Dean Peter Rodriguez

In like a lion and out like a lamb — that’s the saying for March, and it holds true for the business school this year. With an exploratory trip to Vietnam for some of us, the Ignite Trek in Silicon Valley for others and South by Southwest in Austin for still more, the first few weeks of March look lively.

I’m excited about the “brand house” on South Congress that we’re co-hosting with Texas Monthly in Austin. It’s an actual store, right next to Allens Boots, that will be transformed into a retro hotel-like space with a concierge, bar, pop-up shopping from Stetson and Lucchese, and special programming from Rice Business professors and Shepherd School musicians. If you’re lucky enough to get to SXSW this year, make some time to stop by. Check out the schedule of programming. This is a spectacular opportunity to put the Rice Business name out there and have fun while we’re at it.

By early April, we’ll be hosting the Rice Business Plan Competition for the 19th time. Remember to welcome the visiting teams, if you run into them in the hallway, and wish them luck, especially LilySpec, the Rice team that includes Joanna Nathan, one of our second-year MBAs. They won the internal business plan competition at Rice that earned them a spot at the RBPC. You can vote for LilySpec here.



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