Alumni Giving Back: Year in Review

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Support the School of Social Sciences during 24-Hour Challenge on June 25
As part of this year’s 24-Hour Challenge on June 25, consider giving to the school’s Access and Opportunity Fund, which supports educational and research opportunities for low-resourced students in social sciences. In honor of the school’s 40th anniversary, alumni on the Dean’s Social Science Advisory Board will match gifts up to $40,000 made to the fund during the challenge. If you are interested in learning more about how your gift can impact the school’s mission, please contact Sylvia LeBlanc, Director of Development, at (713) 348-4482 or

Robert Ladd

Robert Ladd ’78 named Chairman of the Board
Social sciences alumnus Robert T. Ladd ’78 will serve as the Chair of the Rice Board of Trustees, effective July 1. Ladd will help oversee the implementation of the university’s Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2) and is committed to prioritizing teaching and research and exploring new opportunities in digital education, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Frank Wolak

Economist Frank Wolak ’79 presents the spring 2020 Doyle Arnold ’70 Distinguished Guest Lecture
Wolak, the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics at Stanford University, delivered his talk, “Using Economics to Design Energy and Environmental Markets,” on February 24 in McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium.

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Share your professional expertise and network
You can lend your experience and expertise via, Rice’s online professional networking portal, and help students seeking career advice and connections within a profession, industry or organization. Additionally, the Center for Career Development can be your organization’s link to hiring Rice graduates. You are providing tremendous value to Rice students when you share your expertise and professional network.