College Q&A: UHV-Victoria growing and improving

Sept. 1, 2012 at 4:01 a.m.

Now that the third freshman class has started classes, I've heard there are more students on the University of Houston-Victoria campus than ever before. What new support programs has UHV added to address the well-being of the students?

With the continued growth of the university, including a record number of freshmen attending UHV this fall, the university has taken several steps to ensure students are safe, have plenty of support and guidance and have places to unwind.

UHV is taking full advantage of a U.S. Department of Justice grant by hiring a victim advocate, peace officer and an additional counseling psychologist. UHV victim advocate Elena Torres will speak with all freshmen during their "First Year Seminar" course. She will teach students how to recognize and report victim situations and be available to help victims walk through the process of getting help.

A new counseling psychologist soon will be available face-to-face and online for students to talk about a variety of issues, such as anxiety, relationship troubles, misuse of alcohol and drugs and stressful academic or social pressures. A peace officer will handle investigations and assist with campus safety.

UHV also is in the process of adding a new academic adviser. This adviser will work solely with freshmen who have not declared a major or have not completed their Texas Success Initiative math requirements.

Students who attended the first week of classes on campus likely noticed a number of upgrades, including a renovated student lounge in the University West building. Renamed The Spot, the UHV Student Government Association purchased a new flat-screen TV for the lounge and added board and card games for students to play.

Many Jaguar Hall residents already have enjoyed the new swimming pool and late-night snack and drink options available in the 11:59 Lounge. Coming soon is an exercise room at Jaguar Hall as well as jaX track, a one-mile walking and jogging trail marked off on the main campus.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications specialist, at 361-570-4296 or



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