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Roll Out The Red Carpet: Five Students Star in New "Rhodes TV"

Publication Date: 12/3/2010

Making its debut today is the new “Rhodes TV” —five webisodes designed to show prospective students how life at Rhodes really can be. With no scripted storylines, five students with varying backgrounds and interests star in the webisodes available on the Rhodes website.

Current Rhodes students who were given a sneak peek of the webisodes commented they appreciated seeing the details of everyday life on campus and that the students in the webisodes were “real” and “personable.” Academics play an important role, but viewers also see that college life is rich with friendships, activities, athletics and time spent at Memphis hangouts.

  • Liz Jeans, a senior chemistry major from Arizona, makes no qualms about her chemistry professor being the hardest instructor she has ever had. Coming to Rhodes, Jeans tentatively thought about going into medicine, but with her challenging courses and health care service activities, she now knows that is what she wants to do.
  • As a child growing up in Memphis, Ivy Thompson thought the campus looked castle-like. Now the psychology major and aspiring speech pathologist experiences its beauty and inspiration everyday while living and studying on campus. Staying on campus she says really has helped her to be active in the Rhodes community.
  • Academics come first for Texan and mathematics/economics double-major Eric Stradley, but he also divides his time between soccer and fraternity philanthropy. Like most Rhodes students, Stradley knows there is just no time to be bored.
  • Kaetlin Taylor, a mathematics major who applies her classroom learning in her data services campus job, has been accepted into the Mathematics in Moscow study abroad program in Russia. Taylor says she enjoys the camaraderie in her small classes at Rhodes and just hanging out with friends around Memphis.
  • Some students are the first in their families to go to college. History major John Pevy of Knoxville is making the most of his college experience by being an advocate for the homeless, taking voice lessons for the first time, and singing with the male a cappella group Woolsocks. He plans to continue his education after Rhodes and is preparing to take the LSAT for law school.


Rhodes officials made the decision to move away from the traditional 15-minute, DVD-based video and instead produce shorter web-based episodes. Using the comment features on YouTube and Rhodes web pages, viewers are encouraged to give their input and to ask questions. The goal is to create a conversation that might even influence the content of future episodes.

“This new approach to sharing the Rhodes story really gets at the experience of what our students experience every day,” says Carey Thompson, vice president for enrollment and communications. “Hopefully these videos will help prospective students and their parents see beyond a beautiful campus and understand the tremendous value that the Rhodes classroom and extracurricular experiences bring to our students lives.” 

“Rhodes TV” is produced by the Rhodes Office of Communications in partnership with Live From Memphis and True Story Pictures Production. In addition to being available on the home page and throughout the Rhodes website, the webisodes will be available on the Rhodes YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter. Featured students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to share links to the webisodes with friends.

View all episodes:

Rhodes TV - Liz Jeans

Rhodes TV - Ivy Thompson

Rhodes TV - Eric Stradley

Rhodes TV - Kaetlin Taylor

Rhodes TV - John Pevy

Tags: Admissions, Campus Life, Faces of Rhodes, Students

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