Clinton School graduate Jenna Rhodes (’14) passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 31 in Little Rock.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 10 at 1 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, officiated by Rev. Steve Hancock and Rev. Lindy Vogado. An additional service will be held in Kansas City at a later date. Jenna’s online guestbook can be signed at LittleRockFuneralHome.com.
A fund in memory of Rhodes has been established by her family at the Clinton School. Donations can be made to “University of Arkansas Foundation/Clinton School” and mailed to:
Jenna Rhodes Memorial Fund
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
1200 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Attn: Alex Thomas
Donations can also be made online.
Raised in Grandview, Mo., Rhodes most recently worked as a Program Manager for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She had recently accepted an offer to lead the Farm to School program for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
As a first-year Clinton School student, Rhodes was a member of the Practicum team assigned to Delta Garden Study which has since evolved into Arkansas Farm to School, a student team-based project she supervised in 2017-18. She also supervised a 2016-17 Practicum project with the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program.
Rhodes’ other field service work with the Clinton School included developing an organic garden and farmer’s market program in Nicaragua and building stakeholder teams to assist in the visioning process of Metroplan’s Imagine Central Arkansas Campaign. She served as a graduate assistant at the Clinton School’s River Market campus.
In addition to her time with the Clinton School, Rhodes earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Northwest Missouri State University before completing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She taught high school science for six years and served as the state coordinator of the Missouri Environmental Literacy Plan.
Along with her Master of Public Service, she earned a concurrent master’s degree in public health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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