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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.

Matt Harrigan '07 brings startups to life

Matt Harrigan ’07 brings entrepreneurs together under one impressive roof as managing director of Grand Central Tech in New York City.
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What a hoot! Michael Whitehead '11 is more than just Tiger's replacement

Rice Owl Michael Whitehead '11 is profiled after taking Tiger Wood's spot at the U.S. Open championship. 
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Mario Hull '15 signs three year deal with 49ers as an undrafted free agent

The San Francisco 49ers have signed OL Ben Gottschalk to a two-year deal and K Corey Acosta and WR Mario Hull (Rice '15) to three-year deals. The team also waived WR Darius Davis and T Chris Martin.
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VP embraces opportunities in Fox Restaurant Concepts LLC

Leezie Kim, Vice President, General Counsel
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Entrepreneur Mohit Aron '98 announces new data storage startup

Alumnus Mohit Aron '98 is interviewed about his new data storage venture Cohesity, which is backed by a number of investors, including Google Ventures. 
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Scott Key '13 and Sam Brisendine '14 receive grant for emergency floor

The Emergency Floor Project initiated by Rice School of Architecture students, including Scott Key '13 and Sam Brisendine '14, was flagged for funding by the federal government's USAID program, which supports international efforts to end poverty and help refugees. 
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Yoong-Han Chan '95 profiled for music career in Singapore

Singaporean musician Yoong-Han Chan '95 is profiled for his career as an accomplished violinist, a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the piano quintet Take Five.
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Young Alumni Builders: A conversation with Kurt Kasper ’06 PH.D.

Warm, genuine and self-effacing, Kurt Kasper ’06 describes the Rice community as a “pillar that I built my life of impact upon.” The 2015 Builder’s award-winner highlights the importance of being flexible, recalls the community response to Sept. 11 and describes why it’s imperative for him and others to ...
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Young Alumni Builders: A CONVERSATION WITH RYAN AIPPERSPACH ’04

Outgoing and intellectually curious, Ryan Aipperspach ’04 never misses an opportunity to explore new ideas and meet new Owls in the Bay Area. The 2015 Builder’s award-winner discusses work–life balance, what fuels his passion for connecting with fellow alumni, and why Rice young alumni will continue to be innovators.
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Alumna Merritt McAlister '02 fights discrimination head-on

Alumna Merritt McAlister '02, an Atlanta lawyer, spends her days appealing cases that often advance the civil rights of abused prisoners, the LGBT community or discriminated employees.
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Dr. William Moore '85 runs sub-5:00 mile 38 years in a row

Texas man has run sub-5:00 mile 38 years in a row - Alumnus William Moore ’85, a Dallas pediatrician, ran a 4:56.1 mile to extend his streak of running at least one sub-5:00 mile per year to 38 years.
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Cristina Villalobos elected to national STEM diversity organization's board of directors

Alumna Cristina Villalobos '00 was elected to the board of directors of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Read Original Article
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