The Executive Council oversees all activity within RPC and is integral to the smooth running of RPC. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Council consists of six positions and is filled by six members.
RPC Executive Council 2018-19
President – Maishara Muquith
Maishara is a junior at McMurtry studying Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She has enjoyed being a part of RPC since her freshmen year and has served various roles such as NOA committee member and McMurtry college rep. As president this year, her goal is to improve collaboration within RPC, promote internal cohesion, and increase attendance at RPC events. During her free time, Maishara enjoys binge-watching all kinds of shows from Game of Thrones to Friends. Some of her other activities include hanging out with friends, eating at new restaurants, and exploring various cultural events. Rondelet stands out as one of her favorite events because it is the perfect opportunity to dress up and take a break from school. She is really looking forward to working with her peers to put on events for the Rice student body!
The President is responsible for overseeing RPC as a whole, ensuring that all committees and events are run smoothly, efficiently, and most importantly, successfully. The President elects the Executive Council, working with them to select co-chairs and establish the budget, sets the agenda for and runs Exec and General meetings, and serves as the primary spokesperson and main point of contact for the organization. The President also helps the Executive Council set organization-wide, committee, and personal goals for the year and works with them throughout the year to ensure those goals are reached.
Interval Vice President (IVP) – Elizabeth Hang
Elizabeth Hang is a senior from Will Rice College studying Psychology, and she is your Internal Vice President for 2018-2019. This is her fourth year in RPC and second year on the executive board, from committee member, to committee chair, to Director of College Relations, and now Internal Vice President! Beer Bike is Elizabeth’s favorite event as not only has her home college swept five times, it is an incredible event that brings students from all years together to root for their colleges. In addition to serving as the Internal Vice President for RPC, Elizabeth is also Co-President for the Vietnamese Student Association. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, Elizabeth loves to read, is obsessed with stationery, and always strikes an endless amount of puns. She is also a huge fan of soccer and is super excited to kick off another successful year in RPC!
The Internal Vice President maintains organization and cohesion within RPC. The IVP plans retreats and retention events, and also handles minutes and attendance tasks. The IVP gets to know every single member in RPC, and serves to help to personalize their experience and to foster an environment where members can affect change. In this way, the IVP works to ensure that RPC is not only planning great events for the student body, but that its members are also building relationships and having fun along the way. RPC truly is a student-led and student-run organization. The IVP is responsible for giving our members the support they need, and for showing our appreciation for all their hard work by giving them a memorable experience!
Social Vice President – James Chen
James’s Instagram bio states that he’s a “Denny’s aficionado (evident from all the late nights he’s grabbed from Denny’s in past years) and Gordon Ramsay wannabe (aka watches a ton of Ramsay videos in the slight chance that he might pick something up”, but he also plays Super Smash Bros and basketball, likes going to music festivals and concerts (especially if they have EDM), and plays piano/violin on the side if he ever has time. He’s a Junior at Hanszen College who’s majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and minoring in Medical Humanities and he enjoys RPC because he really feels like it gives people all around campus a place to get together with their friends and have a great time and perhaps get to know new people along the way. His favorite RPC event (besides Beer Bike, cuz that’s everyone’s fave) is the Fall and Spring Traditions Study Break because who doesn’t love FREE FOOD, specifically FREE CANES??
The Social Vice President is mainly responsible for fostering camaraderie and promoting morale within RPC members through retention events, general body meetings (GBMs), retreats, and RPC-specific social events. To do this, the SVP closely coordinates with the IVP to organize GBMs and retreats to make sure that these events are not only organized and cohesive but also fun and enjoyable for all RPC members. The overall unity of RPC as a club is extremely important, and the SVP is always here to make sure that members feel included and that they are an integral part of RPC and the amazing things it does around campus. Because they are!
External Vice President – Hongyu Mao
Hongyu Mao, who usually goes by his last name, Mao, is a senior double majoring in Statistics and Theatre. He is a proud Sidizen! Besides RPC, he also serves the Rice Chinese Students and Scholars Association as the External Vice President. He loves tennis, running, basketball, snowboarding, surfing, and all kinds of sports! As a result, he eats a lot, usually 2.5-3 plates from the severies. He also enjoys acting on stage, playing the piano, and going to shows when he gets free time. Mao’s favorite RPC event is Gingerbread House Building Competition because it was so cute to watch Rice students design creative houses with sweet snacks! It was an exciting warm-up before Thanksgiving.
The External Vice President acts as the main intermediary between RPC and other groups/organizations across campus, including the SA, Homecoming Committee, and each of the residential college’s socials committee heads/directors. The EVP’s job is to ensure that RPC’s campus-wide goals are being met. In addition, the EVP also helps facilitate the scheduling and planning of college events so that conflicts are kept to a minimum.
Director of College Relations – Angel Zhang
Angel is a junior at Martel College majoring in Economics, with a minor in Business. This is Angel’s third year in RPC, having previously served as both a college rep and a committee member for Passport to Houston and Beer Bike. Her favorite event is Crush Party because she loves to make Valentine’s Day-themed crafts with her friends! Outside of RPC, Angel enjoys going to art museums, writing, binge-watching various TV shows and movies, traveling, and napping.
The Director of College Relations (DCR) ensures that RPC has a devoted and competent body of college representatives that are enthusiastic and informed about all RPC events so that each member of the undergraduate community has a chance to know about and attend the events that RPC hosts. The DCR is also required to make sure that the college reps are gaining feedback from their colleges, both positive and negative in order to add to the growth of RPC. The DCR also acts as an executive liaison for not only the college representatives, but also for two RPC committees, Publicity and Design.
Treasurer – Luis Adame
Luis Adame is a Junior at Baker College majoring in Social Policy Analysis. Luis has taken much joy to participate in RPC as both a college rep and committee member for Night Owl Antics. Luis is also a Strive Liaison and Historian for Baker College. During his free time, Luis likes to consult the divine forces through his tarot cards, hit Numbers up (it’s on Westheimer), or make a killer quesadilla. His favorite RPC event is getting tickets to watch a concert at the Houston Rodeo from Passport to Houston. Nothing beats mutton bustin’ and fried food. Luis is looking forward to bringing ‘never been done before’ events to RPC so grab onto your hats y’all.
The Treasurer oversees the financial aspects in RPC that include monetary planning and budgeting, fiscal reporting, and funding. In addition, this year the Treasurer will be working closely with both the Traditions and Night Owl Antics Committees.
Staff Advisor – Ryan Morgado
Ryan is the staff advisor for RPC and has worked at Rice since October of 2015. He grew up in the Bay Area of California where he graduated from San Jose State University in 2013 with a degree in Computer Science. Realizing that while he enjoys tinkering with computers as a hobby, he decided to move to western Pennsylvania and attend Slippery Rock University to get his Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education. When Ryan isn’t working he loves to longboard, learn how to play ukulele, take pictures with his DSLR camera, and play volleyball with his friends. He’s also on a quest to find the best tacos in town. The Gingerbread House Building Competition is his favorite events because he loves to see how packed the Grand Hall can get for such a fun event!
The Staff Advisor supports RPC in all its endeavors. The Staff Advisor meets with each Executive Council mmber on a weekly basis and committee co-chairs on a bi-weekly basis. RPC is a completely student run organization and the Staff Advisor is here to provide guidance and feedback as the students are making goals and planning their awesome events!