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Rhodes College

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Rhodes College

2000 N. Parkway 

Memphis, TN 38112



CAMPUS AT A GLANCE (brief description)


Rhodes College occupies a 100-acre semi-wooded campus in an historic neighborhood near downtown Memphis, offering both an idyllic residential learning environment and the vitality of a growing urban center.  

Founded in 1848, Rhodes aspires to graduate students with a passion for lifelong learning, compassion for others and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. Our emphasis on service and integrity is rooted in our Presbyterian heritage. 

Our four-year liberal arts education combines the best of the classroom and community-based learning.  We involve our students in the larger Rhodes and Memphis communities through a variety of intellectual, service, social and cultural opportunities. Our students study, play and serve others with a determination to grow personally and to improve the quality of life within their communities.




Location: 10 minutes east of downtown Memphis in the heart of Midtown

Enrollment: 1,673 enrolled students from 46 states, the District of Columbia and 13 foreign countries

Other interesting tidbits: The Memphis barbecue is REALLY that good!



Name of Campus-Wide Center: The Bonner Center for Faith and Service

Relevant website: http://www.rhodes.edu/1721.asp


Type of Program: Bonner Scholars

Year Began: 1992

Bonner Program website: http://www.rhodes.edu/1695.asp 

Number of Bonner Scholars: 60


See Our Campus Issue Profile: http://bonnernetwork.pbworks.com/Homelessness+and+Hunger+-+Rhodes+College 




President: William Troutt (trouttw@rhodes.edu)

Center Director: Walt Tennyson (tennysonw@rhodes.edu)

Bonner Coordinator: Anthony Siracusa (siracusa@rhodes.edu)

Bonner Office Intern(s): Sarah Smith (smise@rhodes.edu), Annika Wuferl (wueaj@rhodes.edu), Lucy Kay Sumrall (sumlk@rhodes.edu)

Bonner Congress Representatives: TBD for 2012 year 





Rhodes’ urban setting in Midtown Memphis inspires students to join in the great struggle for human dignity and equality. We deliver meals down the same streets where sanitation workers stood with Dr. King to demand their full humanity. We create artwork with homeless people in a church that risked its livelihood in proclaiming the end of racial segregation. Our college community daily encounters a microcosm of the global economy—dynamism and wealth alongside stagnation and inequality—and we provide the touch-points for students to become global citizens while making a difference. Approximately 85% of Rhodes students tutor, cook, teach English, swaddle a premature newborn, attend Board of Education meetings, arrange art exhibits, build houses or perform other acts of compassion, service and commitment as a vital component of their liberal arts education.


The Bonner Center for Faith and Service was dedicated in September 2007. Its purpose is to create a nexus for community involvement, civic engagement and the development of student leadership at Rhodes. The Center builds on the historic commitment to service at Rhodes while lifting up the nationwide networking capability of the Bonner Foundation. It also derives synergy from connections among Rhodes’ Kinney Program, which involves the largest number of students in service; Religious Life programs, which promote spiritual exploration, interfaith encounters and self-giving; and the Bonner Scholars Program. Working with the Bonner Center, students create a vital connection between the campus and the world. 


The Bonner Center at Rhodes has inspired an innovative “Fellowships” program. The campus adopted this approach to community-based learning as the Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation process. Our QEP  will expand the developmental and community-building aspect of the Bonner model to many more students in a variety of disciplines. With the concurrent re-engineering of student services, Bonner administrators are working to widen our reach by collaborating with faculty, staff and community partners with particular gifts in the areas of working against racism, understanding poverty and promoting social change.


See What Some Rhodes Bonners Are Up To! 







Bonner Leadership Project Packet.doc  

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