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Rhodes Year at a Glance

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Rhodes College


Community Partnerships:


  • Over the Summer of 2012, the Bonner Office for Faith and Service launched a High Impact Initiative in order to link the Bonner Program not only with oustanding community partners but also with other Rhodes branches of service learning, the Kinney Program and Community Service Work Study. More than twenty organizations in the Memphis area are working with the Bonner Office to establish four year trajectories for various levels of service positions, with specific site positions being created for Bonners. Profiles of each of these organizations are available on the Rhodes Bonner Office Website.  


Student Development:


  • Our Bonner Program meeting structure features one all Bonner retreat per semester. On the class level, first years have training and enrichment meetings every week. Sophomores have around seven meetings, of which two are several hour log skill building sessions. Juniors have slightly fewer meetings, but they are heavily oriented towards career and postgraduate planning. Seniors have about the same amount of meetings as the Junior class but they are more reflective in nature. 


  • In our student leadership structure we have two Senior interns and one Junior intern who oversee BWBRS, administrative tasks, and assist with programming, training, and enrichment. Each summer two rising Sophomores are summer interns who plan First Year Orientation. BLT consists of one elected member from each class who meet on average once a week for discussion and allocations. 



Cornerstone Activities:


  • The 2012 First Year Bonner Trip at Rhodes College will focus on the relationship we have to the food we eat.  In preparation for their trip, first year students have interacted with a variety of resources to better understand food production and distribution in the United States.  First years began the semester by reading and discussing the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, focusing particularly on the ways that food production has changed over time, often limiting a small farm’s ability to maintain a successful operation.   In a first year meeting completely planned and facilitated by student leaders, students will discuss Food Security, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), organically grown and certified food, sustainable agriculture, local foods, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).   This year’s first year trip has been designed as a capstone experience to this preparation, and students will utilize a range of venues to better understand methods of food production and distribution while also strengthening relationships with people who grow, sell and prepare foods locally.   As part of this experience, first year students will camp together for one of their three nights, an experience that will serve to edify the collective spirit of this first year class. Additionally, on days two and three first year students will complete service projects at the Heifer Ranch and Turtle Rock Farms respectively.


  •  In spring 2012, Rhodes College Bonner Scholars hosted in Memphis its very first Sophomore Exchange with the sophomore Bonner Leaders at Carson-Newman College from Jefferson City, Tennessee. Rhodes Bonners seized the opportunity to share the unique history of Memphis and the way it impacts service at Rhodes. Among many activities, the highlight of the Exchange was a personal guided tour through the National Civil Rights Museum by Rhodes College’s esteemed professor, Dr. Charles McKinney. The Exchange was an important event for all involved, showing how interconnected all Bonners are through service.


  • Some of the numerous students who have participated in Junior or Senior Enrichment projects or leadership roles include:
    • Sarah Smith, Class of 2013, worked Summer 2012 to establish the High-Impact Initiative program and partnerships 


Campus-wide Collaboration:


  • The premier cross-campus collaboration event this year was Rites to Play. Rites to Play is a carnival held for the children of Memphis on the Rhodes' campus. It's a very popular event with youth and there is tons of great food, fun booths, prizes, and fellowship. It is a startlingly successful attempt at cross-campus collaboration-- nearly every student organization and office has a booth there, including everyone from sororities and fraternities to Bonner scholars and club sport teams. Rites to Play not only combines the efforts of numerous Rhodes organizations, but it also links those organizations to members of the surrounding community who come to enjoy the festivities. 



Serve 2.0:




  • The web-based tools we have found most useful so far are Twitter and Facebook. We have just recently started using Twitter and Facebook, but so far we have had decent success with Twitter.  






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