Media Alerts / Story Ideas

Week of Oct. 29, 2012

Published on October 30, 2012

HURRICANE SANDY SHUTS DOWN WALL STREET

As Hurricane Sandy began battering the East Coast on Monday, millions of people ranging from South Carolina all the way to Maine are bracing themselves for what is being called the “perfect storm.” While residents prepare their homes, many businesses have been shut down, including  like the New York Stock Exchange, in its first weather-related closure in nearly 30 years. While Sandy is already causing major issues with U.S. travel, the implications of shutting down Wall Street could send a shockwave throughout the U.S. economy. Praveen Kumar who teaches finance at the Bauer College of Business, is prepared to discuss the storm’s impact on financial markets.

To schedule an interview with Kumar, see Media Contact section the left.

POLITICAL TALK IN THE WORKPLACE? I VOTE NO

With early voting already underway and Election Day inching closer, it can be impossible to escape political talk with family and friends. But what are the implications of talking politics at work? Should you reference “binders of women” when ordering office supplies? With many controversial issues stemming from the political race, it is easy to be stuck in an awkward conversation in the workplace. Jamie Belinne, assistant dean for Career Services at the Bauer College of Business, is available to discuss what professionals can do to handle these type of situations in the workplace.

To schedule an interview with Belinne, see Media Contact section the left.

GOT A BUSINESS IDEA? WE’LL GIVE YOU TWO MINUTES.

All businesses start with an idea, an idea that fills a perceived need in the marketplace. These ideas can come from anyone, and anywhere. Today marks the entry deadline for CougarPitch, an elevator-pitch competition open to University of Houston faculty, staff and students. This is the second annual installment of the competition, organized by the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at Bauer College, with Nov. 17 slated for the final round of competition, where the best pitches will go up in front of a panel of judges that includes venture capitalists and potential investors. Last year’s business proposals ranged from a nonprofit mentoring program pairing returning vets with mentors to help in the job search to a software service to detect phishing emails before they strike, showing that entrepreneurial endeavors are limitless, right here in our own backyard.

To schedule an interview with a CougarPitch representative, see Media Contact section the left.

UH BAUER STUDENTS STAND AGAINST BULLYING

In the U.S., about 30 percent of teenagers have been involved in bullying, either as a victim or as a tormentor themselves. As this becomes a pressing issue facing the nation, Bauer College, along with the Stars of Tomorrow Excellence Program (STEP), will host an anti-bullying rally at Edison Middle School on Nov. 3 to help students deal with bullying and to learn what they can do when they see someone being bullied.

To schedule an interview with a Bauer representative, see Media Contact section the left.

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