Dean Ramchand Tells Alumni at Annual Meeting: “The most exciting part is that we’re not done yet”
Generations of alumni came together on Aug. 21 for the Bauer College Alumni Association annual meeting and a celebration of Bauer pride.
Dean Latha Ramchand presented the Bauer College “Year in Review,” giving an overview to alumni of the last 12 months of accomplishments by both undergraduate and graduate level students.
“This is the time to celebrate our milestones. Thanks to your engagement, we are able to create these awesome moments for our students every day,” Ramchand said. “We have 5,700 unique Bauer students, and each has their own story to tell.”
Among those stories included Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship business plan team competition wins, where students partnered with UH Division of Research to commercialize the university’s intellectual property. Other stories included an outstanding performance of Bauer students on the UH men’s golf team, startup accelerator RED Labs’ Bayou Startup Showcase event that featured a collaboration with entrepreneurs from Rice University, and Bauer MBA alumni Edose Ohen’s newest entrepreneurial venture, Glazed, a 24-hour gourmet doughnut cafe.
She also announced that the Bauer College Board continues to grow, with a goal of expanding to 40 new members and raising over $8 million in fundraising that will go to scholarships.
“Your participation and your presence make a difference,” BCAA past president Edward Edson (MBA ’01) said. “Bauer College alumni help strengthen the fabric that helps build our community.”
Following the meeting, alumni gathered in Melcher Hall for a reception and to reminisce about their Bauer College days. Many discussed the impact their time at Bauer has on their careers and why they are excited to be involved as active alumni.
Liz Nguyen (BBA ’11) remembers her time spent as part of the Bauer Business Honors Program and the lasting connections she made, many of which she has kept long after graduation.
“I love to give back to Bauer,” Nguyen said. “I love coming back to experience a little bit of what we had when we were students.”
For Kathrine Rodriguez (BBA ’13), the highlight of her time at Bauer was her involvement in student organizations, which led to many industry connections in Houston.
“The student organizations at Bauer gave me the opportunity to talk to a lot of people I would never have met otherwise,” Rodriguez said.
BCAA member James Wilson (BBA ’10) said his greatest Bauer moments include the time spent learning from mentors within the WCE program, which opened his eyes to his whole business perspective. He has since traveled the world, discovering that Bauer College has global reach, when on his last trip to Prague someone caught his attention with a traditional “Go Coogs” hand sign.
“To me, where you graduated from is one of the parts of who you are,” Wilson said. “I want to be able to give back to my college like my mentors did with me. I want to provide the same great experience I had for future students.”
BCAA hosts their annual meeting every August and networking breakfasts, welcoming alumni to hear from Houston industry leaders about what’s trending in business. The first BCAA networking breakfast for the Fall 2014 semester is Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Houston City Club. Click here for additional information on BCAA events.
By Danielle Ponder