Rice Parents
Parents and Families Newsletter
Issue No. 30 - Winter 2020
A conversation with Dean Gorman

During this year’s Owl Together, a combined Families Weekend and Homecoming and Reunion virtual event, Dean Gorman spoke about the undergraduate experience at Rice. The conversation touched on topics such as virtual pre-matriculation programs, innovative course design and student support through the Access and Opportunity Fund.

Watch Dean Gorman's presentation


News Around Campus

A look inside Rice’s unique COVID approach

Rice was featured on NBC and news outlets around the nation for its unique and successful approach to a hybrid fall semester. With outdoor classroom spaces, recording technology for students learning at home and rigorous testing protocols, Rice’s positivity rate has been comparatively low since opening to students in August.

New GONZO247 mural revealed outside temporary classrooms at Rice

Award-winning Houston muralist GONZO247 believes everyone has an inner artist — and the new 40-foot community mural he painted with Rice students, parents and alumni is one way to bring out that artistic energy. The new Rice-inspired public art project also served as a centerpiece of Owl Together — a virtual celebration that combined the annual Homecoming and Reunion and Families Weekend.

Rice University names student center architect

Rice University has selected international architecture firm Adjaye Associates to lead the design of a new student center that will largely replace the Rice Memorial Center (RMC). Rice hopes to break ground on the project in the first quarter of 2022 and anticipates completion in the fall of 2023. The architect’s winning concept lays out a three-story, 80,000-square-foot structure that incorporates the functions at the RMC, along with a Multicultural Center and a rooftop auditorium.

A look inside Hanszen College’s new residential building

During Owl Together, the architectural project for Hanszen College's new residential building designed by Barkow-Leibinger, a celebrated architectural firm based in Berlin, was revealed. This presentation, led by Frank Barkow, was followed by a discussion about new public artwork for the Hanszen quad.


Student Life

Rice wins Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge

With over 13,000 votes cast at Rice Stadium before Election Day this year, Rice University won Houston’s first Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge. Mayor Sylvester Turner visited the campus on Election Day to present Rice student leaders with an award outside the stadium as voters continued to cast their ballots on the concourse inside.

Owls share a day in the life of a Rice student

Life on campus this semester looked different for our students, but their passionate spirits remained constant as they adapted to new learning and social environments. The Day in the Life video series showcases just how Owls are making the best of a new kind of school year.

VADA helps student create on-campus sculpture from across the country

The visual and dramatic arts (VADA) students, staff and faculty who put together this semester’s ON/OFF exhibition promised that the show — a series of sculpture gardens across campus featuring student work primarily from Lisa Lapinski’s sculpture studio classes — would be as accessible as possible for remote students.

Owls claim first football victory over ranked foe since 1997

Naeem Smith’s 36-yard touchdown return on one of Rice’s five interceptions helped the Owls defeat 15th-ranked Marshall University 20-0 Saturday in Huntington, W.Va., for the football program’s first victory over a Top 25 opponent in more than two decades. Prior to Saturday, Rice’s last triumph over a ranked foe was a 27-14 win over No. 21 Brigham Young University on Nov. 11, 1997.


Parent Involvement

Get a chance to explore the highlights of Families Weekend

Owl Together highlighted the best of Rice Homecoming & Reunion and Families Weekend, connecting more than 3,000 Owls around the world. The creativity and vibrancy of the Rice network was on display at more than 100 virtual events, including a talk on Preparing for the Future with the Center for Career Development and a forum with student leaders on excelling at Rice outside of the classroom. Weren't able to join us? Please take a brief moment to share your feedback through this survey.

Support the Rice student experience before Dec. 31

As students successfully adapt to a new learning environment during the pandemic, your support continues to bolster the key components of a Rice education, from providing teaching and technology resources to enhancing residential college life and campus safety. Consider a gift to the Rice Annual Fund before the tax year ends on Dec. 31 to ensure that all students have the resources to make the most out of their time at Rice.

Register to host a spring OwlEdge externship by Jan. 8, 2021

The Center for Career Development is excited to continue offering the Owl Edge Externship, a job-shadowing program, for a spring session during Mar. 15-19. Through these externships, which will be virtual due to COVID-19, students are matched with hosts who help them explore career options and gain a realistic perspective of a job function, organization and industry.

Fuel the power of networking with Sallyportal

Sallyportal connects the vast Rice community around professional development and mentorship. As parents and families, you are encouraged to get involved by offering professional advice to help our students and alumni explore career and academic options, make connections in hundreds of disciplines and fields, and more.

Make VirtuOwl Connections

Stay connected with the university through exciting virtual offerings open to all members of the Rice community, including digital downloads, VirtuOwl events, the Beyond the Hedges podcast series and more.




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