Hi, my name is Aliya, and I am originally from College Station, Texas. I have a BS in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University (GW). I spent almost a decade in Washington, DC working for an international development agency and in academic advising at GW. I like to travel, and I love tennis - playing and watching!
Liaison College: Will Rice
Hello, my name is Christine! I'm originally from the beautiful island of Guam! I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas - Pan American and an MEd in Administration and Supervision in Higher Education from the University of Houston. For the past decade, I have worked in academic advising, recruitment, and professional school admissions. I enjoy travel, baking, rooting for the Houston Texans, and spending time with my husband, son, and two dogs.
Liaison Colleges: Baker, Sid Richardson
My name is Brad Blunt, and I am on my third "tour of duty" at Rice, having previously served as Director of Admissions for the Shepherd School of Music. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended college in Iowa, and graduate school in Ohio. Both my degrees are in vocal performance. I am a music and theater fan (and slight snob), but probably get the most worked up about the Chicago Cubs. I have a son and a daughter that I also dedicate a lot of time to as well, while also serving as an RA at McMurtry College.
Liaison Colleges: Duncan, McMurtry
Hello, my name is Tamara. I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in sociology and advised for 10 years at the main campus of the University of Houston before joining the team here at Rice. My advising scope covers a wide spectrum of majors and minors. I also worked extensively with undecided students and have served on scholarship committees and been instrumental in the implementation of several advising policies and procedures over my career. I stay busy with my three young daughters but also love to travel and read biographies and medical narratives in my free time.
Liaison Colleges: Hanszen, Wiess
Hello, my name is Mandi Cutchins, and I graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Human Development and Family Students and received my master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. I most recently hail from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where I worked very closely with pre-health students. I am an obnoxious Ohio State Buckeyes fan, and football season is my favorite time of year. My favorite part of advising is working with students throughout their time in college and seeing how far they go on their academic journey.
Liaision Colleges: Brown, Jones
Hi, I'm John Fierst, and I am originally from southwest Indiana and completed my BA in biology from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). I am a graduate of the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program at Texas A&M University and finished in 2017. My experience includes working with co-curricular internships, learning communities, and new student programs. I love to cook, travel to new places both in the US and abroad, and now explore my new home of Houston!
Liaison Colleges: Lovett, Martel
Griswold came to Rice in the fall of 1986, shortly after earning her master's degree in higher education student affairs/counseling from Indiana University. It was then where she took charge of monitoring the academic progress of more than 350 Rice student-athletes. Griswold has celebrated over 30 years of service here at Rice. A 1981 cum laude graduate from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, with degrees in mathematics and education, Griswold has an impressive coaching background, including the prestigious Indiana Girlsâ€™ Basketball State Championship in 1983. While working on her graduate degree at Indiana University, Griswold served as the Hoosiers' academic graduate assistant (1984-86). Currently, she is an associate of Hanszen College and is active in City of Refuge Church, bible study groups, and has eight nieces and nephews.Â
Works with football offense, women's tennis, men's basketball
Yeakel started his position at Rice in 2000. Prior to joining the Rice staff, Yeakel was an athletics assistant at Butler University for three years. Yeakel attended Purdue University, graduating in 1993 with a B.A. in political science. While at Purdue, he played under hall of fame head coach Gene Keady on the "Gold Squad" practice team for men's basketball. He then earned an M.A. in recreation at Indiana University, where he interned with the IU Athletic Department in both the academic and ticket offices. A native of Indiana, Mike and his wife, Nikki, enjoy the outdoors with their children Logan and Kylie.Â
Works with men's basketball, football defense, women's track and field
Misha Caylor joined the Rice academic advising team in November 2011. A former collegiate golfer, Misha was a four-time letterwinner at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After graduating with her B.A. in psychology, she began working as a counselor for children/teens in a residential psychiatric facility in central Virginia. During her three years at the treatment center, Misha completed her M.A. in professional counseling at Liberty University. In 2016 Misha and her husband Ryan welcomed their first child, Scarlet Marie. Misha enjoys attending sporting events, visiting with family and friends, and playing golf.
Works with golf, women's swimming, men's track and field, men's tennis, and volleyball
Kendal Moore joined the Rice academic advising team in October 2014. A former collegiate soccer player, Kendal was a four-time letter winner at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications in May 2012. Following her time at Arkansas, Kendal went on to receive her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University while also serving as the Graduate Assistant for the women's soccer team. Kendal enjoys attending sporting events, hiking, camping, and being around family and friends.
Works with baseball, women's soccer, and women's basketball