UHV to host Second Spring Boys Academy

On Monday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., the University of Houston-Victoria will host its second spring Boys Academy. Designed to foster leadership skills, positive self-esteem and educational goal-setting among eighth-grade boys, the event is organized twice yearly by UHV’s Letting Education Achieve Dreams initiative.

UHV expects 60 boys from seven counties—Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria—to participate in the event. Dr. Deidra Hudson, wife of UHV President Tim Hudson, will welcome them to campus with the opening address.

Morning activities will include breakout sessions focusing on career planning and success skills. They will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Frank Castillo of Dow Chemical Company, Justin Earley of KAVU News, and Roque Hernandez of Memorial High School. Other area business and community leaders will join the attendees for lunch.

The afternoon will feature a science presentation by Dow Chemical engineers Kathy Hunt, Jose Robles, Danny Cano and Samuel Navarro. Cheryl Shamburger and Gerianne Newman of the Region III Educational Service Center will present a “True Colors” activity designed to build the students’ interpersonal skills.

The Alcoa Foundation generously funds the UHV Boys Academy through a grant. For more information, contact LEAD program coordinator Kerry Mix at (361) 570-4817.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.