Rhodes Students Take Top Prizes at Memphis Area Collegiate Geospatial Showcase

Parth Sinojia ’25 won the undergraduate category and Jake Ackerman ’24 was runner-up at the Memphis Area Collegiate Geospatial Showcase presented April 12 at The University of Memphis. Dr. Kate Shields, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, accompanied the students and was part of a career panel at the event.

Rhodes College to Hold New Student Venture Challenge April 25 with $15,000 Grand Prize

The new Rhodes College Venture Challenge, a dynamic business pitch competition designed to empower aspiring student entrepreneurs, will be held April 25 on campus. Six student teams from Rhodes will vie for a $15,000 Grand Prize. The Rhodes community and Memphis public are invited to the event to cast their votes for their favorite team, which will receive the People’s Choice Award.

Rhodes Students Present Research at Latin American and Latinx Studies Symposium

Jazmin Montes ’24, Alex Moreno-Espinosa ’27, Lucy Page ’24, and Yesica Trejo ’26, who are pursuing majors and minors in Latin American and Latinx studies, presented their research at the Latin American and Latinx Studies Symposium held at Rollins College on March 22 in Winter Park, FL. Students from across the country gathered at this interdisciplinary forum to showcase original research and creative projects conducted at their institution.

Walmart Executive and Rhodes Alumna Julie Gehrki ’02 Named 2024 Baccalaureate Speaker

Plans are underway for the 2024 Commencement Exercises of Rhodes College to be held Saturday, May 11. Julie Gehrki, a member of the Rhodes Class of 2002 and vice president of philanthropy at Walmart, has been selected to deliver the address at the Baccalaureate Convocation on Friday, May 10, 2024. The program includes reflections from members of the graduating class and expressions of gratitude to those who have helped them in their journey along the way.

Students to Launch 2024 Edition of the College’s Literary Journal April 16

The Southwestern Review is the college’s literary journal produced by Rhodes students, and its goal is to publish work—including literature and art—that inspires original thought, community-building, and support for creative expression. The launch party for the 2024 edition will be Tuesday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium and will include music, readings, food, and copies of the new issue.

Rhodes Giving Day 2024 Breaks Goal

Members of the Rhodes community celebrated Rhodes Giving Day on April 10—raising $270,033 and 1,340 gifts—a new record for Rhodes for number of gifts made in one day. Dozens of volunteers helped drive the challenge to success.

Senior Riley Damiano Selected for Fulbright Research in the Netherlands, Offered Opportunity at National Cancer Institute

Rhodes College senior Riley Damiano from Patterson, NY, has a big decision to make. She’s been offered a competitive Fulbright research grant by the Netherland-America Foundation. Does she want to accept it and work in the Netherlands right after graduation, or will she choose the award she’s been offered by the National Cancer Institute to conduct research there?