Salute to Executive MBA

Published on January 23, 2013

Good times roll at 35th birthday bash for Bauer’s Executive MBA Program;
Mardi Gras-Themed Celebration Planned for Feb. 2

EMBA35 Party Invitation

Bauer Executive MBA alumni are invited to a Mardi Gras-themed celebration on campus on Feb. 2 to celebrate the program’s 35th anniversary.

The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) Program is celebrating 35 years — with a Mardi Gras-themed party and new building to show off, too.

The ticketed event is Feb. 2. It’s a progressive affair that will include dinner, entertainment, informal commentaries on the history of EMBA and a chance for visitors to explore the program’s home in the new University Classroom and Business Building (UCBB).

Dedicated in November, the sleek, five-story UCBB houses Bauer’s new Insperity Center, which includes teaching and administrative spaces for the college’s graduate programs. The EMBA program space on the fourth floor includes classrooms, breakout rooms, a lounge and staff offices. Faculty and staff moved into the building in November, with students arriving in January for classes.

Guests at EMBA’s birthday bash can go on a scavenger hunt of the UCBB, which was designed by the Atlanta-based global architecture firm Gensler. After a Cajun-style dinner catered by Melange on the third floor, guests will move upstairs, where there will be a DJ, palm readings and tarot readings.

For the record book, Bauer’s EMBA Program was a national pioneer. The university created it in 1978 in response to executives who needed leadership training but were too busy to go to evening classes. It was Texas’ original EMBA program and a founding member of the National Council of MBA Programs. According to the 2010 Financial Times’ evaluation of the Top 100 executive MBA programs, Bauer’s ranks 18th among public universities in America.

“This wasn’t the first (program of its kind) in the country, but it certainly was the first one in the region,” says Daniel Currie, Bauer’s assistant dean of Graduate and Professional Programs and director of the Global Executive MBA Program. Currie is charged with  sharing the program’s history and background on the building.

“It was a good time [to start the program], and it was a concept that fit the city of Houston,” says Andrew  “Skip” Szilagyi, the Bauer professor of management who taught the first EMBA class.

You never know who might show up for the Mardi Gras toast to EMBA.  It’s certain to be a great networking opportunity, a moment for a little reflection and a lot of fun, a chance for alumni to reconnect with the Bauer family.

Tickets are $50 per couple or $35 for singles.  Registration is at 5 p.m. at Cemo Hall., and the program runs until 9 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Here’s to 35 more years.

By Wendell Brock