Many of Rice University’s colleges are celebrating Spring Associate’s Night this week. Not only do the college’s associates come to have a special dinner with the undergraduates, but students and associates receive awards. The following are pictures of notable college associates, who also served as Resident Associates.
Tags: Baker Shakespeare, BakerShake, Shakespeare, The Rice Players
Before Baker College laid claim to Shakespeare, Rice had been celebrating the Bard for quite a few years. In 1953, the Rice Players started what they called “Shakespeare as You’ll Like It.” Rather than doing a complete play, the Players instead presented scenes from two plays. In 1954, they selected scenes from Richard II and Twelfth Night.
While the Rice Players focused much of their attention on Shakespeare in the 1950s and early 1960s, by the late 1960s, the theater group began to branch out. In the spring of 1970, with the help of Baker College Master Charles W. Philpott, Charles Becker and Ed Dickinson began Baker College’s yearly tradition, Baker Shakespeare or BakerShake as its more affectionately known.
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Fondren Library intern Susan Kirby created an online exhibit featuring books from the Woodson Research Center’s History of Science book collection. Susan selected works from the collection, scanned pages, created metadata, researched the works and created the layout of the exhibit. The exhibit also includes an introduction by Dr. Albert Van Helden, Rice professor emeritus of history, who was instrumental in the acquisition of many of the books in the History of Science collection. The exhibit can be found online: http://exhibits.library.rice.edu/exhibits/show/historyscience
The History of Science collection includes important volumes of physics, mathematics, and astronomy tracing the history of science. The collection includes four rare astronomy books: Nicolaus Copernicus’ masterpiece, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (1566), which marks the dawn of modern science; Alessandro Piccolomini’s La Sfera del Mondo (1579), considered the first handbook for stargazers; Cornelius Gemma’s De Naturae Divinis Characterismis (1575) relating to the nova of 1572 and a comet in 1556; and Johannes Kepler’s Tabulae Rudolpinae (1675), the first English text of Kepler’s tables based on the laws of planetary motion.
Susan received her master’s degree in library science from Texas Woman’s University in December 2013.
On March 2, 1911, a construction crew placed the cornerstone of the Administration Building (Lovett Hall) in the ground. The image above is an artistic representation of the photograph below. In the image above, the men in dark coats are from left to right: William Ward Watkin, Edgar O. Lovett, Lombardi, Captain James A. Baker, J.E. McAshan, W.M. Rice, and in the foreground with his back to the viewer, B.B. Rice.
This signed and dated photograph was taken four years after Thorpe had retired from sports. Considered to be one of the best athletes of the 20th century, Jim Thorpe not only won Olympic Gold in the pentathlon and decathlon, he also played professional football, baseball, and basketball. This photograph hung on the walls of the Inn along with other sports memorabilia.