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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

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

 

Time  Event 
April 10 through August 28  Dinh Q. Lê "Crossing the Farther Shore"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery 
July 23
1:00 PM 
Mining the Microblogging Site
Open to the Public
Speaker: Anhei Shu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
July 24
2:00 PM 
Functional Nano and Microparticles on Ceramic Substrates
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dachamir Hotza
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering 
July 24
3:00 PM 
Twilight of the God-Idols: Race, Religion, and the Life and Death of Whiteness in Contemporary America
Open to the Public
Speaker: Christopher Driscoll
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
July 24
5:30 PM 
Turkey at a Crossroads? The 2014 Presidential Elections Roundtable Discussion
Open to the Public
Speakers: Mellissa Marschall, Abdullah Aydogan, Alper Bulut, Yurter Ozcan, Faik Tunay, Aykan Erdemir
Sponsor: Political Science 
July 28
1:00 PM 
Long-lived Luminescent Metal Complexes for Small Molecules Sensing Application
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kewei Huang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
July 29
5:15 PM 
Friend Orientation for FISS
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars 
July 30
12:00 PM 
Friend Orientation for FISS
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars 
July 31
5:30 PM 
AIA Student Biennial Exhibition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture 
July 31
5:30 PM 
Works created by Elinor Evans' students
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture 
August 03
11:00 AM 
Elinor Evans' 100th birthday brunch
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture 
August 06
5:15 PM 
Friend Orientation for FISS
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars 
August 07
12:00 PM 
Friend Orientation for FISS
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars