Bauer Alumni Celebrate Year of Success at Sept. 12 Annual Meeting
Scholarships, facilities, specialty programs and academic success; these things have one thing in common – engagement of students – but none of it would be possible without the backing of the alumni community.
Alumni and supporters of the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston were welcomed back on Sept. 12 for the Bauer College Alumni Association (BCAA) Annual Meeting, the organization’s most anticipated event of the year, to celebrate the college’s long list of successes and accomplishments.
The theme of engagement for this year’s meeting gathered speakers from past and future BCAA presidents and a representative of the UH Alumni Association (UHAA). Bauer Dean Latha Ramchand put the spotlight on a year of success and engagement with Bauer College students.
“If you think about what happens in this college, it’s transformational. People come here and learn how to think and change the way they think, change their lives and create career opportunities for themselves and for others,” Ramchand said. “So in many ways, what we do at the Bauer College is make a difference. We change lives one student at a time, and that’s why your engagement matters so much to us.”
“What we do at the Bauer College is make a difference. We change lives one student at a time, and that’s why your engagement matters so much to us.”
—Dean Latha Ramchand
Alumni and supporter engagement shaped the students’ ability to succeed, Ramchand said, and she listed the many student achievements and successes from the past year. Ramchand also spoke about what is on the horizon for the college and the future of academic and student programs.
One of the highlights of the presentation was about Bauer’s newest center, the Institute for Regional Forecasting (IRF), established in 1999 and brought into the college’s portfolio last October after interest was expressed by alumnus Chris Brown, which encouraged Ramchand to look into helping the institute grow.
“The Institute for Regional Forecasting is a place where we look at the economic impact of things that are happening in Houston,” Ramchand said. “The IRF is all about helping Houston take its economical development to the next step. If it wasn’t for that phone call from Chris Brown, this would not have happened.”
To focus on the alumni and community side of engagement, UH Alumni Association President & CEO Mike Pede (BS ’89) spoke about the future of the UH Alumni Association and its new structure. The UH Alumni Association recently became an official part of the University of Houston’s Division of Advancement after a long history of being a separate entity.
Incoming President Edward Edson (MBA ’01) and President-Elect Margarita Barcenas (MBA ’03) announced the 2014 Ted Bauer Golf Classic Honorees. The first two of the four honorees to be announced were Wealth Development Strategies President & CEO Cheryl Creuzot and Lone Star Energy Fabrication CEO Darryl Schroeder.
For more information on the Bauer College Alumni Association and how to get involved, visit www.baueralumni.com.
By Ann Lynd