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VISION 2018 - Information for Volunteers and Hosts

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VISION, Rice University's three-day, invitation-only program for academically talented and ethnically diverse students, gives applicants an opportunity to experience Rice firsthand. During the program, participants will have the opportunity to meet current students, attend class, stay in one of our 11 Residential Colleges and interact with faculty and alumni.

Current Rice students who volunteer throughout VISION — whether as a student host or as a volunteer for other important roles — play a key role in making our VISION guests feel welcomed by the Rice community. As a volunteer, you are often among the first Rice representatives applicants meet when they arrive on campus, so you make all the difference in extending the Rice community hospitality to VISION attendees!

Students interested in volunteering and/or hosting during VISION can complete the VISION Volunteer Form. The volunteer roles of Overnight Host, Day Host, Airport Volunteer and Registration Volunteer. Below are descriptions of each role.

Overnight Hosts
Overnight hosts play a big role in ensuring that our prospective students have a positive experience during their visit. Hosts are expected to provide a safe and welcoming environment and be excellent representatives of Rice University. Hosts are encouraged to share their perspective and answer questions regarding Rice as well as provide a space for students to stay overnight.

Hosts will meet with their VISION guest upon their arrival to campus on Sunday, February 18. VISION attendees will stay with hosts until their departure the morning of Tuesday, February 20. Throughout their stay, we ask hosts to spend as much time as possible with their VISION guest. You should be aware that the VISION planning team has put in place several activities for attendees and hosts, so you do not need to spend every moment with your guest; rather, their stay will be a combination of time with you and time participating in planned activities.

VISION attendees are instructed to bring their own sleeping bag, bedding and toiletries. The Office of Admission will provide participants a schedule of events as well as shuttle departure information if they are flying to and from Houston. We expect hosts to remind their prospective student to be mindful of the VISION schedule.

You must live on campus to be an overnight host. Rice students living off campus are welcome to be a day host or volunteer.

Day Hosts
Day Hosts are needed for attendees who are unable to participate in the overnight component of the VISION program. For example, we have several Houstonians planning to attend VISION and we would like them to connect with a current student during their time at VISION.

Day Hosts typically take their VISION attendee to shadow classes, have breakfast and/or lunch together in your college, and show the attendee favorite parts of campus. Your role as a host is to add a personal touch to the student's time on campus. Day Hosts are also welcome to participate in the evening VISION activities.

Airport Volunteers
We need volunteers to greet VISION attendees arriving at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Hobby Airport (HOU) during the day, Sunday, February 18. Volunteers for airport duty are expected to fulfill a minimum time commitment of 4 hours because of the arrival windows of our attendees. The Office of Admission staff will do our best to provide you with transportation to and from the airport for your shift.

During your shift, you will be asked to welcome prospective students, mingle with them between their arrival time to the airport and their shuttle pick-up time and assist in directing them to their assigned shuttle to campus. Throughout your shift, you will be accompanied by a member of the Office of Admission staff. Available shifts are from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., or 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18.

If you are volunteering as a VISION overnight host, we recommend that you do not sign up for Airport Duty. Host responsibilities take a priority over airport duty, and we want to be sure overnight hosts are available as soon as your VISION guest(s) arrive on campus.

Registration Volunteers
Current student volunteers are needed to assist with checking in VISION attendees when they arrive on campus. Volunteers for registration are expected to fulfill one of these registration shifts: 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. OR 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18.

During your shift, you will be asked to welcome prospective students to campus, check them in for VISION and mingle with them between their arrival time and the time they are picked up by their overnight host. Overnight hosts are provided with their attendees' estimated time of arrival to campus, but in some cases, hosts need to be contacted when the attendee arrives.