Dec. 4, 2007
Rice University has done more than fulfill the expectations Lute Barber had when he signed a letter of intent to play football for the Owls in 2003. A two-year starter at offensive tackle, Barber is set to graduate in May with a degree from one of the top universities in the nation and is ready to take on the challenge of law school with the same determination he employed against onrushing defensive linemen.
"I feel Rice has prepared me for the next phase of my life, and I am confident that my experiences at Rice will help me succeed in whatever I may do," Barber said.
In his time at Rice, Lute has really enjoyed doing community service with his team. "I've really enjoyed the many opportunities I've had to work with kids. I like to have a positive influence on kids. Whether it be reading to them at elementary schools or coaching them in summer football camps, it's been great," he added.
Academically, Lute has enjoyed classes in economics, his major, but his two favorite classes have been in Public Speaking, both of which were taught by Professor Jeremy Grace.
"Both Public Speaking and Business and Professional Speaking helped make me a better communicator and better prepared me for the business world," he explained.
This is Lute's fourth year to serve as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a representative for football. He works with the Business Relations sub-committee to develop relationships between Rice's student-athletes and professionals and corporations in Houston.
He also helps organize events that encourage student involvement for all athletic teams at Rice. In addition to SAAC, Barber has also been a Peer Academic Advisor for Athletics for the last three years. He mentors incoming freshman athletes in academics and adjusting to college life.
So what lies ahead for Lute after he graduates this May? "After graduation I plan on attending law school. Hopefully, through the same hard work that's gotten me here, I'll be able to pursue a top career that will allow me to give back to Rice University, a school that has given me so much.
Once again, Lute has set his sights high. He is on a path to be one of Tomorrow's Leaders.
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