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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.

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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Frank ’63 and Lynda Kelly ’63 make gift to support students in the future

When it comes to their studies, Rice students are encouraged to choose their own paths, to take the combination of classes and extracurricular activities that will best serve their future plans. When it comes to giving back, Rice's approach is no different. Frank Kelly ’63 and his wife Lynda Harper ...
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Three Rice alumni make Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Three Rice University alumni are among this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30, an honor roll of people under 30 years old who are poised to make a difference. 
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Mark Quinn ’97 named Orioles’ assistant hitting coach

After eight years at the head of The Baseball School in Houston, former Owl and Kansas City Royal Mark Quinn ’97 is heading back to the big leagues as the new assistant hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles.
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Kurt Roper ’95 named offensive coordinator for South Carolina

Current Cleveland Browns senior offensive assistant Kurt Roper ’95 will become the offensive coordinator at the University of South Carolina after the NFL season ends.
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