Alumni Association Infuses Fun to Boost Scholarships

Published on January 3, 2010

Bauer Alumni Association Kicks Off 2010 Bauer Champions Scholarship Campaign

The Bauer Champions Scholarship Campaign gives alumni the opportunity to reconnect by forming fundraising teams.

After a successful inaugural year, the University of Houston Bauer College Alumni Association, in partnership with the C. T. Bauer College of Business, kicked off the second installment of its annual Bauer Champions Scholarship Campaign on Feb. 1, 2010.

Modeled after the MS 150 — a cycling series that benefits multiple sclerosis research — the campaign aims to raise $100,000 or more for student scholarships by allowing students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college to form fundraising teams.

Making scholarship funding a priority for the Bauer College Alumni Association is a natural fit, said David Flores (MBA ’03), the group’s president.

“Over the years, Bauer College has taken great strides to become a powerful force in Houston,” he said. “Not only has the quality of education increased, so has the quality of student — the numerous national and international rankings reflect that. By supporting the school that has given us so much, the Cougar connection can be the strongest force in Texas.”

Students, alumni and friends of Bauer College can form golf teams to raise scholarship funding through the annual Ted Bauer Golf Classic, presented by Select Asset Management, LLC, and organized by the Bauer College Alumni Association.

The first year of the Bauer Champions Scholarship Campaign proved to be a popular channel for alumni to strengthen connections with each other and with the college, while raising funds for student scholarships. Ways to get involved have grown. Now, contributors can participate in online auctions, form teams and play golf.

“Bauer alumni are proud of the accomplishments of our business school,” said Oscar Gutierrez (’79, EMBA ’94), chair of the campaign. “Our business school is already a ‘Tier 1’ business school. Now we need to rally and support two important initiatives: getting UH to Tier 1 status and supporting our great student body by making more funds available for scholarships.”

“Since Cougars know how to have fun, we’re going to accomplish these two goals through a fun campaign we call the Bauer Champions Scholarship Campaign,” he added. “We want this to become the most user-friendly way for alumni of all vintages to support Bauer students. Go Coogs!”

For more information on creating teams for the Bauer Champions Scholarship Campaign, visit the Bauer Champions website. To donate online, click here.

In addition, the alumni group is preparing for two more annual spring events designed to raise money for student scholarships and help Bauer College graduates reconnect in innovative ways.

2010 Ted Bauer Golf Classic

The 2010 Ted Bauer Golf Classic, presented by Select Asset Management, LLC, will be held on May 17 on the Cypress Course of Champions Golf Club. In the past, the tournament has raised over $30,000 to help UH Bauer students pursue their educational goals. The tournament will feature a golf clinic by Jack Burke, World Golf Hall of Fame member, winner of the 1956 Masters and PGA Championships, and co-founder of Champions Golf Club.

For more information or to register for the tournament, click here.

Champions Online Auction

The effort to unite Bauer College alumni while supporting a good cause will also go viral this spring, through the BCAA’s third annual Champions Online Auction. In the past, items up for bid have included a seven-day stay at a beach house in Brazil and several other vacation spots, dinner with KPRC anchor Dominique Sachse (’90), rounds of golf at first-class courses and events in exclusive restaurants.

Alumni can get involved with the auction by either donating items or bidding once the site launches in June. The link to the auction site will be posted on the Bauer College Alumni Association website when it is live.

“The Champions Online Auction is helping to facilitate an alumni reconnection, allowing former students to give back to the University in a creative way,” said Edward Edson (MBA ’02), who is organizing the effort. “Cougars located anywhere in the world now have the ability to draw upon unique opportunities, talents, or vacation homes and use their resources to generate real value for our students with financial hardships.”

For more information on the auction or to donate items, contact Edson at or 713-830-2122.

By Jessica Navarro

Posted Under: Alumni

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