Alumni Special Interest Groups
With a population base of more than
14,700 Owls, Houston-area alumni have formed a number of special-interest
groups. These groups have various agendas and interests, but
many offer networking and social gatherings, seminars, and
other means for alumni to stay connected to one another and
to Rice. For more information about a particular group, contact
the person listed after each organization below, or LaCresha Lamb in the alumni office at 713-348-4270.
Graduate School Alumni Association (JGSAA)
The network of Jones Graduate School of Business graduates
includes more than 2,900 Jones School alumni living and working
throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.
All alumni become lifetime members upon graduation and are
eligible for all of the benefits and services provided by
the JGSAA. The JGSAA sponsors an annual career forum for students,
hosts social events, awards scholarships, and publishes an
online directory for its members. The JGSAA is led by an 18-member
board of directors that cultivates alumni engagement with
the school through planning and development of the Jones School's
alumni program. The board maintains several standing committees,
such as Student-Alumni, Area Groups, Events, and External
Relations. Student-alumni liaisons work hand-in-hand with
the members of the Student-Alumni Committee to develop and
execute that facet of the alumni program. For more information,
Ladhani '97, associate director for alumni affairs at
the Jones School, at 713-348-4489.
The Jones Leaders is a select group of more than 50 active
Jones Graduate School of Business alumni who serve as an operational
arm for the Jones Graduate School Alumni Association (JGSAA)
Board of Directors. Jones Leaders participate through such
activities as conducting mock interviews, presenting career
panels, calling and interviewing prospective students, serving
on the school's standing committees, and many other important
activities. JGSAA board members are also Jones Leaders. You
may have already met several members of the board of directors
or Jones Leaders through admission activities. If you would
like a complete list of the alumni who participate in the
Jones Leaders or JGSAA Board of Directors, please contact
the JGSB alumni office at 713-348-4489.
Rice Engineering Alumni
Dedicated to providing support to the George R. Brown School
of Engineering. Membership in the REA is open to alumni of
the eight departments of the George R. Brown School of Engineering:
Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (formerly
Chemical Engineering), Civil Engineering, Computational and
Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering and Materials Science, and Statistics. Formed
in 1938, the REA is the oldest alumni organization at Rice.
Shepherd School graduates are represented across the world
as premier musicians, and their accomplishments continually
renew the value of musical study at Rice University. The Alumni
Profiles section of our web site features many of our graduates
who are embarking on their musical careers. If you have not
been included in this area and you are a Shepherd School graduate
or you attended the Shepherd School, please contact us. We
would like to hear from you.
Friends of Fondren strives to enhance Fondren Library's collection
and facilities. Graduating students may join the Friends of
Fondren for a $15 annual membership fee for their first five
years after graduating from Rice; afterward, the basic membership
fee is $100 with a 25% discount for Rice alumni. For more
information, contact Mary
Friends of Rice Players
Friends of Rice Players provides ongoing financial support
for Rice's dramatic activities and facilities. In the past,
the Friends have underwritten residential college productions
and invited non-collegiate acting troupes to campus. To get involved in FoRP, contact Rachel Kimbro '01 or find us on our Facebook page.
Friends of the Rice University Art Gallery
This group works to strengthen the gallery's influence in
the Houston area by presenting exhibitions, sponsoring lectures,
adding to the permanent collection, and enlarging the overall
scope of Rice University Art Gallery programs. For additional
information, contact Jaye Anderton
Graduate School Partners
The mission of the Partners is to promote and support the
Jones Graduate School. Annual dues vary with level of membership,
ranging from $50 to $25,000+ for Senior Corporate Partners.
For information, call 713-348-5376 or contact the Partners.
Partners of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
The Partners of the Center supports the academic and community programming of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Annual dues for Partners begin at $125, and range up to $2,500+ for Founding Partners. For more information, call Brian Riedel at 713-348-2162.
Stimulates public awareness and discussion of the urban environment
through seminars, a lecture series, design exhibitions, and
an annual architectural tour. Membership includes discounted
tickets to RDA programs and four issues of Cite, a magazine
that spotlights important issues of city life and provides
a forum for architectural critique. For additional information,
contact Linda Sylvan or call 713-348-4876.
The RHS works to collect and preserve the history of Rice
University by taking oral histories, collecting artifacts
and documents, and by arranging public displays of these items
at university functions. Membership benefits include a quarterly
newsletter, invitations to program lunches/dinners, special
events, and field trips. Membership starts at $25 and up.
For more information contact Karen Rogers at 713-960-8600.
The Owl Club
The Owl Club serves as the primary fundraising organization for Rice University Athletics. Gifts to the Owl Club or the Athletic Scholarship Endowment directly support scholarships for Rice scholar-athletes. Sports Interest Groups (SIG) and Athletic Capital Funds are designed for donors who have an interest in a specific sports program or facility project(s). The "R" Association is an organization comprised of Rice letterwinners. For more information, contact Kim Koehn or the Owl Club Office at 713-348-6957.
Formed in 1977 to support the cause of music at Rice and in
Houston, the 1,000+ members of the Shepherd Society provide
more than $200,000 in scholarships for musicians studying
at the Shepherd School. The society sponsors a series of special
events for its members, such as the annual Madrigal dinners.
Membership: $35 and up. For further information, contact the
Shepherd Society at