Interning Abroad This Summer

Among student opportunities at Rhodes are work experiences in other countries through the Mertie Buckman, Morelle Legge, Wasfy Iskander, and William Theodore Eckles international internship programs.

Artwork by Esther Ruiz ’11 Featured in Uncharted Exhibition

Artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Esther Ruiz is being featured in a solo exhibition titled Uncharted at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. The artist received a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Rhodes in 2011, and her work has been reviewed in publications including Art News, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

Rhodes College Staff Lauded for Outstanding Service

Four Rhodes employees— Sara Harris, Kate Collier, Melissa Campbell, and Elisha Vego—were recognized with the college’s 2024 Outstanding Staff Awards at the annual Service Recognition Brunch held May 14. Staff members with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service also were honored at the program held in the McCallum Ballroom. Cornett Townes was recognized as the Loretta Watkins Outstanding Housekeeper and Fred Garrett was recognized as Outstanding Campus Safety Officer.

Dr. Cary Fowler ’71 Named a 2024 World Food Prize Laureate

Dr. Cary Fowler, the U.S. Special Envoy for Global Food Security and a member of the Rhodes Class of 1971, has been named a 2024 World Food Prize Laureate for his longstanding contribution to seed conservation and crop biodiversity. He will share the $500,000 award with Dr. Geoffrey Hawtin, founding director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

Four Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbright Student Awards

Rhodes College seniors Lucia Berkey, Riley Damiano, Piper Huddleston, and Gwen Williams have been selected to receive Fulbright U.S. Student Awards for the 2024-2025 academic year. Beginning in the fall, Berkey, Huddleston, and Williams will serve as English teaching assistants and Damiano as a researcher in their assigned countries. The Fulbright Program currently facilitates the exchange of students and scholars between the United States and more than 140 countries.

Class of 2024 Members Added to the Rhodes Hall of Fame

Six graduating seniors’ portraits are being added to Rhodes College’s Hall of Fame on the second floor of Southwestern Hall. They are Asya Bray, Sam Frank, Oliver Hurst, Claire Kiernan, Hailey Smith, and Justin Thompson. Selection to the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1931, is based on individual merit, leadership in student activities, service to others, and overall contributions to the campus community. Honorees are chosen by their peers.

Rhodes College to Hold Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 11

The 175th Commencement of Rhodes College will be held Saturday, May 11, at 8:30 a.m. in the Hubert F. Fisher Memorial Garden on campus. Prior to the commencement, the Baccalaureate Service will be held on Friday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Bryan Campus Life Center.

Cali VanCleve ’26 Named a 2024 Key Into Public Service Scholar by Phi Beta Kappa

Cali VanCleve, a Rhodes College sophomore majoring in international studies and Russian, is one of 20 students selected as a Key into Public Service Scholar by The Phi Beta Kappa Society.Chosen from more than 700 applicants attending Phi Beta Kappa chapter institutions across the nation, each 2024 scholar will receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship and will participate in an educational conference held in Washington, D.C.