Summer Service Fellows Fuse Thought With Action in the Community

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Publication Date: 7/15/2009


(l-r) Eric Dailey, Samantha Sipple, Amanda Smith, Ton Ai Doan, Zachary Albert, Ian Todd, and Jake Groves

Now in its sixth year, Rhodes’ Summer Service Fellowships Program provides students intensive involvement in community service with local and national nonprofit and governmental organizations.  Participants are supported by training, reflection, and curricular linkages to help them prepare for life and work beyond college.

The program promotes both thinking and doing as a vital combination for positive change in the lives of the fellows and the community. The following describes what the 2009 fellows are doing this summer. 

Zachary Albert  ’10
Major:  Religious Studies
Hometown: Allen, Texas
Service Site: Facing History & Ourselves
Project:   I am working with a local Holocaust survivor and second generation community.  I conduct and compile survivor testimonies and am helping create a survivor Web page to offer specific information to teachers and students prior to survivor visits and speeches.

Eric Dailey ’11
Major:  Political Science
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Service Site: Vollentine Evergreen Community Development Corporation
Project:  I am  organizing and mobilizing rassroots activity with emphasis on crime prevention, community revitalization, urban education, and faith-based initiatives.
Favorite Quote:   “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister”

Ton Ai Doan ’11
Major:  Anthropology/Sociology
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Service Site: Planned Parenthood
Project:  I work with the director of education at Planned Parenthood.  I do event planning and will be working on events for the future school year for VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood).
Favorite Quote:  “If we don’t change, we don’t grow.  If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”

Phylicia Douglas ’11
Major:  Anthropology/Sociology
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Service Site: Southeast Memphis Community Development Corporation
Project:  Community involvement in the Hickory Hill area of Memphis is my main focus.  This large area of Memphis is heavily populated by youth, and my job is to gather resources that may interest youth in the community.  By helping to conduct surveys, constructing projects, and directly interacting with youth in Hickory Hill, I am able to have a direct impact on my community, which is my goal. 
Favorite  Quote: “Confidence is the solution to fear.  Surround yourself with people who strengthen your weaknesses.”

Tyler Fraser ’10
Major:  Chemistry
Hometown: Arlington, Tennessee
Service Site: Big Brothers / Big Sisters
Project:  I am in a program to find mentors for children with incarcerated parents.  I meet with prisoners to find out who has children needing  a mentor.
Favorite Quote:  “Sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.”

Teralyn Green ’10
Major:  Economics & Business
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Service Site: The Leadership Academy
Project:  I work with the director of Memphis Connect to recruit and retain talent in Memphis.  I plan events for the Summer Experience Program for students interning in Memphis. This gives them opportunities to network with the leaders of the city, participate in leadership training, trade tips on how to succeed in the current job market, and explore the social aspects of Memphis. 
Favorite  Quote: “Well behaved women seldom make history.”

Jake Groves ’12
Major:  Undecided
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Service Site: Memphis University School SLAM
Project:  I teach fifth through eighth graders leadership and public speaking skills.
Favorite Quote:  “Nothing is impossible.”

Derek King ’10
Major:  Psychology
Hometown: Fairfield, Alabama
Service Site: The Memphis Grizzlies Academy & Memphis University School SLAM
Project:  I teach tenth grade English at the Grizzlies Academy and  will teach fifth through eighth graders leadership and public speaking skills at SLAM. 
Favorite Quote:  “Follow the right example, learn from the wrong example, be the quintessential example.”

Amanda Law  ’10
Major:  Religious Studies
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Service Site: Bridges
Project:  I am working as a Bridge Builders facilitator.  Bridge Builders is a program for juniors and seniors in high schools from Memphis, who come together to lay aside their differences and work to better the world.  Later in July, I will be working on development of youth programs for Bridges.
Favorite  Quotes: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  “For those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.”

Brianna McCullough ’10
Major:  English Literature
Hometown: Lewisburg, Tennessee
Service Site: Bridges
Project:  I am working on the day staff of the Bridge Builders Junior Conference.  I serve as a facilitator for group-building activities and leadership discussions.  I also will work in the Bridges office writing press releases and pieces for the newsletter.
Favorite Quote:  “Plant a tree knowing you might never enjoy its shade.”

Stephanie Parazak ’11
Major:  Psychology
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Service Site: Hope & Healing – A Ministry of the Church Health Center
Project:  I work with the child life room of Hope & Healing where we help kids to focus on getting healthy through a multitude of activities.
Favorite  Quote:  “What you are is God’s gift to you; what you do with yourself is your gift to God.” – Danish proverb

Samantha Sipple ’10
Major:  Psychology & Gender/Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Berea, Kentucky
Service Site: Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)
Project:  I testify on behalf of abused children and neglected children in Juvenile Court and help to find safe and secure homes for them.
Favorite  Quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you have imagined.”  – Thoreau

Tierney Sisk ’11
Major:  Psychology
Hometown: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Service Site: Family Services of the Mid-South
Project:  I work at Family Services writing a grant for a program to help low-income individuals gain job skills, information on tax benefits, and technical job training for career success.

Amanda Smith ’11
Major:  International Studies/Political Science
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Service Site: GrowMemphis
Project:  I work with youth and community members on urban gardens in blighted areas of Memphis.
Favorite  Quote: “All Arizona needs is water and good people.”  – Senator Barry Goldwater
“Sir, that’s all hell needs.”  – Unknown Senator

Noelle Smith ’10
Major:   Art
Hometown: Cookeville, Tennessee
Service Site: Delta Axis
Project:  I work with all aspects of Delta Axis including exhibition, event planning, publicity, and installation of artwork.
Favorite  Quote: “May your path be lonesome, winding, and leading to the most amazing view.  May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”  – Edward Abbey