on how participation in a Contextual Bible Study about racial justice
could lead to a reduction of prejudice among participants. In February,
Henderson will present a poster on her results at the national meeting of the
Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans.
Belizean Culture and
the Developments of the Iguana Squad
Supervisor: Thad McCracken, Athletics
Through the Iguana Squad, Russell Jackson will participate in volunteer
efforts that will give him an in-depth understanding of the people and culture
of Belize. The service projects will directly impact educational opportunities
and microbusinesses, so Jackson will see how school success can lead to
economic opportunities in the country.
Helen Jeon and Monica
Immigration from New York to Arkansas
Supervisor: Peg Falls-Corbitt, Philosophy
Helen Jeon and Monica Martinez feel a strong connection to immigrants
through their personal family backgrounds. They will travel to New York to
explore both the history of immigration and its troubled future by visiting
Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum, and the United Nations. Jeon and Martinez
will also volunteer at Asian immigration centers and Latino resource centers,
which will help them understand cultural issues in a larger urban environment.
Supervisor: Sasha Pfau, History
Elizabeth Jones plans to be a museum curator with a focus on Holocaust
Education. To gain a broader understanding of Jewish culture and religion, she
will intern at the Arkansas Jewish Archive this spring. Jones will work with
historical documents concerning Jewish life, which will give her research
skills in working with primary sources.
Supervisor: Andrew Morgan, Music
As part of the Missouri Ambassadors of Music Choir, Ashley Juniewicz
will help bring American choral music to Europe. The participants were selected
based on excellence in vocal music, and they will perform in England, France,
Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, and Germany in June 2020.
Violet Pirtle, Kyle
O’Connor, and Austin Jared
Supervisor: James Dow, Philosophy
Violet Pirtle, Kyle O’Connor, and Austin Jared will travel to
Philadelphia for a meeting of the American Philosophy Association. They will
learn about current philosophical conversations while comparing them to topics
relevant to 18th century thinkers in the city. Before the conference, they will
read and analyze philosophical works of the time, including writings by John
Locke, Charles de Montesquieu, and Thomas Paine.
Surgery, Scrubs, and
Pasta in Italy
Supervisor: J. J. Whitney, Chaplain's Office
As a participant in The Atlantis Project, pre-med student Theresa Thomas
will explore global health care while shadowing doctors at a hospital in Genoa,
Italy. Thomas will become familiar with the medical profession in Italy, along
with the country’s language, culture and customs.
Supervisor: Craig Kirchgessner, Athletics
Parker Work, who is a member of the Hendrix Tennis team, has an interest
in photography and graphic design. Work will combine these in a project to
promote the team and provide quality announcements and other materials for it,
using on-the-spot sports journalism techniques to capture photographs of the
Physical Therapy Internship
Supervisor: Laura MacDonald, Biology
Makaila Wright plans to be a physical therapist, and she will learn more
about the profession during a spring internship at the Conway Regional Physical
Therapy Center. Wright will gain perspective on the relationship between
healthcare provider and patient, the purpose and outcome of particular treatments,
and proper use of the clinic’s equipment.
Prof. Melissa Gill
Prof. Melissa Gill plans to take art students Rylee Barnett and Ryan
Wisely to the 2020 Southern Graphics Council International conference titled
“Puertografico” in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April. The students will produce an
edition of original prints for exchange and exhibition, along will
participating in workshop sessions on technical skill-building and new
theoretical frameworks that incorporate other disciplines such as biology,
psychology, and politics.
Dr. Mark Goadrich
Problems with Tools from Mathematics and Computer Science
Nine students will work in teams of three over a weekend to tackle
real-world mathematical modeling problems for the 36th International
Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Past problems have included evaluating the
efficiency of traffic circles.
Prof. Matthew Lopas
Art Major Trip to the
College Art Association Conference in Chicago
This February, Prof. Matthew Lopas will take a group of art majors to
the 108th annual College Art Association Conference in Chicago. They
will attend sessions that focus on scholarship, studio practice, portfolio
review, professional development, and networking opportunities. The students
will also visit the Art Institute of Chicago to make drawings from master
works. Participating students include Katie Bell, Anna Bivens, Jenna Crouse,
Victor Gomez, Dylan Hicks, Greta Kresse, Cole McVay, Myca Treat, James Trenthem,
and Arthur Trickett-Wile.