Bauer Brings Back Gold & Silver Alumni

Published on May 16, 2013

Bauer Alumni from 25 and 50 Years Ago Reunite on Campus
for Second Annual Gold & Silver Cougar Celebration

Entrepreneurship senior Sasha Volguina (center) meets with alumni Dave Billings (BBA ’70) (left) and Marc Palmer (right) during the Gold and Silver Cougar Celebration on April 25.

Entrepreneurship senior Sasha Volguina (center) meets with alumni Dave Billings (BBA ’70) (left) and Marc Palmer (right) during the Gold and Silver Cougar Celebration on April 25.

In just the past five years, the C. T. Bauer College of Business has seen considerable growth and change, along with the University of Houston campus where it is housed. For alumni who graduated decades ago from what was known then as the College of Business, the evolution is almost unbelievable.

On April 25, Bauer College held the Second Annual Gold & Silver Cougar Celebration, honoring alumni who graduated from the college 25 or 50 years ago. The attendees all were students before Charles T. “Ted” Bauer’s historic $40 million gift in 2000, which transformed the college.

“I came out to campus four or five years ago, and there was so much construction going on it was unreal,” David Billings (BBA ’70) said. “I come back today, and the buildings that were under construction are all finished. There’s still quite a bit of construction, but that’s progress.”

The luncheon event gave alumni the opportunity to reminisce about their experience as students and to get an update on where Bauer College is today, with a presentation from Dean Latha Ramchand and remarks from current students.

“People think of us as a degree-granting institution, but we are more than that,” Ramchand said. “We are a place where change happens, one student at a time. We are a place that changes lives.”

That idea was evident in the stories shared by alumni, many of whom referenced a critical point during their time as students that shaped their futures.

“The first semester of my freshman year I was a fish out of water,” Lisa Alvarado (BBA ’85) said. “I was excited, nervous; I was like a sponge ready to learn, and I think I tripped on one of the escalators that was going too fast, and I wasn’t the only one, so those of us that fell all got to laugh at each other our first day of college.”

Held in the  Insperity Center within University and Classroom Business Building, the event also served as a showcase for new facilities for Bauer on campus. Guests were invited to film their own video testimonials during the reception, sharing their favorite UH memory and giving advice to current and future students.

“The advice I would like to give students is to have courage,” James Handler (EMBA ’82) said. “If you think you can’t do it, do it anyway.”

Al Marciante, who graduated in 1969, echoed that thought and emphasized the importance for students to have persistence.

“If people tell you ‘no,’ never give up,” he said. “Keep coming back with a different idea, and if a front door slams, it’s a lot easier sometimes to get in a back door.”

The past connected with the future as current Bauer students mingled with guests, sharing their stories and aspirations.

“My experience at Bauer is only exceeding my expectations each semester,” marketing junior Fidel Diaz said. “Through the perseverance and dedication I’ve gained from school, I have become more focused on my life goals. The advice that I’ve received from alumni of all generations from Bauer has and will keep me on a straight path to success and greatness.”

Connecting alumni to the college is a priority, Ramchand said.

“I hope you will come back and engage with the college by mentoring students and talking to our classes,” she told the group. “We want you to stay connected and we want to stay connected with you.”

To see more photos
from the event, click here.

By Amanda Sebesta

Posted Under: Alumni, Undergraduate

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