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August 31, 2010

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Jim Tour:
Rice team works on next generation of memory devices (Houston Chronicle)

Adam Gilmore '04:
NASA engineers teach RP kids to ‘reach for the stars’ (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

August 30, 2010

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Mike Feinberg:
Uncommon story the basis for Common Reading (Rice News)

August 29, 2010

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Emmy Awards:
The Man from Ernst & Young Behind All The Votes (Wall Street Journal)

August 28, 2010

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Courtney Hall '90:
On August 12, New York City Mayor Bloomberg appointed Courtney Hall to the Campaign Finance Board.  Click here for the press release.

David Brooks:
NYT op-ed columnist to give 2011 commencement address at Rice (Rice News)

Classical music fans may lose out in Rice radio deal (Houston Chronicle)

August 27, 2010

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Larry McMurtry '60:
UH displays award-winning author’s work (Daily Cougar)

Bruckner Chase '90:
Santa Cruz native swims across Monterey Bay (Silicon Valley Mercury News)

The Rice Thresher:
The Rice Thresher published today.  You can check it out here.

August 26, 2010

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Ben Gran '01:
Get to Know: Ben Gran (Des Moines Register)

Sale is a blow to students, alumni (Houston Chronicle Viewpoint)

August 25, 2010

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A Message from Charles Szalkowski '70, '71:
It is with a heavy heart that I must report the death of my long-time friend and Best Man in my wedding, Billy Ray Palmer (Baker ’67 (’68)), on Monday, August 16, 2010.

He died as a result of cardiac incident on Thursday, August 12, from which he never regained consciousness.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kakie Palmer of Kingwood, Texas, his daughter Laura Elizabeth Palmer, a senior at Clemson U. and two sons, Jim Palmer of Arizona and Michael Palmer of Kingwood.

Bill was a standout pitcher for the Rice Owls baseball team, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians, and played in that organization for a few years.  A serious intramural football injury to his ankle after he was drafted kept him from realizing his potential.  After baseball, he graduated from law school at the University of Houston where he was on the Law Review.  He practiced in Houston, was inhouse oil and gas counsel of Houston Natural Gas and then Valero (in San Antonio).  He was general cousnel of Tejas Gas, a NYSE listed company.  At his death, he was working with Copano Energy.

While at Baker College, Bill was elected to the College Court and was widely known throughout the campus. 

August 24, 2010

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John Mark Buck (1952 - 2010)
Last Monday (August 16), John Mark Buck passed away.  A native Texan, John attended Rice on a football scholarship.  After graduation, he pursued a number of differerent interests.  Most recently, he was an advertising executive and a sales director of a publishing company.  Click here for the Chronicle obituary.

August 23, 2010

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Annual New School Year Greeting from Natalie Kirchhoff '09:
Dear Owl Family & Friends,

I hope you are doing well and excited for another school year and year of Rice Athletics!  Here's an update on my current whereabouts:

I completed two internships in the last year with Disney.  I worked in an “on-stage” role at one of their deluxe resorts learning about resort operations, Disney Guest Service, etc.  Then, I moved over to the Recreation Line of Business in an “off-stage” office and technical role.  After “graduating” from the internship programs, they reassigned me to Operations Development where I support the leaders in charge of building new resorts.  Right now, we are working strong on Aulani (new Hawaii resort set to open Aug 2011) and other projects like Shanghai (China resort build) and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (a new Orlando resort).  I am learning a lot and gaining invaluable experience!

In addition to working, I am training to earn my professional card in triathlons to one day represent the USA on one of their national teams.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.  If you're coming down for a Disney vacation, let me know!  I can be reached at

Have a "magical" day!

August 22, 2010

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The Rice Thresher:
The Rice Thresher published on Friday.  You can check it out here.

Marek Kimmel:
Mother of all humans lived 200,000 years ago (Rice News)

Rice and UH goals differ (Houston Chronicle Editorial)

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