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Great universities need — and help to create — great communities, and the reverse is also true. For nearly a century, Rice University has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Greater Houston community, one that Rice’s University Relations team works to preserve and enhance. Collaborating closely with local organizations and individuals, we communicate Rice’s plans and priorities to our Houston neighbors while also striving to understand what’s most important to them and share that perspective with university leaders. Such efforts play a pivotal role in helping Rice fulfill its own mission, but to us, it’s more than that — it’s being a good neighbor. 

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Community

From construction updates to neighborhood news, get the inside scoop on what’s happening at Rice.

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 Event planning


Event Planning

Planning an event? Our staff has the tools and know-how to assist Rice’s broad community. From providing access to campus facilities to offering displays that work in any setting, University Relations can make your next big event a success.

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 Student ambassadors 

Student Ambassadors

Rice Student Ambassadors serve as hosts to dignitaries and provide campus tours to school children and community organizations visiting Rice University. Find out how these students can help with your next event.

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 Welcome Center 

Welcome Center

Centrally located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice University is recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities. To find out why, to plan a campus visit, or to request permission to film or photograph at Rice, please visit our Welcome Center, either online or in person.

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Public Events Calendar

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Time Event
October 02 through November 23 New Installation: Yusuke Asai
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
October 02 through December 04 Exhibition Opening: CALLING PLANET EARTH: The Graphic Cosmos of Sun Ra and El Saturn Records and performance by Loose Assembly
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Corbett, Terri Kapsalis
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
October 15
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: Reflectionless Jacobi Operators III: The Oracle Theorem
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tom VandenBoom
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 15
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andy Neitzke
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 15
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Robert Roux
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 15
6:00 PM
Liam Young and Agnieszka Kurant Reception & Lecture
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
October 16
10:00 AM
Cumulative Inequality and Race/Ethnic Disparities in Low Birthweight: Differences by Early Life SES
Open to the Public
Speaker: Laura Freeman
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 16
12:30 PM
Synthetic Biology: From Parts to Modules to Therapeutic Systems
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ron Weiss
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
October 16
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series: In- and Out-of-equilibrium Behavior of Colloidal Clusters with Broken Symmetries
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ning Wu
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
October 16
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series, "Eigen-Earthquakes and Plate-Tectonics"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Donald V. Helmberger
Sponsor: Earth Science
October 16
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Etnyre
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 16
4:00 PM
Benefits of Home Language Use in Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ferenc Bunta
Sponsor: Linguistics
October 16
7:00 PM
Religious Diversity in a Secular Era
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
October 17
12:00 PM
Guest Artist Recital and Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: Jean-Louis Beaumadier
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 17
1:00 PM
Upgrade Studies for the CMS Detector Muon System at the CERN LHC
Open to the Public
Speaker: Benjamin Michlin
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 17
1:30 PM
"Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chelsea Dacus
Sponsor: Art History
October 17
2:00 PM
Thesis Science Fair
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
October 17
2:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Bunker Hill
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
October 17
3:30 PM
Advanced Applications of Polymers for Enhanced Oil Recovery
Open to the Public
Speaker: Hadi ShamsiJazeyi
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 17
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Brian Connelly
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 17 through October 18 Rice Cinema to present THIS AINT NO MOUSE MUSIC! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
October 18
10:00 AM
Guest Artist Recital and Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: Jean-Louis Beaumadier
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 18
10:00 AM
Chicago Architecture + Design College Day 2014
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
October 18
3:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Amanda Galick
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 18
3:00 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Natalie Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 18
3:00 PM
New Art/ New Music: Music for Peace
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
October 18
8:00 PM
Doctoral Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Zhu Zhu
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 19
3:00 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Nicholas Davies
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 19
8:00 PM
Chamber Music for Percussion
Open to the Public
Artist: Richard Brown
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 20
4:00 PM
Topology Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ben McReynolds
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 20
7:00 PM
Spanish Resource Center Film Series Fall 2014, Spanish Comedies 1 - "Here's the Deal"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese
October 21
7:45 AM
STEM CELLS, REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND POLICY IMPEDIMENTS TO THE NEW FUTURE
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Speakers: Deepak Srivastava, Neal Lane
Sponsor: BioSciences
October 21
12:30 PM
A Tug-of-War Between Driver and Passenger Mutations in Cancer
Open to the Public
Speaker: Leonid A. Mirny
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
October 21
4:00 PM
Rilke, Phenomenology, and the Sensuality of Thought
Open to the Public
Speaker: Rochelle Tobias
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
October 21
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yiannis Sakellaridis
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 21
4:00 PM
Curiosity, frugal science and global health: Opportunities and Challenges
Open to the Public
Speaker: Manu Prakash, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
October 21
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 21
6:00 PM
Friends of Fondren Library/Association of Rice Alumni
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Speaker: Elizabeth Crook '82
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
October 21
7:30 PM
Jerusalem Quartet
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 21
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Stephen King
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 22
4:00 PM
Do Human Rights Have a Future?
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Speaker: William F. Schulz
Sponsor: Program in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities
October 22
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Eunjoo Lee
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 22
7:00 PM
Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture - "Under Construction: Paving the Road to Space Settlement"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kelli Gerardi
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
October 22
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Ben Edquist
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 23 through December 05 Hearts, Hands & Heritage: Art, Enterprise & Preservation
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
October 23
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Mather
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
October 23
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series, " Constraining the fidelity of the sedimentary record: understanding landscape dynamics as a stratigraphic filter"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Elizabeth Hajek
Sponsor: Earth Science
October 23
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Greg Blekherman
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 23
4:00 PM
TBA
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jonas Wittke
Sponsor: Linguistics
October 23
4:00 PM
SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING (IF CLEAR)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Patricia Reiff
Sponsor: Physics & Astronomy
October 23
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Rudy Albach
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 23
7:00 PM
Iraq N' Roll
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Jewish Studies
October 23
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Juyong You
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 24
8:00 AM
Matter and Meaning: Exploring the Religion and Science Dialogue
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Religion and Public Life Program
October 24
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar Series: Bioinspired Materials: Fabrications and Characterization
Open to the Public
Speaker: Majid Minary
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
October 24
5:30 PM
Class Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jeanne Kierman
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 24
8:00 PM
SYZYGY, New Music at Rice
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Christopher Janwong McKiggan, Geoffrey Herd, James Dunham, Leah Gastler, Kevin Downs, Max Geissler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 25
10:00 AM
Children's Halloween Costume Party
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Public Affairs
October 25
1:00 PM
Words & Art Workshop
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
October 25
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Desmond Hoebig
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 25
8:00 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Ariana Nelson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 26
8:00 PM
Faculty Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Kathleen Winkler, Norman Fischer, Robert Moeling
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music