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CIC hires temporary
service coordinator
by Kamna Balhara
After a one-month search, Com-
munity Involvement Center Director
M ac Griswold hired Jennifer Alice as
the temporary Community Service
Coordinator of the CIC. A former
director of the Baptist Student Min-
istries for Rice and the Texas Medical
Center, Alice replaces former CIC As-
sistant Director Uath Sharon, who left
in September to work at a volunteer
organization in Atlanta.
Alice, who began Oct. 20, will
serve in the position until June 3,
and a permanent assistant director
will begin working either July 1 or
Aug. 1, Griswold said.
The assistant director is respon-
sible for the CIC-sponsored Alterna-
tive Spring Break trip to Reynosa,
Mexico, and the International Service
Project in San Lucas Toliman, Gua-
temala. Planning for the two service
projects begins soon. Students will
begin applying to go on the trips as
early as Nov. 5.
The assistant director is also
responsible for coordinating the
summer Urban Immersion program
for incoming freshmen and advising
community service organizations
that focus on literacy, tutoring and
mentoring such as America Reads
and Counts.
Finding a permanent replacement
for the assistant director is a lengthy
process because a national search
is usually conducted, Griswold said.
The field is extremely specialized,
and few people in the country are
qualified for the position, he said.
Given the small amount of time
available to fill the position, Alice was
hired after a brief search to coordinate
community service while a perma-
nent director is found, Griswold said.
Alice will not the full responsibilities
of assistant director, he said.
"We got very lucky with [Allee],"
Griswold said. "She really has the
qualifications that we look for."
Having worked with the
Baptist Student Ministries for
nine years — serving as director
for three — Allee is experienced in
organizing community service proj-
ects on university campuses. She
has worked alongside many
Rice students and is already known
on campus, Griswold said. In
addition, Allee has visited and ar-
ranged mission trips to both Mexico
and Guatemala.
Allee said she is looking forward
to working at the CIC.
"I love being around students, I
love going on the trips," she said.
"I like the whole college atmo-
The CIC will run advertisements
for the new assistant director be-
ginning in January, Griswold said.
Starting an employee search at the
beginning of a semester is typical,
he said.
Hie search committee will involve
five to six students and three staff
'fiie last search for an assistant
director started in Sept. 2003 and
ended in Dec. 2003. Griswold formed
a search committee of three staff
members and representatives of
several student community scrvice
organizations. The committee se-
lected Sharon, a graduate of Rutgers
University and the London School of
Economics and Political Science, in
Dec. 2003.
Sharon started at the beginning
of the 2004 spring semester and left
Sept. 28.
She will work as the associate
director of civic engagement at I lands
On Atlanta, an organization that helps
individuals and groups find various
volunteer activities in the Atlanta
metropolitan area.
The foiiowing items were reported to the Rice University Police Department
for the period Oct. 20-26.
Residential Colleges
Baker College
Hanszen College
Oct.21 Bicycle stolen.
Oct. 22 DVD player stolen from lobby.
Sid Richardson College Oct. 23
Hanszen College
Oct. 24
Lovett College
Academic Buildings
Keck Hall
Oct. 24
Other Buildings
Student Center
Mudd Building
Parking Lots
Greenbriar Lot
Oct. 20
Oct. 25
Suspicious person reported
walking onto campus and entering
Sid. Subject arrested for public
intoxication on fourth floor. At the
RUPD station, subject fought with
and threatened to kill officers.
Non-Rice subject charged with
retaliation and transported to
Harris County Jail.
Officers saw private party at
Hanszen had spilled over into
quad. Group told to stop drinking
in public at 3 a.m. Officer returned
five minutes later and saw four
subjects still outside drinking. One
student referred to University Court
for public intoxication.
Three laptop computers reported
Caller claimed her bicycle, which
was reported stolen, was later
secured at Keck Hall bike rack.
Officer advised caller to file
appropriate paper work to claim
her bike since it was not registered
with RUPD.
Subject arrested for theft of books
from Campus Store, remanded to
Harris County Jail.
Male student found smoking
marijuana in restroom. Student
released to Lovett master.
Oct. 25 Vehicle struck while parked in lot.
From page 1
school to pursue a career in profes-
sional sports are not included in the
statistic. This year's national
rankings for student-athletes
exhausting their eligibility and
African-American student-ath-
letes had not been released as of
The NCAA also reports a four-
class average of the graduation
rates. Student-athletes who ma-
triculated at Rice from 1994 to 1997
graduated at a rate of 82 percent, the
same rate as the entering classes
of 1993 to 1996.
'[The graduation
rate] speaks very
highly of the athletic
department in
general. They seek out
good athletes as well
as very intelligent
people that have high
academic priorities.'
— Jackie Rellas
Hanszen College senior
May said Rice's consistently
high graduation rate reflects
student-athletes' commitment to
"It speaks volumes about the
kids," May said. "They're here to
get the degree. They know that is
the most fundamentally important
thing about being at Rice — to be
successful in the classroom, get
their degree and go on to graduate
school, or get a great job."
Hanszen College senior Jackie
Rellas, a soccer player who served
as one of two Rice representatives
to the WAC's Student-Athlete Ad-
visory Committee for the 2003-'04
academic year, said the athletic
department is also responsible
for the university's student-athlete
graduation rates.
"It speaks very highly of the
athletic department in general,"
Rellas said. '"ITiey seek out good
athletes as well as very intelligent
people that have high academic
Martel College junior Blair
DiSesa, one of Rice's current rep-
resentatives to the WAC SAAC,
said playing a sport can benefit
student-athletes academically.
"Athletes at Rice are definitely
driven individuals, and we are
willing as a group to put in the ef-
fort that it takes to be successful
at Rice," DiSesa, a tennis player,
said. '"Hie discipline that we have
in our sports definitely overlaps
with the discipline we need for
our studies."
Rice female student-athletes
entering in 1997 graduated at a rate
of 95 percent, while the graduation
rate for male student-athletes was
76 percent. I"he four-class aver-
ages for female and male student-
athletes were 94 and 78 percent,
The NCAA also reports
sport-specific graduation rates
for baseball, football, men's and
women's basketball, and men's
and women's cross country/track
and field.
Rice's baseball team had a
graduation rate of 60 percent for
the 1997 entering class and a
four-year average of 58 percent.
'Die men's basketball team's rates
were 54 percent and 75 percent,
respectively No other sport for
which a rate is reported individu-
ally had a four-class average below
79 percent.
May said the lower rates for
these sports do not imply that
these student-athletes are
less focused academically while
at Rice.
"If you leave early in good stand-
ing, you count against the numbers
whether you transfer or just disap-
pear," May said. "In baseball, we
have kids coming out after their
junior year to play professionally.
... Kids that transfer in good stand-
ing shouldn't count against you.
They're not an academic problem
— they just want to go to school
somewhere else."
Starting next year, the NCAA
will calculate an additional
statistic, the Graduation Suc-
cess Rate, which will not penal-
ize schools for student-athletes
who transfer in good academic
DiSesa said the Athletic De-
partment's Academic Services
Department helps student-athletes
"Every athlete comes into Rice
with the expectation that they're
going to graduate," DiSesa said.
"Athletes know that if they're
having difficulty, there's definitely
support available, which I think
is a huge plus about the Athle.'c
Department at Rice."
Assistant Athletic Director
for Academic ServicesJ ulie Griswold
could not be reached for comment.
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