New home of Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies to be dedicated May 22

The new home of Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will be dedicated during a special ceremony and open house May 22.

The D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center, also referred to as the Anderson-Clarke Center, is situated on the west side of Rice’s campus at Entrance 8 at Stockton and University Boulevard. The building will benefit Houstonians, who account for most of the school’s nearly 20,000 enrollments in continuing studies each year.

The ceremony is open to the public and will be at 2 p.m. on the Anderson-Clarke Center front lawn. A reception and open house will follow.

Rice President David Leebron, Glasscock School Dean Mary McIntire, Rice Board of Trustees Chair Bobby Tudor, Susie and Mel Glasscock, Kent and Linda Anderson, and Clarke Anderson and Bob Clarke will give remarks.

The Anderson-Clarke Center is a three-story, 55,000-square-foot facility that houses 24 state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms, a language center, a freestanding auditorium and a commons area and terrace for events. Construction on the $24.2 million facility began in December 2012, and the center was built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for silver certification. The center also features art installations by Houston-based international artist and director of the Glassell School of Art, Joseph Havel, and French-American artist Stephen Dean. A student photography gallery will be named in honor of Peter T. Brown, a longtime photography instructor for the Glasscock School as well as an accomplished photographer whose work has been featured in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Menil Collection, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Amon Carter Museum, among others.

The building’s construction was made possible by a naming gift from Kent and Linda Anderson, Robert Clarke and his late wife, Jean (“Puddin”), and more than 400 other donors.

The Glasscock School offers personal and professional development classes, online and hybrid courses and certificate programs with additional offerings from the Center for College Readiness, the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, the Foreign Language program, the English as a Second Language program, the Master of Liberal Studies, the Master of Arts in Teaching and School Literacy and Culture. The Glasscock School currently attracts nearly 20,000 enrollments annually and has drawn students from more than 100 countries. The Anderson-Clarke Center will allow the school to increase its scope and continue to expand its service to Houston and beyond.

For more information on the Glasscock School, go to www.glasscock.rice.edu.

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