The H-Team is what Hanszen calls the dedicated team of adults who live at Hanszen and who provide endless wisdom and resources to all Hanszenites. They include the Magisters, whose house is by the New Section 'Burbs, a set of Resident Associates (RAs) in both Old Section and New Section, and a College Coordinator housed in the Commons. Their job is to make sure Hanszen is running properly, throw excellent study breaks, and serve as mentors and confidants for Hanszenites to support us through the highs and lows of college life.
My name is Joyce and I am the college coordinator. I have been running the college office for 14 years, but have been at Rice for 21 years. Officially, I assist the Magisters with the administration of Hanszen. Unofficially, I am the daytime RA, mail guru, answerer of questions, and holder of all keys to Hanszen. I am usually in the office Monday 10 am - 7pm, Tuesday-Thursday from 9am – 5pm, and Friday 9am - 4 pm, but hours can vary depending on the happenings at Hanszen. While you are in the Hanszen office you can:
Fabiola López-Durán and Carlos Pelayo Martínez, Magisters of Hanszen College, are thrilled to welcome you to the Hanszen community! They look forward to assisting you to succeed in your academic career at Rice University and to make the most out of living in Houston—one of the largest and more fascinating cities in the country. They are here to foster the intellectual and social life of the residential college and to accompany you in your own personal journey during your years at Rice.
Fabiola and Carlos are both Venezuelans but from opposite sides of the country. They met in Caracas, when Carlos was just moving back after spending five years working in agriculture in the rice fields of the countryside and Fabiola was just setting up her home in the Venezuelan capital after coming back from graduate school in Italy and France.
Fabiola, Associate Professor of art and architectural history in the Department of Art History, was originally trained as an architect and as a museum professional in Venezuela and Europe. After a decade teaching at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, working at the National Museum of Fine Arts, and conducting diverse interdisciplinary museum projects in Europe and Latin America, Fabiola decided to come back to school in 2002 to pursue a Ph.D. in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), a bastion of science and technology education, which considers the arts and humanities as essential for both educating great scientists and engineers and for sustaining an extraordinary capacity for innovation. Perhaps, that is the reason behind the interdisciplinary nature of her research and her commitment to teaching from interdisciplinary perspectives, identifying connections between fields that are often treated as compartmentalized phenomena within specific disciplines. Prior to joining the Rice University faculty, she was the 2009-2011 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Department of History of Art at the University of California-Berkeley, where she developed a profound interest in political ecology and environmental issues. She also has a long trajectory extending her intellectual reach into new areas of investigation and collaboration with contemporary artists and architects from around the world.
Carlos was trained in business at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and has over 25 years of management experience in a variety of industries including agriculture, biotechnology, international trade, and adventure tourism. He also has a long record volunteering in non-profit organizations from his work at La Cocina, a kitchen incubator in San Francisco that helps low-income food entrepreneurs (mostly immigrant women) to formalize their businesses, to his work for many months after hurricane Harvey with the Red Cross in Houston. Currently, Carlos found a passion for woodworking and video production. Carlos feels at home in the skills he learned in his youth, when learned craft along with mathematics and sciences as equal parts of the curriculum, materializing the intimate relation that exists between problem finding and solving, technique and expression, work and play. “I am a producer,” he said, “and an outdoor enthusiast,” who enjoys creating and implementing administrative processes and procedures, designing and producing objects and furniture, and organizing hike, bike and kayak excursions to the most fascinating places, including the Amazon in Brazil and the Santa Elena Canyon in West Texas.
They are both passionate about Houston and its surroundings, and both are also very active in the cultural life of the city. Fabiola collaborates on a regular basis with the various cultural institutions in the city, from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to the Sicardi-Ayers-Bacino Art Gallery, and Carlos is a member of an art collective called Tarraya and collaborates with TransArt Foundation for Art and Anthropology and other institutions. He is the technical director of LASSER-Houston—a broadcast program of MIT’s journal Leonardo, whose first two iterations in Houston were hosted by TransArt. Both enjoy the vibrant life of the city and cannot wait to share their favorite places with the new Hanszenites! They will love to take you in their gastronomy itineraries to food markets and small restaurants of the various ethnic groups that make this great city, to the cultural events in which they participate, and to extraordinary natural sites in this large state—from Pedernales River to the Big Bend.
They are thrilled to welcome each of you to Hanszen, to Rice, and to Houston!
Hey Hanszen! We are thrilled to be a part of your Hanszen family. We both work on campus: by day Alan is the director of Disability Support Services and Rebecca is an Archivist and works in the Woodson Research Center in Fondren Library.
Alan is originally from England, primarily London but he went to boarding school and attended university in Sussex. Alan LOVES English football and is a Gooner (a life-long Arsenal supporter). He also enjoys traveling, history (he has an MA in American History), British TV, and movies. He has successfully turned Rebecca into an Arsenal fan, Doctor Who fan, and even an occasional cricket fan. He has skills.
Rebecca grew up in Texas and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. After marrying Alan she lived in England for 3 years before Texas pulled them back and settled in Houston. Rebecca loves museums, movies, theatre, and traveling. She geeks out about certain TV shows (Sherlock and Game of Thrones!) She also loves to cook and trying out new recipes for hungry Hanszenites!
Our apartment is on the first floor in Old Section (apt. 105), so please stop by to watch tv or a movie, ask us questions, or just hang out.
- Alan and Rebecca Russell, Hanszen RAs
Welcome to Hanszen College, the BEST College ever! We are Danny & Diana, one set of Hanszen's Resident Associates and part of the H-Team. We grew up in the east coast (Danny in Brooklyn and Diana in Philadelphia), but Danny is originally from Ecuador and Diana from Colombia. We’ve been living in Texas for the last 10 years, and as the saying goes "we got here as soon as we could!"
Aside from being RA's, Diana is an HR Specialist in Rice University's HR office. She has a BA in English (Ursinus College) and an MA in Professional Communications (La Salle University). Danny is a Project Manager for Lubrizol, a chemical company. He has both a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering (Drexel University).
Massimo is also part of the family. He is a Boston Terrier and is 11 years old. He likes to go out for walks and sleep a lot! Massimo will wiggle his little tail and show you how excited he is to meet you!
We enjoy running (10K's and half marathons) and doing Crossfit. We try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, even though sweets are Danny's weakness. We're HUGE sports fans! Danny enjoys playing FIFA and watching soccer with fellow Hanszenites, while Diana enjoys participating in Hanszen Women’s sports. (HWKA). Our favorite teams are F.C. Barcelona, the Yankees, the Astros, the Giants (football) and the Knicks. Our pastimes involve going to the movies, to cultural events/festivals, sporting events, concerts and traveling.
We invite all Hanszenites to come out to the Burbs (New Section 192) during our weekly study breaks to hang out and have fun! We would like to get to know you and help you in any way we can.
- Danny and Diana Garcia, Hanszen RAs