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Issue No. 7—Summer 2013
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Investing in Their Children’s Future

With his charisma and sharp mind, Don Woo is one of those people you find yourself liking right away. A proven leader — Don is the president of Mission Constructors, Inc., and serves on many Houston-area boards — it comes as no surprise that he converses with ease on a wide range of subjects, from the design of buildings to on-campus Iron Chef competitions. You quickly notice his face lights up when he talks about Rice, and it becomes clear why Don and his wife, Nancy, were asked to lead Rice’s Parents Leadership Council.

Don and Nancy have three Owls in their family: Christian ’13 (Sid Rich), who earned her degree in mathematical economic analysis; Austin ’16 (Jones), who is studying chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Lauren ’16, who is transferring to Rice from Southern Methodist University this fall.

Join the Parents Leadership Council
If you want to make Rice even better for your own Owl and for current and future students, join the more than 150 parents who are members of the Parents Leadership Council. The Council is comprised of parents who have made gifts of $2,500 or more to the Rice Annual Fund. The Annual Fund provides scholarships, enhanced residential college life, educational technology, library acquisitions, campus security and much more. Parents Leadership Council members receive many benefits, including leadership receptions during Families Weekend, recognition in Rice’s annual giving societies and opportunities to interact with Rice administrators and faculty. For more information, please contact Kathy Duplessis, director of development for parents and families, at 713-348-4619 or kdup@rice.edu, or Jozette Bowman, assistant director of the Rice Annual Fund, at 713-348-3287 or Jozette@rice.edu.

The proud parents have been deeply involved at Rice from the moment Christian first arrived on campus. Besides participating in the Parents Leadership Council (PLC) and making generous gifts to the Rice Annual Fund, the couple has focused on enhancing student life through their support of Alternative Spring Break, the Asian Alumni Fund, Rice Athletics and especially through their children’s colleges.

“Nancy and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved at the colleges and finding ways to assist students, whatever their needs may be,” Don said. In addition to hosting Iron Chef competitions and enhancing Sid Rich’s outdoor commons, the Woos have earned rave reviews from Jones and Sid Rich students for their delicious homemade lasagna and wookies, or “Woo cookies.” Don and Nancy are quick to point out that parents are often coming up with their own creative ideas to improve student life.

“We’re just doing our part,” Don said. “Parents are a vital part of the university community, and by engaging with Rice we’re supporting and investing in our children’s future. I encourage all parents to learn more about Rice and to come to functions on campus, and if you’re visiting from outside the Houston area, let the Parents Leadership Council know you’re coming so we can help you get involved. Better yet, join the Parents Leadership Council. The more parents we have, the more ideas we’ll have to make Rice even better.”