One thing marketing senior Shane Nance has learned from his experiences in both the UH Bauer College of Business and Major League Baseball is that in order to go the distance, you must be determined.
Nance, 30, began his business education at UH more than 10 years ago and played baseball for the Cougars from 1997 until 2000 when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He put his undergraduate degree on hold to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball.
Although his time playing in the minor leagues was difficult, Nance learned to make the best of the situation at hand if he wanted to be promoted. “The minor leagues were not very fun. The travel is terrible, including some 14-hour bus trips, and the pay is not very good,” Nance said.
His perseverance paid off as he went on to pitch in the big leagues with both the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks before he decided to finish his college career. Even after traveling the country, Nance chose to return home to complete his degree at Bauer College.
While Nance was away from Houston, quite a bit changed at the university and its College of Business Administration, which became the C. T. Bauer College of Business in 2000 after Ted Bauer’s historic gift transformed the school. Nance remembers the college as just walls and classrooms rather than the modern environment rich with corporate ambience that he sees today.
“Since I have been back they certainly have made it much more student friendly. They have added many additional places for students to hang out and study. They also added the Starbucks study lounge, which is really nice,” he added.
Nance’s resolve to finish his undergraduate education is unparalleled, as he is taking 18 credit hours over the summer with the hope to graduate in August. It will be 12 years since he began his career at UH when he is handed his diploma.
“I am working longer hours now than when I had a full time job,” Nance said. “It has kept me very busy so far. Graduation is my motivation.”
Although Nance has not decided what he will do after graduation, he knows the sales experience he has cultivated at Bauer College will help him. He said he still has a great passion for baseball and would love to coach in the future. Regardless of the field he pursues, Nance is confident that the skills he has obtained at Bauer will be beneficial.
“A business approach can be used in any job. Whether you are managing a team or individuals on that team, you use business skills. Management is management, even if it’s people,” he added.
Nance said he originally chose to pursue a degree in business because of the many different avenues that it opened up for students. “This is one of the top business schools in the country. With the core curriculum that you are required to take, students leave with a wide variety of exposure to all areas of business, even if you’re focused on only one area. I would say that Bauer is giving me a solid foundation for the business world,” he said.
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.