• Life Launch @ Hendrix

    Career and College: Exploring your Aim and Purpose

    June 11-16, 2023

      Life Launch Centerpiece

  • No one has the answers but YOU

    For generations, curious minds have come to Hendrix for a great college experience. Now with Life Launch, we are opening our doors to YOU  (rising high school juniors and seniors)  to help you explore college life, future possibilities, and how to navigate any roadblocks that might come your way.

    Learn more about who YOU are, what YOU are capable of, and how YOU can make a difference in the world through your college and career adventures. Expand your life experience with helpful and supportive mentoring from Hendrix faculty and staff as well as learn from professionals in their fields.

    (and have a whole lot of fun while you're at it...)

    2022 Keynotes

    Amanda Brooks (HDX '08)

    2022 Opening Keynote Speaker
    Keynote Speaker - Amanda Brooks

    Amanda Brooks is an award-winning sports public relations veteran, with a career spanning 15 years across collegiate and professional sports, Team USA, and now in television as the Public Relations Manager for ESPN's college networks. She leads day-to-day public relations strategy for ESPN's college football portfolio, including the College Football Playoff, as well as serving as the spokesperson for SEC Network, among other responsibilities. Amanda is a proud graduate of Hendrix College (2008) with a bachelor's degree in religion and English. She earned her master's degree in ethics from Vanderbilt University. She began working in the field while she was still a student at Hendrix College. While earning her master's degree at Vanderbilt University, she worked in communications for both the Commodores and the Nashville Predators (NHL).

    Bracken Darrell (HDX '85)

    2022 Closing Keynote Speaker
    Keynote Speaker - Bracken Darrell

    Bracken Darrell is president and chief executive officer of Logitech International. As president and chief executive officer of Logitech, Bracken is responsible for Logitech's strategy for growth and profitability, for the vision for the brand as well as for the company's operations. He joined Logitech as president in April 2012, and assumed the role of chief executive officer in January 2013.

    Bracken has more than twenty years of experience in business management and brand management in successful global consumer companies, including Whirlpool, Procter & Gamble and General Electric. His broad executive management experience has spanned manufacturing, supply chain, product innovation, consumer services and marketing - targeting customers in mature and emerging markets. He has led growth and reinvention for iconic brands such as Old Spice, Gillette, Braun, KitchenAid and Whirlpool.

    Bracken holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree in English from Hendrix College (1985).

    2022 MasterClasses

    Dr. Leslie Templeton '91

    Professor of Psychology
    Masterclass Professor Dr. Leslie Templeton

    Developmental Psychology (PSYC 210), which is a course students interested in Psychology, Health Sciences, medical school, and education often take.

    "Does childhood temperament predict adult health, wealth, and criminal activity?" Temperament is a concept in developmental psychology that encompasses differences in our physiological and emotional reactions (reactivity) and our ability to control our behaviors, thoughts, and emotions (self-regulation). I'll be discussing research that examines how our ability to self-regulate in early childhood is connected to adulthood outcomes such as physical and mental health, financial well-being, and criminal activity.

    Dr. Andrew Morgan

    Professor of Music
    Masterclass Professor Dr. Andrew Morgan

    MUSI 101 - Culture and Music: Throat Singing

    Over the years, viral videos have circulated in which singers are purported to sing two notes at the same time using a technique known as throat singing. What's really going on here? How are singers able to accomplish this, and what does throat singing tell us about the nature of vocal music across global cultures? In this session we examine throat singing from various perspectives, including scientific analysis and ethnomusicology. Plus, you'll learn to do this yourself a bit!

    Dr. Damon Spayde

    Professor of Physics
    Masterclass Professor Dr. Damon Spayde

    Workshop Physics (PHYS 235/245) This course is required for students majoring in physics, chemistry, or biochemistry and molecular biology and for students interested in pursuing an engineering degree. It is also often taken by students interested in health sciences and medical school or those wanting to develop a general understanding of physics.

    An introduction to the scientific process as it pertains to the physical world with an emphasis on topics such as mechanics (Newtonian, quantum, and statistical), waves, heat, electricity, and magnetism. This course is taught in a hands-on, discovery-based style with lab, computer, and course work integrated into each class meeting.

    Professor Gina Bergfeld '03

    Associate Professor of Economics and Business
    Masterclass Professor Gina Bergfeld

    Non-Profit / Sports / Arts Management (BUSI 260 / 261/ 262), which is a course students interested in Business/Accounting, English-Literary Studies, Arts, and Theatre Arts often take.

    How do organizations "manage" their employees in order to accomplish the organization's missions and goals? Organization behavior is the study and analysis of how individuals act on their own and interact with others in the context of an organization. We will be discussing theories and research that examine how to "manage" and motivate individuals within an organization. Then we will focus on how to effectively bring those individuals together to work as a group/team.

    Dr. Dorian Stuber

    Professor of English
    Masterclass Professor Dr. Dorian Stuber

    The Modernist Short Story: "A Cup of Tea" by Katherine Mansfield

    First published in 1922, this seemingly genteel, quintessential British story was actually written by a New Zealand author. Though written 100 years ago, Mansfield's story addresses in this handful of pages many current topics. Under the guidance of the professor, students will evaluate and analyze this brilliant modernist text while getting to experience a typical Hendrix English classroom, filled with fast-paced discussion and wide-ranging conversation.

    Work Hard

    Where am I headed? Who can guide me?

    Exploring what YOU want to do with your life begins with learning what you love to do and having conversations with mentors and professionals. Life Launch participants will have the chance to:

    • Discover strengths and interests through assessments and activities.
    • Engage in small group discussions with faculty, staff, & peer mentors.
    • Choose from a variety of Master Classes taught by Hendrix faculty.
    • Explore college majors and career paths.
    • Learn about wellness for the mind and body.
    • Practice professionalism and gain networking skills.
    • Meet new friends from around the state and country!

    Play hard

    What is college like?

    The college residence life experience is just as important as what happens in the classroom. Engage in fun activities with other students, peer mentors, and Hendrix faculty and staff.

    Sign Me Up!

    Who can apply?

    All rising high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

    In general, applicants should demonstrate that they are well-rounded , and they both engage and excel in many different educational, social, and recreational activities.

    How do I apply?

    The full application process is online for your ease and convenience. There is no cost to apply , deposits are only required after notification of acceptance. Follow these simple steps to complete your application.

    1. Review the application and prepare your responses.
    2. Choose someone to submit a reference for your application.
    3. Complete the application and submit.

    When do I apply? When will I find out if I am accepted?

    October 1 st Application Opens
    January 20 th Priority Housing Deadline
    Apply by Jan 20 to be guaranteed a private dorm room!
    Decision Notifications Begin
    April 14 th Application Closes
    May 1 st Final Decision Notifications

    How much does it cost?*

    • $900  (discounted rate for those who choose to pay less)
    • $1,200  (partially discounted rate for those who choose to pay a little more)
    • $1,500 (most closely reflects the full cost of the program)

    *Our voluntary three-tier tuition recognizes that some families can pay the full cost of the program, while others would be more comfortable paying less. Families may choose the tuition amount that is most suitable for them. No questions asked. Regardless what amount you choose, the amenities, activities, and experiences are the same.

    What does tuition cover?

    What else do I need to know?

    Deposit: A minimum $500.00 deposit for tuition is required at registration (there is NO COST to apply) . You may also choose to pay the full tuition amount. If you choose to pay the minimum deposit, then the remaining tuition amount will be due by May 1.

    Cancellations and Refund Policy: Cancellations received on or prior to May 15 will be eligible for a full refund less a $250 program planning fee. Cancellations after May 15 are not eligible for a return of funds. Cancellation requests should be emailed to lifelaunch@hendrix.edu .

    COVID-19: Hendrix College monitors public health guidance from local, state, and federal agencies regarding COVID-19. The College's COVID-19 Response Team provides guidance to all campus offices and HDX Life Launch will adhere to all campus guidelines and protocols .

    Leadership Team

    Leigh Lassiter-Counts '01

    Director of Career Services
    Leadership Team - LassiterCounts

    As the Director of Career Services at Hendrix College, Leigh believes passionately in the students she serves and their ability to change the world. She is the campus champion for career planning and discernment including the Be Hendrix Beyond Hendrix career competencies initiative and the creation of "Career Term" - a novel approach to career development for all Hendrix sophomores featured in The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and The Chronicle . Leigh's past higher education experience includes the areas of fundraising & alumni relations, academic advising, and intercollegiate athletics. A side-hustle as a certified fitness instructor keeps her sane, but her greatest joy lies in the role of wife to Richard and mom to Eliza and Finn. Leigh holds a bachelor's degree in Biology and History from Hendrix College, a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and was named a Fulbright Scholar to Germany in 2016. She currently serves on the NACE National Planning Committee for the annual Career Competency Symposium and is one of 14 Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors for the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State's Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Her life's work is to inspire compassionate, caring students to live productive and joyful lives that can change the world!

    Tim Purkiss

    Director of Event Services
    Leadership Team - Purkiss

    As Director of Event Services at Hendrix College, Tim oversees the College's summer programs, and he strives to foster the exploration of individual passions and interests through programming for youth and adults. Summer experiences at Hendrix are designed to promote self-discovery; academic, career, and social enrichment; exposure to new ideas and perspectives; advancement of skills or knowledge; and lifelong learning. Tim has partnered with Hendrix faculty as well as local teachers, professionals, and businesses to develop enrichment programs in diverse areas such as French language and culture, MCAT preparation, creative writing, and space exploration. Hendrix has a rich tradition of providing summer enrichment for youth by hosting the Arkansas Governor's School (AGS) from 1980 - 2018. Tim has a long history with AGS including experience as a student in 2003 (English Language Arts), a staff member from 2005 - 2008 (Social Activities Director), and the Administrative Manager from 2015 - 2018. His past experience with the program from student to a full-time administrator for AGS provides unique perspectives and insights into the operation and mission of academic summer programs. More importantly, his experience with AGS and other summer programs illustrates his deep commitment to offering opportunities for academic, professional, and personal growth through unique and creative experiences. Tim grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Conway to attend college. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas and is a graduate of the Schedler Honors College. He serves on the Board of Directors to Milestones, a local nonprofit that provides early intervention and childcare services to children who are developmentally delayed. He is married to Morgan, a pediatric physical therapist, and has two children, Sophie and Emory.

    J.J. Whitney '96

    Programs Coordinator of Career Services
    Leadership Team - Whitney

    Throughout her roles at Hendrix College, J.J. has walked alongside young adults as they seek to discern their vocations in pursuit of service to others and personal fulfillment in a chosen career pathway. J.J. received her Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College with a major in Spanish and studied abroad during her senior year. As a life-long United Methodist, J.J. pursued a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology in 2000 where she interned for the Dean of Marsh Chapel and provided religious life programming for undergraduate students at BU. Following graduation, she served Hunter United Methodist Church, a cross-racial church appointment, and became ordained as an elder in full connection in Arkansas. She was hired by Hendrix College in 2002 to be the Program Coordinator for the Hendrix-Lilly Vocations Initiative (later named the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling), a $2 million grant awarded by the Lilly Endowment. Working closely with the Chaplain's Office and becoming Chaplain in 2015, J.J. has mentored 60 young adults who have enrolled in seminary, coordinated co-curricular scholarships for the United Methodist Leadership Scholars and the Miller Center Service Scholars, and led over 25 service-learning trips to countries in the United States and abroad. During her time at Hendrix, J.J. received certification in Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, instructed the "Explorations" course for first-year students, and served on the Explorations Working Team. As Executive Director, J.J. received funding from the Methodist Foundation for Arkansas and the Lilly Endowment for the "Hendrix Youth Institute," a residential program for high school United Methodists who are seeking careers in the church. J.J. currently advises Hendrix students and alumni who are applying to graduate school through her role as the Programs Coordinator for Career Services at Hendrix College. J.J. is married to Kaleb Barrett. They have two children, one who is a Life Launch Alum!

  • Contact Us

    Life Launch @ HDX
    Meet the Leadership Team

    Hendrix College
    1600 Washington Avenue
    Conway, AR 72032

    Phone: (501) 450-1279

    Email: lifelaunch@hendrix.edu