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Issue No. 11 — Summer 2015    parents.rice.edu  

A message from Dean Hutchinson  

Summer provides an excellent opportunity for us to share the experiences and lessons of our newest alumni with our new and continuing students and to focus on personal growth.

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News Around Campus 

Leadership the theme at 102nd commencement


Commencement recap: Powell’s lessons in leadership hit home 

Retired Gen. Colin Powell made leadership his theme at Rice University's 102nd Commencement ceremony May 16.



Doerr Institute for New Leaders will prepare Rice students to make a difference 

John '73 and Ann Doerr '75 have made a significant investment in Rice students with a $50 million gift dedicated to leadership education through the Doerr Institute for New Leaders.


Video series: Meet our unconventional students

At Rice, we feel strongly about educating the whole student. From academics and advising to career services and extracurricular and social activities, the goal is to allow each student to find their own way and to succeed in becoming the leaders of tomorrow, no matter how unconventional the path. Take a look at a few examples from the Class of 2015.

Student Life 


Spotlight on residential colleges: Brown and Lovett 

Brown and Lovett are the focus, from Brownies' commitment to leadership and service to Lovett's distinctly culinary architectural features.


Rice engineers design car seat accessory to save children left in dangerously hot cars

Five recent Rice University graduates have designed a new car seat accessory that not only protect infants accidentally left in hot cars but also notifies caregivers and emergency personnel.


Student summer send-off parties welcome newest Owls, starting at home

Across the country, Rice parents, current students and alumni will gather to welcome our newest Owls to the family before they start their own Rice journey.


Q & A: McMurtry O-Week coordinators prep to welcome new students

We talk to a team of O-Week coordinators who share their advice for new Owls, memories of their own O-Week and the potential for Scottish line dancing to break out.

Parent Involvement 



Michael and Janet Scott announced as chairs of the 2015–2016 Parent Leadership Council

Proud parents of Zack Scott '17 (Sid Rich) will lead outreach and support efforts for fellow Rice parents who want to make a difference for their student and for the university.



Rice parent helps guide students through experiential learning 

Rice parent Hazem Machkhas knows how important it is for his son, Youssef '18, to experience possible career paths. To provide other Rice students with that opportunity, he welcomed Tina Chu '17 and Maya Ramy '17 to spend a day with him to learn more about a career in neurology as a part of the Owl Edge Externship pilot program.



Calling on Rice parents to get involved! 

Summer is a great time to think about how you can get involved at Rice as parents. Discover 10 great ways to get started.