Members of the UH Bauer College chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a student accounting society, welcomed corporate sponsors and guests from the college in November to their first-ever “Evening at the Alley” event at the Alley Theatre in downtown Houston.
“We wanted to offer an opportunity that was cultural and enjoyable for accounting representatives and their respective firms, UH faculty and staff, and Bauer students to network and get to know one another outside of the usual professional meeting or career fair,” said BAP President Ann Tran, an accounting senior.
Guests were greeted by Bauer College alumna Rodi Franco (MBA ’90), who is now director of marketing and communications for the Alley. Franco gave a lecture on the nature of the Alley season and how it affects her marketing plan. After the reception that followed the lecture, students and guests were treated to a premier showing of the Alley’s production Secret Order.
Although non-traditional, the event was a success because it brought together students with accounting professionals in a relaxed setting, Tran said. Beta Alpha Psi and other student organizations at Bauer College regularly connect their members with alumni and corporate leaders through out-of-the-box events like “Evening at the Alley” and other more conventional mixers and meetings.
“When a student is thrust into the college world after high school, one really has to have the right influences and guidance to make the right decisions for their future,” Tran added. “Organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi are primarily focused on making sure that sophomores and juniors who are just thinking about their future are being exposed to the right information and are making the right connections to help them through their journey.”
By Hannah Eastham
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.