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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.

My Story: from finance to Kuma Burgers

From Diane Feng '07 on behalf of Willet Feng '06 -- Willet Feng graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in Asian Studies and Managerial Studies. He intended to work in finance, but after he followed his now-wife Diane (Sid Rich ’07) to Seattle, WA, he couldn’t find a banking job ...
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My Story: Tours of Houston's vibrant culinary scene

From Lauren Barrash '08 -- I graduated in 2008 from the Jones School & started The Wave, a jitney shuttle bus company, in 2009. Once people started to get comfortable with a transportation provider outside of their own cars, they started requesting us do other things like holiday lights tours, brewery ...
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My Story: an entrepreneurial career as author, chef and historian

From Mary Margaret Pack '74 -- After more than 20 years as a technical writer in Austin, I changed it up in the mid-90s by leaving my high-tech career to attend the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Since then, I’ve made my living as a private chef and food writer ...
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My Story: IT security for the food industry

From Elizabeth Love '96 on behalf of Jason Love '93, MBA '04) -- In response to your call for stories about Owls working in the food industry, I would like to call out my husband, Jason Love (Weiss '93 - BA, English and Econ; and Jones School '04 - MBA). He founded and ...
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The inside scoop: Tareck Haykal ’19 interns with Underbelly’s Chris Shepherd

This summer, Rice chemistry student and aspiring medical doctor Tareck Haykal ’19 put his science knowledge to good use in the kitchen of a master chef. He’s in the midst of an incredible summer internship at Houston’s Underbelly restaurant, where he works with Chef Chris Shepherd, a recipient of the ...
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Robin Austin’s ’04 journey from TV producer to wine, food and travel journalist

Robin Austin (Brown College ’04), who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history, took an interesting career turn in 2008 when she left television news to pursue a passion for wine, food and travel. Today, she writes for regional, national and international publications and websites, and she works as ...
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Summer recipes from award-winning college chefs

At Rice, college never tasted so good! So say the students who ranked Rice’s dining experience No. 5 in the nation according to Taste for yourself with these special summertime recipes from Rice’s award-winning chefs Kyle Hardwick, Verena Saenz and Ed Castillo.
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A Message from ARA President Shannon Vale '77 (July 2016)

Dear Fellow Alumni: When I graduated from Rice in 1977, I never imagined the major role Rice would play in my life both as an alumnus and as a proud parent (Matthew ’14). My involvement with the university began in earnest through my participation with the Austin Chapter of the ...
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Experience leadership coaching through a student's eyes

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders, launched in 2015, seeks to offer undergraduate students from every major the opportunity to be guided by a certified leadership coach. After a successful pilot year in 2015-16, the program will expand to serve hundreds of additional rising sophomores. Get a glimpse of a ...
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Chocolatier Pam Eudaric-Amiri ’80 shares sweet taste of success

Pam Eudaric-Amiri ’80, owner of Chocolate Secrets and Wine Gardens Inc. in Dallas, was recently featured in the Dallas Examiner, in which she describes going from a law career in business litigation to starting a chocolatier business. >>Read more at The Dallas Examiner
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Celebrating the Rice Light Opera Society

By Gillian Kruse '09 -- As a freshman, I'd heard from some friends in the MOB who played in the pit orchestra for a light opera group about auditions for their spring show, and I'd always been interested in being in a musical. I went to Hanszen after dinner one day ...
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How Ben Rhodes '00 rewrote the rules of diplomacy for a new age

Ben Rhodes '00 knows exactly what U.S. president Barack Obama is thinking. Perhaps that’s why the voice of the Boy Wonder of the Obama White House is the voice in which America speaks to the world. 
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