The Executive Council oversees all activity within RPC and is integral to the smooth running of RPC. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Council consists of six positions and is filled by six members.
President: Irene Chu
Irene is a senior from Sid majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. This is her third year in RPC, having previously served as NOA committee member and co-chair. As president, she hopes to increase event attendance and student body input in RPC events. In her free time, she enjoys binge watching TV shows, hanging out with friends, and baking desserts. Her favorite RPC event is the annual Gingerbread House Building Competition because it’s so exciting to see everyone compete to build the most creative gingerbread house. She is really excited to be working with her peers to plan events that can be enjoyed by the whole Rice community.
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.
Internal Vice President (IVP): Samantha McClendon
Samantha is a junior (class of 2021) from Martel College majoring in Bioengineering. She has been involved in RPC as a NOA committee member and a Socials Co-Chair and is excited to serve as IVP for 2019-2020! She loves to see events come to life for students all across campus to enjoy and can’t wait to make more memories this year. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, traveling, and memorizing song lyrics. Her favorite RPC event is the annual gingerbread competition because that’s where she’s truly seen the most unconventional wisdom Rice students have to offer!
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 (SVP): Su Chen Teh
Su Chen is a senior at Martel College studying Economics and Environmental Engineering. She really enjoys being in RPC as she gets to learn how some of exciting campus-wide events are planned. Her favorite RPC event is Beer Bike – Having participated in it for two years, she finds it fascinating to now go behind the scenes to see the inner workings of this important and unique Rice tradition. Outside of Rice, she is an ardent fan of Spongebob Squarepants and wants to save the environment (let’s go hug some trees!). Her dream in life is to travel to New Zealand and see all the Lord of the Rings film sites, a goal that is currently only approximately 3% complete.
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 (EVP): Priscilla Li
Priscilla is a senior from Wiess majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. Since freshman year, she’s been area coordinator for the Beer Bike committee, co-chair for the Design committee, and is now your External Vice President for RPC.
In her free time, you can find her reading books, listening to “Discover Weekly” on Spotify, or multitasking while watching Netflix shows. Her favorite RPC event is any of the Night Owl Antics events – they’re fun and you never know what activities will be planned where students can hang out with friends and meet new people!
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 (DCR): Divya Jain
Divya is a sophomore at Will Rice College double majoring in political science and kinesiology. In her second year in RPC, Divya’s excited to be apart of the executive council working alongside the college reps, design, and publicity committees. As DCR, she hopes to improve communication between RPC and the student body as well as increase RPC presence in each college. Outside of RPC, Divya is on the mock trial team and serves as a campus tour guide. In her free time, you’ll probably find Divya glued to her laptop watching the ‘stros or out on the powderpuff field repping Will Rice. Her favorite RPC event is Beer Bike. Will Rice Will Sweep!
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: Joycelyn Yiu
Joycelyn is a junior from Martel College majoring in biochemistry and neuroscience. She likes to watch comedy TV shows, taste test cooking experiments, take pictures of action sequences, and read about machine learning in her free time. This year, she is excited to streamline the RPC budget’s ease-of-use, recordability, and transparency. Her favorite RPC events are The Fall and Spring Study Breaks (organized by the Traditions Committee). The events encourage students to take the time to relax and embrace their inner “chill” before diving into finals week.
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 member 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!