Centennial video series: Baker Commons

Jeff Falk

Centennial video series: Baker Commons
Rice University’s weekly centennial videos run through Oct. 12 

HOUSTON – (July 12, 2012) – The Rice University campus is a whirlwind of campus projects and construction in its centennial year. Some jobs are new installations and others are designed to reinvigorate some of the university’s treasured spots.

The commons in Baker College, one of the university’s 11 residential colleges, is a gathering place that is 100 years old this year, just like Rice. Over the years the space has undergone many changes. This year Facilities Engineering and Planning crews, in conjunction with Housing and Dining, are giving the historical spot a much deserved facelift.

Baker Commons

Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Baker Commons. For more information about Baker College at Rice, visit http://bakercollege.net/about.html. For more information on Rice’s history, visit Kean’s blog at www.ricehistorycorner.com.

To help celebrate the university’s centennial Oct. 12, Rice University is producing weekly videos exploring the school’s unique history.

The video, available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/NkUCjVCUMeg, is also available to media in high quality and without music for editing purposes. For higher-quality video, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.


To see other stories in the centennial video series, go to http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL60D6D71E71B66B3D&feature=plcp.

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.