Hendrix College Expands Popular “Advantage” Program

While families struggle with how to afford a college degree, colleges themselves puzzle over how to help high-achieving students and put their minds at ease when it comes to paying for higher education.

Hendrix College’s answer is simple. Meeting the full demonstrated financial need for every qualified student.

Announced today, the new Hendrix Advantage Plus program is a national expansion of the popular Hendrix Arkansas Advantage. The Arkansas Advantage, announced in 2014 for freshmen entering in fall 2015, benefited 160 students that fall (40 percent of the freshman class), with an average aid package of nearly $40,000 in grant aid alone, not including loans or work-study.

The expanded aid program extends the Advantage to any student with at least a 3.6 GPA and an ACT score of 26 or higher or an SAT score of 1230 or higher.

Hendrix Advantage Plus will meet students’ demonstrated financial need through all forms of financial assistance, including merit scholarships, need-based grants, federal and state grants, federal student loans and student employment.

“All their lives, top-performing students are told that colleges will reward them with scholarships,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui. “Hendrix Advantage Plus makes that a reality. Now every student who meets these criteria can know their hard work will be recognized with merit scholarships and other aid all the way up to their full need.”

Every year, Hendrix earns top honors in national higher education rankings. U.S. News & World Report consistently cites Hendrix in several categories, such as “Most Innovative,” “Best Value Schools,” and its list of colleges most recommended by high school counselors.

This year, Hendrix was ranked 76th among the country’s top national liberal arts colleges – making Hendrix the highest ranked national liberal arts college not only in Arkansas but also in Texas and much of the south central United States – featured in the U.S. News rankings.

“This program is a direct response to what students, parents, and guidance counselors say they value most – strong merit scholarships that reward students for their achievements,” said Tsutsui. “With the Advantage Plus, we want to assure students who would really excel here that Hendrix is not out of reach. You can set your sights on one of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges, and we will help you afford it.”

To be considered for the Advantage Plus program, students must simply apply for admission to Hendrix and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Advantage Plus is available to freshmen enrolling in fall 2019.

For more information on Hendrix Advantage Plus, call the Hendrix Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 501-450-1362 or visit www.hendrix.edu/advantageplus.

Hendrix Among the Best in National Liberal Arts Colleges

Hendrix College has once again been featured in the U.S. News & World Report “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” rankings. The College placed #76 on the 2019 list, consistent with its ranking for 2018.

Hendrix appears at #44 in the category of Best Value among nationally ranked liberal arts colleges. The Best Value list takes into account the ratio of academic quality to price, the percentage of students receiving need-based financial aid (72 percent for Hendrix), and the average institutional aid provided to those students.

The College also continues to appear on the Most Innovative Schools list, a result of nominations by presidents, provosts and admissions deans of peer institutions in the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges category. This list recognizes schools for “making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.”

“Hendrix is well known for providing a quality educational experience, and appearing on both the Best Value and the Most Innovative Schools lists reflects that reputation,” said Hendrix President William M. Tsutsui. “These rankings confirm what people familiar with Hendrix have known for many years. As we work to build the new Miller Creative Quad, which will provide enhanced student living and learning spaces and be home to the new Windgate Museum of Art, we look forward to seeing those improvements enhance the already outstanding experience of a Hendrix education.”

Hendrix appears in a fourth category, as well: the High School Counselor Rankings, a list created by polling guidance counselors in all 50 states to ask which institutions they think offer the best undergraduate education for students.

As in previous years, Hendrix remains the only top 100 nationally ranked liberal arts college in Arkansas. Other recent accolades for Hendrix include appearing first on the College Consensus ranking of top colleges and universities in Arkansas; a profile in The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019; and representing Arkansas on College Raptor’s “Hidden Gems in the U.S.” list.

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 www.hendrix.edu.

Hendrix Players to Present ‘Driving’ September 21 and 22

The Hendrix Players present Driving, a play by Hendrix alumnus Werner Trieschmann ’86, as the Fall Family Weekend production for 2018. Performances are set for Friday, September 21 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., in Cabe Theatre on the Hendrix campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

A family-friendly play that may hold particular interest for teens because of the lead character’s age, Driving tackles the process of searching for the courage to do something you should be able to do — and succeeding. Nothing seems to be able to put the brakes on Ginny, an almost 16-year-old girl with straight A’s and a bright future in front of her. However, learning how to drive appears to have stalled her on the side of the road. Nobody who knows her can figure out why she flunked her written driver’s exam. Instead of getting behind the wheel, she pins her hopes on computer-driven cars controlled by robots with British accents and oh-so-friendly ride-sharing services. Instead of being independent and free, Ginny is driven around by her mom, who drives like a NASCAR racer with anger issues, or her goofy father, who pokes around slow as a turtle while waving at random gas stations. Then there is Ginny’s odd dream of being chased by zombies, and her only chance for escape is to get behind the wheel. Will Ginny finally overcome her issues and start Driving?

WernerTrieschmann.jpgA writer, director, and theatre instructor, Werner Trieschmann wrote and directed the world premiere production of Mozart: Revealed and Schubert: Revealed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Fort Wayne, Ind. His numerous plays have been produced across the United States, Canada and, most recently, England, Australia, and Japan. His plays, including Failing the Improv, You Have to Serve Somebody, and Disfarmer, have been staged by Moving Arts in Los Angeles, Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, The New Theatre in Boston, Mobtown Players in Baltimore, and Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. His full-length comedy, You Have to Serve Somebody, is published by Dramatic Publishing, and his plays Failing the Improv and It’s Not You, It’s You are published by Playscripts. His monologues have appeared in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 1999 and Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s, published by Smith & Kraus. In 2013, Trieschmann received an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts: Playwriting. His play Lawn Dart won first prize in the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans New Play Competition. He was the first playwright to receive the Porter Prize, an Arkansas literary award recognizing outstanding achievement by an Arkansas writer. He holds an MFA in playwriting from Boston University. He is married and has two young boys, who are wilder than wild.

The cast and crew for Driving includes the following Hendrix students:

Maddy Shaddox ’20 as Ginny

Dani Carney ’21 as Mom (Carney also designed the poster for this production of Driving.)

Jackson Sims ’21 as Dad/Proctor

Shaundraya Jackson ’21 as Matilda/Cassandra

Alex Walter ’22 as Cone/Reggie/Rider

Caroline Cangas ’22 as Stage Manager

Raven Edens ’22, Peter Grant ’21, and Elliot Jackson ’22 as Assistant Stage Managers/Zombies/Police.

New Textbook by Campbell Covers Number Theory

A new textbook by Dr. Duff Campbell, professor of mathematics and computer science at Hendrix College, was published this summer by the American Mathematical Society.

Campbell designed An Open Door to Number Theory as a textbook for a junior-level course in number theory.

“I started writing it as a set of lecture notes in 1994, and it developed into a book over many years,” he said.

As with his lectures, Campbell aimed for the book to have an informal, engaging style. Its approach emphasizes geometry and big concepts to provide a natural lead-in to the study of algebraic number theory, and Campbell worked to develop a balance between calculations and proofs in the exercises the book offers.

“There are over 450 exercises and nine major projects,” he said. “The intention is that the students learning from this text will do much of the work in developing the main ideas in number theory.”

An Open Door to Number Theory underwent a review and refinement process in classrooms for the past several years. Campbell has used various versions of the book’s material in classes at Hendrix College, and mathematics faculty at St. Olaf College, the University of Hawaii, and Western New England University have done the same. In addition, Hendrix student Olivier Kwizera ’17 undertook a special project his senior year, working with Campbell to write a complete Solutions Manual that is now available to instructors who use the book.

Campbell, who lives in Little Rock with his wife, Beth Levi, and their two children, dedicated the book to his grandfather, LeRoy Archer Campbell. He followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by attending Harvard College as an undergraduate, earning his Ph.D., becoming a college professor, and producing a book. The project carries another family connection, too: Campbell’s sister, Kristin McCullough, contributed the cover photograph, which she took in Ireland.

An Open Door to Number Theory may be purchased on Amazon.

Dawkins Welcome Center Achieves LEED Certification

Hendrix College’s Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center, which opened last fall at the intersection of Harkrider and Winfield Streets, has been rated LEED Certified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

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Hendrix College’s Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the recognizable industry standard for sustainability. There are several levels of certification, ranging from Certified to Platinum, which represents the ultimate in environmental sustainability.

“We’re having fun welcoming prospective students and their families in a space that highlights the College’s desire to care for the environment,” said Sam Nichols, vice president for enrollment and chief information officer for Hendrix. “Sustainability has been a campus priority for many years, so having Dawkins as a LEED Certified facility made good sense and is consistent with our values.”

According to the Arkansas chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Hendrix in 2010 became the first college in the state to receive LEED certification with the construction of the Student Life and Technology Center (SLTC), which holds LEED Gold certification. This latest certification for the Dawkins Welcome Center further emphasizes the College’s commitment to environmental sustainability, which will continue as a priority for future construction projects.

“The Hendrix community can be proud that we are carrying forward with standards set forth in the Second Nature Climate Commitment we signed in 2016, including using environmentally friendly materials in campus projects,” said Hendrix College President William M. Tsutsui.

The Dawkins Welcome Center came into being as part of the College’s ongoing $110 million capital campaign, Be Hendrix. It is named for Mary Ann and David Dawkins, United Methodists and longtime residents of Little Rock. After attending a performance of the Hendrix College Choir’s Candlelight Carol Service at First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock in 1986, Mary Ann Dawkins established an endowed scholarship fund at Hendrix in memory of her late husband. Following her death in 2014, Hendrix received the largest gift in its history from her estate.

2018 Porter Fund Literary Prize Awarded to Tyrone Jaeger

Dr. Tyrone Jaeger, Arkansas fiction writer and associate professor of English-Creative Writing at Hendrix College, is the recipient of the 2018 Porter Fund Literary Prize. The Porter Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer with a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. Past winners of the Porter Prize include Mara Leveritt, Morris Arnold, Kevin Brockmeier and Jo McDougall, the Poet Laureate of Arkansas. The $2,000 prize makes it one of the state’s most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility requires an Arkansas connection.

Jaeger will be honored at an award ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 11 at the Main Library’s Darragh Center in downtown Little Rock. The Porter Prize and the Booker Worthen Literary Prize will be given out in the same evening. The event is free and open to the public.

The Porter Prize was founded in 1984 by novelist Jack Butler and novelist and lawyer Phil McMath to honor Dr. Ben Kimpel. Butler and McMath were students of Kimpel, noted professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. At Kimpel’s request, the prize is named in honor of Kimpel’s mother, Gladys Crane Kimpel Porter. The annual prize, $2,000, has been given to 34 poets, novelists, non-fiction writers and playwrights.

Jaeger was notified of his award by Little Rock novelist Trent Lee Stewart ’92, the 2008 recipient of the Porter Prize.

“When I received the call about winning the Porter Prize, I immediately thought back to the summer my wife and I moved to Arkansas,” says Jaeger. “After spending hot and humid days unpacking, I would immerse myself in Frank Stanford’s The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You and Donald Harington’s The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks. How quickly the strange magic of Arkansas and its writers gripped my heart and my imagination. To be recognized by the Porter Fund, and by extension previous Porter Prize Winners, tightens that grip. I am deeply honored and inspired.”

Tyrone Jaeger is the author of the story collection So Many True Believers and the cross-genre novella The Runaway Note. His writing has appeared in the Oxford AmericanSouthern Humanities ReviewThe Literary ReviewdescantSoutheast ReviewPRISM International and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award. As an undergraduate, he attended Rollins College, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been a member of the faculty at Hendrix College since 2008. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains, Tyrone lives on Beaverfork Lake, Arkansas, with his wife and daughter.

Hendrix Receives $1 Million Gift from Sturgis Trust

Hendrix College has received a $1 million gift from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Trust of Dallas, Texas.

The award will support the completion of the College’s athletics facilities master plan, according to Acting President W. Ellis Arnold III.

Hendrix is completing its new 1,500-seat Young-Wise Memorial Stadium, an indoor tennis center, and a sports training facility at the north end zone of the stadium that will serve Hendrix athletes. Total cost for the three facilities will be approximately $6 million.

“The Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust is excited to award Hendrix College a grant to help complete its wellness and athletics master plan,” said Robert R. Fox, associate vice president and philanthropic relationship manager for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, on behalf of the Sturgis Trust.

The 18,000-sq.-ft. sports training facility will bear the Sturgis name in recognition of the Sturgis Trust’s support, Arnold said.

“We are deeply grateful to the Sturgis Trust for its generous support of our NCAA Division III athletics program,” said Arnold. “We hope this grant will serve as a catalyst to inspire others to support our scholar-athletes.”

The $1 million gift is the largest award Hendrix has received from the Sturgis Trust, Arnold added.

Hendrix Receives Mellon Grant for Writing Across the Curriculum

Hendrix College recently received a $250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a two-year Writing Across the Curriculum project.

The grant supports a faculty committee charged with reviewing writing instruction and outcomes at Hendrix and elsewhere. The committee will make recommendations at the conclusion of the grant period.

Longtime English professor Dr. Alice Hines, who developed and currently manages the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Hendrix, recently completed a sabbatical to study writing programs at other institutions.

Hines’ sabbatical research will be critical to the faculty committee’s work, says Dr. Alex Vernon, the chair of the Humanities area.

The Mellon-funded project will also include a pilot course on essay writing developed by Dr. Pat Hoy, who recently retired as director of New York University’s expository writing program.

Under Hoy’s tutelage, five Hendrix faculty members will offer seven sections of the pilot essay writing course. The faculty members include Dr. Vernon, Dr. Toni Jaudon, and Dr. Tyrone Jaeger from the English department, as well as Dr. Allison Shutt (history), and Dr. Rod Miller (art).

“We believe that forming practiced writers should be a signature feature and outcome of any liberal arts education,” said W. Ellis Arnold III, Acting President of Hendrix. “The assistance of the Andrew Mellon Foundation in developing a new writing program will have a significant impact upon the College’s ability to produce graduates with writing skills that will serve them for a lifetime in a wide range of professional and personal endeavors.”

Hendrix President Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd Steps Down

CONWAY, Ark. (February 15, 2013) – Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd today is stepping down as President of Hendrix College after 12 years in that position. The announcement was made at the February meeting of the Board of Trustees, where it was also announced that, after a sabbatical, Dr. Cloyd will return to the Hendrix faculty as a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and work in higher education consulting.

Dr. Cloyd became the 10th President of Hendrix in October 2001 after serving as Vice President for College Relations and Development for five years. During Dr. Cloyd’s presidential tenure, the College launched Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning, which brought significant national recognition to Hendrix as a national model for engaged learning in higher education. As a result of Odyssey, Hendrix received national media attention, including being featured on the front page of the New York Times and named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for five consecutive years.

Also during Dr. Cloyd’s tenure, the Hendrix student body and faculty grew by almost 40 percent and Hendrix successfully completed a $100 million comprehensive campaign, the largest in the school’s history. As a result, Hendrix significantly increased student financial assistance; endowed innovative academic, co-curricular, and student life programs; and developed state-of-the-art facilities for art, science, literature and language, wellness and athletics, and student life and technology. The College also increased student housing by constructing student apartments above the mixed-use buildings in The Village at Hendrix, a New Urbanist community adjacent to campus that began during President Cloyd’s tenure. Hendrix also played a lead role in the formation of the Rwanda Presidential Scholars initiative, with the support of the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, and launched the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling and the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture.

President Cloyd described his decision as part of the natural cycle.

“One thing I have learned is that organizations are living, evolving organisms,” he said. “Twelve years is a reasonable time to run an organization and, during that time, Hendrix has assumed national leadership among private, liberal arts colleges and has successfully completed a major capital campaign. The time is right to bring in fresh leadership to forge a new strategic direction for the College.”

“I will always be grateful to the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and alumni and friends who have invested so much of themselves so generously on behalf of our students,” President Cloyd added. “We have carried the legacy of our founders, the United Methodist Church, and our predecessors at Hendrix forward and, with the support of this community, Hendrix will continue to reach new horizons.”

“President Cloyd has positioned Hendrix as a major innovator and nationally recognized leader in the field of engaged liberal arts education,” said Hendrix alumnus David Knight, Chair of the Hendrix Board of Trustees. “We are deeply grateful for President Cloyd’s bold vision and perseverance during these extraordinary times.”

Hendrix alumnus W. Ellis Arnold III, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Dean of Advancement, will serve as Acting President during a national search for Dr. Cloyd’s successor.

“President Cloyd’s leadership will always be synonymous with an era of unprecedented progress for the College,” said Arnold. “I look forward to working with Hendrix Trustees, faculty and staff, students, and alumni and friends to continue the advancement of the Hendrix mission.”

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine’s annual list of America’s Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.

Hendrix Senior Recognized by National Physics Society

Hannah McWilliams ’13 has been chosen as a Society of Physics Students 2012 Leadership Scholar for her academic performance, strong interest in continuing to pursue physics, and her involvement in the Society.

“I’m grateful to the Society of Physics Students for recognizing and rewarding the work that my fellow officers and I put into making the Hendrix Chapter of SPS more active and engaging for its members,” McWilliams said. “Receiving the SPS Leadership Award brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction along with it.”

Following her graduation from Hendrix, McWilliams plans to go to graduate school in aerospace engineering.

Dr. Todd Tinsley, the Society of Physics Students advisor on campus, believes McWilliams has earned the award.

“In the five years I have served as faculty advisor to the Hendrix College chapter of SPS, I have received five solicitations to encourage students to apply for this scholarship,” he said. “Every year I have posted that information in our student study room and sent out information digitally to our members. Only twice, however, have I felt so strongly about a particular student’s suitability for this award that I pulled her aside and told her she should give serious consideration to applying. The first was Ms. Mallory Young, a 2009 winner of an SPS scholarship. The second is Ms. Hannah McWilliams.”

“I have known Ms. McWilliams for two years. Over that time I have served as her instructor in two upper-level courses and an advanced laboratory, her academic advisor, her research supervisor, and as faculty advisor to our chapter to SPS for which she is now serving her second term as president,” he said. “I believe I’m uniquely qualified to attest to the drive, intensity, and high scholarship she brings to her work. … She is an exemplar of the kind of engaged learning in and outside of the classroom Hendrix values so much.”

By Rachel Thomas ’14

Rachel Thomas ’14 is an English studies major from Fayetteville, Ark.