SPB Spotlight - University of Houston
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  • Bianca Ibarra, Sophomore

    Why SPB? I Joined SPB because I knew I wanted to make an impact on campus. The college experience entails more than just living on campus, it is interacting with others and creating new memories. I am ecstatic to be this years Cinema chair and provide students a way to relax and enjoy college. I am proud to be part of SPB and create lasting memories for all Coogs.

  • Kyle Price, Senior

    Why SPB? I joined SPB to make an impact on campus. SPB gives so many opportunities to create new memories and enjoy the time you spend on campus, and I wanted to help create these experiences. SPB has opened up so many doors for me and has made my experience at UH a million times better.

  • Evelyn Cedillo, Senior

    Why SPB? I joined SPB because I wanted to be part of an organization that gives so much to its university. SPB hosts the BEST events and being a part of it is so much fun! I have learned a lot and gainsed so many memories in the process. I'm definitely glad I joined.

  • Taylor Rouleau - President, VP of Membership, Nights and Weekends Chair, and Cinema Chair.

    How did you get started with SPB? I joined as a member my second day on campus and never looked back!

    What has SPB done for you? SPB made me into the person I am today. I don’t believe I would’ve gotten any of the jobs or opportunities I’ve received if I hadn’t been in SPB.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? My greatest memory in SPB in creating a Harry Potter festival for students bringing out over 1,000 students on a Saturday to drink butterbeer, make wands, and other activities.

  • Anjuli (Juli Tuck)- 2013-2014 President

    How did you get started with SPB? I initially started off as a member!

    What has SPB done for you? Gave me a new place called home accompanied with friends and great memories.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? The Andy Grammar Concert.
  • Denise Chávez-Mora- Member of SPB 2019-2020

    How did you get started with SPB? I got started with SPB by attending a few events in the Fall and then started volunteering at other events.

    What has SPB done for you? SPB has allowed me to make memories with my friends and to become more involved in the UH community.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? My greatest memory with SPB was volunteering for Winter Wonderland because I got to see how it was set up.
  • Evelyn Cedillo -Concerts Chair 2019

    How did you get started with SPB? I started out as a member and applied to be a social media officer for Gabe Johnson.

    What has SPB done for you? It gave me a leadership role and a job unlike any I’ve ever had! It helped me grow as a professional and develop friendships and connections I wouldn’t have made otherwise.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? Having my first event. Throwback Karaoke was a bit rough at the start but it was overall successful and it made me feel accomplished. That and working with my team! I loved my team, we were so close and so working together was a blast!
  • Ezequiel Mendez Cinema Chair 2015- Nov 2016 VP of Marketing Nov 2016-2017 President 2017-2018

    How did you get started with SPB?​ ​I was at my orientation before starting my freshman year and I saw the booth with free stuff, signed up to volunteer at some events and ended up never leaving haha. One of the first events I ever volunteered at was a Cinema event and I loved the whole feeling and atmosphere and made tons of friends.

    What has SPB done for you? Not only has it helped my professionally it's also how I made so many lifelong friends. I came to Houston for school knowing nobody and I left having friends to talk to during quarantine!

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? Greatest memory was having my Fiesta artist cancel the day of the concert and scarmbling for last minute adjustments. But seriously I don't know if there was any single memory but just being in the office with everybody having a good time made me have the greatest time.
  • Michelle Benjamin Social media - 2017 VP Membership - 2018

    How did you get started with SPB? Joined to help with the Mr. UH Pageant, shadowed under the VP of marketing at the time, Larry Hines

    What has SPB done for you? Given me some great friends and allowed me to make an impact on campus life, in my own way

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? The year that we booked Jeremih for Frontier Fiesta and he backed out last minute, the other execs and I had the craziest time trying to get stuff together and running around with our heads cut off. It was somewhat scarring while being a time I’ll never forget.
  • Davis Darusman: Chair of Special Events (2016-17) Vice President of Marketing and Assessment (2017-18)

    How did you get started with SPB?​ I was invited to a meeting by a classmate who was interested in joining my freshman year. I volunteered for Mr. UH and really enjoyed it and became an officer.

    What has SPB done for you? ​It was my introduction to student leadership and the fee-funded organizations. Through SPB, I developed skills essential to leadership such as time management, conflict resolution, and task delegation that I would then apply to being a leader in SGA and Coog Radio.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? I don’t think I knew it was my greatest memory when it happened, but I had never been as stressed in my life as I had been when I was planning Winter Wonderland. I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to be on top of every little detail, until I was reminded to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the fruit of my labor. I took a few minutes to load up a funnel cake, mingle with friends, and I’ll never forget the happy children with their siblings and parents sledding down the snow and throwing snow balls - many for the first time, since snow isn’t very common in Houston. It was a happy moment and when I learned that “every swipe has a story”
  • Mayra Castillo - Comedy & Speakers Chair

    How did you get started with SPB? Volunteering at the events!

    What has SPB done for you? Helped me find my niche!

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? Girls Rock & movie premieres!
  • Micaela Ramirez- Concerts chair 2018

    How did you get started with SPB? Freshman year 2017, I read about the org on Get Involved when I was looking for clubs to join and went to the first general meeting of that fall semester. I really enjoyed the environment given that I was a huge introvert because I didn't feel any pressure to fit in, it was all just naturally inviting. I then decided to start volunteering and made friends with so many of the other members and board and by the spring semester I decided to apply for a leadership position.

    What has SPB done for you? It has given me a lot of help to break out of my shell in a new environment. It took me so long to get out of my shell in high school so I felt like I was back at square one at UH, but with the programs SPB gave, I found it easier to be comfortable in the new environment.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? My greatest memory in SPB was when I hosted my own first event, Mic Drop and how the event was a fun night for everyone to destress and perform music or spoken word. I felt happy to provide an outlet for my fellow coogs.
  • David Canas, Outreach Chair

    How did you get started with SPB? My friends started to be more involved with SPB and I took it as a fun time to hang with my friends and gain volunteer experience. My friends started to be more involved with SPB and I took it as a fun time to hang with my friends and gain volunteer experience.

    What has SPB done for you? It’s really brought me a home on campus, I started off my college career with oteam and did that for two years and once that ended the shift was pretty hard, but joining SPB gave me a place to be with new and old friends that were extremely impactful in my life. The experiences and skills I’ve learned through this org I see as invaluable and I know it has prepared me for many things to come.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? I’ve been to countless events and even worked behind the scenes once I was chair, so picking the greatest memory is very hard. There are plenty of times the SPB office has been the party spot, and working the Homecoming concert was an experience I’ll probably never forget.
  • Ed Gonzales- President, Special Events Chair, General Member

    How did you get started with SPB? I got started with SPB by having a few of my friends bring me to events, and I did not know that students were the ones putting on the events, and I loved leadership so I thought it would be cool to start volunteering with them, and from there I was hooked.

    What has SPB done for you? SPB has provided me with the opportunities to make life long friends, and given me the experience to better my leadership skills, preparing me for the real world and giving me the confidence needed in order to excel in my future jobs and life-long career also.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? My greatest memory with SPB definitely has to be the year I was the Special Events chair, for being able to plan social events for the students was such an amazing feeling! Working for weeks, spending long hours in the office, for a 3-hour event sounds like too much work to do, but it is so worth it in the end! Seeing the students smiling and eager to enter the doors is the greatest takeaway from SPB.
  • Jordan Masters, Performances Chair, 2019-2020

    How did you get started with SPB? I started freshman year as a member and consistent volunteer. A few months later, I became an officer.

    What has SPB done for you? Through SPB, I’ve built friendships with people that I likely wouldn’t have known otherwise. I found that I enjoy event planning — something that I hadn’t considered before.

    What is your greatest memory with SPB? The excitement and relief after the homecoming concert. The secrecy, the late marketing, the cold night had all been worth it. We all had a great time and were just glad that it went so well.