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Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 1 | 2008

Parents Respond to President’s Messages

Before, during and after Hurricane Ike, Rice President David Leebron made it a priority to post notices on the university’s Web site to describe the conditions on campus and reassure students’ parents that their sons and daughters were safe. His efforts were rewarded with a number of grateful e-mail responses from parents. Here is a sampling:

Students help with cleanup“My daughter is a freshman and 1,650 miles away from home. Your reassuring e-mails and the timely Web site updates, as well as the reports from my daughter regarding all the precautions taken, were extremely comforting. The sense of community eased the anxieties both on campus and off.” —Susan Corkett

“Although I wanted my daughter to come home to Austin as Ike approached, she chose to stay on campus. Between the Rice Web site, your reassuring e-mail messages and cryptic text messages from my daughter, I knew during the whole weekend that she was safe and well cared for. In retrospect, I’m glad she stayed on campus as she had the opportunity to have a positive growing experience during the hurricane and got to see how a community can work together to protect itself and do the right thing.” —Denise C. Fischer

“We know that Rice cares about its students’ well-being more than it does about the university’s ranking, performance and achievement. We appreciate all the devotion you put into the campus.”
—David and Fen Wang

“If our children are remarkable it is, in part, because they have received a remarkable education at Rice University, both inside and outside the classroom. Thank you for keeping them safe and for instilling in them the importance of coming to the aid of those less fortunate.”
—Marci Waters and C. J. Steuernagel

Students helping out“My wife and I have many friends, family members and colleagues in the Houston area. Of all of them, our daughter — the Rice student — was the one about whom we had the least worries.” —Steve Altchuler

“We want to thank you and the entire Rice community for ensuring the safety and well-being of all Rice students during this past weekend. Even though our son is living off campus this year, it was so comforting to know that he and his roommates were welcome and expected back at Jones during the storm.”
—Ann and Louis Gilbert

“We continue to be impressed with Rice’s emergency readiness — actually, we are impressed with everything about Rice and its leadership.” —Margaret Swartz

“We live thousands of miles from Houston in the small country of Serbia. You can only imagine our anxiety as this terrible natural disaster stormed through your city and state. I had no way of communicating with my son, and the only bright lights in that long night were the constant updates on the Rice University Web site. Your letters calmed me, a helpless mother so far away from her child. Thank you and all the other people at Rice who remained with our children and helped them unconditionally throughout the storm and its aftermath.” —Zorica Nakic and Boban Zivojinovic

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