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Celebrating 50 Years of Black Undergraduate Life

During 1965 and 1966, the first black undergraduate students were admitted to Rice University, marking one of the most significant milestones in the school's history. In celebration of 50 years of black undergraduate life, Rice University, in conjunction with the Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) and partners across campus, is featuring a yearlong series of events designed to reflect upon Rice's history, to celebrate cultural heritage and inclusiveness, and to foster the exchange of ideas across generations. Rice alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends are all welcome on this journey to chart an ever-brighter future for Rice. 

2016 Events & Activities

Rice's celebration will feature several events throughout the year and will culminate with a gala in fall 2016. Be sure to check back as new details are added, and visit our Year in Review page for a chronicle of events to date.

Meet the Author: Featuring Prof. Anthony Pinn, June 15
Join Rice alumni and friends for a special event featuring Prof. Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, who will discuss his recent book “Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture.” A question-and-answer session and casual reception will follow. 
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Gala Celebrating 50 Years of Black Undergraduate Life at Rice
October 1, 2016
more details to follow

Black History at Rice

View the interactive black history timeline
Rice acknowledges and celebrates those who paved the way for integration and have made remarkable contributions to the advancement of the universityExplore the history of black undergraduate life at Rice through this interactive timeline.

Be a part of the legacy!
Submit your photographs and memorabilia (event programs, videos, newspapers, T-shirts, etc.) to be included in the university's black history archives. If practical, you are encouraged to send original items. Please include the names of the individuals pictured, an item description and the year. 

Email photos to kean@rice.edu. Mail items or drop them off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to:

Woodson Research Center
Fondren Library MS 44
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

The Blueprint for Excellence Gala Award Nominations

The Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) invites the Rice community to celebrate 50 years of black undergraduate life by recognizing Rice ARUBA alumni who have made remarkable contributions to the university, their communities and their professions. Alumni will be recognized for their contributions during the Blueprint for Excellence Awards Gala on Oct. 1, continuing a tradition that started in 2007. Self-nomination is strongly encouraged.  

Nominations must be submitted by Aug. 1, 2016.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY

The Outstanding Achievement in Service and Contributions to the University Award is designed to recognize Rice ARUBA alumni who rendered significant, sustained voluntary contributions of energy, time and creativity towards the advancement of the university. Submit a nomination for this award.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CIVIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

The Outstanding Achievement in Civic and Community Service Award is designed to recognize Rice ARUBA alumni who rendered significant, sustained voluntary contributions of time, energy and talent towards the advancement of their community. This award includes alumni who make significant contributions to the community through their profession or through elected/appointed office. Submit a nomination for this award.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CAREER

The Outstanding Achievement in Career Award is designed to recognize Rice ARUBA alumni who have advanced the reputation and standards of excellence at Rice University through distinctive professional careers. Submit a nomination for this award.

PAST WINNERS

Blacks in Blue: Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence (2007)
Outstanding Contribution to Rice: Teveia Rose Barnes '75 & Coach Willis Wilson '82.

The Blueprint for Excellence: Centennial Celebration (2012)
Chair's Award: Jan West '73.
Legacy Awards: Dr. Chandler Davidson and Associate Dean Catherine Clack.
Outstanding Achievement in Career: Herbert Anderson '03 and Michael Wilks '01.
Outstanding Achievement in Service and Contributions to the University: Terrence Gee '86.
Outstanding Achievement in Civic and Community Service: Pamela Scott '73.

Stay Connected

Get the latest updates on the 50-Year Celebration and other Rice Alumni events by updating your contact information via our Express Update Form. In addition to connecting with our proud community of Owls, you'll receive invitations to Rice events, alumni news, networking opportunities and more.  

Connect with ARUBA

The Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) provides opportunities for Rice's black alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff to reinforce old relationships and develop new relationships with each other and with the Rice community as a whole. Learn more. 

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