Hispanic Business Student Association Wins Chapter of the Year

Published on November 9, 2008
Officers from the Hispanic Business Student Association celebrate after being named Chapter of the Year at the annual National Hispanic Business Association Leadership Conference for the first time since 2002.

Officers from the Hispanic Business Student Association celebrate after being named Chapter of the Year at the annual National Hispanic Business Association Leadership Conference for the first time since 2002.

A thriving student organization at the UH Bauer College of Business drew national attention in October when it was recognized as the best in the country.

The University’s chapter of the Hispanic Business Student Association was named Chapter of the Year at the annual National Hispanic Business Association Leadership Conference for the first time since 2002. HBSA at Bauer topped chapters from 45 other colleges, including the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University.

“By winning National Chapter of the Year, members see that hard work does pay off and proves that they are part of a successful organization that does amazing things,” HBSA President Francisco Flores said. “HBSA has truly developed into an organization based on community and family. Our members are truly dedicated to the success of the organization.”

HBSA member Mindy Vasquez was also recognized for a video she produced for the organization.

HBSA member Mindy Vasquez was also recognized for a video she produced for the organization.

Flores said UH Bauer College has always had a foundation built for excellence, and HBSA is glad to be able to maintain prestigious status with the college. Both Bauer and HBSA strive for success and have similar goals in making their students tomorrow’s leaders and executives, Flores added.

“The chapter is evaluated off an annual report,” Flores said. “(We) have numerous events that stand out. Youth Outreach Day is an event where we bring out 400 at-risk high school students and HBSA provides workshops for them about how important it is to have an education.”

HBSA also awards 12 $250 scholarships to members. The conference was held in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel where 40 top members for the Houston Chapter were able to attend because they were awarded scholarships that allowed them to participate at a discounted rate.

“HBSA’s success is the result of a culture in which each year’s leaders support members to develop their knowledge and skills to become the next generation of leaders of HBSA and in their careers,” said John O’Dell, the chapter’s adviser and Director for Alumni Relations at Bauer. “HBSA’s culture also includes a significant commitment to serve others in the community including inspiring young people to attend college.”

Along with being named Chapter of the Year, HBSA received honorable mention for the production of a promotional video by media production senior Mindy Vasquez, who works as a media production intern for the Bauer College Office of Communications. The video represented the chapter in leadership, networking and career development.

“The video has shown people who we are and what we are capable of doing,” Vasquez said. “HBSA does a lot for its members and the community, and it’s an honor to be recognized at the national level.”

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.