2016-2017 Volunteer Impact Report

A Message from Rice President David W. Leebron

Rice President David W. LeebronBecause of you, our students are warmly welcomed to Rice, they receive an outstanding education and form meaningful connections while they are here, and they graduate to join a passionate community of alumni.  Read the entire message >>

Because of You...

Your efforts, as Rice volunteers, span the university, enriching our students' education and strengthening our community.

...We Have Grown

The Rice volunteer ranks are growing, which means more opportunities for students, a more vibrant alumni and parent community, and greater engagement than ever before.

...We Are All Over the World

Rice volunteers come from 32 major metro areas, 41 U.S. States and 28 Countries

As a Rice volunteer, you are among a national and international group. Click here to see where our Owls are in action all over the world.

...The Entire Rice Community is Represented

...The Rice Network is more powerful than ever

More than 6,500 users have signed up for Sallyportal.

Have you signed up for Sallyportal, Rice's online professional development hub? This Rice-specific networking tool connects volunteers, students, alumni, parents and friends around their professional goals. Since the launch, thousands of Rice network members from every school and hundreds of companies across industries have shared messages and made connections.

...Rice Celebrates 60 Years of Community

700+ Rice Associates volunteered through the residential colleges

It won’t surprise any Owls that Rice ranks No. 1 for best quality of life and No. 2 for happiest students in the Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges.” The report highlighted our “unbeatable sense of community,” and one key factor influencing the rankings is the College Associates program. For the past 60 years, associates (including alumni, faculty, staff and community members!) have strengthened the residential colleges through their involvement in college activities — welcome dinners during O-Week, monthly lunches, mentoring and more.

 “I would like to thank the community of associates for sharing their time, energy, knowledge and insights with students across campus,” says Brian Gibson, associate dean of undergraduates and the director of the Associates Program. “Without a doubt, the intellectual, cultural and social fabric of the colleges is enhanced immeasurably by these contributions.”

 If you would like to learn more about the Associates program, please visit associatesprogram.rice.edu.

...Our volunteers channel their passion for Rice

Francine Di '03

Francine Di '03

Rice University Community of Asian Alumni (RUCAA) board member

“I have had the pleasure of meeting extraordinary people from all over the world who are involved in almost every discipline,  and we are brought together by a shared passion for the mission of the university.”

In 2017, the RUCAA board is leading Rice’s celebration of 100 years of Asian life and contributions. Learn more at facebook.com/RiceRUCAA.

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CHARLEY LANDGRAF ’75

CHARLEY LANDGRAF ’75

Rice Board of Trustees member, Glasscock School advisory board member, Initiative for Students Cabinet chair, Boniuk Institute advisory board member

“The Rice proposition — academic excellence, commitment to socio-economic opportunity, world-class research and scholarship, all in an institution sized for maximum benefit to students — is rare and compelling. It simply must be encouraged and supported.”

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MERINDA WATKINS-MARTIN ’91

MERINDA WATKINS-MARTIN ’91

School of Social Sciences accessibility task force chair, Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission, Gateway business mentor

“Rice is an amazing university. I am  grateful for my opportunity to attend Rice and I am eager to give back to the university. I also truly enjoy working with students. Sometimes, a student’s path seems a little less overwhelming when they talk to some-one who has been there, too.”

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KRISTJAN STONE PH.D. ’08

KRISTJAN STONE PH.D. ’08

Association of Rice Alumni board member, Initiative for Students Commission member, Los Angeles  alumni regional volunteer

 “I enjoy holding events that  bring people together, especially  when I get the chance to meet passionate, smart and  fascinating Rice alumni. It has led to some lasting  friendships and even some fantastic networking  opportunities.”

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Jesus Patino M.B.A. '10

Jesus Patino M.B.A. '10

Jones School Graduate School of Business Alumni Association Board member, Jones School International Students Career Board member, Jones School alumni mentor and Duncan College Community Associate.

"You only need to put a little to get a lot back. It is good for you and great for the school. It truly makes a difference."

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Why do you volunteer?

Why do you volunteer?

We we want to know what inspires you to get involved at Rice. Fill out our Why I Volunteer form so that we can share your story.

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Francine Di '03

CHARLEY LANDGRAF ’75

MERINDA WATKINS-MARTIN ’91

KRISTJAN STONE PH.D. ’08

Jesus Patino M.B.A. '10

Why do you volunteer?

We want to hear from you!

We want to hear from you about your volunteer experience and opportunities to volunteer at Rice.  Please feel free to reach out to our dedicated Volunteer Engagement team with questions, comments and ideas!

Kate Harrison, Director
Yoo Jin Lee, Coordinator 
volunteer@rice.edu 
713-348-4046

We also invite you to complete our volunteer engagement survey, so that we can continue to refine and improve the Rice volunteer experience.

Featured Volunteer Opportunity

We need volunteers to step up as Homecoming & Reunion 2017 ambassadors! Learn more here and fill out our volunteer form to share your excitement about the big weekend with classmates!

Helping After Harvey

Rice’s culture of care has never been more clear than in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. More than 1,700 volunteers in the community have mobilized to assist those in need through the Rice Harvey Action Team (R-HAT), an alumni house-matching program coordinated by the Association of Rice Alumni, and a relief fund dedicated to assisting Rice employees and students.

Dates to remember

Oct. 12
Sallyportal birthday and Rice Day
Oct. 27–29
Nov. 1

An Evening with President Leebron in Atlanta.

Please email dpevents@rice.edu for more information.

Nov. 2

An Evening with President Leebron in Spring/The Woodlands.

Please email dpevents@rice.edu for more information.

Nov. 10–11
March 24
The Rice Alumni Tent at the 61st Annual Beer Bike
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