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From the Alumni Relations Office

Bud RicheyDear Alumnus/a,

Greetings from the Alumni Relations Office!

This issue of Rhodes captures the spirit of our community’s support of students, like Brian O’Neill ’94, pictured on the inside back cover, along with the many parents of current students listed in Class Notes who have hosted Rhodes events. They all know how the Rhodes education changes lives in such positive ways, and they act on that knowledge, day in and day out.

Also, please find other features about several of the many aspects of the college that enrich us all. The new building project in “On the Horizon,” for example, will enhance students’ residential experience for years to come. Rhodes’ recent acquisition of the Shelby Foote Collection will be a boon to students and scholars, and opportunities for students and the community to make music just keep coming.

You’ll find an article about some of our Teach For America alumni who became interested in the program while students at Rhodes; a salute to two beloved faculty who are retiring; and of course, “Summer Reading,” books recommended by faculty keyed to our tradition of lifelong learning.

The last article, “Over the Top," is particularly revealing of how our students feel about the college. It tells the story of how the class of 2011 decided to make their Senior Gift to the Annual Fund. They started out with modest expectations, but worked hard all year to encourage their classmates to participate. And they did—51% of the class pledged to the Annual Fund, a figure the college encourages all alumni to aspire to reach!

None of the good things at Rhodes could happen without your help, whether it’s recruiting students, hosting and attending college events in your area, providing internships and job leads, and giving to the Annual Fund to support the activities of students and faculty. Those of us on the faculty and staff thank you greatly for all your efforts.

Let us thank you in person at Homecoming/Reunion Weekend, Oct. 21-22. I look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Bud Richey
Associate Vice President and
Director of Alumni Relations

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