Friends of Fondren Library Past Events

2016-2017 EVENTS


2015-2016 EVENTS


Friends of Fondren Library - Annual Meeting & Membership Kick-Off Dinner

The Friends of Fondren Library Annual Meeting and Membership Kick-Off Dinner featured a program and preview of upcoming events for the fall 2015 and spring 2016.

Special Presentation by Gregory Curtis '66

Gregory Curtis, who graduated from Rice with a bachelor’s degree in English, is one of the most respected magazine editors in the country. Rising from staff writer to editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly, Curtis led the magazine for 20 years, during which time Texas Monthly won five National Magazine Awards, generally considered the highest award in the magazine industry. While editor-in-chief, he continued to write masterful prose, including the “Behind the Lines” column that introduced the magazine each month. The column captured readers’ imaginations and presented important topics in a fresh and compelling way. Recognized as a 2015 Distinguished Alumni of Rice University, one of his nominators remarked that Curtis was Texas Monthly’s first hire and, in his opinion, the most important person ever to join the staff. Another said that he “has made a significant difference in the cultural and political life of Texas” and noted that his achievements trace back to his days at Rice, where he founded a literary and cultural magazine called The Thresher Review. Curtis was named one of the 10 best magazine editors by the Columbia Journalism Review, and he is the author of two nonfiction books, “Cave Painters” and “Disarmed.” 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:45 p.m. Dinner
Grand Hall
Rice Memorial Center

Event Chairs - Rhonda Sigman and Jeff Ross

$50 per person - Registration Closed
By mail - Friends of Fondren Library MS-245, Rice University, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Meet the Author presented by Friends of Fondren Library and the Association of Rice Alumni 

In this fourth program of the Meet the Author, Scott Dodson '96 discussed his book “The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” 

Thursday, October 8, 2015
6 p.m. Book Review, 7 p.m. Reception

Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room, 3rd Floor

Event Liaison - John Stallcup

ABOUT THE BOOK: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a legal icon. In more than fifty years as a lawyer, professor, appellate judge and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg has influenced the law and society in real and permanent ways. Her impact on the law cannot be overstated. Yet, no book on Ginsburg’s legacy exists. This book fills that gaping void by chronicling and evaluating the remarkable achievements Ginsburg has made over the past half century. Including chapters written by prominent court watchers and leading scholars from law, political science and history, it offers diverse perspectives on an array of doctrinal areas and on different time periods in Ginsburg’s career. Together, these perspectives document the impressive – and continuing – legacy of one of the most important figures in modern law.

Families Weekend - Fondren Library Tours 

More than 70 parents and family members of Rice students toured Fondren Library as part of Rice University's Families Weekend activities. The tours, hosted by Friends of Fondren Library, were led by Fondren Library librarians.

Friday, October 23, 2015
9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fondren Library, 1st Floor

Event Chair - Barbara McKittrick

The Books That Shaped My World  

Joe Karlgaard, Director of Athletics, Recreation & Lifetime Fitness, was the featured speaker for the October presentation of The Books That Shaped My World.  Dr. Karlgaard discussed two books, "Built to Last" by Jim Collins and "The Speed of Trust" by Stephen M. R. Covey, that he has recently read. Another favorite of his is "Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville. A reception followed his presentation.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
6:30 p.m.

Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room, 3rd Floor

Event Chairs - Amy Taylor and Bill Sparker

(Past Events) Watch the video.

Homecoming & Alumni Reunion

Join us at the Friends of Fondren Library hospitality tent at Homecoming 2015 at Rice Football Stadium.  Come by to see fellow alumni and friends of Rice! 

Saturday, November 14, 2015
12 - 2 p.m.

Rice vs. Southern Mississippi

Kick-off 2:30 p.m.
Rice Stadium

Guests welcome 

Event Chair - Bobby Muraro 

2016 Friends of Fondren Library Gala Honoring Tanya and Wayne Graham

Honorary Chairs - Cara and Lance Berkman

Event Chairs - Karen and Larry George

Friday, January 22, 2016
7 p.m.

River Oaks Country Club

Thank you for your support! Click here to view photos from the gala.

For more information, please call 713-348-5157 or email