Rice Parents
Parents & Families Newsletter
Issue No. 21 - Summer 2018
A message from Dean Gorman

We recently wrapped up Orientation Week for first-year students. As always, the excitement for the start of the year was palpable, with everyone focused on the role they will play in helping new students get off to the strongest possible start. In a certain way, I am also a first-year at Rice. My name is Bridget Gorman, and I am the new dean of undergraduates.

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News Around Campus

Rice ranks among nation's top universities in Princeton Review's 'The Best 384 Colleges'

For the fourth year in a row, Rice University ranks No. 1 in the nation for the best race/class interaction, according to student surveys for the Princeton Review’s 2019 edition of “The Best 384 Colleges.” Rice is also ranked No. 2 for best quality of life, No. 3 for best college newspaper and No. 5 for happiest students. Rice ranked in the top 20 in 13 categories, the most ever for the university.

Rice to break ground on new School of Social Sciences building in Sept.

On Sept. 13, Rice will break ground on a new home for the School of Social Sciences called the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences. The building will be named for Patti and Jonathan Kraft, the lead donors for the project, and will house the Sociology and Economics departments, the dean’s office, the Texas Policy Lab, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance and the Houston Education Research Consortium.

Woodson Research Center celebrates 50 years of preserving the past

The Woodson Research Center Special Collection and Archives at Fondren Library celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — though on precisely which date, no one knows. What is known is that the Woodson boasts a treasure trove of rare Rice finds, including a paper from scientist Julian Huxley in which he “ordered” an alligator, a hand-carved Owls toilet seat and an “Owl-opoly” board game.

Harvey Memories Project will help preserve nation's first social media storm

One year after the devastating storm hit Houston, a new online archive aims to prevent the loss of valuable Hurricane Harvey-related photos, videos and other digital data.


Rebecca Reichards-Kortum named US science envoy

The State Department selected Rice bioengineer and global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum to serve as a U.S. science envoy. She is one of only 23 scientists ever selected for this prestigious position.

Cheers! The summer issue of Rice Magazine is here

The Summer 2018 issue of Rice Magazine explores the world of beverages through an entrepreneurial lens. From coffee and tea to beer, wine, spirits and more, alumni are bringing their creativity, business savvy and expertise to crafting the best. Read these stories and more, including an archive of past issues, at magazine.rice.edu.


Student Life

Hit rewind on O-Week

From move-in and matriculation to the Rice Rally and block parties, relive the excitement and energy of Rice’s O-Week with our 2018 recap video. To access our full lineup of additional coverage, be sure to visit: http://news.rice.edu/tag/riceoweek18.

Resume labs open to Rice students, Aug. 20-Oct. 8

In order to better serve all Rice students, the Center for Career Development will be hosting daily resume labs during peak recruiting season, Aug. 20 through Oct. 8. If your student needs help honing their resume, encourage them to check out these one-hour working sessions, which begin with a presentation and include guidance from CCD staff members and feedback from peers. Students will leave with action items and a more professional resume. To learn more, click here, and be sure to check out the CCD website for upcoming events, like the annual Open House & Resumayhem, as well as externship hosting opportunities for winter and spring break.

Louis Cole '20: Paying it Forward

When asked to describe an important event in his Rice experience, Louis Cole ’20 mentions the significant impact of O-Week, which is why he became an O-Week coordinator himself. “I understood that not every student adapts readily to residential college life,” he said. “I wanted to be a part of easing that transition.”

Matt Bragga named Rice's 21st head baseball coach

A 19-year veteran of the head coaching ranks, Matt Bragga has been named the 21st head coach in Rice baseball history, Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced June 15.


Parent Involvement

Be sure to register for Families Weekend, Oct. 12-14

Get a taste of Rice’s unique campus life during a weekend dedicated to Owl families at Rice Families Weekend Oct. 12–14. From engaging lectures offered by some of Rice's top faculty to campus tours to the annual family picnic and Rice football game, Families Weekend gives visitors the opportunity to explore Rice during the height of the fall semester. Registration is now open at famweek.rice.edu.

A Conversation with Google's Vint Cerf on the future of the internet, Sept. 13

The internet is an indispensable part of our daily lives and an essential component of the 21st century global economy. However, this new era of speed, connectivity and innovation has exposed personal information, private sector competitiveness and national security to potential risks. Parents and families are welcome to hear from Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google, as he addresses these and other challenges posed by maintaining a free and open internet at the Baker Institute for Public Policy on Sept. 13.



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