Bauer College Recognizes Outstanding Undergraduate & Graduate Students at Dec. 15 Convocation
The C. T. Bauer College of Business celebrated nearly 800 students graduating this semester at its convocation ceremony in Hofheinz Pavilion on Dec. 15.
During the ceremony, the college recognized outstanding graduates, including two graduate students selected as the top in their respective programs and six undergraduate students who earned cumulative 4.0 grade point averages.
Outstanding MBA Student
Lola Soyebo Harris
Lola Soyebo Harris is the New Product Development manager for Wholesome Sweeteners, where she leads new product development initiatives and packaging sustainability projects. Her project management and leadership skills have resulted in revenue growth and provided sustainable packaging solutions to the company’s top two business units.
Prior to her current role, Soyebo Harris worked at General Mills and led numerous cross-functional projects focused on cost-saving initiatives and package development on iconic brands such as Betty Crocker, Yoplait and Cascadian Farm.
She recently served as the President of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) UH – Student Chapter leading her organization to win the coveted Student Chapter of the Year award and increasing membership by 88 percent. While serving as president, she was also a member of the MBA Advisory Board and a Bauer MBA Ambassador. Soyebo Harris is also the 2016 Ted Bauer Leadership Award recipient, and currently serves as a board member to the Friends of the Visiola Foundation, a non-profit focused on STEM education for girls in her home country, Nigeria.
Soyebo Harris graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree and will graduate with an MBA from the University of Houston.
Soyebo Harris is married to Seyi Harris, a reservoir advisor at Sabinel Energy, and they have two young sons together.
Outstanding MS Accountancy Student
Alla Andrade came to the United States from Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe, to pursue her educational goals in accounting. After taking an accounting course in the very first semester at community college, she was reassured that accounting was the field she was passionate about.
With the help from scholarships and financial and moral support of her husband, in summer 2014 she graduated from University of Houston-Clear Lake with an undergraduate degree in accounting.
At that time, Andrade was already accepted into the MS Accountancy program at Bauer and had an internship offer with EY, one of the Big 4 accounting firms. This offer was the goal that she was striving for over the entire duration of her undergraduate program.
A year and a half at Bauer passed by very fast and was filled with a challenging, but rewarding experience.
“I feel that I grew up as person, became stronger, and better prepared as a future professional in the field of public accounting,” she added.
Andrade will start full-time at EY in August, and currently spends most of her time preparing for the CPA exam.
Outstanding MS Finance Student
Keisha Wade began the Bauer MS Finance Program in August 2014. She currently works at the Bank of America, but hopes to start a job as an analyst after graduation. Wade plans on returning to college to receive a Ph.D. in Finance, and become a Finance Professor.
During her tenure at the University of Houston, she participated in the Cougar Investment Fund from August 2015 – August 2016.
She holds a BBA in in Finance and Banking and Financial Institutions and a Minor in International Business from Sam Houston State University.
In her free time, Wade enjoys spending time outdoors, participating in 5Ks, learning musical instruments, and writing.
4.0 BBA Graduates
Deborah Araujo, Accounting & Supply Chain Management
Deborah Araujo joined UH and the Bauer College of Business in 2014 and soon after declared a major in accounting and supply chain management.
After graduation, she will be moving back to her home country, Angola.
Jessica Borkey, Management Information Systems
Jessica Borkey is receiving a Bachelor’s degree in management information systems. She has plans to travel with her family in the upcoming new year prior to starting her full-time employment as a technology consultant at Accenture.
George Chambers, Accounting
George Chambers is graduating with his BBA in accounting. In January, he will start Bauer’s Master of Science in accountancy program and participate in his third internship with the Big Four accounting firm, EY.
Upon completion of his master’s degree, he anticipates on becoming CPA eligible and becoming a licensed CPA shortly after. He is anticipating on starting his full-time career in public accounting in the summer of 2018.
Sindhia Khowaja, Supply Chain Management & Finance
Sindhia Khowaja studied supply chain management and finance at Bauer College and plans to travel to Europe this winter before starting a full-time position at Shell.
Adele Tsamo, Accounting
Adele Tsamo studied Accounting at Bauer College. Born and raised in Cameroon, Tsamo came to the United States three years ago with her three young daughters. She juggled part-time work, internships, family obligations and a full course load as a student.
After graduation, she will finish CPA course requirements before starting a full-time accounting position with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in August.
Binh Phan, Accounting
Binh Phan studied accounting at Bauer College and plans to travel and work full-time before coming back to Bauer to earn a master’s degree in accounting.