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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.

Sneak preview of the Moody Center for the Arts with Alison Weaver

The Moody Center for the Arts, opening in January 2017, has been hailed as one of Rice's boldest commitments to the arts. The $30 million, 50,000-square-foot interdisciplinary arts facility promises to be a hub for collaborative innovation and risk-taking, to spark new ways of thinking and doing, and ...
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The History of the Rice Players and Neil “Sandy” Havens ’56

The Rice Players, established in 1951, is the oldest student-run theatre troupe in Houston and a fixture of Rice’s celebrated theatre tradition, which spans an array of professional quality performances in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, as well as popular college theatre productions. We invited Mitra Miller Roehr ’92, a ...
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Owls in the spotlight: Six alumni discuss their careers in the arts

Numerous Owls from around the world are working in the arts, and their contributions are varied and vast. They’re lighting up the big screen, receiving ovations in prestigious opera houses and recital halls, bringing the house down at the hottest comedy clubs, and so much more. Six artists from ...
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A Message from ARA President Sue Oldham '90

Working at Rice gives me a unique opportunity to take in the myriad performances and visual exhibitions on campus. The talent on display at Rice — seen in everything from the evocative artworks in the Matchbox Gallery and the lively BakerShake productions to the passionate performances at the Shepherd School of ...
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Alumni celebrate Beer Bike and Young Alumni Builder's Awards

For the first time ever, the Association of Rice Alumni Tent at Beer Bike and the Young Alumni Builder’s Awards were held the same weekend, March 19–20. Despite some inclement weather, the turnout was fantastic. 
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Caroline Shaw ’04’s ‘Partita’ lands on NYT’s Where Music is Going list

When Caroline Shaw ’04 submitted “Partita for Eight Voices” to the Pulitzer Prize committee, she thought it was simply a way to get the high-profile judges to listen to the song and the group she performed with, Roomful of Teeth. Since winning the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Shaw has ...
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Amira Pollock ’04 to present at SXSW Interactive conference

Amira Pollock ’04, an adjunct instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, will present “Improv(e) Your Ethics: Roleplay Decision Making” on March 14 during the SXSW Interactive conference March 11-15.
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Josh Earnest ’97 talks responsibility, Oval Office walk-in privileges

Josh Earnest ’97 knew from the first time he laid eyes on the White House that he one day wanted to work there. As White House press secretary, he now serves as spokesman for President Barack Obama, who once said of Earnest, “He’s a straight shooter and a great guy ...
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Juliet Stipeche ’96 to serve as Houston’s first director of education

Mayor Sylvester Turner has selected former Houston Independent School District Trustee Juliet Stipeche ’96 to serve as director of education, a new position within the mayor’s administration.
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Jordan Taylor ’14 helped Peyton get his game back

Jordan Taylor ’14 may not have suited up for the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory on Feb. 7, but no one would argue his value in helping Denver win its first championship since 1999. The rookie from Rice helped quarterback Peyton Manning get back on the field.
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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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