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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
March 24 through September 23 Approved...Not! - Comic Arts Teaching and Study Workshop
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
July 22
10:00 AM
Memorial Service for Professor Emeritus Hally Beth Poindexter
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Kinesiology
July 26
9:30 AM
ECE Seminar Series: Towards a formally verified storage stack, Xi Wang
Open to the Public
Speaker: Xi Wang
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
July 29
9:00 AM
Sublexical, lexical and phonological short-term memory processes: Evaluating models of speech perception and short-term memory
Open to the Public
Speaker: Heather Dial
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 01
All Day
26th Annual Keck Research Conference Logo Design Contest
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Consortia
August 10 through August 13 Advances in Tissue Engineering 2016
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Advanced in Tissue Engineering
August 12
10:00 AM
The Ideology of White Southern Daughterhood, 1865–1920
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kelly Weber Stefonowich
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 15
1:00 PM
Race and Freedom in the African Americas: Free People of Color and Social Mobility in Cartagena and Charleston
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Marks
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 23
6:30 PM
The 2016 Battle for Control of the White House: National Trends and Consequences
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
August 24
5:30 PM
Integrating North America: Building a Modern, Efficient and Flexible Border
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
August 25
6:30 PM
Friends of Fondren Library Annual Meeting and Dinner
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
August 31
4:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: Gabriel Rebeiz
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
August 31
6:30 PM
10 Commandments of Presidential Leadership
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy