Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
On Thursday we talked about this Wall Street Journal opinion piece written by a high school senior taking college admissions board to task about all the hoops kids have to jump through to be admitted to their (her words) "dream schools."
This led to a discussion of what motivates people to "give"--of themselves, whether their time or treasure. Is it for the "call" to give? How about the idea that they're giving back to the ______ that gave so much to them. Or, asked cynically, is there an ulterior motive? Should I even ask the question?--More on that in a bit.
The pragmatic Trent says...I don't care what motivates you to "give." I really don't. That being said, I'd invite you to do a little self-evaluation. If you're moitivated to "give" because you feel some kind of obligation to your God, your family, or your community, good for you. If you are motivated by the "warm fuzzies" you get, good for you, too. If you "give" because you want to pad your resume', or boost your standing in the community, or simply like the "strokes" the come with having given...I say, good for you. Like I said, I don't really care why you "give." Would I love it if everyone one "gave" because they motivated by nothing more than an all-consuming sense of altruism? Sure. But, we are complicated beings who are motivated by a broad range of ideals.
I was taken to task, a bit, for even questioning why someone "gives." In fact, someone thought me to be "disgusting" for presuming that people "gave" our of motivation to "get something back." Here's the thing. I know those people who do what they do our of pure strategy--"What's in it for me? Who's going to think well of me?" I'd lay odds that you know them too.
Like I said earlier--I don't care. We have lots of agencies and organizations that simply don't function without volunteers. Find one of them, and pitch in. Many hands make light work, you know.