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Join Us for the Next Classroom Connect

SAVE THE DATE!  The Association of Rice Alumni and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing invites you to join us back on campus for the next Classroom Connect program on April 22, 2017. The program will feature lectures by some of Rice's top experts, faculty-led immersive learning experiences designed to bring learning to life, and opportunities to network and connect with fellow attendees.

Some highlights of the upcoming Classroom Connect program will include:

  • Dr. Robert F. Curl, University Professor Emeritus, Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus, Professor of Chemistry Emertius, will give a talk about automation in the 21st century.
  • The Honorable Annise Parker '78, Professor in the Practice, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and former Mayor of Houston, will deliver a luncheon keynote address.
  • Dr. John B. Boles '65, William P. Hobby Professor of History, will give a talk about how the teaching and learning landscape has evolved from his time as a Rice student to now serving as a professor.
  • Dr. Genevera Allen '06, Assistant Professor of Statistics and recipient of Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 in Science and Health Care, will talk about the field of data science and how it enables medical discoveries.
  • Brock Wagner '87, the founder and owner of Saint Arnold Brewing, will lead an afternoon keynote session about the science and business behind beer making and breweries. During the lively session, a variety of Saint Arnold beer will be available to enjoy for those 21 and above.
  • Dr. John Anderson, W. Maurice Ewing Professor in Oceanography, will offer a concurrent session about how scientists are measuring the changes in ice sheets and the implications for the future.
  • Ben Kamins, Professor of Bassoon, and Janet Rarick, Associate Professor of Music Career Development, will lead a hands-on session about the Alexander Technique — a process that develops one's ability to use conscious thought to achieve balance in the body.
  • Dr. Andre Droxler, Professor of Earth Science, will lead a hands-on session about microbial reefs, including a demonstration of drill cores.

The full program details, pricing, and other information will be available in early 2017 — stay tuned!  

Classroom Connect on the Road

Classroom Connect — Rice’s premier lifelong learning program — is going on the road. Hear top faculty share fascinating insights and network with fellow alumni, parents and friends at our programs in San Francisco, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York City and more. 


The Leo S. Shamblin Scholarship Fund

The Leo S. Shamblin Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support to potential Classroom Connect participants with a strong record of volunteer service in the community and on campus. Young alumni and out-of-town participants are especially encouraged to apply. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for up to three recipients who are then expected to attend the entire program.

Interested? Email a letter to Dan Stypa, Associate Director of Alumni Programs, at In your one-page letter, please describe your volunteer service and why the funds would assist in attending Classroom Connect. For full consideration, your letter must be received by March 1, 2017. All scholarship applicants will be notified by March 10, 2017 of their status.

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