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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.

Bellaire honors hometown MLB pitcher Tyler Duffey ’13

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Tyler Duffey ’13 returned home in November to receive honors at the Bellaire City Council meeting. Duffey, a Bellaire native, received a proclamation designating him as an outstanding citizen for his accomplishments as a Major League baseball player and role model to youth.
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Woodside venture capitalist John Doerr ’73 honored

Venture capitalist and philanthropist John Doerr ’73 was honored at the 11th annual "Pioneers & Purpose" dinner in November at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Doerr, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, was named the 2015 Pioneer Business Leader for his contributions to education.
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Andreas Klein ’89 searches for a deeper essence in compositions

Locating the essence of a piece of music is essential for classical pianist Andreas Klein. “If you basically played this note and that note, then that chord, and played them with perfection,” said Klein, “it’s very rudimentary. That doesn’t make a performance. You have to go beyond what’s on ...
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Teresa Valderrama ’83 joins Fisher & Phillips

In an effort to more than double the size of its Houston office, the employment law firm boutique of Fisher & Phillips is beefing up its ranks. Teresa Valderrama ’83 worked for Jackson Lewis before she made the jump to Fisher & Phillips.
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After big win, former Rice students boost strengths by constantly expanding repertoire

These are exciting times for the Dover Quartet. The four players in this Philadelphia chamber ensemble — Joel Link ’13, Bryan Lee ’13, Milena Pajaro-Van De Stadt ’13 and Camden Shaw ’13 — are still in their mid-20s, but they are so successful that they have about 130 performances booked ...
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Seahawks’ Luke Willson ’12 buys new football uniforms for alma mater

Luke Willson ’12, a third-year tight end with the Seattle Seahawks, called Villanova High School head coach Glen Mills in September with a generous proposition. Fresh from signing an endorsement deal with Nike, the 25-year-old LaSalle native told company officials he’d like to outfit his former high school team with ...
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Kate Soper ’03 part of a new music ‘crazy-fun extravaganza’

Here’s how composer Kate Soper ’03 describes “Ipsa Dixit,” the work she and her ensemble, Wet Ink, performs: “A weird circus of philosophical ruminations. Hopefully it will be a crazy-fun extravaganza.”
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Susan Larson ’73 hosts ‘The Reading Life’

It may seem obvious, but it’s worth emphasizing: Susan Larson ’73 loves books. The host of WWNO’s “The Reading Life,” a nearly five-year-old radio show detailing all aspects of New Orleans’ literary scene, loves them both as objects and for what they contain.
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Clyde Leuchtag ’85 celebrates climb to Harris County court bench

Clyde Leuchtag ’85 became Harris County’s lone African American civil county court judge Sept. 28, when he was appointed presiding judge over the Harris County Court at Law No. 1. A long-time Assistant Harris County Attorney and revered public servant, Leuchtag will run in the March 1, 2016 primary.  
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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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