Rice alumni and parents can connect with students — and each other — through an online professional development hub dedicated exclusively to the Rice community.
Sallyportal allows you to seek guidance from the Rice network, volunteer as mentors, create professional development opportunities for students and alumni, and engage with campus groups and departments in one virtual location — all in the name of providing Rice students and recent graduates with the greatest possible professional edge.
Gateway OwlConnect Panelists
Gateway OwlConnect Panelists attend OwlConnect events specific to your industry, at which you speak with a small group of undergraduates about your career journey. Answer questions from the students about your everyday work, industry topics, and the link between academic and career choices. The time commitment is 1-2 hours and lunches are held year-round on campus.
Center for Career Development
The Center for Career Development offers many ways you can get involved from mentoring students to hosting a summer internship.
Rice Annual Fund Volunteers are ambassadors for the university, making important connections and encouraging classmates and peers to participate in the university’s tradition of giving back.
Volunteer positions within the Annual Fund provide several great ways to stay in touch with your classmates and peers while making a positive impact on the current student experience at Rice.
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. 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.
Domestic Regional Groups:
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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.
Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admissions (RAVA)
Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admissions support the recruitment process, public relations goals and selection process of Rice University. Please note that only undergraduate alumni can sign up for RAVA.
- Alumni interviewer — Provides an opportunity for prospective students in your area to have an off-campus interview and conversation with a Rice alumnae/us. Rice alumni volunteers conduct interviews from September to mid-January with concentrated efforts in the late fall and early winter.
- Representing Rice at college fairs — Promote Rice University at local college fairs for prospective students upon request by the Admission Office. Requests are on an as-needed basis.
- Contact with prospective students — Serve as a contact and resource for students you have interviewed and encourage admitted students in your area to attend.
- Helping with local admission gatherings for prospective students — Participate in admission programs for prospective students in your area on an as-needed basis.
If you are interested in volunteering for RAVA, please complete the application form.
If you have previously signed up for RAVA and have questions about your current volunteer status, please email email@example.com.
Moody Center for the Arts Volunteer Greeter
Moody volunteers have the opportunity 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.
International Friends at Rice (IFR)
**Please note that due to COVID-19, the IFR program for 2020 will be a limited virtual experience.**
International Friends at Rice is an opportunity for an international student and a local U.S. friend or family to meet 3 - 4 times during the student's first 6 months at Rice. The local friends and families enjoy getting to know international students by sharing cross-cultural experiences and learning about other countries. The U.S. friends may help international students discover Houston, invite them for a meal, and make the student(s) feel more at home. This program is coordinated by Rice University's Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS).