Wendy D. Hoenig ’86
What part of serving on the ARA Board are you most excited about?
Serving on the ARA Board is a great way to give back to the university. I have been very involved for the last six years with REA and the School of Engineering, and now the ARA gives me the opportunity to get more involved across all Rice activities. I look forward to connecting with even more alumni and students.
What is your favorite “Only at Rice” memory or story?
Beer Bike has to be my favorite “only at Rice” memory. We were still a single-sex college at Brown at the time, so we had guys from Sid that worked with us on the bike team. The camaraderie and teamwork that was required to field a team was a great experience, and it made lasting friendships that I still have today.
If you could give one piece of advice to Rice students, what would it be?
Study hard, but don’t forget to take time to make friends. Those relationships that you make at Rice will last a lifetime and can lead to great networking opportunities in the future. Also, take advantage of alumni mentoring opportunities when they are offered on campus. Rice has so many amazing alums that can open doors for you that will make a huge impact on your career path, regardless of your major choice. Use those resources wisely!
Share a positive experience or outcome you’ve had via Sallyportal.
I signed up for Sallyportal the first week it was launched, and I have interacted with several students since then. It has also allowed me to reconnect with some college friends that I have not seen in many years due to no contact information. It is a powerful social media tool that will be extremely valuable for the Rice community in the future.