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A Great Day for Rhodes

Rhodes President Bill Troutt and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton

Whenever Rhodes has something special to celebrate, President Bill Troutt does it with taste and ease—he invites everybody to an ice cream social.

September 20, 2010, was such a day. Students, faculty and staff, alumni, trustees, civic leaders and community partners turned out to celebrate Rhodes being rated No. 1 among the “Most Service-Minded Schools” in Kaplan/Newsweek’s “Finding the Right College for You” guide. Of the 510 schools evaluated, 25 colleges made the cut with Rhodes at the top of the list.

Joining the celebration were Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen, Rhodes’ Board of Trustees chair Bill Michaelcheck ’69, immediate past Board chair Spence Wilson and trustee emerita Beth LeMaster Simpson ’58, who was acknowledged as the first coordinator of the college’s Kinney Program, which is based on student volunteerism, leadership and civic engagement.

Mayor Wharton wrote in a congratulatory letter to President Troutt: “The future belongs to these young men and women, and I applaud all that you are doing to shape them into committed, compassionate leaders.”

Said Truman Scholar Eric Dailey ’11, “Rhodes is intentional about finding students who excel both in and outside the classroom, and our efforts have paid off.”

President Troutt had the last word about Rhodes students: “They are inspiring. They are just terrific. They are No. 1.”

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