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University Relations

 

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

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


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Time Event
February 04 through May 15 Thorsten Brinkmann: New Installation
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
March 24 through September 23 Approved...Not! - Comic Arts Teaching and Study Workshop
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
April 21 through May 14 53rd Annual Student Art Exhibition, Awards Ceremony and Student Film Showcase
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
April 27
12:00 PM
Chamber Music Concert
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 27
1:00 PM
Toward a Theory of Reciprocity: Constructing a Hermeneutic of Relationality for Black Theological Discourse
Open to the Public
Speaker: Darrius Hills
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 27
4:00 PM
Studies of Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis
Open to the Public
Speaker: Victor Batista, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Chemistry
April 27
4:00 PM
Chamber Music Concert
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 27
5:30 PM
Honors Thesis & Seminar/Practicum Reception
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
April 27
6:00 PM
Chamber Music Concert
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 27
7:00 PM
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
April 28
9:00 AM
Synthesis, characterization and applications of magnetic multi-metallic oxide nanocrystals
Open to the Public
Speaker: Gabriela Escalera
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 28
10:00 AM
A Spectral Decomposition Heuristic for Near Optimal Sets in Consensus Models
Open to the Public
Speaker: Derek Mikesell
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 28
1:00 PM
Outcrop and Marine Geological Analysis of Grounding Zone Wedges in Polar and Temperate Ice Marginal Settings
Open to the Public
Speaker: Brian Demet
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 28
2:00 PM
Statistical and Algorithmic Methods for High-Dimensional and Highly-Correlated Data
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yue Hu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 28
3:30 PM
Optimal Parameters to Determine the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient in Diffusion Weighted Imaging via Simulation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dimuthu Perera
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 28
4:00 PM
How Numbers Lie: Intersectional Violence and the Quantification of Race
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Speaker: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
April 28
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Desmond Hoebig
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 28
7:00 PM
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
April 28
7:30 PM
Emerson String Quartet
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 28
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jon Kimura Parker
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 29
10:00 AM
Scalable nano-electrode electrophysiology in intact small organisms
Open to the Public
Speaker: Daniel Gonzales
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 29
12:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Ivo-Jan Van der Werff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 29
1:15 PM
Efficient detectors for LTE uplink systems: From small to large systems
Open to the Public
Speaker: Michael Wu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 29
2:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: Novel Plasmonic Materials and Structures, Alejandro Manjavacas (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alejandro Manjavacas
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
April 29
2:30 PM
Artist Diploma Project Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Naomi Hoffmeyer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 29
7:00 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 30
9:30 AM
Bark for BARC Pet Walk
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Public Affairs
April 30
1:30 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
May 01
9:30 PM
Observance of Yom Hashoah | Holocaust Remembrance Day
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr Hyman "Hy" Penn
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
May 02
1:00 PM
Narrow Line Cooling of 84Sr
Open to the Public
Speaker: Roger Ding
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 02
4:00 PM
Total Synthesis as a Rich Source of Unexpected Projects
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jason Chen, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Chemistry
May 02
5:00 PM
RSA Awards Ceremony and Reception
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
May 02
5:30 PM
Artist Diploma Project Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Naomi Hoffmeyer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
May 03
1:30 PM
Topological Solid State Materials with Quenched Disorder: Transport, Spectral Correlations, and Topological Protection
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yang-Zhi Chou
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 03
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
May 03
6:30 PM
Rice Science Café: Exercise as medicine?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Heidi Perkins, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
May 04
12:00 PM
The Shepherd Society Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Open to the Public
Speaker: Robert Yekovich
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
May 04
1:30 PM
The Outlook for Energy
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
May 04
8:00 PM
Sharing the Spotlight
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Nathan Watts, McChen Hsieh, Kathleen Winkler, James Dunham, Nina Pitts, Zhu Zhu, Jebat Kee
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
May 05
4:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: "Networking for Big Data: Theory and Optimization for NDN," Dr. Edmund Yeh
Open to the Public
Speaker: Edmund Yeh
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
May 05
5:00 PM
What Is the Difference Between Cognition and Perception?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ned Block
Sponsor: Philosophy
May 05
7:00 PM
Passion, Reason, and Religion: Forming Positive Identities from Cradle through College
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
May 06
8:30 AM
Gulf Coast Consortia Symposium on Membrane Biophysics
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Consortia
May 06
4:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: Mobile CPU Evolution: The Past, the Present, and the Future
Open to the Public
Speaker: Vijay Janappa Reddi
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering