From the Alumni Relations Office
Greetings from the Alumni Relations Office!
So much of the focus of the Alumni Office last year centered on recruiting students. We increased the number of receptions for prospective students throughout the recruitment cycle, hosting 38 events in the homes of alumni or parents of our students. Our staff also played a role in coordinating phone calls from alumni to prospective students. The impact of loyal alumni was felt and made a difference. In August, we welcomed 507 members of the Class of 2014.
This year, we’re raising the bar in recruiting students in our Rhodes Career Network programming. In July, we were delighted to have Career Services join our College Relations division. We look forward to working as divisional colleagues in efforts to serve both students and alumni.
Another exciting initiative for students is the new fellowships program, faculty-guided student learning experiences. You’ll find the story on page 6 of this issue of Rhodes. Students in different disciplines are working with faculty members in experiential learning activities that meet their academic interests and needs. While it is true that Rhodes faculty members provided the encouragement and nurturing for this kind of learning in previous generations, at present and moving forward, this approach will be in the mainstream of the college’s efforts to support student learning.
As with most things we do, there will be a place for our alumni to help in adding value to the fellowships initiative. Students will need sites at which they can become engaged in work in the fields they wish to explore. Certainly, many of those settings will be in and around Memphis, but students will seek opportunities beyond the region as well.
Stay in contact with us as we will do with you. Keep us posted about developments or changes in your personal and professional life. Participate in Rhodes activities to the extent that you can. Please help where you can, knowing that we are far better with your good involvement. Know, too, that those of us on the staff feel fortunate and privileged to serve such a remarkable community.
Associate Vice President and
Director of Alumni Relations