Besides the tux, cummerbund
and bow tie, another trademark of Par Excellence is a
warm smile. Photo by Jonathan Jereb.
At Your Service
At first glance, the members of
Par Excellence dressed in black
tuxes with bow tie and cummerbund appeared as headwaiters at
some fancy restaurant.
A second glance revealed them
as student members of the Honor and Service Organization —
Par Excellence — within the
College of Hotel and Restaurant
and Management. Members
went through an extensive training program in all types of service: garden manager, tableside
cooking, table setting, carving,
From this training, members
received "loads of practical experience" which would benefit
them in the hospitality field.
Throughout the semester,
members could be hired by the
university and the community in
general. All monies made from
this went towards scholarships
for the members, as well as to the
endowed fund, which paid an annual scholarship to a non-
member. In addition to working
for money, Par Excellence participated in many charity events.
Fall activities included working for the Cystic Fibrosis Char
ity, the Alitalia Airlines 5-day
event with ASTA, the American
Heart Association, the Honors
Banquet and the Thanksgiving
Dinner for Harris County Children's Protective Agency.
Trying to top the fall record,
members were active in the
spring with events such as the
French Consulate Events, the
Honors Banquet, the announcement of the endowed scholarship
recipient, the President's Special
Events, the Chancellor's Special
Events, and the UH Donors Appreciation Dinner.
Dedicating themselves to excellence in service, the members
of Par Excellence not only benefited themselves, but society as
"Members went through an extensive training
program in all types of service: garden manager, tableside cooking, table setting, carving
PAR EXCELLENCE — Front: Brian Otis, Cat Poon, Sonia So, Lily Ng, Anna Pitta, Susan Baker, Stacey
Champagne, Lise-Anee Walker, Judy Lai, Brenda Zientek, Alan Jones, Jeanne Shutt. Back: Alan Carrette, James Lott,
Brian Bouck, Lawrence Perredu, Scott Ross, Christian Ponthoff, Arnold Ballew, Ran Shabat, Tracy Bryant, Alejandro
Diaz, Joel Kenty, Pieter Knot, Pablo Sala, Adam Malinger, Nathalie Paravicini.
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