The Life of Wanda Rhodes Exhibit

SNU Fred Floyd Archives
Bethany, Oklahoma –The Fred Floyd Archives in the SNU Library on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) will unveil an exhibit dedicated to the career and impact that Wanda Rhodes had on athletics at Southern Nazarene University on February 9, 2019. The exhibit will run through April 19, 2019. In honor of Dr. Rhodes’ 89th birthday, the archives will be hosting an Exhibit Opening celebration in the library from 10:00 to 5:00.

On February. 9, 1930 Wanda Rhodes was born in Hart, Texas. At the age of twelve she visited the campus of Bethany Peniel College (BPC), which we know today as Southern Nazarene University where she eventually attended. She would graduate from BPC in 1952 with her undergraduate in Home Economics. After her time coaching at Northwest Nazarene College and obtaining her Masters in Home Economics she would go on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Education from Indiana University in 1962.

1952 ArrowAs a professor in the Physical Education department at SNU and as Dean of Women her goal was to broaden the course offerings within the Department as well as develop a sports program for women. During her time at the school, she added classes in swimming, lifesaving, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, backpacking, bowling, golf and bicycling to the Physical Education Program. She also began collegiate athletic teams in field hockey, archery, badminton, women's basketball, softball, women's volleyball and men's and women's tennis. She retired in 1994 after a successful, accomplished and impactful career but remained involved with SNU athletics into 2000.

We at the Fred Floyd Archives not only want to celebrate Wanda Rhodes and her achievement at SNU but all women in their role to further acceptance in athletics. February 6th is the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.

The Fred Floyd Archives, located on the first floor of the Library on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, seeks to inspire an appreciation of the past and a vision for the future by providing access to their collection of documents and artifacts celebrating the legacy of Southern Nazarene University.

If you would like further information regarding this exhibit or about other SNU’s archives, you may contact Julie Lyles, Director of the Fred Floyd Archives at, or call (405) 789-6400 ext. 6467