University looks for nominations for UHV Outstanding Students

April 7, 2010 at midnight
Updated April 10, 2010 at 11:11 p.m.

Q: I've read about some of the University of Houston-Victoria's outstanding students on the university's home page, and I know a student I'd like to nominate. How do I do that?

A: UHV started an online feature in June to profile an exceptional student as the UHV Outstanding Student each week. This feature allows visitors to the UHV Web site ( to learn more about the interesting students who take classes at the university.

Claire McGee, a left fielder on the UHV Jaguars softball team and an early childhood education major, was the first student profiled ( newswire/release.asp?id=591). McGee also stays busy serving as a senator at-large for the UHV Student Senate, the governing body that acts as a liaison between the university's students and administrators.

Since then, many interesting students have appeared on the home page. New profiles typically are posted every Monday morning in the grey box in the center of the page. An archive of all the UHV Outstanding Student profiles and the university's media releases can be viewed by going to archive.asp.

The students profiled are outstanding in many different ways. Some are on the UHV Dean's List every semester. Others are involved in student organizations or nonprofit organizations. Some have interesting jobs or a combination of all of the above.

One example is Lauren Watson, who has since received her Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UHV. She was featured in June ( for receiving a $1,500 scholarship as part of the Houston Chronicle's Salute to Nurses program.

Rick Navarro was profiled in January ( because he started taking classes at UHV after 22 years as an operator in a chemical plant and then as an instrument electrical technician. After graduating from UHV in spring 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communication, he now is in the process of completing an undergraduate certificate in Spanish and working toward a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

In a more recent profile, Ali Agy-Bechtel was featured ( Bechtel, who is getting a bachelor's degree in psychology, is remarkable for several reasons. Her father, a sheriff's deputy, was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1995 when she was 23 years old. His murder still is unsolved. In addition to having two biological children, Bechtel and her husband have adopted three children.

If you know any UHV students who deserve to be profiled or if you would like to nominate yourself, please contact me through the information directly below.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact UHV Communications Manager Paula Cobler at 361-570-4350 or



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