Coogs at the Capitol: Bauer HBSA Visits D.C.

Published on December 15, 2011

Pentagon, Insperity and Others Host UH Bauer Students
During Hispanic Business Student Association Trip to Washington, D.C.

Coogs at the Capitol. Members of the Hispanic Business Student Association at UH Bauer represented the university this fall in Washington, D.C., at the HBSA Annual Leadership Conference.

Members of the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business made a splash nationally this fall during a trip to Washington, D.C., for the HBSA Annual Leadership Conference.

During the trip, students participated in a site visit with Insperity, a national business advising firm with headquarters in Houston. The student organization first connected with the company during the 2010 leadership conference held in Los Angeles and was excited to continue to build a relationship during the Washington, D.C., trip, said Karen Gallardo, a Bauer student who serves as HBSA national representative.

“Through the networking we established in Los Angeles we were able to once again host a workshop with Insperity in Washington D.C., giving our members the opportunity to really experience the difference between the two offices,” she added.

The site visit with Insperity included a luncheon and workshop consisted of a team-building case scenario. “It helped develop our leadership skills and teamwork. It was very beneficial and informative as well as fun and entertaining,” said Enid Trevino, HBSA secretary.

The Bauer chapter of HBSA sends their top 44 members each year to the national leadership conference, hosted in different cities across the nation and designed to offer members the chance to cultivate a national network.

“I really enjoyed the conference,” HBSA member Angel Martinez said. “Not only was it fun, but I was able to see the opportunities that our nation’s capitol can offer. I am thankful for the opportunity to attend the conference, and I cannot wait for next year.”

During the trip, HBSA members also met with Brigadier General Barrye L. Price, a 1985 alumnus of UH Bauer, who gave them a tour of the Pentagon.

“I was honored to meet the Bauer HBSA contingent in the hallowed halls of the Pentagon,” Price said. “What an impressive group ambassadors for both our college and university! This engagement solidified the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King’s notion that we are all connected by a single garment of destiny. You see, the past, present, and future converged during the brief session that I shared with the Bauer students.”

“The past was represented by that which connects me to the HBSA students: our beloved university and the Bauer College of Business,” Price added. “The present was captured by yours truly and the home-field advantage that I had as they toured my office building. Finally, the future was emblematic of each student present. It was truly a glorious encounter.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R) also addressed students during the trip. The experience was unforgettable, Gallardo said, helping to broaden and expand the horizons of Bauer HBSA members while at the same time, solidifying the college’s national presence.

“As National Representative, my goal was to provide a beneficial conference for our members. I enjoyed planning a trip that not only exposed HBSA nationally but UH Bauer as well,” Gallardo said.

By Ryan Tang