2019 March ARRUF Newsletter

2019 March ARRUF Newsletter

It's Time to Register!

Research Teams Feb. 27, Conference March 21, Writers' Reunion March 22, and MORE

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Photo identified: A Victory Lap by Ron Sass and Ron Magid at the first Beer-Bike Race

“Photos and More” Research Teams Form February 27, 2:30 p.m. in Fondren 412

Come talk with Rice Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, Ph.D. and others about possible projects in the Rice Archives. With Fondren 412 as our home base for project work, ARRUF teams can track down identities in photos and the mysterious devices lurking from famous research projects. Make unidentified memorabilia memorable once more. Dr. Kean will endeavor to devise projects that suit our experience and history at Rice. Groups may work on projects that can be stored in Fondren 412 or under appropriate conditions elsewhere. Come discuss what senior detectives could pursue.

Register Now for the March 21st Half-day Conference!

How will doubling the population of people over 65-years of age change the United States economy? The answers may astonish you: transportation, healthcare, products and services, employment, education, and MORE. New demands will abound, but can we be part of the solution? The Principal Speaker, Paul Irving, Chairman of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging will paint the context for ARRUF’s members and the vital role we can play. Register now by replying to ARRUF.invites@rice.edu.

Thursday, March 21stHalf-day Conference: Purposeful Aging and the Longevity Economy

Co-Sponsors: The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

The Association of Retired Rice University Faculty

Location: Room 316 McNair Hall, Rice University


9:00 a.m. Beverages and pastries

9:30 a.m. Announcements: Conference Coordinator

Welcome: Barbara Ostdiek, Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs, Associate Professor of Finance and Statistics

9:45 a.m. Purposeful Aging and the Longevity Economy

Paul Irving,Chairman, The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology.

10:45 a.m. Panel: Implications for Retired Faculty Involvement

Dr. C. Sidney Burrus,Panel Chair.Professor Emeritus and former dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University. ARRUF Director.

Dr. Thomas Killian,Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Associate Dean, The Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and leader in Rice University’s collaboration with the Midtown Innovation District, now in the planning stages.

W. Jackie Torres, M.A., Doctoral Candidate, specializing in aging and workplace relationships. Department of Psychological Sciences, Rice University

Dr. Mark Kulstad,Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, and Academic Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Graduate Program in the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg,Professor Emeritus and Founding Director, The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University

11:45 p.m. Lunch and discussion.Participants join panelists and table hosts in discussing the most interesting ideas and programs from the presentation and discussion.

12:45 p.m. Conference Concludes

Location: 316 McNair Hall (Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, co-sponsor)

Please register with ARRUF.invites@rice.eduby March 18th. The number of places available is limited..

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A Gift from Michelle Leigh Smith to Make You SMILE!

When you come to Fondren 412, relax with a cuppa and pick up the Tottering-by-Gently Annual, a collection of comics, puzzles, games, recipes, drinks, and more from British Annie Tempest. The Introduction is by Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey. Tempest offers 15 perks of being over 50, but here are four to get you started:

  • There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
  • You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge
  • Things you buy now won’t wear out.
  • Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

Read more in Fondren 412.


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March Memoir Writers Double the Fun!

First, gather on March 8thand second, join the reunion with June Ferrill on March 22nd, Friday.

Both events will be held at 10 a.m. in Fondren 412 or via ZOOM. Please register for March 22nd so that we can have lunch catered to celebrate the session.

ARRUF Woman Pioneer Whose Legacy Keeps on Growing

While Sandy Havens, long-time director of the Rice Players, and wife Helen Havens served as masters (now the title is Magister) at Jones College, Helen became the first woman Episcopal priest in Texas. That was 41 years ago. Last year at the Diocese of Texas Annual Council Meeting (the annual business meeting), delegates from the church she served with distinction, St. Stephens, wore T-shirts with Helen’s picture and posed with Helen’s cut-out to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her ordination. Sandy and Helen now reside near the campus.


From St. Stephen's delegation: Gary Patterson, “Helen Havens,” Laura Thewalt, and Reverend Lisa Hunt.

Help Build Our Member Profiles Collection

Help other ARRUF members keep up with information about your academic interests.

Send materials for your PROFILE! You may have noticed that ARRUF now has a place for displaying information about members on the website. Go to the Members link to see examples. Send a photo, a couple of paragraphs describing your current interests, a selective vita, and any publications or awards,, and we will put them into a profile for you. Send the materials as e-mail attachments to ARRUF@rice.edu.

We welcome your news and ideas. Send them to ARRUF.rice.edu.