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Staff Council - 2017 Chili Cookoff

UHD Staff Council would like to thank all of the teams that participated at the annual Chili Cook-off on Friday, March 24th.

  1. Chili, Chili, Bang, Bang –ESO - Team Captain – Shyra McMurray
  2. Gator Finest – Police - Team Captain – Chief Benford
  3.  "CCC" Clutch City Chili -Team Captain – Ralph Estrada
  4. IT Chili Willies - Team Captain - Anthony Samudio
  5. Bad & Boujee - Team Captain – Stefany Records
  6. This is a Crock of Chili – Vaughn Construction - Team Captain – Alex Alvarez
  7. Chili Reaction – Natural Science - Team Captain – Bruce Greer
  8. Might Morphin Budget Rangers – Budget -Team Captain – Erika Castillo
  9. Six Shooters – Purchasing & Contracts - Team Captain – DeWana Ferguson
  10. UHD Alumni Association – Alumni - Team Captain – Phillip Ellison
  11. Chili Nelson - Team Captain – Albert Alonzo
  12. One Main Chili –Library - Team Captain – Edith Arredondo
  13. The Chili Hazards – Risk Mgt & Emergency Mgt - Team Captain – Eric Zett
  14. Hot Meat, Cool Beans – Humanities & Social Science - Team Captain – Bill Davis

The UHD Staff Council 2017 Chili Cook-off winners are:

IT Chili Willies – 1st place Chili – IT Department (Team Captain: Anthony Samudio)

IT Chili Willies (First Place)

​​​Chili Nelson – 2nd Place Chili - Alumni Team (Team Captain: Albert Alonzo)

Chili Nelson (Second Place)

Bad & Boujee – 3rd place Chili (Team Captain: Stefany Records)

Bad and Boujee (Third Place)

​"CCC" Clutch City Chili – People's Choice (Team Captain: Ralph Estrada)

Clutch City Chili (CCC) 

Best Décor "Chili, Chili, Bang, Bang - ESO (Team Captain: Shyra McMurray)

Best Decor -  Chili, Chili, Bang, Bang

Best Dessert "Gator Finest" - Police Department (Team Captain –Chief of Police Michael Benford)

Best Dessert Winner - Gator Finest

Staff Council would like to also thank the following exhibitors, vendors, and UHD Staff for generously donating door prizes:

  • AT&T
  • Monster Energy Drinks
  • TDECU Credit Union
  • Groome Transportation
  • Ms. Debra Shouldice (Parking & Transportation)
  • Ms. Debora Evans (Shipping & Receiving)
  • Advancement and University Relations
  • Dr. Vishakha Shembekar (Faculty)

Thank you to our wonderful Chili Cook-off Judges:

  1. Dr. Michael Olivas (Interim President, UHD)
  2. Dr. Carolyn Ashe (President, UHD Faculty Senate)
  3. Ms. Hatziri Rancano (Vice President, SGA)
  4. Mr. Tommy Thomason (Student Services)
  5. Mr. Wayne Warren (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Judge)
  6. Ms. Ruby Obi (Groome Transportation)
  7. Ms. Nichole Alter (METRO)

In addition, thank you to the Chili Cook-off Planning Committee, volunteers, and the UHD community for making this event a great success!

View the UHD Skyline News article.

UHD Staff Council Chili Cook-off Announcement

Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: UHD South Deck

UHD staff, faculty, students, alumni, and guests can click below to purchase Presale Tasting Tickets online at $5 ($10 at the door).

Presale Tasting Tickets may ​also be purchased in the following departments:

  • Employment Services & Operation (ESO) –S910

  • Parking & Transportation Office –N117

  • Cashier's Office - S310

All proceeds go towards Staff Council events and the Edge Award for professional development.​

Click to view a Special Chili Cook-off Message from President Olivas

Chili Cook Off Message from the President

Click to view the 2017 Chili Cook-off Advertisement

Chili Cook Off Flyer

Chili Cook-off Team Registration fee

  • ​Early Bird Entry Fee: $35
  • ​Entry Fee (after 3/3/17): $45

​Teams can have up to five members, with a requirement that the majority be students, faculty, staff, alumni, or affiliated partners of the University.

Contest categories will include Best Chili, People's Choice Award, Best Decor, Best Tent, and Best Dessert.

  • Employment Services & Operation (ESO) –S910

  • Parking & Transportation office –N117

​​UHD Employee Event Guidelines

  • Since cook-off team participation requires members prepare several hours in advance, staff participating on teams do not have to take vacation leave between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. during this University-sponsored event.

  • Participating hourly employees should not punch out at 12:30 p.m. Instead, their managers or TRAM administrators will adjust their timesheets to show work until 4:30 p.m. However, if scheduled to work beyond 4:30 p.m., hourly employees will need to take vacation leave for the remaining time.

  • On March 24, at least one person must be on duty in each department until 5 p.m. to accept calls, receive visitors, or transact business, as required by state law. In addition, since this is a University function, alcohol may not be consumed before 5 p.m. If an employee chooses to consume alcohol prior to 5 p.m., they must take accrued paid leave (vacation or compensatory time).

For more information, please contact:

Best of luck to all teams and we hope to see you at this year's Chili Cook-Off!

Last updated 4/2/2021 4:06 AM