Rice University to hold ‘asphalt breaking’ today for new Continuing Studies building

Amy Hodges
713-348-6777
amy.hodges@rice.edu

HOUSTON – (Dec. 13, 2012) – Five kids holding toy jackhammers will help break asphalt at Rice University at 2 p.m. today for a new building for the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. That building will benefit Houstonians, who account for most of the 14,000 enrollments in continuing studies there each year. The D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center will be located on land that is now a parking lot between Rice Stadium and campus Entrance 8 at Stockton and University Boulevard. Construction for the Anderson-Clarke Center will begin this month.

What:    ”Asphalt breaking” for new Continuing Studies building at Rice University.

When:    2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

Where:    West Lot 4 between Rice Stadium and campus Entrance 8 at Stockton and University Boulevard, located at 6100 Main St., Houston.

D. Kent and Linda Anderson and Robert Clarke and members of their families will be present at the event, including five of their grandchildren, who will hold toy jackhammers during the “asphalt breaking.”

The center will be a three-story, 53,000-square-foot, $24 million facility that houses 24 classrooms, conference rooms, a language center, an auditorium and a commons area and terrace for events. It will be built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

Founded in 1967, The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies currently attracts 14,000 enrollments annually for classes in the Center for College Readiness, the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, The Language Programs, the Master of Liberal Studies, the Master of Arts in Teaching as well as personal and professional development and certificate programs. More than 6,000 college-preparatory teachers, students and administrators from all across the country and beyond attend the school’s programs in the Center for College Readiness and School Literacy and Culture Project. The English as a Second Language program has attracted students from more than 100 countries. The new Anderson-Clarke Center will enable the Glasscock School to continue to expand its programs.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.

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Related materials:

Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies website: http://gscs.rice.edu/GSCSHome.aspx

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About Amy Hodges

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.