Rice Parents
Parents and Families Newsletter
Issue No. 31 - Spring 2021
A Message from Dean Gorman

Whether your Owls have just arrived here on campus or are home with you for another semester, I continue to admire their dedication and adaptability as we move ahead in this historic school year. In a time marked by immense uncertainty, I cannot underscore how important your support is to our students, and I encourage you and your students to take advantage of the resources available to navigate these challenging times.

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News Around Campus

Rice offering undergraduate major in business starting this fall

Rice’s business major will offer a robust foundation in leadership and business fundamentals, including accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, strategy and communications. Students must also complete a finance or management concentration, providing the knowledge, research and analytical skills to solve a broad array of today’s business problems.

‘Untapped potential’: Rice partners with area universities in new African and African American studies consortium

Rice University and its Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) have partnered with the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University to form a new collaboration committed to African and African American Studies scholarship: the Southeastern Texas African and African American Studies Consortium.

Rice launches Master of Data Science degree program

Does your Owl have a knack for data research? Rice is launching a master’s degree program in data science with online and on-campus options. The program offers recent graduates and professionals a Rice degree that will enhance their current careers or help them pivot to new ones. Applications are now open and classes begin this fall.

Anthony Jack talks access, privilege and inclusion in President’s Lecture series

The Rice University President’s Lecture Series and the Will Rice Speaker Series brought Anthony Jack, a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, back to “campus” for the well-attended online lecture.

Baker Institute and its Center for Energy Studies at top of global think tank rankings

Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has risen to the No. 1 ranking among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world, up from No. 2 the previous year, according to the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report published today. Its Center for Energy Studies (CES) maintained its standing as the top energy and resource policy think tank and was recognized as a Center of Excellence for being ranked No. 1 for three consecutive years.

“Solving the Vaccine Puzzle”

Former Rice roommates and career-long colleagues Barney Graham and Bill Gruber have been instrumental in the development of vaccines for respiratory diseases and HIV. Today, they’re at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic — working to piece together lifesaving vaccines in record time. Read more about their endeavor in this winter’s issue of Rice Magazine.


Student Life

New Sid Rich is ready to rock

The new building for Sid Richardson College is ready for students to move in. It welcomed its first Sidizens this semester as students trickled back to campus. Old Sid, built in 1971, was previously the tallest building on campus but housed the smallest student population. Now, the college has a total capacity of 312 students.

Rice hosts first spring O-Week in 10 years

Your Owl may have some new classmates this semester. In order to welcome a big batch of incoming students to Rice this semester, a special spring O-Week was convened for the first time in a decade. The online orientation welcomed 34 new students to Rice.

When the going gets tough, Lovett gets going

After a major winter storm hit Texas, Lovett College residents wasted no time in assembling to take care of their community. Student volunteers spent days phoning their associates to check in. The student volunteers also organized a donation drive and housed off-campus Lovetteers on campus.

Student-designed app helps you explore Rice Public Art

There’s a new way to take a self-guided tour of the abundant public art on the Rice campus: the handy Rice Public Art app released last month. Designed and developed by students in Rice Apps club collaborating with the Moody Center for the Arts, you and your Owl can download it for free in the Apple store, with plans for an Android version in the coming months.

Rice presents new mission for former Marine

Transfer student Thomas Avalos — and family — received a warm Rice welcome. Avalos, a Lovett College sophomore, transferred into the sport management program at Rice from Lone Star College-Tomball. With a wife and three young kids, the 31-year-old Avalos knows he’s an unconventional undergraduate student at Rice. And that’s what excites him.

Rice Ring representatives visit campus March 16-18

The Rice Ring is one of Rice University’s longest-standing traditions, dating back to the original owl-inscribed rings of the inaugural 1916 graduating class. Eligible students can learn more and order their ring on campus in the Farnsworth Pavilion March 16 -18. With a Rice Ring, our Owls can carry a little piece of campus with them wherever they go.


Parent Involvement

Save the date for Rice’s 24-Hour Challenge on March 25

On Thursday, March 25, thousands of Rice parents, alumni and friends will unite once again for a shared purpose — to put their support behind the extraordinary young Owls who persevere, the teachers who inspire and one brilliant community that seeks to build a better world. There are 90+ funds to choose from and more than $600,000 in challenge gifts to amplify your support. Learn more at giving.rice.edu/onerice.

Bring Rice to you with virtual offerings

With new virtual programming through VirtuOwl Connections, including exciting guests on the Beyond the Hedges podcast, you can continue to connect to Rice’s spirited community from anywhere around the world.

Learn from experts through the OpenRICE initiative

OpenRICE is an initiative by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies to offer relevant and timely expertise and insight, free and online, to the public. Initially, the series will focus on the enormous transformations taking place in work, learning and life as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. Over time, OpenRICE will evolve to address new and emerging topics of interest to our community.

Connect with fellow parents and families on the Parent to Parent Network

This Facebook page is intended to serve as a virtual community where all Rice parents can come together to share news, comments, experiences and events in a fun, engaging, and informative space.

Check out the new webpage for Rice Family Fellows

The Rice Family Fellows program is a giving society for parents and family members who are committed to fulfilling the university's mission to provide a transformative undergraduate education to its students. By generously supporting the programs and initiatives that matter most to their students, Family Fellows are philanthropic leaders in the Rice community. Visit the webpage to learn how you can make an impact on campus.




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