Rice Alumni Stories

Rice Owls are known for their inspired ingenuity, passionate pursuit of excellence and endless exploration of new ideas. Here are just a few examples of how members of our Rice community are putting Rice’s values into action long after they leave campus. Submit your Rice Story here.

For many Owls, the hedges serve as a backdrop of foundational experiences: life lessons, friendships, even the beginnings of their career journey. But for some Owls, Rice is also the place they found their other half. February is the perfect month to feature these Rice lovebirds.

I hope this newsletter finds you restored after a peaceful and joyous holiday season. A recent comment from Quincy Olivari ’23 epitomizes what it means to be a Rice alumnus: "Owl for life.” That, my friends, is you and me.

The Office of Alumni Relations is committed to diverse, relevant and meaningful programming for our 60,000 plus living alumni worldwide. In particular, we are thrilled to support the work of our incredible community of over 1,000 alumni volunteers who design, plan and execute programming for their fellow alumni every day.

As a child, Robert Lundin ’00 loved to watch “The Price is Right,” never imagining he would one day wind up on the iconic game show himself. Thanks to a longstanding tradition of visiting the show with his fellow Owls, Lundin heard the magic words “Come on down!” this past August.

I am thrilled to launch Alumni Office Hours, where each week I’m setting aside a set number of hours to connect with alumni to listen, learn and collect feedback about your alumni experience.

The Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with the Association of Rice Alumni leadership has been hard at work planning our upcoming Alumni Weekend 2023. I think we are all going to be both happily exhausted and rejuvenated by reconnecting with friends and our campus by the time Sunday rolls around.

Whether in his role as a geophysicist or as a filmmaker, Allen Gilmer ’84 is a staunch believer in helping others fulfill their potential.

Toya Cirica Bell ’87 and Tania Min '90, '92 share reflections on the past year and what we’re anticipating in 2023-24.

With her sights set on the 2024 Paris Olympics, Katherine Wu ’23 is currently in Korea training intensively for the US Olympic Trials. Ten years ago, Wu was inspired to pick up her first bow and arrow at 13 years old.