Dean, Peter Rodriguez

The school year is coming to a close. In the next few weeks, we invest our graduates with their academic hoods,  welcome alumni back to campus for reunion — May 17 and 18 — and prepare for the next group of students to start their journey at Rice. This university, this school and this community transform students every day. Being a part of it never grows old.

We’ve had an incredibly fast few months this 2019. We welcomed the largest attendance ever at the Women in Leadership Conference and convened a crazy popular and intellectual evening with DFW alumni and Rob Kaplan at the Federal Reserve of Dallas. We delighted in our weeklong presence in an Austin store front with Texas Monthly at SXSW that also conceived a podcast based on our professor’s research. We took a trip to Vietnam to deepen relationships with local schools and finalize plans for a global field course we’ll launch next year. Our wonderful MBA@Rice students came to campus for their first Intensive Learning Experience, which coincided with International Partio. We enjoyed a wild and wonderful few weeks of venture pitches at Lilie’s Al Napier Rice Challenge and the 19th annual Rice Business Plan Competition.

For those of you who had a chance to be a part of these activities, thank you. I’m continually inspired and grateful by the energy and devotion of our community. If not, there’s more in store this month and next academic year. Let’s find ways to connect.



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