Seal of Hendrix College
|Motto||εἰς ἄνδρα τέλειον|
Motto in English
|"Unto the whole person"|
|Affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||William M. Tsutsui|
|Location||Conway, Arkansas, USA|
|Colors||Hendrix Orange and Black
|Sports||Southern Athletic Association|
|Mascot||Ivan the Warrior|
Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college located in Conway, Arkansas which is about 30 miles from Little Rock. Enrollment is over 1,400, mostly undergraduates. While affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the curriculum is secular and the student body is composed of people from many different religious backgrounds. Hendrix is a member of the Associated Colleges of the South.
Hendrix College was founded as a primary school called Central Institute in 1876 at Altus, Arkansas, by Rev. Isham L. Burrow. In 1881 it was renamed Central Collegiate Institute when secondary and collegiate departments were added. The next year the first graduating collegiate class, composed of three women, were awarded Mistress of English Literature degrees. In 1884, three conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South purchased the school. This began the school's relationship with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and later The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. The Central Collegiate Institute was renamed Hendrix College in 1889 in honor of Rev. Eugene Russell Hendrix, a presiding bishop over three Arkansas Methodist conferences. This same year, the primary school was discontinued.
Hendrix College was initially designated a male college, but by the time of the name change in 1889, the college allowed for the enrollment of women who were interested in the college's course of study. In 1890, after receiving bids from seven other Arkansas towns, the Hendrix Board of Trustees chose Conway as the new location for the college. Secondary education was discontinued in 1925. In 1929 the college merged with Henderson-Brown College, a private school in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, which briefly created Hendrix-Henderson College. Two years later the name reverted to Hendrix College. The merger resulted in Hendrix Bull Dogs becoming the Hendrix Warriors, and the college newspaper, the Bull Dog, being renamed the College Profile.
The newly expanded college planned to move to Little Rock, Arkansas, but the city of Conway was able to raise $150,000 to keep the school located there. In 1930 the name was briefly changed to Trinity College but was reverted to Hendrix College after opposition by students, alumni and townspeople. The financially troubled Galloway Woman’s College in Searcy, Arkansas was absorbed by Hendrix in 1933 during the Great Depression.
- 2014–Present: Dr. William M. Tsutsui
- 2001–2013: Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd
- 1992–2001: Dr. Ann H. Die
- 1981–1991: Dr. Joe B. Hatcher
- 1969–1981: Dr. Roy Shilling Jr.
- 1958–1969: Dr. Marshall T. Steel
- 1945–1958: Dr. Matt L. Ellis
- 1913–1945: John H. Reynolds
- 1902–1910: Stonewall Anderson
- 1887–1902, 1910–1913: Alexander C. Millar
- 1884–1887: Isham L. Burrow
Hendrix is a primarily undergraduate institution with 34 majors and 38 minors, including a master's of accounting degree. The student body is about 1400, with students coming from most U. S. states and from over a dozen foreign countries. Notable are the Rwandan Presidential Scholars. Hendrix is the lead institution in a consortium of 19 private and public higher education institutions that together host over 220 students from Rwanda.
The Student Senate is the governing body of the student association. It has officers that are elected campus-wide along with representatives from each class, residence hall and apartment building.
Hendrix has no social fraternities or sororities. There are 65 student organizations that offer a wide range of activities, funded by a student activity fee. The largest student organization is Social Committee, or SoCo, which plans the major events on campus. The Office of Student Activities organizes weekend and Wednesday evening events. Major social events are usually held in "The Brick Pit", an outdoor area in the center of the campus. The most famous event is "Shirttails," a freshman dance-off that includes a serenade by the men's dorms.
Hendrix College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Warriors are a charter member of the new Southern Athletic Association (SAA), founded in 2011, after formerly being a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
In fall 2013, Hendrix was recognized as one of the country’s top “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges for the sixth consecutive year by US News and World Report. The 2014 US News Best Colleges guide lists Hendrix as #11 in a group of liberal arts colleges that demonstrate “A Strong Commitment to Teaching.” Hendrix is the only Arkansas institution to appear in the 2014 US News Best Colleges ranking of the top 100 private national liberal arts colleges. Hendrix was listed among the top liberal arts colleges “based on their contribution to the public good” by Washington Monthly. Hendrix is among the country’s top 100 most financially fit private colleges, according to a list published by Forbes magazine and is ranked #158 on the magazine’s list of America’s Top Colleges and #115 in a list of private colleges in the nation.” Hendrix is among the top colleges profiled in The Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges (2014). Hendrix was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 based on academic ratings, price category, and quality of student life on campus.
Hendrix was named in 2010 as one of "The Top 50 Schools That Produce Science PhDs" by CBS MoneyWatch.com which compiled its rankings using data from The National Science Foundation. The Institute of International Education awarded Hendrix with a 2012 Andrew Heiskell Award for International Exchange Partnerships as project coordinators of the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program.
There are 36 buildings on campus, three of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Since the mid-1990s, the college has pursued a master plan for campus construction, developed in consultation with the architectural design firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.
Academic and administrative buildings
- Admin Houses: Health services, counseling services.
- Art Complex: Art department.
- Charles D. Morgan Center for Physical Sciences/Acxiom Hall: Chemistry department, Physics department.
- Olin C. Bailey Library
- Buhler Hall: Currently vacant, due to the addition of the Student Life and Technology Center.
- Donald W. Reynolds Center for Life Sciences: Biology department, Psychology department.
- Ellis Hall: Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, (NRoHP).
- Fausett Hall: Office of Administration, English department, Foreign Language departments.
- Greene Chapel: School's official chapel, venue for annual Candlelight Carol service.
- I.T.: Information technology offices.
- Morgan Center/John Hugh Reynolds: Mathematics and Computer Science department, Physics department, Chemistry department.
- Mills Center: Cabe Theater, Economics and Business department, Education department, History department, Politics and International Relations department, Sociology and Anthropology department.
- Bertie Wilson Murphy Building: Hendrix-Murphy Foundation.
- Physical Plant: (Originally built as short-term housing and called “East Hall”)
- Public Safety: Mainly deals with security and parking issues.
- Raney Building: Religion and Philosophy department.
- Staples Auditorium: Large auditorium, also houses Greene Chapel.
- Trieschmann Building: Music department, Dance studio, Reves Recital Hall, and Trieschmann gallery.
- Student Life and Technology Center: Office of Student Affairs, Social Committee, Master Calendar, cafeteria, the Burrow (student deli), Oathout Technology Center (computer lab), IT Help Desk, Odyssey, and Career Services. It also contains all student activities and organization offices, the KHDX radio station, the Religious Life Suite, Residence Life offices and the post office.
- The Eco-House: Co-ed house with an emphasis on environmental sustainability.
- Apartments on Clifton Street
- Couch Hall: Co-ed residence hall named after Arkansas entrepreneur Harvey Couch.
- The Hendrix Corner Apartments: Apartments located at the intersection of Front Street and Mill Street. (also called the Mill Street Apartments)
- Front Street Apartments: Apartments at the intersection of Front Street and Spruce Street.
- Galloway Hall: Female residence hall (NRoHP) named to honor Bishop Charles Betts Galloway and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places
- Hardin Hall: Male residence hall whose namesake, G.C. Hardin, was a 1905 graduate.
- Huntington Apartments: College-owned apartments located on Clifton Street.
- Martin Hall: Male residence hall (NRoHP) named in honor of Conway civic leader Capt. W. W. Martin, who worked to bring Hendrix to Conway
- The Quad: Four co-ed residence houses: Cook, Dickinson, McCreight, and Browne.
- Brown House and Stella Boyle Smith House (commonly Smith House): Two co-ed residential houses close to The Quad.
- Language House: Single-language themed co-ed house. Rotates annually among French, German, and Spanish.
- Raney Hall: Female residence hall named in 1960 for Alton B. Raney, a former trustee of the college.
- Veasey Hall: Female residence hall named to honor former trustee Ruth Veasey.
- The Village Apartments Two mixed-use buildings with commercial space on the ground floors and student apartments on the upper floors, part of the Village at Hendrix, a New Urban-style housing development project.
- Wellness and Athletics Center: Houses the Physical Education department, basketball courts, a swimming pool, a free weights room, lacrosse field, an indoor track, a soccer field, and a baseball field. The underpass nearby, which connects the building to the main campus and runs under Harkrider Street, is the location of an interactive art exhibit by Christopher Janney titled Harmonic Fugue.
Notable alumni and faculty
- Ashlie Atkinson: film, television, and stage actress
- Charles R. Attwood: pediatrician and author
- Douglas Blackmon: journalist and bureau chief with the Wall Street Journal; winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, adapted as a PBS documentary in 2012, available online.
- John Burkhalter: businessman, former chairman of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Arkansas Highway Commission; ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat against Tim Griffin in 2014 for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
- Sarah Caldwell: notable opera conductor; first female conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; winner in 1996 of the National Medal of Arts
- Natalie Canerday: actress; notable roles in Sling Blade and October Sky
- Hayes Carll: country singer-songwriter; Americana Music Award winner
- Clint Catalyst: writer, spoken word performer, journalist
- Michael Cox: Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
- Bracken Darrell: President of Whirlpool Europe (2009–2012); Executive Vice President of Whirlpool Corporation; President/CEO of Logitech
- Jay Dickey: former Congressman; author of the Dickey Amendment
- Susan Dunn: opera singer
- Timothy Davis Fox: Judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State of Arkansas
- Randy Goodrum: popular songwriter, who wrote "You Needed Me", which was sung by Anne Murray, and many other songs including songs by the bands Toto and DeBarge, as well as solo singers such as Steve Perry (musician).
- Tim Griffin: United States Representative for the Second District of Arkansas, Interim United States Attorney, Justice Department official, aide to Karl Rove
- Alan W. Eastham: Senior Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador to the Republic of Congo and many other African nations, Director of Central African Affairs, Senior Fellow at Hendrix College
- Ann Die Hasselmo: president of Hendrix College 1992–2001
- Doyle Overton Hickey: Army officer who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
- Missy Irvin: adjunct professor of dance at Hendrix; current Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate from Mountain View
- Derek Lowe: Pharmaceutical researcher
- Rock F. Jones: president of Ohio Wesleyan University
- Jo Luck: former CEO of Heifer International, a world hunger organization
- Harry Meyer: Co-developed the vaccine for German Measles
- Wilbur D. Mills: former United States Representative for the Second District of Arkansas; Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, played a large role in the creation of Medicare.
- Robert L. Moore: Noted Jungian psychoanalyst, professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary
- Ben Nichols: Lead singer of Lucero
- Steven Ozment: McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University and author of several award-winning books, including A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People"
- Margaret Pittman: First female head of a National Institute of Health laboratory and pioneer in developing the vaccine for pertussis
- William Ragsdale: Actor. Star of movie Fright Night and television series Herman's Head
- John E. Sanders: American Christian theologian and author.
- Benjamin Schumacher: U.S. theoretical physicist, known for contributions to the field of quantum information including the development of what is now known as Schumacher compression
- P. Allen Smith: nationally recognized garden designer
- Mary Steenburgen: Academy Award-winning American actress and wife of Ted Danson. She left during her sophomore year.
- Dale J. Stephens: Founder of UnCollege, Penguin author, and educational policy expert
- Trenton Lee Stewart: Author of The Mysterious Benedict Society books
- Wallace Townsend (Class of 1902): Arkansas Republican national committeeman from 1928 to 1961; Republican gubernatorial candidate in 1916 and 1920; Little Rock lawyer until he was ninety-two
- Joan Wagnon: former mayor of Topeka, Kansas (1997–2001) and former Kansas Secretary of Revenue
- Billy Roy Wilson: United States federal judge
- Winston P. Wilson, United States Air Force Major General and Chief of the National Guard Bureau
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