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Rice Homecoming & Reunion 2017

It’s official: Rice Homecoming & Reunion 2017 dates have been set for the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11! Get excited to join your Rice family on campus, where you’ll celebrate your Rice roots during the biggest alumni event of the year.

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Information for your Visit

Pre-registration closed on Friday, Nov. 3, at noon (CDT), but you can still attend! Walk-in registrations will be welcome at Homecoming & Reunion Headquarters in Farnsworth Pavilion, Rice Memorial Center.


You can expect to receive the following when you check in at Homecoming & Reunion Headquarters, located at Farnsworth Pavilion, part of the Ley Student Center in the Rice Memorial Center (building No. 21 on the campus map):  

  • A personalized name badge (must be presented for free parking on Saturday)
  • Your tickets to the Alumni Tailgate (if purchased)
  • A specialized Homecoming & Reunion map
  • A full schedule of weekend activities
  • A warm Rice welcome!

Check-in hours: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.  

Please note: Your name badge will serve as your campus parking pass on Saturday and your access to events throughout the weekend.

Football tickets:

Purchase tickets for the Rice vs. Southern Miss game here. Use promo code HC2017 (case sensitive) to receive the discounted price of $25 per ticket. You can also purchase tickets by calling 713-348-OWLS (6957).


Free parking will be available in West Lot 5 and Greenbriar Lot G from 7 a.m. on Friday until noon on Sunday. Additionally, free parking will be available in West Lots 3 and 4 from 5 p.m. on Friday until noon on Sunday. Outside of these times, regular parking charges will apply. Regular parking charges will also apply to all other campus lots not listed here. Greenbriar Lot G and West Lots 3, 4 and 5 can be accessed via Campus Entrance 8 off University Boulevard or Campus Entrance 18 off Rice Boulevard.

Again, your name badge, which you will receive at check-in, will be required for access to free parking on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you wish to park in the above mentioned lots during Saturday's football game, you will be required to show your name badge for complimentary entry or the cost will be $5 (cash only).

Maps, directions and getting around campus:

Find your way to Homecoming & Reunion events with the easy-to-use interactive campus map. Please find some helpful instructions on how to use this map here.

Or, if you’d prefer a printable map, you can access one here. Complimentary shuttle service will be available throughout the weekend.

Again, your name badge, which you will receive at check-in, will be required for access to free parking on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you wish to park in those lots during Saturday's football game, you will be required to show your name badge for complimentary entry or the cost will be $5 (cash only).

Outside of these times, regular parking charges will apply.

Have additional questions?

Find the most up-to-date and detailed schedule information on weekend events here. Please note: Some venues, times or other event details may have been added or changed in recent weeks, so please refer to the online schedule when planning your weekend. You can also visit our FAQ page for other weekend information. If you have additional questions, call 713-348-6094 or email us at

Homecoming & Reunion Co-Chairs

Natalye Appel, Jones '80, Architecture '82

Natalye Appel

I suppose I was destined to be a Rice nut, with my parents meeting as Rice students. As a Houston middle and high schooler, I fell in love with Rice through summer science courses, movies at the Media Center, and playing Rice Women’s Soccer on the inaugural club team. Once at Rice, my new friends (from Jones, Lovett, Powderpuff, Soccer, Architecture, and the Via Gabina Archeological Excavation) became my world, including future husband John Casbarian. Our future family (Claudia Casbarian, McMurtry 2012 and Julia Casbarian, Baker 2020) grew up at Lovett with Homecoming Co-Chair Andrew Lin while we were Masters, and our lives still revolve around Rice. My family tree was planted on campus, and Rice IS Home. Please join us in November!

John Casbarian, Baker '69, Architecture '72

John Casbarian

If not for a chance encounter at a social event in Houston in 1964 by my elder brother Peter and Bud Moorhead, professor of architecture and registrar, who encouraged him to have me apply to Rice, my life’s trajectory would be unimaginably different. On a hot, steamy August in 1965 I set foot on the Rice campus and into a world that I had not known the likes of before nor since, a nurturing world of discovery, intellectual stimulation and creativity. For someone who had never even heard of Rice before, my life has centered around it ever since that fateful day in August, from my professional partnership with my classmates Danny Samuels ‘69 and Robert H. Timme '68 in Taft Architects, to my wife Natalye L. Appel '80, and now our two children, Claudia '12 and Julia '20, we are all imbued with the exhilarating Rice spirit.

Andrew Lin, Lovett '02

Andrew Lin

Rice has always been a presence in my life. I grew up in Houston where it was easy to visit campus and attend summer school. Owl Weekend was my first taste of student life and I immediately knew that Rice was the place for me. As I made friends all over campus, many of them became as close as family to me. My sister, Jennifer Lin '04, and brother, Kevin Lin '10 & '12, followed in my footsteps, therefore Rice has literally become a family affair. Whenever I meet a fellow rice alum whether it's in Houston or halfway across the world, they feel like family. Rice feels like home and I hope that you'll join us in celebrating Homecoming & Reunion 2017.

Homecoming & Reunion Ambassadors


Contact information

Monisa Chakraborty, Brown '07
Madeline Currie, Jones '07  
Anudeep Jain, Sid Rich '85
Sujata G Krishnan, Brown '90
+1.956.464.7664; +1.956.789.4709
Georgia Lagoudas, Lovett '12  
Nick Morales, Will Rice '12  
Karin Shipman, MLS '12  
George Webb, Wiess '88, '91


Want to get involved? You can volunteer as a Homecoming & Reunion Ambassador and reach out to fellow alumni to help spread the word and encourage attendance at Rice Homecoming & Reunion events. Visit to learn more and to sign up.

We can’t wait to see you back on campus!


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