Mr. and Ms. Rhodes
Publication Date: 11/7/2011
Salar Rafieetary and Sarika Mirchandani have been named Mr. and Ms. Rhodes. The seniors were recognized at the college’s homecoming football game on Oct. 22.
Rafieetary is a neuroscience major hailing from Memphis, Tenn. A 2008 graduate of Briarcrest Christian School, he is president of the Rhodes Student Government (RSG). He also has served as senator (sophomore) and vice president (junior). Rafieetary entered Rhodes as a Bonner Service Scholar and since has served as a Peer Assistant providing guidance to first-year students as they adjust to campus life and a Rhodes Diplomat providing campus tours to prospective students and their families. He is conducting neuroscience research with Dr. David Kabelik of the Rhodes biology department. A member of Sigma Nu fraternity, Rafieetary also is a member of the Mortar Board national honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, Beta Beta Beta biology honor society, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon national chemistry honor society,
During Rafieetary’s tenure as RSG vice president, President Troutt charged him with increasing student involvement in athletic events. Since then, he has worked with Demitri Jerow ’14 and Sarika Mirchandani ’12 on a project called “The Pack.” The Pack encourages attendance at Rhodes athletic events by offering prizes to students who show up wearing red.
Following graduation, Rafieetary plans to take a gap year to devote to a fellowship or studies in the medical field before attending medical school.
Mirchandani is a religious studies major/French minor from Gretna, La. She attended St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans before moving to Memphis after Hurricane Katrina her sophomore year. In Memphis, she attended St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
During her first year at Rhodes, she joined Envision, a freshman leadership program, and help found LynxPack (now called The Pack). She enthusiastically served as a Peer Assistant for three years and remains close to many of her advisees. In addition, she became involved in Rhodes Indian Cultural Exchange (R.I.C.E.) and served as a Rhodes Diplomat. Currently, she serves as president of the Honor Council, dealing with matters involving the Rhodes Honor Code, and she is president of Kappa Delta’s Shamrock Committee, which oversees the sorority’s philanthropic projects.
Following graduation, Mirchandani plans to take a gap year to conduct research and shadow dental professionals before applying to dental schools.
(information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Nicholas Brydon ’13)