What: Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) "Blueprint for Excellence" gala.
Where: The Bell Tower.
The scoop: The gala is part of Rice's year-long celebration of a half century of black student life at the private university. More than 300 attended the black-tie evening presided over by Rice president David Leebron and ARUBA president Akilah Mance.
“This is truly a celebration of both diversity and excellence, and a recognition that diversity is indeed part of the blueprint for excellence,” Leebron said. “And that we at Rice are committed to that blueprint.”
Who: Alex Byrd and Andrea Ehlers, recipients of the Outstanding Achievement in Service and Contributions to the University Award; Joseph Branch, recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Career Award; Janis Scott, Outstanding Achievement in Civic and Community Service Award; and Rodrigo Barnes and Roland Smith, recipients of the Legacy Award.