Dean, Peter Rodriguez


After an early Labor Day, September is upon us; classes are in full swing; and we’re back to the business of graduate management education. Students fill the halls and the late summer heat persists. If you want some exercise in the air conditioning, take a walk around the west wing and see the new Executive Education and Student Program Office suites. The renovations to date — and those going forward — allow us to use the building more efficiently and add new spaces for community, such as the coffee shop, which should open in November.

Congratulations to Rice Business Partners, formerly Jones Partners, for celebrating 25 years of service to the school and opening doors to the business community. The fête in late August also introduced the new name, a decked out golf cart, and swag for everyone who attended. Thank you to those who have supported the partners all these years.

Finally, we've had interesting news from the latest report to President Leebron: More students graduated with the business minor (119) than graduated with the five next highest enrollment minors, and more than graduated with the highest enrollment major at Rice, computer science (118). It’s wonderful to have such a large presence of graduate and undergraduate students in the Jones School. In the meantime, enjoy the start to fall. And, hopefully, cooler temperatures soon.



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