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Alumni Making an Impact
Features alumni who are making a difference for Rice on campus and in their communities.

Alumni in the News
Highlights stories that are gathered from the media through the hard work of the ARA's Alumni Recognition Committee, which recognizes and celebrates achievements of Rice alumni, faculty, students, staff and university friends by sending hand-written notes and emails. If you are interested in volunteering for the committee, contact Tara Quell, assistant director, alumni relations at 713-348-4694.

A Message from ARA President Sue Oldham '90

Working at Rice gives me a unique opportunity to take in the myriad performances and visual exhibitions on campus. The talent on display at Rice — seen in everything from the evocative artworks in the Matchbox Gallery and the lively BakerShake productions to the passionate performances at the Shepherd School of Music and the creative shows of the Rice Dance Theatre — never ceases to impress me.  

For example, this fall I attended many home football games and was wowed by the spirit and dedication of the Rice Marching Owl Band (MOB). When I was a student, my fellow students and I looked forward to the MOB halftime shows, excited to see what they would come up with next. The group may be smaller now, but the students are as clever as ever, and I am hopeful that the group will grow over time.

In addition, I recently attended an event at the Rice Art Gallery, where I met two student docents who were double-majoring in fields other than art but who were (of course!) passionate about their work at the gallery. That experience highlighted to me how intertwined the arts are with a Rice education, regardless of a student’s area of study, and why I and so many others in the Rice community are eagerly anticipating the completion of the new Moody Center for the Arts.As you’ll read in our "Conversation with Alison Weaver," the Moody Center promises to be a place for experimentation and cross-disciplinary collaboration for all majors, while also enhancing the interaction between Rice and some of Houston’s finest art institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston and The Menil Collection. It’s very exciting for Rice and its home city.

Of course, Rice and Houston aren’t the only places that benefit from Rice’s community of artistic and talented alumni. Owls across the country are creating innovative works of art and delivering incredible performances, and through their accomplishments they are showcasing the value of a Rice education. They’re doing all of us proud! This newsletter highlights only a small sampling of our inspiring alumni, and we’d love to hear more about what other Owls are doing. If you are in an artistic field and would like to tell us about your work, please submit your story to the Rice Alumni website and let fellow alumni share in your accomplishments! 

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