Anthony Siracusa Returns to Rhodes To Coordinate Community Service
Publication Date: 12/13/2010
Anthony Siracusa was actively involved in service as a student and graduated cum laude from Rhodes College in 2009 with a B.A. in history. Since that time, he has traveled the world as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow studying bicycling cultures and cycling policy. Now he has been hired as Community Service Coordinator in the Bonner Center for Faith and Service at Rhodes.
“Anthony brings the enthusiasm for community engagement that will enable Rhodes to build on its recognition as the top service-minded college in the country,” says Rhodes Chaplain Walt Tennyson.
In his new role, Siracusa will help bridge volunteer programs with religious life, service scholarships and service-learning; manage relationships with community partners; and coordinate Rhodes’ Kinney Program and Bonner Scholars Program that engage students in service and social action in Memphis and the broader community.
In addition, he hopes to increase international service opportunities for Rhodes students and to expand the myriad of issues students address by meeting with political leaders, community activists and scholars.
“Anthony has a passion for service that is matched by a drive to understand and engage the root causes of social problems,” adds Tennyson. “His experience linking service to civic engagement will equip students to show compassion for people and issues while better understanding ways that their gifts can improve the world.”
Recently, Siracusa led a planning retreat for Tennessee advocacy leaders from Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. At the retreat, he met with Governor-Elect Bill Haslam’s staff about forming a Governor′s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and a statewide bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign.
Passionate about bicycle-friendly communities, Siracusa serves on the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for the Greater Memphis Greenline Inc., Bike Walk Tennessee, and the Memphis Hightailers, and he works closely with First Congregational United Church of Christ on Sustainable Living Ministries.
As a teenager, Siracusa founded Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop at First Congregational. It is now in its ninth year. Siracusa’s monthly column “Life Cycles” can be read in The Commercial Appeal.
A native Memphian, Siracusa also has been active in the Memphis music scene with local bands Bury the Living, Pezz, and Akasha.