Information Regarding Hurricane Florence

Rhodes College views the safety and security of our community members as a top priority.  While Hurricane Florence isn’t expected to impact Memphis directly, many of our students are from the affected region.  

The college’s Student Life staff has reached out to our students in the path of Hurricane Florence.  

The college is monitoring the situation closely and will update this page as needed.  

As one of the nation’s leading service-minded institutions, the college will also be examining how members of our community can assist with the relief efforts following the storm.

A Message from the Chaplain

Beloved Community Members,

As some of you are acutely aware, Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast with severe rain and flooding this week. Members of the Rhodes College community have family and friends in the area who have fled their homes in order to reach safety. Some of us also have family and friends who plan on waiting it out and who have chosen not to evacuate.

One of the scariest aspects of a natural disaster is the fear of the unknown: What will happen to my home? What will happen to my neighborhood? Will my family be okay? One thing that we can be sure of is that Rhodes College wants to support you during this time.

Students, their parents, faculty, and staff who are affected by Hurricane Florence are invited to gather in Dorothy C. King Hall on West Campus on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Together, we will share stories, hold each other's fears, and take a break from the merriment of Family Weekend to acknowledge that some of us are scared and hurting. I will be there during this time, and you are welcome to come and go as needed. 

Members of the Rhodes community have access to resources that can be useful in times of high stress. The Counseling Center can be reached by emailing counseling@rhodes.edu or calling their 24/7 telephone number (901) 843-3128. You can also walk in for an appointment at Moore Moore, next to the Refectory, during business hours.

Family Weekend promises to be a time of joy, fun, togetherness, and love. Let us all keep in mind, however, that this weekend also brings fear and stress for many in our community. Be gentle with each other, look out for each other, and please reach out for help when you need it. I will be in King Hall on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and I hope to see some of you there.