Hendrix amps image with new complex.IT'S LIKE SEEING THE GIRL WHO once spent all her time in the library strutting about at the 10-year reunion in stilettos and a revealing evening gown evening gown
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Hendrix College Hendrix College is listed in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives. College history
Hendrix College was founded as a primary school called Central Institute in 1876 at Altus, Arkansas, by Rev. Isham L. Burrow. , the "nerd school" in Conway existing in the shadows of the larger, flashier, more marketed University of Central Arkansas The University of Central Arkansas is a state-run institution located in the city of Conway, the seat of Faulkner County, north of Little Rock. The school is most respected for its programs in Education, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. , has undergone an extreme athletic makeover.
Hendrix has just opened a state-of-the-art, $24 million Wellness and Athletic Center to replace the old Grove Gymnasium used for almost half a century.
Walk into the new facility's lobby, with its wood paneling and columns and archways leading to an aquatics center, and you might think you're on the way to a high table.
"People say it looks more like an academic building," said Danny Powell, Hendrix's director of athletics. "It is an academic building."
The center houses a large room for exercise classes, a kinesiology laboratory with all kinds of equipment to tell the humbling truth about an individual's physical state, and separate gymnasiums for competition and recreation. The center also boasts a spacious weight room and fitness center, where an exerciser could watch a digital TV on a treadmill and see activity at most of the other athletic venues from the glass-enclosed back wall. The exercise gym is surrounded by a walking track. The modern aquatics center (too elaborate to be labeled just a pool) is glass-enclosed with a retractable roof A retractable roof is a kinetic architectural element used in many sports venues. They are used in places that allow for indoor sports when the weather is rainy. Examples of these venues are Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, SAFECO Field in Seattle, The University of Phoenix .
In the lobby is a large and elaborate climbing wall A climbing wall is an artificially constructed wall with grips for hands and feet, used for climbing. Some are brick or wooden constructions, but on most modern walls, the material used is a thick multiplex board with holes drilled into it. popular with a new generation of students. "If you build one of these facilities nowadays, you almost have to have a wall," said Cliff Garrison Clifford William Garrison (August 13, 1906 - August 25, 1994) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox during the 1928 season. Listed at 6' 0", 180 lb., Garrison batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Bellemont, Oklahoma. , the school's longtime coach and athletic director who headed the fundraising effort for the building.
The WAC WAC (Women's Army Corps), U.S. army organization created (1942) during World War II to enlist women as auxiliaries for noncombatant duty in the U.S. army. Before 1943 it was known as the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). Its first director was Oveta Culp Hobby. , as it is known, is only the most outward indication of what is arguably the most proactive overall athletic philosophy in the state. The college is a pioneer as far as bringing new sports to Arkansas.
Hendrix's field hockey team, the first of its kind of the varsity NCAA NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association level in the state, began play this fall. In the spring, Hendrix will field the state's first lacrosse lacrosse (ləkrôs`), ball and goal game usually played outdoors by two teams of 10 players each on a field 60 to 70 yd (54.86 to 64.01 m) wide by 110 yd (100.58 m) long. Two goals face each other 80 yd (73. teams.
Hendrix competes in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (Ivy League-style classic liberal arts colleges It may never be fully completed or, depending on its its nature, it may be that it can never be completed. However, new and revised entries in the list are always welcome.
Liberal arts colleges such as Rhodes, Trinity, Centre and Sewanee) of NCAA Division III, which doesn't allow scholarships for athletics. These colleges recruit with facilities and opportunities.
"Lacrosse, for example, is big in a lot of the high schools in Texas where we recruit," Powell said. "We got to thinking why do athletes in Texas have to fly to schools on the East Coast to play lacrosse if we can offer it in an adjacent state?"
With the same rationale, Hendrix officials are examining how the school can field a varsity football team for the first time in half a century. Hendrix's new lacrosse/field hockey field, with a modern track around it, can be used for football with a few stands brought in, offering another sport attractive to areas, particularly in football-crazy Texas, where Hendrix recruits.
Athletics in Division III are not designed to make money. No admission is charged for any athletic event. It's the experience.
"The facility and what we do represents our institutional values," said Hendrix President Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd, who took a hands-on role in the development and construction of the WAC. "It's the development of mind, body and spirit. It's the classic Greek concept that you make yourself better by competition and struggle."
With the multipurpose mul·ti·pur·pose
Designed or used for several purposes: a multipurpose room; multipurpose software.
Adjective building and the wide range of sports offerings, Cloyd is trying to join the intellectual and the athletic at the hip.
Thirty-seven percent of Hendrix students participate in some form of varsity competition, compared with less than 2 percent at most Division I institutions. Hendrix athletes average 1310 on the SAT and 30 on the ACT, compared with 1290 and 28 for the rest of the student body. The WAC is getting 80 percent use from the student body.
"It's an exercise melting pot," said Karl Lenser, director of the WAC.
Ryan Wible is a standout varsity basketball player. He's into biochemistry majoring in molecular biology molecular biology, scientific study of the molecular basis of life processes, including cellular respiration, excretion, and reproduction. The term molecular biology was coined in 1938 by Warren Weaver, then director of the natural sciences program at the Rockefeller . He's done research concerning the synthesis of organic matter.
David McCollum is sports columnist for the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway.