AJ Beard '01

Why I Volunteer

AJ Beard '01

AJ is intent on building and enriching the Rice community right where she lives. She actively seeks out alumni and events in the Pacific Northwest so she can continue to engage with and contribute to the Rice experience.

In what roles have you volunteered for Rice?

I volunteer in order to share the value and impact Rice had on my life with others. Volunteering also helps me to connect with the university in novel and engaging ways. I’ve volunteered in a number of different ways — Wiess College associate, club frisbee team coach and regional volunteer — and each of these has helped support the mission of building and enriching the Rice community.

Why do you volunteer for Rice?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Rice as a student, alumna, employee and associate and want to continue my connection with the university and my friends and community. When I moved away from Houston and Texas, I really wanted to keep my connections, so I sought out events and fellow alumni in my area. I love what the university is trying to do to help students afford a high quality education, and I also love the continued emphasis on student life.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Rice?

I really love when fellow alumni rekindle old connections, make new ones and folks get to associate Rice with the positive experiences they have even when far from Houston.

What's a fund Rice fact about you?

I played rugby in a prom dress at Rice homecoming in the 1990s.

What would you say to your fellow alumni/parents/friends to encourage them to volunteer for Rice?

Volunteering shows the value and impact Rice had on your life by creating opportunities you and your friends enjoy. You can choose the ways to get involved because there are so many options that all support the mission of building community.