First Time A Non-Historically Black University Places First in Accounting Competition
HOUSTON, TX, July 3, 2007 – The C. T. Bauer College of Business’ National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Chapter took first place at the NABA National Case Study Competition sponsored by KPMG. The contest took place Friday, June 23, as part of NABA’s Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The winning Bauer NABA Chapter team received a cash award of $2,500 and an invitation to the 2008 NABA National KPMG Case Study Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. The team included five undergraduate students participating in Bauer’s Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) toward earning a Bachelors in Business Administration degree. Representing Bauer were: Chrystal Osborne, NABA President, Jerrica Lewis, Ayodeji Ebunlomo, Brittany Washington, and Brittney Webb. Professor George Gamble, Director of Bauer’s Institute for Diversity and Cross-Cultural Management, serves as the NABA Chapter Faculty Advisor.
The Bauer NABA Chapter defeated student teams from six other universities: Howard, North Carolina A&T, Chicago State, DePaul, Temple, and Florida A&M, the 2006 competition winner.
“NABA has given me the opportunity to lead an organization that truly ‘lifts as we climb,’ said Bauer NABA Chapter President Chrystal Osborne. “The National Case Study first place award proves that Bauer College is a place of excellence and distinction, and that our first-class faculty and motivated students are a winning combination.”
Dr. Gamble praised the students’ accomplishment. “Finishing first at the NABA Case Study Competition says to the world of traditional powerhouse historically black schools that Bauer has arrived. NABA’s accomplishment in Philadelphia validates that Bauer should be at the top of the list for all ethnic minority students wanting to succeed in today’s complex global economy.”
The Bauer College ranks first in Texas and seventh nationwide for awarding Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees to ethnic minority students. For African American students specifically, Bauer ranks third in Texas in awarding BBA degrees.
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.