Some 'Rhodes' Lead Home

As part of the University's Founders Week, four former students, all Rhodes Scholars, gathered on campus to share their Rhodes' experiences with current students and other members of the University community. From left above is Sarah Johnson, A.B. '01; Trina Williams, B.S.B.A. '92, M.S.W. '00, Ph.D. '03; Ben Cannon, A.B. '99; and Ian Klaus, A.B. '01. The first scheduled event in STORIES: The Alumni Speaker Series, the panel was moderated by another alumnus and Rhodes Scholar, Michael Cannon, A.B. '73, executive vice chancellor and general counsel at the University, and Ben Cannon's uncle. According to Michael Cannon, "Hosting four such remarkable young scholars at the University, and doing so during Founders Week, was a real privilege for me. Receiving a Rhodes Scholarship is a wonderful honor, and the experience changes your life forever intellectually, professionally, and emotionally. The experience routinely prompts Rhodes Scholars like our panelists to reflect a good deal on how certain people and institutions, like Washington University, have contributed to their good fortune, and those were obviously important stories for our current students to hear. I have known each of these extraordinary panelists since their undergraduate days, and I have no doubt about the leadership role each will come to play in his/her own community and beyond in the years to come." The event, which was held at Ursa's Fireside Lounge, was co-sponsored by the Office of Residential Life, the Career Center, and the Office of Alumni and Development.