Bauer Welcomes Back Gold and Silver Alumni

Published on May 1, 2015

Annual Event Brings Graduates to Campus for Update on College

Brandee Chevanintakul, Roger Jeffery, Jr. and Diane Wenzell share lunch and memories of studying business at the University of Houston during the 2015 Gold and Silver Cougars Luncheon event.

Brandee Chevanintakul, Roger Jeffery, Jr. and Diane Wenzell share lunch and memories of studying business at the University of Houston during the 2015 Gold and Silver Cougars Luncheon event.

The C. T. Bauer College of Business welcomed alumni celebrating their gold and silver anniversaries back to campus for an afternoon of reminiscing during the fourth annual Gold & Silver Cougar Alumni Luncheon in April.

The event brought back memories for those who graduated 25 and 50 years ago, as they toured a Cougar Mobile Museum that included yearbooks, programs from different events, athletics memorabilia and student newspapers of the time.

Bauer College Dean Latha Ramchand also gave attendees an update on the college, presenting the “Year in Review,” which highlighted month after month of student and program success.

Ramchand compared the lifecycle of a Bauer alumnus to a circle, as the transition from student to graduate to stakeholder cycles back and forth over time.

“Today is about completing the circle, and that’s why it is critical to have you back,” she said. “We want the circle to grow stronger.”

Diana Green Winslow (BBA ‘90) recalled how much the campus has changed since she attended. She also shared her perspective on succeeding professionally and personally by remaining fair to others.

“Don’t stab anybody in the back to get ahead. Don’t throw anybody under the bus to make yourself look better,” she said. “That’s just the way of life.”

Throughout the event, alumni and current students shared their experiences and listened to stories, including Catherine Waldmann (BBA ’46) and her daughter Virginia “Ginger” Hawthorne, who attended UH as well.

Waldmann was a UH student at a time when only the Roy Cullen Building existed. She would commute three to four times a week to attend night school.

“It was like a really small school because everybody knew everybody,” she said. “It was almost like living on campus because there was such a close association with all of the young people that went to night school. (Future Motion Picture Association of America President) Jack Valenti was in the same graduating class as I was.”

Three current Bauer students spoke at this year’s luncheon to give their perspectives of life as a business student on the UH campus now.

Accounting sophomores Brandee Chevanintakul and Cesar Muniz and management sophomore Vidha Dixit all shared their experiences at Bauer and how they have grown throughout their years on campus.

“You laid down a foundation of Bauer’s culture,” Chevanintakul said to attendees. “No matter what you do, the college will help you accomplish goals. We do it as a family. They’ll never let you fail.”

By Abigail Leal