Rhodes College music major Lina Beach ’23 is recording her first album at the legendary Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis, where musicians such as Al Green, Ann Peebles, Rod Stewart, John Mayer, and Bruno Mars have recorded hits. Beach also has been cutting tracks with musicians from the talented Hi Rhythm Section, which once was the studio’s house band and helped to define the studio’s unique sound.
News and relevant information about Rhodes students, faculty, and staff making the most of living in Memphis.
There is a new addition to the Memphis Zoo family—Kosti the elephant—and she getting to know the zookeepers as well as Animal Behavior and Conservation Fellows from Rhodes College. The fellowship familiarizes students with the evolutionary, neural, and environmental behavior of animals.
July 20, 2022
Once a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital herself, senior Emily Hines works full-time at ALSAC, the fund-raising arm of St. Jude. Hines brings a personal perspective to communicating the story of St. Jude, while also crediting her urban studies major in helping her achieve her goals.
May 05, 2022
The Rhodes College mock trial A team has qualified to compete in the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament to be held April 8-10 in Lancaster, PA. Teams competed March 11-13 in the first weekend of the Opening Round Championship Series qualifiers to determine the top 48 advancing to the nationals.
March 15, 2022
JD Willis, a Rhodes College first-year student from Madison, AL, will perform the role of Jean-Michel in Theatre Memphis’ production of La Cage aux Folles. The musical runs March 4-27. Students enrolled in Rhodes dance courses taught by choreographer Whitney Branan this semester are planning to attend the show. “Performing for an audience brings out a unique energy that doesn’t come from anywhere else,” says Willis.
March 03, 2022
Dr. Charles McKinney, the Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies at Rhodes and associate professor of history, recently was appointed to the Shelby County Historical Commission. In the role, he will help to preserve the history of Shelby County, TN. Members of the commission are nominated by the Shelby County Mayor and approved by the Shelby County Commission to serve four-year terms. Votes by the commission for McKinney’s appointment were unanimous.
March 03, 2022
In the Community: Prof. Peter Hossler and Rhodes Students Serve Patients of Wellness and Stress Clinic of Memphis
Since its beginnings in 2018, the Wellness and Stress Clinic of Memphis has offered a wealth of primary care, mental and behavioral health services, legal services, and health lifestyle classes. Dr. Peter Hossler, assistant professor of urban studies at Rhodes College, is program director and oversees grant writing initiatives at the clinic.
February 15, 2022
Sinead Eksteen ’22, a biology major from Vienna, VA, won the annual scholarship presented by the Memphis Area Geographic Information Council. The $2,000 award was announced at the group’s Geospatial Conference recently held at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Eksteen submitted a written research proposal and then gave a 20-minute research talk titled “Benthic Biodiversity and Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise in the Chesapeake Bay” at the conference.
January 18, 2022
Olivia Lane ’22 and Fatima Leal ’23 Join the World of Art Curation at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Housing thousands of works of art, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is a staple of Midtown and a frequent afternoon excursion for Rhodes students. For Olivia Lane '22 and Fatima Leal '23, who both interned at the museum this past summer, Brooks is now home to their first forays into professional curation. “Rhodes students are receiving an education that will not be complete without ties like this one,” says Leal. “To be involved in the larger tessellation that is Memphis is to truly experience the city that is giving us a home for four years."
November 09, 2021
Biology Fellow Mia Harris ’23 and Memphis Zoo’s Elephant Matriarch Create Painting to Benefit Elephants in the Wild
Mia Harris ’23, a biology major from Hermitage, TN, got to have a unique experience this summer as an Animal Behavior and Conservation Fellow at the Memphis Zoo. As part of this Rhodes fellowship, she was involved in daily behavioral data collection on four female African elephants. Harris became interested in the zoo’s art enrichment activities for animals and was provided with an art piece painted by Gina, matriarch of the zoo’s African elephant herd. Harris then painted around Gina’s work to create the face of Tyranza, who was the herd’s previous matriarch and the oldest female elephant in North America when she passed away in 2020 at age 56.
September 15, 2021