Rice Alumni Affinity Groups
Affinity groups are largely Houston-based groups that are formed on the basis of shared ethnicity, professional pursuits, leisure activities and other common interests. If you are interested in effective ways to connect with fellow alumni around a shared interest not listed below, please contact Dan Stypa, associate director of alumni programs, at email@example.com.
Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA)
Chair: Monique Shankle '86
The Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) seeks to provide opportunities for Rice's black alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff to reinforce old relationships and develop new relationships with each other and with the Rice community as a whole.
Graduate Alumni Network (GAN)
Chair: Lin Giralt '82
The Graduate Alumni Network (GAN) aims to plan and implement programs, events and services that connect graduate alumni to Rice University, current graduate students and fellow graduate alumni. We seek to provide opportunities that meet the unique needs of graduate alumni.
Master of Liberal Studies Alumni Society (MLSAS)
President: Lisa Yelenick '12
The Rice University Master of Liberal Studies Alumni Society (MLS) seeks to strengthen the ongoing relationship among graduates, the MLS program and the university through educational, intellectual and social activities.
Rice Alumni in Medicine (RAM)
President: Freddy Nguyen '02
The goal of the Rice Alumni in Medicine (RAM) alumni group is to serve as a platform for collaboration between healthcare alumni, the medical community and Rice University students. RAM members facilitate this goal through student support, mentorship opportunities, lifelong learning and professional networking.
To learn more about the group and become involved, please contact Dan Stypa, associate director of alumni engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rice Alumni Pride (RAP)
Co-Chairs: Kendall Toarmina '10
Rice Alumni Pride (RAP) seeks to unite Rice alumni who are either members of our extended gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex community or who are supportive friends and allies of this group.
Rice Business Network (RBN)
Chair: Tony Ackerman '82
The Rice Business Network (RBN) is dedicated to helping members of the Rice community succeed in life and business through personal development, professional development and interpersonal connections. We offer a platform for all alumni to share knowledge, to support each other's business endeavors and to enhance the value of the Rice experience.
RBN is a developing alumni group. Information on how to become part of the leadership team will be posted soon. For more information about this group, please contact us at RBN@ricealumni.net.
Meetings and Events
Business meetings are determined by the chair and leadership team at a time that is convenient for leadership team members.
If you are interested in supporting RBN's programming by making a financial contribution, please visit giving.rice.edu and be sure to indicate that your gift should go to the "Rice Business Network G82231-057000" in the "Special Instructions" field of the giving form.
Rice Engineering Alumni (REA)
President: Joanna Papakonstantinou, CAAM MA '07, PhD '09
Formed in 1938, Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) is the oldest alumni organization at Rice and is dedicated to providing support to the George R. Brown School of Engineering. All graduates of the nine departments of the George R. Brown School of Engineering are automatically members of REA. In February and March of each year, REA accepts applications for 6 positions on its 24 member Board of Directors. Please see the REA website for details.
Rice University Business and Professional Women (RUBPW)
Chair: Sharon Keith '79
Rice University Business and Professional Women (RUBPW) is a group of Rice-affiliated women whose mission is to mutually benefit fellow Rice alumni through business, professional and social events. RUBPW members gather monthly to network and socialize, enjoy dinner at Houston-area restaurants and hear interesting speakers. Despite the name, you do not have to be in business or profession, and you don't even have to be a woman!
RBN is a developing alumni group. Information on how to become part of the leadership team will be posted soon. For more information about this group, please contact us at RUBPW@ricealumni.net.
Rice University Community of Asian Alumni (RUCAA)
President: Francine Di '03
The Rice University Community of Asian Alumni (RUCAA, pronounced ruh-kah) seeks to build community among all Rice Asian alumni, international and American-born, undergraduate and graduate, HAPA and Asian-by association. RUCAA supports member involvement in Rice affairs, promotes members' person and professional development and advocates for Asian issues at Rice and in the Greater Houston Community.
For more information about this group, please contact us at RUCAA@ricealumni.net.
Rice University Lawyer Alumni (RULA)
President: James Lloyd '06
The Rice University Lawyer Alumni (RULA) group connects Rice alumni who are involved with the legal profession through networking, mentoring and professional development. RULA also provides members with opportunities to engage with and be mentors for current Rice students interested in pursuing legal careers and for Rice alums who are currently in law school.
Rice University Muslim Alumni (RUMA)
Chair: Osman Athar '11
Rice University Muslim Alumni (RUMA) creates a strong sense of community and support among the Rice Muslim Alumni and fosters a dynamic network of involvement for individual, professional and societal leadership within and beyond the Rice Muslim Community.
RUMA is a developing alumni group. Information on how to become part of the leadership team will be posted soon. For more information about this group, please contact us at RUMA@ricealumni.net.
Society of Latino Alumni of Rice (SOLAR)
President: Matthew Andrade Cheney, Ph.D.
The Society of Latino Alumni of Rice (SOLAR) represents and promotes the Hispanic alumni of Rice University through networking, recruiting, civic and social opportunities. Membership in SOLAR is open to all alumni and affiliates of the university. SOLAR meets and hosts events and programs throughout the year.
For more information about this group, please contact us at SOLAR@ricealumni.net.
Society of Rice University Women (SRUW)
President: Piper McCalmon Madland '89
The Society of Rice University Women (SRUW), established in 1968, promotes an effective and continuing dialogue between the university and its alumnae. Designed as a women's organization with which all could identify after graduation, SRUW also welcomes female friends of Rice to join and participate.
Proceeds from SRUW seminars and membership dues benefit the SRUW Scholarship Endowment Fund, the Fondren Library Woodson Research Center and the Shepherd School of Music. SRUW members also serve as volunteers for campus activities.
The meetings and seminars are held in the R Room at Rice Stadium. Parking is available in in the Greenbriar lot, with handicap parking withing the stadium directly under the R Room. To join, download the membership form. Forms are also available at general meetings.
For more information about this group, please email us at email@example.com.