National enrollment and admission leader Lee Ann Backlund has been appointed interim vice president for enrollment and dean of admission. Backlund will serve through the 2021-2022 school year as the college searches for a permanent enrollment leader.
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.
April 06, 2021
Rhodes College Director of Athletics Matt Dean will step down from his current role to serve in a new role as Associate Director for Athletics. A national search for the next Rhodes College Director of Athletics will begin immediately.
April 01, 2021
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.
March 29, 2021
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.
March 25, 2021
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.
March 24, 2021
From the courtroom to creative writing to politics and chemistry, Rhodes College offers a variety of summer programs aimed at preparing high school students for their college careers. New this year is the Rhodes to Success course designed to assist students with their personal, professional, and academic transition to college life. English literature major Ethan Morris ’23 participated in Rhodes’ Summer Writing Institute in 2017 and says, “It’s one of the biggest reasons I’m here at Rhodes.”
March 22, 2021
The Board of Trustees has appointed Carroll Stevens J.D. as interim president of Rhodes College. He will begin serving this summer when President Marjorie Hass departs Rhodes.
March 18, 2021
Motivated to find a more efficient way to plan a night out, Ben Vickers ’21 hatched the idea for MEET, an app that provides users a glimpse into their favorite bar or restaurant before leaving home and a way to message—and then hopefully meet—other users of the app once there. With the help of co-founder Taylor Smith ’21, Megan Wassef ’21, K’Nori Bone ’21, alum Kerry Love ’20, and DU senior Meier Werthan, the app has been successfully funded and launches in March.
March 16, 2021