Thank You Rice
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best in many people—people who have shown compassion and empathy and offered a helping hand to others during this extraordinary time. We asked students, faculty, and staff to email us their thank-you notes to those who have helped, supported, or encouraged them.

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Jenifer Bratter Megan Cardenas Thank you for being such an incredible mentor and leader at Rice! I don't know how you balance everything that you do, but you do so with grace and an abundance of kindness. You have always made me feel valued and appreciated and I'm grateful I get to work with you!
Shared Equipment Authority staff Meri Dix Thank you to all the Shared Equipment Authority staff - Larry Alemany, Quinn Kleerekoper, Tanguy Terlier, Harsha Deshmukh, Chris Pennington, Budi Utama, Tim Gilheart, James Kerwin, Gang Liang, Jing Guo, Wenh Guo, Matt Meyer, Bo Chen , Jianhua Li, Anthony Melchiorri, Gigi Gao and Hua Guo for maintaining and continued support of the shared scientific equipment labs at Rice University. You are persevering through the pandemic to keep the labs open for the research to continue at Rice University. You have helped outside interests by running their samples when they could not. You have been my eyes and ears on campus while I work at home. THANK YOU!!! All of you rock!!!
Ana Carrasco Katherine I’m thankful for helpful people like Ana, who was so very patient and helpful in getting a facsimile diploma issued for me. She answered my phone calls and emails promptly as I tried to navigate the process from overseas.
The Psych Dept. Your Students To all of our wonderful professors: THANK YOU! Your hard work and dedication to your students has not gone unnoticed, and we sincerely appreciate all of your efforts in making this semester less sucky. Retailoring classes to an online format was no easy task, but we appreciate you all for making it work! You all have made such an impact on your students' lives, probably more than you realize. We love y'all!
OAA Advisors (Team OAA) Aliya Bhimani Thank you to all the OAA advisors for pushing through with AMAZING virtual advising and programming this semester! I'm always impressed with every single one of you and your dedication and passion to our students. Grateful for all that you do! :)
Adria Baker and the whole OISS team Celeste Boudreaux Thank you all for the enormous amount of work you have been doing over the period of the pandemic and throughout the current federal administration, helping our international students to navigate virus-related visa issues and rapidly changing federal requirements. You have put in herculean efforts over many long, long hours to do what must be done for our students, in addition to being friendly faces and calming voices for people caught between countries with their futures suddenly very uncertain. I know our internationals appreciate you, and we do, too!
H&D Staff Anonymous Thank you so much to all of the custodial and dining staff within this department who have been working so diligently to keep students fed, spaces clean and sanitized, and overwhelmingly, the work the staff has done to keep student morale up. We appreciate all you do. Thank you!
Delivery Services Staff Meghan Davenport I wanted to thank the staff at Delivery Services- they have helped to make it an easy and pleasant experience mailing out materials to participants for my master's thesis project. I am not on campus much, but when I am, they are the only ones I see, and it is a bright spot in my day.
Janie Guerrero Meghan Davenport Thank you for your consistent support for Grad STRIVE. Even remotely, you have been a great help to us and it always feels like you are cheering us on in our efforts. I love getting to work with you and learn from your expertise!
Wendi “DubYa” Schoffstall Anonymous You the real MVP
Lisa Basgall, Dr. McKelvey & Catalina Viamontes Eno Oregbesan Thank you for all that you do! You are part of the Real MVP team!! Even in my personal experiences with you. I have been impressed and thankful that you are all part of this amazing team! Keep up the great work!
Susann Glenn Eno Oregbesan Thank you for being so kind, keeping a smile on my face, and for always being so generous with your time and attention! You are always willing to lend a helping hand!
Call Center and covidtesting@ Teams Kate and Tina Thank you for hours and hours supporting our campus community in rescheduling their tests, finding testing locations, answering amazing scenario questions, and doing it all with a positive tone and great customer service!
Jerusha Kasch Hollie Evans Thank you for your leadership, kindness, and compassion during the longest incident ever. We wouldn't have made it this long without you being the example and working tirelessly to support us and the CMT's mission.
Derrick McClinton Allison V. Thank you so much for being such an integral part of the CaT team. You are so valued and having you with us is so comforting and helpful. I am grateful to you. Thank you!!!
Wendi Schoffstall Allison V. I am finding the English language inept in expressing all of the feelings of gratitude for you. I have no idea what would happen if you had not been so generous with your time and talents. You are a remarkable leader and a human being. I appreciate being able to work with you and I promise to share any treats I have with you. Thank you for all you have given to keep this community safe and healthy!
Dean Gorman Allison V. I hope you know how much I appreciate being apart of your team. You are an amazing, cogent, and fearless leader. Your kindness, belief, and love for students shows in every conversation. You always think of the students first and it shows in your altruism. Thank you for all you do!
Chief Clemente Rodriguez Allison V. There are no words... I could not have been happier when I learned you would be chief. And you have been everything I knew you would be. I am so grateful for all of the work you have taken on and for your leadership. You are tremendously appreciated and loved.
Gregg Bessozzi Hollie Evans Gregg, Thank you for being up for any task we ask of you. You always respond quickly and get the job down right. You have been a great asset to our team and we couldn't do it without you!!
Natalie Lankford Anonymous
Thank you for always being there for The SAFE Office and STRIVE! You are wonderful and teach us so much!
Mark Ditman Allison V. Thank you so much for caring for our students with so much thoughtfulness and unbelievable kindness. Your generosity is remarkable. You and your team have worked to make students in isolation comfortable in an uncomfortable situation, and it has not gone unnoticed. The whole community is very grateful for you.
Audrey Nguyen Allison V. Thank you for helping a very special intern have an extra educational and awesome experience...during a pandemic! Your passion for teaching and mentoring is so appreciated.
Susann Glenn Allison V. Thank you for always finding a way to turn dark to light. Your sense of humor, combined with your pragmatism, has made everything easier. I hope you know how appreciated you are.
IT Personnel Zane Konvicka Thank you for helping the campus transition to a remote work and learning environment. It was a monumental undertaking to get everyone set up and troubleshoot all of the issues. Thanks!
Custodial Staff Anonymous Thank you for all you do to keep our buildings clean and safe- we appreciate your efforts!
RUPD Zane Konvicka I really appreciate all of the work you do every day to protect and assist the campus with anything we face. Chief Rodriguez hit the ground running and has done a great job overseeing the department. Thank you all for keeping us safe!
Jerusha Kasch, Hollie Evans, Clemente Rodriguez, Lisa Basgall, Tina Villard, Kate Abad and sooooo many others! Janet Covington It would be hard to quantify, and we'll never be able to properly thank you for, the enormity of the task(s) you've undertaken throughout 2020. I wish you all a luxurious vacation in a remote spot that does not have cell reception or Wi-Fi when this is over (my vote is for a two-week photo safari in Botswana but you'll have to teleport because I don't want you on a plane that long). But you'll always have my gratitude and respect for your tireless dedication to the Rice community during these difficult months.
Kate Abad Hollie Evans Kate, Since the start of the response to COVID you have been willing to jump in and help on any and every group and job that was asked of you. Since this summer you have taken over one of the most crucial pieces to our operation and kept it running smoothly. You have worked a tireless amount of hours and kept us going during hurricanes, holidays and more. Thank you for your hard work and willingness to always help. I'm grateful to be able to work with you on this team!
Susann Glenn Hollie Evans Thank you for your spirit and willingness to always jump in and make things happen. Your hard work on both the website and campus signage to keep us all educated and informed is truly appreciated. I'm extremely grateful to have you on our team!
Justin Schilke Hollie Evans Justin, Thank you for your willingness to help from the start of this incident. No matter what I called to ask you to help with you, you have always been willing and up for the task. THANK YOU!
Jerusha Kasch, Hollie Evans, Clemente Rodriguez, Tina Villard, Kate Abad & Kathryn Cavender Eno Oregebsan Thank you for your continued leadership, support, grace, patience, and guidance! I feel blessed to be working with each of you!
Sonja Edwards Eno Oregebsan Thank you for continually supporting me and stepping up to help when and where you are called! You are appreciated! Thank you!
Hollie Evans Eno Oregebsan Thank you for taking the time to train me as the Planning Section Chief, making yourself available (early am or at night) to accommodate my family commitments, and for always making me laugh or smile!
Crisis Management Team Zane Konvicka Thank you for your many hours of tireless work helping us through the pandemic, hurricanes, and all of the other emergencies the campus has experienced. Great job!
Janet Covington Eno Oregebsan Thank you for always reaching out to lend your help and support on the CMT! Your words of wisdom and encouragement are always appreciated! Thank you!
Allison Vogt Anonymous Thank you for so often taking the time to show appreciation for others and being our support and cheerleader! You are so appreciated!
Amber Zolan Allison V.

Thank you so very much, Amber, for working so hard during this time to support our students. Your work is really helping to keep our campus community safe and healthy, and I am eternally grateful.

Dr. Jackie Snell Allison V. Thank you so very much for joining our team and providing relief for our staff. You cannot know how appreciative I am of you and how you are helping to keep our students safe and healthy. We are all just so grateful.
Dr. Brandon Ortiz Allison V. Thank you so very much for joining our team during this time. I so appreciate you giving our team a break. It has been so enormously helpful. I am grateful to you for keeping our community safe and healthy. Thank you!
Kristen Ruiz Allison V. Thank you so much, Kristen, for all of your work to keep our students healthy and safe. I very much appreciate your dedication to our students and campus community. We are all grateful for you!
Tamria Matondo Allison V.
Thank you so much for joining our team and helping us. I am grateful for you keeping our students safe and healthy. I know you are much appreciated by all.
Annette Howe Allison V. I am just dropping a note to thank you so very much for joining our team during this time. I know your work has been very much appreciated, and I am grateful for you for keeping our students healthy and safe. Thank you!
Natalie Lankford Anonymous Thank you for always being there for The SAFE Office and STRIVE! You are wonderful, and teach us so much!
Ashley Hopkins Allison V. Thank you so much, Ashley, for all of your hard work and dedication to our student's health and safety. Your coordination of the flu shots was so amazing and smooth. I thank you for your kind spirit and appreciate you so much - as always.
Charmaine Forbes St. Rose Allison V. Thank you so much, Charmaine, for all of your dedication to our student's health and safety. I am so appreciative of how much you have been doing and how thoughtfully you do it. I am grateful for you-as always.
Felicia Brooks Allison V. Thank you so much for all of the work you have been doing to keep our students and campus community safe. I know you have been working very hard, and I am so appreciative of you and your generosity. I hope you have been able to take a "whirl" every once in a while.
Joeseph Vasquez Allison V. Thank you so much for your dedication to our students and for getting them so kindly and thoughtfully connected to resources. I am also grateful that you have so diligently been keeping staff safe during this time as well. You are much appreciated.
Hana Villarreal Allison V. Thank you so much for all of your hard work in helping our students get to resources. You do it with such a kind spirit and dedication. We are so lucky to have you as a part of our team.
Dr. Kenneth Arfa Allison V. Thank you so much for all that you have been doing for our students-helping to keep them safe and healthy. You are much appreciated, as always!
Dr. Deirdre Markum Allison V. Thank you so much for all of the work you have been doing to keep our campus safe and healthy. You are much appreciated, as always, for your strength, expertise, and generous character.
Dr. Maria Gomez Allison V. Thank you so much for all of the work you have been doing to keep our students safe and healthy. You are much appreciated, as always, for your kindness and good spirit!
Emily Unverzagt Allison V. Thank you so very much, Emily, for being so generous to the Rice community in helping to make sure that the campus community is safe and healthy. All of the extra work is so much appreciated, and the students are lucky to have you. But we are luckier! Thank you as always!
Gabe Ramirez Allison V. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for you, and the important work you have been doing to keep our students and the community safe. You have been so generous with your time and talents. We are all so lucky you have you on our team.
Elise Johnson Allison V. Thank you so much for all of the work you have done to keep our students safe and healthy. I am so grateful for all of your talents and your generosity of time. You are much appreciated, as always.
Audrey Nguyen
Allison V. First, I am so excited for you! Thank you so much for all of your work with our students and helping them keep being themselves. You are such an inspiration. I very much appreciate all that you do to keep our students safe and healthy-as always.
Kerry Park Allison V. Thank you so much for all of the work you do to make sure that our students have access to resources and for spearheading our interstate committee. You are so appreciated, and it is always a pleasure to work with you. We are very lucky to have you.
April Yang Allison V. Thank you so much for all of the work you have been doing to support our students in their health and wellbeing. You do it with so much grace, thoughtfulness, and humor. I can only imagine how much they appreciate you. I know I am very much appreciative of you, as always.
Wes Clayton Allison V. Thank you so much for giving generously of your time to support our students and keep our students safe and healthy. I very much appreciate all that you have been doing now and always. I am very grateful for you and your talents.
Natalie Lankford Allison V. I am eternally grateful for all that you have been doing for our students to keep them safe and healthy. You have been so great, and I enjoy seeing you when I pop by the center. I am very appreciative of you-as always. Thank you for always being a bright spot.
Rachel Faith Allison V. I just want to drop a note to thank you so much for joining our team during this time. We are so grateful to have you with us to help support the students. I look forward to working with you more. Thank you for all you do.
Kathleen Richardson Allison V. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put in the summer, getting the campus ready to invite back our students, and for the care you gave to the students over the summer who were with us! I am so very grateful for you-as always.
Curtis Henry Allison V. Thank you so much for sharing your super-hero powers with our students at Rice. I am grateful for all you do to keep the community safe and healthy and how you do it with so much thoughtfulness. You are very much appreciated.
Saralyn McMorris Allison V. Thank you so much for all the work you have done for the campus to keep us healthy and safe. I am grateful for your creativity and willingness to share your talents with us. I appreciate everything that you do and how thoughtful you are in caring for students. Again, thank you!!!!
Janie Guerrero Allison V. Thank you so much for all that you do for Rice to keep the campus safe and healthy. You are so kind and thoughtful in your approach that it makes you a beloved campus community member. I am also very grateful that you have been generous enough to share your time and talents with the other teams. It has really helped them and our students. You are much appreciated.
Jordan Everett Allison V. I am so grateful for you, as always, for all of the fantastic work that you do as both an educator and navigator. You are so creative and generous with your talents. I have been in awe of how you have managed your own schooling while helping our campus community remain safe and healthy with such grace. Thank you for all that you do!
Denise Torres Allison V. I wanted to drop a note to tell you how grateful I am for all of your work in keeping things running smoothly. You do so with so much grace and ease. Thank you so much for all you do to keep the campus safe and healthy.
Lieutenant Thomas Hudak Allison V. I am so grateful to have you on our team. You are so valued, trusted, and appreciated. It is so easy to work with you, and you give so generously of your time and talents. Thank you so much for all that you and your team do to keep the campus community safe and healthy.
Maria Rodriguez Allison V. and DOU Thank you so much from all of us in the Dean of Undergraduates suite for keeping us tidy and clean during this time. We are so grateful for you and very much appreciate how you are working so tirelessly to help keep the campus community safe. Thank you!!!
Henry Cash Allison V. You are such a wonderful fixture on campus, and I miss seeing you around. Thank you so much for all that you are doing to help our students stay safe and healthy. You really make a difference, and we are eternally grateful for you.
Carrie Willard Allison V. It is with much gratitude and love that I thank you for all that you have done to keep our campus safe and healthy during this time. Your wit, creativity, and generosity have been such a wonderful gift to all of us. Thank you for all that you do.
Dr. LeCresha Peters Allison V. Thank you so much for all that you and your team do for Rice and our students to keep the campus safe and healthy. You have been very generous with your talents, and we are all so appreciative, especially me. We are lucky to have you working with us.
Dr. Kelly Castro Allison V. I am so thankful for you. You have been so great during this time and always in assisting and caring for our students. Thank you for being my Saturday partner in locating tests and giving so generously of your time to Student Health Services. The community is very lucky to have you and your team.
Yesenia Montoya Allison V. I am always so in awe of the way that you control the chaos, and I am so grateful to be able to work with you. You have been a great mentor to me, and I am lucky for it. Thank you for all that you do. It is so welcomed.
Patricia Canales Allison V. I’m so grateful to have you here. Your contribution to our team is tremendous. Your support means the world to all of us and you do it with such grace and creativity. I am thankful for you every day. Thank you for all you do!
Elizabeth Plummer Allison V. Who could have imagined when we met 15 years ago that we would end up working together every day? I am so glad that I get to work with you. You are such an essential part of our team and a terrific person to have by my side. You are creative, quick on your feet, and generous with your time. We are lucky to have you and Rice could not be more grateful for all of the extra work you have been doing to keep our community safe and healthy. Thank you for all that you do!
Emily Garza Allison V. I am always in awe of the work that you do the way you jump in and assist wherever needed and the grace with which you do is so much appreciated. You are a creative, thoughtful, and generous leader. I am very lucky to be able to work with you and your team. Thank you for all that you do.
Tim Baumgartner Allison V. I want you to know how appreciative I am of your creativity and flexibility during this time. You and your team truly made it easy to keep up services that are ethical, kind, and therapeutic for our students. Please know how grateful I am for all that you do to keep our campus community healthy. Thank you!
Cathryn Councill Allison V. Cathryn, I am so grateful to be able to work with you and your team. You are a kind, thoughtful, and creative leader who is much appreciated and welcomed. You and your team have made Rice a safe and healthy environment for all of our students. As you know, I love our conversations and especially your sense of humor. And Spitty's appearance at every call. Thank you again for all that you do.
Agnes Ho Allison V. Thank you Agnes for anchoring our ship. Your leadership, thoughtfulness, and strength has been much appreciated and welcomed. I am so proud of the work you and your team does to keep the campus safe and healthy. I am grateful to you and so pleased to be able to work with you.
Dr. McKelvey Allison V. I am so grateful to you and your staff for all of the work you have been doing to keep our students healthy during this time and always. Your courage, strength, and leadership has been inspiring to me and so many. Our students are very lucky to have doctors, nurses, and staff on campus who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that they are well and have what they need to remain so. Thank you for all that you do! You are very much appreciated. <3