Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies Fellow Elizabeth Mueller ’23 Reveals Memphis History Through Tombstone Symbolism

“Cemeteries are as much for the living as they are for the dead,” says Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies fellow, artist, and economics major Elizabeth Mueller ’23, who has been conducting research this summer on how local history is revealed by grave symbols and iconography in Memphis’ historic Elmwood Cemetery. “When a loved one dies, family and friends make decisions about how form, symbolism, and epitaph will embody the deceased for eternity. This emotional imprint left on graves grants us insight into beliefs and values and perceptions of mortality that were most important to a certain time and people.”

Classroom Experience Prepares Maddie Kennell ’21 for Teaching Assistantship In France

Maddie Kennell ’21, a health equity major, has earned a spot in the 2021-2022 Teaching Assistant Program in France, a program of the French Ministry of National Education. In October, she will travel to Évreux, a town in Normandy, to work until April 2022 as part of The Teaching Assistant Program in France. Recruiting and promotion are managed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and the program’s goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence.

Working with the Boys and Girls Club, Julia Beckel '22 and Patrick Reddick '23 Provide Engaging Programs for Memphis Children through Rhodes Summer Service Fellowship

Julia Beckel '22 and Patrick Reddick ’23 are working as BGCM interns as part of Rhodes’ Summer Service Fellowship, an intensive program designed to help students gain real work experience with a local nonprofit. “I do feel like I have made an impact,” says Reddick, “and I feel more connected to the Memphis community. Meeting with the Summer Service Fellows once a week has also been a great experience, as I have learned more about the challenges that face Memphis and the ways that different nonprofits combat these issues.”

Rhodes College President Emeritus William E. Troutt Publishes Book on Strengthening Partnerships Between College Presidents and Governing Boards

Rhodes College President Emeritus William E. Troutt has written a book titled A President’s Guide to Effective Board Leadership. Published by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, this new resource details actions and attributes that will yield effective, mutually beneficial partnerships between higher education presidents and governing boards while elevating institutions’ long-term strategies.

Associate Provost Dr. Timothy Huebner Admitted Into National Senior Leadership Academy

Dr. Timothy Huebner, associate provost and the Irma O. Sternberg Professor of History at Rhodes College, has been admitted into the 2021–2022 Senior Leadership Academy of the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute. Up to 40 participants from independent colleges and universities are selected for the competitive year-long program, which is intended for administrators advancing in responsibilities in college administration or seeking senior leadership positions.

Rhodes Students’ Art Shines Online in 2021

Art students at Rhodes this spring found new opportunities to express themselves virtually. Including collaborations with artists in the Memphis community and with support from faculty, their work culminated in three major projects that are available to view virtually on the Rhodes College website.

Dr. Russell Wigginton ’88 Named President of the National Civil Rights Museum

Dr. Russell Wigginton, a member of the Rhodes Class of 1988, has been named president of the National Civil Rights Museum. He will begin the new position August 1. Wigginton’s professional career also spans more than two decades at Rhodes, having served as vice president of student life, vice president of external programs, vice president for college relations, assistant to the president for community relations, and faculty member in the history department.