Here at Rice, each college has a number of amazing faculty, staff, alumni, and community members that are affectionately referred to as Associates. At Sid, they are the best of the bunch. They cheer on our Powderpuff, sponsor study breaks, and do whatever they can to make your college experience the best it can possibly be. Our Associates fall under three categories: Faculty Associates, University Associates, and Community Associates. Faculty Associates are made up of lecturers and professors. University Associates are staff who work at Rice. Community Associates are members of the Houston Community, sometimes Rice alum, who want to dedicate their time to help students explore options outside of Rice. 

How to Join 

If you are interested in becoming a Sid Associate, please email our Associates Committee at for more information. You can also apply using this form. Your information and a short description will be presented at our weekly Council and our college will vote to decide on whether you become an Associate. No pressure, we are always happy to add more members to our Associates team!

How do you Interact with Associates?

Go to Associate’s Night (a reception and dinner extravaganza held each semester on behalf of the Sid Servery Chef). Take their classes. Keep in touch with your O-Week Associates. Facebook friend them if you must. If you’re looking for some good conversation and some cool adults, just introduce yourself. They’re really eager to meet you, and they have plenty of stories and memories from their own Sid and Rice experiences. And just think: you might someday become an Associate, too! 

Who are our Associates?


James & Kristi Bartlett

Campus Minister


Josh & Jamie Bell

College Pastor and lead pastor for Chi Alpha


Claire Blanton, Jack Blanton III, Jack Blanton IV

PhD Student


Matthew Cheney, Ph.D.

Forensic Toxicology Consultant at Cheney Forensic Consulting, LLC


Luis Diaz-Gomez

Bioengineering/Pharmaceutical Sciences


Shelby Joe & Stephen Hayes

Entrepreneurs in Education Technology, Publishing, and Services


Gary & Anne Johnson



Ben Lansford

Accounting Professor at Jones School


Melissa Marschall

Professor of Political Science


Tony Melchiorri & Katarina Amemnt

Research Scientist & SciFi Writer


Kimberly Mendoza

MD/PhD Student (MA & PhD in Chemistry)

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David Messmer, Norie Guthrie, & Evie Messmer

Director of FWIS program at Rice


Jonathan Morris

Peace Corps & International Development. Commodity Trading.


Marcie & Charles Newton

Marcie-Department Admin, Charles-Info Technology


Anisha Patel

Physician: Dermatologist, Dermatopathologist, Faculty at McGovern Med School


Dr. Augusto Rodriguez & Vanessa Perez

Department of Kinesiology, Major Advisor, Sports Medicine


Gilbert, Jie, Khalil, & Mia Saldivar

Change Management


Rafael & Michelle Verduzco

Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering