Staff Spotlight: Michael Rice

A Kelley himself, Undergraduate Recruiter Michael Rice joined the Kelley Indy family in 2014, a year and a half after he graduated. Apart from recruiting new Kelleys, Michael also oversees undergraduate scholarships, and in his free time, enjoys rooting for the Indiana college team he considers most likely to win a national championship.

Q: As a recruiter, how do you spend your days?

Michael: I describe my job as recruiting America’s finest business students. I get the pleasure of meeting students interested in Kelley through career fairs, engaging them on-on-one when they visit IUPUI’s campus and reaching out by phone. I help students and parents feel at ease about the decision to attend our school and provide them with the necessary information to make an educated decision about our program.

Q: What's the best part about your jobs?

Michael: Connecting with a wide range of fantastic students for a variety of reasons. Some students are the first in their families to go to college, so they’re very proud and excited about that. Some students are presidents of their high school classes; others are valedictorians or have taken 30 dual credit courses, entering college as sophomores. I enjoy having the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of Kelleys.

Q: Why did you decide to work at Kelley?

Michael: I simply loved Kelley while I was a student, and I’m so proud to have graduated from this school. I feel like I can relate to what the students are experiencing, and it gives me credibility with prospective students and their parents - because I personally understand the challenges, concerns and fears they may have.

Q: Have you ever had a particularly challenging recruit?

Michael: My very first visitor was a student with whom my director was familiar, and I was very nervous about the visit. He had excellent grades and test scores and was very involved in school, so I felt pressure to land him. When he and his mother arrived for the visit, I didn’t get a sense that he was interested in IUPUI. It was my job to show him how he’d fit in here and be successful. Ultimately, the visit was a positive one, and he’s currently a phenomenal student, involved in four different organizations after his freshman year. We met again earlier this year, and he told me he hadn’t planned to come here. Happily, my enthusiasm for Kelley, plus meeting and talking with other students and friends who’d come to IUPUI, sold him on it. Experiences like that really make the job worthwhile.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of Kelley?

Michael: I enjoy reading. Right now I’m reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. I enjoy playing sports, particularly basketball. I love Division 1 collegiate football, and I’m a huge Notre Dame football fan. Honestly, I love all of our local teams. If Purdue is doing well, I’ll root for them. Notre Dame just seems like the most likely to win a national championship. I’m impressed by college athletes: They’re kids who aren’t being paid; most of them play hard and live in dorms. I can relate to college athletes more than professionals, and I feel the passion is much stronger at a collegiate level. Plus, the home field/court advantage is amazing during college games!