Mike Clary, head women’s golf coach at Rhodes College, will retire in May 2023 upon completion of his 44th year on the Rhodes athletic staff. He is the longest serving staff member in Rhodes athletic history.
At the annual Fall Conference of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Mound Up! Neighborhood Revitalization Plan was recognized with the Outstanding Student Project award. It will be featured at the national level on the American Planning Association blog.
Rhodes College’s 2022 alumni awards were presented during the college’s Homecoming/Reunion Weekend Oct. 28-29. Dr. Russell T. Wigginton Jr. ’88 received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Brad Hensley ’12 the Young Alumni Award, and Kathy Moore Cowan ’78 the Black Student Association Distinguished Alumni Award.
He was awarded the Thomas C. Calhoun Excellence in Mentoring Award at the Mid-South Sociological Association’s 48th Annual Meeting held in Nashville, and his work the featured topic of the “Author Meets Legacy” session at the 52nd Annual Conference of the Association of Black Sociologists held in Chicago.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for English teaching assistantships as well as for individually designed study/research projects abroad. Winners will be announced throughout Spring 2023.
Dr. David Rupke, associate professor of physics at Rhodes College, is software lead and member of an international collaboration of astronomers and astrophysicists studying distant quasars with NASA’s new flagship observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope. The European Space Agency has announced a surprising discovery made by the scientists using the telescope.
In 2021, a Rhodes College team learned that a proposal for a four-inch cube satellite of their own design was accepted to be flown aboard a NASA-sponsored rocket. Now the team is getting the satellite ready for launch into space by late 2024, and they have been practicing how they will communicate with it using a ground station built on campus.
Dr. Joy Brooke Fairfield, assistant professor of media studies, Yifei “Yash” Zhang ’21, and Janay Kelley ’24 will have their works featured at the 54th Indie Memphis Film Festival to be held Oct. 19-24.
Rhodes is featured as one of Billboard magazine’s “2022 Top Music Business Schools” for its Mike Curb Institute for Music. This is not the college’s first appearance on this world stage, having also made the roster in 2020.
Award-winning poet Caki Wilkinson’s poem “Fox Song” from her book The Survival Expo was featured online Oct. 6 on Poet Daily, whose editors say they select the best and most interesting poems from publications for their thousands of readers.