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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.

Teresa Valderrama ’83 joins Fisher & Phillips

In an effort to more than double the size of its Houston office, the employment law firm boutique of Fisher & Phillips is beefing up its ranks. Teresa Valderrama ’83 worked for Jackson Lewis before she made the jump to Fisher & Phillips.
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After big win, former Rice students boost strengths by constantly expanding repertoire

These are exciting times for the Dover Quartet. The four players in this Philadelphia chamber ensemble — Joel Link ’13, Bryan Lee ’13, Milena Pajaro-Van De Stadt ’13 and Camden Shaw ’13 — are still in their mid-20s, but they are so successful that they have about 130 performances booked ...
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Seahawks’ Luke Willson ’12 buys new football uniforms for alma mater

Luke Willson ’12, a third-year tight end with the Seattle Seahawks, called Villanova High School head coach Glen Mills in September with a generous proposition. Fresh from signing an endorsement deal with Nike, the 25-year-old LaSalle native told company officials he’d like to outfit his former high school team with ...
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Kate Soper ’03 part of a new music ‘crazy-fun extravaganza’

Here’s how composer Kate Soper ’03 describes “Ipsa Dixit,” the work she and her ensemble, Wet Ink, performs: “A weird circus of philosophical ruminations. Hopefully it will be a crazy-fun extravaganza.”
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Susan Larson ’73 hosts ‘The Reading Life’

It may seem obvious, but it’s worth emphasizing: Susan Larson ’73 loves books. The host of WWNO’s “The Reading Life,” a nearly five-year-old radio show detailing all aspects of New Orleans’ literary scene, loves them both as objects and for what they contain.
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Clyde Leuchtag ’85 celebrates climb to Harris County court bench

Clyde Leuchtag ’85 became Harris County’s lone African American civil county court judge Sept. 28, when he was appointed presiding judge over the Harris County Court at Law No. 1. A long-time Assistant Harris County Attorney and revered public servant, Leuchtag will run in the March 1, 2016 primary.  
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Amulet Strange ’14 joins Mississippi Symphony Orchestra as principal flautist

Before travelling to Jackson earlier this year, Amulet Strange ’14 had never stepped foot in Mississippi. But in May, after seeing the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s audition call for a principal flautist, Strange made a seven-hour drive to Jackson in hopes of winning the job. By that night, it was hers.
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In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark: John Boles '65 & the Traveling Owls chase history

Historian and alumnus John Boles '65, the William Pettus Hobby Professor, has led dozens of alumni and friends in the footsteps of explorers Lewis and Clark through the Association of Rice Alumni's Traveling Owls program. In the fall 2015 issue of Rice Magazine, he and Rice's senior photographer Tommy LaVergne chronicle his last expedition ...
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Karla Cisneros ’83 seeks relief for District H area

For Woodland Heights resident Karla Cisneros ’83, who is running for Houston City Council, District H, the path to politics was circuitous but perhaps unavoidable.
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Beverly Carson ’79 a finalist for Inspiring Curiosity Contest

Like all great teachers, Beverly Carson ’79, who has recently named a finalist in KHOU 11’s Inspiring Curiosity Contest, sees the whole world as a classroom. Her students said she has definitely inspired their curiosity about STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. 
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Jim Turley '78 and Subha Barry '85 among AACSB’s 100 ‘Influential Leaders’

Rice University alumni and former university trustees James “Jim” Turley and Subha Barry are among the first 100 “Influential Leaders” named by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). 
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Libby Lehman '70 qualifies as the quilting world's comeback kid

In April 2013, Libby Lehman '70 almost died after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm followed by a stroke. From then until Christmas 2014, she was in and out of hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes. 
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