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Rhodes Tops Newsweek′s List of “Most Service-Minded Schools”

Publication Date: 9/14/2010

Rhodes has been rated number one 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.

The 2010 guide includes 25 colleges listed in 12 categories exploring different aspects of the undergraduate student experience. 

Over 80 percent of Rhodes students participate in community service. Through the Rhodes Fellowships Program, students put academics into action while participating in important study, research, creative work and service initiatives.

This commitment to service began to grow in the 1950s with the establishment of the Kinney Program and is based on volunteerism, leadership and civic engagement. In addition, Rhodes has the oldest collegiate chapter of Habitat for Humanity in the country. Since 1992, the Bonner Scholars Program has helped students move from volunteerism to even a stronger commitment to service-learning, social change and servant leadership. Now in its seventh year, the Rhodes Summer Service Fellowship offers students the opportunity to devote a summer to a significant community project—either one identified by a community organization or designed by a student. Students address issues such as education, health care, global warming, and homelessness.

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Ted de Villafranca ′83 September 28, 2010

Thank you Beth Simpson...you taught us so much through the Kinney Program 30 years ago! I am so proud of Rhodes - what a tribute to the community today!

Whitney Jamison Chatterjee ′02 September 20, 2010

I am so proud! Through service learning classes and incredible opportunities to connect with and serve our community, Rhodes helped shape my calling to teach. It is one of the greatest gifts my education has afforded me.

Rev. Donald Ellis ′50 September 18, 2010

I am not surprised. It seems that Rhodes (Southwestern when I was there) stays ahead of the curve. I predict more things are to come.

Don Parker ′57 September 18, 2010

Congratulations to all the faculty, administration, and staff! This is a ranking in an arena that makes me even more proud to be a Rhodes Alumni.

Ayanna McFarland September 17, 2010

I think that this is wonderful. I stayed on campus for two weeks at Rhodes and it was such a wonderful experience. They are not only focused on service but being green and other innovative things. I love this school. If you are interested, you should definitely apply! I already have. :)

Annie Stein McCanless ′77 September 17, 2010

I am so proud to read of Rhodes and this recognition. To see the original Kinney program grow and expanded means so much to those who knew that the purpose and work was worthwhile. As a current high school teacher I will proudly recommend my alma mater to seniors looking for a school based on academics and service.

Charles Holt ′89 September 17, 2010

This is the just the beginning of a national and global recognition of the overflow of community, compassion, giving, and service that is spreading all over the planet. And although certain streams of media would speak otherwise, Rhodes has stepped up to show another face of humanity through its intention for and its demonstration of service. I am honored to be an alumni and part of the unfolding taking place in the Rhodes College community. I am grateful to have matriculated through an institution of higher learning that is now being recognized for not only its practice but for embodying and being the face of service on the planet.

Becky Windham ′85 September 16, 2010

This makes me very proud that I went to Rhodes. It was an amazingly wonderful education. What′s more is to see my alma mater years later in such a leadership position focusing on compassion and caring in these crazy times.

Lewis Kalmbach ′83 September 16, 2010

Rhodes (and Southwestern) always fostered a feeling of goodwill toward helping others. While it is truly an honor, I am not surprised. This should be an excellent marketing tool to students looking to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Way to go!!!

Rev. Dr. Sandy Winter ′61 September 16, 2010

I was there during the Kinney Program era. I′m so happy that the emphasis on serving while learning and learning while serving has continued and expanded.

Betty Shaw ′53 September 16, 2010

Congratulations to all volunteers, both students and alumni. We were volunteering in college and as graduates continue the tradition.

JoAnna Halk ′09 September 16, 2010

It is always nice to see Rhodes recognized for its dedication to community service. The Kinney Program was one of the main reasons why I decided to attend Rhodes College, and I know it will play a large part in many current and future students college experience.

I am trying to represent Rhodes well, and for the past six months I have been working with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in fundraising and development. It is a lot of hard work, but I am really enjoying it, and I am putting many of the skills I learned from the Bonner Center and the Kinney Program to work!

Charlie M. Clark September 16, 2010

"Example is more efficacious than precept." Congratulations for lighting the candle.

Stephen Cole ′68 September 16, 2010

Rhodes could not have received a more prestigious or a more important recognition. As a mathematics and psychology major, I will always think of my Rhodes experience in terms of my participation in the Kinney Program and of my interactions through Dr. Battle′s abnormal psychology course with patients at various local hospitals. Rhodes continues to make me proud of its superior reputation as an outstanding college of the liberal arts and sciences.

LAnthony Richardson III ′73 September 16, 2010

Congratulations, Rhodes community for a job well done. I′ve carried forth the concept of service to community from my time at Rhodes in such ways as by being a blood donner for 42 years now, being active in community organizations, raising $30,000+ each year for non -profit organizations by donating my photographs for chairitable fund raisers,and by negotiating the first humanitarian visit to my wife′s occupied homeland in Cyprus. My main inspiration came from such wonderful professors and mentors at the Late Dr.Tom Cloar and Dr. William Sweeter, as well as from Professors Wood and Kirby. They were and have been insprirations in my life.

Teri Tate Hornberger ′65 September 16, 2010

I have always been proud to have graduated from Rhodes, and this is just one more honor to put us in the outstanding place of colleges and universities. Congratulations to all who have made this possible.

Mrs. Kyle Hobin September 16, 2010

3 Grandsons graduated from Rhodes, Scott, Logan and Kirk Williamson. We rejoice for the recognition.

C. Allen Cooke ′53 September 16, 2010

This is great; it makes me proud to be a graduate of such a fine institution with such caring people in attendance. Bravo!

Nhung Hurst ′01 September 16, 2010

The only extra-curricular activity I participated in during my years at Rhodes were through the Kinney Program. I did more learning through those volunteer opportunities than I did during class. Sorry to all my professors! I fell in love with serving others and currently work for Youth Villages in Memphis. Congratulations, Rhodes!

Nancy Bracher ′78 September 16, 2010

Wonderful!! I fondly remember my participation in the Kinney Program.

John Turpin ′55 September 16, 2010

When Registrar, I once commented to Professor Queener that our students didn′t seem to be quite as mature as those from Memphis State. He said, "That may be true, John, but they are more humane." Looks like that characteristic has continued.

Hud Andrews ′70 September 16, 2010

I am not at all surprised. When I worked at Rhodes, my student workers all had volunteer projects where they really made a difference in the lives of others. It is another in a series of positive changes that my old school has made since the 1960s, and it warms my heart.

Jill Iglehart ′73 September 16, 2010

As an alumna of Southwestern at Memphis, I am thrilled to see Rhodes students receiving this recognition. I have had personal experience with the service of several students at the More Than a Meal program at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. They not only "work wonders" on Thursday nights but have originated such additional programs as More than Art. Thank you Rhodes students!

Leonard Curry ′07 September 15, 2010

I saw this and was pretty impressed! Go Rhodes!!

Greg Sims ′99 September 15, 2010

This is great news! Thanks for sharing!

Veronica Gunn ′91 September 15, 2010

Congratulations on Rhodes′ well-deserved recognition as a service-oriented College! I have no doubt that my experiences with the Kinney Program, Soup Kitchen and Habitat projects while at Rhodes helped to shape my view of the world community and our role in serving it.

John Trout ′00 September 15, 2010

That is such EXCELLENT news. Service was a huge part of my experience in a life-changing way. I would not be in my current field without Rhodes College’s commitment to service.

Rev. Dr. B. Bruce Cook ′68 September 15, 2010

Thanks so much, Bud. I was a small part of the wonderful service acts that so many faculty and students participated in at Rhodes.

I am in Ireland studying a homicide support program for modeling it in America and to visit Ireland. In my book, Redeeming the Wounded, I talk about the Rhodes Kinney Program shaping my ministry.