National and global news about Rhodes students and alumns.

National and global news about Rhodes students and alumns.

Prof. Shadrack Nasong'o Awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship For Second Time

Dr. Shadrack Nasong’o, professor of international studies, has been awarded the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, which provides  African-born scholars to participate in educational projects at higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

This summer, Nasong’o will spend time at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, where he will help with curriculum co-development, graduate student mentoring, and research collaboration.

Rhodes Trustee Cary Fowler Becomes U.S. Special Envoy for Global Food Security

Board of Trustees Chair Cary Fowler ’71 has joined the Department of State as U.S. Special Envoy for Global Food Security. The news was announced May 5 by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. According to the press statement, “Dr. Fowler will be critical to the Department’s efforts to respond to the current global food security challenges guided by the Administration’s Global Food Security Strategy 2022-2026 and Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2021-2026.”

Seniors Carley Jo Goggans and Fonda Lilly Wilkinson Win Fulbright U.S. Student Awards

Rhodes seniors Carley Jo Goggans and Fonda Lilly Wilkinson have been selected to receive Fulbright U.S. Student Awards for the 2022-2023 academic year. They will serve as English Teaching Assistants in their assigned countries—Goggans in Estonia and Wilkinson in Germany—beginning in the fall. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Roundup of Students Representing Rhodes at Conferences

As a college of liberal arts and sciences, Rhodes has created an environment encouraging students to present their research or creative activity at professional conferences. They often are the only undergraduates invited to present at these meetings, and many go on to author papers in leading journals. March and April have been busy months for students showcasing their work, both virtually and in cities from coast to coast.

Taylor Elliott Presents at Annual American Epilepsy Society Conference

Elliott has been a Le Bonheur Summer Plus Research Fellow since his sophomore year. “I was immediately drawn to the Le Bonheur program,” says Elliott. “It offers a full clinical experience that concludes with the completion of a research project, so it’s an amazing opportunity for students in any discipline on the pre-med track.” In December, he was invited to the annual American Epilepsy Society conference in Chicago to present his clinical research project on the anti-seizure medication cenobamate—the first Rhodes student to attend the event.