Rice Parents
Parents and Families Newsletter
Issue No. 26 - Winter 2019
A message from Dean Gorman

The holidays are here again, and we are looking toward the close of another fall semester on campus. It is a busy time for us at Rice. Students are knee-deep in term papers and projects, and events and celebrations are happening day and night across the campus — from invited lectures, to Dhamaka (Rice’s South Asian Society annual showcase of South Asian culture), to women’s volleyball playing for the Conference USA Championship in Tudor Fieldhouse. Our campus remains an active environment filled with opportunities for learning as well as celebration.

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News Around Campus

Hard-hat tour offers early peek at Kraft Hall

A small group of lucky Rice Design Alliance (RDA) members and Rice employees got a sneak peek at the new Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences in a hard-hat tour led by the new building’s architects, Rice alumni Rob Rogers ’81 and Tyler Swanson ’06.

Rice’s graduate entrepreneurship program ranked No. 1 in U.S.

Rice University and its Jones Graduate School of Business have the No. 1 graduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S., according to the 2020 rankings announced by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This marks the first time the Rice program has topped this category, its fourth time in a top 3 position nationally and the 11th year in a row the school has been ranked in the top 10.

Rice officially launches new Center for African and African American Studies

The Rice community came out in force to celebrate the official launch of the university’s new Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), housed in both the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences.

Newborn baby deaths in Africa targeted in $68M initiative

Hundreds of thousands of babies could be saved through a major global health initiative launched to improve newborn hospital care throughout sub-Saharan Africa. NEST360°, an international team founded and led mostly by women, has a detailed plan to cut newborn deaths in sub-Saharan hospitals by 50%, and philanthropists — including some of the world’s largest charitable foundations — have now committed $68 million for the first of two four-year phases.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist announced as Rice’s 2020 commencement speaker

Nicholas Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, will deliver the 2020 commencement address at Rice University. Kristof, an international correspondent and columnist for more than 35 years, is a passionate chronicler of the human condition in the underdeveloped world.


Student Life

Rice officially plants its holistic garden

A formal dedication ceremony welcomes the Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden to campus. Abundant crops harvested from the garden have been nourishing Rice students since last summer, and the nearly half-acre garden also acts as a hands-on classroom not only for community gardening projects, but also for Rice courses like Joe Novak’s popular class titled Environmental Sustainability: The Design & Practice of Community Agriculture.

Owl athletes among nation’s best in the classroom

Rice’s women student athletes tied for the national lead in one set of the most recent Division I graduation success data released by the NCAA, and seven Owls teams received perfect marks in the classroom.

Students gain front-row access to two of Houston’s top leaders

A group of Rice students recently got a glimpse into what leadership looks like in a real-world setting thanks to excursion programs offered by the university’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Students had a chance to speak about life and leadership philosophies with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Dr. Welela Tereffe, chief medical officer at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Rice Magazine: A Guide to Life After Rice

Life after college is a strange algorithm of the familiar and the novel on a spectrum ranging from reassuring to utterly daunting. To help make this exciting and likely stressful change, Rice Magazine gathered some practical advice from Owls about navigating the next stage of young adulthood.


Parent Involvement

Gather with fellow Owls at a Holiday Party

Rice Alumni holiday parties bring Owl alumni, parents and friends together to celebrate the season. Each winter, Rice hosts more than a dozen parties in unique venues across the country and internationally, including in New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans and Houston.

Get in touch with fellow Rice Parents

The Rice Parents Facebook Group is an online community run by Owl parents to share stories, advice, events and memories. To join, log into your Facebook account and click “request to join” at the top of the page.

Host an Owl Edge Externship

Help a student or a group of students gain industry perspective by offering career guidance as an Owl Edge Externship host over spring break March 14-22, 2020. Register your externship opportunity by Jan. 8, 2020.

Make a gift that sets your student up for success

Truly, the university would not be able to provide its students with the best education and opportunities without the support of Rice parents — and we are counting on your support before the year is over. Make a year-end gift to the Rice Annual Fund.

Customize your mentorship experience on Sallyportal.org

Winter break is the perfect time for Rice students to advance their academic and professional network. Through Sallyportal.org, it’s easier than ever for students who are seeking advice — and alumni and parents who are offering advice — to customize their profile to get the most out of their mentorship experience.



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