Greetings from the Alumni Relations Office! We are having a busy academic year with:
- The establishment of new alumni chapters
- A wonderful October Homecoming program
- The development of “Meeman on the Road” in which we work with the Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning to arrange for faculty members to attend alumni gatherings throughout the country
- The launching of several new programs designed to assist students in finding both learning and work experiences in their fields of study
At Rhodes we are making remarkable advances in creating new opportunities to enhance student learning. Students are being placed in settings that align with their academic interests. Some of these experiences include research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Memphis Zoo. Other sites are health care institutions, public and nonprofit service agencies, all forms of business enterprises and individuals who are willing to accept students as interns. As we look to the implications for our new curriculum to be implemented in 2007, we anticipate that this approach to student learning will be employed in even more purposeful fashion.
Students gain when they have opportunity to learn outside the classroom. Beyond getting a sense of how the world of work functions, they become better students. Field experiences help students put textbook knowledge into context. As a result of realizing the relationship between their academic study and how knowledge can be applied, they are more focused on their scholarly work.
We need help in developing additional learning opportunities for students, and you can be part of this effort. Please consider participating in the Rhodes Career Network. Contribute to the learning of students by providing internships or by volunteering for the “Shadow Program” in which students observe you in your work setting. Don’t feel that you must live in or near Memphis to provide these opportunities for students. Summers, school breaks and holiday periods provide windows of time in which students could be available both to help and learn.
Should you decide to offer an internship or assist students in other ways, I believe you will be in for a great experience. Please contact Amy Oakes in our Career Services Office (901-843-3800) or Matt Semko in the Alumni Relations Office (901-843-3845) or visit the Career Services Web site at rhodes.edu/careerservices to learn more.
All of us need to be about the work of finding ways to help our students in their learning, growth and development. Please do what you can.
Director of Alumni Relations