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Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez:

Dear colleagues, students and friends,

Most of us have been working from home for over a month now, though it may seem longer than that. With this extended and unchanging routine comes challenges and also moments of unexpected, simple pleasures. I hope you’re experiencing those moments, staying healthy and finding new ways to be positive.

We are awaiting updates from state and local government to slowly “re-open” the state and what that will look like for Houston and Rice. In the meantime, President Leebron extended the campus closure for events to July 1, and there have been no guidelines about returning to campus just yet. I’ll keep you posted on details about that.

A few encouraging notes:

  • Started applications are up for the MBA@Rice July cohort. Projections for early May are 100 submitted applications, up from 55 last year.
  • We’re also looking for virtual alternatives to Professor Scott Sonenshein’s launch for his latest book, Joy at Work, which he co-wrote with Marie Kondo. Stay tuned!

Although we may be working apart for a while longer, I’m grateful for our accomplishments now, both for the school and in the community. Until we see each other in person (soon), keep up the great work.


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