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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 Association of Rice Alumni President Matt Haynie ’03 (Sept. 2017)

Like so many Rice alumni living outside of the Gulf Coast area, I have spent the past month reaching out to friends and loved ones who were affected by Hurricane Harvey to stay updated on their recovery progress. The storm’s impact has been nearly impossible to comprehend from a distance ...
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Marisa Bono ’01 named San Antonio mayor’s chief of policy

San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg named Marisa Bono ’01, the southwest regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, his chief of policy. A San Antonio native, Bono will advise the mayor and oversee the implementation of his policy agenda.
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Cristian Macelaru ’06 led two Philadelphia Orchestra concerts

Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Macelaru ’06 conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra for two concerts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in July.
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Mark Durcan ’83 honored with semiconductor industry’s highest award

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) named Mark Durcan ’83, former CEO or Micron Technology Inc., the recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award. The Noyce award, which is presented annually, is considered the SIA’s highest honor.
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Evan Karakolis ’16 takes home a gold medal at the Canadian Track and Field Championships

Evan Karakolis ’16 won a gold medal in the javelin at the Canadian Track and Field Championships with a 71.77-meter throw.
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Aspen Institute names Reymundo Ocañas ’91 a 2017 First Mover Fellow

Reymundo Ocañas ’91, director of corporate responsibility and reputation for BBVA Compass, was named a 2017 First Mover Fellow by the Aspen Institute. First Mover Fellows are recognized for innovation and intrapreneurship in their industry.
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David Medina ’83 named National Top Latino Leader

David Medina ’83, director of multicultural community relations in Rice University’s Office of Public Affairs, was named one of the 2017 National Top Latino Leaders by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity. Medina will be honored at the National Latino Leadership Conference on Sept. 21.
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Richard Evrard ’78 Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers

For his stellar career representing colleges and universities nationwide in NCAA compliance, Richard Evrard '78 was named the Best Lawyers’ 2018 Kansas City-KS Sports Law Lawyer of the Year.
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My Story: Martin David Tilson III ’63 Devotes a Lifetime to Medicine

After graduating from Rice University, Martin David Tilson III ’63 earned his M.D. at Yale University in 1967 and stayed on at Yale to train in general and vascular surgery. After military service (1972–1974), he returned to join the faculty at Yale and, in 1985, he was promoted to professor ...
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Susan Sample ’85 is re-elected as West University Place mayor

Susan Sample ’85 was recently re-elected as mayor of the City of West University Place, Texas. Prior to her term as mayor, she was a four-year member of the West University Place City Council, serving as mayor pro tem all four years.
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Dan Morales ’15 named Bay Area CIO of the Year Lifetime Achievement Winner

Dan Morales ’89, CIO of eBay, talks about his career and achievements at the e-commerce giant.
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Dustin Windham ’15 brings local food to Houston neighborhoods

Dustin Windham ’15 started Grit Grocery to bring fresh, local foods to Houston neighborhoods.
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