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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

Time Event
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 25
12:30 PM
Guiding Principles of Spatiotemporal Organization in Biological Communities
Open to the Public
Speaker: KC Huang
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
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: From Elliptic Surfaces to Calabi-Yau Moduli via Euler Transform
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
December 01
1:30 PM
Theoretical Biological Physics of Structural Dynamics in Physiology and Evolution
Open to the Public
Speaker: Man Chen
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
December 01
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Peter Garett
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 01
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Brinton Averil Smith
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 01
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kenneth Goldsmith
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 02
11:00 AM
First Year Graduate Final Reviews
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
December 02
12:00 PM
Freshman Final Reviews
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
December 02
12:15 PM
Dr. Zahra Jamal "Surviving Stalin: Practicing Islam Amidst the Purges"
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
December 02
4:00 PM
What is Active Learning and is it Happening in our Classrooms
Open to the Public
Speakers: Margaret Beier, Jeffrey Fleisher, John Hopkins, Anne Saterbak, John Hutchinson
Sponsor: Scientia
December 02
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 02
6:30 PM
Rice Science Café - "The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Super-Resolution Imaging"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Christy F. Landes
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
December 02
7:30 PM
Jupiter String Quartet with James Dunham
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 02
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Madeleine Doyon-Robitaille
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 03
8:30 AM
Sophomore Final Reviews
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
December 03
8:30 AM
Junior Final Reviews
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
December 03
9:00 AM
Ask the Expert
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Human Resources
December 03
2:00 PM
Evaluation of Cold Spray Processing as a Novel Approach to Fabricate Bulk Nanocrystalline Al Alloys
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andres Rodela
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
December 03
5:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Daniel Kopp
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 03
6:30 PM
CERCL Leadership Lecture Series Lecture
Open to the Public
Speaker: Marcus Davis
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
December 03
7:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 03
8:00 PM
Chamber Music for Winds
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 04
8:30 AM
Senior Final Reviews
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
December 04
8:30 AM
Second Year Grads Final Reviews
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
December 04
11:00 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
December 04
2:30 PM
Investigations of the Specificity of Oxidosqualene Cyclization: Errors are the Rule, Not the Exception
Open to the Public
Speaker: Paul Bodager
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
December 04
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series, "Geophysical investigations beneath Alcatraz"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Mark Everett
Sponsor: Earth Science
December 04
4:00 PM
Engineering Epigenetic Cellular Information
Open to the Public
Speaker: Albert Keung
Sponsor: Bioengineering
December 04
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Virginia Weckstrom
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 04
8:00 PM
Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra
Open to the Public
Artist: Larry Rachleff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 05
8:30 AM
Totalization Studios Final Reviews
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
December 05
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar Series: Quantitative Integrity Analysis for Engineering Systems
Open to the Public
Speaker: Mir-Emad Mousavi
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
December 05
2:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - "Buckled Atomic Sheets"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Deji Akinwande
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
December 05
5:30 PM
Artist Diploma Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Hewen Ma
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 05
8:00 PM
Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Larry Rachleff, Andrew Staupe
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 06
12:00 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 06
7:00 PM
Spirit of the Season: A Shepherd Society Holiday Event
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
December 07
1:30 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music