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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.

Rice senior Tom Carroll wins Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Trust announced Nov. 22 that Rice University senior Tom Carroll is one of 32 Americans chosen for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest of the international study awards available to American students, which provides for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
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Rabbi Oren Hayon ’94 becomes fourth senior rabbi of Houston's Congregation Emanu El

Congregation Emanu El installed Oren Hayon ’94 as its new senior rabbi in November. Hayon, the fourth senior rabbi in the synagogue's 71-year history, assumed his duties in July.
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It’s all in the family for Brady Lanier ’92

Brady Lanier ’92, a cousin many times removed from the financial pioneer who built the iconic Lanier Mansion near Madison, Indiana’s riverfront, performed music composed by another Lanier ancestor at the home in November.
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Geraldina Wise '83 exhibits paintings in show at Kinder Morgan Building

Geraldina Interiano Wise '83 was chosen by the faculty at the Glassell School of Art to be included in a three woman show at the Kinder Morhan Building in downtown Houston that opened Nov. 23. Her large scale, abstract, gestural acrylic paintings use bold colors and unique dark mutations of ...
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Former Owl O.J. Brigance '92 to be honored with NCAA Inspiration Award

Former Rice linebacker O.J. Brigance '92 will receive the 2016 NCAA Inspiration award.Brigance will receive the award along with former Mount St. Joseph University women’s basketball player Lauren Hill, at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio in January 2016.
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Tim League ’92 and the Alamo Drafthouse

On a street where movie magic is a mere memory, Tim League ’92 — backed by a successful business franchise — has the guts to transform a squalid storefront into a beacon of culture where people can find wonder and sustenance, sheltered from nearby head shops and taquerias. 
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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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