Student Organizations Shape Collegiate Experience

Published on December 19, 2009

HSBA Receives National Recognition for Achievements

HBSA members show their Cougar pride in Fort Worth. Participating in HBSA and other student organizations at Bauer gives student the opportunity to enhance their education through social events, corporate networking and community service.

A wave of Cougar pride washed over Fort Worth in November as one of the premier student organizations at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business was recognized as a leading chapter in the nation.

Bauer College’s Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) was a finalist for National Chapter of the Year at the 2009 National Hispanic Business Association Leadership Conference. The group also earned a prize for a video about the organization that was produced by recent alumna Mindy Vasquez (’09) and received awards for best newsletter and most spirit.

With over 150 members representing a diverse group of majors and ethnicities, the UH Bauer HBSA is one of the largest and most established chapters in the nation.

“Nationally, HBSA at the University of Houston is viewed as a leader among other student chapters,” said outgoing HBSA president Julian Arias (’09). “Many chapters ask us for advice and help on how they can make their chapters better. It feels great knowing that there are people who look up to us as leaders.”

In 2008, the group was named Chapter of the Year at the annual National Hispanic Business Association Leadership Conference for the first time since 2002. HBSA thrives at Bauer because it allows students to participate in networking opportunities as well as community service, Arias said.

“Through our various programs within the community, including an annual Youth Outreach Day for local high school students, we’re able to help those who live in the surrounding area and give back,” he added. “Whether we’re working on a community project or at a networking event, we’re representing Bauer and giving the college the recognition it deserves.”

Participating in the organization and other student groups at Bauer helps students to develop and enhance leadership skills that are invaluable in the workplace, said Anna Volante (’09), HBSA’s outgoing public relations director and past president of the college’s American Marketing Association.

“Being a member of student organizations has opened the doors to many opportunities for me,” she said. “I know that if I decide to relocate anywhere in the U.S., I more than likely will already have the start to a tremendous network, thanks to the presence that our groups have at the national level.”

By Jessica Navarro