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Issue No. 6 — Winter 2013    parents.rice.edu 

A Message from Dean Hutchinson 

Even though the spring semester is in full swing, you’ll see in this newsletter that we had a lively and successful fall semester, with our Centennial Celebration, the introduction of new undergraduate programs, and the launch of our first “massively open online course.” Our students also engaged us in an important discussion regarding student mental health on campus.

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News Around Campus 

 

 

Dominant Second Half Clinches Bowl Title for Rice 

In their first bowl game in four years, the Owls thrilled fans and TV viewers across the nation with an incredible comeback victory at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. After being down 14-7 at halftime, the team scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Air Force Falcons 33-14. What inspired the dramatic turnaround? Read more to find out.

 

 

Highlights From Rice’s Centennial Celebration 

During one memorable week in October, Rice gathered its far-flung family — faculty and staff, students present and past, community supporters and visitors alike — to commemorate its first century and march boldly and joyfully into its second. Explore the highlights.

 

 

Rice Marshall Scholar to Study Health Technology, Policy and Economics 

Rice senior Rahul Rekhi from Katy, Texas, is one of 34 students nationwide who were selected for a 2013 Marshall Scholarship. A bioengineering and economics major, he is the fifth Marshall Scholar from Rice since 2010. Learn how Rekhi’s scholarship will advance his interests in developing therapeutic technologies and international health policy.

Student Life 

 

 

Students Craft Their Vision for the Second Century 

As part of Rice’s Centennial Celebration in October, the Student Association established a committee tasked with creating a Student Vision for the Second Century (SV2C), modeled on President David Leebron’s own Vision for the Second Century. Feedback from nearly 1,500 students helped form their 10-point plan for sustaining and enhancing student life at Rice.

 

 

Spotlight on Residential Colleges: Lovett and Sid Rich 

Matteo Pasquali, master of Lovett College, and Dale and Elise Sawyer, masters of Sid Rich College, tell us what defines their respective colleges. Discover why Lovett is riot-proof and why “Sidizens” have some of the best views of Rice and Houston.

Parent Involvement 

 

 

Proud Parents Establish Scholarship to Honor Their Son 

Although Sharon and Charlie Shaver’s son Ryan ’12 graduated from Rice last year, the proud parents’ connection to Rice continues to deepen. Learn why they recently endowed a scholarship in Ryan’s name.

 

 

Help Your Student’s College Reign Supreme in 2013 

The Rice Annual Fund College Battle is a yearly competition between alumni, parents and students to achieve the highest average giving participation. Make a gift of any size to the Annual Fund Feb. 18–March 21 to win glory for your student’s college and $1,000 for their student budget. Every gift benefits students’ lives in tangible ways, from fueling residential college life and research mentorships to funding wellness programs and library technologies.

 

 

Explore Your Choice of Classes With Top Rice Professors 

Rice parents are welcome to join alumni, faculty and friends for Rice’s highly anticipated Alumni College Weekend March 8–10. A unique learning and social event, Alumni College features three intellectually provocative tracks of classes with top Rice professors, lunch with President David Leebron, exclusive tours to Houston museums and more. Reserve your place today.

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