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Visiting her first grandchild in Portland, OR, going to movies and plays, and reconnecting with friends are on Barbara Rhodes’ retirement agenda following a professional career that began in the mid-1980s at UCM. She retires in August after serving as educational advisor for TRIO-Student Support Services in the Department of Academic Enrichment.
The educational advisor emerita is a university alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and master’s degree in sociology from UCM. While pursuing her master’s degree in 1972 she served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, then was hired as an instructor for one year and held several adjunct teaching positions in the department.
When she returned to campus in 1985, she began serving as the advisor of TRIO-Student Support Services, which provides free courses and services to students designed to help them succeed in college. She spent three summers serving as director of the Kaufman Foundation’s Project Choice on-campus program for high school juniors in the Kansas City area.
In addition to working with students, Rhodes was called upon to assist with numerous committees. While serving in a non-tenure track position, she also took part in the Undergraduate Exceptions Committee for several years and the Ad-Hoc Committee on Market Pay, and was involved in committees that dealt with academic standards and the university name change.
Asked about her proudest accomplishments during the time she spent at UCM, Rhodes said she treasures the positive relationships she formed with faculty, staff and students. She also takes pride in having served in a position that helped students improve their academic tenure on campus.