ITS ALUMNI FLY HIGH TO GO FOR THE GOLD.
Fred Hansen ’63 was the NCAA champion in pole vault and later set a world record and earned an Olympic gold medal in the sport.
THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST.
Kwatsi Alibaruho '11 was both the first African American flight director in the history of the U.S. space program, and the lead flight director for NASA's last ever space shuttle mission, STS-135.
I FOUND MY WONDEFUL USED HUSBAND AT OUR 20 YEAR REUNION.
I was in the market for a used husband and there he was, with Pete Laun, a mutual friend who assured me that Chris Rockwood was not an ax murderer. Chris and I started dating immediately and married three years later. If it weren't for Rice, I would never have met him. Thank you.
WHEN RICE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI HAVE A CONVERSATION, WE ARE ON THE SAME INTELLECTUAL WAVELENGTH AND UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER LIKE NO ONE ELSE CAN.
My mom took me to Rice when I was six and told me if I worked really hard, I could possibly get into Rice. The day the big envelope came in the mail was one of my life's happiest moments. At Rice, I experienced the highest level of intellectual stimulation and shared so many memories with fellow students and professors. Even casual conversation over dinner was cerebral and only Rice folks would get the jokes. Now the conversations with my fellow alumni are still the same kind - very Rice.
ATTENDING RICE TRANSFORMED MY LIFE. I TRANSFERRED TO RICE IN 1980 AND THE ACADEMIC LIFE, THE CHALLENGE, AND THE FRIENDS I MADE HAVE MADE MY LIFE MORE DYNAMIC AND WONDERFUL. RICE IS A TREASURE AND A SPECIAL PLACE.
Wonderful, challenging professors such as Huddle, Atherton, Cuthbertson, many others always had time to talk and discuss and challenge me and the ideas I developed at Rice. The wonderful campus life, where I played club soccer, built upon this academic foundation. I can't say enough good things about Rice, its people, and its transformative influence on my life.
MY MOTHER ATTENDED RICE INSTITUTE IN THE '50S, AND
her name was Barbara Barden at the time.
Rice also graduates a lot of productive, intelligent people, which is good for the Houston Area economy.
I wouldn't have the GPA to gain entry, which was about a 2.7 in the last 60+ credit hours.
RICE TOOK ME FROM BEING A SHY GIRL TO BEING A HAPPY AND WELL-EDUCATED WOMAN.
I came from a small town where I was the odd person out. When I came to Rice, I realized that there were a lot of people there who had been lonely in high school but were happy at Rice, and I decided that I fit right in. Even all this time later (30 years!), I still have a close friend from Rice (shout-out to Kathy (Reeves) Carpenter), and I still stay in touch with some of the professors there. The lessons that I learned at Rice, inside the classroom and out, have stayed with me. Thanks, Rice!
RICE CELEBRATES THE UNIQUENESS OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF ITS STUDENTS
I AM ONE OF THE 3 GENERATIONS OF RICE GRADUATES IN MY FAMILY!
FIRST GEN: My father, John Cobb Ridley, graduated in 1930. My mother, Muriel Elizabeth Abell Ridley attended, but did not graduate.
SECOND GEN: I, Muriel (Betty) Elizabeth Ridley Gosse, graduated in 1967 (originally class of 1965) - Jones, BA Math.
My husband, Clinton Gessner Gosse, graduated in 1963 - Will Rice - BA - Mech Eng. and in 1967 - BS - Mech Eng.
THIRD GEN: Our daughter, Elizabeth Ridley Gosse Widup, graduated in 1998 - Will Rice - BA - Psychology & Managerial Studies.
I CAME TO RICE WITH THE GOAL OF LOOKING FOR A BETTER JOB. I LEFT RICE WITH A LIFE MISSION INSTEAD. A MISSION OF DEDICATING MYSELF TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATION-DRIVEN, TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED PLATFORMS FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES ACROSS THE AFRICAN CONTINENT.
It was at Rice University, during my MBA that I strayed into the field of global health. I got acquainted with Professor Marc Epstein,an expert in the use of business models to improve health and promote development in poor regions.This interaction exposed me to the problems of access, lack of relevant statistics, and other challenges faced in the area of global health,which ultimately became my motivation to take up a scholarship to study for an MSc in Global Health at the University of Oxford.
RICE WAS, IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.
The thing I remember most about my Rice experience are the people. From life long friends that I made during my time here, to the professors who taught with their own flair. While the campus may change physically, I will always remember the good conversations I had with these people. I will always cherish the memories of the adventures we had here and of the experiences, both good and bad, that helped make me who I am today.
IT MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY.
From across the southwestern U.S., to Australia, to South America, and to Antarctica, Rice provided me with multiple opportunities to explore this world during my 4-year tenure. It planted the seed for exploration. Here I am, 5 years later, continuing on this trajectory as a "climber-scientist" PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. I will be proud to flash the owl sign in the high Himalaya this November, as I lead a two-month long science expedition to the Mt. Everest region.
"SERENITY AND VIBRANCY AT RICE UNIVERSITY SIMULTANEOUSLY PROPEL THEORY AND UTILITY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD." JUANITA HARRIS WHEELER , SR., MUSICIAN AND RESEARCHER, 2003
CIRCULAR SYNERGY OF UTILITY AND PRESTIGE OF LEADERSHIP RICE FOR PROFESSIONALS IS PRODUCING A SERIES OF ENTREPRENEURIAL, CORPORATE, AND OTHER LEADERS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.