HBSA Celebrates Year of Extraordinary Achievement

Published on January 7, 2009
Outgoing HBSA President Francisco Flores, center, marked the end of a successful year with UH Bauer Director of Alumni Development John O’Dell (’70), who also serves as faculty adviser to the group and received a Lifetime Member Award, and Matthew Houston (’02), president of the Bauer Alumni Association.

Outgoing HBSA President Francisco Flores, center, marked the end of a successful year with UH Bauer Director of Alumni Development John O’Dell (’70), who also serves as faculty adviser to the group and received a Lifetime Member Award, and Matthew Houston (’02), president of the Bauer Alumni Association.

The student achievement that characterizes the UH Bauer College of Business was on full display in December at the annual banquet for the college’s chapter of the Hispanic Business Student Association.

Held at the InterContinental Hotel in Houston, the event gave members of the student organization an opportunity to celebrate a successful semester and the group’s 25th anniversary. “HBSA came together to continue with its success,” said HBSA President Francisco Flores, an accounting senior.

In addition to being named the Outstanding Student Organization at UH Bauer, HBSA was also honored in 2008 as the top ranked National Hispanic Business Association student chapter in the country among 45 colleges, including the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University.

“Obtaining the honor to call ourselves the National Chapter of the Year was the culmination of all the time and effort our members and officers had devoted during the last year and an everlasting reminder of what united we were able to accomplish,” said HBSA member Brian Lopera, a finance/marketing senior who served on the group’s executive board.

The banquet marked the end of Lopera and other board members’ tenures and ushered in new leadership for HBSA. “Every day that I spent as a member of HBSA’s Executive Board, I felt honored and privileged to represent and lead individuals as accomplished, determined and compassionate as those that make up the ranks of its membership,” Lopera said.

During the event, outstanding members were awarded scholarships and others were recognized for their contributions within the community, including blood drives and collections organized after Hurricane Ike struck the Houston area in September.

The organization’s efforts and accomplishments during the year propagated the college’s reputation within the community as a place where student success thrives, said Bauer Dean Arthur Warga. “We’re terribly proud,” he added, addressing HBSA members. “Having you guys out there, it’s like having an army to represent Bauer.”

By Mayra Cruz