Building Rice Centennial House

April 21 was “Rice Day” at the Rice Centennial House, and students, faculty, staff, alumni and other friends of Rice volunteered to lend a hand at the construction site in Houston’s Greater Fifth Ward. Rice Habitat for Humanity is building the house as a community project in honor of Rice University’s 100th anniversary. Pictured on-site at 1706 Capron St. are (from left) Y. Ping Sun, university representative; Algenita Davis, executive director of Houston Habitat for Humanity; Carol Leebron, mother of David Leebron; Rice President David Leebron; Rice alumnus Judge Steven Kirkland ’82 of Harris County’s 215th Civil Court; Rice alumna and Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78; senior Tawfik Jarjour, former president of Rice Habitat for Humanity, who led the project; Artissue Flowers, who will move into the home with her children; and alumni Courtney Benzon ‘11 and Yonatan “Yoni” Pressman ‘11, who designed the house when they were architecture graduate students. For more information on Rice Centennial House, visit


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