Rice Business Facilities McNair Hall

Communication from July 24 to Rice Business students

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Class of '21 Full-Time MBA Students:

Dear Class of ’21 Full-Time MBA students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe return to campus in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we will deliver all credit-bearing courses through August 22 remotely.
 
Please see the note at the bottom for details on the new class schedules. Each of these have been or will be communicated to your class in a separate email as well.

Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by FE&P. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus.

This week and next, we are holding town halls with students to address their concerns, and we plan to use their questions as a guide to inform our answers going forward. We are also recording all the questions and answers in a set of FAQs on our website.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and determination over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage. 

Best, 
Peter
 
The following early-August courses will be delivered fully remotely:

  • MGMT 648: Applied Finance (Crotty)
  • MGMT 680-2: Customer Lifetime Value (Gopalakrishnan)

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Class of '22 Full-Time MBA students:

Dear Class of ’22 Full-Time MBA students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe campus reopening in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we have made the decision to move all credit-bearing courses through August 22 to remote only, with the exception of the second week of your Launch program.

Please see the note at the bottom of this email regarding your MBA Launch.
 
Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by FE&P. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus.

This week and next, we are holding town halls with students to address their concerns, and we plan to use their questions as a guide to inform our answers going forward. We are also recording all the questions and answers in a set of FAQs on our website.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and determination over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage. 

Best, 
Peter
 
For your two-week Full-Time MBA Launch program:

  • Week 1: The first week of Launch will be delivered remotely, via Zoom, from August 10-14. We are disappointed – as we know you are – that we can’t be together, and physically in McNair Hall, for the first week of Launch.
  • Week 2: We are continuing to monitor the environment in Houston, and are assessing and determining the best delivery mode for the second week of Full-Time MBA Launch, which will be held the week beginning Monday, August 17. We will update you soon on the second week of Launch.

International students are invited to participate in the International MBA Launch and welcome program Thursday, August 6, and Friday, August 7, which will be delivered entirely remotely via Zoom.

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Class of '21 Professional MBA Evening students:

Dear Class of ’21 Professional MBA Evening students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe return to campus in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we will deliver all credit-bearing courses through August 22 fully remotely. 

Please see the note at the bottom for details on the affected courses. The listed changes have been communicated to everyone registered in these courses. 

Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by Facilities Engineering and Planning. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus.

This week and next, we are holding town halls with students to address their concerns, and we plan to use their questions as a guide to inform our answers going forward. We are also recording all the questions and answers in a set of FAQs on our website.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and determination over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage.  

Best,  
Peter

The following early-August courses will be delivered fully remotely:

  • MGMT 648 (ALL): Applied Finance (Crotty)
  • MGMT 680-2: Customer Lifetime Value (Gopalakrishnan)
  • MGMP/MGMW 798: Strategic Management Simulation (Windsor)

The initial class meetings prior to August 23 will occur fully remotely for these Fall 2020 courses:

  • MGMP 789-701: Global Field Experience (Glick; VanHorn)

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Class of '22 Professional MBA Evening students:

Dear Class of '22 Professional MBA Evening Students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe return to campus in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we will deliver all credit-bearing courses through August 22 fully remotely. As a reminder, your Launch will also be held remotely from August 3-7.

Please see the note at the bottom for details on the affected courses. Each of these has been communicated to your class as well.

Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by Facilities Engineering and Planning. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus.

This week and next, we are holding town halls with students to address their concerns, and we plan to use their questions as a guide to inform our answers going forward. We are also recording all the questions and answers in a set of FAQs on our website.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and determination over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage.    

Best,  
Peter

The initial class meetings prior to August 23 will occur fully remotely for these Fall 2020 courses:

  • MGMP 501: Financial Accounting (Balakrishnan)
  • MGMP 510: Organizational Behavior (Miles)

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Class of '21 Professional MBA Weekend students:

Dear Class of ’21 Professional MBA Weekend students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe return to campus in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we will deliver all credit-bearing courses through August 22 fully remotely.
 
Please see the note at the bottom for details on the affected courses. Each of these has been communicated to your class as well.

Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by Facilities Engineering and Planning. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus.

This week and next, we are holding town halls with students to address their concerns, and we plan to use their questions as a guide to inform our answers going forward. We are also recording all the questions and answers in a set of FAQs on our website.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and determination over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage. 

Best, 
Peter
 
The following early-August courses will be delivered fully remotely:

  • MGMT 648 (ALL): Applied Finance (Crotty)
  • MGMT 680-2: Customer Lifetime Value (Gopalakrishnan)
  • MGMP/MGMW 798: Strategic Management Simulation (Windsor)

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Class of '22 Professional MBA Weekend students:

Dear Class of ’22 Professional MBA Weekend students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe return to campus in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we will deliver all credit-bearing courses through August 22 fully remotely, including your Launch week from July 27 - 31. 

Please see the note at the bottom for details on the affected courses. Each of these has been communicated to your class as well.

Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by Facilities Engineering and Planning. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus.

This week and next, we are holding town halls with students to address their concerns, and we plan to use their questions as a guide to inform our answers going forward. We are also recording all the questions and answers in a set of FAQs on our website.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and determination over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage. 

Best, 
Peter
 
The initial class meetings prior to August 23 will occur fully remotely for these Fall 2020 courses:

  • MGMW 501: Financial Accounting (Akins)
  • MGMW 510: Organizational Behavior (Smith)
  • MGMW 595: Data Analysis (Borle) 

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Class of '21 Executive MBA students:

Dear Class of ’21 Executive MBA students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe return to campus in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we will deliver all credit-bearing courses through August 22 fully remotely. 

Please see the note at the bottom for details on the affected courses. Each of these have been communicated to your class as well.

Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by Facilities Engineering and Planning. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus.

This week and next, we are holding town halls with students to address their concerns, and we plan to use their questions as a guide to inform our answers going forward. We are also recording all the questions and answers in a set of FAQs on our website.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and determination over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage.  

Best,  
Peter

Class of ’21 EMBA 
Executive Forum III has been modified to include an August portion and a December portion of the course:

Thursday, August 6 – Saturday, August 8 with Professor Prashant Kale (delivered fully remotely, via Zoom)

  • Thursday, August 6: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 8: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15 – Thursday, December 17 with Professor Brent Smith

  • Tuesday, December 15: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 17: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Class of '22 Executive MBA students:

Dear Class of ’22 Executive MBA students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe campus reopening in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we will deliver all credit-bearing courses through August 22 fully remotely. Executive Forum I will be delivered remotely via Zoom as well, from August 3 – 8. 

Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by Facilities Engineering and Planning. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus.

This week and next, we are holding town halls with students to address their concerns, and we plan to use their questions as a guide to inform our answers going forward. We are also recording all the questions and answers in a set of FAQs on our website.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and determination over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage.

Best,  
Peter

Message from Benjamin Lansford, Director of Master of Accounting Program:

Dear MAcc Class of 2021,
 
I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe return to campus in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County, TX guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an Aug. 23 full re-opening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, Rice Business has opted to move your Aug. 17-21 MAcc Launch Week to live, online delivery

Our Rice Business Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by Facilities Engineering and Planning. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus. More information is available in a set of FAQs on our website, which we are continually updating.
 
I appreciate that there’s a lot of uncertainty about the coming fall semester, so I invite you to join me for a town hall-style conversation. I will share information about safety measures we’re implementing and the way your fall classes will be offered in dual-modality (that is, both live and via Zoom).

I will field your questions during the town hall, but I would like to collect as many questions in advance as possible. This will allow us to incorporate your concerns and needs into the content I share – and ensure I have answers to your questions. Please submit your questions as soon as possible to this Qualtrics form: MAcc Town Hall Questions

Please check the email you received on July 27 for the MAcc Town Hall Zoom link and information.

We will provide a recording of the town hall for those who aren’t able to attend live. 

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and flexibility over the past few months. We are delighted to have you join the Rice Business family, and look forward to working with you this year.
 
Thank you,

Benjamin Lansford

Message from Dean Peter Rodriguez to Ph.D. students:

Dear PhD students,

I’m writing to update you on changes to our plans for a safe return to campus in light of the surging coronavirus cases in the Houston area. Given the current Harris County guidance to “Stay Home, Work Safe,” Rice University is now planning on an August 23 full reopening of campus. To align more closely with the university’s plan and ensure the safety of all in our community, we have moved your Launch and all courses through August 22 to remote only. Please work closely with your area advisor to determine your need to be on campus. 

Our Reopening Committee is ready to execute their thorough plan, which includes protocols and processes to meet new physical distancing and safety guidelines. Supplies and furniture have been ordered, signage has been designed and produced, and the building is being conditioned by Facilities Engineering and Planning. The school will be ready for us when it is safe to resume our phased return to campus. More information is available in a set of FAQs on our website, which we are continually updating.

Every day, we are taking care of what needs to get done to lay the groundwork for the year ahead, despite not knowing exactly what that will look like. Thank you for your hard work and flexibility over the past few months. Because of you, we have made it this far and kept our wits about us while balancing safety for the whole community, curriculum changes, personal needs and working from home. I am grateful. And I know that we will emerge stronger for this test of our compassion and courage.  

Best,  
Peter

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