Even as a growing number of people outside the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business become aware of Bauer’s heightened stature, increasing name awareness among many audiences in a highly competitive region of established and top ranked b-schools has become more paramount than ever.
This creates a special kind of loyalty for Bauer students, faculty and others who “get it,” people like Ann Mandzuk, ’08, who majored in Finance and hopes to go to graduate school. Mandzuk’s experiences this spring, when she was asked to attend a prestigious Shell Drilling and Production Camp, reflect her growing allegiance to Bauer, the school that she credits for helping her advance.
Mandzuk grew up in Houston, and was initially surprised when community college counselors touted Bauer over other business schools. But, she says, “The professors at Bauer did not disappoint me in the least. Each professor was committed to push their students to reach higher to achieve success.”
Two instructors who were most influential were Kathleen Dodgen and Dr. Charles Guez, NASDAQ Executive Professor of Finance. Mandzuk’s experience with Rockwell Career Center counselors has also been quite positive. “Their perseverance is what brings such fantastic opportunities to the campus,” she says.
Still, when Mandzuk found herself at a Bauer career fair this spring, she hesitated before joining the long line of students snaking through the corridors and extending to the Shell recruiters. She thought the odds were low her resume would attract attention.
But not only did she receive an invitation to apply to the company, she received an invitation to attend the energy giant’s Drilling and Production Camp, Robert, LA.
As events started piling up near the date of the camp, though, Mandzuk considered not going. She had just finished her finals, and she and her husband had sold and bought a new house. As Mandzuk considered her options, she noticed that the other invitations had gone to students at prestigious schools like Pennsylvania State and Brigham Young universities.
“I thought about Bauer,” she recalls. “What happens if I was the only student invited from Bauer and I canceled at the last minute? Bauer has tried so hard, and successfully, to attract the best faculty and to bring the best companies to the students. I knew then I had to go. I was going to go and I was going to make Bauer proud!”
Once there, Mandzuk realized she was the only non-engineer in the group. She puzzled over it, and wondered if they had made a mistake. “Then I decided to hold my head high, make friends with a fantastic group of intellectuals, to learn as much as I could, and most of all . . . make Bauer proud,” she says.
Guest speakers included top executives and students’ days were filled learning operational knowledge. They were also observed for their ability to work in a group.
On the final day, Mandzuk asked a Shell recruiter how to continue to advance in the interview process. She was asked what university she was with by the recruiter and said Bauer. Since the recruiter was unfamiliar with the name Mandzuk informed him that it was the business school of the University of Houston.
Exuding Bauer pride she added, “Bauer College of Business has worked extremely hard to set it apart from the rest of the business schools and we consider ourselves not only University of Houston students, but Bauer students as well.’ He said he would review my information again and forward my information to the UH recruiting team.”
Mandzuk continues to work with the RCC in trying to secure a position with Shell. “No matter the outcome,” she says, “the experience was amazing and with all of the oil companies and affiliate companies located in Houston the experience itself should generate some interest in my resume.”
Bauer clearly has added another committed alumna to its ranks. “I plan on joining the Bauer Alumni Organization,” Mandzuk says. “I can only hope to give back to Bauer in some way, for it has given me an amazing education, self confidence, and a foundation for success.”
By Julie Bonnin
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.