Col. Barrye Price (’85) Encourages Alumni Support During Annual Meeting

Published on August 15, 2008
Col. Barrye Price ('85) challenges UH Bauer alumni to contribute to the college during his speech at the 2008 Bauer Alumni Association Annual Meeting.

Col. Barrye Price (’85) challenges UH Bauer alumni to contribute to the college during his speech at the 2008 Bauer Alumni Association Annual Meeting.

Time, talent and treasure are things that should be donated whenever possible, Col. Barrye Price, Ph.D., (’85) told UH Bauer College alumni at the annual Bauer Alumni Association meeting in August.

“Think about how you can give back,” said Price, who endows the Elaine Y. Cook-Price Memorial Scholarship in honor of his late wife. “It will have a profound impact on your life to give back to the ones that are coming behind you.”

Price was one of many UH Bauer alumni who came back to Melcher Hall with personal success stories. He serves as Commander of the Eastern Sector of the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command and was mentored by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. He was also the first African-American to obtain a doctorate from the Department of History in the 130-year history of Texas A&M University.

Of the three assets he noted in his speech at the Alumni Association meeting, Price said time was something everyone could give. “Time is the one asset, the only resource that we all have to give,” he added. “We all get to invest 24 hours of a day.”

The meeting brought together a standing-room only crowd of approximately 300 alumni from UH Bauer College. In addition to Price, speakers included outgoing Alumni Association president Craig Rickard (’00), who said the biggest accomplishment during his 2007-2008 term was raising over $50,000 for scholarships at the annual Ted Bauer Golf Tournament Classic in May.

Retired Shell Chemicals, Inc., CEO Fran Keeth ('77, MS ACCY '80, JD '88) receives a plaque of appreciation from Director of Alumni Development John O'Dell, right, as her husband Henry looks on.

Retired Shell Chemicals, Inc., CEO Fran Keeth (’77, MS ACCY ’80, JD ’88) receives a plaque of appreciation from Director of Alumni Development John O’Dell, right, as her husband Henry looks on.

Rickard also noted that the Alumni Association has been working to bring together alumni who graduated from Bauer College decades ago with recent alumni. The events offered by the association are about “delivering value to our alumni,” he added.

The events throughout the year have helped to unite not only alumni from Bauer, but from other colleges within the University, Rickard said. He urged alumni to be involved in events such as Frontier Fiesta, Résumé ER and community outreach initiatives, such as Skills for Living, which encourages Houston students to attend college after graduating high school.

“Don’t be a stranger,” he told the alumni in attendance.

Bauer College Dean Arthur Warga also updated alumni on the unprecedented year of success and national recognition at the college, including BusinessWeek’s ranking of the evening MBA program as the best in Houston and The Princeton Review naming the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship the #2 undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the nation in Entrepreneur magazine.

“There are lots of success stories from Bauer College,” Warga said. “So many things are going right, and we owe a lot of that to the support we get from our alumni.”

The Bauer Alumni Association Board of Directors had 18 new members sworn in by Harris County Justice of the Peace Court Judge William Yeoman (BS ’76), a UH alumnus. “Nothing is worth more than the time you can give,” Yeoman said. “This place is special.”

Incoming Alumni Association president Matthew Houston (’02) agreed, adding that in the next year, the group will focus on recognizing individual contributions from alumni and continuing the tradition of having memorable events that bring alumni together.

“The one thing we could use is more people,” Houston said about involving more alumni. Events planned for the upcoming year include EMBA workshops, networking with alumni in west Houston and monthly breakfasts.

By Mayra Cruz

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.

About the Bauer College of Business

The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

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