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Student Life Newsletter

AS OF MARCH 24, 2014

spring 2014


April 5th

LET’S TALK 25th Chili Cook-off

INSIDE Chili: Our Recipe..................................................................... 2 A 25 Year Tradition .............................................................. 2 The Weird and Unusual Ingredients ......................... 3 Thoughts on the Chili Cook-Off .................................... 4 Events Calendar ................................................................... 4

Photo: Liliana Cadavid

A publication of the Student Life Office • Editor: Andrew Reitberger • Design: Liliana Cadavid • Contributors: Sabiha Mahmood, Adnan Ahmad, and Liliana Cadavid



o you have a favorite recipe? Secret ingredients that make your chili stand out? 27 teams are preparing their own special recipes for Chili Cook-Off this year. Student Life does not compete but we are happy to share the recipe we use when providing chili samples for promotion. Enjoy it as it is or make it your own by adding ingredients to it!

ingredients 1.5 lbs ground beef 2 cans (16 oz.) of kidney beans 2 cans (28 oz.) of diced tomatoes 2 cans (8 oz.) of tomato sauce 2 onions 2 green peppers 1 clove of garlic Chili Seasoning Packet

Watch the YouTube video with students Colden Snow and Mallory Mourot while they prepared this recipe. Available at the UHCL Student Life Channel


preparation 1 Add chili seasoning packet to ground beef. 2 Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain grease. 3 Cook slightly longer, giving the ground beef a chance to absorb the seasoning. 4 SautĂŠ onions, peppers, and garlic until onions are transparent. 5 Mix everything in a large pot. 6 Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. 7 Turn down heat and let simmer for about a half an hour, stirring periodically. 8 Serve with cheese, sour cream, corn chips, green onions.

A 25 year Tradition By: Andrew Reitberger In 1998, I was hired as the Coordinator for Special Events in the Student Life Office and one of my official duties was coordinating Chili Cook-Off. I believe I was the first “official” person hired with specific duties for Chili Cook-Off. Prior to me the Student Life Office, under the direction of Eileen Hulme and Ruth Perkins, did it as an office project with everyone taking on different pieces. I was in charge of Chili CookOff from 1999 through 2007, so I did 9 cook-offs. I am guessing that I am the person that has coordinated the most Chili cookOffs. (My apologies to Eileen or Ruth if I am incorrect.) Chili Cook-Off is one my favorite days at UHCL. It’s not just because of the chili. I do like chili, but what I really like is seeing everyone come together, all of the student organizations, alumni, staff and faculty. It’s like the best of UHCL. We have all these different groups of people create teams

with their own recipe and theme. Everyone has gotten so creative and we’ve seen themes with Harry Potters, old prom dresses, and Saturday Night Fever. It is just fun to walk around and soak up all that spirit. We also have a lot of families, faculty, staff and alumni that come out and support the different booths. I am really excited we are celebrating the 25th Chili CookOff. UHCL is a relatively young school and it is amazing that we have a tradition that has reached this milestone. We are adding a few things to make this year’s event truly special. In a nod to our origins, we have an 80’s theme for the event. We are bringing back live music with 80’s cover band, Molly and the Ringwalds. We will have some special give away items. It’s Hunter the Hawk’s birthday and we will celebrate that as well as the new flight crew. I always encourage everyone to participate in having a team or just even attending the event. It makes for great memories of UHCL.



UHCL Chili Cook-Off

The Weird


The following items have been used at least once unsuccessfully in the past 25 Chili Cook-Offs. Information provided by Andrew Reitberger, Associate Director of Student Life.

A1 Sauce bold and saucy in the chili


was it from the UHCL pond?

Chocolate I don’t usually eat chocolate, but when I do it’s not in chili


Don’t worry, they were not UHCL deer


Don’t let the chili sting you

Liquid Smoke

There’s no smoke and mirrors in our chili


CHili Cook-Off Back to the 80’s Find more info and digital materials on our youtube channel and social media pages.

Tropical thunder


What’s that? It’s a meat substitute made out of wheat gluten


Drawings and Text: Sabiha Sahar Mahmood





on the



1st place Chili Cook-Off 2013 As part of The National Society of Leadership and Success team.

25TH CHILI COOK-OFF / The 80’s Edition


Date: Saturday, April 5, 12 - 4 p.m. Location: SSCB North Lawn Come enjoy the 3 F’s: Food, Friends and Fun!

Dates: Friday, April 11, 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: Bayou 2311


My favorite part of the chili cook-off is early in the morning when all the teams start arriving and start getting ready for the competition, you can see the look on their faces, they are all expecting to win.”

Dates: Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Families) Tuesday, April 15, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (College Students) Location: UHCL Letters Hill A hunt for special blue & green eggs.

CULTURAL ARTS VIVALDI EXTRAVAGANZA Date: Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m. Location: Bayou Theater Presale: $10 Gen. Adm./ $6 with UHCL ID At the door: $12 Gen. Adm. / $8 with UHCL ID


Current UHCL Student, who participated as a guest in the 2013 Chili Cook-Off.


It’s fun. It’s like a carnival’s atmosphere and there’s people that you see around campus all the time. It’s a good time to socialize and meet interest groups that you might not know even exist.”

FILM & SPEAKER Date: Saturday, March 22, 7 p.m. Location: SSCB Lecture Hall Speaker: Poppy Northcutt $3.75 or Free with a UHCL Student ID / Rated PG-13

Member of the Texas State Teacher Association Student Program. Participated in the 2013 Chili Cook-Off.


Last year we were in the chili cook-off and we had such a blast. It was actually the year that they debuted the hawk, so it was pretty fun. There were so many people here, there was a DJ, and we were able go around and sample other chili.”


Date: Thursday, May 1, 8 p.m. Location: Bayou Theater Presale: $12 Gen. Adm./ $8 with UHCL ID At the door: $15 Gen. Adm. / $10 with UHCL ID For more information contact




Date: Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m. Location: SSCB Lecture Hall Speaker: John Gorman, Ph.D. $3.75 or Free with a UHCL Student ID / Rated PG-13 For more information go to or contact

Open to all students. National Society of Leadership and Success members must complete New Member Orientation prior to registering. Email to register. Provide your name, email, student id number and preferred date. Only select one training day.

36th ANNUAL LEADERSHIP BANQUET Date: Friday, April 25, 6 p.m. Location: Space Center Houston Tickets: Early Bird Special: March 24th – April 9th • Student Organization leaders, advisors, and their guests: $30 • Staff, faculty, and their guests: $35 General Admission: April 10th – April 18th • Student Organization leaders, advisors, and their guests: $40 • Staff, faculty, and their guests: $45 A night to recognize the outstanding student organizations and their leadership. Deadline to purchase any remaining tickets is Friday, April 18 at 12 noon.

FITNESS ZONE NATIONAL WALKING DAY Date: Wednesday, April 2, 12 - 3 p.m. Location: Alumni Plaza

ULTIMATE FRISBEE Date: Friday, April 11, 1 - 4 p.m. Location: Recreation Fields No sign-up necessary. No previous experience required, we will teach you the rules that day.

KICKBALL TOURNAMENT Date: Friday, April 18, 1 - 4 p.m. Location: Recreation Fields No sign-up necessary. No previous experience required, we will teach you the rules that day. For more information contact


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