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2015-16 Schedule of Activities

Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month (September – April) at the Cohen House, Rice University’s Faculty Club on the Rice University campus with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. followed by a guest speaker and meeting at 10 a.m. Tables are reserved in the dining room of the Cohen House for those who wish to stay for lunch. The first meeting of the year is traditionally held at the President’s House, and the meeting on the second Wednesday of May is traditionally an afternoon tea social.


SEPTEMBER

September 9, 2015

The first meeting of the year will be held at the President’s House, and hosted by Ms. Y.Ping Sun, the President’s wife and our honored member. Valet parking will be available. Please RSVP by Sept 5 via email to dpevents@rice.edu or by calling 713-348-4111.

9:30 a.m.- Refreshments, meet and greet, and opportunity to learn more about the year’s activities.

10:00 a.m. – Dr. James M. Tour, T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University and at Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, will give a speech on “Nanotechnology and Academic Survival“.


OCTOBER

October 5, 2015

Owlvest meets at 11:30am, at Cohen House. See details.

October 6, 2015

Graduate Student Loan Closet open hours, 3:00pm to 5:00pm, Room 149 of the Rice Graduate Apartments, 1515 Bissonnet St, Houston TX 77005

October 7, 2015

Book Discussion Group meets at noon, at a member’s house. See details.

October 14, 2015

Regular Meeting at Cohen House.  Refreshments at 9:30 am. Speaker at 10:00am. Lunch tables reserved for 11:30am.

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Ms. Joyce Myoung-Ji Jang performing at Cohen House, October 14, 2015

 

Our speaker will be  Joyce Myoung-Ji Jang, M.M., a Shepherd School graduate, a versatile international performer and dedicated music educator will present a short program, including a violin sonata by Brahms, music by Piazzolla, Elgar and others. Ms. Jang was a child prodigy in Seoul Korea, where she was born, and has won many awards and performed with the Mardi Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, the Dallas symphony, the Spoleto USA orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as concertmaster, and many other places. She is also a chamber musician and has played with the American String Quartet, the Concord String Quartet and others.

October 19, 2015

“Read Across the Globe” volunteering event at local elementary schools, 8:30am to 11:30am. This is an effort organized by Connect 4 Literacy as they as we team up with Points of Light, Deloitte LLP and Volunteer Houston to break the Guinness World Record for the number of children read to within a 24-hour period. The current world record is 238,000 children, and they hope to smash it by reading to 300,000 children across the globe! This worthy cause to promote children’s literacy has been brought to the Club’s attention by our honorary member Ping Sun, and many of our members have taken up the challenge. See details on how to sign up to volunteer. If you do volunteer, please make sure to send mail to welcome@rice.edu, the University Public Affairs office, and let them know what size T-shirt you are wearing, so they can order one for you. This will identify you as a member of the Rice team.

October 22, 2015

Adventure Lunch at 11:30am. Meet at Saltillo Mexican Kitchen, 5427 Bissonnet. 832-623-6467.

October 31, 2015

Halloween party for children, at the Brochstein Pavillion, 9:30am to 11:00am. RAIN LOCATION: The Rice Memorial Center. Coordinated by Shireen Tour. Games, face painting, prizes , candy, Disney characters, Rice Owl and lots of fun. See details.


NOVEMBER

November 2, 2015

Owlvest Investment Group will be meeting at Cohen House at noon.

November 4, 2015

Book Discussion Group, will be discussing “A Land of a Thousand Hills: Life in Rwanda”, by Rosamond Halsey Carr.

November 9, 2015

Daring Diners will meet at Corner Table, 2736 Virginia St, Houston TX 77009, at 7:00pm.

Patrick Palmer's "Alejandro", chalk and acrylics on canvas

Patrick Palmer’s “Alejandro”, chalk and acrylics on canvas

November 11, 2015

Patrick Palmer, Faculty Chair and Dean, The Glassell School of Art, will present a talk about Houston Arts, the Glassell School of Fine Art and its future plans. Patrick is a very successful Houston painter, and maintains a studio on Winter Street, in parallel with his teaching and leadership duties at Glassell.

November 17, 2015

Chris Dunning will be leading the effort to create Holiday Party decorations. Volunteers please meet at her house, 4403 Verone, Bellaire, 713-218-6767, at 9:00am.

November 19, 2015

Adventure Lunch will be visiting Coco Coffee House, on 5555 Washington Ave, Ste V, Houston, TX 77007 (between TC Jester Blvd and Asbury St). The restaurant’s phone is 832-804-7985. No reservations are needed, so please join the fun at will! Meet at 11:30am.


DECEMBER

December 2, 2015

Book Discussion Group, will be discussing “Citizens of London”, by Lynn Olson.

Friday December 4, 2015

Holiday Dinner-Dance at the Cohen House. Cocktails beginning at 6:30pm, seated dinner at 7:00pm. “Lone Star Lyric Festival and Cabaret” will be providing entertainment.

December 7, 2015

Owlvest Investment Group will be meeting at Cohen House at noon.


JANUARY

January 4, 2016

Owlvest Investment Group will be meeting at Cohen House at noon.

January 12, 2016

The Faculty Women’s Board will be presenting the Club, its purpose, and its activities at the Administrator’s Forum, held in Anderson Family Commons, McNair Hall (JGS), 8:30-10:00 a.m. All members who wish to attend are welcome to join us.

January 13, 2016

Cristell Alejandra Perez, Rice University senior, UT School of Public Health Scholar, Rice Women’s Resource Center Co-Director, will give a presentation about the Rice Women’s Resource Center, http://women.rice.edu.

January 19, 2016

Daring Diners will meet at Union Kitchen, 4057 Bellaire Blvd, 7:00pm. For reservations call Kathy Austin, 713-252-6727.

January 27, 2016

“Hump Day Happy Hour” at the Brochstein Pavilion, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Open to all Rice female faculty, staff, and postdoctoral students, and to the female spouses or partners of faculty , staff and postdoctoral students.


FEBRUARY

February 1, 2016

Owlvest Investment Group will be meeting at Cohen House at noon.

February 3, 2015

Book Discussion Group, will be discussing “The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle”, by James Gast.

February 10, 2016

Roberta H. Anding, M.S., R.D./L.D., C.D.E., C.S.S.D., will present an informative talk with the latest on nutrition.

She is instructor in the Kinesiology Department of Rice University, dietitian for Rice University Athletics, faculty member of the Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine where she is an instructor in nutrition as well as the clinical dietitian in the Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine Clinic. Roberta is also currently the sports dietitian for the Houston Astros MLB franchise and in the past, held the same position with the Houston Texans NFL franchise for 12 years. Roberta also consults with the Houston Ballet.

February 19, 2016

Our walking group will meet at 9:00am at the Parking lot of the McGovern Centennial Gardens. The Gardens are located at 1500 Hermann Drive. The parking area is at the east end of the gardens. The Gardens are across from The Health Museum and the Park Plaza Hospital. There are nearby walking trails in addition to the actual gardens so that we can vary our walks, and the pace is up to the walkers; all speeds are welcome!

February 24, 2016

“Hump Day Happy Hour” at the Brochstein Pavilion, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Open to all Rice female faculty, staff, and postdoctoral students, and to the female spouses or partners of faculty , staff and postdoctoral students.

February 26, 2016

Our walking group will meet at 9:00am at the Parking lot of the McGovern Centennial Gardens. The Gardens are located at 1500 Hermann Drive. The parking area is at the east end of the gardens. The Gardens are across from The Health Museum and the Park Plaza Hospital. There are nearby walking trails in addition to the actual gardens so that we can vary our walks, and the pace is up to the walkers; all speeds are welcome!


MARCH

March 2, 2016

Book Discussion Group, will be discussing “Still Alice”, by Lisa Genova.

March 7, 2016

Owlvest Investment Group will be meeting at Cohen House at noon.

March 9, 2016

MS. Nicole Van Den Heuvel, Director of the Center for Career Development of Rice University, will present to us the work and challenges of the Career Center, how its importance grows in the lives of the Rice Undergraduates, and how our Club can provide assistance to the Center’s mission.

 
March 23, 2016

Easter egg hunt workshop at Kathy Austin’s house,2340 McClendon. Start at 9:30am. Chris Dunning has ideas for a fun way to open eggs for prizes. Please continue to donate eggs and prizes, but we will cut back on candy.

March 25, 2016

The Publicity committee will meet at 10:00am at Cohen House to discuss the updating of the Cohen House displays about the Club. All who wish to contribute ideas are welcome. If you have items currently in display that you wish to have returned, please let the board know.

March 26, 2016

Easter egg hunt, 10:00 to 11:30 am at Sewell Hall Plaza. Rain or shine! Coordinated by Kathy Austin (kathleenaustin@hotmail.com) .

March 30, 2016

“Hump Day Happy Hour” at the Brochstein Pavilion, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Open to all Rice female faculty, staff, and postdoctoral students, and to the female spouses or partners of faculty , staff and postdoctoral students.


APRIL

April 4, 2016

Owlvest Investment Group will be meeting at Cohen House at noon.

April 6, 2016

Book Discussion Group, will be discussing “The Sixth Extinction, and Unnatural History”, by Elizabeth Kolbert.

April 13, 2016

Professor Karin Broker, Visual & Dramatic Arts Professor of Rice University will give us a tour of her printmaking studio.

A very important business meeting will follow. A vote will be taken among the membership to decide on changing the name of our Club, so that it can better reflect the mission and membership eligibility.

April 27, 2016

Spring Tea Social, at Cohen House, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the afternoon. Hats and gloves are optional.


MAY

May 4, 2016

Book Discussion Group, will be discussing “Go Set a Watchman”, by Harper Lee.