Welcome to the Odcast, Tales of Teaching and Hands-on Learning at Hendrix College. In this series, faculty members share how they developed engaged learning opportunities for students with the support of the Hendrix Odyssey Program and the Odyssey Professorship program.
“I just remember being like, ‘This is so crazy.’ I never would have ever considered doing this or being here.”
Mathematics major Hayley Haden ’21 went outside her comfort zone for a complete immersion experience in France—and had her whole worldview changed in the process.
“It was kind of like a crash course of how to be accepting and observant of others.”
Whitney Greenlee ’20 learned new ways of living, teaching, and caring when interning for the Blueberry Harvest School, a community-oriented summer education program for the children of migrant farm workers.
"Whenever you’re in an environment of people that are so talented and motivated—you just have no choice but to rise to their level."
Studio Art senior Greta Kresse ’21 shares how immersion and concentrated focus in landscape painting had an impact on her work ethic, artistic vision, and confidence.
“I always tell my students in Zoology, ‘This class is really hard, and you’re gonna love it!’ and they actually do, most of them.”
Biology professor Dr. Matt Moran shares his experience working with students to conduct ecological research in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and Flint Hills area of Oklahoma and Kansas.
Dr. Moran holds the Bill and Connie Bowen Odyssey Professorship.
We can talk about things in such an open and honest way, and I think that honestly makes all of us get into that habit in our other organizations on campus, or in class—just being more willing to be
Students David Addepalli ’20 and Chelbi Gilmore ’20 discuss their involvement in Increasing Retention and Inclusion in STEM (IRIS), which has led them to opportunities for research and mentorships.
“When you can create inclusive spaces, you really start to understand the experiences your students are having.”
Biology professors Dr. Jennifer Dearolf and Dr. Laura MacDonald ’09 discuss how they leveraged the Odyssey Professorship they share to develop Increasing Retention and Inclusion in STEM (IRIS).
Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Dearolf share the Morris and Ann Henry Odyssey Professorship.