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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.

Alastair Willis ’99 joins Auburn Symphony for tribute concert

Grammy-nominated guest conductor Alastair Willis ’99 returns home to join the Auburn Symphony Orchestra in a special, season-opening program that honors the city for its support of the symphony since its inception 20 years ago.
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James Casey ’11 returns to Houston as UH analyst

NFL veteran James Casey ’11 is ready for the next chapter of his life, and it comes with a wardrobe change. He’ll be wearing red, silver and white as an offensive analyst on the University of Houston football coaching staff, where he reunites with former Rice offensive coordinator and current ...
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Peter Borden ’12 named GaBio Emerging Leader of the Year

Peter Borden ’12, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been named a 2016 Emerging Leader of the Year by Georgia Bio (GaBio). The Emerging Leader of the Year awards honor young professionals for outstanding contributions to the success of the Emerging Leaders ...
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Tom Gehring ’75 leaves behind a legacy of charitable care at SDCMS

In his 14 years running the San Diego County Medical Society, Tom Gehring ’75 has managed to grow the number of local doctors on the nonprofit organization’s membership roster. But it is what he has done in partnership with these MDs that will likely have the most lasting effect.
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Susan Crowe Knight ’06 reimagines historic depot as a home for the arts

Susan Crowe Knight ’06 discusses the challenges she and her coworkers at Leers Weinzapfel Associates faced in designing a new performing arts center in the historic 1876 Boston & Maine Railroad Depot at Towers Corner in Lowell, Massachusetts.
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Texans hire Larry Izzo ’96 to rebuild special teams

It was no great surprise when Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien decided to part ways with special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky as soon as the season ended. And so the special teams rebuild begins with O'Brien choosing the man who will oversee it, naming former Giants special teams assistant and ...
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Amy Hobby ’86 nominated for Academy Award

Amy Hobby ’86 has been nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  Hobby served as a producer for the Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?”
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Tyson Voelkel ’11 selected as new A&M Foundation president

The Texas A&M Foundation’s board of trustees recently announced the selection of Tyson Voelkel, MBA ’11, as its new president. As head of the university’s major-gift fundraising entity, the U.S. Army veteran and 1996 industrial distribution graduate of Texas A&M University will oversee the recently launched $4 billion Lead ...
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Baylor awards Rice Professor Mikki Hebl with award for great teaching

Baylor University has named Mikki Hebl, Ph.D., Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Professor of Psychology at Rice University, as the 2016 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.
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Ralph Hawkins ’76 receives ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award

Ralph Hawkins ’76 recently received the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is the highest honor that ACHA can bestow on an architect and recognizes architects who have had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of healthcare architecture.
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Adam Herrin ’06 appointed new managing director at HFF in Dallas

Commercial real estate firm HFF recently promoted Adam Herrin ’06 to managing director in Dallas. Herrin will be in charge of the Dallas industrial investment sales group.
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Chris Boswell ’13 sets records in postseason debut

Former Rice kicker Chris Boswell ’13 added to a record-setting first year in the NFL during the Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game Jan. 9 by becoming the first rookie or first-year kicker to score four field goals in playoff game in NFL history according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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