Office of the President

First-Year Firsts

Riding on a Zamboni; playing baggo and sporks; face painting; getting a homemade cherry pie from a student; seeing flying squirrels in The Village; completing a 5K race on the morning of my inauguration; getting a game ball and a flashy sports championship ring; dressing up as a cruise boat captain for a cafeteria theme-day lunch; participating in a Zumba-thon; giving a TEDx talk; competing in the V.I.T. (Very Important Toad) race at Toad Suck Daze in downtown Conway; Move-In Day; Orientation trip; Shirttails; presenting Odyssey Medals; Candlelight Carol Service; Presidential Inauguration; Half Century Club Luncheon; and Hendrix graduation.

My First Year by the Numbers

  • # of staff shadowing experiences: 6
  • # of Hendrix classes visited: 13
  • # of orange neckties owned before being announced as Hendrix president: 1
  • # of orange neckties owned today: 31
  • # of faculty members I took out to lunch: 110 out of 120
  • # of alums and Hendrix friends I met on my statewide BBQ tour: More than 630
  • # of games and practices for our 21 men’s and women’s sports teams that I attended: 40
  • # of Godzilla figures in my office in Fausett Hall: 32 figures
  • # of times I said “Hendrix” in my inauguration speech: 64
  • # of times I’ve thanked my lucky stars that I am at Hendrix College: Too many to count!