- Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1961)
Cecilia Hennel Hendricks was born in Evansville, Indiana in 1883. She attended Indiana University and in 1907, became the editor-in-chief of the campus yearbook, The Arbutus. By 1908, she had earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
She served as a faculty member in the IU English department from 1908 to 1913, and again from 1930 to 1953. Her research interests included writing instruction, public education reform, and homesteading. She held the position of John Hay Whitney Professor at Coe College, and received career awards from IU and from the journalism association then known as Theta Sigma Phi.