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UHV Spring Carnival impresses prospective students

By KBell
April 2, 2011 at 3 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.

Jacob Acosta, 21, enjoys his day at UHV's Spring Carnival with Dynamite, who's from the Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center. Acosta was working with the Pre-Veterinary/Animal Career Student Organization, which had set up a booth at the university's first carnival.

Alexus Armelin struck a pose in front of a University of Houston-Victoria sign with her parents, all three clad in new, black UHV shirts.

"It's our oldest, our first one to go to college," Alexus' mom, Jeanine Keelen said. "It's a very, very proud moment."

Alexus, a 17-year-old from Houston, plans to attend UHV in the fall to study psychology.

The family was just a few of the 183 prospective students and family members who signed up to attend the Jaguar Day recruiting event on Saturday. And afterward, they were just a few of several more who turned out for UHV's first ever Spring Carnival at the campus's Pyramid Row.

"It's a tradition that we are trying to start at UHV," said Juan Diego Martinez, who works in student services. "It's a good experience to see what student life we have on campus."

The carnival was not only open to prospective students, but also current students, staff and their families.

"It's for our students, first and foremost," Martinez said. "One of the good things about UHV is the students are so attached to the staff, and we want them to come out with the students, too."

Belinda Cardenas, 36, said the carnival provided her an opportunity to get a jump start on student life at the university she plans to attend next year.

Cardenas, the student body president at Victoria College, said she's getting her feet wet at UHV.

"I'm going to be here next year, so I plan on having a smooth transition," she said. "I plan on running for senate here, too."

With live music, food from Jaguar Hall, games, bounce houses, cotton candy and more, the carnival provided plenty of opportunities for exploring student groups and mingling.

Alexus and her family said their first visit to the UHV campus and attending the carnival were better than they expected.

"It seems like it's a very secure place," Keelen said. "And at the same time, she will be able to get her curriculum and have fun."



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