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Issue No. 7 — Summer 2013    parents.rice.edu 

A Message from Dean Hutchinson 

We are busy at Rice this summer. Two professors have received unique recognition for a program that engages students in global health research, several students are engaging with the community and the world through service learning and leadership opportunities, and hundreds of upperclassmen will return this August to welcome the entering class of students.

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News Around Campus 



Tyson to grads: Future of exploration in your hands 

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recalled President John F. Kennedy’s famous “We will go to the moon” speech at Rice Stadium and discussed the drivers of exploration, but what he most wanted to talk about at Rice University’s 100th commencement ceremony May 11 was Apollo 8.



Road to religious tolerance 

At a time when religious misunderstandings are leading to increased tensions and conflict around the world, Rice University will seek to find positive solutions through the new Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, established with a $28.5 million gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk.



No time like the present 

Tradition met technology for the first time at this year’s Beer Bike, Rice’s unique competition among residential colleges, graduate students and alumni in which teams of cyclists race and teams of chuggers drink water or beer, depending on their age and preference, in alternating rounds.

Student Life 



How to develop leadership skills without (necessarily) holding office 

At Rice, students from all majors have a surprisingly wide array of options to hone their leadership skills, from leadership and co-curricular programs to student organizations or residential colleges. Here is a sampling of the leadership opportunities currently offered at Rice.



Three teams earn C-USA championships for Owls 

With three conference championships, NCAA tournament berths, dazzling individual and team play, and exceptional academic performance, Rice scholar-athletes have been on a roll this spring. And that extends to Rice’s 100th graduating class, which included 90 scholar–athletes.



Rice Ring Celebration will be held Nov. 14 

Graduating from Rice is a huge accomplishment, and for many rising seniors, the Rice Ring is a great way to commemorate their hard work and dedication. The ring, which originated in 1918, signifies loyalty and pride in Rice and connects students to the growing network of Owls from around the world. Students, families and alumni are invited to save the date for the Rice Ring Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7–9 p.m.



Spotlight on residential colleges: Martel and McMurtry 

College masters describe the traditions and unique traits of their respective colleges. Learn the significance behind Martel’s crest and why passing the torch is more than a metaphor. Then discover why McMurtry is “intense” in more ways than one and learn the difference between a “Murt” and “yurt.”

Parent Involvement 



Don and Nancy Woo invest in their children’s future 

All it takes is one encounter with Don and Nancy Woo, proud parents of Christian ’13, Austin ’16 and Lauren ’16, and you’ll feel the energy and excitement of being a Rice parent. Whether they’re conversing with fellow parents, baking their famous “Woo cookies” for students, or supporting the student experience through the Rice Annual Fund, they are having a blast as members of the Parents Leadership Council. And they’re betting you will, too.



Rice University’s Centennial Campaign exceeds $1 billion goal 

With a record-setting $1.081 billion in gifts and pledges, Rice University announced June 3 that it has exceeded the $1 billion goal of its Centennial Campaign — the largest fundraising effort in the school’s 100-year history. The campaign officially closes on June 30, the end of Rice’s fiscal year.



Take a career-planning course for parents 

Choosing a career is a process all Rice students must go through. It involves self-reflection, exploration, experimentation and strategy, and it happens at different rates of speed. Parents have a role to play in helping to navigate these challenging waters. Read this brief guide to career planning for parents to learn specific tips for supporting your student from year one through graduation.



Send off incoming freshmen as they begin their careers as Rice students 

This July and August, Rice parents and alumni will offer warm wishes to the newest class of Rice students and parents at regional send-off parties around the country. Check the alumni events calendar for details on parties in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, New York City Metro, San Diego, Waco, San Francisco Bay Area, San Antonio, Seattle, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendar! Rice Families Weekend - September 26-29, 2013.