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Alumni Associations

In a number of national constituencies, Rhodes Scholars have formed Alumni Associations. Find out more about them and how you can be involved.

  • The Association of American Rhodes Scholars
    Committee

    President
    Ralph H. Smith II (Alabama & Corpus Christi 1973)
    Vice-President and ATFO Administrator
    Janice R. Ugaki (Idaho & St Antony's 1993)
    Secretary
    Nicholas W. Allard (New York & Merton 1974)
    Treasurer
    Andrew Park (Illinois & Lincoln 2002)

    Contact

    Joyce Knight

    Website

    www.americanrhodes.org

    About

    The mission of AARS is to bring Rhodes Scholars in America together in support of the Rhodes Scholarship, its values, and Oxford University through events, publications, networks and the web.

    We foster social, intellectual and professional connections that reflect our shared experiences and extend our perspectives.

    Newsletter/ Publications

    The American Oxonian

    Contact the Editor, Kathrin Day Lassila (Iowa & Trinity 1982).

  • The Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia

    Committee

    • President – Tim Orton (Australia-at-large & Magdalen, 1986)
    • Secretary – John McKenna (Queensland & Magdalen, 1984)
    • Treasurer – Kate Vinot (Australia-at-Large & Balliol, 1989)
    • Marnie Hughes-Warrington (Tasmania & Merton, 1993)
    • Ann Nicholson (Victoria & St John’s, 1988)

    Contact

    Tim Orton or John McKenna

    Events

    The Fifth annual Rhodes Scholarships in Australia National Dinner in Sydney

    The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli
    Saturday 28 April at 6.30pm
    Cost and registration:
    $190 per person, REGISTER HERE before 20 April
    (A small registration fee will apply. Please note that tickets are limited. Please bring a copy of your electronically generated ticket to gain entry to the dinner).

    Website

    arsa.org.au

    About

    The Association's mission is to provide a community for Rhodes Scholars in Australia, from Australian or any other constituencies.

  • Rhodes Scholars in Britain
    Committee

    Mr Jonathan Tepper (North Carolina & Christ Church 1998) - Chairman
    Prof Ed Berman MBE (Maine & Exeter 1962)
    Mr Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983)
    Dr Colin Michie (Zimbabwe & University 1980)

    Website

    http://www.rsib.org/

    Contact

    Please direct all questions to enquiries@rsib.org.

    About

    RSiB exists to support the advancement of education amongst Rhodes Scholars in Britain. We do this primarily by supporting the work of the Rhodes Trust, by organising activities for our members to connect and learn from one another, and by fostering intellectual and professional connections between Scholars in residence and the broader Rhodes community.

    Rhodes Scholars in Britain is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission (no. 1157010). Our registered address is Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RG.

    Other Information

    To pay your annual membership fee of £20 please click on the 'Buy Now' link below. Alternatively send a cheque for £20 payable to ‘Rhodes Scholars in Britain’. Please send your cheque to RSIB, c/o Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RG. You can also make an electronic funds transfer to the Rhodes Trust, using sort code 60-70-03, account 65896297. Please reference ‘RSIB’ in your fund transfer.

     

  • The Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars
    CARS Executive, 2017-2019

    President 
    Steve Aylward (Newfoundland & St Hilda's, 2009)
    Co-Vice-President
    Jean-Christophe Martel (Québec & Lincoln, 2010)
    Co-Vice President
    Sumit Sen (India, 1995)~
    Secretary
    Kai Alderson (Ontario & Wadham, 1993)
    Treasurer
    Tara Paterson (British Columbia & Trinity, 2013)
    Sailing Weekend Coordinator
    Stephen Brosha (Nova Scotia & Merton, 2007)

    Contact

    Steve Aylward (Newfoundland & St Hilda's, 2009)

    About

    The first Canadian Rhodes Scholars took up residence in Oxford in 1904, and since that time over a thousand Canadians have been awarded a Scholarship. The Association aims to:

    • Connect current and Senior Scholars with each other, through events and communications.
    • Promote the visibility and standing of the Rhodes Scholarship in Canada
    • Disseminate information about the Scholarship and about Scholars in a regular e-Newsletter.
    • Strengthen the Rhodes Scholarship through financial support from Senior Scholars and other sources.
    Newsletter / Publications

    Michaelmas 2015/Hilary 2016 PDF 
    Hilary/Trinity 2014 PDF 
    Trinity 2013 PDF 
    Hilary 2013 PDF 
    Michaelmas 2012 PDF 

    Trinity 2018 PDF 

    Contact the Newsletter Editor, Braden O'Neil (Alberta & University, 2011)

    Events

     

    CARS events are organised locally, and upcoming CARS events can be seen on the Rhodes Events page. Please do get in touch if you would like to organise or host an event.

    How to organise regional meetings of Rhodes Scholars: The Association is more than happy to help Scholars organise regional gatherings. Please contact us to let us know and we will help identify who lives within that particular region and can contact them on your behalf.

  • The Association of German Rhodes Scholars
    Committee

    Chairman
    Hans-Paul Bürkner (Germany & St Catherine's 1976)
    Deputy Chairman
    Anne Roemer-Mähler (Germany & St Antony's 2003)
    Treasurer
    David Klemm (Germany & Hertford 1995)
    Communications
    Pierre Van Hoeylandt (Germany & Magdalen 1993)
    German Lecture

    Prof Dr Dr Nils Ole Oermann (Germany & Christ Church 1996)

    Contact

    Pierre Van Hoeylandt

    About

    Since 1903, there have been more than 180 Scholars from Germany, and the Association of German Rhodes Scholars works to support and strengthen this extraordinary community. The objectives of the Association are:

    • Connecting Current and Senior Scholars with each other, through the organisation of an annual meeting in Berlin to coincide with the election of the new class of German Rhodes Scholars and by supporting independent regional gatherings.
    • Promoting the visibility and standing of the German Rhodes Scholarship, by organising an annual “German Lecture” at Rhodes House, Oxford.
    • To disseminate information about the Scholarship and about Scholars in an annual Newsletter as well as via updates on LinkedIn.
    • Strengthening the Rhodes Scholarship through financial support from Senior Scholars and other sources.

    The Association is supported by a Board of Trustees, led by Hans-Paul Bürkner. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want to find out more.

    Newsletter/ Publications

    2017 Edition PDF (0.66MB)
    2016 Edition PDF (0.49MB)

    2013 Edition PDF (0.91MB)
    2011 Edition PDF (5.08MB)

    Other Information

    How to organise regional meetings of Rhodes Scholars

    The Association's Trustees are more than happy to help Scholars organise regional gatherings. Please contact us to let us know and we will help identify who lives within that particular region and can contact them on your behalf.

    For travelling Rhodes Scholars

    If you are a Rhodes Scholar from anywhere in the world and want to connect with German Scholars, for example whilst travelling in Germany, or if you are a German Scholar and want to connect with Scholars elsewhere in the world, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to connect you with fellow Scholars.

    How to join the LinkedIn Group

    If you are already on LinkedIn, visit the group 'German Rhodes Scholars' and request to join. If you do not yet have a LinkedIn account, please email Jenny Wood at Rhodes House who will send you an invitation and instructions for how to sign up.

  • The Association of Jamaican and Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholars
    Contact

    Alisha Wade (Commonwealth Caribbean & Trinity 2000)

    About

    Since 1904, there have been more than 150 Scholars from Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean. The aims of the Association are:

    • Connecting current and Senior Scholars with each other, through events and communications.
    • Promoting the visibility and standing of the Rhodes Scholarship in Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean, by engaging in outreach to schools and tertiary institutions, as well as liaising with Ministries of Education.
    • To disseminate information about the Scholarship and about Scholars in an annual e-Newsletter.
    • Strengthening the Rhodes Scholarship through financial support from Senior Scholars and other sources.

    Profiles of some of the Rhodes Scholars from Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean include:

    Norman Manley (Jamaica & Jesus 1914) (4 July 1893 – 2 September 1969)
    Premier of Jamaica

    Professor Rex Nettleford (Jamaica & Oriel 1957) (3 February 1933 - 2 February 2010)
    Pioneer of Caribbean cultural studies, and Vice-Chancellor of University of West Indies.
    The inaugural Rex Nettleford Memorial Lecture was delivered by former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Sir Shridath Ramphal, and was held at Rhodes House in 2011. Further information about Professor Nettleford's life can be read here. The Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies: For more information on this scheme, click here.

    Professor Stephen Vasciannie (Jamaica & Balliol 1981)
    Current Jamaican Ambassador to the United States.

    Newsletter/ Publications

    There will be an annual newsletter coming soon.

    Events

    These will be organised locally. Please do get in touch if you would like to organise or host an event.

    How to organise regional meetings of Rhodes Scholars:

    The Association is more than happy to help Scholars organise regional gatherings. Please contact us to let us know and we will help identify who lives within that particular region and can contact them on your behalf.

    For travelling Rhodes Scholars

    If you are a Rhodes Scholar from anywhere in the world and want to connect with Jamaican or Commonwealth Caribbean Scholars, for example whilst travelling in the region, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to connect you with fellow Scholars.

     

  • The Kenyan Association of Rhodes Scholars

    About

    The KARS is meant to create a vibrant community where Rhodes Scholars from Kenya and in Kenya can connect and network; organise outreach programmes and talks; and aims to create a pool of Rhodes Scholars who can support the Selection process.

    Contact

    Victoria (victoria.miyandazi@st-annes.ox.ac.uk) for queries and to be added to mailing list

  • The New Zealand Rhodes Scholars Association
    Committee

    President
    Duncan McGillivray (New Zealand & St John's 2000)
    Treasurer
    Jonathan Good (New Zealand & Magdalen 2004)
    Secretary
    Willow Sainsbury (New Zealand & Magdalen 2004)

    Contact

    Willow Sainsbury

  • The Southern African Association of Rhodes Scholars
    Committee

    President
    Dr Lisa Klein (South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 1994)

    Head of Events Committee
    Dr Charne Lavery (South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 2008)

    Contact

    saarscommittee@gmail.com

    About

    The Association is comprised of Senior Scholars from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland, as well as current Scholars from those countries, and Scholars from other parts of the world who are currently living in southern Africa.

    Events

    Bon Voyage Alumni Conference, Cape Town

    Date: Saturday 25 August 2018
    Time: 9.30 am – 4.00pm followed by drinks
    Venue: Durbanville Hills (https://www.durbanvillehills.co.za/)

    Please RSVP by emailing: rsvp@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk

    Partners are very welcome to attend.

    Obituaries

    ANNETTE GIBSON National Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa

    It is with heavy hearts that we write to inform you of the passing of our beloved Annette Gibson.

    Many of us have very fond memories of her, be it her pep talks before or her reassuring words after the interviews, and not to mention the precision and efficiency with which she organised the selections. She truly was the Mother Hen and we are grateful to have passed through her hands in the 36 years that she served the Southern African Rhodes Scholar community and the Rhodes Trust.

    Annette was privately cremated on Monday 9 July 2018, and her memorial service will be on Saturday, 28 July 2018 at 14h00 at Olive n Twist, Stepping Stones Shopping Centre, 283 Honeydew Road, North Riding, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa. All are welcome to attend.

    You may write directly to the family to express your condolences, and Ms Shara Tommasi, Annette's daughter, will receive your emails at rhotrust@pixie.co.za.

    The family has expressed a preference for donations in lieu of flowers, and the donations will be forwarded to two charities that Annette supported.

    Donations may be made to:

    JA Gibson

    Nedbank

    Account number 1917029039

    Branch Code 198765

    We sorely miss her. May she rest in peace.

    Ndumiso Luthuli, Nick Ferreira and Trudi Makhaya on behalf of all the Secretaries for the Rhodes Scholarships for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland and Lisa Klein, President of the Southern African Association of Rhodes Scholars (SAARS)

     

    CLIVE VAN RYNEVELD Diocesan College, Rondebosch & University 1947 (19 March 1928 – 2018)

    One of South Africa’s greatest all-round sportsmen who represented and captained South Africa at cricket and remembered equally for the role he played in trying to create a just society for all in South Africa. He was also a top-order batsman, leg-spin bowler and brilliant fielder, he was one of several young players to be capped on the tour to England in 1951 and in all he played in 19 Test matches against England, New Zealand and Australia being captain in four matches each against England and Australia in the 1956/57 and 1957/58 seasons. In the late 1950s, he built up his own legal practice and in addition became one of the founding members of the Progressive Party under the inspired leadership of the legendary Helen Suzman and also served a term in Parliament, representing one of the East London constituencies. As a lawyer he assisted Basil d’Oliveira and other similarly disadvantaged sportsmen with their contracts that enabled them to fulfil the professional careers as sportsmen they had been denied in South Africa. Please also read his obituary in The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/01/30/clive-van-ryneveld-south-african-cricket-captain-obituary/

    Other Information

    2017 Scholars Elect biographies PDF (0.24MB)

  • The Association of Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholars
    Committee

    Tariro Makadzange (Zimbabwe & Balliol 1999)
    Julie Taylor (Zimbabwe & St Antony's 2003)

    Contact

    Tariro Makadzange or Julie Taylor

    About

    The Association aims to:

    • Connect Current and Senior Scholars with each other, through events and communications.
    • Promote the visibility and standing of the Rhodes Scholarship in Zimbabwe.
    • Strengthen the Rhodes Scholarship through financial support from Senior Scholars and other sources.
    Events

    Events are organised locally. Please do get in touch if you would like to organise or host an event. There will be an annual Harare reception during December.

    How to organise regional meetings of Rhodes Scholars

    The Association is more than happy to help Scholars organise regional gatherings. Please contact us to let us know and we will help identify who lives within that particular region and can contact them on your behalf.

    For travelling Rhodes Scholars

    If you are a Rhodes Scholar from anywhere in the world and want to connect with Zimbabwe Scholars, for example whilst travelling in the region, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to connect you with fellow Scholars.

    Other Information

    Rhodes Scholars from Zimbabwe

    Patrick Forth (Zimbabwe & Keble 1981) Managing Partner at the Boston Consulting Group.

    Arthur Mutambara (Zimbabwe & Merton 1991) Zimbabwean politician who became the President of the Movement for Democratic Change in February 2006.