Phil Swanson, B.S.M.E '86
Whether it was winning the Homecoming float competition with his fraternity Sigma Chi or rounding up fellow students for an impromptu road trip to cheer on the Cougar football team, Phil Swanson (B.S.M.E. '86) has fond memories of his time at the University of Houston. A proud Cougar supporter, his gratitude for everything that UH enabled him to accomplish motivated his first gifts to the university. "My career and where I am in my career is totally dependent on the education I received from UH," Swanson says. "I have a lot to thank UH for and this is a way of giving back."
Grateful for the opportunity to pursue what he loves for 24 years, Swanson is a committed supporter of both athletic and academic programs at UH. His experience as a UH cheerleader provided him insight to the challenges faced by student-athletes. "It takes a lot as a student-athlete to be able to perform at your best, attend all of the practices, the travel, yet still put the time necessary into academics to succeed," Swanson says.
Swanson is passionate about helping to make the university a place where all students can get a solid education, have a good experience and support athletic teams that make them proud. He views strong alumni support of Cougar athletics as important to aiding in the university's overall success. "The sports teams feed off of alumni support and it feeds right back into the school," Swanson says. "Athletics draws attention for a lot of people who might have forgotten about their alumni status and we awaken them to help the university."
Also proud to be part of getting the word out about the university's drive to Tier One, Swanson has been enthusiastic about the opportunity to make a special investment in his university. This past spring, Swanson sponsored the Cougar Graduation Challenge by supporting over 400 graduating Coogs in their first opportunity to participate in the proud alumni tradition of giving back.
His cheerleading days may be behind him, but Swanson is investing in education, athletics and recognition for UH and Coogs everywhere, and the opportunity to finally "see UH viewed in its proper light."