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Our Vision

Improve the Rice MBA experience for past, present, and future students.

Our Mission

The Jones Student Association facilitates constructive communication between the student body and the administration, faculty, and staff at the Jones Graduate School of Business. Additionally, the JSA creates an atmosphere which promotes interaction between all JGSB students and the community surrounding the JGSB including; opportunities within Rice University, the Association of Rice Alumni, other top-tier MBA programs, and the international business community. As a result, the JSA aims to maximize student access and opportunities, optimize learning, and increase the value of the Rice MBA.


What We Do

The JSA facilitates communication between the Full-Time student body and the JGSB administration, faculty, and staff. To that end, the JSA hosts a weekly Lunch Colloquium on most Monday afternoons from 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM. These forums afford members of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration a formal venue to pass along important information to the student body.  

Additionally, the JSA partners with a variety of organizations which enables the student body to give back to the local Houston community. Service opportunities such as blood drives, food and clothing donations, and the Jones Gives Back program allow students to bond not only with the local community, but with each other as well.

Furthermore, the JSA serves as a catalyst for the JGSB student experience and culture. The JSA team accomplishes this by organizing numerous networking, professional, and social events throughout the year. These events are meant to help build community, as well as give students a chance to unwind from the rigors of the program. In the past, our social events have included:

  • Weekly Partios (parties on the patio)
  • Weekly Happy Hours
  • Tailgates
  • Section Olympics
  • Halloween Costume Contest
  • Holiday "Ugly Sweater" Contest
  • Crawfish boil and other end of the semester/year events
  • The Annual JGSB Gala: A night of music, dancing, and merriment!
Most importantly, our greatest goal is to codify the efforts of all JGSB stakeholders to maximize student opportunities, optimize the MBA learning experience, and increase the value of the Rice MBA. By bringing together not only our fellow Full-Time students, but also the Professional and Executive MBA students, as well as the Jones School administration, staff, and faculty, we hope to foster the sentiment that we are all one great “Jones School Family.” Therefore, our goals and duties for the 2016-2017 school year are to:
  • Improve outreach and access for JGSB students across the admitted to alumni spectrum
  • Keep the student body informed through transparency of action and policy
  • Empower students
  • Expand JGSB influence within Rice University
  • Improve the MBA experience for future classes
  • Foster an inclusive “Jones School Family”
  • Develop student government best practices with other top MBA programs
  • Improve the quality of the communication between the Full-Time Student body and the JGSB faculty, staff and administration