Nearly 1000 Graduating Students Expected to Participate in Commencement
The University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business will recognize its Spring 2012 graduates at a commencement ceremony on May 12 in Hofheinz Pavilion on the UH campus.
The Bauer College commencement is part of a two-day series of ceremonies being held by the university as part of its general commencement celebration.
UH System Chancellor and UH President Renu Khator will honor the accomplishments of the graduating class with a keynote address. Bauer College Dean Latha Ramchand will congratulate the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree candidates and present them to the president for the bestowal of their degrees.
“We are so proud of all graduating students and their hard work as Bauer College students,” Ramchand said. “As a Bauer graduate, these students join the ranks of a community of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, and I encourage them to stay involved with us and the Bauer College Alumni Association.”
Bauer College Graduate and Professional Programs Recognize Outstanding Students
The following students will receive special recognition at commencement for their extraordinary achievements and leadership while at Bauer College:
Outstanding MS Accountancy Student
Benjamin Cohen-Kurzrock will graduate with a MS in Accountancy in May 2012. Cohen-Kurzrock earned his BBA in Accounting from the C. T. Bauer College of Business in May 2011, where he graduated as a member of the Honors College, with honors in major, and summa cum laude.
While a full-time student at Bauer, he served as the tutor for all sections of Dr. George Gamble’s advanced accounting course and led several national-level case competition teams, including UH’s first national finalist team in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ xTAX Competition, the national finalist team in Deloitte’s National Student Case Study Seminar, and the semi-national finalist team in KPMG’s International Case Study Competition.
Additionally, Cohen-Kurzrock had the opportunity to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young as an intern. He received the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Accounting Excellence Award in Spring 2012, and he received the Department of Accountancy and Taxation’s Academic Excellence Award and Leadership Excellence Award in Spring 2011 and Spring 2012, respectively. Cohen-Kurzrock is currently pursuing his CPA certification and starts law school in August 2012.
He would especially like to thank the accounting program’s exceptional faculty, students, and business partners, as well as his family and friends, for their tireless support and advice. He believes that much of his success would not have been possible without their efforts.
Outstanding MS Finance Student
Achieving a lifetime 4.0 GPA, Lauren Roberts is graduating with an MS in Finance with concentrations in Energy Risk Management and Energy Investment Analysis. She launched her career in finance at Texas State University where she was recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Finance Award recipient and graduated with a BBA in 2009. There she was Portfolio Manager of the Student Managed Investment Fund where she focused on investments in energy and emerging markets. Throughout her graduate career she has worked for HFBE Inc., a privately held valuation firm, assisting in their real estate investment banking division. Post-graduation Roberts will join Citi Bank as a Global Commodities Analyst on their energy commodities trading floor.
Outstanding MBA Student
Gayla Wetz is the President of the Bauer MBA Society, member of the MBA Advisory Board, and has worked on over 10 other community organization projects around Houston. Wetz is a graduate of the Discover Leadership Training Experience receiving a Certificate of Achievement in the Executive Master Graduate Program and has nominated other MBAs for this opportunity as well.
Wetz says, “I have always been driven by external rewards: grades, awards, accolades, money, and without exception, I have attained every one of these through hard work, determination, and sometimes, sheer force of will. However, over the years I have learned valuable lessons in charity, love, and anonymity.”
During her time at the Bauer College, Wetz has raised the profile of Bauer MBAs and the Bauer College as a whole through her tireless efforts with these organizations resulting in increased opportunities for Bauer students and thousands of dollars in contributions to Bauer student organizations.
Outstanding EMBA Student (Class 9)
Harry Torres was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Houston, Texas. He earned his BBA in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin Red McCombs School of Business. Torres started his career in the media & entertainment industry, where he held management positions at Columbia Tri-Star Television, a Sony Pictures Corp. division and at Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment, a News Corp. company. He was also an independent consultant for a start-up financial & strategic advisory boutique that provides financial opinions, valuations and analysis to various companies and private equity investors.
In 2010, having spent his youth ensconced in the family upstream oil & gas manufacturing business, Torres moved back to Houston to get more involved in the expanding family operations. In search for a high quality education in the surging energy industry, he enrolled at the University of Houston’s Global Energy Management program to pursue his MBA. He’s extremely proud about the strong network in Houston that an MBA from UH will bring, allowing him to “step-up to the next level” or as he would say to “Coog-up to the next level!”
Outstanding EMBA Student (Class 9)
Jonathan Rennie is graduating with the Bauer EMBA Leadership Program in the spring of 2012. After several years of experience in the Oil and Gas Project Delivery Industry, he chose to continue his education at the University of Houston to build upon his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering earned in 2005 with University Honors from the UH Honors College and Cullen College of Engineering.
Rennie chose to pursue a Leadership EMBA to enhance his strategic analysis skills and to diversify his work experience with professionals from various industries. He has recently been promoted into a Project Engineering Manager role within his organization on a major Offshore Alliance Program and looks to move into an Organizational Strategy role with eventual Location Profit/Loss responsibility. Rennie’s key hobbies include golf and music, but his passion in life is his family: his wife Maggie and son Truman.
Outstanding EMBA Student (Class 33)
Ivan Williams is graduating with an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. After serving a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps, Williams worked for several years in Engineering and Operational roles at General Electric Corporation. During his time at GE he had the opportunity to gain certification as a Master Black Belt and began to develop enterprise wide processes and system architectures for the corporation. His southern origins brought him to Houston where he has worked full time in the Oil and Gas industry for the last six years at FMC Technologies Incorporated. Ivan would like to thank his family and friends for their support and sacrifice throughout his time at Bauer.