Thank you to everyone who joined us for Reunion Weekend 2019! We can't wait to see you next year.

Watch some of the live session recordings:

Friday, May 17

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Milestone Reunion Events

  • Milestone Happy Hours - Classes of 2004, 2009, 2014, 2018 ($25/person)
  • Milestone Dinner - Classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 ($50/person)

See your class year page to the far left for more details!

Saturday, May 18

9:30am – 5:00pm Check-in and Walk-in Registration
9:30am – 10:15am Continental Breakfast Anderson Family Commons
10:30am – 11:30am

State of the School with Dean Peter Rodriguez

Shell Auditorium
11:45am – 1:00pm

Lunch and Learn:

State of Innovation in Houston - Today and Down the Road


  • Hesam Panahi, Lecturer in Management; Entrepreneurship


  • Aaron Knape, MBAP 2008
  • Chris Staffel, EMBA 2017
  • Dougal Cameron, FTMBA 2013
  • Stephanie Campbell, FTMBA 2017
Anderson Family Commons 
1:15pm – 2:30pm

Executive Education Session I & II ($25/person) - Note: These sessions are happening simultaneously, you must choose one.

Session I: "Creditors' Influence on Corporate Governance" with Brian Akins, William S. Mackey, Jr. & Verne F. Simons Distinguished Assistant Professor of Accounting (Room #214)

  • Traditionally, corporate governance is considered and studied from the perspective of the shareholders. In this class, Dr. Akins will discuss recent research examining the influence that debt holders have over basic corporate governance features.  

Session II: “Price Your Products and Services to Influence, Sell and Satisfy Customers" with Utpal Dholakia, George R. Brown Professor of Marketing (Room #212)

  • In addition to costs and competitors’ prices, customer psychology plays a crucial role in designing effective pricing strategies. In this talk, Prof. Dholakia will share new and exciting ideas about how managers can use psychological pricing activities to influence, sell, and satisfy customers. You will look at the symbolic, informational, and emotional properties of prices and see how businesses have used price points, price thresholds, all-inclusive prices, price bundles, and two-part pricing successfully.

Classroom 212 & 214
2:45pm – 4:00pm

Executive Education Session III & IV ($25/person) - Note: These sessions are happening simultaneously, you must choose one.

Session III: "Economic Growth and Human Progress" with Barbara Bennett Ostdiek, Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs, Associate Professor of Finance and Statistics (Room #212)

  • In this session you will focus on major changes to the global production function and speculate on the implications for improved standards of living and well-being.

Session IV: "Racial Discrimination in Credit Markets" with James Weston, Harmon Whittington Professor of Finance (Room #214)

  • Racism is a deeply systemic feature of American society. But in financial markets, economic interactions are often impersonal, quantitative, and competitive. To what extent do financial markets exhibit the same kind of racial discrimination as in other areas of the economy like employment, housing, and law enforcement? Prof. Weston will survey recent social science studies of racism in financial markets, and add fresh evidence from his own recent research on discrimination in the auto lending market.

Classroom 212 & 214
4:00pm – 6:00pm Pinot's Palette Owl Painting - Kids Programming ($10/child) Student Commons
4:00pm – 7:00pm Alumni Family Partio ($15/person) Woodson Courtyard/ AFC
Kid Programming for Saturday, May 18th:
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM: Create Your Own Nametag Craft Table
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM: Fox Basketball Gym will be open for your use with sport equipment available
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Movie in Classroom 314 - Coco
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Movie in Classroom 314 - Coco
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Pinot's Palette Kid's Painting Session ($10/child - must purchase their ticket on registration)
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Alumni Family Partio - Facepainters, bouncy houses, train ride, live DJ, lawn games, ice cream bar, etc. will be available during this time!

Huge thank you to our Reunion Committee:

Reunion Chair: Jesus Patino, FTMBA 2010
1979 MAcco & MBA | Kerry McCarley Balthrop, Rick Pettyjohn, Liz Williams
1984 FT | John Elsenhans
1989 FT | Todd Garner
1994 FT | Yolande Athaide, Amy Criswell, Robert McDonald, Michelle Ruch
1999 FT | Jonathan Ha
2004 FT | Moni Collins, Fernando Gil, Christy Hartman, Chris Idol, Kelly McWherter, Reyad Nasser, Pranika Sinha
2004 EMBA | Ash Kulkarni, Dave Martin
2009 FT | Alex Donn, Kian Granmeyah, Sid Sen
2009 EMBA | Maria Ritchey
2009 MBAPE | Tatiana Chavanelle, Evy Pappas
2014 FT | Nathan Pope
2014 EMBA | Thad McLemore
2014 MBAPE | Laurel McConn
2014 MBAPW | Jessica Newhouse, Steve Van Pelt
2018 FT | Ed Clarke, Gabriela Orozco, Sowmeya Subramanian
2018 EMBA | Phuong Dinh, Aragorn Earls, Steve McCubbin, Adam Saleh
2018 MBAPE | Rachel Hasan
2018 MBAPW | Sean Marshall, Chris Rios, Tyler Watkins

300 Donors for $200,000
In the two weeks leading up to Reunion, we are calling on all alumni, faculty/staff and friends of the Jones School to make a donation to the Rice Business Fund as part of our #WinTheWeekend19 giving challenge.

As of today, a group of 9 alumni donors have stepped up to offer $200,000 in matching donations if we can secure 300 donors during this challenge period.

Make your gift any time between May 3-18 in order to be counted in the challenge. Click here to see where your class percentage stands and to donate!

We have a special rate of $179.00/night with Hotel Zaza. When booking a room, be sure to let them know you are with the Rice Business Block. You can book a room by calling 713-526-1991 or toll free 1-888-880-3244 OR you can book online by using the promo code RIC051 (promo code will only apply for 5/17-5/19). *Note: That is a zero in the promo code, not the letter "O".

Houston area hotels

What is the attire?
Casual! We want you to feel comfortable and have a great time!

Can I bring kids?

Yes! Our goal is to make reunion weekend as family friendly as possible. We have kid programming on Saturday (see agenda above). For infants, we ask you plan ahead as we will not have childcare provided.

Unfortunately, I cannot make reunion. Will you offer any live interaction online?
Yes! We will use our MBA@Rice technology to make certain presentations available live online for you! However, we will be sad to miss you in person. Check the Reunion homepage for livestream details and instructions day of, Saturday, May 18th.

Are children free?
Yes! Children (20 and under) can attend for free. However, if they choose to do the Pinot's Palette kid's programming from 4-6pm, it will be $10/child.

Is there childcare?

We will not have childcare/daycare provided. We ask you plan ahead! For our kid's programming, please note that we may require one parent or guardian to be present.

  • FREE parking in West Lot 3! When you arrive to the lot, click the buzzer to get a parking attendant and let them know you are here for Rice Business Reunion
  • $12 to park in the Central Garage located under McNair Hall
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