Volunteer Voices

Dedicated Rice volunteers from around the university share why they go the extra mile to support Rice.

LEONARD CHAN '07

Association of Rice Alumni Austin young alumni chair, Owl Edge Externship host, RAVA volunteer

“Our years at Rice merely created the foundation of a common experience. I feel that my role is to facilitate opportunities that help this community of incredibly talented people continue growing.”

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Mindy Smith MBA '13

Jones School class ambassador, London Owls alumni group

“My time at Rice was very special. I made many lifelong friends while attending, and it strongly influenced the way I think today. I want to give back as much as Rice has given me.”

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ALBERTO TOHME

Owl Edge Externship host, career mentor, Rice parent

“I tell parents that volunteering is an excellent way to give back to Rice and become engaged in your child’s college education. Rice is a premier institution of higher learning, where students can benefit from your professional experience.”

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PURVEZ CAPTAIN M.A., PH.D. '93

GradConnect founder and graduate student mentor, Initiative for Students Commission, Women’s Athletics and Social Sciences advisory boards, Hanszen College associate

“Rice is a great institution that needs your help on initiatives that are so valuable and successful because we have a good mix of administrators, alumni and students all working together on ideas that benefit students and the Rice community.”

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AKILAH MANCE ’05

Co-chair of Rice’s 50th Celebration of Black Undergraduate Life, ARA board of directors, ARUBA president, Owl Edge Externship host

“Volunteering at Rice puts you around so many brilliant young people, faculty, staff and fellow alumni that you can’t help but feel like you can change the world.”

Akilah is one of four co-chairs leading Rice’s year-long celebration of 50 years of black undergraduate life alongside Donald Bowers ’90, Angela Berry Roberson ’90 and Monique Shankle ’86.

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