Campus News


Davis Represents Tennessee at Conference

Dr. Anita Davis ’90, an associate professor of psychology at Rhodes, was selected as the Tennessee Diversity Delegate to the American Psychological Association’s 2005 State Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, March 5-8. Psychologists from all 60 state, provincial or territorial associations attend the conference each year and work together to help set psychology’s professional advocacy agenda at the state and federal levels.

Four years ago, the association’s Committee of State Leaders began its diversity initiative geared toward increasing the number of racial/ethnic minority psychologists represented at the conference. The diversity initiative is jointly funded by the American Psychological Association’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and by the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs.

Davis has served as co-chair of the Tennessee Psychological Association’s Cultural Diversity Committee, which has focused on increasing the participation of undergraduate minority students in the association’s annual convention. At Rhodes, she teaches a variety of courses ranging from “Counseling Psychology” and “Psychological Assessment” to research courses on “Adolescent Motherhood” and “Evaluating Community Interventions.”

She has published in several academic journals. Her specific interests include understanding the functions of the social support networks of pregnant and parenting adolescents; identifying risk and protective factors for adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds; and evaluation of school and community-based interventions for urban youth.

Davis and Rhodes psychology professor Marsha Walton have collaborated on various projects including addressing several questions about how African-American adolescents think about their romantic relationships and about the decisions they make about their sexual behavior.

She has received the Rhodes Black Student Association’s Outstanding Alumna Award and the Ira Samelson Jr. Boys and Girls Club of Memphis’ Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award. Davis holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Gilow Remembered

Dr. Helmuth M. “Gil” Gilow, professor emeritus of chemistry at Rhodes, died Nov. 30, 2004. He was 71.

Prof. Gilow joined the Rhodes faculty in 1959 after earning a Ph.D. degree from State University of Iowa. He taught organic chemistry at Rhodes until his retirement in 1997. During his 38-year tenure at Rhodes, Prof. Gilow served in several capacities including chair of the Chemistry Department, pre-medical adviser, Buckman Professor of Chemistry and chair of various faculty committees.

In his latter years, he was particularly noted for devising a breakthrough technique for the chlorination of hydrocarbons and identifying a group of compounds that resulted in a contract with the French company Rhone-Poulenc. A frequent recipient of research grants and the author of numerous scientific articles, Gilow was most proud of the articles he coauthored with his students.

A 45-year member of the American Chemical Society, Prof. Gilow served a term as president of the Memphis section and was a member of Sigma Chi and Phi Lambda Upsilon chemistry fraternities.

Hatley Opens Consulting Practice

Ralph Hatley, director of Campus Safety for 14 years, elected to take an early retirement in January. He plans to open a private consulting practice, providing security assessment and program development for educational and health care institutions as well as “town-gown” venues. He also will be involved in his second love, theater.

Hatley came to Rhodes after 15 years’ service with the Memphis Police Department, from which he retired on a Line of Duty injury. He also came from an education environment.

“My father was a professor and department chair at University of Memphis, my mother and sister were schoolteachers, and I minored in secondary education at U of M and taught for a year at Christian Brothers High School before coming to Rhodes. And after 14 years at Rhodes,” he says, “I feel like I have received a liberal arts education.”

Officer Richard Lloyd will serve as interim director of Campus Safety.

Huebner Selected State Professor of the Year

Rhodes associate history professor Timothy Huebner has been named the 2004 Tennessee Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This is the first time a professor from a Memphis-area institution has received the honor. Huebner was selected from top professors in the United States nominated by their institutions.

The U.S. Professors of the Year program is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring state winners and four U.S. Professors of the Year. The selection for the awards is based on the professor’s impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contribution to undergraduate education in his/her institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students.

Huebner (B.A., University of Miami; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Florida) joined the Rhodes faculty in 1995. It has been said that he combines a contagious enthusiasm for history with an intense commitment to helping students learn.

Huebner also serves as director of the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, a summer program designed for undergraduate students to research Mid-South culture. He is a specialist in the constitutional and legal history of the American South, and his current research interests include Memphis during the mid-19th century. He is author of The Southern Judicial Tradition: State Judges and Sectional Distinctiveness, 1790-1890 (1999) and The Taney Court: Justices, Rulings, Legacy (2003). Coeditor of the University of Georgia Press Studies in the Legal History of the South series, he also serves on the advisory board of H-Tennessee, an online discussion list for historians of the state, and has published articles in numerous professional journals.

Hulon to Head FBI Division

In late December, Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert S. Mueller III named Willie T. Hulon ’79 to head the bureau’s Counterterrorism Division.

A 22-year veteran FBI agent, Hulon served as deputy assistant director and acting assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division in 2004.

An anthropology/sociology major at Rhodes, Hulon served as a Memphis police officer in the early 1980s. He joined the FBI in 1983 and has worked in offices in Mobile, Chicago, San Antonio, St. Louis and Detroit.

Rhodes Receives COPC Neighborhood Grant

Rhodes will receive $399,978 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of University Partnerships to establish and operate a Community Outreach Partnership Center.

Rhodes is one of 13 higher education institutions in the U.S. to receive a Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of University Partnerships. The grants are awarded to help colleges and universities that are striving to make a difference in their communities. Rhodes received $399,978 to establish and operate a Community Outreach Partnership Center.
The grant will be used to establish the Rhodes Hollywood Springdale Partnership and seek measurable improvement in neighborhood conditions, housing development, crime prevention, health education and student success. The partnership will focus its work in the community bounded by Jackson Avenue on the south, Hollywood Street on the east, Chelsea Avenue on the north and Springdale/Tunica Streets on the west.

Partners include:

  • Cypress Middle School 
  • Springdale Elementary School 
  • neighborhood residents
  • Rhodes faculty and students
  • Memphis Police Services, General Services, Public Works and Housing and Community Development Divisions
  • the Hollywood Health Loop
  • Memphis/Shelby County Health Department
  • Vollintine-Evergreen Community Association (VECA)
  • Buckman Laboratories
  • the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Memphis Community Development Council
  • Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) Handyman Program
  • 1st Tennessee Bank and Regions/Union Planters Bank.

Professor Carla Shirley, chair of Rhodes’ urban studies program, will serve as administrator of the project. A full-time project coordinator will be recruited. Also assisting Shirley will be Urban Studies Program Committee faculty Michael Kirby (political science), Carol Ekstrom (geology), Thomas McGowan and Peter Ekstrom (both anthropology/sociology) and Mark Smith (education). Others directly involved in the project include Dean Robert Strandburg (Rhodes Center for Academic Research and Education through Service), Professors Gail Murray (history), Bette Ackerman (psychology) and director of athletics Mike Clary.

News of the grant and information about HUD’S Office of University Partnerships also are available online.

Transformations: Stories Of Service

In December, the college published Transformations: Stories of Service containing stories and poems by Rhodes students and alumni about their experiences serving and befriending others in Memphis and the world.

Michael Lamb’s name is on the cover, but this Rhodes Scholar insists he is not the only one whose life was changed while a student at Rhodes. In December, the college published Transformations: Stories of Service, edited by Lamb, that contains stories and poems contributed by Rhodes students and alumni about their experiences serving and befriending others in Memphis and other parts of the world.

Nineteen contributors including Lamb reflect on the friends who inspired them at soup kitchens, elementary schools, hospitals, churches, nursing homes and street ministries. The stories reveal the authors’ fears and insecurities in facing individual and societal challenges while their courage and personal development shine through.

In “Cancer,” Erin Hoekstra ’04 describes the ritual of washing her hands before entering a hospital room and writes,

The sicker the child in the room,
the hotter the water.
It scalds outside
the isolation rooms. The towel scours
my hands like a paper
gown against bald flesh.

Josie Orlando ’04 tells about baby David at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center who has neurological damage and whose mother died in childbirth. “During our afternoons together, I rocked David while he held my hand and stared up at me as if no one had ever talked to him before,” Orlando writes. “David never seemed upset or in pain, he never smiled either. I frequently found him with one big tear halfway down his cheek.” But in this touching account, David one day smiles and as a result Orlando expands her views about caring for the weak, underdeveloped and disadvantaged children. “Such care will be difficult and demanding. Tears will be shed, hearts will be broken. But David taught me that a smile is worth the pain.”

Others who share their transformations in the book are Lauren Bell ’05, Christie Brewer Boyd ’01, Ashley Diaz ’01, Leslie Isaacman ’04, Stuart Johnston ’03, Doug Lemme ’02, Christian Masters ’04, Alexi Matousek ’04, Brooke McClelland ’05, Brooke Molpus ’03, Catherine Neelly ’01, Joel Parsons ’07, Heidi Rademacher ’05, Joey Sherrard ’03 and Kate Strother ’03.

In his preface to Transformations, Lamb reflects on experiences and conversations with homeless guests at the Rhodes soup kitchen, where he was a regular volunteer. “Seeing Calvin’s weather-beaten face after a cold night on the streets, hearing a homeless friend describe himself as ‘nothing but a playpen for flies,’ and entering the run-down public housing complexes that were the homes of Meals-on-Wheels recipients made issues real for me,” writes Lamb.

Lamb graduated from Rhodes in 2004 with a major in political science. He was the recipient of the college’s two highest awards, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and the Phi Beta Kappa. While at Rhodes, he was president of both the Honor Council and the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He served internships with a state senator and a U.S. congressman. In addition, he tutored elementary school children, worked at a nonprofit legal center, served as philanthropy cochairman for Kappa Sigma fraternity and constructed houses and playgrounds in Mexico. Currently, he is studying philosophy and theology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and plans to become a professor of moral and political philosophy or pursue a career in public service.

In early 2004, shortly after learning about his Rhodes Scholarship, Lamb approached the Rhodes president’s office with the idea for a book to put human faces on issues, encourage student reflection, showcase how Rhodes is integrating academic learning with service learning and provide a call to action.

Troutt Named to Lincoln Fellowship Commission

Rhodes president William E. Troutt has been named to the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program.

Rhodes president William E. Troutt has been named to the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program. The 16-member commission, made up of other academics, national and state elected officials, consultants and business representatives, will consider and recommend a program to expand study-abroad opportunities for U.S. college and university students.

The late Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) created the concept of the Lincoln Fellowships for students to understand the rest of the world and act responsibly on that understanding.

The fellowship program is sponsored by NAFSA, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers.