The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business honored two alumni and four graduating seniors during its annual Honors and Awards Banquet April 22 at TU’s Allen Chapman Student Union. Matthew Rice (BSBA ’01), publisher of STYLECASTER, was named the 2016 Fast Track Alumnus and Chantal Veevaete (MBA ’90), retired senior vice president of human resources for Phillips 66, was named the 2016 Outstanding Alumna.
Veevaete retired as senior vice president of human resources for Phillips 66 in December 2014. She had served in the position since May 2012. Veevaete has more than 30 years of experience in human resources roles, spending much of her time in the chemical, and oil and gas industries. Before being named to her role at Phillips 66, Veevaete served as vice president of human resources for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Prior to her work at Chevron Phillips Chemical, Veevaete was vice president of human resources for the Accredo division of Medco Health Solutions (Express Scripts, Inc).
Veevaete began her career at a private legal practice in Belgium in 1980. In 1981, she joined Phillips Petroleum in Belgium, where she held various roles in employee relations, administration, government relations and public affairs. From 1983 to 1987, she worked for Applied Automation, a Phillips Petroleum USA subsidiary, where she held positions in manufacturing, research and development, sales, marketing, management services and public relations. Her last assignment during her tenure with Phillips Petroleum was in corporate human resources, OD and global diversity before leaving in 1998. She currently serves on the Collins College of Business Executive Advisory Board, on the Continental Building Products, Inc. (NYSE:CBPX) Board of Directors and as a board member of Communities In Schools. Veevaete attended ISTI in Brussels, Belgium and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Tulsa in 1990.
Rice is currently the publisher of STYLECASTER, SheKnows Media’s flagship fashion and beauty website aimed at young millennial women. Most recently, Rice served as the publisher of Conde Nast’s Style.com where he was responsible for overseeing the property’s sales strategy and marketing initiatives. Rice, who was promoted to publisher in 2013, previously served as the associate publisher of Style.com and NowManifest.com. Prior to that, he held advertising director and executive director roles at Style.com, Women’s Wear Daily, DETAILS, Glamour and Teen Vogue. As the publisher of STYLECASTER, Rice is responsible for driving the brand’s repositioning efforts, which include overhauling the STYLECASTER site; developing a new, more robust branded content and advertising offering; as well as strategic hiring to build out the brand’s sales and marketing teams.
The son of Ronnie and Becky, Rice grew up in Wagoner, Oklahoma. During his time at TU, Rice was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and served two terms as president. His other honors and activities include Student Senate, Interfraternity Council and Homecoming Court. He was president of the Student Association during his senior year. Rice graduated cum laude with a degree in marketing. Rice resides in New York City with his husband, Michael, also a publishing executive, and their two-year-old daughter, Kaia.
Four graduating seniors received the 2016 David R. Lawson Outstanding Senior award in recognition of their leadership and accomplishments while students at TU: Connor Brady, energy management and finance; Brianna Dick, finance and marketing; Jocelyn Sheffield, management information systems, international business and language and Spanish; and Anshuman Singh, accounting and finance.
Also honored during the evening’s ceremony were faculty and staff award recipients, Beta Gamma Sigma initiates, honors graduates, certificate of merit recipients and college and department award recipients.