Sheila Perry

Why I Volunteer

Sheila Perry

In what roles do you volunteer for Rice?

Volunteer Greeter, Moody Center for the Arts

Why do you volunteer for Rice?

I have a deep interest in the arts and the cultural life of the communities where I’ve lived. Since moving to Houston two and half years ago to be closer to my family, I was lucky enough to find myself living not far from the Rice campus. I immediately began taking courses at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and joined the Friends of the Fondren Library and the Rice Historical Society.  All of these wonderful elements of the university mirrored interests I had pursued in Boston and have deeply enriched my new life in Houston. When the call came out for volunteer greeters for the Moody, it seemed to be a perfect opportunity to "give back" to the Rice community. Since the building’s opening, the public gallery has been filled with a kaleidoscopic array of cutting-edge exhibitions. The very talented and committed staff makes sure we, as volunteers, are up to speed on each new installation and have made us feel very much a part of the Moody family. It has been a privilege to be a part of this exciting new building and multidisciplinary initiative.

What is an "unmatched moment" you've experienced as a volunteer that epitomizes the value of the Rice community?

Helping our visitors find their way around the gallery has been a privilege and a revelation. For example, it was absolutely astonishing to see the impact of TeamLab's "Flowers and People" installation on students, families in the neighborhood and visitors.

What's a fun Rice fact about you?

I’m probably one of the few people who won’t complain about parking at Rice — I don’t have a car (don’t want one!) and walk, take public transportation or Uber to get to the campus.

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

It’s a pleasure and a privilege to give back to the Rice community.