Four Rhodes College Juniors to Compete for Highly Selective Truman Scholarship

Rhodes College juniors David Caddle, Walker Coleman, Priscilla Foreman, and Jimmy Mullen are competing for the 2022 Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. The award provides up to $30,000 to apply toward graduate school. Recipients must be nominated by their institution, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, demonstrate academic excellence, and be committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector.

Biology Department Team Led by Prof. Mary Miller Awarded NSF Grant to Support Faculty and Student Research

Dr. Mary Miller, professor and chair of biology at Rhodes College, supported by a collaborative team of biology faculty, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of more than $350,000 for a three-year project titled “MRI: Acquisition of a Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS) Supporting Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Exploring Biological Responses.”

Director of Financial Aid at Rhodes to Lead Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Michael Morgan, director of financial aid at Rhodes College, has been elected to serve as president of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA), effective July 1, 2022. “I am honored to be chosen for this important role,” says Morgan. “Professional organizations such as SASFAA develop leadership within our profession and fight for the needs of current and future students, ensuring an affordable education for all who wish to attend college.”

Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Team at Rhodes Brings Back Awards, Celebrates 10th Year

Rhodes College sent a delegation of 11 members to the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature’s (TISL) 52nd General Assembly, held Nov. 18-21 in Nashville at the State Capitol. Harry Dircks ’24 won the Outstanding Senator award, and Pierce Rose ’22 received The Douglas Carlisle Award, given to an student who has made significant contributions to TISL through participation, service, and leadership. Other members of the team include Matthew Kenny ’22, who served as this year’s Governor, and Maya Ring ’23, who served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Rhodes College Takes Steps to Grow and Promote Sustainability Initiatives

Rhodes College has become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an organization that empowers faculty, administrators, staff, and students in making strides for a more sustainable future. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way that encompasses human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. Membership covers every individual at an institution so that the entire campus can take advantage of member benefits.

Pope and Blankenship Serve in National Music Leadership Roles

Erika Pope, musical arts coordinator for the Rhodes Department of Music, serves as the 39th National President of Tau Beta Sigma, which is a co-educational National Honorary Band Sorority. Dr. Carole Blankenship, chair of the Rhodes Department of Music, is finishing up a two-year term as president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Neuroscience Major Ava Mitra ’22 on Opportunity, Community, and Identity at Rhodes

Ava Mitra, a senior neuroscience major from Bangladesh, shares with us her experience of adapting to American culture while shaping and adapting her own identity. Finding her communities through involvement in cultural groups, club sports, and classrooms—in particular, the neuroscience labs where she has conducted research all four years—and through sharing her culture and experiences with others, Mitra has forged strong connections while achieving academic success at Rhodes.

Prof. Tim Huebner Named Chair of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Supreme Court History

Dr. Timothy Huebner, the Irma O. Sternberg Professor of History and associate provost at Rhodes College, has been named chair of the board of editors of the Journal of Supreme Court History, published three times a year by the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, DC. In June 2021, Melvin I. Urofsky retired from the position after serving the Supreme Court Historical Society for 30 years.