For Emma Thames ’21, The Path to Becoming a Better Physician Begins in the Humanities

Rhodes’ liberal arts curriculum encourages students to choose courses across academic disciplines, whatever their major or career goals. Emma Thames '21, who is pursuing a degree in English literature while preparing for medical school, combines skills and perspectives learned in all of her courses as she strengthens her ideas of how to be the best possible physician.

Prof. Cara Djonko-Moore Receives Fulbright Global Scholar Award to Explore Multicultural Teacher Education

Dr. Cara Djonko-Moore, assistant professor of educational studies at Rhodes College, is the recipient of a Fulbright Global Scholar Program award, granted by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She will conduct research in 2022 at universities in Canada and Finland as part of a project to learn how teacher educators in international contexts address issues of diversity in their teacher education programs.

McCoy Theatre Cast to Present Virtual Showcase of Songs by Award-Winning Composer Jeanine Tesori

Rhodes College’s McCoy Theatre will present “A Celebration of Jeanine Tesori” April 16, featuring Rhodes students and community members performing songs by award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori. The virtual showcase, premiering at 7:30 p.m. CST, is directed by Joy Brooke Fairfield, assistant professor of theatre at Rhodes. Local musician and theatre artist Eileen Kuo serves as music director.

Rhodes Student Government President Jacob Fontaine ’21 Wins Prestigious Watson Fellowship

Jacob Fontaine is among 42 select graduating college seniors nationwide to receive the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which provides a $36,000 grant for one year of independent study and travel outside the United States. Fontaine is an international studies and economics major from Flower Mound, TX. His project is titled “Fostering Environmentalism through Culture, Religion, and Policy,” with proposed destinations including Norway, Malaysia, South Korea, and Argentina. He seeks to explore what factors influence young adults around the world to make environmentally sustainable decisions.

Nick Parinella ’17 Granted U.S. Patents for Winning Invention

Rhodes commerce and business alumnus Nick Parinella ’17 has been issued design and utility patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his invention, the Kangaroozie™, a can cooler (or koozie) with a water-resistant compartment to store valuables. Parinella, who served as president of the Rhodes Entrepreneurship Club, created a prototype of the Kangaroozie™ after winning first place in the 2016 Rhodes Business Plan Competition.

Students Collaborate on National Science Foundation Research, Contribute to Advancements in Robotics

Although robots have been designed to do simple repetitive tasks in the home and workplace, there is more research to be done before robots can perform more difficult autonomous tasks. Computer science majors Shane Elder ’21, Osman Celikok ’22, and Marisa Hudspeth ’22 have been working with Prof. Ross Sowell on human-robot interaction research. Also, the students have had their work supported by summer fellowships.