UH Bauer, CLASS Town Hall Meeting Looks for Solutions

Published on March 2, 2009

Student Government Association Holds Town Hall Meeting To Connect Students, Administrators

Bauer College Dean Arthur Warga, left, spoke at the Town Hall event, which also included presentations from marketing and entrepreneurship senior Danny Klam, Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship mentor Ray Holtzapple (MBA ’81), Student Government Association business senators Brian Lopera and Mariam Zakaria, and SGA president Sam Dike.

Bauer College Dean Arthur Warga, left, spoke at the Town Hall event, which also included presentations from marketing and entrepreneurship senior Danny Klam, Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship mentor Ray Holtzapple (MBA ’81), Student Government Association business senators Brian Lopera and Mariam Zakaria, and SGA president Sam Dike.

Student leaders from the UH Bauer College of Business teamed up with those from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to give their classmates a forum to discuss pressing issues at the Student Government Association’s Bauer/CLASS Joint Town Hall in February.

“The town hall was organized to provide students with an opportunity to voice their concerns to UH officials regarding any issue affecting them directly,” said Brian Lopera, a finance/marketing senior and SGA senator for UH Bauer. “We, as SGA senators, took on the role of facilitating such a venue and encouraging students to speak up and be heard.”

Students were able to present these issues not only to the senators and other SGA representatives, but also to Bauer College Dean Arthur Warga and Interim CLASS Dean Joseph Pratt.

“The major issues that students touched upon during the town hall included security, parking, shuttle services and the need for more affordable campus housing,” Lopera said.

The senators acknowledged the need to understand that issues like parking require a solution that has multiple parts and announced their plan to work closely with the UH administration and Metro to come up with a solution that includes constructing more parking garages, encouraging more students to use the Metro and helping establish more carpools, Lopera said.

“We also addressed how we plan to tackle security concerns by working closely with UH Police to increase security on campus and raise awareness about programs such as Cougar Patrol, which escorts students to their vehicle at anytime on campus,” he added.

The meeting also gave students in the audience the opportunity to learn more about the programs offered in both colleges. Marketing and entrepreneurship senior Danny Klam opened the meeting by sharing his success story as a student of the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, the No. 1 nationally ranked undergraduate entrepreneurship program by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.

Klam owns three Simply Splendid Doughnuts and Ice Cream stores in Texas and recently purchased a Chinese take-out restaurant in Houston. He established an annual scholarship for a WCE student before he graduated.

“It’s a long road traveled to get where I am,” Klam said. “You have to stay focused and work hard. It’s a tough life as an entrepreneur, but it’s rewarding.”

By Hannah Eastham