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|AEB Profile Jacobs|
RODNEY JACOBS JR. AEB PROFILE
Where are you from?
I was born in Philadelphia.
Where do you currently live?
In Miami, Florida.
3 words to describe yourself?
Persistent, selfless and determined.
What is the most interesting thing about you?
I went to ten different schools before I graduated from high school. My dad was in the army.
How did you find Hiram?
I was a student-athlete, I was recruited to play football at Hiram. Therefore, I chose Hiram to be a part of its football program rebuilding.
What clubs were you involved in?
I was a Garfield Scholar, the Greek Council President, a Community Council member, an IMPACT peer mentor, the president and founder of the association of student organizations executive council, founder of the pre-law society, president of Student Ambassadors, president of the student senate, president of speech and debate, a teaching assistant, a member of African American Students United and I did both football and track.
Your favorite Hiram traditions?
Spring fest and the Christmas dinner.
Dr. Jason A. Johnson, Nicholas Hirsch and James Thompson in political science. I never had Hirsch in class before, but he was an amazing coach (coach of the Hiram College speech and debate team).
What is your favorite location on campus?
The top floor of Gerstacker. The library closed early in the evenings and being a student athlete, I would get out of practice late, eat late and the library would have closed already. I did not want to study in my dorm, so I would stay up late on the third floor of Gerstacker because they left it open.
What is your favorite Hiram memory?
My favorite memory is conversing with friends at the “Late Night KC”.
What is the most important thing that you learned from Hiram?
Resiliency. There are a lot of people at Hiram and being out of state, it was a lot to get used to. I had to learn how to overcome adversity, obstacles and how to be persistent in Hiram. I had a car on campus but that did not help much because I was too busy to leave campus.
Do you feel that Hiram prepared you for your future?
Most definitely. I went to law school, the army reserve and am now working. Hiram set a great foundation with the liberal arts so that I can write and articulate well and can wrap my mind around hard topics and be able to discuss them.
What is your current employment? Retired? What are you doing now?
I went to the University of Dayton for my Juris Doctor in 2012. My dual master’s at the University of Miami in public health and administration is in progress and I work full time as the Assistant Director for the City of Miami in Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP).
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
In my free time, I like to travel, enjoy time with my wife and visit museums.
What brought you back to Hiram and why the Alumni Executive Board (AEB)?
I was the youngest member when I joined in 2016. I wanted to be a lot more active with the changes that Hiram was going though. I wanted to be a part of it and to steer it through the different technologies coming, help to change for education while keeping the old traditions. For better or for worse, I wanted to be involved.
I’ve enjoyed meeting so many different alumni, not just from the current board but past members too. They are the pulsing heartbeat of Hiram and to hear everyone’s wonderful stories about traying, crazy old traditions, the old bell and sneaking out of the dorms… these all enrichen my experiences here.