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Issue No. 8 — Fall/Winter 2013    parents.rice.edu 

A Message from Dean Hutchinson 

The Fall semester is rapidly coming to a close, and there is much to report in the successes of our students. Beginning with Orientation Week and running through Homecoming Week and Esperanza just before Thanksgiving, we have had a lively several months of both academics and co-curricular experiences.

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News Around Campus 



Rice to host C-USA championship game tomorrow 

The Rice Owls football team (9-3) will compete for its first Conference USA championship and its first conference title since winning the Southwest Conference in 1957. And it all goes down at Rice Stadium tomorrow! Join us at the game or check alumni.rice.edu/events to find a watch party in your area.



Rice community reconnects during Homecoming and Reunion 2013 

Generations of Owls flocked to campus Nov. 14-17 for Rice Homecoming & Reunion 2013 weekend. From campuswide brunches to class reunions and lectures to the football team’s 52-14 victory over Louisiana Tech, the weekend provided Rice alumni, faculty, staff and friends ways to connect — and reconnect.



Rice serveries dish up a fresh culinary experience 

With 17 certified chefs, an emphasis on fresh ingredients, careful attention to dietary needs and more than a dash of creativity, Rice’s serveries are looking anything but ordinary these days. Discover what the buzz is all about.



Faculty spotlight: the infectious enthusiasm of Professor Mike Gustin 

Biochemistry and cell biology professor Mike Gustin is the latest recipient of the prestigious George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The honor, which is voted on by former students, recognizes his thoughtful approach to inspire students. Discover his winning formula.



It’s not too late to ‘relive’ O-Week 

O-Week 2013 may have occurred a few months ago, but you can still relive the exciting activities that kicked off the fall semester, while getting a peek inside the campus experience via students’ photos, videos and tweets. Check out their stories and experience O-week as students did!

Student Life 



Spotlight on Residential Colleges: Baker and Duncan 

This issue’s spotlight features the university’s oldest and newest colleges. Baker College President Adrian Yao ’14 explains what makes Bakerites tick, while Duncan College’s Michael Donatti ’16 shares how Duncaroos have wasted no time in developing traditions and embracing a family spirit.



An Introduction to First Year Programs 

As new students and their families begin their Rice experience, one of the first offices they will come into contact with is First Year Programs. FYP is responsible for O-Week and New Families Orientation, but also offers a number of additional programs to support students during their transition to and journey through Rice.



Academic advising gets an upgrade 

Rice just revamped the entire academic advising system for undergraduates. Get the highlights and hear from new students about their academic advising experiences during O-Week.

Parent Involvement 



Share your Families Weekend experience — take a short survey 

In September, more than 1,800 family members reconnected with their students during the Association of Rice Alumni’s annual Families Weekend. Families were able to take in featured lectures, performances, college and departmental open houses, Rice Owls football and more. If you had the opportunity to join us, please take 3-5 minutes to give us your feedback so that we can continue to improve this important tradition.



Discover how your student is benefiting from the Centennial Campaign 

Rice’s Centennial Campaign recently came to a close, and it was a smashing success thanks to the participation of parents, alumni, faculty, staff and the broader community. Discover how students are benefitting from this historic fundraising effort with this fun and interactive campaign report.



Students celebrate National Philanthropy Week by saying thanks 

On Nov. 11-15, students, faculty and staff celebrated the powerful tradition of philanthropy at Rice, beginning with a student thank-a-thon at Willy’s statue, where students wrote heartfelt messages to donors. Hear why students are so excited about the culture of giving in this brief video.