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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.

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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Explosive speed lets Sam McGuffie '13 fly with USA bobsled

Surely, you offer to Sam McGuffie '13, there has to be easier ways to keep the competitive juices flowing than trying to jump onto a moving sled going 70-something miles per hour. But hey: Once a speed freak, always a speed freak. Last month, McGuffie raised a few eyebrows when ...
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Muhammad Ibrahim Khan ’13 named Marshall Scholar

Rice University alumnus Muhammad Ibrahim Khan ’13 is one of 32 students from across the U.S. selected for a 2016 Marshall Scholarship. The scholarship, founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 to commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan, allows American students to pursue two years of ...
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Arts degree, previous teaching key in Texas Anderson’s ’85 success

Her name is easy to remember, and some of clients call her their Texas angel. Texas Anderson ’85, Realtor with the Greenwood King Properties Kirby office, has a long resume to draw on when it comes to helping her clients buy or sale their properties.
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Shepherd School alumni receive Grammy nominations

Three alumni of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music received 2016 Grammy Award nominations in various categories, either as individuals or as part of an ensemble. The nominations were announced Dec. 5 in Los Angeles. 
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A Conversation with Rice University Provost Marie Lynn Miranda

On July 1, 2015, Marie Lynn Miranda became Rice University’s Howard R. Hughes Provost, as well as a professor of statistics and of bioengineering. She is a widely recognized leader in the evolving field of geospatial health informatics and has studied, for example, how social and environmental stressors lead to ...
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Science and Humanities Student Henry Bair ’17 Makes a Case for Research

Henry Bair ’17 is quite a renaissance man. As a student pursuing degrees in biochemistry and cell biology and medieval and early modern studies, he has embraced research as the raison d’être of his Rice undergraduate experience. In a recent Thresher opinion piece, he told his fellow students, “In losing ...
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Rice Gets Creative With Its Interdisciplinary Research Endeavors

“Creativity is all about that conversation between different things producing something new in their collaboration,” says Anthony Brandt, an associate professor of composition and theory at Rice. It’s an apt description for Brandt’s day job as a composer, which sometimes requires synthesizing disparate instruments into compelling harmonies. The ...
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A Message from ARA President Sue Oldham ’90

I travel frequently on behalf of Rice, both in my role as the ARA president and as the Jones Graduate School of Business’ executive director for recruiting and admissions. Wherever I go — Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle or even Calgary — I meet alumni who are accomplishing incredible feats through their ...
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Student Research Helps Transform Religious Dialogue

The students in Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) are a diverse group. Some are religiously devout, and some are skeptical. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds, represent many different areas of study and have distinct future plans. But all of the students share a drive to ...
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Cutting-Edge Owl Impact: Two Alumni Describe Their Research

From coast to coast, Rice alumni are engaged in fascinating research. We asked two alumni on opposite sides of the country to tell us about their investigations and what they find most exciting about research.
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