UHCL retiree to continue involvement with university
HOUSTON — Twenty-five years of service to University of Houston-Clear Lake has given Gloria Bahm a rich collection of memories. As an employee, Bahm retires in 2012 as office supervisor in the Office of Distance and Off-Campus Education. Her career included tenure with all four schools of the university since she joined the university family in 1987.
She is also a member of a family that shares career, educational and volunteer ties to the university. Her son Robert Bahm received his Bachelor of Arts in History from UH-Clear Lake in 2008, while her daughter Julia Mergele received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2005 and her son-in-law David Mergele received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2005. Her husband, John Bahm, took classes and worked for more than 10 years at UH-Clear Lake as a lab supervisor for the then School of Natural and Applied Sciences from 1987 – 1997.
“The university has meant a lot to me and my family through the years,” says the retiring Bahm.
Bahm says she’s enjoyed working alongside people who helped shape the university as well as appreciated the opportunity to contribute personally to idea-sharing and teamwork.
In one gesture of appreciation to what the university has meant to them, the Bahms and Mergeles purchased a brick for the Alumni Plaza on the university’s 30th anniversary, inscribed, “Happy 30th Birthday from our families” and listing all their names.
“My family participated and volunteered in numerous activities like the Ballunar Liftoff Festival, Wings Over Houston and the Galveston Trash Bash intended to help promote UH-Clear Lake within the community,” says Bahm. “In addition, we walked for UH-Clear Lake in annual March of Dimes and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation walks for several years.”
Bahm’s other volunteer activities include serving on various scholarship committees, participated on teams for the annual Chili Cook-offs and held an office with the Support Staff Association. She served as a student ambassador, welcoming new students to the campus. In 2001, she was invited to join Omicron Delta Kappa, the prestigious National Leadership Honor Society, Hillary Jo Karp Circle.
“I had the pleasure of serving Omicron Delta Kappa as both a member and an officer and look forward to donating more of my time to the organization in my retirement,” says Bahm.
And she has every intention of making new memories by continuing her volunteer work with the university community.
“Through the years, many people have come and gone, but we’re so much of a family here. I’m still connecting with people at Open House events, and people I know are telling me ‘let’s get together and have dinner’ — it’s that kind of atmosphere,” says Bahm, about the public activities that introduce future students to all the university has to offer. “I don’t think anyone could ever really leave.”