Meet our Director of Student Outreach Services

Coker, Christy

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jim Wiltgen recently announced a new department in Student Affairs - Student Outreach Services (SOS). Christy Coker has been named Director of Student Outreach Services and acts as liaison between students and campus entities as well as organizations beyond Hendrix. SOS connects students with services, resources, programs, networks, preventions, and/or interventions as a way to increase successful and positive student experiences throughout their time at Hendrix.

Your student’s first two years of college are important ones. For most students, college is their first foray into an independent, adult life. Christy works as a catalyst assisting your student in adapting to new and different paths and helping them find a balance between mind, body, spirit, and emotions. She believes self-exploration at many levels is necessary in order to develop the whole person – a concept beyond obtaining a degree and accepting a job.

One of the most popular services provided by SOS is personal and professional assessments such as the Strong Interest Inventory. This assessment gives insight into a student's interests as a way to help him or her decide on an appropriate career choice. Many freshmen and sophomores use this tool to help them determine a major in college. All assessments are free to currently enrolled students.

Previously, Christy served Hendrix as Director of Career Resources for seven years. She has a master’s degree in communication and a bachelor’s degree in communication education. Christy taught undergraduate courses in small group communication, business and professional communication, communication anxiety, public speaking, and interpersonal communication, and has overseen an internship placement program for both graduates and undergraduates.

She was a faculty member with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte; the University of Arkansas, Petit Jean Technical College; and Arkansas Tech University. She also worked for the State of Arkansas promoting welfare reformation that focused on job development and placement.