Rice Parents
Parents & Families Newsletter
Issue No. 23 - Winter 2018
A message from Dean Gorman

It is always such a pleasure to watch the campus come back to life during the first few weeks of the spring semester. In particular, I enjoy meeting with students, talking about their aspirations and activities, and generally helping them figure out the path ahead. Our students are tremendously talented, and they have many options and choices to make as they plot their course through their time with us.

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News Around Campus

Rice receives record-breaking number of admission applications

In 2018, for the first time in Rice University history, more than 27,000 students applied for admission— an increase of 30 percent over the previous year. This unprecedented surge surprised even optimistic enrollment administrators, who had been anticipating a substantial growth in applicants.

Rice reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at annual vigil and celebration

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, introduced by Rice President David Leebron, delivered the keynote speech at the university’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil and Celebration Jan. 20. Participants packed the pews of the Rice Memorial Chapel to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson ’86 named to Texas Aviation Hall of Fame

Astronaut and Rice alumna Peggy Whitson ’86, who holds the U.S. record for most time in space, was recently selected for induction into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.

Joe Karlgaard welcomes Matt Bragga on first podcast of 2019

Did you know Rice Athletic Director Joe Karlgaard has a podcast? The first podcast of 2019, available now, features an interview with new Rice baseball coach Matt Bragga and questions submitted by Rice fans.

Rice’s graduate entrepreneurship program ranked No. 3 in the nation

Rice University and its Jones Graduate School of Business have the No. 3 graduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S. and No. 1 in Texas, according to the 2019 rankings announced by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This marks Rice’s third year in a row that the program is ranked in the top three nationally and the 10th year in a row the school has been ranked in the top 10.

Stargazers flock to watch the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ at Rice

More than 200 members of the community watched the Jan. 20 lunar eclipse at the Rice University Campus Observatory.


Student Life

B.J. and Shirley Fregly: Brown College and the Culture of Care

Shirley Fregly ’88 knows all about the benefits of residential college life. As a student at Brown, she learned that exchanging different ideas and opinions can be educational and invigorating. Now a Brown magister, along with her husband B.J., she wants to pass along that skill to current Brown students. Read more about the Freglys, their roles as magisters and their hopes for Brown College and its exceptional students.

Watch the personal side of The Rice Investment’s scholarship support (video)

At its heart, The Rice Investment program is about people — about connecting extraordinary students with an extraordinary education. This video highlights the personal stories of two students and an alum whose lives are transformed through the generosity of others.

Rice University year-in-review (video)

2018 was good to Rice. Our community celebrated the exciting groundbreakings of the Midtown innovation district, a new music building and a new home for the School of Social Sciences. We announced the Rice Investment because we believe that talent deserves opportunity, and we unveiled the Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2) to guide Rice’s vision and plan for the next 10 years. We’re looking forward to all that 2019 brings!


Parent Involvement

A new, virtual home for you to stay connected to Rice

Introducing the new Rice Portal, a resource where parents, friends and alumni can access a suite of online services that allows you to keep in touch with the Rice family and engage with the university. Simply go to riceconnect.rice.edu to sign up for an account, or visit alumni.rice.edu and click on the “Rice Portal” link to get started.

Rice University Kinder Institute luncheon to celebrate Houston

On May 13, the Kinder Institute will gather thousands for its highly anticipated, annual luncheon. This year, the event will honor Jeff Hines (CEO of Hines) and feature Professor Stephen L. Klineberg, who will share the results of his 38th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey — the nation’s longest-running study of its kind.

Is your student looking for networking opportunities?

If your Rice student is close to graduation and would like to tap into the Rice community, direct them to Sallyportal.org’s alumni-to-alumni job board. Also, be sure to sign up for Sallyportal yourself and join the growing list of parents who aid our current students and alumni in such special ways.



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