Rhodes Honored for Community Engagement

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Publication Date: 4/2/2008


(l-r) Kelsey Knipshild, Carol Ekstrom, Marianne Olson, Pamela Palmer, Victoria Liao and (back) Katherine Lambert-Pennington of the U of M

Members of the Rhodes community were recently recognized for their engagement in the Memphis community.  Macedonia Baptist Church honored Rhodes faculty, staff and students with a “Making a Difference” award, and two groups of Rhodes student community-leaders were invited to lead panels on applied learning at a local anthropology meeting.  

The church recognized Rhodes community members for “making significant differences in the quality of life for residents” in the Hollywood-Springdale area.  Dr. Janet Panter, a psychology professor, and Dorothy Cox, the project manager for the Hollywood-Springdale Partnership, accepted the award and accompanying plaque on behalf of the College.

Panter and Cox are members of the advisory committee for the Rhodes Learning Corridor (RLC).  The RLC includes partnerships with the neighborhoods adjacent to campus, four nearby public schools, and other local community and educational organizations in an effort to provide learning opportunities for Rhodes students and to extend these educational opportunities beyond the classroom and into the immediate Memphis community. 

In a separate recognition, the Rhodes Student Associates (RSA’s) for the Learning Corridor, in addition to the RSA’s for the Crossroads to Freedom project, were invited to give panel sessions at the 68th annual Society for Applied Anthropology meeting March 25-29, 2008 at the Memphis Marriot.  The theme for this year’s meeting is “The Public Sphere and Engaged Scholarship: Challenges and Opportunities for Applied Anthropology.”

Kelsey Knipshild ’08, Victoria Liao ’09, Marianne Olson ’09, and Pamela Palmer ’10 presented at the session titled, “Getting Schooled and Connecting Students: Community Engagement and the Learning Corridor,” which was co-chaired by Learning Corridor Coordinator Prof. Carol Ekstrom.

Courtney Eskew ’10, Daniel Jacobs ’09, Avery Pribila ’09, and Crystal Windless ’08 presented at the session titled, “Crossroads: Engaging Students, Scholars, and the Memphis Community in Civil Rights History.”

(Information compiled by Bryan Hearn, Rhodes Student Associate in the Communications Office.)