Rice Parents
Parents & Families Newsletter
Issue No. 24 - Spring 2019
A message from Dean Gorman

The last few weeks of each academic year are always marked by a growing sense of completion — and excitement! Campus is filled with conversations about final class projects, summer jobs, internships and graduation. We see our creativity, hard work and achievement on full display.

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News Around Campus

Parker’s message to Rice graduates: ‘Seek out that which is worth doing’

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 spoke to graduates at Rice University’s 106th commencement on May 11 in the Academic Quad. The native Houstonian and Rice graduate discussed the power of failure, what is required of leaders and “seeking out that which is worth doing.”

Rice continues to rank among nation’s top universities

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 ranked in the top 20 in 13 categories, the most ever for the university, including No. 2 for best quality of life, No. 3 for best college newspaper and No. 5 for happiest students.

Annual Houston Area Survey results revealed

The 38th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey was released last week at the Kinder Institute luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston. The main takeaway: Houston-area residents’ opinion on the idea of increasing public school funding has shifted significantly over the last quarter century, according to analysis presented in the 2019 survey.

Rice Magazine: New issue, new look

Rice Magazine got a makeover! Just over a year ago, the magazine we all know and love underwent a redesign process with an emphasis on capturing “the vibrancy of today’s student learning environment, the curiosity that drives our faculty’s research and creative pursuits and the always interesting lives of Rice alumni,” wrote senior editor Lynn Gosnell. The Spring 2019 issue reflects those changes, which includes a simplified structure and brand new aesthetic.

Richards-Kortum inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

University Professor and global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 2 for her work to develop medical devices for low-resource settings. Watch her story from the National Inventors Hall of Fame ceremony.

Rice inks Tina Langley to a new five-year deal

Following one of the greatest seasons in program history, Rice University Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced on May 16 that women's basketball head coach Tina Langley has agreed to a new five-year contract that will run through the 2024 season.

Rice Architecture announces Cannady Hall

The Rice School of Architecture has announced a lead gift from longtime professor William Cannady for the construction of Cannady Hall, an annex to the school's current home. The school named Karamuk Kuo as architect.


Student Life

Unconventional students at Rice: Three is the perfect number (video)

The Tohme triplets never expected to all get into Rice. Now, Alberto, Anthony and Serena are all Rice graduates — each with unique passions and career paths. “Walking out of the Sallyport on graduation is going to be so emotional for so many reasons, but seeing our parents is going to be the reason I cry,” Serena said.

Sarah Asson ’19: Social Policy In Action

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.

Computer Science professor to receive Brown Prize, Rice’s top teaching award

Rice alumni have selected Luay Nakhleh for the George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Brown Prize, Rice’s highest teaching award, is given annually based upon a survey of alumni who graduated within the past two to five years. “I cannot imagine myself being in a job where I cannot teach,” he said.

9 recognized with award for superior teaching

Nine faculty received the 2019 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which honors top Rice instructors as determined by the votes of recently graduated alumni. The recipients tell us what they believe is the most important thing students learn from them.


Parent Involvement

You + Rice = The Perfect Pair!

Make a gift and receive some cool swag! Because your Owl and Rice make the perfect pair, we will send you a pair of limited-edition Rice socks when you make a gift of $25 or more through our special donation page by June 30. For full details and to give now, visit riceconnect.rice.edu/ricesocks.

New Student Celebrations for incoming Class of 2023

Alumni and parents will be hosting New Student Celebrations around the country in July and August to meet and greet incoming students from the Class of 2023! Join us at your local event for a great opportunity to connect with fellow Owls and share your experiences with new students and parents. Locations will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more details about events in your area by visiting the New Student Celebrations webpage.

The new Sallyportal is here!

With Sallyportal’s new streamlined platform and expanded features, connecting with the Rice community around professional development is easier than ever. Have your Owl log in today to explore the new platform, update their profile and get networking! 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.

Save the Date for Families Weekend, Sept. 27 and 28

This fall, explore life at Rice during Families Weekend and get excited to experience your student’s home away from home! From engaging lectures offered by some of Rice’s top faculty members to the annual picnic and football game, Families Weekend gives visitors the opportunity to explore Rice during the height of the fall semester. Details about the weekend, including programming and registration, will be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned.



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