Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2006
Athletic Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame were Robert Echols ’62, baseball and football; Bill Carrell ’58, cross-country and track; Susan Clark ’74, basketball, volleyball and tennis; Will Rhea Winfrey ’39, football; Mike Gonda ’94, basketball; Mallory Chamberlin ’63, cross-country and track; and Carl Hill ’76, track and football. Fletcher Scott ’48 and Freeman Marr ’48, members of the championship 1947 mile relay team, were also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Frank Boswell ’49 and Evin Perdue ’49 were inducted posthumously.
Also inducted was the championship 1961 Lynx baseball team. Those who attended were Ronnie Splann ’64, Pat Burke ’62, Buddy McAfee ’62, Jerry Manley ’63. Back row: David White ’64, Lou Johnson ’61, Larry Thomas ’64, Robert Echols ’62, Mark Hartzog ’63, Charley Killinger ’64, and Billy Landers ’61.
Dr. Harold Lyons, professor of chemistry at Rhodes from 1958-89, was the subject of the faculty portrait. Family members at the unveiling were grandson Matthew Lyons ’00, sons Chris Lyons ’73 and Michael Lyons ’66, Mrs. Helen Lyons and Bill Lyons ’70, Matthew’s father.
Honorees were Mickey Babcock ’98, Rhodes College Footprints Award for service; Whitney Luckett Watkins ’96, Strength and Courage Award for her battle with melanoma; Pam Palmer Montesi ’80, Volunteer of the Year Award for leadership in the 2005 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend; Jim Eikner ’57, president, Rhodes Alumni Association; President Troutt; pediatrician William Threlkeld ’53, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award; Sam Thompson ’03, Young Alumnus of the Year Award for his efforts to help rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. and Ms. Rhodes
Seniors Andy Greer and Katherine Stewart were named Mr. and Ms. Rhodes at halftime. The Lynx defeated Colorado College 28-10.
BSA Alumnus of the Year
The Black Student Association elected Broadway, film and television actor Charles Holt ’89 alumnus of the year.
Curb Foundation To Fund Music Institute
President William E. Troutt has announced the establishment of The Mike Curb Institute for Music to be housed at Rhodes. The institute is being created through a $5 million donation from the Mike Curb Family Foundation to foster awareness and understanding of the distinct musical traditions of the South and to study the impact of music on its culture, history and economy. Mike Curb is chairman of Nashville-based Curb Records and a former California lieutenant governor. With more than 40 years in the industry as a songwriter and producer, he is a prominent figure in the entertainment world today and has made generous investments in higher education.
The announcement was made Oct. 5, 2006, at the arts leadership conference presented by Rhodes’ Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA). CODA Director Timothy Sharp, Curb and Eddie Ray, Curb’s mentor and a veteran music industry executive, participated on a panel at the conference titled “Preserving the Tennessee Music Miracle.”
A primary objective of the Curb Institute is to provide undergraduate research opportunities that go beyond the campus gates. With faculty guidance, students will assist Rhodes and other institutions in preserving archival materials as well as accumulating and developing primary resources including oral interviews, recordings, instruments and historical printed programs. Resources of partner institutions also will be brought to bear in addressing the study of the impact of music on the region.
“We envision partnerships with the Stax Museum, National Civil Rights Museum, Blues Foundation and Fisk, Belmont and Vanderbilt universities in Nashville, where Curb Foundation initiatives are already under way,” says Troutt. “Mike chairs the Mike Curb Family Foundation, which supports music education and works to restore historic music industry locations. Most of his good works to date have benefited the Nashville area, but his gift to Rhodes celebrates his appreciation for the contributions of our region’s music to the world.”
Curb has written more than 400 songs and received countless music industry awards, including the Producer of the Year Award from Billboard magazine in 1972. He has produced number-one hits including “Candy Man” by Sammy Davis Jr., “I’m Leavin’ It All Up To You” by Donny & Marie Osmond, “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone and “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes. His roster of recording artists also includes The Judds, Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr. and Lyle Lovett. In 2006, Curb received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th annual Los Angeles Music Awards.
Grant To Support Civil Rights Digital Resource
Rhodes has received a prestigious National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for its Crossroads to Freedom project. IMLS is the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s museums and libraries. Of the 37 grants awarded, Rhodes was one of only two liberal arts colleges to receive funding. It has been allotted$249,504 in the “Building Digital Resources” grant category.
As part of Crossroads to Freedom, Rhodes will digitize and make available on the Web portions of two newspapers and 1,200 photographs, letters and other documents relating to the civil rights movement in Memphis and the Mid-South. Students will conduct oral history interviews of people involved in the movement and will develop an innovative means of searching and browsing the content in an online repository that will be accessible free of charge on the Web. A coalition of community and educational partners will identify sources of content, create curricula, help evaluate the project and host events that will foster conversations in the community about the impact of the era on Memphis today.
“Students play a critical role in all aspects of Crossroads and already have begun working on the project,” says Suzanne Bonefas, director of special projects at Rhodes. “They are deeply engaged in both the historical and social aspects of the civil rights movement in Memphis and how it has shaped our community today. Thanks to IMLS, Rhodes will continue to move forward with plans for the archive, including creating additional internships for the Rhodes students who are researching, creating and digitizing content for the archive.”
Day Awards Nominations Requested
Each year through the generosity of Memphis businessman Clarence Day, Rhodes presents two awards to members of the faculty—one for outstanding teaching and one for outstanding research and/or creative activity. These awards bring recognition for excellence among our colleagues. In addition, they provide substantial stipends to the recipients. Perhaps most important, both awards celebrate the ideal of the teacher-scholar in a liberal arts environment.
I am asking for nominations for both awards in order to allow the selection committee time for careful consideration of all nominees. Please take time to nominate someone you believe merits such recognition. The selection committee values nominations that are accompanied by commentary that calls attention to the exemplary features of teaching, or the significant outcomes of research and/or creative activity. The selection committee compiles a dossier in support of a nomination, but the nomination itself, with this commentary, plays a critical role in the process.
Nominations are due in the office of the Provost by 5 p.m., February 16, 2007 The criteria, nominating forms and eligibility lists can be found and submitted electronically.
Charlotte G. Borst, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
UN-Sponsored Panel Visits Campus
In late September, educators from Afghanistan, El Salvador, India, Indonesia and Liberia traveling under the auspices of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations came to Rhodes for a panel discussion on “The Education of Girls in the Developing World.”The moderator was Gretchen Bolton, wife of John R. Bolton, former U.S. representative to the United Nations who resigned in December 2006. The discussion was part of a threecity tour (New York, Detroit and Memphis) and a follow-up to First Lady Laura Bush’s autumn address to the UN General Assembly on global literacy. According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 771 million adults around the world cannot read. Eighty-five percent of them live in just 35 countries, concentrated in regions of poverty. More than two-thirds of these illiterate adults are women.
Panelists included: Jane Walters ’56, former secretary of education for the state of Tennessee and founder and current principal of the Grizzlies Academy in Memphis, a “Break the Mold” public school sponsored by the city’s NBA team.
From Afghanistan—Dr. Hasina Mojadidi, Professional Development Centre coordinator at Kabul Education University and assistant director of National Humanitarian Youth for Afghanistan
El Salvador—Alba Margarita Aguilar de Guardado, Education Programs manager for Save the Children
India—Meera Balachandran, founding principal of Ramjas School, Sector IV, R K Puram, in New Delhi. Established in 1974, the school has been raised to the level of a senior secondary school.
Indonesia—Dr. Siti Chamamah Soeratno, chair of the Women’s Wing of Muhammadiyah, a nonpolitical Islamic sociocultural reform organization promoting human welfare in Indonesia. She also is the adviser of the Center for Women Study at Gadjah Mada University.
Liberia—Myrline B. Keculah, national assistant education coordinator of the International Rescue Committee in Monrovia, Liberia. Also traveling with the group was 17-year-old Moriah Kou Yeakula, a 2006 graduate of St. Teresa Convent Catholic High School in Monrovia.
Rhodes groups sponsoring the discussion were African American Studies, Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies, the Education, Psychology and International Studies departments and the Office of Academic Affairs.
Newton Heads to Maryville
Rhodes chaplain Billy Newton ’74 has taken the post of executive director of the Center for Strong Communities at Maryville College. The center is a newly-established outreach center that includes partnerships in service-learning and undergraduate research, community organizing, social justice and eco-justice ministries and other forms of church and community engagement.
In his 16 years as chaplain at his alma mater, Newton was instrumental in the integration of faith and service into the campus community. He helped bring Bonner Scholarships to Rhodes as well as service learning and the Micah 6 Partnership program, which now serves as a model for other colleges. The Kinney Program, the Tex-Mex Border Ministry and Souper Contact, the student-run soup kitchen, under his guidance, have become community service traditions supported by students and many alumni who have grown through their service experiences and benefited from his guidance.
Newton was on campus through Homecoming, where alumni celebrated 50 years of the Kinney Program and 10 years of the first graduating class of Bonner Scholars.
Remembering Professor Gilliom
Richard D. Gilliom ’56, professor of chemistry at Rhodes from 1961-90, died Sept. 21, 2006, in Memphis. He was 72.
Gilliom, who graduated from Rhodes with distinction, was also a star basketball player, earning the MVP trophy for the 1954-55 season. He read for honors and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership fraternity.
A native of Bluffton, IN, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then worked as a scientist in the petroleum industry before returning to teach at his alma mater in 1961. Gilliom, who served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Skopje in Macedonia in 1968-69 and worked in several capacities with the National Science Foundation between 1971-81. In 1984, he received the Day Award for Research and Creativity, one of the highest faculty honors Rhodes bestows.
His expertise lay in the areas of physical organic, synthetic organic and analytical chemistry. He was a pioneer in the application of computation to issues of molecular conformation, including proteins, and did considerable research on drug design for diuretics. In 1980, Gilliom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, to which he then devoted a great deal of research.
Widely published in numerous science journals, he was also the author of the textbook Introduction to Physical Organic Chemistry.
He leaves his wife of 48 years, Patricia Hastings Gilliom ’55; two daughters, Laura Gilliom Sylvester and Andrea Gilliom Anderson ’82; six grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild.