March? Already? Wow!

Mike Pede
Michael Pede (’89)
University of Houston
Associate Vice President
Alumni Relations & UHAA

Well, to steal a phrase from our $ 1 billon campaign, “Here, We Go,” March is here, and we are full steam ahead.

Let me back-up a bit and highlight the phenomenal work from some great Cougar volunteers who organized some stellar events in February. We gathered our inaugural Cougar 100 steering committee who will help us grow one of our great signature programs. Fun was had by all in the Galveston Mardi Gras celebrations, and our Cougar Cookers did a fantastic job at the HLS&R Cook-off.

You may be thinking- where do I fit in? What can I do? How can I make a difference and become more engaged? The answer to all these question is an unequivocal YES! Your college, special interest group, region of town, state or country are all waiting for you to join them in advocating on behalf of UH. You can do your part by becoming a Life Member of UHAA, volunteering to help a group or participating in an event. And you can be sure, it will make a difference.

March is an exciting time of the year! The men’s basketball team heads to Orlando for the American Conference Tournament this week and will play in the NCAA tournament this year (time and place to be announced March 11). Our constituent groups are getting ready for the local and cross-country events, along with events for one of the great traditions — Frontier Fiesta.

Cougars ask me all the time, does it ever get old? It’s never the same two days in a row. Where else can you have a job where you can show up in the morning and people from all walks of life, participate with so much heart, enthusiasm, and drive, that the energy is palpable. That’s the Cougar Nation, that’s who we are, and I know that’s who you are!

So yes, it’s March. And like I say every time, I am so impressed by what our Cougars do, WOW!

True we’ll ever be,

Mike