News and relevant information about Rhodes students, faculty, and staff making the most of living in Memphis.

News and relevant information about Rhodes students, faculty, and staff making the most of living in Memphis.

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.”

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 Is One of “50 Best Colleges in Big Cities”

Rhodes College is one of “50 Best Colleges in Big Cities,” as compiled by Stacker and featured by Newsweek. Stacker considered colleges in cities with populations of more than 300,000. “Rhodes is one of the few liberal arts colleges in a major city, providing opportunities for students to explore passions and professional pathways through internships, fellowships, and community engagement before graduation,” says Vice President for Student Life Meghan Harte Weyant.

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. Sarah Boyle With 15 Rhodes Alumni Publishes Research on Animal Care, Thanks to Longstanding Partnership with Memphis Zoo

For the past decade, students in Dr. Sarah Boyle’s Animal Behavior course have been granted access to the Memphis Zoo to design behavioral research projects in collaboration with the zoo. These research projects have addressed many topics, but 10 independent studies on 16 species have focused on the impact of zoo visitors on animal behavior. Now the research has been published in the journal Animals for its special issue on evidence-based practice in zoo animal management.

From Chemistry to Marathons, Prof. Dana Horgen Is Making Strides

Dr. Dana Horgen’s dual passions for running and chemistry have defined her personal and professional trajectories. In addition to teaching and directing chemistry lab studies, the assistant professor of chemistry is captaining Team Rhodes, which participates in the annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon.