National and global news about Rhodes students and alumns. 

Rhodes College Professor Receives NEH Grant for Medieval Spanish Literature Project

Dr. Clara Pascual-Argente, L. Palmer Brown Chair in Interdisciplinary Humanities and associate professor of Spanish at Rhodes College, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, together with Dr. Emily Francomano of Georgetown University, to support work on an edition and translation of two medieval Iberian narratives about fictional king Apollonius of Tyre. Their work will appear in the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library collection, published by Harvard University Press.

Taking a Chance Turns Into Unexpected Opportunity for Rhodes Alumna Molly Mulhern ’18

Molly Mulhern has proven that you never really know where a job might take you. The Austin, TX, resident had been working as an event coordinator after graduating from Rhodes in 2018, but she found herself out of a job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With much of the economy shut down, she wasn’t having success finding employment—until one day she stumbled upon a posting for a candlemaker at a Texas beeswax candle company. What happened next is buzz-worthy.

Tony Eskridge ′20 Wins Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

Tony Eskridge ’20, an urban studies major and former Rhodes Student Government president, has won an Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, an 11-month program that provides unique leadership development opportunities for motivated individuals who wish to make a difference in eliminating hunger and poverty in the United States.

Biology Alumna Emma Selner ’18 Publishes Research, Expresses Gratitude for Rhodes Experience

Rhodes biology alumna Emma Selner ’18 has had a manuscript based on her undergraduate research published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. The article, titled “The Effects of Ligand Charge, Orientation and Size on the Binding of Potential Inhibitors for Aldehyde Dehydrogenase,” has applications in treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Allison Bruff ’14 Named a Supreme Court Fellow

Rhodes alumna and Union City, TN, native Allison Bruff ’14 is one of four individuals appointed as a 2020-2021 Supreme Court Fellow, according to an announcement by the Supreme Court Fellows Commission. She was selected as part of a highly competitive national process, culminating with interviews by the Commission in Washington, DC. Each Fellow will serve a one-year term beginning in September 2020.

Mariam Khayata ’22 Named by Phi Beta Kappa as a 2020 Key into Public Service Scholar

Mariam Khayata ’22, an international studies and political science major at Rhodes College, is one of 20 students selected as a Key into Public Service Scholar by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society. The new scholarship program recognizes students with a demonstrated interest in working in the public sector and a strong academic record in the liberal arts and sciences.

Prof. Shadrack Nasong'o Named Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow

Dr. Shadrack Nasong'o, professor of international studies at Rhodes, is the recipient of a 2020 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. Through the fellowship program, he will spend two months at Egerton University in Kenya to help develop curriculum for a master’s degree program in international relations and diplomacy and to help mentor graduate students and junior faculty in social science research methods and pedagogical strategies.