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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.

Amulet Strange ’14 joins Mississippi Symphony Orchestra as principal flautist

Before travelling to Jackson earlier this year, Amulet Strange ’14 had never stepped foot in Mississippi. But in May, after seeing the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s audition call for a principal flautist, Strange made a seven-hour drive to Jackson in hopes of winning the job. By that night, it was hers.
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In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark: John Boles '65 & the Traveling Owls chase history

Historian and alumnus John Boles '65, the William Pettus Hobby Professor, has led dozens of alumni and friends in the footsteps of explorers Lewis and Clark through the Association of Rice Alumni's Traveling Owls program. In the fall 2015 issue of Rice Magazine, he and Rice's senior photographer Tommy LaVergne chronicle his last expedition ...
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Karla Cisneros ’83 seeks relief for District H area

For Woodland Heights resident Karla Cisneros ’83, who is running for Houston City Council, District H, the path to politics was circuitous but perhaps unavoidable.
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Beverly Carson ’79 a finalist for Inspiring Curiosity Contest

Like all great teachers, Beverly Carson ’79, who has recently named a finalist in KHOU 11’s Inspiring Curiosity Contest, sees the whole world as a classroom. Her students said she has definitely inspired their curiosity about STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. 
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Jim Turley '78 and Subha Barry '85 among AACSB’s 100 ‘Influential Leaders’

Rice University alumni and former university trustees James “Jim” Turley and Subha Barry are among the first 100 “Influential Leaders” named by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). 
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Libby Lehman '70 qualifies as the quilting world's comeback kid

In April 2013, Libby Lehman '70 almost died after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm followed by a stroke. From then until Christmas 2014, she was in and out of hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes. 
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Christof Spieler '99 brings home awards for ‘reimagined’ Houston METRO

It took Christof Spieler '99 a while to appreciate Houston’s charms. He didn’t know when he came to Rice University as a student that he’d not only learn to love the city, but would also be an agent of great change.
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The development of Adventure: An interview with Warren Robinett '74

Pop quiz. What game was the very first action adventure? If you answered Adventure on the Atari 2600, then you know your computer game history. Warren Robinett '74, explains how he produced the game – and why he made the first gaming Easter Egg.
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Retired herpetologist Cecil Schwalbe '64 still cares for, promotes desert reptiles

As Arizona’s first herpetologist in the 1980s, Cecil Schwalbe '64 pioneered the state’s bullfrog control program and led efforts to recover and protect endangered species like the desert tortoise, leopard frog and Mexican garter snake. Today, he continues to look out for these and other reptile species.
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Violinist Sonja Harasim '08 brings audiences to their feet

Sonja Harasim '08, the assistant concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, was one of the brightest lights at the recent Symphony Rocks concert at Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead.
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Media project founded by James Blue '50 still going strong

The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), the first Texas independent nonprofit organization for the “citizen filmmaker,” was founded in 1977 as a program at Rice University by media activist James Blue '50 with the help of philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. 
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Larry McMurtry '60 receives National Humanities Medal

Larry McMurtry, the acclaimed American novelist, essayist, screenwriter and bookseller who earned his master's degree in English from Rice University in 1960, has received a 2014 National Humanities Medal for outstanding achievements in his field, the White House announced.
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