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Issue No. 10 — Winter/Spring 2015    parents.rice.edu 

A Message from Dean Hutchinson 

The free and open exchange of ideas amongst students, faculty, staff and administration is one of the hallmarks of the Rice experience for all of us who have the privilege to live, learn and work on this beautiful campus. During this year in particular, we have focused our discussions on our shared values and expectations as a community.

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News Around Campus 



Rice bioengineers use 3-D printers to give kids a hand 

Rice bioengineering students, staff and faculty teamed up with Marvel Universe LIVE! and Houston's Shriners Hospitals for Children to offer both a free mechanical hand and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the families of eight Shriners patients who lack all or part of one hand.



Student association envisions the future of education at Rice 

Rice University's Student Association is working to expand applied, direct and experiential learning opportunities and improve the university's overall student experience through the Rice Education of the Future initiative. An organizing committee of 10 students conducted extensive student surveys and developed seven recommendations covering topics such as mentorship, teaching and the role that alumni and the Houston community play in educating students.



Rice Athletics spring preview 

Fans of Rice Athletics have much to celebrate, from a football bowl victory, to a new season of Rice baseball, to new tennis and football facilities that give students access to state-of-the-art academic and athletic training resources. We look forward to an exciting spring filled with Owls performing at their best with our supporters behind them every step of the way.

Student Life 



Spotlight on Residential Colleges: Jones and Wiess 

Jones College President Gerard Portela '16 and Wiess College Masters Alex '90 and Jeanette Byrd tell us about their respective college cultures and traditions, from Jones' commitment to competing hard in everything they do to Wiess' dedication to community spirit.



13,000 plastic balls transform dorm into a room like no other 

When U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials learned that Rice student David Nichol '15 had imported 26 fairly large boxes containing 13,000 plastic colored balls from China, they decided to investigate the contents due to the sheer bizarreness of the order.



Engineering student builds bridges of another kind through Paris mentorship 

The Leadership Rice Mentorship experience gave Will Eldridge '16 the chance to work outside of his civil engineering field of study and to pursue his dream of an international study abroad experience. "The experience confirmed that working abroad is something I want to do," he says.



Rice students blend Olympic hope with Rice experience 

Two Owls with Olympic aspirations, Casey Clark '15 and Carson Crain '16, bring the discipline and insight they have built upon at Rice to their preparation for a future in the highest levels of athletic competition and far beyond.

Parent Involvement 



Initiative for Students gives parents the chance to impact all students 

Rice parents — you have the opportunity to prepare your Owl, and every Rice student, with the multi-faceted education that prepares them for lives of impact. The Initiative for Students is a universitywide effort that focuses on the resources and opportunities our Owls need to thrive long after graduation. Learn how Rice parents can create these critical real-world learning opportunities and support Rice's unique educational environment.



Calling on Rice parents to get involved! 

Volunteering at Rice is one of the best ways for you to show your support while connecting with fellow Owl parents. There are many opportunities to get involved, from job networking and event support, to encouraging participation in this year's College Battle, our annual giving challenge, which asks Rice parents to support your student's college and put [Your Name Here] March 16 to 27.

Mark your calendar! Classroom Connect 2015 - April 18, 2015. 

In Case You Missed It 

OWLoha! Rice defeats Fresno State in Hawai'i Bowl 30-6 

Rice junior quarterback Driphus Jackson set a school bowl record by throwing for 318 yards and tied a second with three touchdown passes, while a rejuvenated Owls defense held Fresno State out of the end zone to lead them to a 30-6 win in the 13th Hawai'i Bowl at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium on Christmas Eve.

Fall Families Weekend gave parents and families a taste of the campus experience 

Last fall, the annual Rice Families Weekend 2014 gave parents and families the chance to spend time with Owls, explore campus and enjoy activities including lectures and athletic events. We hope to see you at next year's event.

O-Week welcomed newest Owls to campus 

Rice University welcomed its newest parliament of Owls as the Class of 2018 descended on campus to participate in O-Week, the weeklong orientation program to familiarize incoming students, parents and families with their new campus and residential colleges. O-Week is coordinated by First Year Programs at Rice.