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HRM Students Beat Professionals at National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Award

HRM Students win NACE  
Student managers pose with chapter leader Erin Oeser Goodell (center). Students (L to R): Caitlin Fuller, Sania Ahmed, Lindsey Grace, Dezmon Tinsley, and Kalynn Grace. 

The student chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) recently won the Event Production of the Year Award for their 43rd Annual Gourmet Night themed Jockeys and Juleps: A Tribute to the Kentucky Derby. The students competed at the NACE Houston Awards held at the Omni Hotel in December.

“It’s a huge accomplishment that really validates the quality of our students’ work,” said Erin Oeser Goodell, Gourmet Night executive director and NACE Cougar Chapter faculty advisor. Erin attended the awards ceremony with members of the 2017 Gourmet Night student management team, who accepted the award on behalf of their 2016 predecessors.

This year’s student managers, pictured with Erin (center), are from left: Caitlin Fuller, co-logistics manager; Sania Ahmed, general manager; Lindsey Grace, co-events manager; Dezmon Tinsley, co-silent auction manager; and Kalynn Grace, co-events manager. Dezmon added to the night’s accolades by winning the Student Member of the Year Award, which is given to a student with an outstanding record of participation, contributions, and involvement in their chapter and academic community. The students will have the chance to earn national recognition at the 2017 NACE Experience Conference in July.

College of Architecture Students Design Marker for TDECU Stadium

  Comemorative Marker at TDECU stadium
  Students pose with 'Whose House,' the comemorative marker designed by College of Architecture students.

Four Senior College of Architecture students won the competition to design a commemorative marker for TDECU stadium. The winning team members were architecture students Alex Bishop, Abran Arvizu, Afreen Ali, and Vy Truong. Their submission was titled 'Whose House.'  The stadium's referendum included a marker to honor student financial contributions and support to the stadium. The marker will serve as a designation of that contribution and as the student tailgating area.

The Student Government Association (SGA), in partnership with the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, the Division of Administration and Finance, and the Athletics Department announced the design competition in January 2016. Winners were selected during the SGA elections in March 2016, and construction was completed in November 2016. The project was unveiled and dedicated in a brief ceremony on November 12, 2016, the day of the Homecoming football game.

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Travels with Shasta

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