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Welcome to the ARA's Stories Section!

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.

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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Former NBA player Ricky Pierce '83 joining Southwest Conference Hall of Fame

Former NBA player Ricky Pierce '83 will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2015 Class. 
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Warren Friesen '84 bridges cultures with new work

Warren Friesen '84 collaborated with Iranian composer Hooshyar Khayam for a concert with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.  
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California Symphony's future looks bright with Aubrey Bergauer '05 on board

Aubrey Bergauer '05 is featured. Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory, is mentioned.  
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Rice stage manager Alex Stutler '95 portrays Don Quixote

Alex Stutler '95, classroom and scheduling coordinator for Rice's Shepherd School of Music, will portray Don Quixote in the classic Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha" at Queensbury Theatre.   
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CEO Paul Morris '79 combats disease with tasty recipes

Alumnus Paul Morris '79, CEO of Whole Note GF Baking Mixes, is featured for his company's gluten-free products.
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Reed Shelger '10 goes LocalLocal

Reed Shelger '10 created a website called LocalLocal that lists restaurants using ingredients from local vendors and allows users to post photos and reviews of the food.    
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Capt. Andrew St. John '91 named commanding officer of USS Frank Cable

Alumnus Capt. Andrew St. John '91 relieved Capt. Mark Benjamin as USS Frank Cable's commanding officer during a change-of-command ceremony.  
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Kate Hauenstein '02 running IB program

Alumna Kate Hauenstein '02 is featured for her plans to help the Leander High School International Baccalaureate students continue to exceed standards.
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