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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. 

Community updates


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

openSign up for Welcome, an email listing of public events at Rice

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 23 through December 05 Hearts, Hands & Heritage: Art, Enterprise & Preservation
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
November 07 through March 31 The Women of Rice: Our Present / Their Future
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
November 17 through November 22 International Education Week (IEW)
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
November 19
9:30 AM
Single-particle absorption spectroscopy by photothermal contrast
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sara Nizzero
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 19
12:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Michael Webster
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 19
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: On the Hausdorff Dimension of the Square Fibonacci Hamiltonian (and Friends)
Open to the Public
Speaker: William Yessen
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 19
2:30 PM
Comparing vector-based and ACT-R memory models using large-scale datasets: User-customized hashtag and tag prediction on Twitter and StackOverflow
Open to the Public
Speaker: Clayton Stanley
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 19
5:30 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Carson Marshall
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 19
7:00 PM
Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture - "Adrift: Does America have a future in space?"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Eric Berger
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
November 19
8:00 PM
Sharing the Spotlight
Open to the Public
Artist: Richie Hawley
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 20
9:20 AM
Theranostic gold nanoshells and nanomatryoshkas for cancer therapy
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ciceron Ayala-Orozco
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 20
9:30 AM
Print and Screen Colloquium
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
November 20
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series,""Deciphering deep Earth and surface process connections using (U-Th)/He thermochronology"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Rebecca Flowers
Sponsor: Earth Science
November 20
4:00 PM
Architecture 2.0
Open to the Public
Speaker: Rodolphe el-Khoury
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
November 20
4:00 PM
Colloquium: Tropical currents
Open to the Public
Speaker: June Huh
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 20
4:00 PM
The Rise and Fall of Speech Communities
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jim Stanford
Sponsor: Linguistics
November 20
4:00 PM
Roldolphe el-Khoury Lecture
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
November 20
5:30 PM
Chamber Music for Brass
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 20
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jon Kimura Parker
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 20
8:00 PM
Chamber Music for Percussion
Open to the Public
Artist: Richard Brown
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 21
12:00 PM
Magnetic Fields and Accretion on Classical T Tauri Stars
Open to the Public
Speaker: Wei Chen
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 21
1:00 PM
A Browser-based Program Execution Visualizer for Learning Interactive Programming in Python
Open to the Public
Speaker: Lei (Terry) Tang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 21
2:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - "Electrochemical Preparation of Graphene Quantum Dots and Graphene Nanoribbons from Carbon Nanotubes"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Pillai K. Vijayamohanan
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
November 21
5:00 PM
HOOTS Tailgate, November 21, 2014
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Housing and Dining
November 21
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jeanne Kierman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 21
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Ling Ling Huang
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 21
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Shengyuan Zhou
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 22
9:00 AM
Mini Soccer World Cup 2014
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
November 22
11:00 AM
2014 Virtual College & Career Expo
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
November 22
12:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Khoren Ouzounian
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 22
3:00 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: James Blanchard
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 22
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Susan Lorette Dunn
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 22
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Anthony Bracewell
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 23
6:00 PM
Campanile Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Jerry Hou, Jebat Kee, Eric Gratz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 23
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Norman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 24
10:00 AM
Study of Adaptive Passive Stiffness Systems with Nonlinear Vibrations: New Analytical and Computational Techniques
Open to the Public
Speaker: Keguan Zou
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 24
11:00 AM
Picosecond Digital-to-Impulse (D2I) Radiators in Silicon
Open to the Public
Speaker: M. Mahdi Assefzadeh
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 24
1:30 PM
Checking Your Answers: An Investigation of Alternative Review Screen Design for Electronic Voting Systems
Open to the Public
Speaker: Danae Holmes
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 24
2:00 PM
Autotuning Memory-intensive Software for Node Architectures
Open to the Public
Speaker: Lai Wei
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 24
3:45 PM
CEVE Specialty Seminar: The gut microbiome: Lessons to and from the environmental engineering field
Open to the Public
Speaker: Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
November 24
4:00 PM
EEB Seminar Series: History of sex ratio models
Open to the Public
Speaker: Takenori Takada
Sponsor: BioSciences-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
November 24
5:00 PM
Big Ocean: Marine Conservation, Bureaucratic Practice, and the Politics of Vagueness in the Pacific Islands
Open to the Public
Speaker: Trevor Durbin
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 24
7:30 PM
Rice Chorale and Collegium
Open to the Public
Artist: Thomas Jaber
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 24
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Desmond Hoebig
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 25
2:30 PM
Postponed to a later date
Open to the Public
Speaker: Christina Hughes
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 25
3:00 PM
MSNE Graduate Seminar Series - "Looking for Atoms at Complex Interfaces"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Michael Bedzyk
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
November 25
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Charles Doran
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 25
4:00 PM
Fabricating Precision-tailored Gene Switches and Synthetic Genomes
Open to the Public
Speaker: Aseem Z. Ansari, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
November 25
5:30 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Erik Wheeler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 25
7:00 PM
Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series to present Clammy Pipes, and Other First World Problems
Open to the Public
Speaker: Anthony Byrt
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
November 25
7:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 25
8:00 PM
Artist Diploma Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Hui Shan Chin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music