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Coker, Christy

Christy C. Coker, Director

As Director of Student Outreach Services (SOS), Ms. Coker serves as liaison for students as a resource to help make important connections between students and campus entities as well as organizations beyond Hendrix. She believes self-exploration at many levels is necessary in order to reach the level of "being all that one can be" — a concept beyond just obtaining a degree and accepting a job.

Prior to taking the position with SOS, Ms. Coker served as Director of Hendrix College, Career Services for seven years. She has a MA in Communication, with an emphasis in nonverbal and interpersonal; and a BSE in Communication Education (speech and drama). Ms. Coker has taught undergraduate courses in small group communication, communication anxiety, communication contexts, business and professional communication, advanced public speaking, public speaking, interpersonal communication, problem-solving and has overseen an internship placement program for both graduates and undergraduates. She has been a faculty member with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Arkansas, Petit Jean Technical College, and Arkansas Tech University. Prior to that, she worked for Arkansas Government promoting welfare reformation that focused on job development and placement.

She was a state delegate for the President's Summit for America's Future and America's Promise headed by General Colin Powell. As a former Chief Professional Officer (CPO) for a multi-county nonprofit, she serves as a consultant and advisor for nonprofit organizations and grass roots political campaigns, is a special event planner, and is a member of various local organizations. Ms. Coker is a graduate of the 2006 Faulkner County Leadership Institute.

Ault, Ben

Ben Ault '14, Assistant to the Director

SOAR Leader
Majoring in Politics & Philosophy

Currently a senior at Hendrix College, studying Politics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, Ben joined Student Outreach Services in October of 2012 as Assistant to the Director. Quickly introducing his value as student mediator in SOS allowed Ben to step into the newly created role of Program Coordinator and Team Leader for Student Outreach Alternative Resources, or SOAR. SOAR is a new, dynamic freshmen immersion program based upon community-wide peer mentoring developed by Ben as an Odyssey project.

During the Summer of 2013, Ben was selected for the highly competitive Shepherd Consortium Fellowship placing him with the Clinton Foundation in New York City as a High School Coach in Harlem. 

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty is a 16-member consortium with roots in poverty studies work at Washington and Lee University. Each member school commits to developing academic coursework dedicated to preparing students for an intensive summer internship in poverty-related work at a number of sites around the country and is accompanied by two summer workshops for students. The internship experience is then followed by a later project back on campus that serves as a capstone experience. This role allowed Ben to accomplish this goal and to hone his skills while leading high school interns in college and professional preparation, facilitating training modules and scheduling reinforcing activities, events, and programs.  

In addition, Ben represented Hendrix College as a part of the Miller Center Chicago team during Spring Break of 2012 where he participated in inter-religious dialogue and various community outreach programs.  Over the past two years, he has spent as much time as possible with one of his favorite nonprofit organizations in the United States, as a camp counselor, and in a supervisory role, Camp CAMP. Camp CAMP is a summer camp for individuals with special needs near San Antonio, Texas. Ben is also a campus leader overseeing campus living as a resident assistant on campus, serving two years in Martin Hall and now moving to the Front Street Apartments.  

Ben is originally from the Fort Smith area.

 2012-13 SOAR TEAM

  • Megan Barker
  • Claire Comeaux
  • Nathaniel Drahn
  • Rose Dubiskas
  • Ryan Flores
  • Hannah Katz
  • Matthew Larson
  • Joyce Lauritzen
  • Marissa Lee
  • Zachary Mainer
  • Anna McConaghie
  • Rebecca Moreton
  • Farai Musariri
  • Lindsay Nickell
  • Valerie Partenheimer
  • Victoria Resendez
  • Caiti Rolfes-Haase
  • Mary Austin Tisdale
  • Peiyu Wang