The start of the fall 2011 semester is a few days away and there has never been a better time to be a member of the Rhodes College community.

New Students
Demand for Rhodes is at an all-time high and we will welcome 555 first-year students this fall. The Class of 2015 represents 36 states, multiple countries, and outstanding scores on both the SAT and ACT. Few liberal arts colleges can claim this level of geographic and ethnic diversity, and academic quality. For more information about the incoming class »

Rhodes’ reputation continues to grow, due in part to the unique synergy between the college and the city of Memphis, which provides our students with real-world opportunities and connections that few schools can match.


Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities
Rhodes has named Dr. Jonathan Judaken the first Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities. Dr. Judaken’s fields of interest include European cultural and intellectual history, Jews and Judaism, ‘race’, ‘tolerance’ and religion. As the Wilson Chair, Dr. Judaken will collaborate with all academic departments to develop meaningful new interdisciplinary experiences for students.

Greater Specialization for Business and Economics
In July, the former Department of Economics and Business underwent a restructuring that led to the establishment of the Department of Economics, under the direction of Chair Dr. Marshall Gramm, and the Department of Commerce and Business, which is chaired by Dr. John Planchon. The two independent departments will provide students in both disciplines with access to more specialized instruction and “in-the-field” experiences through tailored internships and fellowships. Dick Fisher has been named Executive in Residence in the Department of Commerce and Business. Receiving both the B.S. and M.S in Accounting from the University of Virginia, he will work closely with students interested in Business and Finance professions to provide opportunities for internships and employment.

Rhodes Welcomes 27 New Outstanding Faculty Members
An amazing group of new professors will arrive on campus this fall, all of whom are scholar-mentors dedicated to teaching. For more information about our new faculty »


Refectory Transformation and New Residence Hall Construction Right on Schedule
Crews have been busy this summer with the major renovation of the Catherine Burrow Refectory and construction of the new residence complex next door.

Construction will be ongoing throughout the coming academic year with many renovation elements scheduled during times when regular classes are not in session. Until the magnificent new grand servery is completed, servery “A” will be closed. To accommodate the closure, Rhodes will provide a temporary serving line along the north wall of Rollow Hall during the year. Servery “B” will continue to be in operation until next summer when it will be taken out of service after renovations are complete. To learn more about these exciting campus additions »

Food News
The Refectory has all new menu items, including sushi Fridays, lamb sliders and added vegetarian options. There’s also a healthy choice plate of the day. Don’t worry – fried chicken Fridays aren’t going away. In addition, the Lynx Lair has added a salad bar for the fall, as well as new grilled chicken sandwiches and more.

Finally, “to go” is going green. All students with meal plans will be given a green to go kit. The kit will contain a large Rhodes to go box, a small to go box, a Rhodes reusable mug and a Rhodes bag. This new option replaces the old to go program, and will keep 100,000 containers out of the landfill each year.

Campus Parking
Rhodes continues to respond to the increased demand for campus parking. The paved lot just east of the North Parkway entrance (near East Village) has been expanded. Also, parking is available along the south fence line of the Evergreen Church property, and members of the Rhodes community are encouraged to utilize these parking spaces. And don’t forget that we are providing Zipcar membership incentives for students and employees. To learn more about Zipcar rental »

Connectivity and New Interactive Resources
Rhodes has upgraded its network core and replaced the wireless access points. Both changes will dramatically improve network connectivity throughout campus and in our residence halls.

We’re upgrading the online library catalogue and introducing a “Google-like” search tool to help students find scholarly research materials more rapidly.

And our Information Services and Communications Departments are hard at work developing a new campuswide intranet system called InRhodes, which will dramatically improve how we communicate with one another and share information. This new tool will be rolled out in stages and you can expect ongoing communication about its many uses and benefits in the days and months ahead.

On-Campus Health Care
Rhodes has contracted with Baptist Minor Medical to provide a medical professional to supplement our staff in the Health Center. This nurse practitioner will allow us to increase our clinic hours, and address a wide range of medical needs. Appointments will be available five days a week during published clinic hours, and each appointment will cost a flat $50 per visit. There will no longer be a supplemental billing to insurance companies. For more information about Health Services »

Student Organization Support
Student Activities and Rhodes Activities Board have moved to 3rd floor Burrow, which will provide Student organizations with even more coordinated support and resources this year. Likewise, the Multicultural Affairs Office has moved to 4th floor Burrow, and Rhodes Student Government has an office in Briggs Student Center. Student mailboxes and poster supplies are still on the 4th floor.

We look forward to your return.