Natalie Hachem '09

Why I Volunteer

Natalie Hachem

When did you start volunteering for Rice? How long have you been a volunteer?

I started volunteering for Rice during my senior year. I was a member of the Class of 2009 senior gift committee and worked with fellow committee members to raise money in honor of our graduation year.

I am originally from the Boston-area and moved back home after four amazing years at Rice and in Texas. Once home, I started volunteering as an alumni interviewer. I loved this role as I got to meet a lot of really interesting students who were excited about Rice and the prospect of attending!

I have been serving as a volunteer since graduation - over 12 years!

In what roles have you volunteered for Rice?

I have served as an alumni interviewer as well as Reunion Giving Chair for my last two reunions.

I would love to be on the alumni board someday (a goal for when my children are older).

Why do you volunteer for Rice?

Rice gave me so much as a student and now as an alum. I am so grateful for my time at Rice and for the education I received and life-long friends I made. I feel proud that I can "spread the word" about what it means to be a Rice Owl and continue to raise money for the University.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Rice?

Staying connected to Rice even while geographically distant. I also have loved proudly presenting our class checks to President Leebron during my 5th and 10th reunions.

What's a fun Rice fact about you?

There was a whole table of Rice grads at my wedding.

Why should others volunteer for Rice?

Volunteering allows you to re-live some of your favorite Rice moments! I love keeping up to date with new programs, construction, and stories from campus. As a volunteer, I feel connected to the University even while living 2000 miles away.