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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.

Thierry Rignol '12 organizes vigil in support of Paris

Shocked by the devastating attacks in France last November, Rice alumnus and native Parisian Thierry Rignol '12 organized a candlelight vigil in Houston to show support for those affected by the attacks. In addition to being a consultant for the energy and gas industry in Houston and the president of the ...
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Gabi Chennisi ’12 explores the horror of first love in “Clinger”

Gabi Chennisi ’12 and a group of fellow Houstonians have crafted a high school horror-comedy about first love that’s a lighthearted play on multiple genres and familiar movie arcs: romantic comedy, gross-out horror and teenage mean girls. 
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Harvard Magazine Portrait: Jon Hanson ’86

The first time Jon Hanson ’86 lived on wheels, he was managing a restaurant and sharing a trailer with his high-school sweetheart, Kathleen. Neither planned to attend college, but that changed after Hanson’s father died. Applying to Rice on Kathleen’s suggestion, Hanson got in and soared.
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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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