Alumni Spirit and Cougar Pride Abound at Record-Setting Alumni Annual Meeting
More than 300 alumni from the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business attended the Bauer College Alumni Association annual meeting Aug. 20, bringing together some of the college’s most recent and most revered alums for a celebration of Cougar pride. The attendance set a new record.
The gathering included commendations for numerous alums and supporters who have helped Bauer grow in stature. (View Excerpts from Meeting):
Dean Arthur Warga told the crowd about the newest building to be constructed for business students, a four-story, 111,000 square foot building that will house an Executive Education program and the Cyvia & Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship.
“Thinking back to when I first became Dean, it’s amazing how the College has grown,” Warga said. Dean Warga told alumni that their support has made a big difference in his ability to strengthen Bauer and boost the college’s stature.
Warga said Bauer is the first college at UH to apply to receive grant money that the state legislature recently made available.
“Thanks to (Associate Dean) Bob Casey and his team, we’re the first ones (at UH) to come in with an $800,000 gift from the Bauer Foundation,” he said. The state will match 50 percent of the sum, which is to be used for research and/or faculty recruitment and will aid in helping UH attain Tier 1 status.
Warga thanked outgoing Dean’s Executive Board Chairman John McNabb for his support of Bauer.
“John is not a Bauer alum, but he loves this city so much, and like Ted Bauer, has come to love what we’re doing at Bauer. He has helped us gain tremendous support within the business community.”
Warga also introduced one of Bauer’s newest alums, Dongjin Wang, vice president at China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and one of its top four senior executives. CNPC is a huge Chinese energy corporation with 1.5 million employees. Wang was scheduled to earn his MBA degree from Bauer through the Global Energy MBA program in Beijing the next day, and came to Houston with several dozen other members of his class for graduation.
“Mr. Wang is thrilled with what we’ve done for CNPC. It’s going to be a fabulous relationship between Bauer and CNPC,” Warga said.
“Bauer College is a leader in providing leadership for the energy industry,” Wang said. “We have developed a great relationship and hope to make it even stronger in the future.”
Wang then extended an open invitation for everyone in the audience to stop in and visit with their fellow alums if they visit China. “No matter where you are in China, you can always find your alums in CNPC,” he said.
Bauer’s Golden Cougars, a group of alums who attended Bauer in the ‘40s and ‘50s, were one of the many groups and individuals recognized for their involvement.
Bill Sherrill, (’50), (professor and founder of Bauer’s entrepreneurship program), Jack Stalsby (’49), J.W. “Willie” Burns, (’58), L.D. Daniels (’62), and Glenn (’68) and Judith Lilie (’95) were honored, and took a moment to share their thoughts about the importance of Bauer alumni support.
“Supporting this university is important, not just because you’re an alum, but for the success of the community,” said Glenn Lilie. “Every great metropolitan area has a great public university. This college is renowned by many people. It’s a great institution and it’s something to be proud of.”
Bob Casey detailed donor contributions to the College from Sequent Energy Management and Strategic Financial, as well as calling attention to the impact of Bauer Champions, Partnership in Growth and Circle of Honor, and everyone else who gives time or treasure.
Casey told the group, “It’s the individual champions, it’s each of you, that make the success happen at Bauer College at UH.”
“Everything tonight is about new beginnings, new buildings, and the path to greatness.”
By Julie Bonnin