Owls Who Can Cook to raise money for Alternative Spring Break trips

Rice Owls can do many things – including cook! On Jan. 26-27, the Community Involvement Center (CIC) will host the third annual Owls Who Can Cook (OWCC), an off-campus dining event where Rice faculty and staff members host meals in their homes. The event began in 2011 as a fundraiser for Rice’s Alternative Spring Break program.

Owls Who Can Cook art“This event has been extremely popular with the Rice community over the past few years, and interest in the program continues to grow,” CIC Director Mac Griswold said.

The event includes 11 meal options to choose from — everything from a Mexican fiesta to an Indian feast. Tickets range from $25 to $50 and can be purchased at http://cic.rice.edu/OWCC. All funds raised from OWCC will directly benefit the participating trips, and dinner attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the trips they are supporting.

Rice’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program allows students to participate in domestic service projects throughout the United States over spring break. This year, 180 Rice students will serve on 14 ASB trips advised by the CIC. While the social issues addressed by each of these projects vary, the core of each trip is an educational experience grounded in strong direct service and meaningful reflection. The trips are researched, coordinated and implemented entirely by students.

The tickets are a great gift idea, suggested Sarah Hodgkinson, assistant director of the CIC.

“As you plan for the holidays, consider giving the gift of OWCC tickets, which are a great way to treat a colleague or a friend to a unique meal experience,” she said.

For more information on Owls Who Can Cook, visit http://cic.rice.edu/OWCC.

About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.