Alumni Affinity Group Volunteers
Alumni affinity group volunteers are largely formed on the basis of shared professional pursuits, cultural identification, leisure activities and other common interests. Please find information on all of our alumni groups below. To learn more about affinity volunteer leadership, please complete the volunteer application form.
Alumni Regional Group Volunteers
Alumni regional group volunteers provide a way for alumni and friends living outside Houston to interact with others in the Rice community and to stay connected. The Association of Rice Alumni, in conjunction with local volunteers, organizes programs and activities for alumni and friends around the nation and internationally. To join an already existing regional group, simply update your contact information in the online alumni directory and you will automatically receive event and program invitations. Please find information on all of our alumni groups below. Don’t see your region below or live internationally? Complete the volunteer application form, and a Rice staff member will be in touch with you to discuss how you can get involved.
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Association of Rice Alumni Board of Directors
The Association of Rice Alumni is governed by a 28-member alumni board, which oversees its operations and programs and serves in an advisory capacity to the Alumni Relations staff. All Rice alumni are eligible to self-nominate and be selected to serve on the alumni board, with preference for those who exhibit prior involvement at Rice, e.g. attending Rice events and functions, participating in their regional or affinity group, volunteering in other capacities at Rice, etc. Board members serve a three-year term and must be committed to dedicating the time and energy necessary to make the ARA a success. Duties include attending triannual board meetings, serving on ARA committees, contributing to the Rice Annual Fund and providing overall support for ARA programs and activities.
Members of the ARA Board serve on one or more of the following committees and task forces as appointed by the president of the ARA Board:
Provides feedback to develop lifelong learning opportunities for alumni and university friends.
Builds a network of alumni volunteer leadership that creates engaging programs and activities to strengthen the relationship between alumni and the university.
Recognizes and acknowledges achievements of alumni, faculty, students, staff and university friends.
Attends to routine daily business functions and such other matters that need attention between regularly scheduled board meetings. Chaired by the ARA president, the other members are the past president, president-elect and three members of the board.
Homecoming & Reunion
Assists with the annual creation and implementation of one of Rice’s flagship engagement experiences for alumni and their families.
Identifies, solicits and recommends nominations for the Laureates Awards, Rice’s highest honors.
- ARA Board Nominations — Identifies, recruits and recommends candidates for the ARA Board.
- Alumni Trustee Nominations — Identifies and recommends candidates for Alumni Trustee to Rice’s Board of Trustees.
Student Programming & Engagement
Recommends ways to engage current students throughout their time at Rice, modeling the lifelong relationship between Rice alumni and their alma mater and fostering a strong commitment to stay connected.
Applications are made in writing to the nominations committee. Visit the alumni website for the complete instructions.
Jones Graduate School of Business
The Jones Graduate School of Business is looking for volunteers to engage with fellow alumni, students and to connect with each other through their professions and regions. To receive more information on how you can volunteer for the Jones Graduate School of Business, please click on the "Volunteer" button below and complete the volunteer application form.
Rice University’s new online professional development platform, Sallyportal, is dedicated exclusively to the Rice community. This tool allows students to connect to the Rice community and the Rice community to connect to each other. Join Sallyportal to volunteer as a mentor or for access to professional development opportunities. Sign up today!
Center for Career Development
Owl Edge Externships
Owl Edge Externships, developed in partnerships with the Initiative for Students and the Center for Career Development, are one to five-day job shadowing experiences designed to give undergraduate students a tangible, realistic idea of a day in the life in your career field. The job shadowing experience may include touring your facility, sharing your career path, observing you at staff or client meetings, interviewing other colleagues, and visiting with the human resource professional to understand career opportunities. There are two opportunities for you to host a one to five-day Owl Edge Externship.
- Winter Break — Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 (Deadline to register: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015)
- Spring Break — Monday, Feb. 29, through Friday, March 4, 2016 (Deadline to register: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016)
Owl Edge Internships
Owl Edge Internships, developed in partnerships with the Initiative for Students and the Center for Career Development, are multi-week experiences that seek to provide an undergraduate student with the opportunity to connect academic and extracurricular experiences with professional work and/or research. You would create an opportunity within your organization and serve as a mentor to a student to help him or her grow intellectually, enhance professional knowledge and skills and make a positive impact on your organization or field of research. This is a great option for organizations looking for a fresh perspective on a project and/or looking to build a presence at Rice that can aid future recruiting.
Rice is seeking internship opportunities for the summer of 2016. These experiences typically involve six to twelve weeks of full-time work with compensation appropriate for the position and organization. A part-time internship during 2015/16 academic year or summer of 2016 may also be an option. We recommend posting your internship opportunity at least three-months prior to the intended start date.
Homecoming & Reunion 2017 Ambassadors
Homecoming & Reunion 2017 ambassadors are comprised of alumni who are excited to reconnect with the university as well as their classmates. Ambassadors play an important role during Homecoming & Reunion by reaching out to fellow alumni to raise awareness, share plans, obtain feedback, participate in planning calls and encourage strong participation at all Homecoming & Reunion events. The length of the volunteer term will be April through Dec. 2017 and the anticipated time commitment is two to four hours per month. The tasks of ambassador volunteers will adjust depending on the time frame they join since the needs will shift as the weekend approaches.
Please click the button below, select Homecoming & Reunion Ambassador and complete the form, and our volunteer team will follow up with more information.
Friends of International Students & Scholars
Friends of International Students & Scholars (FISS) is an opportunity for an international students and a local family, or Rice community member who travels to Houston frequently, to meet and become friends during the year. This volunteer position is open to Rice Alumni, parents, friends and staff. For more information on joining FISS, please complete the volunteer application form.
Moody Center for the Arts Volunteer Greeter
The Moody Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers to participate in the life of a vibrant new arts organization and to contribute valuable visitor services to Rice University. Qualified candidates should possess a love and appreciation of the arts, a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, and an understanding that reliability is critical.
To volunteer at the Moody, candidates must make a one-year commitment and be available for two to four shifts each month.
To sign up for this opportunity, please fill out the form on the Moody Center's website.